Game of Throne’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is the epitome of boyfriend material: family oriented, charitable, and incredibly handsome. However, unlike the Danish heartthrob, his onscreen persona is nothing but shallow, arrogant, not to mention he has a disturbing romance with, uh, his freaking, even more evil sister.
But none of the above seems to matter since we happen to love real-life Nikolaj and sinful Jaime Lannister equally as much.
Just as The Kingslayer, there are many other villains who have the amazing ability to keep us so interested an invested in their crazy schemes that we even end up rooting for them! Sure—we aren’t supposed to like them. But with the way they live their live—taking what they want no matter the consequences—, their often-tragic backstories, and their bad guy looks, we just can’t help but love them.
In honor of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s 48th birthday, here’s a list of the 10 most likable villains on TV and movie who have managed to capture the hearts of viewers. Because, sometimes, we just want to see the good guy lose…