There’s nothing quite like falling in love with a fictional character.
And with most of the TV shows that grace our screens, that’s kind of the point.
Sure, we’ll tune in for the epic storytelling, edgy dialogue and nuanced analyses of human behavior that the scriptwriters tell us we need to be aware of. But, most of all, we need to connect with the characters and in many cases that connection involves intoxicating feelings of lusty love.
Thankfully, these same scriptwriters are happy to indulge our desire to shun actual human interaction in favor of finding love through a screen, and usually provide us with a lead character who is designed to make our hearts beat and our palms sweat.
Usually the character we’re meant to yearn to produce fictional children with is served up on a silver platter, with extra helpings of smoldering sexiness and masses of masculinity on the side. Frankly, they’re one step away from having a flashing neon sign secured across their pulsating pecs that reads “I Am Attractive And You Will Love Me.”
However, much like having your mum nudge you not-so-covertly in the shops and hiss that the guy behind the counter is all types of handsome, nothing sours sexy faster than having an outside party tell you that you should find someone attractive.
Sexiness and a sense of attraction isn’t something you can force and often our deepest fictional crushes are the result of a slow burn, watching a character evolve and slowly falling in love with their unlikely quirks and traits.
Right now the ABC’s The Beautiful Lie is attempting to entice us to fall in love with Skeet. He of the stringy I-can’t-be-bothered-to-wash-my-hair-because-I’m-too-busy-angsting-over-adultery and smoldering eyes.
However, while this rough-sex-having-hooligan continues to steam up the small screen, the eyes of Australia have hooked in on the less likely to feature in a centerfold character of Peter. The quiet vet, who lives on a farm and is somewhat socially awkward, has acquired a legion of adoring fans (many of which reside in the Mamamia office).
It’s not Peter’s show, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming the source of our x-rated daydreams.
It’s also not the first time a supposedly second tier character has swooped in to become the audience’s unconventional love interest, proving that sex appeal does not always begin and end with the traditional lead.
Other unlikely TV heartthrobs include: