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This is just the beginning. I'm going to control that hospital and everything in it, Kirby. There's promising research happening. The value of what might be discovered is in the billions for whoever has their name on it. And I'm gonna make sure that my name is on it. Which means that Fallon and Blake... they won't be the only two in this family that people respect.
~ Adam explaining to Kirby his plan to overthrow Fallon and Blake

Adam Alexander Carrington is a fictional character and recurring antagonist on the American TV series Dynasty and its 2017 reboot. He is the son of Blake and Alexis Carrington and the brother of Steven, Amanda and Fallon Carrington.

He was portrayed by Gordon Thomson and Robin Sachs in the original series, and by Sam Underwood in the reboot.

Personality

Adam is the charmingly unstable Carrington newcomer with the unsettling ability to seem as normal as the situation demands. He can be both playful and obsessive. He can go from being calm to unstable in a matter of seconds, as seen when he killed his adoptive mother for lying to him about his birth family. He has a problem with liars and sees himself as the one who has to punish them for it.

Upon learning that Steven lied about trying to find his "long-lost brother", Adam concealed his identity to form a plot against Steven. This shows his ability for planning and forethought, and certainly, the patience to wait to enact his plan. Adam made Steven think he was going insane and had him committed which created the perfect opportunity for Adam to reveal himself to the rest of the Carrington family.

Adam is intelligent and manipulative, yet wants only to have a family and a sense of belonging. His abandonment issues and sense of self makes it difficult for him to form important relationships. He is confident despite relying on others for self-gratification. When trying to impress Blake, Adam became obsessed and willing to do anything to prove himself a loyal son. He even poisoned Jeff Colby and attempted to tamper evidence to assist in Blake's murder trial.

Adam wants to help others, as shown by his desire to be a doctor, but often sabotages his good intentions with a morally compromised idea. He can be blind when it comes to relationships, especially his budding romance with Kirby Anders. Alexis refers to Adam as the worst of both her and Blake.

After a near-death experience, while donating a portion of his liver, Adam decided it was time for him to change. He took his survival as a sign that he is meant to do something more with his life. Kirby donned him, "Saint Adam" as he leaned away from the questionable deed he used to partake in. He avoided the sexual advances of his boss, was willing to take responsibility for his actions, and attempted to make amends with those he wronged. After being slighted again by Blake, Adam was infuriated and gave up "Saint Adam" and turned back to his old ways of lying and deceit.

Trivia

  • In 1986, the New Sunday Times called Adam "one of the truly imaginative, despicable villains on television", noting that "Adam has raped the butler's daughter, painted poor Jeff Colby's office with poisonous, lead-based paint, tricked Blake into signing over power of attorney while he lay at death's door—and blew a competitor out of the water by plastering his son's homosexuality all over Denver's front pages."
  • Comparing Adam to J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the villainous oil baron on Dallas, Thomson said, "Adam doesn't have as much money or power. But Adam is more underhanded and he isn't as blatant." He added, "Ruthless men usually attain power." Thomson explained that soap operas need villains to drive story, and said, ""I've played heavies before but none as demonic as Adam. He's the most rotten guy in prime time."
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