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

13. Rowan Pope, 'Scandal'

From Don Draper to Darth Vader, bad dads dominate our collective conception of villainy — and Rowan Pope makes those guys look like candidates for father of the year. As befits the mind-racingly twisty soap/political drama/thriller centered on his daughter Olivia, Papa Pope takes the morally dubious dynamics that make her such a compelling antihero and cranks them up to 11. Anything she can do, actor Joe Morton's cold-blooded black-ops expert can do meaner, and has most likely been doing since before she was born. To him, she's merely one of his many achievements — and as monologues like the rip-roarer above indicate, if he can't have her, no one will.

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