Among the many things Torchwood fans are pretty vocal and passionate about, the death of Ianto Jones ranks at the top of the list. Even two years later, it still arouses passions and sparks furious debates, all the while making Ianto Jones somewhat of a cult figure in sci-fi TV history.
In an interview with Den of Geek about the upcoming Starz/BBC 10-part series event Torchwood: Miracle Day, the show's creator and showrunner, Russell T Davies, discussed some of the most tragic events of the last Torchwood series, Children of Earth, and touched upon the cult-like status of Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd).
Of Captain Jack's (John Barrowman) former lover, Ianto, Davies said:
Ianto, by accident, if you look at him in hindsight, was practically designed to be a cult character. He's every minority. He's minorities within minorities. Him being Welsh, of flexible sexuality. He's even got a dead girlfriend. He ticks every box. It wasn't our plan!
But then the final item on that list is kill him, and sit back and watch the result, which is exactly what happened.
Do you agree with Davies? Do you think that's what made Ianto Jones into a cult figure, or is there more to him than just, you know, dying and stuff and being a minority's minority? Better yet, what do you think actually elevates a character—any character (comic books, books, TV, movies)—to cult status?