Charles Pratt's destruction of Aidan Devane (Aiden Turner) is probably the best (or worst) example of character assassination in Pine Valley History. The one-time town hero has been turned into a deranged kidnapper weeks shy of Turner's departure from the program.
Let's look back at the Aidan we all remember, and love:
Maureen Gorman: Despite the the fact that this was probably the worst pairing of the decade, Aidan showed his true good-guy side by standing by Maria Grey (Eva LaRue, l.) as she struggled with amnesia. Aidan met Maria after she was mugged in the park. Maria and Aidan ran away together when he was framed for the murder of Fiona Sinclair. It seemed like nothing would break up this new couple, except of course for Maria's memory.
Heroes, Inc: Aidan teamed up with Private Investigator Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight, l.) when Edmund Grey received a mysterious phone call about an imminent murder in Pine Valley. The culprit turned out to be none other than casino owner Zach Slater, who had planned a real-life murder mystery game to avenge the death of his brother, rapist Michael Cambias.
Lily in Wonderland: When autistic teen Lily Montgomery (Leven Rambin, l.) fell into a world of mathematics after witnessing Edmund's death, Aidan was the only person who could pull her out of her fixation. Patient and kind, Aidan refused to give up on Lily not because of his determination to avenge his friend's death; but rather, so that Lily could have a second chance of leading an independent life.
Purple Heart: Darfur experienced a genocide so terrible it can be compared to Hitler's reign over Europe in World War II. Nonetheless, Aidan volunteered to save Dr. Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin, l.), who was being held captive while volunteering with Doctors Without Borders. Despite the fact that he was set to marry Greenlee duPres, Aidan put his life on hold to save a man he barely knew.
What are your favorite memories of Aidan? Feel free to share in the comments section.