Three examples of television characters that I think are misunderstood in the context of imagining them as real people are Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers) Gordon Brittas (The Brittas Empire) and Victor Meldrew (One Foot in the Grave) Of course the humour derives from the fact they are misunderstood and get caught up in embarrassing situations, where their foibles are exploited for comic effect. For the purposes of the point I'm making, is to envisage the characters as authentic and the predicaments they find themselves in, are legitimate circumstances. The misunderstanding of the charcater's best intentions, fuels the complications that unfolds for them, when they try and do the right thing. That's where I feel empathy towards them because they never set out to harm or cause mayhem. If you're familiar with the comedies I've used as an example, do you have empathy for their point of view and their reactions to the unfortunate events, that seem to befall them constantly? If you're not acquainted with the characters or sitcoms I've identified, please feel free to specify your own examples you're empathetic towards and why you think they're misunderstood?