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'24': The Top Five Heroes

by Kim Potts, posted May 17th 2010 11:00PM
It's just a week until Jack Bauer, '24's' all-time greatest hero, bids TV land adieu, and, call us crazy, we're actually going to feel a little less safe in the real world without our fictional good guy to wrangle the baddies. But Jack, of course, hasn't handled the villains alone, so here's our list of five other heroic types who've given Mr. Bauer an assist or two along the way.

Tony Almeida
(Played by Carlos Bernard)
'24' seasons: 1-5, 7
Why he's one of the good guys: Yes, ultimately, when last we saw him, Tony had definitely taken a turn for the evil (really Tony, killing poor Larry Moss?). But his decision to walk on the wicked side aside, for most of his years on the show, he was Jack's right-hand-man in heroic adventures. He, like Jack, was betrayed by the naughty Nina Meyers, but still managed to defend Jack and save Teri during season 1 (despite the fact that he wasn't, at that point, Jack's biggest fan).

In season 2, Tony risked his job and his freedom to help a rogue Jack stop the Second Wave-ers. In season 3, he was shot in the neck and ended up being charged with treason while trying to stop the sale and spread of the Cordilla virus, and in season 4, after a prison stint and separating from wife Michelle, a bitter and depressed Tony sprang back into heroic action to help Jack thwart Habib Marwan's terrorist plot and helped Jack fake his death when the Chinese government (and Charles Logan's U.S. government) wanted him dead. And even after his beloved Michelle and unborn son were murdered in season 5, a battered Tony made an attempt to put a stop to Christopher Henderson's havoc wreaking, only to become a victim of Henderson (or so we thought) himself.
Most heroic moment: At the beginning of season 4, Jack and girlfriend Audrey were trapped in a building, had run out of ammo and had realized that they couldn't call CTU for help because CTU had been compromised by a mole. We only know that Jack tells Audrey he's calling the one person he can trust, and when that person shows up, and shoots the baddies after Jack and Audrey, we find out that the person Jack called was Tony Almeida.

George Mason
(Played by Xander Berkeley)
'24' seasons: 1-2
Why he's one of the good guys: Actually, he wasn't for most of his time on '24.' In fact, CTU honcho Mason was frequently a thorn in Jack's side, to the point where Jack once had to blackmail him (Jack figured out Mason had pilfered some money from a criminal bust) into giving him information he needed during season 1. And in season 2, when it became known that a bomb was going to be detonated somewhere in Los Angeles, Mason cowardly packed up and headed out of the city, claiming he was doing it to aid the investigation. Karma's a ... well, you know, because along the way, Mason stopped to assist at a crime scene, and ended up being exposed to a radioactive poison. A lethal radioactive poison, which eventually led to ...
Most heroic moment: ... Mason's solo selfless act, which was a big one. When CTU learned that a nuclear bomb could not be disarmed, Jack volunteered to fly it out into the Mojave Desert to detonate it. Unbeknownst to him, a dying George Mason stowed aboard the plane and told Jack to parachute out and let him continue the suicide mission. The act earned Mason the second silent clock in '24's' history at the end of the episode.

David Palmer
(Played by Dennis Haysbert)
'24' seasons:
1-5
Why he's one of the good guys: He was not only the first black president of the United States, but he was a standout as an honest politician who genuinely cared about his constituents and forging his political career with integrity. In the first season, before Palmer had even won the POTUS office, his commitment to honest campaigning was so strong that he riskily revealed his son Keith's involvement with the death of the man who had raped Palmer's daughter, Keith's sister, despite the fact that it would negatively impact his family and possibly his election. And at the end of season 3, realizing what a mess his personal and professional lives had become with a couple of murders, including the death of meddling ex-wife Sherry, surrounding him, Palmer decided he was unwilling to cover up the events of his personal life in order to continue his political career. He was, he informed pal Jack Bauer, not going to seek re-election for another term as.
Most heroic moment: In one of the show's all-time most shocking moments, Palmer, now an ex-president, is writing his memoirs when he begins to uncover a major conspiracy within President Charles Logan's government. Palmer tries to further unravel the situation by scheduling a meeting with Logan's wife, Martha, but is assassinated in his Los Angeles hotel before he can pursue the matter any further.

Aaron Pierce
(Played by Glenn Morshower)

'24' seasons: 1-7
Why he's one of the good guys: From helping protect David Palmer from two assassination attempts during Palmer's first bid for the presidency to becoming part of the presidential detail when Palmer was elected, Secret Service Special Agent Pierce has always been one of the show's most capable, honest and patriotic characters, willing to take a bullet to protect those under his watch and to stand up to even the highest ranking official when he finds out she -- like President Taylor's plotting daughter Olivia -- or he -- yes, we're looking at you, Charles Logan! -- is up to no good.
Most heroic moment: In season 5, agent Pierce was working with Jack Bauer and the late David Palmer's brother, Wayne, to expose that then-President Logan was involved with the assassination of Palmer and the attempted assassination of the Russian president. Logan discovered what Pierce was up to and offered to bribe him into silence on the matters, which prompted Aaron to finally let Logan know what he thought of him by dispensing with respectful titles and referring to him by his first name. "There is nothing that you have said or done that is acceptable to me in the least. You are a traitor to your country and a disgrace to your office," Pierce told the POTUS. "And it's my duty to see that you are brought to justice for what you have done. Is there anything else ... Charles?"

Chloe O'Brian
(Played by Mary Lynn Rajskub)
'24' seasons:
3-8
Why she's one of the good guys: Chloe, at times, can be ... shall we say, difficult? In fact, one of the all-time funniest '24' quotes came in season 3, when, after one particularly awkward and slightly hostile, exchange, Tony Almeida told her, "Chloe, I'm getting real tired of your personality." But despite her sometimes testy nature, Chloe is also CTU's most loyal analyst, especially when it comes to her pal Jack Bauer. Many, maybe even most, of Jack's most rogue, risky plans would not have come to fruition without the tactical support of Chloe's computer genius.
Most heroic moment: She's the MVP of the CTU computer center (in the show's final season, she's even become the acting head of CTU), but office geek Chloe's most dramatically heroic, and unlikely, moment came in season 4, when she was sent outside the office to follow up with a witness. Chloe not only got her hands on some key intel, but also met up with some of the season's bad guys ... good thing there was a cache of weapons in the CTU vehicle she was driving. Chloe unlocked them, grabbed a rifle and made sure the hit man was staring down the business end of her amateur shooting. Later, she even surprised herself with her gun-toting heroics, telling fellow CTU geek Edgar, "When I shot that guy, I thought I'd go all fetal position. But the truth is I didn't feel anything. At all. I hope I'm not some kind of a psychopath."

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omar

WOW!! So you didn't even give a reason for him being the good guy? you just say the opposite, that he wasn't!!

get his ASS out of that list and put up Bill F'ing Buchanan!!!! YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

May 21 2010 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
omar

George Mason???? He didn't do diddly dick!!!!!

im not even gonna bother to read his paragraph!!!

May 21 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JBob

Chapelle's death was heroic and sad but he was a bit of a jerk.

I'd also like to take this oppurtunity to point out how disappointed ive been at the silent clock (relateviely) recently. renee? really? REALLY?!

May 18 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

Sorry, but Chloe is #1. No one, not even Jack, can make it without her. Just watch, she'll save the day this season too.

May 18 2010 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MikLamb

Aaron Pierce must make an appearance this season!! After all, he (and Jack) are the only 2 characters to have appeared in every season of 24.

May 18 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zwicker

Don't forget Ryan Chappelle. He sometimes got in Jack's way but that was only because he was a by the book kind of guy. He had Jack kill him because it was what the bad guys demanded and the president acquiesced.

May 18 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gooby

I really dug Aaron Pierce (Played by Glenn Morshower).

May 18 2010 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cmblite

I think Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), should be on this list.Very Major character for half the show! And his death was very heroic

May 17 2010 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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