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List Rules Current (not cancelled) TV series villains only; no characters that have died or left the show

A great villain makes for great storylines. They are integral in making television shows suspenseful and complicated. Some villains make us root for them, while others makes us love hating them. Which TV villains from current (not cancelled) television shows are the most delightful to watch?

This list of the best TV villains includes main characters who are the bad guys, like Frank Underwood in House of Cards and Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans. Some antagonists have developed into the main villain, like Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones and Rowan Pope in Scandal. Other great TV villains include Harrison Wells in The Flash, Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley, and the Man in Black in Westworld.

Vote up your favorite TV villains and evil characters. Only characters who are still alive can make the list, so don't expect to see Joffrey Baratheon or Jim Moriarty here.

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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55 32
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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26 7
Negan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Negan The Walking Dead

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60 38
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

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56 39
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Eric Cartman South Park

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37 23
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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25 11
The Night King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Night King Game of Thrones

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18 6
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Penguin Gotham

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37 28
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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25 19
Dr. Harrison Wells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Dr. Harrison Wells The Flash

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18 13
Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Demogorgon Stranger Things

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18 15
Blaine DeBeers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Blaine DeBeers iZombie

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9 8
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Pablo Escobar Narcos

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8 7
Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Man in Black Westworld

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27 29
Malcolm Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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12 12
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

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10 11
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Ra's Al Ghul The Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow

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11 13
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Euron Greyjoy Game of Thrones

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6 8
Baal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Baal Ash vs Evil Dead

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22 28
Phillip Jennings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Phillip Jennings The Americans

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9 12
Missy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Missy Doctor Who

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7 10
Michael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Michael The Good Place

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6 9
Amenadiel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Amenadiel Lucifer

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3 6
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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1 5
Rachel Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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6 11
Black Jack Randall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Black Jack Randall Outlander

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3 6
Peter Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Peter Hale

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4 7
Herr Starr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Herr Starr Preacher

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4 7
Shadow King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Shadow King Legion

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6 10
Chuck McGill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Chuck McGill Better Call Saul

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5 9
Hiram Lodge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Hiram Lodge Riverdale

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4 8
Gavin Belson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gavin Belson Silicon Valley

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3 7
George Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
George Cornelius Luther

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14 21
Boyd Crowder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Boyd Crowder Justified

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4 9
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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18 26
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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5 11
Calvin Zabo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Calvin Zabo Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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3 9
Wayne Hastings Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Wayne Hastings Jr. Ballers

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19 33
Fish Mooney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Fish Mooney Gotham

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9 22
Rowan Pope is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Rowan Pope Scandal