Villainous Villains: The TV Edition

televisionA few weeks ago, I wrote about my love for movie villains. Today’s post focuses on some of my very favorite bad guys – TV villains. One of the reasons why I adore TV villains is that exposure over a long period of time tends to allow for more multi-dimensional characters. Instead of one two-hour movie, the villain is often a constant throughout most or all of a television series (e.g., Red John on The Mentalist). The hero and the villain both evolve (and, sometimes, devolve) until, by the end of the series, each have changed because of their interactions. This longer time frame allows for an in-depth progression that simply isn’t possibly in a movie.

Even when the villain is present for a single season (e.g., the Ice Truck Killer, who only appears in season one of Dexter) or, in some instances, only a few episodes (e.g., Foyet, who is in four episodes of Criminal Minds), their impact on the hero continues.

The following is a list of some of my favorite TV villains. It is, by no means, a complete list, or even a list of the best TV villains. Did your favorite villain make the list?

Kimberly’s TV Villain Picks:

AliasBSGLostThe MentalistSmallvilleSupernaturalUgly Betty

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Fabulous list!! I'll have to

Fabulous list!! I'll have to throw a name in the hat...


ya know, that guy from Star Trek?!

Good addition! I'm not sure

Good addition! I'm not sure how this happened, but I appear to have neglected to mention any and all Star Trek villains. There are so many, that I suppose I just couldn't pick!

Fantastic topic!  You've

Fantastic topic!  You've named some of the villains I love to hate, particularly Foyet from Criminal Minds and the villains of Doctor Who.  But I'd like to add a couple of my all-time favorite villains.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless on The Wild Wild West

Nicole Wallace on Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Both always made me sit up and take notice whenever they appeared.

I've never seen either of

I've never seen either of these shows, but I did notice Nicole Wallace's name on a few similar lists around the web.

I adore villains because they are all so different. Some are scary (the Weeping Angels) and some are evil through and through (Foyet). Some are highly visible (Sylar) and some are rarely seen (Red John). Some are agreeable (Baltar) and some are petulant (Tritter). They certainly make for interesting TV!

I had a lot of fun putting this list together, so thanks for reading and commenting!