Get ready to feel manipulated as we rank the greatest and most memorable sociopaths in TV history. Sociopathic characters make for some of the most interesting TV you’ll ever see. They can be misanthropes, misogynists, homicidal maniacs, or all of the above!
From Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal) to Dennis Reynolds (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the best sociopaths on TV are usually rude, conniving, and self-centered - which is probably what makes them so interesting! Bad characters make for great TV, and these are some of the worst and most egotistical characters to ever grace the small screen. But while some of the characters on this list of TV sociopaths are legitimately evil, others are just really, really vain. Which of these charming TV sociopaths is your favorite? Some of the scariest sociopaths on TV include twisted, little king Joffrey Baratheon of Game of Thrones and the ruthless Francis Underwood on House of Cards.
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- The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock
Actor: Jeremy Brett, John Cleese, Jonny Lee Miller, Tom Baker, Benedict Cumberbatch
Played by: Benedict Cumberbatch
Memorable quote: "I'm not a psychopath, Anderson. I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research."
- Hannibal, AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains
Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, Anthony Hopkins
Played by: Mads Mikkelsen
Memorable quote: "I have let you know me, see me. I gave you a rare gift, but you didn't want it."
Played by: Andrew Scott
Memorable quote: "Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain."
Actor: Michael C. Hall
Played by: Michael C. Hall
Memorable quote: "Monsters don't get to live happily ever after."
- American Horror Story
Actor: Evan Peters
Played by: Evan Peters
Memorable quote: " I… hated high school. So I’d come here and I’d look out at this vast, limitless expanse. Then it’s like, that’s your life, man. You can do anything, could be anything. Screw high school. That’s… it’s just a blip in your timeline."
Dr. Gregory House
Actor: Hugh Laurie
Played by: Hugh Laurie
Memorable quote: "There’s no ‘I’ in team. There’s a ‘me’ though, if you jumble it up."
Actor: Glenn Howerton
Played by: Glenn Howerton
Memorable quote: "Hi. I'm a recovering crack head. This is my retarded sister that I take care of. I'd like some welfare, please."
- Killing Eve
Played by: Jodie Comer
Memorable quote: "You look like someone stuck a mustache on some fudge."
- Game of Thrones
Actor: Jack Gleeson
Played by: Jack Gleeson
Memorable quote: "They say Stannis never smiles. I'll give him a Red smile, from ear to ear."
- The Walking Dead
Actor: David Morrissey
Played by: David Morrissey
Memorable quote: "In this life now, you kill or you die. Or you die and you kill."
- Game of Thrones
Actor: Iwan Rheon
Played by: Iwan Rheon
Memorable quote: "If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention."
- Game of Thrones
Actor: Aidan Gillen
Played by: Aidan Gillen
Memorable quote: "Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is."
- House of Cards
Actor: Kevin Spacey
Played by: Kevin Spacey
Memorable quote: "Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left."
- Bates Motel
Actor: Freddie Highmore
Played by: Freddie Highmore
Memorable quote: "I'm afraid of you and I love you, and that's a bad combination."
- The Simpsons
Played by: Kelsey Grammer
Memorable quote: "That's right, dear. Enjoy your rest. The wedding was very tough on you, and the honeymoon is going to be... murder."
- Jessica Jones
Played by: David Tennant
Memorable quote: "Children should be seen and not heard. Or better still, not seen and not heard. Get into that closet!"
Actor: Billy Bob Thornton
Played by: Billy Bob Thornton
Memorable quote: "Because some roads you shouldn’t go down. Because maps used to say, 'There be dragons here.' Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there."
- Jerry Watanabe addedThe Sopranos
Actor: James Gandolfini
Actor: Jon Hamm
Played by: Jon Hamm
Memorable quote: "It's your life. You don't know how long it's gonna last, but you know it doesn't end well. You've gotta move forward ... as soon as you can figure out what that means."
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Actor: Darren Criss
Played by: Darren Criss
Memorable quote: "He proposed to me. Didn't work out, but we're still friends."
- The Punisher, Daredevil
Played by: Jon Bernthal
Memorable quote: "There are worse things than dying, Bill. I wake up most mornings and I want it. I hope for it."
- Tom Islava added
Actor: Trey Parker
- The Flash
Played by: Teddy Sears, Tony Todd
Memorable quote: "Look at your hero. This man is no god. He is nothing!"
- The Sopranos
Actor: Joe Pantoliano
Played by: Joe Pantoliano
Memorable quote: "Hey, if it's a boy, we'll name him after me. If it's a girl, we'll name it Tracee after you... that way she could grow up to be a c*ck suckin' slob just like her mother."
Actor: Neil Patrick Harris