The Best TV Villains of All Time Fictional Characters

The Best TV Villains of All Time

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The best TV villains of all time rank among some of the greatest TV characters of all time as well as some of the creepiest TV characters ever. While some TV villains exist to make the lead characters appear more heroic, some of them are just plain old, nasty jerks. Regardless of their motivations, the top TV bad guys make us want to bust into the TV and kick some butt, fictional style.

Many of TV's greatest greatest villains didn't start that way; some of these men and women started out as virtuous people who took a skid into the darker ways of the world. Think of Breaking Bad's Gustavo Fring, a legitimate business man turned meth trafficking d-bag. Or Dexter Morgan who started out killing only bad guys and then went and got tangled up with killing people as a CYA offensive action. Of course, there's also people like Game of Throne's Joffrey Baratheon and The Simpsons' C. Montgomery Burns who seem to get off on tormenting people. They are the worst kind of awesome bad guys.

Who is the best bad guy on TV? What television shows have the greatest TV villains?  This best television villains list has all the top TV villains in one place for you to vote on. If your favorite TV villain isn't on the list of the greatest TV villains, make sure to add them so other voters get to hate them as much as you do.

List Criteria: Recurring villians (have to have been in more than one episode) from TV only. Pick and post your favorites.

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    Mr. Burns

    The Simpsons More
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    Gustavo Fring

    Breaking Bad More
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    Joffrey Baratheon

    A Song of Ice and Fire More
    87
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    The Joker

    DC Universe More
    83
    added by: mikeym426
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    Benjamin Linus

    Lost More
    83
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    Cigarette Smoking Man

    The X-Files More
    83
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    A Song of Ice and Fire More
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    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    Newman

    Seinfeld More
    80
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    Sideshow Bob

    The Simpsons More
    78
    added by: MatthewdeRaadt
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    Tony Soprano

    The Sopranos More
    76
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    Spike

    Buffyverse More
    76
    added by: AlanBelew
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    Sylar

    Heroes More
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    J.R. Ewing

    Dallas More
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    Supernatural More
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    Supernatural
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    Walter White

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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen

    Once Upon A Time More
    66
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    Barbas

    Charmed More
    64
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    controversial
    The Governor

    The Walking Dead More
    63
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    Megatron

    Transformers Franchise More
    63
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    Lord Walder Frey

    Game of Thrones More
    62
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    Al Swearengen

    Deadwood More
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles More
    61
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    Queen of the Visitors

    V More
    58
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    Dexter More
    58
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    Klaus Mikelson

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    Simon Cowell

    American Idol, The X-Factor More
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    Boris and Natasha

    Boris and Natasha More
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    added by: Scott Klingaman
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    Borg Queen

    Star Trek Universe More
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    Marlo Stanfield

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    Siegfried

    Get Smart More
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    Star Trek More
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    added by: sparky9042
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    Khan Noonien Singh

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    Star Trek original series 1x24, "Space Seed."
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    Vegeta

    Dragon Ball More
    48
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Dwight Schrute

    The Office More
    46
    added by: bojanthebest
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    Locutus of Borg

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    added by: CharlesW.Johnson
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
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    Ari Haswari

    NCIS More
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    added by: estewiccancis
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    King Chicken

    Duckman More
    45
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    Professor Moriarty

    Sherlock 2010 BBC More
    45
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
    Sherlock 2010 BBC
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    Cersei Baratheon

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    Joe Carroll

    The Following More
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    Red John

    The Mentalist More
    41
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    big bang theory More
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    Plankon

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    Vince McMahon

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    Shane Walsh

    The Walking Dead More
    38
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    The Devil

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    Clay Morrow

    Sons of Anarchy More
    38
    added by: abulli11
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