When we sympathize with a character’s motivations for committing a heinous act, we’re likely to excuse that character’s actions.
via Why We Love TV's Most Deeply Flawed Characters | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce.
I wish that this article was longer and told from a writer's point of view, but I could see the pulling point from it. And it's an interesting point in that the more dire, heinous, and real-world improbable the situation is, I would feel more compelled to watch that character try to achieve a certain goal for that character's greater "good."
But a more obvious point about this article--it doesn't make a reference to any female characters! Wassup wit dat?!
Sorry, this post is lame. But it's a post.