Charismatic evil: 10 series with the brightest antagonists

Does evil have charm? There are definitely some in the cinema – the bad guys on the screen are extremely charismatic and make the viewer worry about them. Colorful, daring, not recognizing authorities – some villains appear to be such interesting characters that they are not only curious to watch, but even want to imitate their behavior and style. In this collection, let’s remember what bright antagonists have appeared in popular TV shows in recent years.

American Gods (2017 – 2021)

There are many villains in the series, among which it is impossible not to admire the ancient Scandinavian god and the very young ruler of the Internet – a techno-boy. Former prisoner Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday on the plane , and this meeting with the modern incarnation of the god Odin opens the backstage of our world. Gods old and new live in America: some are thousands of years old and forgotten, while technology patrons get all the attention. The war of the gods for human worship is coming, and the Shadow will take part in it.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
American Gods

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:  
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Big Little Lies (2017 – 2019)

An abusive husband, a successful businessman , a caring father – Perry combines these qualities. The tall blond earns well, is married to the charming Celeste and raises sons. No one realizes that his wife suffers beatings and lives in fear, entangled in the complexities of a toxic love relationship . At the center of the series are also four residents of the town of Monterrey, whose banal and terrible family secrets will be revealed to the audience.

Original title:  
Big Little Lies

Genre:  
Detective, drama

Actors:  
Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Hannibal (2013 – 2015)

The Silence of the Lambs prequel is replete with maniacs who either arrange installations from bodies or grow mushrooms on victims. However, Hannibal Lecter himself – the main antagonist of the series – impresses with his sophisticated symbolic murders and subsequent preparations of human meat dishes at the level of the world’s best restaurants. A gourmet psychiatrist consults the police and develops an unhealthy sympathy for profiler Will Graham, who is able to see the crime from the inside, putting himself in the place of the killer.

Original title:  
Hannibal

Genre:
Detective, thriller, crime

Actors:  
Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Elementary (2012 – 2019)

Moriarty is a famous villain, an intellectual who managed to challenge Sherlock Holmes himself. Two geniuses on both sides of the law oppose each other, practicing deduction and cunning. In the American series, Sherlock is an antisocial man, a drug addict in the eyeballs, undergoing rehabilitation overseas. The Englishman begins working in New York with Dr. Watson, whose role is unexpectedly played by actress Lucy Liu. Holmes is multi-tasking, but catching Moriarty is more important to him than all the investigations . And who will be this time the main opponent of the detective, will be another surprise for the viewer.

Original title:  
Elementary

Genre:
Drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Johnny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


American Horror Story (2011 – 2022)

Lady Gaga as glamorous vampire “The Countess”. The image created in the fifth season turned out to be deep, with references to characters from films of past years. The style turned out to be different from what the performer usually demonstrates. The star of the stage wanted the audience to see in the scenery of the Countess’s penthouse not the outrageous singer Gaga, but a cruel vampire of aristocratic appearance. “I want to be evil,” said Lady Gaga, and series creator Ryan Murphy replied, “You’ve come to the right place.”

Original title:  
American Horror Story

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


Game of Thrones (2011 – 2019)

There are only a few good characters in this series and they are led by Jon Snow. But among the mass of negative ones, we can find incredibly colorful antagonist characters, one of which is Cersei Lannister. Cunning, ambitious, skillfully manipulates people and is in an incestuous relationship with her brother. By Jamie, she gave birth to three children, being with this wife of the king. This role of Lena Headey did not go unnoticed – the British actress was nominated for the Golden Globe Award.

Original title:  
Game of Thrones

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, action, romance, adventure

Actors:  
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke…

Country:  
USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 9.0, IMDb – 9.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Sherlock (2010 – 2017)

Another series about Sherlock Holmes, according to the plot of which an asocial intellectual and a military doctor with post-traumatic disorder live together in a cozy apartment on Baker Street. Buddies help the police investigate complex crimes on the streets of modern London. However, not only Jim Moriarty can be considered as a charismatic antagonist, but also Irene Adler, Sherlock’s insidious lover, the biggest mystery in the detective’s life.

Original title:  
Sherlock

Genre:  
Detective, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 9.1

Age restrictions:  
12+


The Vampire Diaries (2009 – 2017)

Good and evil, antagonist and protagonist, Damon and Stefan – two old vampires with the appearance of young men who left behind centuries of life … Among these two brothers in love with the same girl, we are interested in Damon Salvatore. The burning brunette, the embodiment of cynicism and vampire cruelty, initially loved Katherine, who turned him. With the death of the beauty, Damon loses the meaning of transformation. But a chance meeting with Elena, who is so similar to Katherine, opens a new page in love for him.

Original title:  
The Vampire Diaries

Genre:  
Drama, fantasy, horror

Actors:  
Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Escape (2005 – 2017)

The role that brought Robert Knepper worldwide fame. Killer, kidnapper, rapist with a colorful appearance and memorable manners. He was sentenced to two life terms in the Fox River prison, where he managed to gather his group. A child of incest, brought up in an abnormal family and gravitating towards young prisoners, is a very bright negative hero. The character managed to gain recognition from the audience thanks to his charm, resourcefulness and the contribution he made to the common cause – escape.

Original title:  
Prison Break

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Amory Nolasco …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Four thousand four hundred (2004 – 2007)

Jordan Collier is the leader of the 4400 organization, named after the number of people who unexpectedly returned to one place from different points and periods of time. They do not remember what happened during the years of absence, but they notice serious changes in themselves, in particular, the appearance of superpowers . The central character, whose motives change over the course of the series – from greed to altruism, intends to protect his comrades and go down in history as a hero. How far will Jordan Collier have to go for this?

Original title:
The 4400

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Jacqueline Mackenzie, Joel Gretsch, Patrick Flueger …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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