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21 Villains We Couldn’t Help but Root For


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1. The Joker, The Dark Knight

Considering this was Heath Ledger's final role, how can you <i>not</i> root for him?

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2. Wile E Coyote, Looney Tunes

The Road Runner was annoying anyways.

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3. Walter White, Breaking Bad

It's not called <i>Breaking GOOD</i>!

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4. Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs

He mostly eats bad people.

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5. Dexter, Dexter

Well, he only really ever kills bad people.

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6. Tony Montana, Scarface

"Rags to riches" to …a mountain of cocaine. The American Dream (of the '80s).

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7. Loki, The Avengers

Poor Loki and his Daddy issues. (Having Thor as your brother can't be wonderful, either).

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8. Lex Luthor, Superman Returns

If no one went YOUR birthday party as a kid, we'd feel bad for you, too.

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9. The Grinch, How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Who could hold his small heart — a genetic defect — against him?

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10. Dr. Horrible, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog

How could anyone EVER hate Neil Patrick Harris?

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11. Scrooge

Everyone he ever loved has left him.

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12. The Driver, Drive

Ryan Gosling: enough said.

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14. The guys of Oceans 11

A modern-day <i>Robin Hood</i> tale in which George Clooney and Brad Pitt rob a casino. Yes.

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15. Tyler Durden, Fight Club

It's not Tyler's fault he has a second personality that looks like Brad Pitt! Mmm, Brad Pitt.

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16. The dinosaurs in Jurassic Park

We wish dinosaurs STILL ruled the earth.

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17. Frank Morris, Escape From Alcatraz

Because he was trying do to the impossible: escape from Alcatraz.

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18. Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

Because his son doesn't love him.

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19. Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

He's a family guy at the end of the day. Kind of.

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20. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

Because you say his name three times and he appears!

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21. The Beast, The Sandlot

If you had a bunch of neighborhood tweens hitting baseballs at you all day long, you'd be foaming at the mouth, too.

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Who is your favorite sympathetic villain? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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