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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 Baratheon 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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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
jarrett-nelson added 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 Walking Dead

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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
Jarrett Nelson added

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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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
sebbzor added Breaking Bad

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time

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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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Sylar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Heroes, Heroes

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AlanBelew added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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

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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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J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dallas

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

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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
MarkJohnson added

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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
The Sopranos

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Game of Thrones

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Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Teo Bradea added 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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Azazel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Timetraveler55 added House of Cards

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

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

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Number Six is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Battlestar Galactica, Razor

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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Dalek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
AndreaBosio added Doctor Who

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Theodore

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The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones

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Klaus Mikelson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Klaus Mikelson

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Meg Masters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural

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Skeletor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
wiabux added He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword, Masters of the Universe

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Ruby is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural, Supernatural

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Plankton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
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Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner, Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction, Zip 'N Snort

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Queen of the Visitors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Queen of the Visitors V

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Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Mabie1 added Doctor Who

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

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Shredder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtles Forever, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Al Swearengen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
Deadwood

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Freeza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Villains of All Time
graser20 added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin