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


    Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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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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    Mr. Burns The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

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

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    Crowley

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

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    The Joker DC Universe

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

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    Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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


    Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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    Smallville Universe

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

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    Benjamin Linus Lost

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    The Walking Dead

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

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    Death Supernatural

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

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    Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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    Supernatural Supernatural

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    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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    Sylar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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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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    Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

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    Sherlock 2010 BBC Sherlock 2010 BBC

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    Number Six is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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    The X-Files

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

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    Azazel Supernatural

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

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

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

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    Walter White Breaking Bad

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

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    Newman Seinfeld

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

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    Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen Once Upon A Time

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

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    Queen of the Visitors V

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    Supernatural

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    J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    J.R. Ewing Dallas

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

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

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    Supernatural

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

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    Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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

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    Cell Dragon Ball Z

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    Xena: Warrior Princess, Clash of the Titans, Xenaverse

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    Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    The Sopranos

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    Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time


    Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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

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    Vic Mackey The Shield

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

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

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


    Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

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    Deadwood

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    Charmed

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

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    Klaus Mikelson

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    Dexter

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    Brother John Cavil

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    Leoben Conoy

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    Battlestar Galactica

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    Q is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Q Star Trek

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    Batiatus is listed (or ranked) 49 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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    Borg Queen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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    Borg Queen Star Trek Universe

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