I’ve made no secret of the fact that bad boy characters are often my favorites, I even wrote a post on it. Bad boys frequently fall on the anti-hero hero scale and there are many, many anti-heroes popping around entertainment right now. I’m going to talk about the anti-heroes hanging around TV right now.
Warning the rest of this post contains spoilers for Leverage, Once upon a Time and Revolution. I have labeled the sections regarding each show accordingly.
Once Upon a Time:
While I adore Charming, I cannot help but to squee whenever an episode features Hook. He stole another man’s wife and has been in cahoots with Cora, the Queen of Hearts. There’s also the part where he’s a pirate. Yet, he’s quickly become a fab favorite. You’re never certain what side he’s on, he’s charming, witty, you can’t help but to feel for him when his love was taken away by Rumpelstiltskin, and Emma did ditch him up in the Giant’s home. I think he’s so fascinating because he is so charming and witty that you want him to turn the tables on Cora and side up with the good guys. you also have to respect that he is so very clever. Is there anyone else who thinks he’s one part Jack Sparrow one part BBC Robin Hood or is it just me?
Miles Matheson is probably my favorite character because Billy Burke wields his dry humor like a weapon to provide some of the best one-liners ever. He helped Sebastian Monroe become the power he is today and trained his army of scary minions for him. But we root for him. Why? The loyalty he shows Charlie and by extension Danny. The fact he turned away from Monroe’s army, and you know, the whole thing where he rejected his former bond with “Bass” for his family. He’s a character that’s earning redemption whether he intends to or not.
I call it Ocean’s Eleven meets Robin Hood, and you know, the Parker Show because of how much I love her character. When it comes down to it, they are a group of thieves. You root for them because they try to help the little guy and take down people we see as greedy villains who harm others. At one point, most of the characters note that they’ve never physically hurt their previous targets (except of course, Elliot with the darkest past of all). Geeks relate to Hardison and his charm doesn’t hurt. people feel for Nate loosing his son the way that he did. Parker was clearly from a troubled home. Elliot has a soft spot for kids, veterans and small town honest folk. Sophie’s redemption is in the way she acts as a big sister to Parker and tries to make Nate a better man.