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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 Joker DC Universe

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Negan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan 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 Professor Moriarty 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 Walter White Breaking Bad

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

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

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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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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

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

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

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

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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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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Cigarette-Smoking Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Cigarette Smoking Man The X-Files

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

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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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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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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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Azazel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jrdale1 added Francis Underwood House of Cards

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

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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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Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

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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 Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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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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Theodore

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

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

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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

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Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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

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The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones

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

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Freeza is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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