40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time

From serial killers to cylons, mobsters to murderous moms — counting down the TV characters you love to hate

18. Hannibal Lecter, 'Hannibal'

Mads Mikkelsen is such an extremely handsome guy that if he didn't have access to knives he could probably kill you with those cheekbones. But don't let the tumblr gifsets fool you: On the inside, Dr. Hannibal Lecter is as close to pure evil as television has come. Believing humanity to be little more than pigs fit for slaughter, Lecter spends the bulk of Bryan Fuller's beautiful, miraculously bloody series tormenting his opposite number, empathic FBI profiler Will Graham. When not carving up human bodies, he slices into Will's brain — perhaps the only mind capable of comprehending his deranged ideas and emotions. But understanding can only get you so far, because in the end there's no explanation for what he is. "Nothing happened to me," he says. "I happened."

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