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
    96
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    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire More
    93
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    Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire More
    92
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    DC Universe More
    86
    added by: mikeym426
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tony Soprano

    The Sopranos More
    85
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    most listed
    Cigarette Smoking Man

    The X-Files More
    81
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    The Simpsons More
    79
    added by: MatthewdeRaadt
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    Spike

    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse More
    78
    added by: AlanBelew
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    Lost More
    77
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    The Walking Dead More
    77
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    Seinfeld More
    76
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    74
    added by: wiabux
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    Dallas More
    73
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    Heroes, Heroes More
    72
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    Breaking Bad More
    71
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    Supernatural More
    69
    added by: colormelivvy
    Supernatural
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    Regina Mills/Evil Queen

    Once Upon A Time More
    68
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    Dexter More
    65
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
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    often listed
    Barbas

    Charmed More
    65
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    Sons of Anarchy More
    65
    added by: abulli11
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    Breaking Bad More
    60
    added by: frankpanderson
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    Sherlock 2010 BBC More
    59
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
    Sherlock 2010 BBC
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    Borg Queen

    Star Trek Universe More
    58
    added by: evilgrin32
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    Klaus Mikelson

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    57
    added by: MarkJohnson
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    Game of Thrones More
    56
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    Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe More
    56
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    Queen of the Visitors

    V More
    55
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    Shredder

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever, Teenage Mutant Ninja ... More
    54
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    Q

    Star Trek More
    52
    added by: sparky9042
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    Red John

    The Mentalist More
    52
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    Boris and Natasha

    Boris and Natasha More
    50
    added by: Scott Klingaman
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    Simon Cowell

    American Idol, The X-Factor More
    49
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    Gustavo Fring

    Breaking Bad More
    47
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    Megatron

    Transformers Franchise More
    47
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    Supernatural More
    47
    added by: MarkusMarquisBiechl
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    Eric Cartman

    South Park, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut More
    46
    added by: sparky9042
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    The Wire More
    46
    added by: JIHoelzer
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    Joe Carroll

    The Following More
    46
    added by: HeatherSautter
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    He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters ... More
    45
    added by: wiabux
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    Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising More
    45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shane Walsh

    The Walking Dead More
    45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Siegfried

    Get Smart 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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    Boyd Crowder

    44
    added by: wiabux
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    Khan Noonien Singh

    43
    added by: CharlesW.Johnson
    Star Trek original series 1x24, "Space Seed."
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    NCIS More
    43
    added by: estewiccancis
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    Oz More
    42
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    Locutus of Borg

    42
    added by: CharlesW.Johnson
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
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    The Wire More
    42
    added by: sebbzor
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