1. Walter White, Breaking Bad
Showrunner Vince Gilligan has described the character arc of the lead character in Breaking Bad as a transformation: ''From Mr. Chips into Scarface.'' What sets Walter White apart from all the other characters on this list is that he started out as an apparently average guy, a struggling father embarking on a mad scheme to ensure the financial security of his family. But the first four seasons of Breaking Bad break down all those noble intentions, revealing Walter as a vicious, arrogant, and egocentric man capable of any manner of evil. Breaking Bad is a portrait of an everyman transforming into a villain, and the genius of the show is its central argument: That everyone is an antihero, doing the wrong things and convincing themselves their misdeeds are for the right reasons.