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

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

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Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Game of Thrones

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

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

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The Governor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added The Walking Dead

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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jarrett-nelson added Game of thrones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AndrewWilkerson added SuperNatural

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

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Death is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Supernatural

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

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

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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

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

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