The Decade's Best Television Villains
Long before Spencer Pratt weaseled his way onto The Hills and Simon Cowell dressed down his first off-note performer, television audiences relied on fictional characters for their daily doses of evil. Take a scoundrel like J.R. Ewing of Dallas: viewers could watch as he swindled his own mama out of her rightful stake of the Ewing Oil fortune, click off the television, and not have to worry about hearing that J.R. got a D.U.I. on a late night burger run or was arrested for child molestation. Sure, our airwaves may have been invaded by parasitic reality evildoers, but this decade could still boast some of the best fictional television villains of all time. So please join us as we remember the best TV creeps of the last decade (no antiheroes allowed!):
Sylar, Heroes (2006 - 2009)
Portrayed By: Zachary Quinto
Profile: Superpowered serial killer and skilled watch repairman.
Powers: Intuitive aptitude, which allowed him to figure out how other powers worked and acquire more after murdering the people who possess them. Powers gained from murder include telekinesis, lie detection, shape shifting, flight and rapid cell regeneration.
Weakness: Brain theft
Teen Choice Award Nominations: 2 ("Choice TV Villain," 2007 and 2008)
Quote: "I believe in fate and karma, and I'm not just saying that 'cause you're Indian."
T-Bag, Prison Break (2005 - 2009)
Portrayed By: Robert Knepper
Profile: One of the nastiest prisoners to come out of Fox River State Penitentiary, Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell was even conceived criminally (his father raped his Down syndrome-afflicted sister), which perhaps explains his interests in vandalism, animal torture, murder, rape, kidnapping, pedophilia and racism. T-Bag even convinced a veterinarian to reattach his severed hand once (it was chopped off with an ax, long story), before killing the Good Samaritan.
Powers: Ability to rig a set of cards, adeptness with a razor blade, intelligence (studied encyclopedias as a child) and charm.
Weakness: The law.
Leadership Experience: Established a white supremacy gang at the prison, giving him serious pull with his inmates.
Claim to Fame: Was once featured on an episode of America's Most Wanted within an episode of Prison Break.
Teen Choice Award Nominations: 1 ("Choice TV Villain," 2007)
Quote: "All cons are equal."
Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty (2006 - 2009)
Portrayed By: Vanessa Williams
Profile: The daughter of a senator, Wilhelmina is an egotistical former supermodel and co-editor in chief of Mode. She makes Betty Suarez's life a living hell and boasts an impressive list of flings including Mick Jagger, Andre Agassi and the Prince of Dubai.
Powers: Possesses blackmail information on fashion industry rivals, tempts recovering alcoholics to forfeit their sobriety, manipulates press expertly
Weakness: Botox, the rare wave of emotion, Chanel
Teen Choice Award Wins: 1 ("Choice TV Villain," 2007 -- 2009)
Quote: "That is the absolute cruelest thing I've ever seen. Someone's getting a raise."