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  • Macbeth
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    Almost every TV show has some form of villain and antagonist. I wanted to create this thread to ask in help in compiling a list of the greatest TV antagonists in both comedy and drama. Please feel free to discuss the choices of other people as it is through debate that we can learn a lot.

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    Sue Sylvester.

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    Macbeth
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    The Official List:

    Comedy:
    Marie Barone
    in Everybody Loves Raymond (Doris Roberts)
    Newman in Seinfeld (Wayne Knight)
    Evelyn Harper in Two and a Half Men (Holland Taylor)
    Sue Sylvester in Glee (Jane Lynch)
    Devin Banks in 30 Rock (Will Arnett)
    Dwight Schrute in The Office (Rainn Wilson)
    Wilhemina Slater in Ugly Betty (Vanessa L. Williams)
    Janice in Friends (Maggie Wheeler)
    Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm (Larry David)
    Susie Greene in Curb Your Enthusiasm (Susie Essman)
    Richard Lewis in Curb Your Enthusiasm (Richard Lewis)
    Ben Chang in Community (Ken Jeong)
    Bender in Futurama (John DiMaggio)

    Drama
    Don Draper in Mad Men (Jon Hamm)
    Gus Fring in Breaking Bad (Giancarlo Esposito)
    Benjamin Linus in Lost (Michael Emerson)
    Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files (William B. Davis)
    Nick Brody in Homeland (Damian Lewis)
    Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (James Gandolfini)
    Mags Bennett in Justified (Margo Martindale)
    Arthur Mitchell in Dexter (John Lithgow)
    Charles Logan in 24 (Gregory Itzin)
    Sherry Palmer in 24 (Penny Johnson Jerald)
    Miguel Prado in Dexter (Jimmy Smits)
    Jon Kavanaugh in The Shield (Forest Whitaker)
    The Man in Black in Lost (Terry O’Quinn/Titus Welliver) 

    King Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones (Jack Gleeson) 

    Juliette Barnes in Nashville (Hayden Panettiere) 

    Master in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Mark Metcalf) 

    The Mayor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Harry Groener) 

    Constance Langdon in American Horror Story (Jessica Lange)
    Sister Jude in American Horror Story: Asylum (Jessica Lange)
    Dr. Arden in American Horror Story: Asylum (James Cromwell)
    Marlo Stanfield in The Wire (Jamie Hector)
    Bobby Quarles in Justified (Neal McDonagh)
    Cersei Baratheon in Game of Thrones (Lena Hedley)
    Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy (Ron Perlman)
    Brother Cavil in Battlestar Galactica (Dean Stockwell)
    Brother Justin Crowe in Carnivale (Clancy Brown)
    Windom Earle in Twin Peaks (Kenneth Welsh)
    BOB in Twin Peaks (Frank Silva)
    Bill Rawls in The Wire (John Dorman)
    Pete Campbell in Mad Men (Vincent Kartheiser)
    Arnold Vinick The West Wing (Alan Alda)

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    Drama
    Mags Bennett
     in Justified (Margo Martindale)
    Arthur Mitchell in Dexter (John Lithgow)
    Charles Logan in 24 (Gregory Itzin)
    Miguel Prado in Dexter (Jimmy Smits)
    Jon Kavanaugh in The Shield (Forest Whitaker)
    The Man in Black in Lost (Terry O’Quinn/Titus Welliver) 

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    The first name that popped up for me was Tony Soprano.

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    A Person
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    A few that haven’t been mentioned yet:

    – President Charles Logan on 24
    – Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale on The Wire
    – Al Swearengen on Deadwood (Season 1, after that he’s a protagonist really)
    – The Mayor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    – Boyd Crowder on Justified
    – Moriarty on Sherlock

     

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    A Person
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    The first name that popped up for me was Tony Soprano.

    Which would be wrong, since Tony isn’t an antagonist.  He’s this:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VillainProtagonist 

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    Nicholas Brody and Abu Nazir.

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    theproblemdog
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    [quote=”GoMe91″]The first name that popped up for me was Tony Soprano.

    Which would be wrong, since Tony isn’t an antagonist.  He’s this:

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VillainProtagonist %5B/quote%5D Walter White of Breaking Bad also fits into this mold

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    ladyhathor
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    Attention GoldDerby:  I am now, for a brief instant, going to out myself as a major geek. Ahem….

    Gul Dukat, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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    Morgan Henard
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    Immediately, King Joffrey from Game of Thrones came to mind. I find him to be the most ruthless villain on any drama series right now. His spite and evilness come so naturally to the point that he himself isn’t aware of it.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    An antagonist that is currently on television now, that I absolutely love, is Hayden Panettiere in Nashville. I think her performance is brilliant!!!

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    Immediately, King Joffrey from Game of Thrones came to mind. I find him to be the most ruthless villain on any drama series right now. His spite and evilness come so naturally to the point that he himself isn’t aware of it.

    I completely agree. Gosh I hate him so much, but I guess that’s a testament to the actor who plays him. He’s so evil, but never over the top. I have decided that if for some reason I ever end up with an evil, white cat, I am naming it Joffrey, regardless of gender.

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    The Mayor and Master from Buffy qualify, but I like the tag team of the Mayor and Faith.

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    I’m gonna go with some random ones…

    – Sherry Palmer, ’24’. LOVED that bitch
    – Richard Hatch, ‘Survivor’. Haven’t seen that show in YEARS, but man… I remember watching him and knowing this man is gonna bring a reality craze to TV.
    – Constance Langdon, ‘American Horror Story’. Pretty recent. 
    – Janice, ‘Friends’. The only non-celeb guest star in my mind that can surprised people with each of her entrances.
    – Eric Northman, ‘True Blood’. But only seasons 1 and 2.
    – Don Draper, ‘Mad Men’. Borderline… does he count? 

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