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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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1,254 1,173
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
mikeym426 added The Joker DC Universe

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1,127 829
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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941 1,478
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
859 1,278
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

6
734 1,173
The Governor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added The Governor The Walking Dead

7
739 948
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

8
878 865
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

9
645 267
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
720 838
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

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578 1,192
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

12
955 841
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

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638 997
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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517 735
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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1,052 1,131
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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433 116
Negan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
ginaa added Negan The Walking Dead

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512 249
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

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471 631
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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549 554
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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621 992
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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421 795
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
J.R. Ewing Dallas

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465 449
Death is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

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484 783
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Regina Mills/Evil Queen Once Upon A Time

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451 966
Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

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604 758
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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422 450
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
abulli11 added Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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457 896
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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384 282
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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420 269
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

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238 432
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jrdale1 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

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566 414
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 31 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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481 980
Newman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

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349 690
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

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356 248
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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267 437
Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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359 211
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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278 254
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 37 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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272 290
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 38 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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241 370
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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243 443
Theodore

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211 171
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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189 526
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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261 624
Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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270 481
Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 44 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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294 237
Ares is listed (or ranked) 45 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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218 76
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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248 277
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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234 516
Q is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

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329 529
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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234 304
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Weeping Angels Doctor Who