You would rarely root for them, but you have to admit, villains make TV shows and movies more interesting. Big bad wolves, evil geniuses, or crazy misogynists, most villains are usually men; but when they are played by women, they have more depth, more fire, and more evil genius indications.
These villains are so intense, they are probably the reason Beyonce sang about girls running the world, because the truth is that if they will be rulers, there would probably be less wars, because people are cowering in fear—not that that’s necessarily a good thing.
Here are the best female TV villains you would love root for, if only they weren’t out to get the protagonists of your favorite shows:
The Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)
There’s really no way to try escaping your fate when you’re literally named The Evil Queen. Being a good villain, Regina was able to live up to her name, though. Throughout the course of the show, she does redeem herself from time to time, but she tends to slip back into her wicked, conniving ways, which is probably a given, considering her title. She is the exact representation of what it means to not be able to escape her destiny, because for her few good deeds, she spirals right back to her evilness, making her a force to be reckoned with.
The show has had a lot of villains. After all, what can you expect from a superhero show? There was Amanda Waller, Cupid, and even Moira Queen at some point. However, unlike many of the female antagonists, she has not redeeming qualities. She lived a hard life—losing a fiancé, betrayed by a parent—but she is Oliver’s equal and she quickly learned and accepted her dark side. She’s master of manipulation, though, but seemingly vulnerable, which can mess with the hero’s head.
Sister Mary Eunice (American Horror Story)
In a show that is filled with scary villains, there Sister Mary Eunice takes it to the next level. She is scary because she comes across as a victim: an innocent young nun whose life is still ahead of her. Unfortunately, she is none of these. Sister Mary Eunice is a murderous, conniving host of the devil—literally, because she’s possessed. Even though you might want to excuse her for the horrific acts, she actually enjoyed them, so the thin line between right and wrong is definitely blurred.
Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)
As Tyrion Lannister told Cersei so eloquently, “You love your children, it’s your one redeeming quality. That and your cheekbones.”
Cersei is a beautiful queen with a lot of cruelness. She’s been responsible for the death of hundreds of people, as was the one responsible for the death of her husband, King Robert. Many would argue that her wickedness stems from her love of her children, but there is a limit to how often you can use them for an excuse. She never stops plotting about murder and overthrowing the people she considers her enemies, and as she said over and over, if push comes to shove, she will burn cities to the ground. Also, she brought the most annoying, bratty, villainous person in the world in the form of Joffrey Baratheon, so she should be held accountable for that too.
Being what it is, Supernatural had about as many villains as it did episodes. However, of all the ones that the brothers had to go through, the demon Lilith is among the most powerful ones.
The thing is, when people make children into evil villains, they automatically get ten times scarier—nobody wants to think of innocent child being evil. The baddie takes the form of a young girl and kills everyone in a police station, and if anything, very few things are as scary as children becoming evil. The scene was unexpected and terrifying, and audiences knew it the moment Lilith’s eyes went milky white.
Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Drusilla is the clear standout in the parade of villains from Buffy. She had a complicated backstory with Angel, which also meant that she’s a primary villain in the spin-off series.
What makes her particularly interesting, however, is that she’s compelling, child-like, and crazy. She has a dark, sadistic personality that leads her to torture people—with a lot of laughter behind the cruel acts too. Even her dialogue is full of disturbing imagery, which makes her even creepier, if that’s even possible.
Azula (The Last Airbender)
The only animated character on this list, Azula is one of the best villains the Avatar team had to fight. She came from a family of evil, and she even managed to out-craze her father hell-bent on world domination. Even as a young girl, Azula lacks remorse and showed sadistic tendencies, but what makes her an interesting character is that she’s great at strategy and she’s excellent in manipulating people. She’s also probably the greatest firebender that the world has ever seen, but as the show progressed, she descended further and further into madness, until ultimately, she was defeated by her own brother.
Katherine Pierce (The Vampire Diaries)
She’s gorgeous, she’s sexy, and she’s the person who was able to pull two close brothers apart. Katherine knows what she’s made of, and she’s not shy about it. Unfortunately, she is selfish and self-serving; and if you think about it, she’s ultimately evil with almost no redeeming quality—she’s unremorseful, justifying it as a means of survival. What makes her a fan favorite, however, is that she has a softer side for Stefan.
Mags Bennett (Justified)
Often described as the best TV villain of all time, Mags Bennett is the matriarch of the Bennett family, a group of weed-growing hillbillies.
She was a manipulative psychopath who would do everything she can to get her way—including murdering people. She was also known to smash fingers with a hammer, and she sells the land that her family has sworn to protect. The older she got, the more bitter she has become, getting meaner and meaner as more and more people cross her, making them the subject to her piling grudges.