The Best TV Villains of All Time

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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 Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

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    DC Universe

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    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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    Game of Thrones

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    The Walking Dead

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    Supernatural

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    Breaking Bad

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    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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    Lost

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    Supernatural Supernatural

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    The Simpsons

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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Lucifer SuperNatural

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    Sherlock 2010 BBC Sherlock 2010 BBC

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    Heroes, Heroes

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    Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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    The X-Files

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    Supernatural

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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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    Breaking Bad

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    Sons of Anarchy

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    Once Upon A Time

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    Supernatural

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    Supernatural, Supernatural

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    Dallas

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    Seinfeld

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    Supernatural

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    Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Queen of the Visitors V

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    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin ...

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    Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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    Xena: Warrior Princess, Clash of the Titans, Xenaverse

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    Dragon Ball Z

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    The Sopranos

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    The Shield

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    Batiatus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Batiatus Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

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    Leoben Conoy

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    Brother John Cavil

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    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

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    Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy, Fright to the Finish, Popeye the ...

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    Deadwood

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    Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time


    Klaus Mikelson

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    Star Trek

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    Dexter

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    Game of thrones

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    Doctor Who

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    Charmed

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