My new favorite protagonist is Cullen Bohannan from the Television show Hell on Wheels. I just finished watching the show on Netflix.
Wow, great writing, and great acting by Anson Mount. The character is flawed, and yet you can’t help but cheer him on. Throughout the show, the complexity of his character is revealed in measured doses, and the growth from a single-minded killer to a more complex character, but still a killer, is awesome.
I was planning to go into detail and talk about archetypes and flawed protagonists, and such, but decided that it is better to just recommend the show. Why try to explain when seeing it would put my words to shame anyway? Can I say “wow” again?