This is important even if you're not trying to send any messages with your story. If you've done a good job creating lovable characters, readers will likely get very attached to their favorite ones and be offended when those characters are de-glorified. The Doki Doki Literature Club fanbase is an excellent example of this phenomenon. That's because Doki Doki Literature Club is an excellent example of how to create lovable characters. And no it's not because it's a romance game (it isn't) and the girls are specifically designed to look as cute as possible (they are), I swear if you think that's it then you haven't played the game.
So, how do you glorify characters? I think there are three main things that contribute: competence, agency, and morality. Morality is usually the brunt of how people decide which characters they want to see glorified. But if you're late enough in the work that the characters are well-established, or especially if you're making a sequel or fanfic for an existing work, it's extremely important to preserve the character's virtues (and their vices). Arcs are one thing, but suddenly forgetting or changing a character's defining traits is another.
Summary: it's important to pay attention to how much glory you're giving each character. If you give a character more than they deserve, readers who dislike the legitimate flaws of that character will get annoyed, and if you don't give them enough, readers who like the legitimate virtues of that character will get offended.