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Current TV Characters We Love to Hate

Updated February 13, 2018 3.2k votes 876 voters 10.9k views17 items

List RulesCurrent TV characters that fans love, but still see as the villain/heel/foil of the story to be rooted against. Must be from shows on TV or streaming platforms that are either in season or expected to return.

Which current TV villain of 2016-2017 do you love to hate? In any story, without a villain, there is no hero. It’s a simple formula of good versus evil that has stood the test of time in all manner of fiction. Television is rich with nefarious baddies with sinister plans to take power and control at any cost. These are the best current TV characters you love to hate.

We’ve all heard the expression “love to hate” a million times. But what does it really mean? Even though we are rooting against (usually) the bad guy, it doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy watching him or her work their magic. The best current TV villains don’t have to play by the rules, they make their own rules. They don’t have a rigid set of moral codes to follow like their counterparts. In other words, they do what they want, when they want.

These love to hate characters are often given the richest character development and the most humorous lines of dialogue. Very often, they are played larger than life. While we expect the hero to eventually overtake the villain, watching baddies scheme, is almost as enjoyable as seeing the good guy foil their wicked plans.

Not all the characters on this list are straight up heels. Some are just extremely flawed and unlikable. We hate them, but then find ourselves loving them as well. Sometimes TV relationships are just as complicated as real life ones.

Let your voice be heard. Be sure to vote up the TV villains you love to hate the most and vote down the villainous television characters about which you can't find anything at all to love.

  • Cersei is just one of a long list of villains on Game of Thrones. She is cold-hearted and power hungry. However, she loves her children and somehow puts aside her own ambitions for the good of her kids. Even for Game of Thrones fans who truly hate Cersei, the whole walk of shame scene had to provide her character with at least a little sympathy.
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  • Mr. Burns, "The Simpsons"
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    Even animated shows need a villain! Mr. Burns, the vile selfish millionaire, uses the weak to maintain his fortune, however, his nefarious ways seem to keep the rest of Springfield somewhat honest. Excellent.
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  • Oswald Cobblepot, "Gotham"
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    The Penguin may not look like the face of evil, but don't let the messy hair and wobbly walk fool you. There is no super hero without a villain of equal strength. And although we aren't rooting for The Penguin to take down Gotham, we definitely love to watch his sinister attempts.
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  • Jacqueline Vorhees, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Jacqueline is the opposite of Kimmy. Kimmy is sweet, naive, and always looking out for others. Jacqueline is crass, self-absorbed, and only looking out for herself. Even still, we appreciate her journey to marry to the top, and the fact that she knows she's not the nicest person in the world, makes her absurdness somehow human.
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