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The Greatest Rebels In TV History  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite characters who play by their own rules - not someone else's.

Get ready to stick it to authority as we rank the greatest rebels in TV history. Believe it or not, rebels have been on television since the dawn of the medium. Whether they’re bad boys, anti-authoritarians, scorned heroes, women who buck the patriarchy, or even school teachers who take matters into their own hands, there’s usually at least one rebel in every group.

While most of these characters come from different backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is that they are all strong-willed and dynamic characters who will stop at nothing for what they think is right. From Walter White in Breaking Bad to Ruth Wilder in GLOW, these characters are known for sticking up for their principles - regardless of whether they’re right or wrong.

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
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 ...more
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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
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 ...more
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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
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 ...more
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Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
johnmacke2525 added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show, Do the Bartman
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 ...more
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Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24, 24: Redemption
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 ...more
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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
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 ...more
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Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days. He was originally a secondary character, but was soon positioned as a lead character ...more
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Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Empire
Cookie Lyon is a fictional character from the tv series Empire.
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Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Full House, Hangin' with Michelle, TGIF
Cousin Stavros is a fictional character on the sitcom Full House.
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse
Buffy Anne Summers is a fictional character from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. She first appeared in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer before going on to appear in the ...more
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Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Parks and Recreation
Ronald Ulysses "Ron" Swanson is a fictional character portrayed by Nick Offerman from the situation comedy television series Parks and Recreation on NBC, created by Greg Daniels and ...more
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Peggy Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Universe
Margaret "Peggy" Carter is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as a supporting character in books featuring Captain America. Created by ...more
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Ruth Wilder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
GLOW
Ruth Wilder is a fictional character from the TV series GLOW who wrestles under the name Zoya the Destroya. She is portrayed by Alison Brie.
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Malcolm Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Firefly, Serenity, Firefly media franchise
Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Firefly franchise. Mal is played by actor Nathan Fillion in the 2002 TV series Firefly and the 2005 film ...more
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Marvel Universe
Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, Jones first appeared ...more
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Nora Durst is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Nora Durst The Leftovers
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Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
beverly Hills, 90210
Dylan McKay is a fictional character from the Tv series Beverly Hills, 90210.
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Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Freaks and Geeks
Daniel Desario is a fictional character from the tv series Freaks and Geeks.
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Michael Westen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Burn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Michael Alan Westen is a fictional character played by Jeffrey Donovan in the television series Burn Notice, created by Matt Nix. Michael, a spy and former Army Ranger, is/was widely known as ...more
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Barry Berkman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Barry Berkman Barry
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Mark Healy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rebels In TV History
Mark Healy Roseanne
Mark Healy is a fictional character from the 1988 tv series Roseanne.