It’s safe to say that the success of any TV show usually depends on the creativity of the plot and the relatability of the characters. But in my opinion, if it weren’t for the villains, some of today’s most popular shows, like Scream Queens, Scandal, and The Vampire Diaries, wouldn’t be half as good as they are right row.
Villains are usually the characters who drive the plot forward, because essentially, the entire purpose of a show is to overcome obstacles and figure out ways to defeat the bad guy. The lovable and relatable protagonist is always forced to go after the villain because it’s their responsibility to be brave and save the day. But since the heroes gets so caught up with obsessing over how to defeat the antagonists, it’s almost like these villains are making them their puppets by pulling all the strings. They control what happens next. They control the pace. And they control the mood.
It’s all so fascinating, how one villain can make or break an entire show. But this is actually one of the main reasons why I often find myself so drawn to the villains, rather that the heroes. It’s so easy to hate these characters, but I’ve gotten into the habit of over-analyzing them because I always wonder if there is any good left in them. I also love it when I get to see glimpses of their past, because it shows me that there’s more to them than their tough exterior.
Several hours of binge-watching my favorite shows have taught me that villains are messy. They’re complicated and, in many cases, they’re just misunderstood. In fact, I’m actually convinced that not all villains are bad people. Most of them are either just bent on revenge or driven to do really (really) bad things to get what they feel they deserve. Talk about ambitious!
So, since I’m pretty much obsessed with TV villains, I took the liberty of creating a handy list of 2015’s most hated TV villains who are actually kind of awesome. Check it out below!
1. Harrison Wells or The Reverse-Flash from The Flash
I like Harrison Wells. Or rather, I like the complexity of his character. It’s revealed that he’s not really who he says he is, but at the same time I can’t help but think that a tiny part of him actually cares for his enemy, Barry. Either way, it’s clear that Harrison is pretty much the master of deceit, so we can never really know what to expect from him.
2. The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time
Oh, how I love Regina. I have to admit that I first I could not stand her, but when I began to learn more about her past and her childhood I realized that she’s actually a good person. The fact that she’s attempting to turn over a new leaf and become a hero actually says quite a lot (although at times we can still see traces of the Evil Queen left in her).
3. Klaus Mikaelson from The Originals
Klaus was literally the sole reason why I decided to start watching this show. But aside from that irresistible charm and British accent, deep down, Klaus is just a flawed, misunderstood soul who desperately wants to fill a void. What he truly needs is love, acceptance, and family. But since he’s so convinced that gaining power and loyalty will make him happy, he’s made up his mind to do whatever it takes to get both.
4. Enzo from The Vampire Diaries
Enzo is such a badass. He can be cocky and annoying, but I was able to see through that charming facade very early on. He’s ruthless, and some of his actions are unforgivable. But still, I can’t help but root for him because it turns out that he has legitimate reasons for going to the extreme. He’s also fiercely loyal to the people he cares most about, and that’s a major plus.
5. Kai Parker from The Vampire Diaries
Meet Kai Parker, the sociopathic witch who was so desperate to lead his coven that he ended up killing his siblings and torturing several other people. You might be wondering why I’d add someone like him to this list. But here’s why I think he’s actually awesome: 1. He actually attempted to right his wrongs by apologizing to Bonnie for what he did, and 2. He once made an effort to turn over a new leaf and act a normal human being, which shows that there was hope for him.
6. Chanel Oberlin from Scream Queens
Let’s face it: When it comes to Scream Queens, Chanel Oberlin is Queen. She’s sassy, she’s bold, and she’s never afraid to say what’s on her mind, which are all qualities that I love.
7. Fish Mooney from Gotham
Omg. So much fierceness. It’s so hard not to fall in love with her character because she’s so ambitious, independent, and of course, feisty. She went through a traumatic loss in her past, and that motivated her to take matters into her own hands by gaining power and becoming her own boss. You can’t really blame her for wanting it all.
8. Raymond “Red” Reddington from The Blacklist
This guy is so clever, and I love the fact that he’s usually so poised, like a wise great grandfather who continues to dish out doses of wisdom. This criminal mastermind knows his worth and he’s always confident. But at the same time, we know that his intentions are always good.
9. Kilgrave aka Purple Man from Jessica Jones
Kilgrave is amazing. There’s just something about his threatening and creepy nature that intrigues me. I mean, it’s terrifying to think of how he abuses his abilities, but this only makes me want to study him even more. And he also had a disturbing past (he suffered an illness and was experimented on so that he could survive), which only makes things more interesting.
10. Cyrus Bean from Scandal
Cyrus is hard to figure out, which is exactly why I like him so much. Sometimes he appears to be an understanding and supportive friend, but then when things get rough at the White House, he transforms into this cold and heartless monster and it’s kind of scary. You just never know what Cyrus is truly capable of, but it’s clear that he will go to extremes to protect himself and the president.
11. Crowley from Supernatural
How can you not love Crowley? I mean, yes, he makes the Winchester brothers’ lives a living hell. But guys, his unwavering confidence, the ridiculous nicknames and his funny one-liners? Those are the absolute best.
12. Cersei Lannister from Game Of Thrones
She’s arguably one of the best villains to ever grace the TV screen. Her character is not likeable at all, but it’s clear that her hunger for power is mainly driven by her love for and loyalty to her loved ones and family. It’s actually refreshing to see a more realistic villain who’s a bit more complex and who actually has valid reasons for her actions, even if they’re extreme.
Which of these TV villains is your favorite? Are there any other great villains from 2015 that we missed? Tell us in the comments below!