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Seven Characters That You Probably Shouldn't Look Up To But Will Anyway

I think we've all looked at a fictional character and thought that maybe we'd like to be a bit more like them. I mean, that's why BuzzFeed quizzes are so popular. I'm not gonna lie; I was pretty happy when I got Francis Underwood in a "House of Cards" personality quiz. I kind of want to be him. I also kind of want to stab him in the chest seven times. Whatever goes. Anyway, here are seven characters you might feel this way about, in no particular order.

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1. Francis Underwood (House of Cards)

Okay, I'm just gonna go ahead and start with my personal favourite. House of Cards' Francis Underwood is a nasty piece of work. This sinister politician will step on just about anyone to get what he wants; as you can see, he has blood on his hands. He acts like an angel when he's in the public eye- but then again, Lucifer was an angel too.

So why is this character so romanticized? Part of what makes this show so special is the sense of impending dread that drives it forward; at frequent points, viewers are made to think and be scared- no, this man should never have this much power, no one should have this much power. Well, House of Cards has this amazing way of breaking the Fourth Wall; Underwood's monologue is verbalized by Underwood himself throughout both seasons, and eye contact with the audience is made. There's also the fact that he's rich, smart and gets a lot of action, which isn't going to hurt when it comes to making the show's audience like him

Oh, and who's super excited for the third season? I know I am!

2. Walter White/Heisenberg (Breaking Bad)

Admit it- if you've seen Breaking Bad, you've thought about how cool it would be to be Heisenberg. I don't care if you're the purest, most kind-hearted soul alive; you wish you were this awesome.

Some of what makes this guy redeemable is his love for his family. Even when he's cooking crystal, smoking pot and slaughtering anyone who steps in the way of his Meth Empire, it's evident that he still cares a bit about his wife and two kids. He does try to leave them the drug money he made, at least. But something tells me that this isn't what makes people love Heisenberg; it's weird, but people admire his ruthlessness, his ambition, his ingenuity and his downright skill. Everyone wants to be as gifted in their field as Walter White is in the meth game.

3. Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)

Yeah, I lied; I really don't feel bad about this one.

Annalise Keating definitely isn't perfect, but she definitely is badass. She has a high-flying law career, she is unapologetic in her approach to dealing with crap (which she gets a lot of), and she knows what she wants and how to get it. Ehh, she errs on the side of condoning murder and she's definitely pretty manipulative, but she's not nearly as bad as some of the other people on this list, and at least as awesome. It's what makes her likable. Damn, I want to be her- or at the very least, one of the Keating Five.

4. The 11th Doctor (Doctor Who)

Well, I hate to say I told you so, but this show started to go downhill since Moffat took over.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Eleven. I looked up to him, even though I really shouldn't have. Trust me, I wanted to fly around in the TARDIS really badly. I wanted to go to other planets with the Doctor, even when he was Eleven. It's just that Ten was everything 11 was, minus the excess megalomaniac. Ten was interesting, badass, funny and enthusiastic- and he wasn't too, you know, enigmatic. Also, he had some kind of moral system. There's no denying the fact that Eleven was all of this stuff, it's just that Moffat kind of turned The Doctor from Interesting, Complex Character to Pretentious Fifteen Year Old Who Thinks They're In A Film. Also, Eleven kinda tends to treat Clara pretty badly, as much as he loved Amy and Rory.

Ehh, Eleven is still awesome, and he has interesting moments. But if you're gonna look up to a Doctor, make it pre-Moffat. [No offence.]

5. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)

Ugh. Asshole.

Anyone who knows me in real life can tell you that I was freaking obsessed with this show a couple of years ago. I wanted to be Sherlock Holmes so, so badly that I thought I actually was Sherlock Holmes. I think I still have the blue scarf somewhere, and I had a pretty well-matching haircut.

Sherlock is the smartest guy on British TV. However, he's also the most pretentious. I basically saw Sherlock as God when I was about twelve but looking at it now, I just see an annoying know-it-all with stupid hair. Okay, I kind of still wish I was that smart, but he's not a good role model. He's tortured a dying guy for information, okay? Not nice. Also, he's not even that smart. Most of the people on this list would look at him and laugh.

But I do still kind of wish I was that good-looking. Benedict Cumberbatch is a beautiful man, and this is coming from a person who isn't generally attracted to men.

6. Michael Townley/De Santa (GTA V)

"You are ALONE, you pathetic psychopath!" -Michael's wife Amanda, upon leaving Michael.

Regardless of what you think of the GTA franchise, if you've played the game then you know that Michael's awesome, and definitely not someone to look up to. Like a lot of people on this list, he's swimming in it. And much like Walter, he has a family that he does care about, at least a little bit. However, also like Walter, he'll kill anyone that gets in his way. Let's not talk about Brad.

Honestly, a lot of people I know who like GTA are clearly trying to alter their behaviour to be more like Mike. But guys, come on. There's a big difference between video game violence and really life violence. You probably couldn't rob The National Bank and pretty much get away with it.

7. Petyr Baelish

Petyr Baelish is a slimy piece of crap.

He's kind of great. He's always behind the stage, pulling all the strings, making things go his way. Even though he's obviously manipulative, many people envy the amount of control he has, in a world where almost everything we do is controlled by some external force. Google is watching, kids.

The downside to Petyr is that he betrayed Ned Stark and tried to start a relationship with his 14-year-old daughter. Ew. The Google of Westeros is just as creepy as expected.

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