The basis of a good hero is how well they resist the bad guys, conquer evil with good, and all that jazz.
The basis of a good person requires a little more than that. And, a good guy? A woman judges how good a guy is based on how good he is with the kids. (Something about how a guy’s true nature comes out when he interacts with kids.)
It’s only fair to take a good look at our main hero and see how he gets along with all the young people he’s been exposed to…
Callen and Astrid
Callen shows a willingness to protect any age, any situation. Innocents should not be harmed, and he doesn’t hesitate to show the extra patience that may be uncalled for, but definitely needed.
Callen and Michael
Callen shows a willingness to take the responsibility of being a father. Apparently, he doesn’t want to be a father like he had: an absent one.
Callen and Sam’s Daughter
Callen wants to have a decent reputation with young people; mainly in the area of doing what he says he will. Be it showing up, or giving a gift.
Callen and Alex
Callen cares even that much more when it’s someone in the foster care system, or another orphan. He’s been there. He gets it. And he’s not afraid to take a step closer to remind someone they aren’t alone.
Callen and Alina
Even when younger, Callen wasn’t afraid to play and have fun with kids. He never seems to mind giving of his time. Not then, with Alina, and not now, with Alex.
Ladies, what’s the verdict?
I think we have a case of a good hero, good person, and good guy all wrapped into one.