Without villains, most films would be boring. After all, who would the heroes be fighting against? Like in real life, TV villains come in many forms of evil. They are murderers, demons, mobsters, and the worst humanity has to offer. The best villains on TV are those who play their roles to perfection. As long as the role of the villain is perfectly written and assigned to a great actor, there is a good chance they will be unforgettable. Here is a quick roundup of the worst villains ever portrayed on television.

1. Klaus Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries and Originals

The original hybrid, Klaus, struck fear in the hearts of every being in New Orleans. He was a raging dictator who frequently daggered his family members even though he claimed to love them. Klaus hunted Katherine, the doppelganger, like an animal and even killed her entire family. Fans have never forgiven him for compelling Stefan to turn into a ripper.

Throughout both shows, Klaus kills numerous innocent people, such as Mrs. Lockwood, Jenna, and the entire pack of hybrids he had created. As if that wasn’t enough, Klaus killed his parents. Despite all these criminal acts, a lot of fans love Klaus. Joseph Morgan, the actor who plays Klaus, got several nominations for this role.

2. Homelander from The Boys

He may dress like a superhero, but he’s far from one. Homelander is a sociopath with superpowers, making him one of the scariest villains on TV. Played by Antony Starr, Homelander does some very vile things throughout the show.

For instance, he lets Flight 37 crash even after Maeve tries to convince him otherwise. He takes advantage of Becca, impregnating her with a superhero child. For a superhero, Homelander portrays narcissistic and negative, unpredictable tendencies.

3. T-Bag from Prison Break

Theodore Bagwell, played by Robert Knepper, is a villain whose memory remains imprinted on the minds of most Prison Break fans. T-Bag did so many despicable things, including killing innocent people, kids included.

Teddy was a rapist before being incarcerated, and in prison, he abused young boys forcing one of them to commit suicide. If it had not been for Michael Scofield, Tweener would have suffered a similar fate. Besides that, T-Bag was a white supremacist who was extremely greedy.

4. Lucifer from Supernatural

The writers of Supernatural were very creative when coming up with villains, as is evident in their introduction of Lilith, Rowena, Amara the Darkness, and Metatron, amongst others. However, none of these characters came close to Lucifer.

Though expected as the show was about the devil after all, some of Lucifer’s actions were not! After all, the character was the devil. They included torturing Sam in the cage, killing pagan gods even though they were not a threat to him, snapping Dean’s neck, and summoning the four horsemen. On the brighter side, Lucifer tried to bond with his son and saved Castiel.

5. Lex Luthor from Smallville

In all Superman movies, Lex Luthor remains to be his constant arch-enemy. However, in Smallville, the introduction of the character of Lex Luthor takes things a notch higher. Lex and Clark Kent were initially best friends. However, a rivalry starts when Clark declines to share his secret with Lux. Lex Luthor went to the extent of kidnapping Clark’s parents. As a result, Lex tries to kill Clark and everyone around him throughout the series, making their rivalry so intense.

6. Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones

When Theon Greyjoy takes control of Winterfell, we see a young and ambitious Ramsay Bolton being sent by his father to regain control of the Northern Capital. Initially, Ramsay, played by Iwan Rheon, seemed like a good guy. But in the coming seasons, he turns out to be a cold, heartless killer.

The things he does to Sansa and Theon are unspeakable. Ramsay Bolton killed Jon Snow’s younger brother in front of his eyes. He was a sadist who enjoyed feeding his enemies to the dogs, the same animals that devoured him in the end.

7. Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most iconic TV shows of the 21st century, so it’s only fair to list another villain from this show in the form of the much-despised King Joffrey. When Robert Baratheon dies, Joffrey takes over as king. This young king was arrogant, sadistic, and lacked empathy. He tortured Sansa when she was his wife and treated Tyrion even worse.

Even though his grandfather, Tywin, did most of the heavy lifting, Joffrey was a ceremonial king whose role was to annoy his subjects. Fans were happy when Lady Olenna Tyrell assassinated him in her quest to protect Margaery from Joffrey’s cruelty. In the most Game of Thrones thing, Lady Olenna suffered the same fate thanks to Cersei, who sent Jamie to poison her. That said, let’s hand it down to Jack Gleeson for pulling off such a menacing character despite being a teenager.

8. Gustavo Fring from Breaking Bad

On the surface, Gustavo was a calm and laid-back manager of a fast-food joint – he often made significant contributions to charitable events. However, deep down, Gus was a ruthless drug lord who killed both allies and rivals to maintain control of his drug empire. Were it not for Gustavo’s urgent desire to avenge the death of Max, he would have risen to higher ranks in the drug industry.

9. Eobard Thawne from The Flash

The Flash has had its fair share of villains, but none come close to Eobard Thawne, also known as the Reverse Flash. Eobard killed Harrison Wells, took over his personality, and worked undercover with the Flash at Star Labs to continue plotting his devious skims.

The Reverse Flash also killed Harry’s mother and framed his father, not to mention the attempts to kill Iris and Barry Allan. Eobard was so hell-bent on destroying the Flash’s life that he later turned Kid Flash evil.

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Last Update: May 24, 2024