The Walking Dead: 10 Worst Things Negan Has Ever Done

He may be on the path to redemption, but Negan still has a lot to atone for...

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In the vast pantheon of TV villains, few are as effective and terrifying as Negan. Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan with oozing charisma and intimidating flare, he served as The Walking Dead's primary antagonist from the back end of season six through to the end of season eight. Some would argue he is in fact still a bad guy, but over seasons nine and ten there can be little doubt that he's slowly but surely beginning to redeem himself.

This list is not concerned with his virtues, however. Rather, we're taking a look here at the one-time dictator's worst moments: the times he made audiences stand up and yell at the screen in rage; the times he seemed completely irredeemable; and the actions that made everyone in the fandom squirm and curse.

Love him or hate him, Negan has had one hell of a character arc, one which has been marred with extreme violence, cruel twists and detestable behaviour. He has killed, threatened and conned his way through life, and there have been moments where it seemed his death was completely unavoidable. So, whether bashing people's brains in, taunting the Survivors or just being a genuine monster, here are the 10 worst things that Negan has ever done.

Spoilers within.

10. Enjoying His Power So Much

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During his run on the show, Negan has always said that he did what he did as the leader of the Saviors because it's what he had to do in order to survive. But watching him when he first burst onto the the scene right up until Rick (Andrew Lincoln) slit his throat and locked him away, it's more than just a little clear that Negan loved his power.

He had control over hundreds of people after all, all willing to fight and die for him, and he owned every room he entered. His charisma, his cold smile, his demeanor and his arrogance shone all the time and he relished the attention almost as much he loved hurting those who dared to oppose him.

Take his very first scene, for example, where he has Rick and his group kneeling before him, taunting them and dripping with confidence. Or take his many interactions with the likes of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt), characters who categorically oppose what he stands for but were able to see what kind of a threat he posed.

He loved every second of it, and that's clear, making it real hard to fully believe him when he claims he had to do what he had to do.


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