19. The Governor, 'The Walking Dead'
No character before or since has demonstrated The Walking Dead's core contention that humans are a bigger threat to humanity than zombies ever could be than the tyrant formerly known as Brian Blake. Played from behind the black void of an eyepatch by an icy David Morrissey, the Governor ruled his survivor town of Woodbury with an iron fist. He mercilessly slaughtered outsiders and dissidents alike, and even turned on his loyal followers when they fail him. And his war with Rick Grimes and company for control of the prison where the latter group tried to make their home raised the show's already brutal stakes to new levels of intensity.