Of the many expectations we have for adulthood, few are as immediate and prominent as being employable. It’s hard to be considered an adult if you struggle to provide for yourself.
This makes it all the more ironic that some of our favorite TV show characters struggle with keeping a job. Aren’t we supposed to gravitate to those that represent the best of us? Then again, perhaps we’re most attracted to characters whose failures and mistakes make them stronger and wiser. Most of us want to be like that.
Here are the 9 most underemployed TV characters we love to root for:
Luke Cage – Marvel’s Luke Cage
The superhero once known as Power Man is an interesting character study. After he acquires super strength and near invulnerability during his unearned time in prison, Luke Cage seemingly becomes less employable. Just having to check the “felony” box on applications would hinder most people from attaining employment, but when you could match the productivity of 10 factory workers, you have a big advantage over the field. However, Cage spends most of his time completing odd jobs he’s overqualified for — except for beating up thugs.