From A to Z: The Who's Who In Soaps Part 2!

From A to Z: The Who's Who In Soaps Part 2! Check out who made our list here --->>



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Our Soap Opera News team took on the task of building the quintessential list of soap characters! What were we thinking?! LOL. We battled back and forth for days over who we thought should make the list. We knew not everyone that deserved a spot would make the final cut, but we wanted to ensure that as many soaps were represented as possible… and, of course, a few of our personal favorites as well.


Last week we introduced you to the ladies, which you can check out here. Next up are the memorable men of daytime! Check out who we chose below and let us know who your favorites are:

 

Alan Spaulding - Guiding Light





Years before Paula Abdul sang the song Cold Blooded...Snake there was one living in Springfield! LOL. Mr. Spaulding was cold-blooded and we mean that as a compliment! There wasn’t much Alan loved more than himself. You could argue Spaulding Enterprises. You could say his children and grandchildren (on a good day.) The rest of his family? That was a stretch! But whatever. He was Alan Spaulding. This business mogul left many hearts, bodies, and lives in shambles. The King of Springfield. It was his world and the rest of us just lived in it.  - Kenyan

 

Bo Brady - Days of Our Lives



 

Oh my! Obsessed with all things Bo Brady. The motorcycle, the jeans, the leather jacket, and the smile. When you think of leading men on soaps Bo Brady is among the top. Peridot. Hope couldn’t resist the charming bad boy. He (with Hope) spent the bulk of his time working in the Salem PD trying to keep the citizens of Salem safe. We know how Salem can be so that was a full-time job. Bad boy “ish” turned hero. We are still holding out for our hero hoping and praying that one day he will return to Salem!  - Kenyan

 

Cruz Castillo - Santa Barbara




Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. Upstanding, dependable, loyal, and by the book Detective Castillo. The Santa Barbara detective’s world was turned upside down when it collided with Eden Capwell’s. His integrity was put to the test often as he tried to straddle the fence between his conscience and his love for Eden. Her family, the Capwell family, was more often than not up to something and it wasn’t good. He was just that dreamboat kind of guy that we all would love to take a “cruise” on! LOL! See what we did there! Love Cruz!  - Kenyan

 

Doug Williams - Days of Our Lives


 



Talented, kind-hearted, and oozing with charm! Doug, originally known as conman Brent Douglas, was introduced to fans in 1970 when he was Bill Horton’s prison cellmate. In love with Julie, but married to her mother… his presence caused quite the stir amongst the Horton clan. And with fans as the trio became one of the first major love triangles in soaps. He would soon leave his troubled past behind him as he settled down to raise his daughter, Hope, with Julie after Addie’s death, and run his own club. Doug, played by the legendary Bill Hayes, who just turned 96, is certainly a soap icon. - Tori

 

Eric Forrester - The Bold and the Beautiful




Eric Forrester, the patriarch of the fashionista Forrester family and dynasty, Forrester Creations. Dignified. Handsome. Fashion Designer. Debonair. Family Man. Smooooth. But don’t let his smooth look and cool persona fool you because when it comes to protecting his family and his business he is a force to be reckoned with! Trust. So, watch out Quinn! It’s gonna be good….Eric's story continues.  - Kenyan

 

Frisco Jones - General Hospital




The feels we get reminiscing about Frisco singing on General Hospital! We. Get. All. Up. In. Our. Feels. Frisco Jones. Hot. Hot. Hot. Yes, he was so much more but honestly hot was all I could see! LOL. And Frisco and Felicia oh my just couldn’t get enough of them! It didn’t matter if Frisco was a musician, a police officer, or a WSB agent, it was all good. We just wanted him on our screen….we still do!  - Kenyan

 

Greg Nelson - All My Children




Born as part of the upper crust of society in Pine Valley, Greg was expected to keep the course as the rest of his family. But things changed for him once he met Jenny Gardner. He was content in leaving the high society life behind to be with her. Through many ups and downs, the pair captivated fans as they fought to be together. Sadly, their story didn’t have a happy ending as Jenny was killed shortly after their wedding. Greg, hopelessly in love with her, never got over her and left town for good to start a new life as a teacher. Greg’s story is one that is beautiful, tragic, and worthy of remembering! - Tori

 

Holden Snyder - As the World Turns


 



Our favorite farm “boy” and part of the beloved Snyder clan. We met Holden as a stable hand. Over the years, he moved his way up the ranks to a full-fledged business executive. And anyone who held his own up against Lucinda Walsh wasn’t someone who could be taken lightly. Holden wasn’t that in your face kinda man but he did have a strength, brawn, and subtle toughness that made you stand up and take notice. Holden and Lily, oh yes! And there was just something about the way he looked at you...my man Holden!  - Kenyan

 

Ivan Marais - Days of Our Lives




Oh, Ivan! Scheming, intelligent, and loyal to a fault to his Madame. While he may not be making many viewers’ all-time favorites list, there is no denying that Ivan brings a fun, campy… and chaotic energy to Salem. - Tori

 

Jack Abbott - The Young and the Restless




He is one of the best greyish characters you will ever meet. Patriarch of the Abbott family. and Jabot Enterprises. He is always doing the wrong things for the right reasons. He loves his family but let’s be clear his one true love is Jabot. Some of the things he has done in the name of Jabot….Yikes! He’s also one-half of “Vack.” The feud between Victor and Jack has served up phenomenal soap throughout the years. Terry Lester laid the best foundation and Peter Bergman took it and built the creme de la creme of soap leading men!  - Kenyan

 

Kevin Collins - General Hospital




Kevin along with his evil twin brother, Ryan, has been a staple in Port Charles since the 90s. An intelligent and perceptive psychiatrist, he has often been the person that the people in town reach out to for advice in their darkest moments. Jon Lindstrom has done some remarkable work as he portrayed vastly different characters over the years. - Tori 

 

Luke Spencer - General Hospital




Luke Spencer is a complicated man… and a popular one among fans. Though his tumultuous upbringing explains many of his choices later in life, they don’t quite excuse them. His supercouple status with Laura Webber is, of course, legendary. But it is also marred with horrific memories and obstacles. Often deemed as a heroic figure for the soap, we’d argue that he was more of a grey character. - Tori 

 

Mac Cory - Another World




One of Another World's most popular characters, the affluent and appealing Mac Cory was a lock for our list! He was a smart businessman. He loved his children - all six of them. He served as an anchor for many of the town’s residents… especially the love of his life, Rachel Davis. Sadly, the character’s journey would end after the unexpected death of his portrayer Douglass Watson in 1989. - Tori

 

Neil Winters - The Young and the Restless




Tearing up. This man on the screen birthed a new generation of soap viewers. Can literally remember the first moment I saw him. My soap life was never ever the same. Good Looking. Super Bright. Ambitious. Distinguished. Class Personified. There was such a presence about him with that intense gaze and smile that ignited the screen. He was a giant in his family, in business, in his community, Neil Winters just made everyone and everything better. It still hurts. There is a hole that can not be replaced.  Iconic Neil Winters and Kristoff St. John.  - Kenyan

 

Oliver Fish - One Life to Live



We loved Fish! The by-the-book police officer made waves with the audience when he began to struggle with sexuality after he reunited with Kyle, an old friend from college. The two had been romantically involved but Oliver had broken off the relationship in fear of upsetting his very conservative family. His story of overcoming his own denial and internalized homophobia to just be happy with the person he loved was an important one for viewers to see. Sadly, the network ended Oliver and Kyle’s journey far too soon. - Tori


Palmer Cortland - All My Children




Born Pete Cooney from Pigeon Hollow. Their loss was Pine Valley’s gain. He was another one of those characters who didn’t let anything or anyone get in the way of what he wanted. Murder plots, break-up marriages, bribes, etc. He targeted family and foes alike no one was safe and nothing was off-limits in order for him to get what he wanted. He and Opal were the oddest of couples but it worked so well! Palmer! Palmer! Palmer! He's an all-time fav!  - Kenyan

 

Quint Chamberlain - Guiding Light




The quiet, enigmatic, and quite mysterious archaeologist Quinton R. McCord arrived in Springfield in the early 80s. He was quickly drawn into the charms of the young, pregnant Nola Reardon, who took a job as his household supervisor. Thus began one of Guiding Light’s best love stories. The pair battled through numerous obstacles to be together including his curious past and the fact that he was the illegitimate son of Henry Chamberlain. Quint, hopelessly in love, eventually would marry Nola as they raised their children together. We have chosen to forget that the show chose to break them up off-screen years later. LOL. - Tori

 

Robert Scorpio - General Hospital




Adventurous, intelligent, rambunctious, and EXTREMELY charming. This ex-spy has been involved in many memorable missions and escapades over the years. His tough exterior is matched with a huge heart for those he cares for, like his daughter, Robin, and ex-wife, Anna. He is relentless when it comes to protecting the ones he holds dear. - Tori

 

Stefano DiMera - Days of Our Lives




Murderer. Evil. Corrupt. Vicious. Unbreakable. Brilliant. Powerful. Genius. The soap villains of soap villains. This is how it is done! Salem et al was his chessboard moving people, places, and pawns all around until he said, “checkmate!” If we are doing a villain soap battle royale, I’m putting my money on Mr. DiMera! Think about it, it took the entire town to fight him! LOL. And they could sting him now and then but nobody could beat him. He was the Phoenix! And only when Joe went to be with the angels would he rise no more. Rest in Peace and Power...Stefano and Joe.  - Kenyan

 

Todd Manning - One Life to Live




Probably the most controversial figure on our list! Love or hate him, Todd Manning is one of daytime’s most popular villains. Initially cast in a short-term role, the show masterfully crafted a layered, complex personality for the character. He could be violent and dark. He could also have a conscience and show love towards his children. However, fans were left divided on attempts to redeem the character over the years. *whispers that not every character needs to be redeemed to have the audience invested in their story.* - Tori

 

Underrated Character - (Frank “Buzz” Cooper, Guiding Light)




Good ol’ Buzz! Frank Cooper Sr. is a clear example of how people can change. Forced to marry at a young age after getting Nadine pregnant, he found himself in a life he never expected. He joined the Marines and soon after went AWOL, abandoning his family in the process. Eventually finding his way back to Springfield, Buzz worked hard to make amends with the children he had left behind years before. The occasional wild antics and misadventures in love aside, Buzz became the wise man behind the bar that many in town would go to for advice. Full of insight and care at the hands of the brilliant Justin Deas, this character became the heart of Guiding Light in its latter half. - Tori


Victor Newman - The Young and the Restless




It is difficult to come up with words that haven’t been already said to describe this larger-than-life character. Enigmatic, a quintessential pillar of daytime. He is dynamic, callous, canny, ingenious and there is nobody like him. Nobody. His methods, antics and overall modus operandi generates the gamut of emotions among his family, enemies, loved ones, and the audience! LOL. How many times have you been like, okay Victor that’s just too far and then he goes and does something good. This character has the ultimate good and bad tug of war going on inside of him! But no matter how you feel about him, he is who he is and will always be. The. Great. Victor. Newman.  - Kenyan

 

Will Horton - Days of Our Lives




Half of daytime’s first same-sex supercouple, Will Horton has secured his place in television history. Chandler Massey’s raw, honest, and Emmy-winning portrayal of Will’s coming out opened up a much-needed conversation among soap opera viewers. Fans have watched his story from birth, throughout his turbulent upbringing to his denial surrounding his sexuality and then his acceptance and happiness. Does he always make the best choices? No. Who does?! But seeing him fully embracing his true self while being a loving father and husband makes our hearts happy. - Tori

 

X-Factor Character - (Timmy Lenox, Passions)




There are just some characters that fans will always love. And Timmy is one of those select few. Played by the beloved and dearly missed Josh Ryan Evans, who brought humor, a light, and a deep passion to his performance as the doll turned human. You couldn’t help but smile anytime he was on screen with a Martimmy in hand. His connection on and off-screen to Juliet Mills’ Tabitha was truly something special. - Tori 

 

You Know Who I Love? (Steve “Patch” Johnson, Days of Our Lives)




“Patch,” complete with swagger and a chip on his shoulder, certainly stirred up trouble when made his way into Salem. Working for Victor Kiriakis, kidnapping Hope, and trying everything to get under the skin of his former friend, Bo. Everyone loves a bad boy… especially one they can reform! LOL. This tough-as-nails character fell hard for his bestie’s sister, Kayla, and the rest is soap history. While we still get glimpses of his grit… and his stubbornness from time to time, the years and the love of a good woman have mellowed him out. He is a loving husband and a devoted father, who will do just anything to protect the ones he loves. - Tori

 

Zach Slater - All My Children




My anti-hero! Alexander Cambias, Jr. left his father’s home in search of becoming his own man. Mission accomplished. Zach, mysterious, reserved, successful, confident, “moody”, edgy, alluring and so easy on the eyes. He wasn’t a good guy. But we wouldn’t call him a bad one either. He was perfectly positioned in the middle. There was just something about him. He had that swagger. He had that umph. And of course, Zendall was fire! And just gonna throw it in there the voice….still gets me (Thorsten Kaye)….Zach!  - Kenyan

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