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Why Carl Is The Best Character On Shameless

NSFW because, well, it's Carl.

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He's Insightful.

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Debbie: Why do guys care so much about sex?

Carl: Because it feels awesome.

Debbie: How would you know?

Carl: If my hand is anything like the real thing, it's off the chain.

He's Sensitive.

To his family...Frank: Wow, so that's my daughter. She's kinda beautiful.Carl: She looks like you in skank form.And to his classmates...
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To his family...

Frank: Wow, so that's my daughter. She's kinda beautiful.

Carl: She looks like you in skank form.

And to his classmates...

He's Resourceful.

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Fiona: Hey Carl you got any Bears stuff I could wear to the game today? Like a hat or jersey or something?

Carl: I got a fuck Jay Cutler t-shirt but it might have some blood on it.

He's Welcoming to Newcomers.

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Carl (to Jimmy): You're like our maid now.

Jimmy, dogs, all are welcome. Or not.

He Values His Health.

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Carl: I'd trade my left nut for one more hour of sleep.

And a good whack on the head is good for you, right?

He's Philosophical.

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Almost exclusively about male genitalia.

Carl: I don't get it. Half the world has penises, why do people get so upset about seeing them?

Carl wonders a lot about what it's like to be gay when he finds out his older brother is gay and when he gets placed in a foster home with two gay men. Leading to my next point...

He's Accepting of His Brother's Sexuality.

And Best of All, He Loves His Family.

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He's a troublemaker and, as Fiona refers to him, a "barbarian," but Carl does actually have a heart. He spent most of the last season caring for his dying father and doing anything he could to ease his pain, while trying to find him a new liver.

Fiona wants nothing to do with Frank and asks Carl, "Why is that my problem?"

His response:

In Sum: I Wouldn't Want to Raise You, but I Love You Carl.

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