"Scandal" is known for being ... scandalous (duh), but the show wouldn't have its notoriety for being so without its shady characters. So we've got the definitive ranking of how shady all the main characters of "Scandal" really are.
10. David Rosen (Joshua Malina)
So David is one of the few people that actually is as kind as he comes off.
He's the Attorney General, so naturally he tries to do the right thing even if it does mean exposing Olivia Pope and her little shenanigans, but once in a blue moon he will dibble and dabble on the dark side.
But it's never really for his benefit, mostly just to save face and protect his friends.
9. Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn)
We don't really know how we feel about Fitz.
He mostly seems to be in la la land and oblivious about all the dirty things going on around him and when he finds out, he's upset but doesn't really do much about them.
Oh, we almost forgot -- he's an adulterer-er. Anyways, Fitz isn't a very shady person at all. The worst thing he probably did was put an entire country in danger and go to war over his mistress, but hey, which one of us wouldn't?
8. Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield)
Abby definitely has her shady moments, she isn't the worst of the bunch -- rather no where close.
Although she's stolen some things and manipulated certain situations, its Abby's persistence that gets her what she wants.
7. Huck (Guillermo Diaz)
Oh sweet, angry, adorable, animalistic Huck. We feel sorry for Huck and absolve him of all his shady crimes.
He got turned into the person he is because of B613 and Olivia's dad, but Huck is one loyal friend.
He only gets his hands dirty for the people he loves and cares deeply about, so he's good in our book.
6. Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes)
Well you had us fooled, Quinn!!! If that's even your real name -- which it isn't.
It was a mistake to have her train with Huck because in a moment's time she became just like him. But she's a little shadier than Huck.
5. Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young)
We have a love-hate relationship with Mellie. At first, we hated her but honestly how can you hate a woman scorned?!
She's dealt with her husband's affair in such a civil and professional manner, but of course we can't forget that she did so in order to advance her own political agenda.
Let's not get it twisted, Mellie cannot be trusted but we can definitely have a drink with her and an impromptu dance party without worrying about her killing us.
4. Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry)
If it wasn't for Olivia's dad taking the cake, Cyrus would probably be right up there as the shadiest character.
As innocent as he looks, there's honestly very little we can trust about him. Cyrus will literally do whatever it takes to get what he wants -- like have his own husband killed (although thankfully that was stopped at the last minute).
3. Jake Ballard (Scott Foley)
Jake ... he is the definition of shady. This dude got introduced to us as a sweet, handsome, caring, gentle and just all-around good guy and then we find out it was all part of a game plan.
As if that part didn't bring back traumatic memories of men we've dated in the past, Jake just continues to be untrustworthy.
We never know if his actions are genuine or influenced by Olivia's dad. At least one thing we can be sure of -- his love for Olivia.
2. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)
Do we really have to break this one down at all? OK, fine.
The only thing that differentiate's Olivia from her dad is her humanity. Yes, Olivia is a "gladiator," and helps people fix things, but let's not get it twisted ... in the process of "fixing" things she does some pretty questionable things.
She's not entirely evil, but she's like the manipulative best friend. You don't know if she's coming to your wedding bearing gifts or to dismantle your marriage.
1. Eli Pope (Joe Morton)
PAPA POPE IS SHADY AF!!!
There's really nothing we can say that will exemplify how shady Eli Pope is. Combine all the manipulative characters into one and you'd probably get a third of how truly twisted Daddy Pope is.
Other than being the head of B613 for over 20 years (as if that doesn't mess you up for life enough), he's just a very mean person.