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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    the people's #1
    Mr. Burns

    The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons More
    98
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    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire More
    97
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    most listed
    Tywin Lannister

    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire More
    93
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    The Sopranos More
    87
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    The Joker

    DC Universe More
    85
    added by: mikeym426
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    Cigarette Smoking Man

    The X-Files More
    81
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    Lost More
    79
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    The Walking Dead More
    79
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    Sideshow Bob

    The Simpsons More
    79
    added by: MatthewdeRaadt
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    Seinfeld More
    77
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    Heroes, Heroes More
    75
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    Dallas More
    73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Crowley

    73
    added by: wiabux
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    Spike

    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse More
    73
    added by: AlanBelew
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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen

    Once Upon A Time More
    68
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    Dexter More
    68
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    Supernatural More
    67
    added by: colormelivvy
    Supernatural
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    Barbas

    Charmed More
    65
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    Queen of the Visitors

    V More
    58
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    Clay Morrow

    Sons of Anarchy More
    58
    added by: abulli11
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    Klaus Mikelson

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    Sherlock 2010 BBC More
    57
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
    Sherlock 2010 BBC
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    Shredder

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever, Teenage Mutant Ninja ... More
    56
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    Game of Thrones More
    56
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    Star Trek Universe More
    56
    added by: evilgrin32
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    The Mentalist More
    54
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    53
    added by: MarkJohnson
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    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe More
    53
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    Boris and Natasha

    Boris and Natasha More
    50
    added by: Scott Klingaman
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    Star Trek More
    49
    added by: sparky9042
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    Simon Cowell

    American Idol, The X-Factor More
    49
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    Walter White

    Breaking Bad More
    49
    added by: cowboyscrush93
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    Joe Carroll

    The Following More
    47
    added by: HeatherSautter
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    The Wire More
    47
    added by: JIHoelzer
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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters ... More
    47
    added by: wiabux
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    South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut More
    45
    added by: sparky9042
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    Boyd Crowder

    45
    added by: wiabux
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    Gustavo Fring

    Breaking Bad More
    44
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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn More
    44
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Siegfried

    Get Smart More
    44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shane Walsh

    The Walking Dead More
    44
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    Vernon Schillinger

    Oz More
    43
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    King Chicken

    Duckman More
    43
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    The Devil

    43
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    NCIS More
    42
    added by: estewiccancis
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    Khan Noonien Singh

    42
    added by: CharlesW.Johnson
    Star Trek original series 1x24, "Space Seed."
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    Locutus of Borg

    41
    added by: CharlesW.Johnson
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
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    The Wire More
    41
    added by: sebbzor
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    Vince McMahon

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    Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising More
    38
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