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What is it about underdogs that we can't get enough of? I love reading about characters that have weaknesses and looks like they will not win in the battle. I especially love writing them. Call me sadistic, but if the character is on the verge of death or horrible defeat that's even better. There's just something about the struggle that they make throughout their journey to reach their goal that makes them interesting and likeable.
But, I'm also the one that hate to read about overpowered characters that have little to no weaknesses. I really couldn't stand Superman before Smallville came out because Superman was always the one superhero that had too many powers with little weaknesses that the cops always called on to do their jobs. Give me the rugged rogue that has to break a few little rules if they have any chance of defeating the evil bad guy.
Even with non-paranormal settings. The underdog's journey is always interesting if they put all their heart and strength into accomplishing the impossible.
p.s. I love Glee for just this reason...
So, what sort of characters do you like? If you like the underdog, what is it about them that you like?