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The Greatest Rebels In TV History

Updated June 7, 2019 640 votes 81 voters21 items

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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  • Arya Stark1
    36
    17

    Arya Stark

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Walter White2
    37
    21

    Walter White

    Breaking Bad
    Walter Hartwell White is a fictional character. The main protagonist, and anti-hero, in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Buffy Summers3
    21
    13

    Buffy Summers

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Powers & AbilitiesHealing factor, Superhuman strength, Prophetic dreaming

    Buffy Anne Summers is a fictional character from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer... more on Wikipedia
  • Bart Simpson4
    17
    9

    Bart Simpson

    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
    Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The... more on Wikipedia
  • Jax Teller5
    22
    19

    Jax Teller

    Sons of Anarchy
    Jackson Nathaniel "Jax" Teller is a fictional character and the protagonist on the FX... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Bauer6
    17
    13

    Jack Bauer

    24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24
    Jack Bauer is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24.... more on Wikipedia
  • Cookie Lyon7
    24
    25

    Cookie Lyon

    Empire
    Cookie Lyon is a fictional character from the tv series Empire.
  • Daryl Dixon8
    14
    15

    Daryl Dixon

    The Walking Dead
    Daryl Dixon is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead,... more on Wikipedia
  • Fonzie9
    11
    11

    Fonzie

    Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
    Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American... more on Wikipedia
  • Jessica Jones10
    15
    17

    Jessica Jones

    Marvel Universe

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight

    Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by... more on Wikipedia
  • Jesse Katsopolis11
    12
    15

    Jesse Katsopolis

    Full House, Hangin' with Michelle
    Cousin Stavros is a fictional character on the sitcom Full House.
  • Malcolm Reynolds12
    13
    17

    Malcolm Reynolds

    Firefly, Serenity
    Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Firefly franchise.... more on Wikipedia
  • Ron Swanson13
    9
    13

    Ron Swanson

    Parks and Recreation
    Ronald Ulysses "Ron" Swanson is a fictional character portrayed by Nick Offerman from the... more on Wikipedia
  • Nora Durst14
    8
    16

    Nora Durst

    The Leftovers
  • Peggy Carter15
    9
    18

    Peggy Carter

    Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger
    Margaret "Peggy" Carter is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel... more on Wikipedia
  • Ruth Wilder16
    Ruth Wilder is a fictional character from the TV series GLOW who wrestles under the name Zoya... more on Wikipedia
  • Dylan McKay17
    10
    21

    Dylan McKay

    beverly Hills, 90210
    Dylan McKay is a fictional character from the Tv series Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Michael Westen18
    6
    17

    Michael Westen

    Burn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
    Michael Alan Westen is a fictional character played by Jeffrey Donovan in the television... more on Wikipedia
  • Barry Berkman19
    5
    16

    Barry Berkman

    Barry
  • Daniel Desario20
    4
    14

    Daniel Desario

    Freaks and Geeks
    Daniel Desario is a fictional character from the tv series Freaks and Geeks.
  • Mark Healy21
    2
    14

    Mark Healy

    Roseanne
    Mark Healy is a fictional character from the 1988 tv series Roseanne.