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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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1,551 1,493
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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1,263 908
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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1,029 1,570
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

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853 1,005
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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821 1,258
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

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940 1,351
Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 7 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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957 939
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added Crowley

9
826 305
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

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602 196
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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808 889
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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624 1,245
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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602 776
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
frankpanderson added Walter White Breaking Bad

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696 1,047
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MatthewdeRaadt added Sideshow Bob The Simpsons

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1,004 889
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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621 573
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising

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1,103 1,168
Spike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Spike Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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576 274
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AndrewWilkerson added Lucifer SuperNatural

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664 1,026
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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507 665
Lilith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
colormelivvy added Lilith Supernatural - Supernatural

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446 829
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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485 990
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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497 477
Death is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Death Supernatural

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513 813
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Regina Mills/Evil Queen Once Upon A Time

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456 472
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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640 783
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
MarkJohnson added Mr. Gold

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492 920
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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450 292
Azazel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Azazel Supernatural

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400 307
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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273 453
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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512 1,009
Newman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Newman Seinfeld

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386 719
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

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586 439
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 33 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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276 462
Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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383 233
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Ruby Supernatural, Supernatural

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375 272
Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Meg Masters Supernatural

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297 274
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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292 311
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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261 192
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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272 390
Dalek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Daleks Doctor Who

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272 462
Theodore

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305 498
Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 42 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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281 94
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

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198 543
Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Al Swearengen Deadwood

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302 252
Ares is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
deirdrehohn added Ares Wrath of the Titans

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259 536
Q is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sparky9042 added Q Star Trek

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270 319
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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360 540
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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264 293
Cell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Cell Dragon Ball Z