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Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), The Shield
Corrupt cops may be TV's biggest cliché, but Vic Mackey was the only one to get his own show. Chiklis' quasi-sympathetic portrayal of a family man with a warped sense of ethics had audiences rooting for him. In the end, Vic got his: a soured immunity deal put the adrenaline junkie in a desk job.