Everyone loves a good villain. There’s just something about projecting our inner baddie on a character and saying “yeah, I get it”. Sometimes we even end up liking the villain more than the hero. So in honor of the baddies we love to hate, here is a list of our top 5 favorite television villains and the shows they steal.
5. Stringer Bell (The Wire)
What can we say about Stringer Bell? Drug dealing, stealing, manipulation, murder. All attributes slapped onto the black culture in Baltimore at the time. These stereotypes don’t die in Baltimore. The Wire humanized unfortunate people in unfortunate situations.
4. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
One of the world's most likeable villains, Tony Soprano is the epitome of a character you will spend the rest of your life letting “grow on” you . Kill your best friend or foster a family of ducks, that is the question. How did it end? Leave your comments.
3. Jesse Pinkman and/or Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Jesse or Walter. The choice is yours. The depressed meth dealer or the depressed cancer
patient turned criminal kingpin? Either way you’re going to prison.
2. Jamie Lannister (Game of Thrones)
Jaime Lannister. King Slayer, yes. Incestuous predator, yes. Loyal protector... also yes. How many points do you give this moral evader?
1. Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
If you are making a list of lovable villains, Hannibal Lecter MUST be on that list. Hannibal has slithered his way into our hearts, regardless of the media. Anthony Hopkins will forever be the definitive film interpretation, but Mads Mikkelsen brought a refined relish to his turn in the television series. This man will charm you to death… and then eat you for dinner.