Best Characters The Greatest Female Villains  

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The best female villains include women whose roles are truly iconic and evil. Some of the greatest movie and television villains ever made this list. Whether it's a mentally unstable character who stalks her unsuspecting victim or a conniving, totally immoral villain who frames innocent people, this list includes all the big female villain names. It is, however, not complete, so please, feel free to add your favorite female TV and movie villains as well. Vote for the characters you think are the worst villains ever to grace the big or small screen.

What makes a great villain? A character that is morally bankrupt, complex and tortured, among other things. The female villains listed here certainly fit the mold. Some are evil to their very core, allowing heroes to emerge and shine as they (hopefully) triumph against them. A villain is nefarious, vile and generally bad. Many are guilty of criminal behavior, to say the least. Some make us love to hate them (that's a sure sign of a fantastic female villain). We cheer if and when they meet their untimely ends, because they deserved it!

In film, some of the best movie villains of all time are females. Need proof? How about bunny-boiler Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) in 'Fatal Attraction' or mentally deranged "fan" Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) in 'Mysery'? Sharon Stone's portrayal of femme fatale Catherine Tramell in 'Basic Instinct' earns her a best female villain place on the list, as well as a top spot among the sexiest characters in thrillers.

Some actresses' best roles in movies or on TV shows came when they played villains. Rachel McAdams was unforgettably villainous as Regina George, aka Queen Bee, in 'Mean Girls.' Helena Bonham Carter's played some interesting roles over the years, but none more wicked that Bellatrix Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

From the psycho exes to the stalkers and the femme fatales, enjoy this list of the best female villains in movies and television, and feel free to rerank it your way, too.

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Lady Deathstrike is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added X2, Hulk Vs, Marvel Universe

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Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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Amy Dunne is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Gone Girl

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Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Medusa is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Hercules, Xanadu

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Blair Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Gossip Girl

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Nina Myers is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Greatest Female Villains

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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
willyboymcoy added The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, New Moon, Twilight - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse

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Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Apocalypse added

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Courtney Alice Shayne is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Courtney Alice Shayne Jawbreaker

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Cora, Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Cora, Queen of Hearts Once Upon A Time

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Eve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Beyond Sunset and Sunrise, All About Eve, Applause

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Zelena is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Zelena

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Pussy Galore is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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In Fleming's 1959 novel Goldfinger, Pussy Galore is the only woman in the United States known to be running an organised crime gang. Initially trapeze artists, her group of performing cat-women, "Pussy Galore and her Abrocats", is unsuccessful, and so the women train as cat burglars instead.

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Asajj Ventress is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars

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Clove is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games universe

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Hilly Holbrook is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
willyboymcoy added The Help - The Help

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Diana - Supreme Commander of t... is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Mrs. Lovett is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd in Concert

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Minnie Castevet is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Rosemary's Baby

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Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Bates Motel, Psycho, Psycho III

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Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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Lilith is listed (or ranked) 123 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

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Jane is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
roeyro added The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, New Moon - Pain. ☺

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Amanda Young is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ConnorRichardson added Saw VI, Saw IV, Saw III

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Pris is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Moai added Blade Runner, Blade Runner Universe

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Queen Bavmorda is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Willow

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Mary Shaw is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Dead Silence

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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 129 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Daredevil, Elektra, Marvel Universe

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Delphine LaLaurie is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Greg Kootstra added American Horror Story

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Sophie-Anne Leclerq is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
willyboymcoy added True Blood - True Blood

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Miss Agatha Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Annie, Annie, Annie

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Lilith is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
StaB added Supernatural

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Frau Farbissina is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Austin Powers: Goldmember, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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Beverly Sutphin is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Serial Mom

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Irina Spalko is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Muttley Dastardly added Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Star Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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Miranda Frost is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Die Another Day

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Amanda Woodward is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Melrose Place

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Viper is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

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Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
david-p-griffith added House of Cards

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Asami Yamazaki is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
mark.iav8 added Audition - Audition

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Velma Von Tussle is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Hairspray, Hairspray, Hairspray

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Rebekah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
The Vampire Diaries

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Abigail Williams is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Tom Islava added The Crucible, The Crucible

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Shenzi is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
ahmed-maklad added The Lion King, The Lion King

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Jessie is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Apocalypse added Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

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Nina Sayers is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
MWM added Black Swan

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Sister Jude Martin is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Greg Kootstra added American Horror Story

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Mary Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Apocalypse added Hocus Pocus