Sexy scifi bad boys

This post originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on June 5, 2012.

As a fan of Star Trek and The 4400, Jeffery Combs was the highlight of ConCarolinas. My family is in the middle of watching DS9 season 7, and my girls were beyond excited that mom got to meet Weyoun (also Brunt and several other Star Trek characters). He signed a picture for me, “Long live the Dominion.”

In his two Q&A sessions, Mr. Combs told stories about his experiences doing Star Trek, and his one-man Edgar Allan Poe show, Nevermore. I can now see how addictive conventions can be. That rush of excitement and OMIGOD THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER feeling when in the presence of an actor who is part of a beloved story is really … amazing!

I’ve now met someone who knows Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) and Damar (Casey Biggs). Not sure if that makes me just one degree of separation or two degrees from my favorite Star Trek characters, but whatever it is, I’ll take it. I love Cardassians, the sexiest bad boys of science fiction.

Which got me to thinking, as I looked over my photos from the event in Charlotte, NC, this past weekend: What is it about sci-fi bad boys? Klingons, Mandalorians, road warriors, stormtroopers, imperial guards — they were all over the convention. And, from what I could tell, the ladies loved it.

In Britain, I believe they call that “liking a bit of rough.” A similar topic came up at a Browncoat dinner for fans of Firefly, which I attended a couple weeks ago. The conversation began politely enough with discussion of the Avengers movie, since… y’know… Joss Whedon. But then it turned into a Captain America “blah boring” vs. Loki “oh, yeah, he’s hot” discussion.

So, what makes sci-fi baddies so, so good? Who are your favorite “misunderstood” villains, bad boys, badasses and black-clad hotties, and why?

~ J.L. Hilton

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