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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
1,728 1,616
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
1,432 996
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

4
1,054 1,079
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

5
1,131 1,684
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
1,019 375
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
952 1,371
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
1,059 1,000
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

9
1,054 1,439
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

10
770 259
Negan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan The Walking Dead

11
934 940
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
701 1,308
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

13
732 839
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sebbzor added Walter White Breaking Bad

14
715 612
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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1,065 946
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

16
763 1,109
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

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651 316
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

18
1,165 1,222
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
543 719
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

20
713 1,069
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

21
550 518
Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

The Best Black Panther Storylines in Comics

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535 1,034
Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

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479 874
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
J.R. Ewing Dallas

24
501 505
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
692 824
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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555 858
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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531 958
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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494 327
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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383 133
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 29 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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418 345
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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344 222
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

32
314 497
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jrdale1 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

33
441 760
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
627 477
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

35
552 1,052
Newman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

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321 421
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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407 299
Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Meg Masters Supernatural

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414 262
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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317 490
Theodore

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295 492
Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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347 526
Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 41 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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329 674
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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284 260
Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 43 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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292 558
Q is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

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271 158
The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones

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332 338
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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326 332
Plankton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jake09 added Plankton

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223 563
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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396 563
Shredder is listed (or ranked) 49 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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308 337
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Weeping Angels Doctor Who