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On the CBS recurring daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless," viewers have to come love Victor Newman and despise Victor Newman. Abandoned by his own parents while still a child, Victor started life with the name Christian Miller. After life in an orphanage and hard times, his character emerged and anointed himself with a new name that encapsulated his determination to prevail: Victor Newman.
4 Reasons That Audiences Have Developed a Love-Hate Relationship with Victor Newman
1. Victor casts off his children when they buck him. Albeit that the Newman clan have thrown more than his share of dastardly darts his way, there's something amiss when a father casts his children away. Victor made his own way in the world. Consequently, he has no qualms about forcing his own children to forge their own paths as well. Rather than have daughter Victoria marry Billy Abbott, he turned her into the authorities for some questionable business practices, even though she ended up in jail on her wedding day.
Nick Newman, too, has known Victor's ire. Along with his sister, he was cut out of Victor's will in favor of Victor Newman, Jr. Presumed dead shortly afterward, Victor, Sr. left the door open for Victor, Jr., who is also known as Adam Newman, to step into his father's place and show his own true colors.
Upon his return, Victor sends all three children packing and takes the helm at his empire once again. He also continues his push-me-pull-me relationship with his children, which remains a driving force for the show.
2. Victor marries and divorces, remarries and redivorces. Since Victor appeared on the Genoa City scene to work for the Chancellors, he has married a meek, mild and easily controlled Julia, whom he virtually imprisoned in his enclave to keep her meek and mild. Along came Nikki, a stripper destined to become the great love of his life, at least for a while. Victor has since been married to Leanna, Ashley, Hope, Diane, Sabrina and - Meggie, even if Victor was only faking it to catch her in a scheme. One endearing quality about Victor is that he does manage to marry his beloved Nikki among and between his other trips to the altar.
3. Victor appears cold, ruthless and even sinister. He struggled from obscurity to attain his wealth, power and position, and Victor has done many a heinous deed to remain at the pinnacle. His money, along with his magnetism and charm, has made him a target for those who search and destroy in the areas of business, fortune and romance. Often victimized, he rises to the top stringer than ever.
4. Victor flaunts his millions - make that billions - in a subtle yet still boastful manner. He clearly loves money. He knows the power it brings. Yet the message he subtly conveys is that money is beneath him. After daughters Abby and Victoria bring a lawsuit against him, he ultimately offers them a billion, or maybe it was three billion, dollars to drop the lawsuit. He makes the amount sound like pocket change, and perhaps it is.
No matter his sins, Victor Newman has managed to keep audiences in love with him from his earliest days on "The Young and the Restless." They love his drop-dead gorgeous looks, his muscular physique, his innate charm and his ability to look daggers in the eyes of those who love him most. As a daytime television star, Victor has managed to captivate his fans through his dark and sinister ways long before being dark and sinister came into vogue.