Villains 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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90 47
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

2
57 26
Negan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Walking Dead

3
52 24
The Night King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Night King Game of Thrones

4
69 50
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Once Upon a Time

5
66 53
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Blacklist

6
63 53
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
South Park

7
43 31
Dr. Harrison Wells is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Dr. Harrison Wells The Flash

8
47 38
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
House of Cards

9
48 41
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

10
32 23
Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Demogorgon Stranger Things

11
42 41
Malcolm Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

12
26 24
Blaine DeBeers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Blaine DeBeers iZombie

13
24 20
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gotham

14
24 22
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
A Series of Unfortunate Events

15
24 24
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

16
17 16
Man in Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Man in Black Westworld

17
14 18
Shadow King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Legion

18
15 20
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Narcos

19
11 16
Peter Hale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Peter Hale

20
16 23
Michael is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Michael The Good Place

21
17 26
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow

22
16 25
Missy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Missy Doctor Who

23
12 20
Hiram Lodge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Hiram Lodge Riverdale

24
10 18
Baal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Baal Ash vs Evil Dead

25
24 41
Phillip Jennings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Americans