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Soaps.com: GL's Greatest Villians
Topic Started: Dec 19 2007, 04:50 PM (334 Views)
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I just discovered this article that was published a few months back and though I'd post it, since villians are a big part of soaps. In honor of it's 70th Anniversary and Halloween, soaps.com picked their interprtation of GL's Four Greatest Villians...

http://www.soaps.com/guidinglight/news/archive/2007-10

GL's Greatest Villains: Part One: Annie Dutton
Villain: Annie Dutton

The Actress
Cynthia Watros played the part of Annie for the majority of the character's tenure on the show (it was briefly taken over by Signy Coleman after she left). During that time, she won a Daytime Emmy award in the category of lead actress for 1998. After leaving the show that year, she briefly appeared on fellow soap Another World before departing for a successful career in primetime. She could be seen recently on the series Lost and recently shot a pilot for the new Marisa Tomei sitcom, The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud

Brief Bio
From 1994 until 1998, Annie managed to create more chaos and marry more men than even Reva could in her prime. After starting off as something of a goodie-two shoes, the mask began to fall away when she was forced to do battle with Reva over the several men who they shared in common. As a nurse, she got involved with an injured Josh but, before they could be married, her past, as an alcoholic and the wife of pill popping doctor Rick Bauer, came to light. Josh left her but couldn't stay away. Unfortunately, on the way to the altar, Reva came back from the land of the dead to fight for custody of her children. The battle between Annie and Reva was even more personal because Marah had grown closer to Annie than she'd ever been to her mother. The fights between the two women would become legendary over the next two years. After Annie married Josh, she started drinking again until Rick and Josh finally intervened. But a sober Annie was just as dangerous to everyone. She became Alan's physical therapist and, in a bid to keep Josh in line, sought out desperate means to become pregnant, including slashing her diaphragm and being artificially inseminated numerous times. After miscarrying the baby, she kept the dead fetus inside her just long enough to get in a fight with Reva. After provoking Reva to throw her down a staircase, she framed her rival for the miscarriage. Her deceptions were soon discovered though. Josh promptly ran back to Reva. Annie was left barren, under probation and with the threat of incarceration in a mental hospital over her head.

Increasingly unbalanced, Annie moved in with her frequent co-conspirator Alan Spaulding. Together they tried to take over Lewis Oil and to sabotage the relationship between Reva and her newfound sister Cassie Layne. Parole violations forced Annie into the mental hospital, but not for long. Alan got her out when he wanted to marry her. Unfortunately for them, Reva and her friends went after her, discovering her shady past before she came to Springfield and the fact that she was still married. This ruined things with Alan and she was arrested again. Annie was always good at getting out though and, after seducing her guard to get out, she got money from Ben Warren for some blackmail info on Ross and Blake and then vanished. She soon returned to kidnap Reva. After leaving Reva on a plane to crash, she jumped without a parachute. Reva survived, Annie was presumed dead.

Annie returned later, with a brand new face. Thanks to plastic surgery, she had her face remodeled after a woman named Teri DeMarco and returned to Springfield as a police detective. She began drugging Josh to break him away from Reva, seduced Alan and began seducing Frank. Reva and Josh tracked down the real Teri DeMarco and exposed Annie who was promptly put in jail. She easily escaped and went on the run. When she discovered Springfield's kidnapped children, she gave herself up to let them go free. While she tried to drug Josh again, she also kidnapped Lizzie Spaulding, alienating her from Alan. With no friends left in town, she went on the run again.

The Crimes
Being a nurse, Annie seemed to have a soft spot for medically related crimes, often involving substantial amounts of narcotics. Like most Guiding Light villains, she also seems to enjoy kidnapping, blackmail and taking the occasional break in Ravewood, the local mental hospital.

* While a thief and drug addict, she killed a man while driving under the influence before faking her own death; stole drugs and altered prescriptions while working as a nurse at Cedars; deleted computer files concerning Kevin Marler's paternity (under Blake's instructions); drugged Josh and tried to brainwash him; switched Josh's blood tests.
* Tampered with her diaphragm while attempting to get pregnant by an unsuspecting Josh (then tried to frame Shayne for tampering with her birth control); lied to nurse Fran Richkin so that she could get artificially inseminated and then blackmailed her (she did this twice); changed Harley's medication to make her psychotic.
* Blackmailed Blake into spying on her husband Ross and stealing his files; blackmailed Ben Warren.
* Fraudulently created a fake orphanage; impersonated a police officer; framed Reva for her miscarriage; perjury; bigamy; concealed evidence (including stealing her own dead baby); destroyed evidence; faked her own death (twice); impersonated a nurse; planted evidence on Alan.
* Stalked Reva; assaulted Reva (several times); kidnapped Reva; attempted to murder Reva (several times); attempted to murder Alan; kidnapped Lizzie; assaulted Josh.
* Escaped from County General's mental hospital; escaped from the State Mental hospital; seduced her guard twice so she could escape from prison (also assault and theft from the guard); escaped from prison again; parole violations.

Why?
Like everyone else in Springfield, Annie usually claims to do everything out of love or for the sake of family. Unfortunately for Annie, she never really had a family, but she certainly wanted one. One of the things which was so wonderful about Cynthia Watros' performance was that she could project a remarkable fragility but, like glass, as soon as she broke, she became jagged and dangerous. Set as the most successful rival and enemy that Reva ever encountered, Annie managed to be everything that she wasn't: Seductive, yet sophisticated; obsessive, but deliberate. She also managed to gain the love and respect, not only of Josh, but of Reva's children (for awhile), successfully acting as their mother. Reva hated her and Reva's audience despised her. In that time when Guiding Light had it's share of disturbed women kidnapping children and deeply flawed women seeking their often contradictory dreams, Annie stood out and set her own standards for madness and excitement.

GL's Greatest Villains: Part Two: Edmund Winslow

The Actor
Fresh from playing a 221 year old time traveler on Another World, David Andrew MacDonald took on the small part of Prince Edmund in 1999 with no one expecting it to last for very long. It ended up lasting for six years. The role pushed him in many, often extreme directions, but MacDonald has always claimed to be an actor who scoffs when he's told that a plot is ridiculous and unbelievable. During a CBS interview in 2000, he stated that 'I will do whatever is required to tell a good story. I joked to Bradley Cole (Richard) once, "You're laying hands on people and healing the sick, and I'm off in the corner eating babies." But if they need Edmund to be nastier to tell a story, great.'

Brief Bio
To read his full bio, click http://www.soaps.com/guidinglight/cast/609/Edmund_Winslow

The Crimes
* Attempted to murder Reva on many occasions, both as herself and as Princess Catherine Winslow. This often included framing other people for the killing (victims of set ups were Richard and Olivia), but once he just tied her up and left her to drown in a cave.
* Attempted to murder his brother Richard and usurp the throne of San Cristobel. Once he tried to stab him, once he tried to shoot him, once he sabotaged his plane to crash (almost killing Beth, Phillip and Jim by accident).
* Abductions and imprisonments: This is a common tactic for him. He abducted Jonathan twice; helped Carmen Santos abduct a child; held Cassie prisoner in the San Cristobel twice, nearly starving her to death and took her hostage in Springfield; took Richard prisoner in the San Cristobel; imprisoned Holly Norris Reade; imprisoned his wife, Beth and later abducted her; abducted Roy Baker from the hospital (after causing his heart attack); imprisoned Michelle and then abducted her newborn child to raise her as his own; imprisoned Dinah.
* Drugging: Drugged Vanessa Chamberlain's IV drip; force fed sedatives to Cassie; heavily drugged Dinah to keep her quiet while imprisoning her; drugged Michelle and induced child labor.
* Blackmail: He blackmailed Phillip Spaulding using a videotape of him being intimate with Beth while she was married to Jim; blackmailed Cassie's fertility doctor into telling Richard that he was sterile (the doctor committed suicide afterward); milked Phillip for money with the help of Lorelei Hills (Beth) impersonating Beth; threatened Alan Spaulding for money; blackmailed Alexandra after she drugged her brother.
* Miscellaneous: Impersonated Phillip Spaulding and Rob Layne; hired a man to threaten Tammy and Cassie; hired Cassie's bodyguard, O'Rourke, to seduce her and destroy her marriage (then robbed her); sabotaged Phillip's car; smeared Princess Cassie in the press revealing her stripper past; made Carmen believe he was poisoning her; assaulted Jonathan (several times); assaulted Phillip; assaulted Danny Santos; assaulted Jeffrey O'Neill; escaped from prison; burned Richard's will; arson.
* Attempted coup d'etat of San Cristobel in 2000 and again in 2001. Plotted to rig San Cristobel's first election.

Why?
Why was Edmond so bad? MacDonald gave his opinion in a 2002 interview: 'His father hated him; there's no reason that he shouldn't have the same opinion of himself.... He goes to great lengths to prove to himself that he's better than (half brother) Richard and worthy of his father's love. I think that the coldness and cruelty of his father, the death of his mother at a young age and all the attention going to Richard are the largest motivation for him to fill that void. As the writers unfold the character we see he's looking for love to fill up that emptiness.'
What makes him so special? Is it the accent, the good looks, the deep seated anguish that always seems to linger behind his eyes? Or is it the truly warped and perverse nature of so many of his crimes? Somehow, the fact that he really was an intelligent, charming and debonair man made it all the more disturbing and confusing. This quality was brought out a great deal more by contrasting him with Richard and playing up the whole fairytale quality that accompanied his early appearances. As he became part of the fabric, however, the romantic villain gave way to a more realistic and disturbing character who, despite earnest attempts to reform himself, couldn't stop himself from being bad.


GL's Greatest Villains: Part Three: Alan Spaulding
The Actors
With the exceptions of a few brief fill-ins, there have been two actors who will really be remembered for taking on the demanding role of Alan Spaulding, the increasingly menacing tycoon who pushed Guiding Light through the 70's and 80's until today. Each of them managed to imbue the character with their own peculiar tones. Christopher Bernau, who played the role from 1977-1984 and then from 1986-1988, was already an accomplished stage actor, renowned for playing Dracula and Shakespearean villains. He was also famous for his part on vampire soap Dark Shadows. The other major actor to take on the role has been Ron Raines, who has played the part since 1994. He joined the cast while already an established Broadway star and has often been acclaimed as one of the most successful recasts in the show's history. While he displays less of the cracked surface found in Bernau, he gives the character more grim charm and pathos. But both men have always captured that strange mixture of the volatile and, dare one say, the fragile that seems so important to the character. However cold and calculating he tends to be, Alan has always been in a precarious position, verging on madness and self-destruction.

Bio
See our bio of Alan click http://www.soaps.com/guidinglight/cast/210/Alan_Spaulding

The Crimes
Miscellaneous: Illegally adopted Phillip; falsely convinced Elizabeth Spaulding that her baby wasn't stillborn; Faked a heart attack (twice) and falsified medical records to prove it; faked an illness.

In Business: Took Spaulding Enterprises from his father; sabotaged the Lewis Oil-LTA deal; stole information from secret files at Lewis Oil; used the media to expose the Lewis' involvement in illegal cloning and suggested they murdered Dolly; hired Brent Lawrence to commit accounting fraud for Spaulding Enterprises; stole Lewis Oil away from Josh and Billy Lewis by underhanded means; plotted the destruction of the San Cristobel Harbor Project.

Evidence tampering and aiding criminal activity: Helped fugitive Roger Thorpe to fake his own death (included stealing a corpse); concealed Roger Thorpe; covered up the Maryanne Caruthers incident; had Phillip's house to burned down to destroy evidence; hid fugitive Christine Valère; tampered with Marah Shayne paternity records; concealed evidence that would have freed Josh Lewis from prison; concealed fugitive Annie Dutton (twice); doctored photos to frame Josh Lewis for taking kickbacks; withheld evidence that Alexandra was Reva's stalker; stied on Michelle Bauer; obstructed the police investigation into Carrie Caruther's murder; concealed Alexandra's involvement in the Antimonious drug ring; shot his son, Phillip, and faked his death.


Bribery and Blackmail: Bribed Ramon de Vilar to claim to be Elizabeth's lover; made Emily quit as Alan-Michael Spaulding's nanny when he threatened to expose her past; threatened Neil Blake over his involvement in a baby-swapping scheme; blackmailed Lillian Raines when she hired a man to drive Carl out of town; bribed Brent Lawrence to leave town; bribed a medical technician into making sure he was named on the paternity test for Beth's baby; blackmailed Olivia Spencer Lewis into sleeping with him; blackmailed Lena Kendall (a prisoner) to spy on Harley; bribed Jonathan Randall to leave town; brought Nick Spaulding to the Bahamas where he had him drugged and video taped in a compromising position ; blackmailed Alex to date one of Eden's studs; attempted to bribe the Raines' family to move; blackmailed Alex with video evidence of her stalking of Reva; paid Fran Richkin to testify during Reva's trial; bribed an orderly at County General to aid Annie; bribed court officials to have Beth Raines reprimanded into Bradley's custody; forced Bradley Raines to charge Phillip with harassment.

Abductions: Had Simon Hall drugged and abducted to San Rios; hired Professor Blackburn to kidnap Beth Raines; kidnapped Alex, Blake and Vanessa on a yacht and attempted to force them to sign over their shares to him; kidnapped Alex to coerce her into signing the presidency of Spaulding Enterprises over to him; had Tammy Layne taken from a foster home to frighten Cassie; had Lizzie kidnapped so he could plant a listening device on her.

Stealing: Sold stolen artwork; broke into Alex's safe to steal the San Rios mineral rights; stole money from Josh Lewis.

Set-ups: Had Ross Marler drugged and then planted cocaine in his car; set Ross up with a prostitute; Falsified Beth's death certificate; tried to set up Harley for corporate fraud; hired Edmund to seduce Alex; forced Cassie Layne to work as his spy for him at Lewis Oil and set up Josh Lewis to be found in her bed; switched Olivia's birth control pills with placebos; tried to set Phillip up for the murder of Neil Everest; hired a woman to impersonate Beth to swindle a million dollars from; paid Jerry Dalton to run against Ross in the D.A.'s election; hired Carl Stevens to keep Phillip and Beth apart; snuck into Lizzie's room to get her to shoot him; drugged Harley.

Big crimes: Manufactured biological weapons; smuggled the long lost Halkein gold from Andorra.

Violent crime: Attempted murder of Roger Thorpe; accidentally shot Phillip; put a hit out on Jonathan (accidentally killing Tammy Winslow); attempted to attack Harley Cooper with a fireplace poker; threatened Edmund Winslow with a letter opener; shot a sheriff to save Reva; pulled a gun on Gus and Harley; assaulted Sebastain Hulce; threatened an officer of the court; ordered Sebastian Hulce to kill Dr. Wallace; attacked Jonathan Randall; set up Henry "Coop' Bradshaw for an accident.

Framing and manipulation of the law: Framed Ross Marler for embezzlement; bugged Vanessa Chamberlain and then attempted to blackmail her; paid Brent Lawrence to manufacture evidence to push Alan-Michael out of the company; had Amanda Spaulding arrested and jailed for prostitution and tax evasion; paid thugs to attack Cassie Layne and then pretended to rescue her; arranged for a city-wide power outage so he could break out of prison.

Why?
Like many Springfield's residents, family is everything to Alan,. Ironically, this tends to mean bad news for everyone, especially his family. There's something melancholy about Alan, as if he views his life like it is a grand tragedy. However cynical he may be, there is always something idealistic about him; that's why he seems so chronically disappointed in everyone else and feels free to manipulate their lives. He has always lived in a big way, much like the characters in his favorite operas, womanzing and mercilessly closing deals while hunting down any perceived threats viciously. As he's gotten older and his health has suffered, he seems to have mellowed quite a bit, often farming his dirty work out, more content to hatch nasty quips than dirty schemes.

GL's Greatest Villains: Part Four: Roger Thorpe

The Actor
Roger was played by the incomparable Michael Zaslow from 1971 until 1980 and then from 1989 until 1997. GL wasn't his first soap. He already had experience working on Search For Tomorrow. In the interlude between his two stints as Roger, he appeared on OLTL as David Renaldi and worked behind-the-scenes as a writer for Another World. Although he worked on stage and screen for decades, he'll always be best remembered for playing Roger, a part which earned him several Soap Opera Digest awards as well as a Daytime Emmy. He died of ALS in 1998. The charity group ZazAngels was set up in his memory.


Brief Bio
Brought to Springfield with the promise of a corporate future, Roger worked as an underling for Stanley Norris. His primary task was keeping the women in Norris' family in line, although Roger soon found his own way of doing this. After seducing a young and naive Holly, he began pursuing her brother's wife. When Holly caught him forcing himself on the other woman, she ran to tell her brother. After being beaten by an angry husband, Roger left town in disgrace. While he was away, Holly married Ed Bauer but quickly became bored. As soon as Roger came back, she pursued him and became pregnant. Fearing scandal, she tried to convince Ed that the baby was his although Roger had already drifted to Peggy Fletcher. The deception was brought out into the open when the baby needed a blood transfusion from its biological father. Although the revelation of true paternity destroyed Holly's marriage, Roger stayed with Peggy. This was not to last. Soon, when Rita Stapeleton came to town, Roger's marriage to Peggy ended when he had to testify at her murder trial that Rita was with him the night of the crime.

With his life once again in a mess, he took a job working for Alan Spaulding and continued his vendetta against Ed. Having been diagnosed as sterile, Roger became increasingly jealous of the attention Ed gave his one and only daughter, Christine. He seduced Ed's sister, Hillary, and raped Rita (who was no with Ed) as a way of demeaning his enemy. Before things could go further, a business rival ran him down in an attempt to kill him. While he was recovering in the hospital, he played on Holly's pity to get her back. Although they reunited and married, he continued to sleep with Hillary until she couldn't take it any longer. Holly became increasingly disgusted with him and, after repeatedly pushing him away, he raped her. Ed convinced her to press charges but Roger's defense team almost got him off, until Rita came forward and revealed that sexual violence was a pattern with him. Although he was convicted, he was let out on bail and went out for revenge. He brutally attacked Ed and was only stopped from killing him when Holly, suffering from flashbacks to her rape, shot him down. As he lay in the hospital dying, he blackmailed Alan to smuggle him out of the country where he supposedly died.

Mike Bauer remained suspicious about Roger's death and for good reason. The ever devious Mr. Thorpe had recovered in Puerto Rico and then traveled to Paris where he had plastic surgery and seduced his surgeon, Renee DuBois. Returning to Springfield, he plotted to steal his daughter, Christina, back. Disguising himself as an old professor, he hid out in the Reardon boarding house and spied on his daughter and her family. Dressed as a clown, he tried to abduct her but Rita recognized him before he could. He took the pregnant Rita captive instead but abandoned her in labor as the cops began to close in on him. She miscarried the baby and he went on the run. Renee came to town from Paris to find him and, as he manically searched for his daughter, he tried to strangle Renee when she claimed, quite rightly that she didn't know her whereabouts. After falling down some stairs when she tried to escape, she went into a coma and died. Ed and Mike began to pursue Roger next, chasing him down to the Dominican Republic where his abduction of Holly and Christine had gone wrong. In a desperate battle, Roger shot Ed, who still managed to squeeze off a shot that sent Roger off a cliff. Though Ed grabbed him before he could fall, his grip gave way and Roger fell to his death.

Of course, Roger didn't die. Instead, he was recruited by the CIA and became a special agent. He traveled across Europe as a spy and assassin before ending up in the Caribbean. Coincidentally, Alexandra Spaulding and Fletcher Reade crashed on that island. Seeing opportunity, Roger hid his face behind a mask, called himself Adam Malik and brought Alex to a cave where he began seducing her. Hearing about the sad life of his daughter and seeing her when she and Phillip came to rescue Alex, Roger resolved to return as well. This was buoyed along when the local military came searching for him. Though Alex tried to hide him in the wine cellar of her mansion, Alan's suspicions were raised and the two consummate frauds spent months trying to outdo one another in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. It ended in a gun battle at Blake and Phillip's wedding which left both Phillip and Roger with gun shot wounds. As Ed tended to the disguised Roger, he and Holly realized who he was. Although they thought about letting him die, Ed's Hippocratic oath won out and they saved him from bleeding to death. Unsatisfied, Holly tried to kill him without success. After reuniting with his daughter, he teamed up with Phillip to go after Alan, whom they tricked into revealing that he was responsible for the recent shootings, among other things.

With Alan now in prison, Roger positioned himself for power. He tried to repair his relationship with both Holly and his daughter and convinced Phillip to make him Vice President of Spaulding. When Alexandra returned to town, he seduced her again. Ruthless in business as in all else, he schemed to bilk Henry Chamberlain of all his money through rigged poker games. Henry lost everything and almost committed suicide. Roger then tried to impress his daughter by building a skyscraper in her honor. As he bought up real estate, the Coopers refused to sell and a thug Roger hired burned down their property, killing 'Pops' Cooper in the fire. Thorpe managed to save himself from being implicated by shooting the man who set the blaze. After covering this up, he signed a pre-nup with Alex which let him become the head of Spaulding, provided he could remain faithful to her. Immediately taking the reigns of the company, he ratchetted up his war against Lewis Oil. When he discovered that one of Billy's workers owned the lease to the land, he moved her into his apartment. She died soon after. Billy then sent his daughter, Mindy to spy on him. Although they were attracted to each other, he resisted her. Reva went after him next and, after a failed attempt at seduction, stole the lease from him. Billy had Roger thrown out of the building and Alex threw him out of the marriage. To retaliate, he began an affair with Mindy. Not knowing this, Alex sent Holly off to seduce Roger so that she could dissolve the marriage. The old couple began to bond as they rescued Blake and her new husband Alan-Michael. She began to forgive him, but the reconciliation was short-lived when it was revealed that she had been on a mission from Alex all the while. He wanted to marry Mindy but didn't want to lose Alex's money in the divorce. Thinking fast, he called an old CIA friend who helped him embezzle millions from Spaulding. He also became involved with the mob and in a land grab from the Jessup's which ended up killing an old man.

Things seemed to catch up with him all at once as a pregnant Mindy (he was no longer sterile) went into contractions as Alex discovered his affair and young Hart Jessup went to confront Roger with the revelation that he was his father. This last bit of information completely threw Roger and he was confused long enough to forget about Mindy. She became annoyed and left him. It was also long enough for Alex to realize he was robbing her. Banding together with Alan-Michael and Mallet, they went in search of the money he'd stolen from the family. Although Roger used his mob connections to battle Mallet down and to keep himself free from jail, Alex started a campaign to publicly humiliate him, forcing him from his position in the company. While he turned back to Holly, she was already moving on with someone else. While he dug around in her life and became the suspect in a murder, Alex discovered that Nick McHenry was having an affair with Mindy and finally broke the fact of Roger and Mindy's secret relationship to Billy. He freaked out and nearly beat Roger to death. As he recovered, Mallet came back for revenge and threatened him with murder charges. When Roger tried to convince everyone, especially Holly, that the new man in her life was a murderer, she pushed him away even more. Luckily, Roger came running to her side just as her new beau was threatening her life. Roger killed the man after an elaborate hostage taking. Nonetheless, Holly still rejected Roger.

At loose ends, he accepted Alex's offer to help break up Mindy and Nick, traveling to Europe to find Eve Guthrie, Nick's long lost love and bring her back into the picture, thus destroying another relationship. While his back was turned, Jenna Bradshaw robbed he and Alex, finding the details of his betrayal of his own son Hart. When Hart discovered this, he was outraged and left town. Roger turned back to his daughter and tried to use her to destroy his old rival Ross. After a series of double-crosses and botched blackmail, Blake almost ended up in prison and Roger had to accept defeat at the hands of Ross to save her. He then began an affair with Jenna, largely because she stood to get a windfall of cash thanks to a lawsuit against Spaulding. With his contacts inside the company, Roger managed to rig things so that she couldn't lose her case. He had a hard time staying faithful to her though and soon turned to Holly for comfort when his alienated son Hart returned. When Hart went to work for Lewis, Roger went back to war, setting out to humiliate HB and Billy. Meanwhile, Jenna threw Roger out and his former partner in embezzlement, John Davis, came looking for his money. When Roger refused, Davis tried to kill him. Roger, by a twist of fate, ended up knocking both Davis and Ed Bauer off the side of a mountain, rescuing Ed and letting John die. Ed and Roger didn't heal their longstanding animosity, however, when Roger slept with Holly only hours later. Ed promptly punched Roger all the way back to Jenna's feet. She felt bad for her wayward lover and took him back, though he quickly ran to Holly who beat him out of her home with a phone. Roger then ran back to Jenna again and proposed to her. She accepted and the wedding was broadcast on TV. Before the honeymoon was over, Jenna's eyes increasingly wandered to Buzz, Hart left town again and Alex returned to take back everything Roger had stolen from her.

His marriage to Jenna was quickly disintegrating, thanks largely to the psychopath he hired to torture the Coopers and Alexandra's stories of what Roger was really like. Unfortunately, Jenna was pregnant with his child, though that didn't stop her and everyone else form despising him. After a particularly heated fight at the country club, where virtually the entire town ganged up on him, Roger wound up shot. Everyone assumed he was dead and that Alex killed him but, in fact, he was hiding in Holly's basement. Sneaking out at night, he spied on his enemies around town and realized that the police wanted him for fraud and other crimes. Finally, at the brink of death from his wound, he revealed himself to Holly. She called Ed and they saved his life again. Before Ed could turn him in, Roger went on the run, showing up to threaten Jenna who threatened to shoot him again. Only Buzz managed to stop her and she went into convulsions, miscarrying the baby. Roger used the chance to escape with help from Tangie (who he had raised in Switzerland unbeknown to anyone), had the bullet still lodged in his body removed, stole Billy's gun and then framed him for shooting him. He more-or-less allowed himself to be arrested and exploited the occasion to get himself on TV and attack the Lewises. Holly paid his bail and they reunited. More surprisingly, Billy confessed to the shooting and was sent to jail.

After convincing Spaulding to drop the fraud charges against him, he started trying to put his family back together by going after Peter and Hart. At the same time, he became involved with the mysterious Mr. Tashiwa who asked him to infiltrate Spaulding. He soon discovered that the mystery man was none other than Alan, out of prison and ready to take everything back. He and Roger made a deal and Roger began to seduce Alex yet again while Alan stole the company out from under her. Although Alex and Roger never slept together, once she realized what was happening, she told Holly that they had. Holly promptly dumped him and turned back to Fletcher. He fought to get her back, threatening to kill Alan unless he revealed their plot to her. She went back to him, but still had feelings for Fletcher so dumped Thorpe again. He kept trying to get her back, faking a car accident and amnesia to solicit pity and attention but nothing worked.

Going back to his old ways, he hooked up with Dinah Marler, daughter of two of his old enemies (Vanessa and Ross) whom he saved from a kidnapping. They got married, which appalled everyone, and the fighting between everyone involved continued. When Hart finally learned that Roger had killed his grandfather, he seduced Dinah and began destroying his father's life. Of course, the marriage was already crumbling because Roger was embezzling all of her money and whatever he could get from her family. When she confronted him, he faked a heart attack. That didn't impress her and she went to his hospital bed ready to shoot him only to have Hart drag her away. Instead of divorcing him, she and Hart decided to torture him and make him think he was going insane. The plan worked, and Roger became gradually unhinged and more violent than ever, attacking both of them and drugging Dinah in an attempt to force her to commit suicide. Seeing how dangerous things were, they upped the ante with Hart fighting his father at gunpoint and faking his own death. He then 'haunted' his guilty father, pushing him into suicidal behavior. After Roger tried to kill Dinah again, he was locked up. When he was released, Hart and Dinah publicly confronted him, humiliating him and sending him into a breakdown. He was locked in a mental hospital but broke out and went looking for his wife and son. After cornering them, he was captured and sent back to the asylum where he promptly tried to escape again, chasing Dinah until she rang the fire alarm. She rushed authorization for him to receive shock treatment. As a response, he incited a riot, escaping in the chaos. After robbing the Spaulding mansion, he tried to hijack a plane. Captured again, he was sent back for treatment. He began faking amnesia and started acting good and self-controlled again. Released yet again, he got himself beat up to win his son's sympathy and then trapped Dinah in a grain silo so that he could 'rescue' her just before she was about to die. Playing up his reformed act, he seduced Amanda Spaulding in a bid to get back into the company and began blackmailing Vanessa. He and Amanda abruptly moved to California and he died several years later.

The Crimes
Rape and violence against women: Attempted rape of Janet Mason; verbal abused of his wife (Peggy Scott); raped Rita Stapleton; raped his wife, Holly; verbally abuse and threats against Jenna Bradshaw; intimidation of Bess Lowell; drugging of Dinah Marler.

Murders/ killings: Indirectly responsible for the 5th St. fire which killed 'Pops' Cooper; accidentally shot and killed Scully; knocked Renee DuBois' down a stairway to her death; while a CIA agent, he killed a double agent in Berlin; killed Daniel St. John; killed John Davis.

Abduction: Attempted to kidnap his daughter, Chrissy (several times); abducted Rita Stapleton Bauer; abducted Holly Norris; abducted Ruth Price; set up the abduction of Eleni Cooper.

Assaults and attempted murders: Assaulted Ed Bauer; shot Ed Bauer; attempted murder of Dinah; assaulted Fletcher Reade.

Blackmail and coercion: Coerced Rita Stapleton to keep silent about their affair; blackmailed Alan's attorney, Dean Blackford; blackmailed Alan into helping him evade police; coerced Alan to pay off a Cedars employee for a copy of the blueprints; threatened Diane Ballard into making Holly believe that they were having an affair; blackmailed an Vanessa Chamberlain into giving him Spaulding secrets; took nude photos of Reva for blackmailing Billy Lewis; blackmailed Daniel St. John; swindled Henry Chamberlain out of ownership of WSPR; blackmailed Gilly Grant; attempted blackmail of Vanessa so that she would remarry Billy.

Stealing/ financial/ evidence tampering: Took illegal loans from loan sharks to open The Metro and then committed accounting fraud to cover them up; used bribery to aid Jenna's defrauding of Spaulding; embezzled money from Dinah's trust fund; stole affidavits; stole papers confirming that Beth wasn't buried; swindled a million dollars from Philip; bribed Sonni Carrera, with expensive gifts; stole Ruth Price's deed to the Waterview Towers; stole evidence naming Billy Lewis as the owner of Waterview ; embezzled money from the Spaulding Foundation and WSPR (set up John Davis for the crime); swindled Hart Jessup's grandfather out of his farm; framed Bill for his shooting; staged a car accident and faked amnesia; faked a heart attack to avoid going to trial for embezzling Dinah's money.

Why?
Like his frequent enemy and sometime partner Alan Spaulding, Roger felt a desperate need to protect his family and his own legacy and this tended to make everyone around him suffer. Zaslow summed up this aspect of the character in an interview: 'Roger's desperately sincere, he wants to be loved and to love. He has a lot of love. He's trying to protect what's his, and himself. There's a lot of self-protection with characters like his. Usually it's not effective. There's a wall we throw up to protect ourselves. Maybe it doesn't serve our purposes but that's our defense mechanism. It's calculated, but not to hurt others . . . but to get the upper hand.'
One of the things which set Roger apart from the other villains on the show was his longstanding love with Holly. Although their often brutal relationship, filled with betrayal and rape, was controversial, there was an unmistakable spark between the two characters which made the whole affair both more disturbing and more involving. In spite of the cruelty in their love, people still rooted for them. It was this, admittedly perverse sort of love that highlighted and balanced the more eccentric aspects of the character. Although he was as, if not more, ruthless as the other villains on the show, he always did it with a theatrical panache and imbued it with a charmingly romantic quality. As horrible as Roger could be, he was always exciting.

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Mason


Good choices, except I would replace Annie with Dinah or Carmen. I consider Annie to be more of a psycho who did bad things because she was driven out of her mind. Dinah and Carmen, on the other hand, were just plain bad, LoL.
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Y&RWorldTurner
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Sharongate, bitches!

A good list IMO, but Edmund Winslow SHOULD NOT BE ON THERE with the rest of those villains.

Roger Thorpe will always be my favorite soap villain and Michael Zaslow is the best actor to grace soaps IMO. Lots of people missing, but most listed were good choices.
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#1 Fan of Daytime Psychos!

Gotta say that I was hoping my favorite GL character of all time was on there....the deliciously evil Carmen Santos!
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Too bad Alan is not the good villian he use to be. He is more like a cartoon now.
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Mason


I agree. Kreizman's writing for Alan is pathetic, and it makes the character that way too.
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