‘Days of Our Lives’ Redeeming Villains Xander, Stefan & Ben – Vote Your Favorite Bad Boy Trying to Be Good

Days of Our Lives seems to be redeeming bad guys Ben Weston (Robert Scott Wilson), Xander Cook (Paul Telfer) and Stefan DiMera (Brandon Barash). Showrunner Ron Carlivati certainly seems to enjoy remaking our favorite soap bad boys and turning them into slightly-less-bad boys with a heart. They still have an edge, but they also become men that we can sympathize with and love despite their shady deeds.

In most cases, it’s love that changes these villains into something more appealing and human. When you’re looking at a serial killer, sociopath, and all-around troublemaker in Ben, Xander, and Stefan, there’s a lot of work there to be done. Clearly, DOOL is going all-out to humanize them. So will these morality makeovers stick – and who is your favorite of these anti-heroes?

Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Xander Cook Shows a Softer Side

DOOL spoilers indicate Xander Cook can be mushy when he wants yet still show off those rock-hard abs. Taking care of drunk Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers) and holding her hair while she threw up was super-sweet. Then he told her about his tough years with a sauced-up mom and cuddled her while she slept off her drunk. This surprised Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and viewers for sure.

From the start, Xander Cook came to Salem for selfish reasons. Now, he’s back again seeking power and cash connected to his wealthy family name. But writer Ron seems to be changing all of that. It seems that Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey) is the catalyst for this change. Even though the cute doc doesn’t see Xander as a romantic option, she may soon since Rex Brady (Kyle Lowder) may cheat again soon, this time with Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin).

Plus, Xander Cook holds the diary that could save Will Horton’s (Chandler Massey) life. So, Sarah may be the key to getting it from him. Perhaps, he’ll give Sarah Horton the diary if she’ll give him a chance. Saving Will redeems his villainous, selfish character and so would getting together with a decent gal like Sarah. Days of Our Lives spoilers hint these things are all in the works.

DOOL Spoilers: Ben Weston is a Killer Turned Defender of Innocents

The Days of Our Lives head writer Carlivati also remade Ben Weston drastically. He took the infamous necktie killer and made him tame as a kitten. Yet Ben has by far had the toughest road to redemption. How do you redeem a serial killer? Well Ron decided to have him fall in love with a member of one Salem’s most prominent families.

Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefel) has been the saving grace for Ben Weston. She believed in him when no one else did on DOOL. Ron is using this couple to show how love can defy the odds and overcome all that is thrown at it. He is also showing how faith is one of the most powerful healers. Ciara’s belief in Ben has kept him going even when he didn’t believe in himself. She has refused to give up on them despite his doubts and worries.

Unfortunately, not everyone wants him to get a second chance. Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) has him in her sights and abuses her power as police commissioner to arrest him for Claire Brady’s (Olivia Rose Keegan) crimes. Ben Weston’s caught at the scene of her second fire because he shows up to play hero and save her arson victims. But surely, Ciara can save him again, say Days of Our Lives spoilers.

Days of Our Lives: Stefan DiMera – Not a Chip Off the Old Block?

The next baddie gone soft on DOOL is Stefan DiMera. Not too long ago, Stefan came to town with no family except his mother Vivian Alamain (then-Louise Sorrel). He also had a giant chip on his shoulder and a thirst for revenge. Stefan wanted to take everything from his brothers Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) and Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis). Stefan wanted to have everything being the heir of Stefano demanded.

But then, the writers softened Stefan DiMera’s heart when he fell for Abigail’s alter Gabby and then even more when he got sweet on Chloe. When Gabby turned up pregnant, Stefan DiMera dreamed of having a family with a soul mat. Sure, he schemed to keep her, but also showed he was willing to do anything for love.

Stefan losing Gabby devastated him. Then he saw a chance for family with Chloe and her son, only to lose that thanks to Gabi Hernandez (Camilla Banus). Now, Stefan can’t help but find himself softening toward the woman he blames for exploding his life. So, in the end what this bad boy wants more than money and power seems to be love. Which of the these redeeming bad boys do you like best? Vote in the poll below.

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Linda Rosen

I'm a longtime soap fan and entertainment writer. If I'm not in front of my laptop scribbling, I'm out with my dogs hiking and exploring the world!