30 Days of The Borgias
Day 04 ~ Favourite antagonist.
I know of some Sforzas who would disagree with the notion, too.
There were only two real instances where he could’ve been categorized as a true antagonist (re: the definition and its synonyms) in the show: 1) When he was competing for the papal crown in the first episode and 2) The Crucifix Dagger Incident (i.e. the Incident That All Ascanio Fans Wish Never Happened). Standard questions in consistory or within the job description that anyone would ask (like the times he questioned WTH they were going to do when the French were bearing down on them, twice) don’t count because as stated—any reasonable person would ask those questions. All other times he has shown to be “the only good Sforza”, and Ascanio sure takes a lot of Rodrigo’s crap and puts up with a lot. He deals with Rodrigo draining the treasury all the time, and does nothing to stop it (even recounted with a teeny bit of mirth the price of the Taurilia to Piccolomini once). He travels with him everywhere. He plays Inquisitor for him. He gets rid of dead bodies for him. He holds the pillow for his golden wall hammer. He is his pillow on long trips.
He’s not perfect, we both love him…but he ain’t no antagonist, at least not in The Borgias. * :^) * (In history he became one though, after the King Charles was set on Rome the first time around…they had been friends, but after Ascanio sided with Milan it kind of all went to Hell after that…sadly….)