It’s one thing to get your audience to hate a villain. That’s relatively easy. Just make them have a particularly punchable face, or have them be cruel to animals. There, you’re done. But making them a character the audience actually grows to like? Now that’s a different sort of trick. How do you combine their evil motives with enough charm to get the audience on their side? And these are villains I’m talking about here, not just conflicted anti-heroes who do bad things. There’s no Walter White or Dexter to be found here.
For this list I searched through shows still airing on TV for the most likable villains I could think of. As much as I love Deadwood’s Al Swearengen, for example, you won’t find him here. Instead, we have these five.
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