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Jim Moriarity , Rowan Pope, Gus Fring, Candace Young Top 10 favourite TV show villains

Who is your favourite TV villain? We all have that one deadly TV psycho we should hate, but then we just love them. Check out our top 10 favourite villains.

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Every story needs some kind of tension between the good guys and the bad guys. But, what happens when the villain in a show is so cute or just so charismatic that viewers can’t just help but love them?

Villains cause trouble for the TV heroes, steal the spotlight with their best lines and evil ways.

They come with complex yet interesting layers, and they create the drama which helps to push the action, giving viewers the perfect story line.

In no particular order, check out our top 10 favourite villains worth loving despite their every shade of evil.

  • Jim Moriarity - 'Sherlock'

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Jim Moriarity - 'Sherlock'


Played by Andrew Scott, he is evil, a psychopath an abstract thinker and a genius with the perfect sense of humor.  

With mannerisms expressing an obvious psychotic edge to his character, Jim can be called the greatest criminal mastermind the TV series and literature world has ever known.

He went on to bring in a twist to the series. The nemesis of Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, his own way of winning against Sherlock, was committing suicide.

  • Cersei Lannister - 'Game of Thrones'

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Cersei Lannister - 'Game of Thrones'


Played by Lena Headey, Cersei Lannister pulls the strings, does unbelievable things like fathering three children with her twin brother, but, she's one person who will  protect herself and her family above all else...

A calculating and ruthless political operator, the season 5 ended with Cersei confessing her incestuous affair to the High Sparrow, and walking naked in public to atone for her sins.

  •  Rowan Pope – 'Scandal'

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 Rowan Pope – 'Scandal'


Played by Joe Morton, he is everything rolled into one. The Villain when he is in his ‘take no prisoners’ mood, and a hero when he gets into his “little girl” speeches.

What do viewers love about him? The fact that he is always intelligently a step ahead of everyone, or that he claims to know the value of family and loves his 'little girl' Olivia in his own twisted way?

One just can’t help but love his evil side when he is locking people up in holes, and his good side when he is protecting his daughter, Olivia Pope.

He is unpredictable.  He locks people up, disposes the key,and make their relatives think they are dead - he is just the perfect villain.

The fourth season of show ended with Rowan arrested for 'stealing money from the Smithsonian.'

  • Klaus – 'The Vampire Diaries'

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Klaus – 'The Vampire Diaries'


Played by Joseph Morgan, he is the brooding, bad, emotional, unpredictable, murdering and sometimes romantic hybrid.

Somehow, he did a perfect job of being the scary and compelling villain you just want to love.

And when he wasn't busy harassing Elena and her friends, feeding Stefan with blood bags or going on killing spree, he was busy betraying his own family, and having viewers loving him.

His relationship with Caroline, who was his Achilles heel, gave him that humane side that viewers loved much more than his killing spree tactics.

  • Candace Young – 'The Have and the have Nots'

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Candace Young – 'The Have and the have Nots'


Played by Tika Sumpter, she is the arrogant, saucy and manipulative blackmailing side chick of Jim Cryer.

Candace has been many things, from a prostitute to a mistress, down to a professional blackmailer, but, there is just something about a clever woman who says whatever she wants and gets whatever she wants.

 Candace love for her brother Benny gives viewers a glimpse into her humane side, and it’s good to know she is not totally evil.

  • Victoria Grayson - 'Revenge'

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Victoria Grayson - Revenge


Played by Madeleine Stowe, and known as the 'Queen of the Hamptons,' she is that villain that is ready to lie, cheat, kill, and backstab to protect her family.

This powerful matriarch harmed and chilled the viewers to the bone with her withering and manipulative self.

The 'Revenge'  series ended with Victoria Grayson being shot by her one-time love, David Clarke.

  • Simon Cowell – 'X Factor'

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Simon Cowell – 'X Factor'


The list can’t just be complete without him. Popular for his blunt, controversial criticisms and insults, Simon delivers half of the comical scenes of the show.

Cowell was once nominated for Favorite Villain at the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which he won.

With punch lines like "If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.", Simon is definitely a classic villain.

  • Gus Fring - 'Breaking Bad'

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Gus Fring - 'Breaking Bad'


Ruthless and calculated as they come, Gus Fring played by Giancarlo Esposito, is one of those villains that just can't forgotten in the history of TV shows.

From calmly slicing someone’s throat to , Gus had that unbelievably confident and smart way of proving how dangerous he was.

  • Damon Salvatore – 'Vampire Diaries'

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Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries


Played by Ian Somerhalder, he's bad, funny, irrational, but somehow he gets aways with all his evil deeds, and is still loved by viewers.

From his sarcastic remarks to his smoldering smirk, Damon is that  bad villain who cares about people he loves.

You take love away from Damon Salvatore and he becomes an insatiable beast with a thirst for blood and vengeance.

And don't we all love how his love for Elena makes one forget all the protagonists he ever snapped off their heads.

  • Petyr Baelish (Little Finger) - 'Game of Thrones'

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Petyr Baelish (Little Finger) - 'Game of Thrones'


It takes a lot of skill to be Petyr Baelish played by Aidan Murphy, who used a mixture of calculation and  intelligence to become one of the most powerful men in Westeros.

Call him the master manipulator, supreme backstabber and devious puppet-master, Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) is without doubt the king of all villains.

Unlike other of his peers, 'Little Finger' rose from his low birth to prominence as the realm's Master of Coin.

We definitely cannot make a list of all his atrocities, but we could try not to forget that he manipulated Lysa Arryn into murdering her husband. He led to the 'war of Five kings' by convincing Lysa to write a letter to Catelyn claiming the Lannisters were behind Jon's death. And he pushed Lysa off a mountain.

Just like some villains, Baelish appears to have a softer side, one that was hinted via his complex relationship with the young Sansa Stark.

He is creepy and manipulative, but you just have to love his smartness at playing 'the game of thrones.'

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