On Bravo's show about the 100 greatest television characters of all time, they described Vic Mackey as a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Dirty Harry. Vic thinks that all of the crimes he commits are for the overall moral good, even if that means adultry, assault and murder. This makes him an amazingly profound character throughout the series that is The Shield. He is like Tony Soprano in a lot of ways, in the sense that he is introspective in the crimes that he commits, yet as he falls deeper and deeper into the seedy nature of Los Angeles, he can't pull himself out. Some of his best scenes are when he is interacting with the captain of "the barn", David Aceveda. Their interactions and arguments provide wildly entertaining episodes and provide his character with classic quotes that I won't forget anytime soon.