10 Contemporary TV Villains Who Will Become Iconic Tomorrow

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NoHo Hank - 'Barry' (2018 - 2023)

NoHo Hank (Anthony Carrigan) from HBO's Barry is a scene-stealing and memorable comedic villain, whose performance has earned him two Primetime Emmy nominations.

Klaus - 'The Vampire Diaries' (2009 - 2017)

Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), emotionally scarred and violent, but with a soft spot for Caroline, was one of the most iconic supernatural villains in The Vampire Diaries and his spinoff series, The Originals.

Dave - 'Dave' (2020-)

Lil Dicky, played by Dave Burd, is the villain of his own story in the FXX series Dave, allowing his pursuit of the perfect music career to damage relationships and his creative spark.

Raymond Reddington - 'The Blacklist' (2013 - 2023)

James Spader's portrayal of the charismatic and ruthless criminal informant Raymond Reddington in The Blacklist solidifies him as a criminally underrated villain.

Bev Keane - 'Midnight Mass' (2021)

Samantha Sloyan's Bev Keane in Midnight Mass is a masterfully portrayed villainous mastermind responsible for the spiritual rebirth of a small island community.

Kathleen Coghlan - 'The Last of Us' (2023 - )

Melanie Lynskey's performance as Kathleen in The Last of Us adaptation gave viewers a deadly quiet villain with understandable motives, solidifying her as one of the best in the genre.

Cho Sang-woo - 'Squid Game' (2021 - )

Squid Game's Cho Sang-woo (Park Hae-soo) shocks viewers with a deceitful move against fellow player Ali (Anupam Tripathi), forever cementing his place as one of the most memorable villains in television history.

Mason Verger - 'Hannibal' (2013 - 2015)

Michael Pitt and Joe Anderson gave iconic performances as the unhinged Mason Verger, the closest adversary to killing Hannibal Lecter in the TV series adaptation.

Love Quinn - 'You' (2018 - 2024)

Victoria Pedretti's Love Quinn is a captivating and terrifying counterpart to Penn Badgley's Joe in the Netflix series You.

Wendy Byrde - 'Ozark' (2017 - 2022)

Laura Linney's brilliant portrayal of Wendy Byrde in Ozark made audiences question who the real villain was.

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