Not too long ago, I made a listicle entitled, “12 Pop Culture Female Characters Worth Admiring.” These characters are strong, independent and know how to take control of their lives to accomplish their goals. I thought that these women deserved recognition since many of them fall under the radar — compared to their male counterparts — but I also thought it is worth taking a look at male characters who are not appreciated enough for any number of reasons.
Here are 12 underappreciated male characters in pop culture that deserve more credit.
1. Victor Grassi — “Queer As Folk”
Despite living with AIDS and ultimately dying from complications due to his HIV medication, Vic easily had the strongest spirit on the show. He was always quick to deliver a sardonic remark when he felt that someone was BS-ing him, and lived for every moment because he realized how quickly it could be taken away from him. Here is the full quote for the above image:
Not to resort to trite musical theater references at the 11th hour, but I’ve been through Nixon, Reagan, two Bushes, and I’m still here. And kiddies, if I can survive all that, and more, we’ll survive this, too.
2. Rubeus Hagrid — “Harry Potter”
Hagrid was Harry’s first friend before the latter attended Hogwarts and did his best to defend Harry against anyone who had bad intentions. Although he is not the first person that most people think of when they consider Harry’s father figure, he deserves to be at the top of the list.