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List Rules Antiheroes you actually root for - in broadcast and Netflix shows only (no web series)

A detailed list of the most well-liked and loveable TV anti-heroes. The most likeable TV protagonists are listed in order from most popular to least. These ambivalent but likeable anti-heroes of TV can be changed in order of popularity to fit the viewer’s opinions. Or, you can copy to make your very own list of your most favorite TV anti-heroes. This villain list can then be re-arranged to suit your ideas.
 
These ambivalent villains are a mixture of both good and evil and have managed to tug at the viewer’s heartstrings over the years. Do you remember most of these anti-heroes? This list answers the question, “Who are the most popular and likeable antiheroes of television?” Taking you on a road down memory lane, this list allows you to see which anti-heroes of TV were the worst and which were the best villains of TV shows.
 
While some TV protagonists are pure evil, many have a touch of good in them that the viewer can easily see, making the viewer sympathetic towards these quite loveable villains of television series. The viewers can often find themselves wishing only the best results for these sometimes harmless TV villains. This list allows you to choose which television anti-hero you think is the best villain of television.

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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones - Tyrion Lannister is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. Based on an idea ...more

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Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Dr. Gregory House House - Dr. Gregory House, M.D. — typically referred to simply as House — is the title character of the American medical drama House. Portrayed by English actor Hugh Laurie, he leads a team of diagnosticians ...more

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Walter White Breaking Bad - Walter Hartwell White is a fictional character. The main protagonist, and anti-hero, in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He was created by series creator Vince Gilligan and is ...more

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character from the 1984 film Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death.

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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Tony Soprano The Sopranos - Anthony John "Tony" Soprano is an Italian-American fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos, portrayed by James Gandolfini. The character was ...more

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts - Dexter 'Dex' Morgan is a fictional character and the antihero of a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, including Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark, Dexter by Design, ...more

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James "Sawyer" Ford Lost - James Ford, better known by the alias "Sawyer" and later as "Jim LaFleur", is a fictional character played by Josh Holloway on the ABC television series Lost. Sawyer was born on 18 ...more

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Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones - Jamie Lannister is a fictional character from A Game of Thrones book and its TV-series adaptation Game of Thrones.

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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Wolverine Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series.

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother - Barnabus "Barney" Stinson is a fictional character created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris. One of the ...more

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead - Rick Grimes is a fictional character in the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Andrew Lincoln in the television series of the same name. Created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist ...more

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Spike, played by James Marsters, is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Spike is a vampire and played various roles on the shows, ...more

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Bender is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Bender Futurama - Bender Bending Rodríguez, commonly known as Bender, is a main character in the animated television series Futurama. Designated in-universe as Bending Unit 22, unit number 1,729, serial number ...more

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Crowley Sherlock Holmes

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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Darth Vader Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He appears in the original trilogy as a pivotal figure, as well as the prequel trilogy as a central figure. The character was created by ...more

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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Stewie Griffin Family Guy - Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Once obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and ...more

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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy - Jackson Nathaniel "Jax" Teller is a fictional character and the protagonist on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by British actor Charlie Hunnam. He was the President of the ...more

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Peter Griffin Family Guy - Peter Griffin is the main character of the American animated sitcom Family Guy. He is voiced by cartoonist Seth MacFarlane and first appeared on television, along with the rest of the family, in the ...more

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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Don Draper Mad Men - Donald Francis "Don" Draper is a fictional character and the protagonist of AMC's television series Mad Men, portrayed by 2008 Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm. Until the Season 3 finale, Don ...more

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal - Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial ...more

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Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Perry Cox Scrubs - Percival Ulysses "Perry" Cox, M.D, is a fictional character played by John C. McGinley on the American television comedy-drama Scrubs. Dr. Cox appeared in every episode except, "My Last ...more

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Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries - Damon Salvatore Stefan's older brother, brash and arrogant, with dark hair and black eyes. He's dark and sadistic, but also charming and seductive; the playboy that is careless about what he does, and ...more

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Nucky Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Nucky Thompson Boardwalk Empire - Enoch Malachi "Nucky" Thompson is a fictional character and the protagonist of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. Nucky is loosely based on former Atlantic City political figure Enoch Lewis ...more

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Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Eric Cartman South Park - Eric Theodore Cartman is a main character in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Trey Parker. Cartman, generally referred to by his surname, ...more

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time - Mr. Gold is a fictional character from the TV program Once Upon a Time.

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead - Daryl Dixon is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC in the United States and is based on the comic book series of the same name. He was ...more

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Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H - Hawkeye Pierce is a fictional character from the TV series M*A*S*H.

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z - Vegeta is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Vegeta first appears as a major antagonist in chapter #204 Goodbye Son Goku, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump ...more

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Sandor Clegane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Sandor Clegane Game of Thrones - Sandor Clegane is a fictional character from A Game of Thrones book and its TV-series adaptation Game of Thrones.

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Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Bart Simpson The Simpsons - Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons and part of the Simpson family. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright and first appeared on ...more

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Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Jack Bauer 24 - Jack Bauer is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24. His character has worked in various capacities on the show, often as a member of the Counter Terrorist ...more

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Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Jesse Pinkman Breaking bad 

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DCI John Luther is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Dean Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation - Dean Winchester is a fictional character and one of the two protagonists of The CW Television Network's Supernatural. He is mainly portrayed by Jensen Ackles, with other versions of the character ...more

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Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family - Archibald "Archie" Bunker is a fictional New Yorker in the 1970s top-rated American television sitcom All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place, played to acclaim by Carroll ...more

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Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy - Opie Winston is a fictional character from the TV Series Sons of Anarchy.

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Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Raylan Givens Justified - Raylan Givens is a fictional character created by American novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard. Givens is a Deputy U.S. Marshal and initially appeared in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. ...more

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Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Stefan Salvatore The Vampire Diaries - Stefan Salvatore is a fictional character from L. J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries. He is portrayed by Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries. Born in 1846, Stefan was turned into a vampire in 1864, at the ...more

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John Locke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
John Locke Lost - John Locke is a fictional character played by Terry O'Quinn on the ABC television series Lost. He is named after English philosopher John Locke. In 2007, O'Quinn won the Primetime Emmy Award for ...more

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Hank Moody is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Hank Moody Californication - Henry James "Hank The Spank Tank" Moody, portrayed by David Duchovny, is a fictional character who served as the protagonist of the Showtime television series Californication. Moody is an ...more

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Sam Malone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Sam Malone Cheers - Samuel "Mayday" Malone is a fictional character on the American television show Cheers, portrayed by Ted Danson. The central character of the series, Sam is a former relief pitcher for the ...more

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Arya Stark Game of Thrones - Arya Stark is a fictional character created by American author George R. R. Martin. She is a prominent point of view character in Martin's award-winning A Song of Ice and Fire series, and also a main ...more

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Doug Ross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Doug Ross ER - Dr. Douglas "Doug" Ross is a fictional character from the television series ER, portrayed by George Clooney. George Clooney's removal from the main cast opening credits was in the 16th ...more

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Lex Luthor Smallville - Lex Luthor is a fictional character from the television series Smallville. He was a series regular from the pilot episode until the season seven finale, and has been played continuously by Michael ...more

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Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Daria Morgendorffer Beavis and Butt-head - Daria Morgendorffer is a fictional animated character from MTV's animated series Beavis and Butt-head and its spin-off Daria. She was voiced in both incarnations by Tracy Grandstaff. In 2002, Daria ...more

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Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Vic Mackey The Shield - Detective Victor Samuel "Vic" Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the highly acclaimed FX crime drama series The Shield, which ran for seven ...more

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Cat-Woman Batman - Catwoman is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics and is associated with the Batman franchise. Historically a supervillainess and often an antiheroine, the ...more

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Chibs Telford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Chibs Telford Sons of Anarchy - Filip "Chibs" Telford is a fictional character, on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by Tommy Flanagan. He is nicknamed "Chibs" because of his facial scars. ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Batman Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond The New Batman Adventures - Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and ...more

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Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes
Omar Little The Wire - Omar Devone Little is a fictional character on the HBO drama series The Wire, portrayed by Michael K. Williams. He is a notorious Baltimore stick-up man, frequently robbing street-level drug dealers. ...more