Best TV Villains of Recent Years

Over the past several years, TV shows have produced a number of fascinating, evil villains, many we love to hate.

TV Villains You’d Never Want to Face

Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch enemy in all TV shows and movies about the caped crusader, knows Clark’s secret and spends his entire life trying to take the super hero down. Michael Rosenbaum brilliantly portrayed one of the most well-known TV/movie villains of all time. Rosenbaum’s complex portrait of Lex Luthor has raised this iconic villain to new heights. Smallville’s Lex Luthor has emerged as one of the most interesting villains ever to appear on television. It was fun to watch him while the show lasted.

Best TV Villain Lex LuthorThe show, Dexter, has produced a number of villains; however, serial killer, Dexter Morgan, is not one of them because his “code” is to do away with evil killers. Dexter is the vigilante protagonist fans love for his disposing (literally) of the bad guys. If you haven’t seen the show, you may be wondering how does a serial killer not make the list of TV villain. If you have seen the show, you know why and will actually find yourself rooting for this “good” bad guy.

In Showtime’s hit, Dexter, the true villains are his victims including the likes of John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer, Colin Hanks’ Doomsday Killer , Christian Camargo’s Ice Truck Killer (who was also Dexter’s biological brother), and Jonny Lee Miller’s Jordan Chase. These four, and so many more, met their demise at the hands of the killer America roots for each Sunday night from September to December. Oh, and one more thing, Dexter Morgan just happens to be the brother of Debra Morgan, Miami Metro Police Department’s foul-mouthed, but lovable, Lieutenant. In the seventh season of this hugely popular original series, Deb finds out who her brother really is, but instead of turning him in, she eventually comes to accept his mission and allows him to dole out the punishment he feels these ruthless criminals deserve.

Trinity Killer Best TV VillainUgly Betty ran from 2006-09 and produced one of the greatest female TV villains of all time, Wilhelmina Slater, played by Vanessa Williams (who also played the obnoxious but not quite villainous Renee on Desperate Housewives). Williams played an egotistical senator’s daughter, former supermodel and co-editor in chief of a fashion magazine and made underling, Betty Suarez’s life absolutely miserable. Betty, a character fans of the show adored from episode one, was played by the lovable America Ferrara, and fans of the show could not help loathing the woman who treated Betty horribly. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, Williams won The Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Villain,” so obviously voters agreed that Williams made one of the best TV villains in recent years.

The hilarious Jane Lynch plays Sue Sylvester on the hit show, Glee, and this is one cheer leading coach America loves to hate! Sue will stop at nothing to get her cheerleaders the funding they need, even if that means verbally abusing staff, working with student spies and selling out the Glee Club at the sectional competition. Her back story is crazy: she euthanized her mother, allegedly assisted in the capture of former Panamanian politician and soldier Manuel Noriega and even taunts the homeless. A famous Sue Sylvester quote? “You think this is hard? Try being waterboarded, that’s hard! You think this is hard? I’m living with hepatitis, that’s hard! You think this is hard? Try filling your own cavity, that’s hard!”  Charming, huh?

The hit show, Lost, about a group of people stranded on an island after a plane crash, produced one of the best TV villains of all time—Ben Linus. He had a gift for lying constantly, was calm and inscrutable and evolved into one of the most fascinating TV villains in recent history. Ben Linus, played the brilliant Michael Emerson, certainly kept Lost fans on their toes and tuned in for all six seasons the show ran.

This list of great TV villains could go on and on, and we’re sure there will be more TV villains for the record books in coming years. If you’re not a DISH customer and want to be able to see great shows like the ones above and new ones premiering each month, simply order a DISH package online that best suits your TV-viewing preferences.

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