How many times have you listened to a friend sing the praises of Finn (Cory Monteith) or Puck (Mark Salling) and felt like you were in the minority? Do you prefer the underdogs? Maybe you’re partial to the sidekicks or the guest stars. Is your favorite “Glee” hunk not one you would typically find on a binder, a sticker or even a website? Well, you are not alone.
I have never been one to side with the crowd. If a specific character is the most popular or is considered the most attractive (in “Glee”‘s case, the aforementioned Finn or Puck), then you can bet money on the fact that I will not normally agree with the majority. I have always preferred the characters you don’t see as often; sometimes I even prefer the “bad boys”. What is it about us women that we tend to prefer the naughty? We long for the devil-may-care attitude of someone like Puck, who is flunking out of school but (the majority would argue) at least he’s sexy while doing it. We know he’s not someone we could trust to work a full-time job while we raise his children, but our libidos don’t let us think that over.
Finn, on the other hand, is someone we fall for because he’s the “nice” boy; the one that, we are naive enough to believe, prefers our inner beauty to the superficial outer coating. He’s the one we run to when someone like Puck breaks our hearts – the ne’er-do-well dolt with a heart of gold. He may screw up once in a while, like when Quinn (Dianna Agron) has him under her spell yet again, but in the end he chooses us because love conquers all, even sex. We know this is the storybook ending, the softer “happily ever after” that we’re taught to seek out. Yet we know in our cynical hearts that these endings don’t exist. If only we could find different stories to tell our children so that they don’t wallow in despair when fantasy and reality cease to intersect.
Then, there’s the rest of us. We are the ones who have been wronged by the Pucks and learned our lessons. We are the ones who have come to realize that push-overs like Finn are just as unhealthy for us as the Pucks out there are. Their lost or sacrificed dreams will catch up to them and their misery will darken the relationship, resulting in its crash and burn years down the line when enough history has been created to make a long-term split even harder. We are the ones who seek out the less typical, the more interesting and the less risky.
This is why characters like Sam (Chord Overstreet), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Mike (Harry Shum, Jr.) are better fits for us girls. Sam has been “around the block”, so to speak, in taking a job as a stripper, yet he also knows what hard times are like since being evicted from his home, so his emotions have inevitably matured due to his misfortune. Artie copes with a physical disability every day, which allows him to appreciate those everyday activities the rest of us take for granted. It is harder to have a long-term relationship, and so it is fair to assume that he would appreciate a lover like no other, treating her like a goddess to keep her in his life.
Mike has also had to grow up faster via standing up to his father to live his dream, a competitive wish that requires harder work to achieve positive results. It takes guts to do this, especially at a young age, so it is safe to say that Mike is probably more mature than someone like Puck, who has gotten away for too long with doing the bare minimum. Someone like Puck realizes too late that he should have been listening to authority all along. Sure, he has a child, an event that would normally change you to your very core, but someone else is raising it. He has no responsibility other than to finish high school, and that doesn’t seem to be working out in his favor either.
To sum up, the two most popular male characters on ‘Glee’ are the least preferential when choosing a mate in the real world. It is interesting that the majority of us would seek out the male personalities that would make us the most unhappy. When you imagine yourself sitting at the kitchen table in your pajamas at an ungodly hour trying to make sense of your finances while inches away from poverty, which man do you imagine would offer to look for a second job? Which man would you be surprised would put his coat on and head out the door? We can understand better the choices we make in reality when we compare them to what we desire in our fantasies.
Pick up season one or season two of “Glee” on Amazon.com.