Bad Guys Gone Good: Our Favorite TV Villains Who Turned Over a New Leaf

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Chuck Bass – Gossip Girl

Let’s face it. Chuck Bass was an awful human when we first met him. He literally tried to rape, not one, but two women in the series opener. He was vain, selfish, destructive, and downright dangerous. Everything he did was to serve his own best interest, and he didn’t really think through anything outside his own interests.

However, he’s a testament to the power of love, and Blair was his saving grace. Their on-again-off-again relationship may be the only thing that turned him around in the course of his self-destruction. Even when they were together, he often sucked Blair into ill-formed plans and schemes. Even a well-fitted suit wasn’t enough to distract from what a jerk he was most of the time.

When everything was said and done, he turned into a legitimate family man, protective over his wife and children. He never fully shed his manipulative spots, but he did come almost full circle in his self-serving and unsettling behavior.

It might seem like I’m setting the bar rather low, to identify Chuck as a good guy just because he didn’t attempt to rape anyone in those last episodes, but Gossip Girl worked really hard to make us believe Chuck was an actual nice guy.