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The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite narcissistic, charming, and/or downright evil TV sociopaths.

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.

Vote up the greatest sociopaths on TV - not because they want you to, but because YOU want to! Share this list of TV characters who are sociopaths with your friends, and add any characters you think are missing.

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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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."

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Dennis Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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."

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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Actor: Michael C. Hall, Devon Graye

Played by: Michael C. Hall

Memorable quote: "Monsters don't get to live happily ever after."

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Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock, Comedy Playhouse

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."

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The Governor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Sherlock

Played by: Andrew Scott

Memorable quote: "Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain."

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Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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!"

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Lorne Malvo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Fargo

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."

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Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
House of Cards

Actor: Kevin Spacey

Played by: Kevin Spacey

Memorable quote: "Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left."

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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Mad Men

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."

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Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Ramsay Snow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Ramsay Snow
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."

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
The Flash

Played by: Teddy Sears, Tony Todd

Memorable quote: "Look at your hero. This man is no god. He is nothing!"

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Ralph Cifaretto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Villanelle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Villanelle
Killing Eve

Played by: Jodie Comer

Memorable quote: "You look like someone stuck a mustache on some fudge."

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Dan Egan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Veep

Actor: Reid Scott

Played by: Reid Scott

Memorable quote: "You take the little pod, put the little pod in the f*cking hole, shut the f*cking lid, hit the f**king button for two f*cking seconds. Oh, it's so easy."

20
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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21
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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22
Paul Spector is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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The Fall

Played by: Jamie Dornan

Memorable quote: "No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind. And life would be intolerable if we did."

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Andrew Cunanan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
Andrew Cunanan
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."

24
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
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."

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Marlo Stanfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Sociopaths In TV History
The Wire

Actor: Jamie Hector

Played by: Jamie Hector

Memorable quote: "He's a dead man when he opened his mouth. He's just walking around not knowing it."