10 Once-Lovable TV Characters Who Became Completely Repulsive

2. Dexter Morgan (Dexter)


The first couple seasons of Showtime's seriocomic, vigilante porn featured a seriously conflicted protagonist. One with a never-ending compulsion to kill, who channeled those psychopathic tendencies toward killing only other murderers who slipped through the cracks of the criminal justice system.

He was a certifiable badass in cargo pants, righting injustices, delivering vengeful soliloquies, buying everybody donuts. There was plenty to like about Dexter in the early going.

As time wore on, however, the audience learned that Dexter's "code" for killing was more like a list of suggestions that could be bent so that he - and by default, the audience - didn't have to feel bad about any innocent bystanders who died as a result of Dexter's urges.

Let's go ahead and recap all of the innocent people who were killed by Dexter - whether intentionally or inadvertently - over the course of 8 seasons without any real repercussions.

James Doakes, a police officer who was hot on Dexter's trail. Oscar Prado, who he killed "accidentally." John Farrow, a photographer Dexter killed because of false evidence. Some guy named Rankin who talked trash to him in a bathroom after his wife had just died...WHICH WAS ALSO HIS FAULT. Also, Kyle Butler, Stan Liddy, Maria LaGuerta, his father, Harry, and his sister, Deb.

By the end of this show, was there anyone who could tolerate, let alone sympathize with this truly despicable human being?


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