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The Best TV Villains Of All Time 

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Updated July 3, 2020 184.5k votes 12.4k voters 127.2k views 323 items

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 Joffrey Baratheon of Game of Thrones 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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Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Breaking Bad
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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
jarrett-nelson added Ramsay Snow Game of thrones
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Joker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
mikeym426 added DC Universe
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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
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AndrewWilkerson added SuperNatural
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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Hannibal
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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
sebbzor added Breaking Bad
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Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
DanieleMonterisi added Sherlock 2010 BBC
Sherlock 2010 BBC
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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
RunaNona added Smallville Universe
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The Night's King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
The Night's King Game of Thrones
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Negan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Jarrett Nelson added Negan The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

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Azazel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural
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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
wiabux added Supernatural
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Death is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Mabie1 added Supernatural
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Pennywise the Dancing Cl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
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Ruby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
tenkawaruri added Supernatural, Supernatural
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Wilson Fisk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
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Frieza is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
AlanBelew added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse
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Tywin Lannister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire
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Plankton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
Jake09 added Plankton
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Number Six is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
tenkawaruri added Battlestar Galactica, Razor
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Slade Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Villains Of All Time
TobuscusHolmes added Slade Wilson Arrow