SPOILER ALERT As some of the characters listed and what we have to say about them may be surprising in nature, be aware that the following list may contain spoilers for Sleepy Hollow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries, LOST, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, and Twin Peaks.
You’ve been warned! Now on with the list!
Our Favorite Television Villains
As we mentioned before, here at Double Win Twins HQ, we love making lists. We already gave you a list of 10 of our favorite female heroes. Well, we’d like to switch it up and give you a list of 10 villains (in no particular order) we love from television… who are bad to the bone. Read on… if you dare!
The lovely lady doth like dead flowers… and fear. Since the arrival of Pandora to Sleepy Hollow, all kinds of nasties have been unleashed upon the world. Pandora revels in chaos… but just what is her end game? We know she has a ton of evil do-dads in that little box and we just cannot wait to see what she does next. Props to Shannyn Sossamon, because she brings exactly the kind of color and depth to the character that could have easily been lost if not for her amazing abilities.
2. Harrison Wells a.k.a. The Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne
Well, if you couldn’t tell from his list of names, this guy had some serious layers. Harrison Wells was an amazing villain for the first season of The Flash because his despite his actions and manipulations, you still felt that he had some reason behind it all–albeit a wacky one–but still. The man just wanted to go home. And while his backstory humanized him, we were glad to see him exposed and ultimately thwarted. But through it all, we don’t think it’s far-fetched to say that he was still likable. We wanted him to be good. We wanted him to be redeemed.
3. Katherine Pierce
Katerina Petrova–later Katherine Pierce–may not have started out a bazillion years ago as a narcissistic sociopath, but she sure ended up that way after years of practice on The Vampire Diaires. Bad to the very end, Katherine artfully played on the emotions of her enemies in order to always come out on top. She used every person she crossed paths with on and killed anyone in her way without remorse. At least she always looked so good… while being so bad.
4. Anthony Cooper
Poor John Locke. To have such a terrible dude for a Dad was such a sad state of affairs. LOST’s Anthony Cooper was not only the reason for Locke having one less kidney as well as being confined to a wheelchair, but he was also responsible for Sawyer’s parents’ deaths, and well… basically every bad thing that happened to those two ever. The man was truly evil–just when you thought he was incapable of doing something worse than the last awful thing he did, Cooper one-upped even himself. Thank goodness, or thank The Island, or thank whatever was going on that he finally got what was coming to him.
5. The Gentlemen
So utterly chilling was the sight of The Gentlemen–those floating skeletal mimes in the episode “Hush”–that the memory of them still lingers on long since the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A monster who can take away your ability to scream is truly the thing of nightmares and those gross shambling minions who followed them around were just a cherry on top of the blood-drenched sundae.
6. Fish Mooney
While we love the wacky antics of the Penguin and his commitment to the long con, we also think he’s a bit pathetic in his insatiable need to take credit for each and every of his devious deeds as soon as he believes they have been successfully carried out. Seriously, Penguin, why do you do this? Fish Mooney, on the other hand, is also extremely adept in the art of the carefully-planned swindle, but she also knows that circumstances often have a way of changing and that revealing herself is never a good move. Not to mention she’s got an abundance of style: her calculating, unflappable version of villainy is difficult to resist… it’s no wonder she inspires loyalty in her people and even manages to sway erstwhile “good guys” like Harvey Bullock and Selina Kyle to her side on occasion. Note, for example, how many of the other villains on Gotham are often hot-headed and quick-to-temper, but how Fish plays it cool, at all times. And while Penguin may believe he’s finally achieved his long-desired goal of removing Fish from the chessboard that is Gotham, we’re not so sure.
7. Grant Ward
Grant Ward, we love you, we hate you, we love you, we hate you. Why?!?! Sigh. We ached as we watched Grant Ward morph into the psycho he is today… and we lamented his refusal to seek redemption with the fiery passion only matched by Leo Fitz in the bus’ lower level jail cell. We didn’t want to believe that it was all a lie, we didn’t want to believe that he was “so far gone” for good, but, damn, gone he is. The new head of Hydra is indeed a new kind of foe for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., because at the end of the day, he knows all of them as friends. He knows what makes them happy, what makes them cry, and the cruelest ways to hurt them.
Dean and Sam Winchester have faced many villains during the bazillion seasons of Supernatural, but Abbadon sticks out in our minds as a special kind of nasty. Lucifer–or even Crowley the King of Hell–almost seemed likable compared to Abbadon. As a Knight of Hell, Abbadon was ruthless, powerful, and blood-thirsty. It seemed for a bit that Abbadon was everywhere and her following grew tremendously on account of her violent and sadistic strategy for power. Since Abbadon, we just haven’t seen that level of bad…. perhaps until now?
9. The Zombies of the Walking Dead
While each season on The Walking Dead has its own share of human villains–each hell-bent on thriving in their post-apocalyptic reality through unrelenting struggles for power–the fact remains that the walkers are the true terrors of the world. No matter how many our heroes kill, no matter how fast they run, the walkers are always there. Hungry and desperate–and in many cases decomposed and faceless–the walkers are never-ending.
Few things on television were as scary as the demonic entity BOB from Twin Peaks. At the time that the show was airing, to have such a frightening character on television was extraordinary. BOB’s influence over people caused them to commit horrible acts and the image of his face left an imprint in our dreams even after the show was canceled. BOB was an iconic villain, and one we are glad to be rid of… or are we?
So there you have it! The Double Win Twins list of 10 Villains Who Are Awesome at Being Bad. Agree with our list… disagree? Let us know in the comments!
Want to hear about some more villains we love to fear? Check out Double Win Twins Podcast Episode 008: “Monsters and Villains” where we talk about The Governor, Dark Willow, The Yellow King, Michael Myers, and more! Sweet dreams!!!