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The Greatest Rebels In TV History

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
    50
    24
    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
  • 2

    Walter White

    Breaking Bad
    47
    30
    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  ...more
  • 3
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    30
    20

    Powers & AbilitiesHealing factor, Superhuman strength, Prophetic dreaming

    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
  • 4
    johnmacke2525 addedThe Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
    24
    17
    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
  • 5

    Jax Teller

    Sons of Anarchy
    29
    23
    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 Sons of  ...more
  • 6

    Fonzie

    Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
    18
    18
    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 when  ...more
  • 7

    Jack Bauer

    24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24
    21
    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
  • 8

    Daryl Dixon

    The Walking Dead
    20
    24
    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
  • 9

    Malcolm Reynolds

    Firefly, Serenity
    16
    25
    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 Serenity. In the  ...more
  • 10

    Jessica Jones

    Marvel Universe
    16
    25

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight

    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 in  ...more
  • 11

    Jesse Katsopolis

    Full House, Hangin' with Michelle
    13
    24
    Cousin Stavros is a fictional character on the sitcom Full House.
  • 12
    beverly Hills, 90210
    13
    28
    Dylan McKay is a fictional character from the Tv series Beverly Hills, 90210.  ...more
  • 13

    Ron Swanson

    Parks and Recreation
    9
    22
    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 Michael Schur. In  ...more
  • 14

    Ruth Wilder

    GLOW
    9
    25
    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.  ...more
  • 15

    Peggy Carter

    Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger
    9
    27
    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 writer Stan Lee  ...more
  • 16

    Daniel Desario

    Freaks and Geeks
    8
    23
    Daniel Desario is a fictional character from the tv series Freaks and Geeks.  ...more
  • 17

    Cookie Lyon

    Empire
    9
    34
    Cookie Lyon is a fictional character from the tv series Empire.
  • 18

    Michael Westen

    Burn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
    7
    24
    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 the top  ...more
  • 19

    Nora Durst

    The Leftovers
    4
    23
  • 20

    Mark Healy

    Roseanne
    4
    22
    Mark Healy is a fictional character from the 1988 tv series Roseanne.
  • 21

    Barry Berkman

    Barry
    2
    24