After a long life of misdeeds and bad choices, some TV characters genuinely desire to reform themselves and do good works. But other TV characters only pretend to be atoning for their former evil ways. Keep an eye out for these bad guys: They say they want to change their ways, but they're lying.
Daniel Hardman, "Suits"
Here's the deal with Daniel Hardman: After learning that his wife had cancer, Daniel started sleeping with a female attorney at his law firm. He also started embezzling money from the firm. When his partner found out, she forced him out of the firm. Years later, Hardman weasels his way back into his old job, saying that the death of his wife has shown him that it's time to atone for his sins. It's all BS: Hardman's real goal is a power grab. Moreover, he's not afraid to falsify evidence and get in cahoots with the firm's enemies to get what he wants.
Mr. Eko, "Lost"
Mr. Eko was a former child soldier, and later murdered people and sold drugs. At first, it seems like Mr. Eko is trying to atone for his past sins. As the story unfolds, however, it's clear that Mr. Eko has no desire to atone for his sins. Eko believes that all of his bad deeds were justified, especially since being bad protected his brother.
Cole Turner, "Charmed"
Though it's been off the air for years, this witchy, supernatural drama has a great example of an untrustworthy atoner. Half-human, half-demon, Cole's true identity is the assassin Belthazor. While occasionally Cole would say that he wanted to atone for his past misdeeds, Cole almost always ended up stabbing the Halliwell sisters in the back and breaking hearts. By the end of the series, he was caught between life and death, still needing to atone for his sins.
Mitchell and Hal, "Being Human" (UK)Mitchell and Hal are both vampires who regret killing so many human victims over the years. They attempt to do good and make up for their murderous pasts, but both vampires can never resist the allure of human blood for very long. Mitchell once killed 20 people due to bloodlust. Hal, who has gone as long as 55 years without killing, is bound to kill again. Despite their best intentions, neither Hal nor Mitchell is capable of truly reforming or making up for their litany of crimes against humanity.
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