In an episode that has recently been going round, “The office” the role of a bad guy who attracts the favour of the audience arises. A clueless boss referred to as Michael Scott dispatches his workplace rival by planting marijuana inside the desk of his nemesis so that police can find it. Although the action seems to be awfully mean, Michael admits that “the action is unpleasant but sometimes the end is justified by the means” (Newsweek Staff 1). Unfortunate for him, Michael does not realise that the marijuana he bought was a baggie that had been filled with basil caprese salad which leads to failure in his mission. The story seems funny to many audience and even a larger number would sympathise with Michael on his failed mission. This reveals that the role of characters in a program has been changing with time. A time when programs were only characterised with good guys or heroes who could not harm anyone in a movie have changed. The modern set of audience is diverse and people have developed a huge interest in areas where the bad guys thrives by believing in what they are doing as right even when it’s a malicious plan against an opponent. Michael would be celebrated by many guys if he succeeded in his malicious plan against his rival (Newsweek Staff 1).
It could be argued that the political climate in the last ten years has influenced the audience to turn to antihero interest in various matters especially in viewing the bad guys in the movies as heroes. This could be as a result of rise in intelligence investigations, terrorism and other horrific events in lives of people.