2. Agent Dale Cooper
Coop! Even though it's unlikely that the likes of Tony Soprano, Don Draper, Walter White, and Tyrion Lannister would exist without the creative example set by Twin Peaks, the show's leading man – who looks like Clark Kent and talks like Carlos Castaneda — is the antithesis of his many bastard sons. There's no "anti" in this hero — a man of boundless intellectual curiosity, emotional empathy, lust for life, and bravery in the line of fire. Antiheroes allow us to vicariously experience their thrilling indecency; Agent Cooper proves that decency can be just as thrilling, which makes his cliffhanger fate in the Season Two finale that much more devastating.