The job of a heel in professional wrestling is to be so dastardly and despicable that the fans can't help but boo, hiss and spew vitriol in their general direction. No matter how hard some guys try, though, the fans love them in spite of their attempts to conjure up hatred.
Obviously, no wrestler in the history of the business has ever been universally loved or hated, but when it comes to some heels, you can just tell that the fans like them more than they're supposed to. Heels today, in particular, get more cheers than ever before, but there have always been some guys who have transcended their role.
You could argue that heels who get cheered aren't doing what they're supposed to, but it's usually just a matter of the wrestler being so skilled, talented and entertaining that the fans can't help but to embrace him. It's rare that a wrestler reaches that status, but it has been the case for a select few over the years.
Here are the 10 most popular and beloved heels in WWE history.