Sunday, March 9, 2014

How Villainous Are These TV Characters?

After examining evil child characters, animated villains, and horrible adult characters, it's time for our final edition of the Villain Series.

Today, let's look at the best villains in TV history.

Top 10 TV Villains

10. Plankton (Spongebob Squarepants)
As we'll see throughout this list, cartoons are teeming with evil characters. Plankton owns the Chum Bucket, one of the most appetizing restaurant names I've ever heard. Plankton never has any customers, leaving him with plenty of time to hatch evil schemes.

9. Rita Repulsa (Power Rangers)
Rita was pretty badass, making monsters GROW with the heave of her magic wand. She can't climb higher on this list, though, because she'll always be second in command to Lord Zedd.

8. Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote (Looney Tunes)
Two of history's most well-known villains, this pair could also easily end up on a "Dumbest TV Characters Ever" list.

7. Nina Myers (24)
Previous posts have already revealed my disdain for Nina. You can't sink much lower than being compared to the 2014 Knicks.

6. Charles Montgomery Burns (The Simpsons)
Mr. Burns displays his evil personality in a multitude of ways, including blocking out the sun and stealing the Simpsons' puppies to make fur coats. He's also never afraid to release the hounds on innocent victims.

5. Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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Like Captain Hook, Shredder made two lists in the Villain Series. The animated Shredder lasted for 179 episodes despite seemingly being killed repeatedly.

4. Benjamin Linus (Lost)

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Ben was as creepy as creeps come. As the leader of the Others, he was willing to kidnap, kill, and lie in order to maintain his power. Is it weird that I loved his character so much?

3. Marlo Stanfield (The Wire)
This show had its share of bad dudes, but Marlo was by far the baddest.

In the last season, he tried to become a white-collar guy, but he ended up beating the piss out of a drug dealer on the corner. In his final scene, we witnessed him licking the blood off his wound and smiling.

2. The Soup Nazi (Seinfeld)

You could make another list composed entirely of evil Seinfeld characters.* If I have to pick one, though, I'm going with the Soup Nazi. In his defense, he probably possesses more culinary skills than every other TV villain combined. After all, people put up with his tyranny just to order a medium crab bisque.

*Are you listening, Kavanaugh?

1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
The entire show revolved around Walt's conversion to evil, and he didn't let viewers down. In the final season, the manipulative Walt created a video to blackmail Hank and Marie, displaying the subtleties of his sick brain. Bryan Cranston masterfully personified the dark side of humanity.

Honorable Mention: Charles Miner (The Office)
The Michael Scott Paper Company episodes of The Office are some of the funniest TV shows ever created, and Michael's rivalry with Charles fueled the hilarity. Charles also gets bonus points because he's played by the same actor who portrays Stringer Bell on The Wire.

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  1. I'm listening, and my internet is back!

  2. Newman>Soup Nazi (or that mechanic who ate George's Twix in the episode "The Dealership"... so much more flippantly evil than the Soup Nazi) for some reason, the soup nazi does not make my teeth-clench as much as this liar mechanic (the teeth-grating banality of evil begins around 2:35)
    Roseanne - Keith Faber
    Home Improvement - Bob Vila
    Everybody Loves Raymond - Ray's Mother Ray's Mother one thousand times Ray's Mother!

    I spent way too long trying to think of a TV character who's his/her own worst villain, but I'm just not that clever. Great post!

    1. Thanks for the reply, Matt! I actually thought about Bob Vila, but he's too nice of a dude. As for Newman, I have a post in the works about the greatest TV rivalries, so I'll cover him there. I didn't really watch Roseanne, but you're spot-on about Ray's mother.

      As for a character who's his own worst villain, would Steve Urkel work? "Did I do that?"