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/.