Best TV Characters The Best TV Villains of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
127.1k votes 8k voters 95.3k views 344 items

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.

1
1,704 1,375
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
mikeym426 added Joker DC Universe

2
1,798 1,673
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
1,502 1,049
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
1,136 1,115
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

5
1,176 1,730
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mr. Burns The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

6
1,095 409
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
1,008 1,415
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
1,087 1,478
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
1,082 1,041
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

10
836 287
Negan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan The Walking Dead

11
978 961
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
788 870
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sebbzor added Walter White Breaking Bad

13
739 1,332
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

14
753 631
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

15
1,088 967
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

16
787 1,128
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

17
675 333
Ranker Video
AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

18
1,179 1,244
Spike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Spike Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

19
552 740
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

20
731 1,084
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

21
554 1,045
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 Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

22
497 881
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
J.R. Ewing Dallas

23
567 533
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

24
519 516
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
709 836
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MarkJohnson added Mr. Gold

26
564 879
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
549 968
Tony Soprano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tony Soprano The Sopranos

28
422 144
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 28 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

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

29
501 341
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

30
376 229
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

31
329 512
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Timetraveler55 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

32
423 360
Number Six is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

33
457 774
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
574 1,064
Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

35
638 493
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

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

36
336 432
Dalek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Daleks Doctor Who

37
332 498
Theodore

38
413 311
Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Meg Masters Supernatural

39
420 275
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

40
356 537
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

41
297 166
The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones

42
296 504
Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

43
338 688
Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

44
297 270
Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
302 569
Q is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

46
342 343
Plankton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jake09 added Plankton

47
410 571
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

48
232 573
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

49
342 349
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
321 346
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Weeping Angels Doctor Who