The Greatest Female Villains Fictional Characters
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The Greatest Female Villains

List Criteria: Only female characters in TV, film, books, games, etc.

The best female villains include women whose roles are truly iconic and evil. Some of the greatest movie and television villains ever made this list. Whether it's a mentally unstable character who stalks her unsuspecting victim or a conniving, totally immoral villain who frames innocent people, this list includes them all. It is, however, not complete, so please, feel free to add your favorite female TV and movie villains as well. Vote for the characters you think are the worst villains ever to grace the big or small screen.

What makes a great villain? A character that is morally bankrupt, complex and tortured, among other things. The female villains listed here certainly fit the mold. Some are evil to their very core, allowing heroes to emerge and shine as they (hopefully) triumph against them. A villain is nefarious, vile and generally bad. Many are guilty of criminal behavior, to say the least. Some make us love to hate them (that's a sure sign of a fantastic female villain). We cheer if and when they meet their untimely ends, because they deserved it!

In film, some of the best movie villains of all time are females. Need proof? How about bunny-boiler Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) in 'Fatal Attraction' or mentally deranged "fan" Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) in 'Mysery'? Sharon Stone's portrayal of femme fatale Catherine Tramell in 'Basic Instinct' earns her a best female villain place on the list, as well as a top spot among the sexiest characters in thrillers.

Some actresses' best roles in movies or on TV shows came when they played villains. Rachel McAdams was unforgettably villainous as Regina George, aka Queen Bee, in 'Mean Girls.' Helena Bonham Carter's played some interesting roles over the years, but none more wicked that Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

From the psycho exes to the stalkers and the femme fatales, enjoy this list of the best female villains in movies and television, and feel free to rerank it your way, too.
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    Misery More
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    Wicked Witch of the West

    Oz Universe More
    94
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    Sleeping Beauty More
    94
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    the people's #1
    Nurse Ratched

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest More
    92
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    Elle Driver

    Kill Bill Universe More
    91
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the ... More
    89
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    101 Dalmatians More
    85
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    Game of Thrones More
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    Marvel Universe More
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    Kill Bill Universe More
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    Catherine Tramell

    Basic Instinct More
    79
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    The Chronicles of Narnia More
    79
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    Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times More
    77
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    Fatal Attraction More
    77
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    Queen Ravenna

    Snow White and the Huntsman More
    76
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    Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's ... More
    75
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    Mean Girls More
    73
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    Mommie Dearest More
    70
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    GoldenEye More
    69
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    The Goonies More
    67
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    Regina Mills

    Once Upon a Time More
    66
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    Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class More
    64
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the ... More
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    Orphan More
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    Marquise de Merteuil

    Dangerous Liaisons More
    58
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    Marvel Universe More
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    The Devil Wears Prada More
    55
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    Aliens Universe More
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    Carrie More
    54
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    Cruel Intentions More
    54
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    Xenaverse More
    53
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    Ursa

    Superman Universe More
    51
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    Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times More
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    Natural Born Killers More
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? More
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    Sister Mary Eunice

    American Horror Story: Asylum More
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    Elektra King

    The World Is Not Enough More
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    Number Six

    Battlestar Galactica, Razor More
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    Lady Tremaine

    Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come ... More
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    Nancy Downs

    The Craft More
    48
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    Mrs. Danvers

    Rebecca, Rebecca More
    48
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    The Queen of the Damned More
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones franchise More
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    Heather Chandler

    Heathers More
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    American Horror Story: Murder House More
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    The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe More
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    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle More
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    Enchanted More
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    The Thin Pink Line More
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    Batman & Robin More
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