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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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43 20
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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54 29
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

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49 29
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Eric Cartman South Park

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Negan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Negan The Walking Dead

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28 13
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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27 21
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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Blaine DeBeers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Blaine DeBeers iZombie

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7 2
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Euron Greyjoy Game of Thrones

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9 5
Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Demogorgon Stranger Things

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23 21
Malcolm Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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8 5
The Night King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Night King Game of Thrones

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4 2
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Penguin Gotham

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Rachel Duncan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

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Dr. Harrison Wells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Dr. Harrison Wells The Flash

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Michael is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Michael The Good Place

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4 4
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Man in Black Westworld

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3 3
Baal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Baal Ash vs Evil Dead

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3 3
Amenadiel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Amenadiel Lucifer

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Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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Peter Hale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Peter Hale

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Black Jack Randall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Black Jack Randall Outlander

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

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3 4
Hiram Lodge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Hiram Lodge Riverdale

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3 4
Gavin Belson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gavin Belson Silicon Valley

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3 4
Wayne Hastings Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Wayne Hastings Jr. Ballers

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2 3
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Pablo Escobar Narcos

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George Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
George Cornelius Luther

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Shadow King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Shadow King Legion

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Missy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Missy Doctor Who

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4 6
Chuck McGill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Chuck McGill Better Call Saul

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Herr Starr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Herr Starr Preacher

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2 4
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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3 7
Calvin Zabo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Calvin Zabo Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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3 7
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Ra's Al Ghul The Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow

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10 18
Boyd Crowder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Boyd Crowder Justified

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

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6 18
Rowan Pope is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Rowan Pope Scandal