The Greatest Rebels In TV History

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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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dylan McKay is a fictional character from the Tv series Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Cousin Stavros is a fictional character on the sitcom Full House.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Daniel Desario is a fictional character from the tv series Freaks and Geeks.
  • 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.
  • Mark Healy is a fictional character from the 1988 tv series Roseanne.
  • 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
  • Cookie Lyon is a fictional character from the tv series Empire.
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