* [[Series/{{AgentsOfSHIELD}} Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]] has [[spoiler: Agent Grant Ward, whom in the episode "Turn Turn Turn" is revealed to be a double agent working for Hydra. He outright murders Agent Hand in this episode and spends the next five episodes storming S.H.I.E.L.D. compounds and killing his former allies willy-nilly.]] There's pretty much no wiggle room for this character to come back from their horrific deeds; regardless, there is a massive fangirl outcry to give the character a chance to redeem himself.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Ben Linus. Or as one Website/{{Youtube}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No5rDe79n-g commenter]] put it:
--> "Intelligent, sexy, and fights for what he wants".
** Said commenter curiously failed to mention: "Sociopathic, manipulative, self-centered, and homicidal".
* Adelei Niska from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. This elderly sadistic crime boss is known for torturing his wife's nephew to death in one episode, and [[spoiler: Mal and Wash]] nearly to death in another episode. But his wince-inducing torture techniques are contrasted by a unique personality and accent.
* Daniel Grayson from ''{{Series/Revenge}}''. Many fans encourage a serious pairing between between Daniel and Emily, despite the fact that Emily only initially dates him to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge destroy his family and vindicate her father]]. Admittedly this desire was justifiable during the beginning of the series when Daniel was portrayed as a misguided but ultimately good guy who wanted to distance himself from the Grayson name. However, after [[spoiler:Daniel finds out the truth about David Clark's framing and continues to cover it up, usurps his father as CEO from his own company via nepotism, steals majority share of Nolcorp for the fun of it, blackmails a man to get his vote and participates in framing Amanda for Helen Crowley's murder,]] considering his character someone Emily would ''ever'' genuinely date seems ludicrous.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike. Inadvertently {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Crush" when Dawn lists "he wears cool ''leather'' coats and stuff" as a reason she likes him.
** The vampire fan club in "Lie To Me" is a good in-universe example.
** There's another small example in "Crush", in the form of a female Watcher who has a crush on Spike.
** After two seasons the main cast had become {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s, and that's when Faith is introduced, which turned out to be a much needed breath of fresh air after the Angelus plot. She was sassy like Buffy, not afraid to have fun, looked like a million bucks, even when she was with the good guys had a dark streak that she wasn't afraid to show, and her fight scenes were among the best in the series. Even when she turns into a killer she still had a large fan base, to the point where some fans blame Buffy for Faith turning the way she did.
* Billy Mitchell was introduced to ''{{Eastenders}}'' as an abusive bastard who beat the living hell out of his nephew Jamie. For some unfathomable reason, fans liked him. He was [[VillainDecay slowly turned into a gentle, nice, and weak man]] who was given all the "touching" plot-lines about a nice man with a hard life, reducing the earlier child-abuse plotlines to being occasionally mentioned by his family and himself as a warning not to let his temper get the better of him, especially after he winds up with custody of a child, again. Still, that last bit means that he gets a little of this InUniverse, even if he's mostly reformed out of it in ours.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'':
** Sheriff Donald Lamb, whom some fans loved even though he was a petty, self-absorbed himbo slacker who ignored heroine Veronica Mars when she attempted to file a report on being drugged and raped. Series creator Rob Thomas and actor Michael Muhney acknowledged that they went overboard in the pilot in order to make Lamb an [[DesignatedVillain unlikeable jerk]], and they even gave the character a sliver of sympathy by revealing that Lamb was [[FreudianExcuse abused as a child by his father]]; but Thomas refused to [[BadassDecay humanize]] Lamb or negate the events of the pilot (as many fans of the character had done via fanfictions). He had Lamb tell Veronica that he still didn't believe her claim of being raped and taunt her over the issue during season three. Thomas then had Lamb largely absent from season three's rape storyline and had his head bashed in during season three's second arc at the hands of a crystal meth addict (that last possibly because Lamb's fans wouldn't leave him alone).
** Duncan Kane, [[spoiler: who raped the protagonist.]] This was not only overlooked by the majority of fandom, but the narrative. The fandom even goes so far as to blame Logan for it for [[spoiler: getting Duncan high]]. The narrative goes even further by having Veronica and Duncan [[spoiler:get back together 2 episodes after the reveal]]
** Dick Casablancas encouraged his brother to [[spoiler: rape Veronica]], and yet the fanbase seems to adore him. The cast and crew have outright admitted to only keeping his character around for love of the actor that plays him, Ryan Hansen.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Master, particularly in his Anthony Ainley and JohnSimm incarnations. In fan fiction, he's usually not portrayed as the murderous psychopath he is, but as just a mischievous, quirky, sexy guy who just wants to have some FoeYay with the Doctor. "The End Of Time" [[spoiler: which revealed that the drums which apparently drove the Master insane were planted as part of ThePlan by the Time Lords]] has only made it easier for those inclined to ignore or handwave his lengthy list of evil deeds with the "it wasn't his fault, they made him do it, he's really a sweetie!" card. The Ainley version is also walking around in the body of Nyssa's father. Thus, every time the Doctor battles him, he's facing the man who murdered the father of a close friend (along with her entire race) who is also in that same man's body, which gets creepier the more you think about it.
** A weird example is with the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Daleks]]. You'd think what are essentially [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot tentacled flesh-lump space-Nazis in salt-shaker-shaped mechanical bodies]] wouldn't have fangirls, but there is an inordinate amount of fanart portraying said fangirls hugging, kissing, and/or stalking Daleks. Most are played for laughs, but some seem quite serious. Hybridized Dalek Sec having fangirls is a bit more understandable since he is at least humanoid and played somewhat sympathetically, but he isn't really what most would define as a hottie. You can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNNRzFa0U08&feature=related hear the audience making a sort of 'awww' sound (at around 1:17)]], as the Dalek is sent to be exterminated. This phenomenon was occurring as early as ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuBJ5H9m3Sc the First Doctor.]]''
*** This probably comes from the fact their actual form is a [[TorturedMonster rather pathetic tentacled-mutant]] forced to use the salt-shaker-shaped mechanical body that borders on AndIMustScream-Space Nazi or no, such a state is still pitiful.
* There's an odd heroic version in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. The majority of fans cannot forgive [[NeverLiveItDown Gwen having an affair]] or [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Owen date-raping a couple.]] Yet, Ianto [[ItMakesSenseInContext hides his Cyberman girlfriend in the basement.]] Because of this, two people are killed and the planet is put in danger. After Jack kills the Cyberman girlfriend, Ianto calls him a monster and swears to make him suffer. However, fandom's reaction to this was to declare Ianto TheWoobie, possibly because of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday traumatic experience]] that led to Ianto's actions.
** A non-heroic example is Jack's murderous, psychopathic ex John Hart who, despite [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating everyone for his own gain]], bringing [[spoiler: Jack's brother Gray]] to have his revenge, and setting off a chain of events that [[spoiler: kills Owen and Tosh]]. Yet the fandom adores him and often claims his arguable love for Jack as a redeeming quality. Possibly a case of EvilIsSexy as well.
* As Gaius Baltar has his cult of rabid, beyond-reason believers in the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', so does he have his cult of rabid, beyond-reason believers in the real world. It helps that ''no one'' on that show is cut-and-dry good or evil; but as evil acts go, Gaius has performed many of the most shamelessly selfish ones.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Weyoun. More subtly evil than the overshadowing Dukat, but to squealing fangirls (and boys), Weyoun is absolutely adorable. After all, he's not necessarily evil: he was programmed that way, and is capable of overcoming his programming. (We even see one such "defective" Weyoun in one of the episodes). Also, he's played by Creator/JeffreyCombs.
** Gul Dukat was rather too well-liked by fans, given that he was essentially a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Space]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi]]. For all his villainy, he is quite convincingly a charming character both in-universe and out. The writers desperately kept trying to give him KickTheDog moments (such as his siding with the Bajorans' demonic Pah-Wraiths against their angelic Prophets) to cement his villainy once and for all, but even after they tried to send him past the MoralEventHorizon in "Waltz" by having him raving with insane fury about how much he hates the Bajorans and is convinced [[FinalSolution he should have turned their world into the biggest mass grave in the galaxy]] when he had the chance, he still had his admirers and defenders. It probably didn't help that the show was about BlackAndGrayMorality and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] TheFederation.
** Section 31, which, granted, gets the RonTheDeathEater treatment as well. It's a shadowy black ops organization intended to show that [[GreyAndGreyMorality even the Federation has to get its hands dirty]] with black ops, introducing a deliberately complex moral question for the characters and fans. However, there are some who berate anyone who doesn't approve of every single thing Section 31 does, including [[spoiler:their attempted genocide against the Changelings]], ignoring the inherent HeWhoFightsMonsters question in favor of lauding all their actions as right and necessary and decrying anyone who disagrees as naive fools.
* Alex Krycek from ''Series/TheXFiles''. Krycek has betrayed (and tried to kill) Mulder and Scully on numerous occasions, but some fans think he and Mulder make a cute couple. Non-slash fans of the "Rat-boy" desperately tried to find excuses and claimed that it's all just a part of his elaborate plan of outsmarting the conspirators.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Jiro from ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' is a sociopathic WolfMan who regularly kills ''and eats'' random women on the street, but this does not stop fangirls from drooling over him.
** Then there was Ouja of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki", a real immoral AxCrazy BloodKnight Sociopath. Some are wooed by his evilness and sinister agenda motivated by pure personal reasons, something that was absent from the older Franchise/KamenRider series.
** A canonical version of this could be attributed to ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', specifically to Katsumi Daido[=/=]Kamen Rider Eternal. In his original appearance in TheMovie, he's the BigBad, an [[BackFromTheDead undead]] SuperSoldier whose list of atrocities includes [[ForTheEvulz sending the citizens into a riot trying to find a single tiny object just for laughs]][[note]]Made more explicit in the DirectorsCut, where he says he was never going to pay the reward money (presumably he would have killed whoever brought him the item) and just wanted a laugh[[/note]], [[YouHaveFailedMe insulting a teammate while she's dying]] [[MadLove (who was in love with him)]], [[SelfMadeOrphan shooting his own mother dead when she tries to stop him]], and oh yeah, [[ZombieApocalypse trying to turn the entire populace of a Tokyo-sized city into revived corpses like himself]]. The movie ''does'' give him a tragic backstory (UsedToBeASweetKid who CameBackWrong), but then he got his own focus movie which made him the HeroOfAnotherStory who nobly attempted to save a group of human test subjects from a MadScientist, only to go insane with grief when the villain makes him accidentally kill the people he was trying to save. It speaks volumes that at the end of this movie, protagonists Shotaro and Phillip visit the place where he died and apologize for not understanding him, despite the fact that when they originally fought him they had absolutely no sympathy for the man.
* Guy of Gisborne in the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' prior to his CharacterDevelopment. It doesn't help that he actually wears leather on the show.
* The character of Detective Ronnie Gardocki, on ''TheShield'', developed a major cult following amongst fans of the show in spite of not receiving much screen time or character development during the first couple of seasons of the show outside the occasional nerd moment and ButtMonkey-style physical abuse moment. As such, many fans of the character began promoting the notion/belief that Ronnie was a nerdy and all all-around good guy who simply fell in with the wrong crowd at work and not a rotten to the core corrupt cop whose soul was as black as the rest of the team. Needless to say, even when Ronnie is hauled off kicking and screaming for his crimes committed as part of the Strike Team (which has to be spelled out to him by Dutch, when he reacts in a confused fashion when he's arrested) at the end of the series, fans of the character argue that Ronnie was the victim, having been screwed over by Vic Mackey, who ratted out Ronnie for immunity for all of his crimes (including murdering a fellow cop) and a cushy new job with the Feds. Ironically, even David Rees Snell is aware of the trope that his character suffers from, as seen in the [[http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2007/08/shield.html following interview]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Gabriel Gray (a.k.a. Sylar) is a ruthless serial killer who murders many people (including fan-favorite Ted) so as to [[PowersAsPrograms take their powers]], by taking their brains. He feels no remorse for his actions ([[MustMakeAmends usually]]) and has a soul that is truly blacker than a moonless night, but ''[[ShirtlessScene look at that wet, delicious shirtless chest!]]''
** Noah Bennet - legitimately loved as a BadassNormal and MagnificentBastard - is nevertheless often happily excused of abducting and experimenting on people (including children) for about 17 years. And what convinced him to stop was essentially an extreme case of ProtagonistCenteredMorality focused on his daughter Claire. Bennet's moral ambiguity is an unquestionable part of the character's appeal; the DracoInLeatherPants-ing comes in when fans use "but he's morally gray!" to handwave away any suggestion that Bennet might have crossed ''any'' ethical lines, or suggest that Bennet "didn't know any better" (this is especially odd coming from fans who love Bennet because he's one of the smartest and most competent characters on the show).
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Cole Turner/Belthazar. Let's see. He's a demon, but "Cole" is his human half so, hey, he's not all that bad, right? He repeatedly plots against, deceives, considers killing, and attempts to kill the Charmed Ones, but he's really just misunderstood, see. Even when [[spoiler: he was possessed by The Source, essentially ''Charmed'''s version of Satan]], he's still just a big ol' softy to some viewers (and Phoebe, whose intelligence could be questioned to be perfectly fair she was being manipulated by the Seer who used her love against her then went through some fairly well scripted angst). Part of the dangers of casting Julian [=McMahon=] for your villain.
** Cole's girlfriend Phoebe is a bit of a Draco herself as the above text demonstrates. The relationship with Cole going wrong is almost equally her fault as well yet her faults are easily ignored by fans. Cole tried to give up the Source's powers only for Phoebe to step in and kill the wizard who was willing to take them. When Cole returned, some fans treat her as perfectly justified in her treatment of him, ignoring that the reason he came back with new demonic powers was because she refused to bring him back to life when the alternative was him going to demonic hell. Add that to how she spends a lot more of the series abusing her powers, stringing guys along and fawning over her own beauty and you have yourself a DILP.
* Appears in-universe in ''Series/LieToMe'', where a serial rapist locked up in jail has a bunch of fans who attend his trials and parole hearings and act like they're witnessing the second coming of Jesus.
* [[BigBad Scorpius]] from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', despite his numerous KickTheDog moments. It doesn't help that wears a bloody ''full body leather suit'' and is the embodiment of AffablyEvil (until you ''really'' annoy him). In fact, he became so popular, that by the end of the third season he'd gotten his own [[FreudianExcuse sympathetic]] background and eventually joined the main cast as a pseudo-protagonist.
* Todd Manning from ''OneLifeToLive''. Gang-rape, terrorizing a blind woman and beating his teenage daughter's friends without any provocation aven't stopped him from becoming favorite among some aggressively protective "He's so hot!" fans. It's very much a case of PerverseSexualLust and the show doesn't help as Todd is almost inarguably this show's main character and they tend to load him up with humor and charm.
* Stringer Bell from the TheWire. Despite being Avon Barksdale's right-hand man in crime, he was portrayed as intelligent, insightful, clever, and determined to learn how the legal business world worked, so that he could expand into honest projects. He's even shown taken community college courses. Because of this, fans saw him as a sympathetic character. They conveniently forget how [[spoiler: he was the one who setup and got D'Angelo Barksdale killed off in prison, while at the same time, having an affair with his woman. They forget how he did this behind, Avon's back.]] They forget all the other backstabbing and under handed things he did. Which is why in the end, [[KarmicDeath it caught up with him]].
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Ba'al is perhaps the best example of this. He kidnaps and tortures Colonel O'Neill, kills thousands of people, enslaves the human race (or tries to, anyway) and is generally a ManipulativeBastard, yet he's still so loved by even the most loyal fans. Why? To put it quite simply, he's hot. He also has a huge amount of charm and is quite funny, so despite being evil at heart, is still able to woo the audience into loving him.
** It doesn't hurt that Ba'al is, while ruthless, nowhere near as despicable as most of the other Goa'uld in the show such as Apophis or Anubis. He has aided the good guys in the past against Anubis and the Replicators and has generally acted in an AffablyEvil manner. Also, his stance on the Ori conflict, that the [[NeglectfulPrecursor Ancients]] should be destroyed along with the Ori actually has a lot of merit given their aloofness and refusal to help even when problems they create (e.g. Anubis) threaten to destroy all life in the galaxy. Finally, even though he manipulates the timeline to become ruler of the galaxy in the Continuum movie, his intentions to form an alliance with Earth instead of enslaving it and grant freedom to the Jaffa seemed genuine. All in all Ba'al is a villain, but a nuanced one with many reasons to like him beyond his attractiveness and charm.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Anyone who attempts to turn you from a person who eats sentient beings into a person who does not is interfering with your civil rights, right? Michael Kenmore thinks so, and it appears much of the fanbase agrees. Obviously, anti-Wraith genocide, Wraith worshiping, or living like a cow herd is the better way to go. Keep in mind that at this point, the replacement food research was going absolutely nowhere. Being brainwashed and lied to is reasonably enough to make a person cranky and get some sympathy, but a lot of fans act like the Atlanteans did this to prevent Michael from performing his favorite folk dance out of spite. Why, yes, Michael, we DO think being a Wraith is a disease-how many people have died from you being a Wraith so far? Could we get some sympathy and righteous indignation for them?
*** Sympathy for Michael comes not from him being turned into a human, but from the criminally insane manner in which the Atlanteans treated him after his HeelFaceTurn against his own Hive to help *them*. Admittedly this was after the hive betrayed and ostracized him, however he genuinely believed the hive Queen wanted an alliance with the Atlanteans. His repayment for his aid? He was forcibly turned into a human and memory wiped AGAIN. This being after he technically forgave the Atlanteans for doing it to him the first time. It was only after this that he became a megalomaniacal sociopath hellbent on revenge.
** Also, Todd the wraith. Yes, we know he fed on Colonel Sheppard. Yes, he's a wraith and eats people. He's also funny, gave John back the life he took from him and does in fact help them out several times, even if he's generally a jerk about it and winds up only doing it to further his own goals.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': Chuck Bass. [[AttemptedRape Attempted rapist]]? Meh, still a pretty cool guy.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Lore, Data's EvilTwin, has received this treatment in fanfics. Apparently, people think that the love of a good woman is all it takes to redeem Lore, when he wouldn't even be redeemed for his own brother. One fanfic out there was, in its entirety, a "Lore For President" flier.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** Eric Northman. He kills people left and right,runs a TortureCellar holds humans in contempt, [[spoiler: magically forces a woman to be sexually attracted to him]] and outright states he's [[spoiler: fed on children]] and was a Viking, and [[RapePillageAndBurn not the kind that trades or explores]]. But somehow he's just misunderstood. You should see the contortions fangirls go through to excuse the fact that he idly stood by and watched while someone tried to murder the woman they chiefly pair him with. It's a bit worse than one might think: His fans try to brush that off with how different the times were back then. Yeah, try telling that one to all his victims. [[spoiler: Then after getting literal LaserGuidedAmnesia and then regaining his memory, he becomes genuinely heroic when the Authority turns into a Cult for the EvilGod Lillith. Bill, who up until this season was a 'hero' fully went villain due to seeing Lillith, while Eric experienced a MyGodWhatHaveIDone after Godric breaks through the blood haze.]]
** Franklin. On one hand he's a psychopath, but on the other he's handsome and has some funny one-liners. Compared to most of the other characters, he's surprisingly intelligent and capable of well thought out schemes, and was the only one of Tara's partners who called her out.
* Darken Rahl from ''LegendOfTheSeeker''. He commits ''mass'' infanticide, horribly tortures people to death in order to gain magical power, tortures them after death for information and for the heck of it and even beside that is an oppressive tyrant in slightly less KickTheDog methods. But fangirls insist he had the good of the land at heart because of his self-aggrandizing speeches to the woman he was torturing.
* Malcolm Tucker from ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', despite him being an utter, utter, ''utter'' [[MagnificentBastard bastard]].
* The villains of ''{{Smallville}}''. Lex Luthor, when he finally became evil around season 5/6, Davis in season 8 and Zod in season 9. Tess Mercer is a definite example in Season 8.
** Lionel Luthor. Affable, witty, cultured and ''[[TropeCodifier the]]'' MagnificentBastard he may have been, but he was still emotionally abusive, self-centered and sociopathic for at least four seasons. Must have something to do with being played by Creator/JohnGlover.
* Zero from ''Series/TinMan'' is a coward that gets his kicks torturing -- well, lots of people, but notably children. And yet fangirls swoon over.
* Julian Sark from ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is amoral, killing people left and right to further his own goals, and yet he still has a horde of infatuated fangirls ready to throw themselves at his feet without a second thought. They tend to swoon over his PrettyBoy looks, [[SharpDressedMan fashion sense]], posh English accent, dry wit and keen intelligence.
* Lyle from ''ThePretender''.
* Furio in ''Series/TheSopranos'' kind of falls into this, even canonically, as many fans (and Carmella Soprano) saw him as a cultured and sensitive NiceGuy. The issue is that while he kind of is in private life, on the ''job'', he's a totally vicious and brutal thug.
* Gene Hunt, the "[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding]]" DCI in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes'' has somehow become a huge sex symbol.
* Andy in ''{{Weeds}}'' who [[DirtyOldMan goes onto his nephew's computer and talks dirty to his sixteen year old girlfriend while jerking off]].
* Alec in ''DarkAngel'' somewhat. While he's a good guy by the end, the fangirls are far too forgiving of/willing to overlook his beginning on the side of evil or his time as an egocentric lawbreaker in the middle of the season. Likewise, JensenAckles' other character Ben (Alec's twin brother, the SerialKiller) is a lost and vulnerable puppy.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has some low-key versions of this:
** [[TheCharmer Craig]] gets excused for cheating on [[FallenPrincess Ashley]] and stringing [[GoodBadGirl Manny]] along due to his DarkAndTroubledPast. Not to mention, both of the girls get hated on more in the fandom than Craig is - either Ashley's too stuck up or Manny is a slut.
** [[TheCorrupter Jay]] pretty much ruins every life he touches by introducing drugs and alcohol into their lives, but he is still well liked by the fandom and it doesn't help the actor is a good-looking guy and good actor. He does get better though.
** [[LonelyRichKid Peter]] has this ''invoked'', twice he does something really bad to two girls (filming [[GranolaGirl Emma's]] best friend's naked breasts while she's intoxicated and getting [[HolierThanThou Darcy]] in a situation where a sexual predator ''comes to her house'') and they both ''end up dating him.'' He too gets better.
** [[TroubledButCute Eli]] is the latest example, along with [[TheBully Fitz.]] They both had an EscalatingWar where the both of them did pretty terrible things to each other, but the fangirls still love them -- even more {{egregious}} with Eli considering his CrazyJealousGuy tendencies towards [[TheIngenue Clare.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Khal Drogo is shockingly popular and beloved. Despite being quite badass, people seem to love his speech where he brags about killing people, raping women and selling their kids into slavery. He is not bluffing either. He also obliterated a peaceful people and didn't much care if the women were raped until his wife objected. [[spoiler: And let's not forget that in the first episode, he raped Daenerys just moments after their wedding]]; yet, and oddly enough, they are made to [[StockholmSyndrome love]] each other as the series goes on... A lot of people seem to make him a saint rather than the brutal bastard he is.
** Sansa Stark has this sentiment towards Prince Joffrey Baratheon in-universe, refusing to see him for the bully and DirtyCoward he is... [[spoiler:until he gets crowned king and orders her father's execution on false charges of treason and makes her watch, and then states he's going to rape her once she starts menstruating, and then also has her beaten when her eldest brother Robb causes Joffrey's armies no end of grief. She is summarily broken of this illusion.]]
* Dr. Gregory Series/{{House}} ''does'' have a decent FreudianExcuse and is a genuinely skilled doctor. But people go to insane lengths to excuse the crap he's put his subordinates and friends through, and portray the others as horrible jerks to poor little saint House. In example, when [[spoiler: Cuddy]] broke up with him for apparently good, House [[spoiler: completely trashed her living room]]... and people blamed [[spoiler: '''Cuddy''']] for it!
** Oh, House did worse than merely trash Cuddy's living room - he [[spoiler:''drove his car into it'']]. Cuddy and several other people, '''including her toddler daughter''', had been sitting in that room moments before. From his vantage point, House really couldn't be sure no one was still in the room, and for all he knew someone might have walked back in at a fatal moment. It's pure luck he didn't kill Cuddy, her child, or one of the others.
* Rather disturbingly Morgan from ''Series/{{Camelot}}''. There was even a post on Website/IMDb claiming that Arthur deserved everything Morgan did to him. Well Arthur is a bit of a skirt chaser and slept with a woman on her wedding day (to another man) but Morgan has murdered innocent people, plotted against her brother, raped two men (including [[spoiler: her own brother]]), manipulated her own citizens and imprisoned her stepmother while she walked around pretending to be her. FanDumb indeed.
* The most famous of soap opera romances, Luke and Laura on ''Series/GeneralHospital'', began with Luke ''raping'' Laura. But the fans liked him.
** Find one mobster on Series/GeneralHospital who isn't adored by fans, and also by the characters. Sonny Corinthos came to town 20 years ago as a sleazy nightclub owner who very quickly lured young and naive Karen Wexler into working as a stripper, ultimately seducing her and getting her addicted to amphetamines--a watered down version of him being a pimp and her being a prostitute, right down to him threatening to kill her when she finally found the nerve to walk away. Jason Morgan treated all of his loved ones like garbage--his behavior toward his girlfriend bordered on abuse, ultimately shunning very trace of his old life (in all fairness, he didn't remember any of it) to become Sonny's errand boy/hitman/partner. Yet they both have a HUGE following, and their fans often ignore their crimes. Anyone who doesn't like them is often villified. In the past, the writing team also contributed by writing the mob as heroes, and the people who oppose the mob as the ones in the wrong.
* An InUniverse example: On the Series/HowIMetYourMother episode ''the Stinsons'' it's revealed that Barney apparently does this for every movie he watches. For example, he thinks [[JerkJock Johnny Lawrence]] was the titular [[TheKarateKid Karate Kid]], thought Hans Gruber was the star of ''Film/DieHard'' [[InsaneTrollLogic (because he was "the only character in the movie in a suit"]] and "he died hard") and thought the Terminator was the protagonist of his [[TheTerminator film]], even going so far as to cry when he was crushed in the hydraulic press ("they didn't even try to help him!").
** Barney himself is this: By no means is he a villain, or even a straight ComedicSociopath, since he is genuinely very sweet sometimes, loves his friends and has gone to insane lengths for them, and has gotten lots of character development over the course of the show. But his fans treat him like a saint, with many males thinking that his "awesome" qualities, which in the show are treated in a ridiculous, ironic way that would be pathetic if they weren't so ballsy they CrossTheLineTwice, are [[MisaimedFandom actually awesome]], and many females thinking that he's actually just a [[TheWoobie sad, lonely, tormented soul who's mentally messed up from his horrible childhood.]] While the latter actually ''is'' true, it doesn't stop the fact that he's also a lying, misogynistic womanizer, an insensitive, selfish jerk, and an unapologetic ManipulativeBastard who almost never shows a conscience and is heavily dependent on Ted as a MoralityChain while at the same time being a PoisonousFriend with hints of CrazyJealousGuy towards him. However, fanfics have gone so far as to portray his ''friends'' as [[RonTheDeathEater being in the wrong]] for making disparaging remarks about his more assholish actions or daring to judge him for them.
* Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse's Tate Langdon. He's an AxCrazy school shooter, [[spoiler:who also murdered the last inhabitants of the house and impregnated his girlfriend's mother while impersonating her husband]], but he's also attractive, portrayed fairly sympathetically, and a passionately protective boyfriend to Violet. Fangirls tend to swoon over the latter qualities and forgive his crimes, portraying him as [[LoveRedeems redeemed by love]] or as a misunderstood and troubled soul who did everything he did to try to help others.
* Arnold Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' gets some of this treatment. He's thoroughly unlikeable, slimy, cowardly, arrogant, self-pitying and weaselly -- and yet, if the show could be said to have a sex symbol, it's him. This is helped by his rather [[TheWoobie Woobie]]-ish backstory (even though the series often takes pains to point out that he is at least a JerkassWoobie, with the 'Jerkass' part firmly emphasized) and some scenes in series 5 involving the actor with his shirt off, which makes it a bit easier for those inclined to downplay the fact that he spends 99% of the series acting like an insufferable asshole. It also helps that in another timeline, he's TheAce, meaning that deep down he's got the potential to be a decent person and a great one. However, this means it also tends to be forgotten that merely possessing the ''potential'' for greatness and decency does not automatically make one great or decent.
** Also, Ace Rimmer is used by the ''show'' writers to prove that Arnold Rimmer is ''definitely'' the source of his own flaws. Ace Rimmer had Arnold's life mostly, but ''not'' being let off the hook for something at a time when Arnold was is what made Ace seek to better himself.
* Regina Mills from Series/OnceUponATime is a perfect example of the trope. She's a fan favorite, who, ironically and in spite of her epithet "The Evil Queen" and knowledge of her actions (past and present), gains a multitude of sympathy and excuses galore for her acts from her ''very'' large fan army who is always ready to act on the defensive any time someone dares to bring up one of her many terrible crimes and think she ''may'' have to pay for them or at least should not be easily forgiven for what she did. Also be prepared to stumble upon or be given 40 page dissertations on her character that present her as [[MisaimedFandom a tragic heroine]] and the characters on the good side being [[RonTheDeathEater the real faces of evil or at least cruel jerks]] [[FanDumb who unjustly abuse and brutalize her]] or cry about how she deserves forgiveness no matter what and should not be thrown into prison or executed, [[DoubleStandard but say Character X deserves to burn in hell for sneezing the wrong way]]. Regina gets the Leather Pants treatment for these reasons: 1) she's played by the beautiful and talented Lana Parilla, 2) the character is given a few {{Freudian Excuse}}s such as: [[spoiler: being repeatedly abused by her controlling mother, and her father not coming to her defense, having her lover killed by her mother right in front of her eyes, and having to marry into the family of the girl who is sort of responsible for having her lover killed]], 3) she is portrayed sympathetically, and, 4) because of the show's once oft repeated phrase and theme: "Evil isn't born, it's made". These ''do'' explain a lot, but are just that: an explanation, NOT an excuse.
** Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is another fan favorite who also gets this treatment. Actually, it's pretty entertaining to sit back and watch his fans argue with Regina's which of the two deserve redemption and more forgiveness and paint their idols as being complete angels [[CryForTheDevil who are absolutely justified in everything they do]], meanwhile point fingers at each other of being (bigger) apologists. Anyway, this poster digresses. Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is (literally) a baby-snatcher, a skilled manipulator, has killed people, and, according to Henry, [[spoiler:is actually ''worse'' than Regina]], but that doesn't stop him from gaining a huge fanbase, and certainly doesn't put a stop to him gaining a buttload of apologists who give him a break for his deeds, [[RonTheDeathEater but crucify other characters for less]].
*** Again, a [[JerkassWoobie massively sympathetic]] [[FreudianExcuse backstory]] - [[spoiler:being born the son of a coward, being forced to fight in a war, crippling himself to avoid a prophecy saying he'd die in battle and leave his son fatherless, spending his entire pre-Dark One life being abused by his entire village as the reviled town coward, finally turning to magic to try to keep his son from being taken away to fight in the same war, being tricked into assuming the mantle of the Dark One, and then losing his son anyways]] - goes a long way to explaining the FanDumb. So does his undeniably genuine love for Belle, as his interactions with her prove that he ''is'' capable of acting unselfishly and putting someone he loves above himself.
** Jefferson [[spoiler: aka the Mad Hatter]] is another character who gets this treatment, thanks to him having a sympathetic backstory, being played by Sebastian Stan, and knowing how to dress to the nines. The fact that Jefferson [[spoiler:kidnapped Mary Margaret, held her against her will]], and then [[spoiler:drugged and tied up Emma]] goes ignored by certain fans. Usually in favor of shipping him with Emma. Worse, Emma even gets ''bashed'' [[spoiler: for knocking him out with a telescope for the sake of escaping with her life and not believing him.]] Because what sane woman would resist a hot guy who [[spoiler: kidnaps and drugs her and puts a gun to her head and not believe a word he says?]]
** Season 2 brings us Killian Jones, aka [[PeterPan Captain Hook]], who gets excused of a ''lot'' by virtue of being played by the extremely attractive Colin O'Donoghue. His most egregious offense to date is removing the heart of Princess Aurora while she was unconscious and promptly handing it over to the BigBad, Regina's mom Cora. Then, in the following episode, he coldcocked Belle (who was already locked up in a cell) after she refused to help him, and would've killed her had Regina not walked in. While some make the argument that he's a victim of LoveMakesYouEvil, there remains the fact that the woman he loved and lost was someone else's wife, and that regardless of whether or not he's a villain (he is), violence against anyone (not just women) should be rightly called out as not cool no matter what the reasoning behind it is.
** He also shot Belle, [[spoiler: causing her to lose ''all'' her memories, and she has no alternate identity, in Storybrooke]]. He and Emma also [[spoiler:undergo a romantic arc]] after somewhere along the line in Season 3 when he seems to undergo a legitimate HeelFaceTurn (albeit with some of his not-so-heroic qualities still intact). [[spoiler:Killian and Emma eventually end up starting a relationship at the end of season three.]]
* Sebastian Smythe from ''Series/{{Glee}}''. He stalked Blaine, bullied and teased Kurt and generally was a menace to everyone for weeks, yet people still love to ship him with Blaine, Kurt, or both. Fanfiction with Seb in them tend to portray him as a slightly arrogant DeadpanSnarker and leave it at that. Forget the fact that he almost destroyed Blaine's eye with a slushie full of rock salt or that he turned all of Kurt and Blaine's Dalton friends against them for no discernible reason.
** Both Santana and Karofsky, who are bullies, get treated as repressed gays, ignoring some of the awful things that they did. At least with Karofsky they manage to craft a storyline of redemption, where the character recognizes all the wrong things he's done and apologizes sincerely, not to mention tries to make amends by participating in his beard's Anti-Bullying Watch... but go tell that to his fans, who take the JerkAss out of JerkAssWoobie and run away with it.
** It's easy to forget at this point, but Puck started out on ''Glee'' as a straightforward bully who harassed the Glee Clubbers and knocked up his best friend's girlfriend, and dude only really completed his HeelFaceTurn in the second half of the first season. He had fangirls all over him long before any of that happened, though.
* From the BBC series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[DiabolicalMastermind James Moriarty]]. He orchestrated an explosion that killed an old, blind woman and several others; kidnapped and threatened to kill three other people, including a child; fed poisoned candy to two children; "sponsored" a serial killer merely to test Sherlock's mettle; threatened to blow up John and shoot Sherlock; and, as of the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:has single-handedly ruined Sherlock's career, relationships, and credibility amongst the public]]. He is a "consulting criminal" who has aided scores of thieves, smugglers, blackmailers, foreign spies and murderers, thus being directly or indirectly responsible for many of the worst crimes in Britain - and likely most of Europe as well. At the beginning of the first episode of the second season, he threatens to make shoes out of freshly-removed human skin; and most viewers have no trouble believing him capable of it. Still, he's intelligent, relatively-harmless looking, and reasonably attractive, and the fandom will ship him with anyone: Sherlock, John, poor Molly (though there is some in-canon justification for that), Mycroft, Irene, and ''especially'' his right-hand man Sebastian Moran from the original ACD stories, who has yet to even appear in the BBC version.
* Series/{{Supernatural}}:
** Fangirls give a number of villains the Leather Pants treatment. Lucifer is probably the least deserving character who has earned this treatment, but Crowley, Balthazar, and Gabriel have done a lot of sociopathic things.
** Lately, [[spoiler: Evil!Castiel]] has been getting this treatment, as has [[EldritchAbomination Dick Roman]] for some reason. Dick is probably even less deserving of leather pants than Lucifer. [[IncrediblyLamePun His name]] even tells you how much of a horrible person he is!
** Amy Pond, the Kitsune from "The Girl Next Door" murdered at least four people and lied to the heroes. Some fans tend to overlook this due to the fact that she was a GirlOfTheWeek for Sam, specifically targeted AssholeVictims, and had a sympathetic motive (she needed live brains to cure her sick son) for doing so. The fact that she was played by JewelStaite probably didn't hurt, either. So when Dean killed her, much debate ensued both in-universe and amongst the fandom as to whether he had done the right thing or not. After much {{angst}}, the show decided that he did, but the subject remains a sore spot for the fandom to this day. However, in RealLife, a mother who had done what Amy did for the same reasons would not be let off the hook for it.
* BeverlyHills90210 has Kelly Taylor, who could be the page image for BrokenBase. Some see her as TheScrappy, others are fans of her but identify that she's a TroubledButCute flawed human being [[JerkassWoobie with reasons for why she turned out how she did]], and then there's the third category, every mean comment she makes, every bad thing she does, anything she does is justified to them by her FreudianExcuse. And woe be unto any character [[HateDumb (or fan)]] who says anything bad about her, they end up a permanent RonTheDeathEater. Some fans [[InsaneTrollLogic even do this with the actress, Jennie Garth]] in a weird inversion of XPacHeat, [[spoiler:which is actually easier to do than with Kelly because Jennie Garth is a very sweet person in real life, it only gets ridiculous when people start calling her twitter updates a "life changing experience"]].
* Tony [=DiNozzo=] from Series/{{NCIS}}. He's a [[JerkassFacade good person deep down]] and isn't by no definition, an actual villain, but his beyond-reason fans have no problem excusing/blindly accepting his moments of nosiness, obnoxiousness, sexism, rudeness, occasional self-serving, and some of his cruel taunts/pranks, because of his [[FreudianExcuse dysfunctional childhood and daddy issues]], his good looks, and sense of humor, but watch them foam at the mouth and unleash hell when [[RonTheDeathEater other characters]] (''especially'' [=McGee=] or Ziva) give him a dose of his own medicine (taunting and/or playing a prank on him). And don't hold out hope on these fans recognizing what they're [[DoubleStandard saying]], because they'll just argue until Judgment Day why Tony gets and should get a pass for his behavior while other characters don't and shouldn't.
* Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant from ''Series/{{Scandal}}''. No matter what he does to his self-professed true love, Olivia, his wife Mellie, or any other character, many fangirls will band together and be united in their cause to defend him, wave off his actions as forgivable because he is ''such'' as a sad, repressed, and confused man who just wants to be with the love of his life, but Life and other people just keep getting in his way.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' has oneshot villains Cameron Coulter and Neal Hanlon, because apparently getting picked on and working dead-end jobs at the mall justifies messily slaughtering everyone there whether they were involved or not, including children.
* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' still retains a hardcore fanbase who still sees him as an unambiguous hero, when the entire point of the show is seeing him do a long, gradual {{Face Heel Turn}}. To some, this involves wanting to murder the actress who plays his wife.
* Jay from ''TheInbetweeners'' is more often than not seen as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and {{Woobie}} by the fans, though in the actual series, he is usually a full-blown {{Jerkass}} (with a very few PetTheDog moments). He is also a compulsive liar and a coward. However, his selfishness and especially lies are so over-the-top and PlayedForLaughs that you will be more busy laughing at him than hating him, which may be why he has become this trope (and the fact that he is at least more amiable than the series' main "villain", Donovan). The woobie thing comes from how he ''may'' have a FreudianExcuse: That his father is constantly picking on him. But we don't know if he started to act unbearably and [[AttentionWhore attention-whoreishly]] because his dad treats him like that, or if he has ''always'' been like that and his dad just tries to bring him down to earth. At any rate, Jay is amusing, but he isn't a guy most people would want to hang out with in RealLife.
* An in-universe example on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Martin and the boys talk about Hester as if she were a saint, but from what we know about her: She cheated on Martin at least once, she egged on the rivalry between Frasier and Niles that continues to affect them in adulthood and that's not even counting her manipulative, shrewish behaviour on ''Cheers''. On the other hand, they wouldn't exactly be the first grieving sons/husbands to ever decide to NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead when it comes to a deceased and clearly much-loved-and-loving-despite-her-flaws mother/wife, so this is perhaps understandable.
* Damon Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has a very vocal fanbase despite the fact that he is a rapist, serial killer and unapologetic jerk.
** Klaus Mikaelson fits the bill as well.
** With this show, it helps that after a while no one's hands are clean, so your favorite characters are less about any kind of morality than who's more fun to watch.