Questions 3: The Bad Boy Topic Comes to an End

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I was going to do a ‘Bad Boy Store’, but it wasn’t working out.  Didn’t hit the right notes and my own limitations on the topic proved problematic.  So, I dusted off the ‘Questions 3’ post even though I did something similar at the end of Monday’s post.  Figure it’s a nice time for audience interactions.  You can answer in a comment (you don’t have to copy/paste the question) or as a post on your own blog (please pingback), so let’s have some fun.

  1. Who is your favorite ‘Bad Boy’ from fiction?
  2. If you had to design a ‘Bad Boy’, what would be a necessity?
  3. Why do you think the ‘Bad Boy’ is so appealing to audiences?


About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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31 Responses to Questions 3: The Bad Boy Topic Comes to an End

  1. 1. Kisten from Kim Harrison’s Hollows/Rachel Morgan series.
    2. A motorbike, and a, “too cool to care,” attitude.
    3. Because the bad boy represents danger, thrills, and all the similar things we sometimes wish we could have, but don’t dare seek in real life.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    1. Who is your favorite ‘Bad Boy’ from fiction?
    Probably Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle (Miyazaki’s adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s book is really the favorite). His reputation for eating people’s hearts and killing wizards makes a bad boy.
    2. If you had to design a ‘Bad Boy’, what would be a necessity?
    Past suffering and attitude (these often shape character), but a desire to love and be loved
    3. Why do you think the ‘Bad Boy’ is so appealing to audiences?
    This person is unpredictable. Willing to fight, but also to pick fights sometimes. People think this person can be tamed, but that’s not true.


  3. Bad boy? Humbert Humbert, in Lolita
    Essential element – A sense of humor
    I think audiences like bad boys because secretly they admire what bad boys can get away doing.

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  4. 1. I’m odd, and like the very clever Bad Boys more than the idiots whose arm muscles are bigger than their head.
    2. A Bad Boy necessity would be having a piercing look, through the serious focus of his situation, that helps the love interest see his inner soul and vulnerability.
    3. My theory is that women want an invincible force so they feel protected; and get hot and bothered over the idea that, as strong and powerful as that man is, she’s influenced some soft part of him. There often seems to be a element of thinking she can change him but truly not wanting that change because then he wouldn’t be a Bad Boy?

    My writing got me wondering about Bad Girls, too. What do you think about Bad Girls, Charles?


    • I think the clever ones go further too. You don’t really remember the muscle heads because they don’t evolve. Most of them are secondary characters too. Interseting how so many people believe that all bad boys are really vulnerable on the inside. That kind of feeds the belief that they can be changed for the better.

      I was thinking about doing something about Bad Girls, but that’s not as common. You do have Femme Fatales and promiscuous types, but those are treated differently. The ‘dark and dangerous’ thing seems to be reserved for male characters, especially when you factor in the common element of someone trying to change them.

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      • True, but thinking that way got me wondering if things work the same on the flip side. Do men like Bad Girls? Why? Same reasons, or just because they think she’d be fun in bed and that’s the end of it?


      • Maybe I’ll make Bad Girls the topic I need for the last week in November. You’re probably right that it’s more for fun and not bringing her home to meet the family.

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  5. 1) Madmartigan from Willow. They played him a lot for laughs, skirt-chasing and accidentally being under a love spell.

    2) Some sort of combat ability, for when his hijinks anger people. Madmartigan was “the greatest swordsman in the world.” Also a quick wit that can be nasty or just funny. (Hence people getting mad at him.)

    3) There’s a certain swagger and charm that draws people to them, although in real life I don’t think I’d have patience with that type.


    • Madmartigan is a great example of a fantasy bad boy. Still some honor, but certainly a miscreant most of the time. I’ve met some charming people in real life and they’re not as dull as one would think. The reason they get attention is because they know how to work a crowd.

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  7. Tough one for me, because I’m not into the romance angle these usually have.

    1. My favorite currently is Merv from Sin City.

    2. I did it and his name is Clovis. He gets things done, sometimes brutally, but he also befriends a dog.

    3. Because the audience can see what should be done, but lives within the system. The bad boy operates beyond the system and gets the fantasy results we truly want.

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  9. Joan Hall says:

    Learned of this through Staci. Decided to play along. Here’s a link to my answers.


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