Let’s face it folks. Fiction is fiction for a reason. We read fiction so that we can be taken away from our everyday dreary lives. So that we can root for the bad guy. So we can see people do things we would never do ourselves and be in situations we’d never dare dream be in.
But even fictional characters have “limits.” Even though we’re taken away into fantasy, we still know right from wrong. We know left from right. However, sometimes I find myself saying “how the hell can I root for this guy even though he’s such a prick?”
Yet I feel these “pricks” are the greatest people on television.
Here are 5 TV characters you’re supposed to hate but love to root for
Gregory House – House
Let’s face it. From a doctor’s point of view he’s about as good as they come. When you can solve say, 100% of the cases you are given and find the answers every time because some weird light goes off or you see someone scratch their crotch, you pass the skills test. But when you are a drug addict, have zero regard for anyone in the entire world and literally go out of your way to ruin people’s personal lives, it’s safe to say people might not like you. And yet there we are, rooting for House to be…House. We like him mean, witty, and rude to patients. We enjoy when he deciphers someone’s actions and makes them feel miserable. We root for the chaos in his life because it’s….entertaining as hell.
Dr. Christian Troy – Nip/Tuck
Sure he’s good looking. Hell he even does “righteous” things once in a while. Case in point the episode where he transforms that kid so that he can look like his “father” who puts on those sex shows for clients. When he finds out about it, he threatens the father, gets money, tries to allow the kid to live his life and does something “right.” Yet the same episode he takes out a loan using Sean’s money (without his permission) and winds up screwing over Sean’s brother by planting fake evidence to support that he was a criminal drug addict just so that he could strengthen his relationship with Sean(and take advantage of him more). Christian is a manipulator, compulsive drinker, and a shit to women. And every time he does something foolish it’s awesome.
Dexter Morgan –Dexter
Clearly Dexter is the most obvious case of them all. I mean clearly we’re not supposed to be rooting for psychotic killers should we? And yet every single time I watch the show I think how awesome Dexter is. The fact that he really only tries to kill bad people is kind of cool. So you have the “hero” factor which is helpful. But I can’t help wanting him to kill people. It’s awesome.
Hank Moody – Californication
He’s obnoxious. He hates himself. He cheats on Karen constantly. He’s a terrible father. And yet Hank is 100% compassionate, aware of his wrong doings, and is sympathetic to the plight of the women he screws over on a constant basis. Basically he’s a child but an extremely intelligent one who is well aware of the fact that he acts like a child. And every time he bangs a chick, punches someone in the face, or does something completely irresponsible, we want more of it.
Glenn Quagmire- Family Guy
Perhaps the most disgusting and vile pervert on the planet, it’s impossible not to love every bad thing Glenn does and says. He’s just too damned funny. Giggity.