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The Greatest Female Villains 

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Updated May 25, 2020 311.5k votes 25.7k voters 1.2M views 293 items

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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 - and, more often than not, extremely well dressed. 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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Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Dolores Umbridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Maleficent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Sleeping Beauty

Powers & Abilities: Shapeshifting, Teleportation

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Shego added Batman & Robin

Powers & Abilities: Poison Emission, Chlorokinesis

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#7 of 178 The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked #159 of 928 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #27 of 31 The Best Superhero Evolution on Film

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Cruella de Vil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Ursula is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Mystique is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Marvel Universe

Powers & Abilities: Shapeshifting, Healing factor

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#73 of 928 The Greatest Movie Villains Of All Time #71 of 392 The Greatest Female Characters in Film History #1,015 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Regina George is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

Powers & Abilities: Hand-to-hand combat, Empathy

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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O-Ren Ishii is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Jadis the White Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Yzma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Elle Driver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Mother Gothel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Other Mother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Queen of Hearts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Wicked Witch of the West... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Queen Ravenna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
Queen Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman
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Alien Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Villains
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Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Villains