When Ben first appeared on Parks and Recreation, he was a seemingly joyless state auditor who clashed constantly with Leslie Knope, the show’s protagonist and passionate He was always the bearer of bad news, forced to team up with his cheerful polar opposite Chris Traeger after supposedly receiving death threats for the way he heartlessly did his business. As the series progresses, we learn that Ben was the mayor of his town when he was only 18 years old, but his inexperience and naïve spending left him publically humiliated. Ben then became a state auditor to prove that he was mature enough to get into politics again. Through his developing relationship with Leslie, Ben becomes one of the show’s most likeable characters, known for his appreciation of all things nerdy.
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