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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    Annie Wilkes

    Misery More
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    Sleeping Beauty More
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    Oz Universe More
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest More
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    Elle Driver

    Kill Bill Universe More
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the ... More
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    101 Dalmatians More
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    Marvel Universe More
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    Kill Bill Universe More
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    Game of Thrones More
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    Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times More
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    Catherine Tramell

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    Fatal Attraction More
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    Queen Ravenna

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    Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Mickey's ... More
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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie More
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    Mommie Dearest More
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    GoldenEye More
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    The Goonies More
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    Regina Mills

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    Regina George

    Mean Girls More
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    The Chronicles of Narnia More
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    Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class More
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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the ... More
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    Marvel Universe More
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    Dangerous Liaisons More
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    Orphan More
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    Cruel Intentions More
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    Xenaverse More
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    Carrie More
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    Battlestar Galactica, Razor More
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    Alien Queen

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    Baby Jane Hudson

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    Harley Quinn

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    Mrs. Danvers

    Rebecca, Rebecca More
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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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    Natural Born Killers More
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    Queen Narissa

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    The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe More
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    Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella, Cinderella II: Dreams Come ... More
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    The Craft More
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    Heather Chandler

    Heathers More
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    American Horror Story: Asylum More
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    Poison Ivy

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    American Horror Story: Murder House More
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    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle More
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