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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80 38
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

2
42 18
The Night King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Night King Game of Thrones

3
44 20
Negan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Walking Dead

4
65 45
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Once Upon a Time

5
63 49
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Blacklist

6
44 31
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
House of Cards

7
46 35
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

8
58 49
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
South Park

9
36 27
Dr. Harrison Wells is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Dr. Harrison Wells The Flash

10
27 19
Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Demogorgon Stranger Things

11
22 15
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gotham

12
39 37
Malcolm Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

13
21 17
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
A Series of Unfortunate Events

14
22 21
Blaine DeBeers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Blaine DeBeers iZombie

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

16
14 13
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Narcos

17
17 19
Euron Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Game of Thrones

18
11 13
Shadow King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Legion

19
13 17
Michael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Michael The Good Place

20
9 14
Baal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Baal Ash vs Evil Dead

21
8 13
Herr Starr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Herr Starr Preacher

22
24 36
Phillip Jennings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Americans

23
7 13
Peter Hale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Peter Hale

24
9 16
Hiram Lodge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Hiram Lodge Riverdale

25
8 15
Chuck McGill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Chuck McGill Better Call Saul

26
4 12
Rachel Duncan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Villains

27
13 22
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow

28
8 18
Black Jack Randall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Black Jack Randall Outlander

29
11 20
Missy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Missy Doctor Who

30
6 14
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
The Americans

31
23 39
Fish Mooney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gotham

32
19 32
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

33
5 13
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Whiterose Mr. Robot

34
7 16
Amenadiel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Amenadiel Lucifer

35
5 14
Gavin Belson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Gavin Belson Silicon Valley

36
14 27
Boyd Crowder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Justified

37
12 27
Rowan Pope is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Rowan Pope Scandal

38
5 17
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 13
George Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
George Cornelius Luther

40
3 14
Wayne Hastings Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current TV Villains
Wayne Hastings Jr. Ballers