Last week, while watching an episode of 30 Rock and sweating away on my trainer, I had the realization that I never really get tired of see the character Dennis Duffy. Why I’m so endeared to this strange character? Probably because Dennis (AKA “The Beeper King” and “Subway Hero”) is consistently the perfect television character.
After spending a little extra time being introspective about what makes “The Beeper King” a perfect character, I started to think about all of the other characters on television that I would also designate with this classification. These titans of the small-screen have very similar qualities to many other TV characters, with one exception. Only these characters are able to put me in a better mood, just by entering my mind. So, next time you want to see me smile, mention the Jean-Ralphio and the Snakehole Lounge.
The main correlation I’ve noticed between all of these “perfect” characters are these traits:
- Hapless losers!
- Hardly ever the main focus of the show.
- Show up just enough to stay relevant.
- High-quality dialog.
- Little-to-no self-awareness.
- Dream BIG and lose ALWAYS.
I’m not sure what it says about ME that I like these characters, but they are pretty amazing. Writing about these bozos also gave me a reason to draw a little. I haven’t done that for awhile, making this a fun post to put together.
Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Parks and Recreation)
Dennis Duffy, AKA “The Beeper King” and “Subway Hero” (30 Rock)
Father Matthew “Rickety Cricket” Mara (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Tobias Funke (Arrested Development)