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5 TV Villians We Love To Hate

Lisa Forester Lisa Forester
9/29/2012 4:00pm EDT

Ah, the villain. Where would our hero be without this pesky nemesis? A well-crafted villain is essential to a compelling story; characters like Montgomery Burns ("The Simpsons") and Ben Linus ("LOST") help create a rich universe we lose ourselves in.

But what of those other villains? You know the ones…those wretched little knaves that are just begging to be stabbed in the cornea with a rusty thumbtack. We love them! In honor of the delectably flawed, we're sharing our picks for the top five TV villains we just love to hate:

1. Joffrey Baratheon, "Game of Thrones"

Joffrey Baratheon

Yeah, we know this is an obvious choice, but Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is the quintessential cruel king. Wrapped up in what appears to be a spoiled 12-year-old lays the heart of a ruthless killer who savors his power with sadistic lust. From having honorable lords beheaded to beating and torturing his future bride, Joffrey's barbaric nature is enough to inspire hate; couple his heinous behavior with his smug bratty face and it's enough to make you want to punch the screen.

How Much Do We Hate Thee? 5/5 rusty thumbtacks to the eye

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