The Best TV Villains of All Time Fictional Characters
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The Best TV Villains of All Time

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

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.

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    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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    the people's #1 The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie

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    most listed & added by HumbertoIbarra Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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    ranked low on reranks & added by AlanBelew Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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    added by mikeym426 DC Universe

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    added by MarkJohnson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by RunaNona Smallville Universe

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    Seinfeld

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    added by MatthewdeRaadt The Simpsons

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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen Once Upon A Time

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    The Walking Dead

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    Heroes

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    often listed Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

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    Breaking Bad

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lost

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    Dallas

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    added by DanieleMonterisi Sherlock 2010 BBC Sherlock 2010 BBC

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    added by colormelivvy Supernatural Supernatural

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    ranked low on reranks Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Dexter

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    The Mentalist

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    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

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    added by abulli11 Sons of Anarchy

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    ranked low on reranks Transformers Franchise

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    added by sebbzor Breaking Bad

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sparky9042 South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Charmed

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    added by wiabux He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters ...

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    added by evilgrin32 Star Trek Universe

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    Queen of the Visitors V

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    added by sparky9042 Star Trek

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Klaus Mikelson

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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    added by MarkusMarquisBiechl Supernatural

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    added by evilgrin32 Game of Thrones

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    added by CharlesW.Johnson Khan Noonien Singh Star Trek original series 1x24, "Space Seed."

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    added by CharlesW.Johnson Locutus of Borg Star Trek: The Next Generation

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Walking Dead

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    Simon Cowell American Idol, The X-Factor

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    ranked low on reranks & added by tenkawaruri Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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    added by wiabux Boyd Crowder

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    added by HumbertoIbarra big bang theory

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    The X-Files, The X-Files Universe

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    added by Jake09 SpongeBob SquarePants, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob ...

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    added by Scott Klingaman Boris and Natasha Boris and Natasha

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