Do Legends! hehehe
Oh god, you really are trying to get me in trouble.
Last week, I would have said Nate. Mostly on account of how his early characterization and backstory still doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I think the second half of the season has gone a long way toward rehabilitating the character. I feel as though, from Raiders onward, we’ve been getting a lot more consistent characterization from Nate. And I’ve been finding him a lot more likeable too.
(It is fairly convenient that this sudden appeal came about at the same time that my favorite character came back. But I’ve never claimed to be a fair and unbiased person.)
Right now, it’s probably, unsurprisingly, Mick Rory. I know a lot of lovely people who are Mick fans, but I’ve been souring on him all season. It’s hard to tell how much of it is because of Mick’s own actions, or how much of it is because the bullying narrative that so much of the fandom seems to have adopted, which I simply cannot take.
I didn’t buy the bullying narrative when it was just potshots, because honestly, Mick was just as bad at shooting comments back toward the team as they have toward him, often in far less ideal circumstances. (i.e. calling Sara an assassin in front of the JSA.)
I especially don’t buy the bullying narrative now that Mick has threatened to hurt or kill Stein multiple times, and has actually assaulted Ray for the crime of bringing up the rat problem. And yes, Stein can be a dick. But that does not actually justify a very large, 46 year old man in his physical prime threatening an old man with violence.
And I really dislike how Mick’s hurt feelings are used to dismiss every other character’s rightful anger at his behavior. Even if Rip Hunter deserved betrayal on the Acheron in Marooned, Jax, Martin, Sara, Kendra, and Ray absolutely did not. Even if the team somehow deserved Mick turning on them in Fellowship because of their treatment of Mick Rory all season, Rip, Amaya, Nate, and the rest of freaking humanity did NOT.
This is contingent of course. Mick’s story hasn’t ended yet. And he isn’t a Kylo Ren, by any means. Mick has plenty of sympathetic traits and redeeming characteristics. So I may feel differently once Doomsworld plays out.
We’ll have to see. :-)