The Best Current TV Villains

Over 600 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Current TV Villains
Voting 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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Ranked by
  • The Joker
    152 votes
    The Batman, The Dark Knight
  • Darth Vader
    155 votes
    Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Walter White
    94 votes
    Breaking Bad
  • Riddler
    47 votes
    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman
  • Scar
    96 votes
    The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King, The Lion King
  • Dr. Harrison Wells
    183 votes

    Dr. Harrison Wells

    The Flash