The Best of 2018 The Best Current TV Villains  

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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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82 39
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

2
49 20
Negan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Walking Dead

3
44 18
The Night King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Night King Game of Thrones

4
66 46
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Once Upon a Time

5
46 31
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
House of Cards

6
64 49
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Blacklist

7
47 36
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

8
59 49
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
South Park

9
39 28
Dr. Harrison Wells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Dr. Harrison Wells The Flash

10
28 19
Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Demogorgon Stranger Things

11
23 16
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gotham

12
40 38
Malcolm Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

13
23 21
Blaine DeBeers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Blaine DeBeers iZombie

14
22 18
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
A Series of Unfortunate Events

15
16 12
Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Man in Black Westworld

16
15 14
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Narcos

17
18 20
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

18
12 14
Shadow King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Legion

19
14 18
Michael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Michael The Good Place

20
10 14
Baal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Baal Ash vs Evil Dead

21
9 13
Herr Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Herr Starr Preacher

22
15 23
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow

23
24 37
Phillip Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Americans

24
9 18
Black Jack Randall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Black Jack Randall Outlander

25
10 17
Hiram Lodge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Hiram Lodge Riverdale

26
7 14
Peter Hale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Peter Hale

27
4 13
Rachel Duncan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

28
8 16
Chuck McGill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Chuck McGill Better Call Saul

29
6 14
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Americans

30
11 21
Missy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Missy Doctor Who

31
19 33
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

32
23 41
Fish Mooney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gotham

33
15 28
Boyd Crowder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Justified

34
5 14
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Whiterose Mr. Robot

35
7 17
Amenadiel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Amenadiel Lucifer

36
5 15
Gavin Belson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gavin Belson Silicon Valley

37
12 28
Rowan Pope is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Rowan Pope Scandal

38
5 18
Calvin Zabo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Calvin Zabo Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

39
3 14
George Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
George Cornelius Luther

40
3 15
Wayne Hastings Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Wayne Hastings Jr. Ballers