It's not easy being mean. Unless of course you're an undead bloodsucker, vicious Queen of everything the eye can see, a relentless killing machine, or even the grandmother of the antichrist. For these women, being bad comes so naturally and they do it so incredibly well. The fact that they are all extremely gorgeous while doing it only aids in their peculiar methods of accomplishing their own selfish desires.
In honor of the great strides women have made on the big and small screen, I'm counting down my picks for the top 5 female villains of TV.
5) Number 6 (Battlestar Galactica)
May I say, "Wow". The number five spot on my list belongs to none other than Number 6, infamously played by the devilishly enchanting, Tricia Helfer. The war between the Cylons and the Humans on Battlestar Galactica never produced a villain quite as deadly as it did with Number 6. She was beautiful, cunning, conniving, and just as manipulati...I mean persuasive as her male counterparts. She was always a thrill for the eyes, but more importantly for the mind. She kept viewers coming back for more and more every week, with them endlessly wondering, "What could she possibly do next?"
4) Constance Langdon (American Horror Story)
Is it any surprise that Jessica Lange ended up here? Her turn as Constance Langdon for the first season of the FX anthology series subtitled Murder House, exposed Lange to a brand new generation of viewers that barely knew her name. In a few weeks time, Constance Langdon went from the bitter neighbor of the Murder House to the one who was really running the show the entire time. She was cold, calculating, and had a blatant tendency to overlook the many flaws of her less than usual parenting methods.
3) Olivia Godfrey (Hemlock Grove)
The world of TV was forever changed when Netflix began producing their own original programming, with hit shows such as House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Grace and Frankie, and of course, Hemlock Grove. Famke Janssen has been taunting audiences with villainous roles since the early nineties with her iconic portrayal of Xenia Onatopp in James Bond flick, Goldeneye. It's no mystery that fans of the horror TV genre in general and the actress herself were over-the-moon excited when it was announced she would star in the Netflix horror series. Olivia Godfrey is one of the worst mothers TV has ever seen or will ever see (unless of course, you look at everything from her unique perspective). She's murderous, she's intelligent, and she can literally rip a man's heart out and show it to him. Viewers of the show certainly have a lot more enticing evil to look forward to from Olivia when Hemlock Grove returns for its final season on October 23.
2) Lucretia (Spartacus)
Lucy Lawless became a household name when she portrayed Xena back in the 1990's. However, it is due to her role on Spartacus that many know her name today. Lucretia was the perfect match for her husband, she was clever, powerful, seductive, and just as cruel as anyone ever could be. Lucy Lawless was not only terrifying beyond belief but also showcased an Emmy-worthy performance that resonated so well with fans of the first season, it was demanded she be brought back for the sequel series, Spartacus: Vengeance and the show's prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of The Arena. In all three entries in which she appeared, she somehow managed to outdo herself in the most malicious and evil of ways. Check out this scene below from Vengeance, the pinnacle of her devious deeds where she takes her own life and the life of an innocent child in the belief that she and the baby will be able to join her dead husband in heaven.
Before I reveal my number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
Faith, Glory, Drusilla, Dark Willow (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
It would have been near impossible to choose between these four, I've decided to group them all together for their standing on this countdown. [Buffy The Vampire Slayer] will go down in history for producing not only the greatest female hero of all time, but also some of the best female villains. Checking nearly every fan list out there for female villains of television, you are sure to find two or three, if not al of these women somewhere on the list (usually in the top five or ten). Looking back on the show now, I believe it is because of the success Joss Whedon had with their respective story arcs, that women are enjoying so much success in television today.
And my number one pick for greatest female villain to ever hit TV is.....
1) Cersei Lannister (Game Of Thrones)
You knew this was coming. That's right, my pick for the number one female TV villain goes to none other than Cersei Lannister, (played by the incomparable Lena Headey on HBO's Game of Thrones). This woman outshines every other on this list in every possible way. It's almost impossible to find the words to describe just how awesomely evil Cersei is and how unbelievably damn good she is doing it. Being a Lannister, it all comes so naturally for her, but she knows that being a woman, she has certain advantages that her father and brothers could never possibly comprehend.