I thought this might be a nice tribute today, on Larry's anniversary. What do you think made JR Ewing the villain we all loved to hate? To this day there has never been anyone like him. Sure there are bad characters out there, many great ones, but all missing the edge that he had and that certain 'magic' that Larry brought to the character. For me, it's his coolness - he had a way of getting his point across without losing his cool and he kept his voice at such a level that you knew he meant business. His presence alone was enough to put fear into his enemies and most of the time he just didn't have any conscience or worry about what he had done - he just fired someone or lost them millions and went home. When you knew he was about to 'strike', it sent chills down your spine. Whilst I can't excuse what he did to Sue Ellen, he had a conscience most of the time when it came to his family. Unlike Jeremy Wendell, JR had a human side - he'd protect his family particularly John Ross with his life if he had to. In the end he also admitted the error of his ways with Sue Ellen. That human element balanced with his greedy, evil bastard side was fascinating to watch. He wasn't just 1 dimensional. That famous grin, that Stetson (like who can wear a Stetson like that?) and that sexiness made him someone that although a lot of the time I was screaming at him, I was fascinated by him as well. I get the sense that being in his presence would make you feel so protected. You'd be safe (if you were on his good side of course). I've watched many tv shows and have never been able to see a villain who matches up to JR in terms of the things I've described. For me he stands alone and how Larry played him was nothing short of genius. The day he died, television as I knew it changed forever.