Seven On-Screen Murderers We Just Can’t Help but Love
02.17.14 by Megan
Here at REELZ, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White may have something to do with the fact that we know that underneath the hard shell that is Heisenberg is a loving husband and a doting father. He came into this business to utilize his expertise as a chemist to have enough money to last his family a lifetime and put his kids through college after he learns he has stage 4 lung cancer. Thankfully, the cancer is not what took him, and he managed to kill another round of drug dealers before meeting his fate.
The Bride is among the greatest examples of the saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” After escaping her former life as a killer, she wakes from a coma and becomes a woman on a mission to seek revenge on the man who gunned down her fiancé and find her missing baby.
Why we like her: The Bride is the epitome of girl power. She was set to change her ways and create a family of her own until one man destroyed her hopes and dreams for a better life. This is a story of a woman who had a chance at happiness ripped away from her on her wedding day. Who wouldn’t empathize with her? She is a strong woman who refuses to back down from a fight in revenge for those she loved and lost. We cheer for the bride in her revenge efforts even as she takes the lives of the many people who try to stand in her way.
The classic, martini-drinking British Secret Service agent is not only a professional assassin, he's also an sartorially astute lady killer.
Why we like him: James Bond set the tone for what it really means to be a sexy secret agent. He is the first of his kind. While coming up against any personal enemy or even going as far as defending the United States from a plan of attack, he still manages to get the girl, have a drink or three, and leave women wanting him and men wanting to be him. He is charming, witty, always dressed to the nines, drives cars that cost as much as the home you live in, and knows exactly how to treat a lady.
Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr. is not only our favorite non superhero-hero, he's also the archeology professor we never stopped crushing on.
Why we like him: Indiana Jones is among the greatest of average Joe heroes. He is an average guy on exceptional quests, far from the typical duties of an everyday professor and archaeologist. We can relate to Indiana’s imperfections, tendencies to fall short and often get hurt yet admire his courage and unwillingness to give up from the fight be it against a group of Nazis, an evil cult, or even a journey of self to find his father.
Two Irish-American brothers who accidentally fall into their purpose, that purpose is to kill. Connor and Murphy resolve to rid Boston of its criminals.
Why we like them: Here we have two brothers who are killing for the good of mankind. They are similar to many superheroes we adore growing up but dressed more like a couple of street-toughs and armed with guns. We also have a story of two brothers who are sticking together for one calling that is to ensure the city of Boston remains safe for its people. Besides, what heart isn’t warmed by a touching tale of two brothers?
Anthony John “Tony” Soprano from The Sopranos
As Boss to the DiMeo crime family Tony is not directly responsible for all killings administered by the family but they are under his orders. Tony Soprano is directly responsible for eight murders in which he shot, suffocated, or bludgeoned the victim to death.
Why we like him: Tony Soprano’s job may be an ugly one, but for us it does not define the man that he is. He is a relatable family man as we’ve witnessed his over protective nature of his daughter and concern for his son’s well-being and future. He does what he can to conceal his criminal lifestyle from his children. Tony Soprano has a gentle side as an animal lover with fond memory of his childhood dog, Tippy. He enjoys sports and makes a large sum of money from betting, ahem, illegal betting but nevertheless. Though Tony shows many signs of a sociopath we are also given the opportunity to see just how some of the murders Tony commits weigh heavily on him until he is forced to remind himself that it’s all just part of the job.
This masked mastermind is a freedom fighter, unlikely hero, and aspiring savior to society.
Why we like him: V is not an easily likeable character but by the end the audience cannot help but give in to the likeability of a character who admits his wrongs. He was a fighter for the people hoping to change the world on his terms until he learned that he could not. The way that he learned this was by unexpectedly falling in love. The people that he felt deserved to die were the destroyers of society and freedom. He wanted to save the world until realizing that he was doing the opposite and instead becoming a part of the evil. Because of V’s humility and hopelessness from falling in love he became a character that we not only empathized with by the end of the movie but grew to feel an undeniable likeability for.
To some, Tony Stark is just a rich kid in a suit of armor. To us he's not only a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist but also a superhero.
Why we love him: Tony Stark’s personality precedes him. He is a lady’s man but his heart belongs to the one lady in his life who can put him in his place, Pepper Potts. Tony knows how to make an entrance, throw a party, charm an audience, and save the world. While Tony Stark has much to brag about he is still a vulnerable character. Though he has created a powerful exoskeleton, Tony still suffers from a severe chest injury with an electromagnet imbedded into his chest to keep shards of shrapnel that remain in his chest from reaching his heart. His powerful exterior and suit of armor leaves us in awe, but the man underneath with relatable vulnerability makes us admire him all the more.