They say it’s good to be bad — but which TV villains are the very best at being bad? This Halloween, TVLine has compiled a list of small-screen foes who are sure to give you a fright and send shivers down your spine with their wicked ways.
These memorable enemies, from shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrow and Once Upon a Time, range from crafty opponents to downright despicable human beings. And lest you think only genre shows breed troublemakers, we’ve also included some classic villainesses from Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Melrose Place. Plus, we’ve selected a handful of characters who are currently delivering dastardly performances on The Boys, Evil, The Walking Dead and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Note: We limited our picks to just one villain per series, which certainly wasn’t an easy task when it came to the plentiful options on Game of Thrones. That said, one actor is so good at being bad that he appears on our ranking twice, for two very different roles!
So who’s the best of the worst? Scroll through the gallery above (or click here for direct access) to review our list, then hit the comments with any evildoers who missed the cut!