21 Lovable TV Characters Who Got Away With Messed-Up Stuff

21 Lovable TV Characters Who Got Away With Messed-Up Stuff

One of the advantages of writing for television is that, provided the studio doesn’t slam dunk you in the trash to appease their accountants, TV shows are long. You’ve got years or sometimes even decades to develop a character or, more importantly, convince the audience to forget something a character did. If a character is just so fun to write that they end up becoming a fan favorite but they inconveniently killed an entire family back in Season One, all you have to do is wait. Tragedy plus time equals six seasons and a movie.

This isn’t a theoretical discussion — it happens constantly on TV, which is why Redditor Own_Championship7862 recently asked r/Television, “What’s the Most Messed-Up Thing A Character Has Done That Everyone Likes?” 

To be clear, they didn’t mean the action itself was universally adored, though you have to admit it was pretty sweet when Danaerys Targaryen roasted all them Lannisters. They meant characters who remained favorites even after they revealed themselves to be cruel, violent, and in some cases, deserving of multiple lengthy prison sentences.


Breaking Bad



The Americans

The Vampire Diaries

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The Mandalorian

Mr. Robot



Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sons of Anarchy

The Wire


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Better Call Saul

The Office

How I Met Your Mother

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