Something has sort of struck me for awhile about 24. It seems to me that there’s a pretty substantial number of women on the show who are simply wicked. Pure evil. There’s Nina Meyers, who would be willing to throw a schoolbus off a cliff for personal gain. There’s Sherry Palmer, who operated on pure spite and devoted her life to bringing down the President, and indisputably great man. And there’s a lot of minor characters like that too - all of the show’s terrorists-for-hire that I can think of are women (Mandy, the French chick from Season Five), there was Aisha Tyler’s character in Season 4.
I haven’t seen all five seasons; and admittedly, I may well be forgetting some extremely evil male characters. But it seems like there aren’t nearly as many. Even though the big bad in each season is usually a guy, he’s almost always acting on some desire to do good, even if his moral code is deranged. There’s been a couple sets of Islamist terrorists, the “Central Asian” separatists in Season 5, Saunders in Season 3 who operated out of a desire to end American imperialism. Even if they were terrorists, they were attempting to do something good. And I don’t think any of the women I listed above behaved out of any kind of desire to do what’s right. Am I forgetting characters? Is it a small sample size from only having watched three seasons of the show? Or was it filled with a surprisingly high number of evil, treacherous women?