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List Rules 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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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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The Governor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Lilith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Azazel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Ruby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Ares is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Freeza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Cell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Dalek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Brother John Cavil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Leoben Conoy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Q is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Bluto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time