Top 10 TV Villains

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Television is the new entertainment currency; if you can produce a critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite hit, you're in for a long and happy career. Antagonists often push these shows forward, as week after week we tune in to see whether or not our heroes can finally defeat the villains. That being said, there's a slew of television villains out there, but I've done you a solid and compiled a list of the top 10 Television Villains. Everyone's fair game. 

10. Kilgrave, Jessica Jones

Any role that actor David Tennant possesses is going to leave a mark. His portrayal as the notorious Kilgrave in Netflix's Marvel-verse Jessica Jones is not an exception. Possessive, obsessive, and deadly, Kilgrave uses his telepathy to control Jones and drive her close to insanity. He's the stalker you'll pray to never have. 

David Tennant as Kilgrave |  Jessica Jones

David Tennant as Kilgrave | Jessica Jones

9. Plankton, Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob is a hard sponge to handle all the time; he's just too dang happy. With this in mind, it's no surprise that he would collect a few enemies, and Sheldon J. Plankton is by far his most notorious foe. All Plankton wants is Mr. Krab's Krabby Patty secret recipe, but his plans are consistently foiled by the yellow squish with the loud laugh. Voiced by Mr. Doug Lawrence, Plankton never stops trying though, and is a true picture of unremitting determination against all odds. You go, Plankton. 

Plankton |  Spongebob Squarepants

Plankton | Spongebob Squarepants

8. J.R. Ewing, Dallas

John Ross "J.R." Ewing, played by the tenacious Larry Hagman, is a force to be reckoned with. Amoral and covetous, Ewing intertwines himself in nearly every major plot in both the original 1978 series and the 2012 update. Hagman portrays Ewing as an egocentric and manipulative oil baron who's constantly making attempts to plunder or ruin his foes' wealth. 

Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing |  Dallas

Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing | Dallas

7. Trinity Killer, Dexter

Author Mitchell, known as the "Trinity Killer" in Showtime's highly successful series about a do-gooder serial killer (Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall) who only preys on criminals, wreaked havoc on poor Dexter's life, and on ours. In fact, actor John Lithgow won a Golden Globe award and a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal as the prolific serial killer with at least 264 confirmed kills, the last of whom being Dexter's lifeline to humanity— his wife, Rita. 

John Lithgow as The Trinity Killer |  Dexter  Season 4

John Lithgow as The Trinity Killer | Dexter Season 4

6. Crowley, Supernatural

There's an endless supply of villains to choose from in Eric Kripke's twelve-year-old Supernatural, but by far, the longest lasting and most entertaining of them all would have to be Crowley, played by the effervescent Mark Sheppard. While he may be more of one of the good guys leading into season thirteen (if he comes back at all), Crowley definitely had his run as the big bad wolf, and was by far the most efficient King of Hell the world may ever see. 

Mark Sheppard as Crowley |  Supernatural

Mark Sheppard as Crowley | Supernatural

5. Pablo Escobar, Narcos

Netflix is really slaughtering the television game, and Narcos is helping them do it. The story of Columbia's drug-lords and the men who stopped them, it's a riveting portrayal of both sides. Namely, Wagner Moura as the kingpin Pablo Escobar is hard to hate. Even though you know he's the bad guy, his charming demeanor and family man priorities mask the paranoia that would eventually lead to his demise. Moura is by far the best Escobar I've seen yet. 


4. James Delaney, Taboo

Taboo has a knack for making you like things you shouldn't *cough* incest *cough*, and its villain is no different. Tom Hardy's portrayal as James Delaney in Revolutionary War times England is delightful, delectable, and downright demonic. He's part-villain, part-protagonist, depending on who you ask. 

Tom Hardy as James Delaney |  Taboo

Tom Hardy as James Delaney | Taboo

3. Ramsay Bolton, Game of Thrones

While the aforementioned Joffrey may be on many "Top Villain" lists, he just doesn't make the cut for mine. He was simply a crazy boy with too much power. Ramsay Bolton, on the other hand, was crazy, sure; but more than that, he was ruthless, unnerving, and smart. His destruction of Theon Greyjoy's mental state is hard to beat. Further, Ramsay's thirst for power, even if means patricide, is terrifying. Waking up next to this kid would be something out of a nightmare.  

Iwan Rheon as Ramsay |  Game of Thrones  Season 6

Iwan Rheon as Ramsay | Game of Thrones Season 6

2. Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones

The oldest Lannister sibling, Cersei has proven herself a cunning player of the game. In the first few seasons, I don't think many people took Cersei seriously; rather, we viewed her as a prime example of white royal privilege. She was snively and unconcerned with anyone but herself and her beloved Joffrey (ew). However, as seasons progressed, so did she. She endured the deaths of all three of her children, at least one of which occurred arguably by her own doing, and eventually became Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. While she may be the Mad Queen, she's a survivalist whose tactical prowess and ability to manipulate even those closest to her places her high on our villainous list. 

Lena Headey as Cersei |  Game of Thrones  Season 7

Lena Headey as Cersei | Game of Thrones Season 7

1. Negan, The Walking Dead

I'll be the first to say that I was one of those TWD fans that could've been caught on record saying, "if they ever kill off Glenn, I'm never watching this show ever again." Well, they called my bluff, and they called it hard. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's (WatchmenSupernatural) debut of Negan made me hate baseball bats everywhere. Negan is unapologetically evil, and you'll cringe watching him enact his mental torture games (and physical ones, but it's his emotional charades that are most effective). I couldn't stand to watch the first half of season seven, and for that reason, Negan is taking the top spot in this list. 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan |  The Walking Dead

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan | The Walking Dead