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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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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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1,082 799
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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1,200 1,150
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
mikeym426 added The Joker DC Universe

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913 1,435
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mr. Burns The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

5
850 831
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

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840 1,242
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

7
700 912
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

8
702 1,142
The Governor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added The Governor The Walking Dead

9
607 245
Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jarrett-nelson added Ramsay Bolton Game of thrones

10
701 807
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
DanieleMonterisi added Professor Moriarty Sherlock 2010 BBC - Sherlock 2010 BBC

11
571 1,158
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

12
933 816
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

13
618 974
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

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485 714
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
frankpanderson added Walter White Breaking Bad

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1,019 1,113
Spike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Spike Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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484 230
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

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385 95
Negan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
ginaa added Negan The Walking Dead

18
530 536
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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452 608
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

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610 967
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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446 425
Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

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406 776
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
J.R. Ewing Dallas

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412 433
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
abulli11 added Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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592 737
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MarkJohnson added Mr. Gold

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442 943
Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

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463 772
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Regina Mills/Evil Queen Once Upon A Time

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408 247
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

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373 267
Number Six is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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442 880
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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554 396
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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227 411
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jrdale1 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

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471 960
Newman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

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272 234
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shipp┼źden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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339 230
Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Meg Masters Supernatural

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342 196
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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261 422
Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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264 271
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Freeza Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

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330 671
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

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228 353
Dalek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Daleks Doctor Who

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235 424
Theodore

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283 224
Ares is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
deirdrehohn added Ares Xena: Warrior Princess, Clash of the Titans, Xenaverse

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192 159
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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179 513
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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250 608
Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

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256 467
Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Skeletor He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters of the Universe

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197 61
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Teo Bradea added Lord Voldemort 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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245 262
Cell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Cell Dragon Ball Z

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296 199
Bela Talbot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Bela Talbot Supernatural

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226 505
Q is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

50
320 517
Shredder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Shredder Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles