October 18, 2009

Bad Boys....Good Men?

Come on. Admit it. Who doesn't love a "good" bad guy?

Yeah, that's what I thought. No one. :) But it's especially more fun when the bad guy also has some good traits or characteristics that add an extra dimension to him.

Think about men like Sam Noonan, the bartender on Gunsmoke played by Glenn Stranger. Or Roy Barcroft in the Adventures of Spin and Marty. Kurt Russel in Dark Blue. Kevin Costner in A Perfect World. Either Glenn Ford's or Russell Crowe's Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma...a true classic! And of course, what kind of a "fan" would I be if I neglected to mention the barkeep, Hank Lawson, from Dr. Quinn. *winks*

There is something about those guys, that even when they're at their worst and are downright mean or ugly, they manage to allow a glimpse of good that keeps you rooting for them. They truly deserve what's coming to them, but you can't deny that you wish they wouldn't...not just yet.

It's men like those which make the best western novels so memorable. Just like in TV and movies, when you can make your readers/audience care for the bad guy to the point that they wish the bad guy didn't have to meet his fate, you've done a great job at crafting a multi-faceted character.

So, now it's your turn. Share your favorite "good" bad guys from TV, movies, books, wherever. Who sets your heart twittering or makes you root for him, despite his evil deeds?

Tiffany Amber Stockton is an author, online marketing specialist and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author in beautiful Colorado Springs. They celebrated the birth of their first child in April and have a vivacious puppy named Roxie, a Border Collie/Flat-Haired Retriever mix. She has sold eight books so far to Barbour Publishing. Other credits include writing articles for various publications, five short stories with Romancing the Christian Heart, and contributions to the books: 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage and Grit for the Oyster.

Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.


Tina Dee Books said...

Oh, this will be fun! Now, I have to think...think, think, think. I do like the bad guy from Dr. Quinn, but I'll come up with a couple others...

Thanks for the fun post!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

I'm sure hoping it will be a fun exercise. I look forward to reading the comments of others, especially since I know I neglected some great ones out there. :)

Tina Dee Books said...

I'm still thinking on this, but one that keeps coming to mind is Sheriff Of Notthingham in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood. Gosh, I can't think of his hame right now, but I'll be back with more!

Layne said...

Russell Crowe's Ben Wade makes me tingle all over!

Another example for me is Kurt Russell's "Snake Plisskin" character from 'Escape From New York'. Then there's Riddick, played by Vin Diesel in 'Pitch Black'.

BTW, it was Alan Rickman who was the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Loved this post!

Tina Dee Books said...

Alan Rickman! Thank you, Layne!

Kelsey said...

Have you ever seen American Outlaws? Well, it is chalk full of bad boys including Colin Ferell and Gabriel Macht! I never get tired of watching them robbing banks as the younger brothers...(sigh) and those boyish grins! mmm!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

You know, there is just something about those bad guys and the way they speak or that look in their eyes or even the smirk on their lips. *shivers* Sets me all a tingly. :) If they're just creepy, it doesn't have the same effect. Give them depth and a real character despite those dastardly deeds, and I love it!

So, come on. There has to be more bad guys out there y'all love. Let's hear 'em!

Molly Noble Bull said...

I like a good bad guy. What I don't like is a bad, bad-guy. Movies today have too many of the latter.
Your article is interesting though.

Michelle said...


Have you watched Lonesome Dove The Series? If not, you absolutely must!! Eric McCormack played Colonel Francis Clay Mosby in the 1-hour Western television miniseries Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994), and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995).

His character is definitely a bad guy that you'll love! He'll set you tingly for sure. He's incredibly handsome and his acting is top-notch!!!