Profit (1996)

Most of the time you hear the term anti-hero, it’s used mostly to describe someone who uses questionable methods in fighting the good fight. Which in Jim Profit’s case could actually apply, if you define the good fight as helping Gracen & Gracen, the company Profit is working for. Profit is a one season TV series who saw the titular hero use every method to achieve his goals, which were: advance in G&G, preserve himself, preserve G&G.

Profit isn’t just a mean bastard, he’s a monster through and through. Like other, similar fictional constructs of the brilliant monster type, part of the appeal is his absolute determination. Even when it looks like all his plans are undone, when he’s in the worst possible situation, he never once thinks about failure, never doubts himself. Every good guy in the show is undone by some personal obsession, but Profit never even feels emotions like hate or the need for revenge. His obsession isn’t personal, not concentrated on people but on some abstract concept. He’s fully solution- and future-oriented. Thus his insanity makes him the most sane when it comes to dealing with other people, and it also makes him the best possible employee for Gracen & Gracen. Just not a very good member of the human race.

I wonder how the show would have ended if it hadn’t been prematurely cut down. Would they’ve gone for the moralistic ending with Jim Profit failing in the end, or even worse slowly rehabilitated him by making him a good guy? Or would they have shown him climbing higher and higher until all his dreams were realized, showing the usefulness of not having a conscience.

All in all, it’s not the profound show some people might think it is, after what I’ve said. What it is, is being one of the rare examples of a story with a really despicable main character, that is entertaining on every step of the way.