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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

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1,670 1,566
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

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1,377 957
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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1,101 1,642
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
985 1,050
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

6
956 344
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
914 1,329
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

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1,021 1,404
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
1,031 976
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

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718 233
Negan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan The Walking Dead

11
883 919
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
678 1,283
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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689 817
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
frankpanderson added Walter White Breaking Bad

14
741 1,086
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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1,044 923
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
RunaNona added Lex Luthor Smallville Universe

16
682 599
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

17
535 696
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

18
1,147 1,206
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

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632 301
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

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694 1,055
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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520 1,017
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 Awesome Monsters & Creatures of All Time

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470 859
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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534 502
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

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673 807
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MarkJohnson added Mr. Gold

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485 496
Clay Morrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
abulli11 added Clay Morrow Sons of Anarchy

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539 842
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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522 945
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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480 314
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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412 333
Number Six is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Number Six Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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303 483
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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347 122
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

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422 747
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

33
541 1,036
Newman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

34
322 209
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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613 465
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

The 53 Dumbest Criminals Ever

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309 410
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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304 481
Theodore

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291 484
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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397 291
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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404 253
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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332 518
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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310 667
Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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284 551
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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216 557
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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270 251
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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322 331
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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380 555
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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299 332
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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312 294
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 49 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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252 151
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