- Neal Caffrey – White Collar
Neal Caffrey is the character through which most fans were introduced to Matt Bomer. Additionally, he is just inherently likable. A man who is in prison for stealing and fraud, yet somehow is sincere even when he’s lying to your face. He isn’t charming, as that implies a falseness, and Neal Caffrey was never portrayed as false, just manipulative, and he always showed the difference. In the show, there is a through line that Neal never will lie to Peter, and for the most part, he always sticks to that, and as troublesome as he is, Peter never gives up on him. When the show ended, how exciting was it to see Neal had escaped it all to Paris, where we fully expect Peter to join him, perhaps to begin the chase again? Either way, the chase would probably involve Neal and Peter enjoying wine or coffee at a Parisian cafe. Also, there’s the hat thing.
- Felix Turner – The Normal Heart
Felix Turner is Matt Bomer’s most powerful performance to date. The film is a social commentary on a time when being gay could be a death sentence, both literally and figuratively. The character of Felix gave you hope among this and then broke your heart. It gives a window into a time period where many were unaware of the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS research, and the lack of attention it was receiving. Felix Turner provided the heart of the film, no pun intended, and made Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) a fully developed person, rather than just the very angry man, which he was also.
- Donovan – American Horror Story: Hotel
First of all, Donovan looks good. Black eyeliner and leather look good on him, and he walks with an attitude, yet still seems vulnerable. Somehow, he manages to tell his mother to go kill himself without making you hate him, and maybe even making you feel little bit bad for him. His character is also one of the most fun of the season, but he is so deeply damaged as a person that he is also one of the most interesting and emotionally complicated storylines.
- Ken – Magic Mike & Magic Mike XXL
I’m not sure that Ken needs a lot of explanation. I’d say this covers it:
- Bryce Larkin – Chuck
Chuck fans hated Bryce Larkin. Then, after Chuck went back to Stanford, it turned out Bryce really was Chuck’s best friend after all, and he had his back the whole time. When having your back means someone saved you from a life of danger, with many people wanting to kill you for a program in your brain, that’s kind of intense, and definitely a relationship that passes any test of friendship and loyalty. Whenever Bryce would reappear after that, it was always to help Chuck in some way. In the end, he basically died helping Chuck.