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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- 1Walter Hartwell White is a fictional character. The main protagonist, and anti-hero, in the... moreBreaking Bad
- 2Arya Stark is a fictional character created by American author George R. R. Martin. She is a... moreGame of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
- 3Buffy Anne Summers is a fictional character from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer... moreBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Superhuman strength, Prophetic dreaming
- 4Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The... moreThe Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
- 5Jackson Nathaniel "Jax" Teller is a fictional character and the protagonist on the FX... moreSons of Anarchy
- 6Cookie Lyon is a fictional character from the tv series Empire.
- 7Daryl Dixon is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead,... moreThe Walking Dead
- 8Jack Bauer is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24.... more24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24
- 9Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by... moreMarvel Universe
Powers & Abilities: Flight
- 10Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Firefly franchise.... moreFirefly, Serenity
- 11Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American... moreHappy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
- 12Cousin Stavros is a fictional character on the sitcom Full House.
Jesse KatsopolisFull House, Hangin' with Michelle
- 13Ronald Ulysses "Ron" Swanson is a fictional character portrayed by Nick Offerman from the... moreParks and Recreation
Nora DurstThe Leftovers
- 15Margaret "Peggy" Carter is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel... moreAgent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger
- 16Dylan McKay is a fictional character from the Tv series Beverly Hills, 90210.beverly Hills, 90210
- 17Ruth Wilder is a fictional character from the TV series GLOW who wrestles under the name Zoya... moreGLOW
- 18Michael Alan Westen is a fictional character played by Jeffrey Donovan in the television... moreBurn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
- 20Daniel Desario is a fictional character from the tv series Freaks and Geeks.Freaks and Geeks
- 21Mark Healy is a fictional character from the 1988 tv series Roseanne.