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The Best TV Villains of All Time  

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List Rules Recurring villians (have to have been in more than one episode) from TV only. Pick and post your favorites.

The best TV villains of all time rank among some of the greatest TV characters of all time as well as some of the creepiest TV characters ever. While some TV villains exist to make the lead characters appear more heroic, some of them are just plain old, nasty jerks. Regardless of their motivations, the top TV bad guys make us want to bust into the TV and kick some butt, fictional style.

Many of TV's greatest greatest villains didn't start that way; some of these men and women started out as virtuous people who took a skid into the darker ways of the world. Think of Breaking Bad's Gustavo Fring, a legitimate business man turned meth trafficking d-bag. Or Dexter Morgan who started out killing only bad guys and then went and got tangled up with killing people as a CYA offensive action. Of course, there's also people like Game of Throne's Joffrey Baratheon and The Simpsons' C. Montgomery Burns who seem to get off on tormenting people. They are the worst kind of awesome bad guys.

Who is the best bad guy on TV? What television shows have the greatest TV villains?  This best television villains list has all the top TV villains in one place for you to vote on. If your favorite TV villain isn't on the list of the greatest TV villains, make sure to add them so other voters get to hate them as much as you do.
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Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters of the Universe
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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Once Upon A Time
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Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
abulli11 added Sons of Anarchy
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Dalek is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Doctor Who
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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Azazel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural
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Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Teo Bradea added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Sopranos
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Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Seinfeld
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Ruby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural, Supernatural
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Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural
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Theodore
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Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V
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Frieza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin
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Lilith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Supernatural
Supernatural
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Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Doctor Who
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Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Zip 'N Snort
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Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Deadwood
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The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones
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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Q is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Star Trek
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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe
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Plankton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jake09 added
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The Master is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
kessagrace added Doctor Who, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, Whoniverse