TV After Dark: Favorite Male Characters of 2013
The Magic Men Who Made Us Sit up and Pay Attention in 2013
Be they villainous, virtuous or somewhere in between, there seemed to be no shortage of male characters that vied for our attention this year. From zealous prohibition-era lawmen; to rich playboys with dark, super alter egos; to lovely but ill-fated Englishmen, we had a plethora of choice between the heroes and anti-heroes put on show. So without further ado, here are our picks from the staff at TVAD for the men that made us go OOH! in 2013.
“[He] stands out as one of the best anti-heroes on television.” ~ Connie Allen
Without a doubt, Nelson Van Alden from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire stands out as one of the best anti-heroes on television, and my favorite male character for 2013.
“I used to believe in God, but now I don’t believe in anything at all .” – Nelson Van Alden
When Nelson Van Alden first appeared on Boardwalk Empire he was not only a stickler for the rules, but a religious fanatic with a serious case of sexual repression. These days he’s packing heat, making it rain, and getting his freak on. Seriously, it’s kinda crazy. The evolution of Nelson Van Alden from his days as a former Prohibition Agent to buddy-buddies with Al Capone is really (for lack of a better word) epic. This has a huge part to do with the amazing talents of Michael Shannon (General Zod to those Man of Steel fans.) Shannon has an intensity in his eyes that mirror every little thought in Van Alden’s head. It’s spooky, but in a good way. That being said, Boardwalk Empire had no issues forcing the bad out of Van Alden by having him constantly abused and ridiculed by all his peers. Until now, viewers have watched Van Alden desperately try to live a better life, but that doesn’t serve him any favors at the end. Life is hard, but finding money is harder, and what’s a man to do with a nagging wife and two kids to care for in circa 1920s? Witnessing Van Alden finally cut loose and not give a shit made him memorable in 2013.
“[With a] gut-wrenching scene that stunned the WORLD.” ~ Graham Eveleigh
My favourite male character of 2013 would be Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from PBS’s Downton Abbey. Now deceased (in a gut-wrenching scene that stunned the WORLD), he was level-headed, bright, caring and handsome too! He may not have always been brilliantly served by the writing – particularly in the third season – but his place in the very heart of the show cannot be underrated. The hole he leaves behind in Season 4 proves that… surely one of the most hotly-anticipated shows of 2014!
“This character is kind of like a great Christmas present.” ~ Erin Brown
Seriously tough call, but I’m going to say Arrow‘s Oliver Queen. Stephen Amell is ridiculously handsome, and in a way I think sometimes being that good-looking can be a distraction for the audience – enough that they can stop actually caring about the plot or anything else that matters. Amell’s portrayal however, is pretty much spot on in that his Oliver Queen is kind of like a great Christmas present: the wrapping (his looks, his charisma etc) is amazing but the present underneath (his heart, his grit, his…I don’t know, reality, for want of a better word) is likewise absolutely wonderful and very satisfying to the viewer. When I look at him I’m always so interested to see what he does and how he acts as opposed to just “Basically just watching until he does that shirtless workout with the bar where he pulls himself up that fish scale ladder thing, tbh.”
“He is every woman’s dream.” ~ By Stephanie Flasher
My favorite male character for 2013 is – hands down – Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Ian Somerhalder does such an amazing job showing the different layers of Damon. He is every woman’s dream. Damon is the bad-ass bad boy with a heart of gold that is willing to and does anything and everything for the girl he loves in order to keep her safe. And my god, let’s not forget the man is gorgeous in any era. We’ve seen him in everything from 1800’s military uniforms to 80’s punk rock. My personal favorite is the typical Damon in jeans, a T-shirt and a sexy leather coat. I mean let’s face it, the man could make a freaking trash bag look sexy.
“Not your typical rich playboy.” ~ Alexandra Chambers
Oliver Queen has it all: money, power, a family who loves him and a secret passion for fighting crime in his city. What more could you want? Oh, yeah, that amazing set of abs! I’ll admit, I am more into the nerdy type (Matt Smith is my idea of the ultimate guy) but who doesn’t like to watch Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) work out? When it comes down to the character there are a lot of things that make you want to watch the show, other than his physique (but even if the show isn’t really your thing, it’s worth watching just for that). Oliver Queen is not your typical rich playboy. Well, he used to be, but after being on that island for 5 years he has changed and not just into a vigilante. His heart for his family, friends and city makes him a very likeable character. He is completely loyal and protective of those close to him. He is now a businessman (although that still needs a bit of work) and the action in the show is enough to get your heart racing. All in all he is quite a well-rounded character; he’s not perfect which makes him and his world very realistic, in a Marvel kind of way.
“He makes Thomas Harris’ iconic serial killer (slash culinary expert) riveting to watch.” ~ Jayne Balke
This was a difficult choice, simply because there are so many male characters on TV who I love (and who I’d love to do naughty things to). But if I had to pick, I don’t think I could go past Mads Mikkelsen’s take on Dr. Lecter. He makes Thomas Harris’ iconic serial killer (slash culinary expert) riveting to watch. A delicacy himself, Dr. Lecter is an exquisite dish of psychological manipulation and intellectual intimidation. If murder could be construed as art, then Hannibal is the Pablo Picasso of crime scenes. He arranges his kills as if they were on display at a local museum – with careful detail and an almost revered intricacy. Coupled with his appetite for human-flavoured meals and his devilishly delicious accent, Hannibal is – without a doubt – my favourite male character for 2013. If you can simultaneously evoke fear and desire in one gentle stroke of a forehead, then clearly you’re a force to be reckoned with. And now that the only person privy to Hannibal’s identity is locked up in an insane asylum, we’ve all the more reason to see what he will do next.
“Every time he performs I’m on an emotional journey with him.” ~ Romancia
I chose Cyrus Beene as my 2013 BFF, but as I sit down and go through all the male characters that have been phenomenal in their roles this year, I keep coming back to Scandal‘s Main Monster. Every time Jeff Perry performs I’m on an emotional journey with his character; Cyrus literally makes me tremble. The way in which Jeffy Perry delivers his lines – it’s as if you are in the room with him. You cringe, you check your own heart because Perry’s acting causes your heart-rate to speed up alongside Cyrus’s. He’s easy to love despite his unforgivable acts because we know he has an end goal. But when you see him look up to a 6-feet-plus Secret Service bodyguard and say, “I don’t care if you got your orders from Jesus Christ himself as he hung on the cross, Jesus is not me – Jesus forgives, Jesus saves, I destroy, and I will bring vengeance down upon you in a hail of fire and brimstone” – you believe him. You shiver and tremble because you know just how monstrous Cyrus Beene can be. We understand that he may very well be the devil. And yet – we still love him.