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

2
1,701 1,601
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

3
1,405 983
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
1,119 1,671
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
1,026 1,068
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

6
992 362
Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jarrett-nelson added Ramsay Bolton Game of thrones

7
936 1,352
The Governor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added The Governor The Walking Dead

8
1,038 1,423
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

9
1,045 990
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

10
749 247
Negan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan The Walking Dead

11
916 932
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
DanieleMonterisi added Professor Moriarty Sherlock 2010 BBC - Sherlock 2010 BBC

12
692 1,297
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

13
716 830
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sebbzor added Walter White Breaking Bad

14
699 606
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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752 1,101
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

16
1,054 935
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

17
1,157 1,215
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Spike Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

18
538 709
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

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644 310
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

20
703 1,064
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

21
528 1,027
Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

The Best Anime Series of All Time

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474 868
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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542 511
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

24
494 501
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
abulli11 added Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

25
687 818
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MarkJohnson added Mr. Gold

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549 852
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

27
527 951
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

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485 320
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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310 488
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jrdale1 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

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415 340
Number Six is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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365 129
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
334 214
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

33
429 752
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

34
547 1,045
Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

35
620 471
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

Infuriating Images That Will Trigger You

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316 416
Dalek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Daleks Doctor Who

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315 485
Theodore

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294 488
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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401 296
Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Meg Masters Supernatural

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341 522
Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 40 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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408 259
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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320 670
Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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287 555
Q is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

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220 560
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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277 255
Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Wile E. Coyote Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Zip 'N Snort

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327 334
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 46 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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387 559
Shredder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Shredder Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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304 334
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Weeping Angels Doctor Who

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314 329
Plankton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jake09 added Plankton

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262 154
The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones