No matter how good the show’s protagonist is, all the applause is constantly stolen by the intriguing villains. The audience doesn’t love a straight hero story, they like depth. No matter how charming or alluring the hero is, the depth is always in the darkness, in pain, and that is what colorful characters can’t provide. That’s why the heroes may rule the show, but the bad TV show characters rule our hearts. Let’s be straightforward, life’s not fair, and villains know it more than the characters who have literally no experience with pain. That’s the reason why morally grey show characters appeal more.
True Blood – Russell Edington: Humans have always admired vampires, whether it’s in a show or in real life. After Twilight, vampire sagas have taken the world on fire, and there’s not even a single vampire show that’s not popular. True Blood is one of them that goes with the legend of a girl falling in love with a vampire, but what intrigues the audience is the devilish entry of Russell Edington. The Show is papped up with the sadistic aura of Russell Edington and the vampire king played beautifully by Denis O’Hare.
The Flash – Reverse Flash: DC Comics has never disappointed us in its selection of characters, be it heroes or villains. Well, Reverse-Flash was a potential villain not much acknowledged until The Flash. However, his efforts didn’t waste as he was loved for his part in CW’s The Flash, the significant spin-off of the Arrow. Appearing first under the false identity of Dr. Harrison Wells, he took his part way beyond ordinary in terms of menace and evil desires. Popular among the peeps as the Diabolical Reverse-Flash, this character indeed made a considerable impact.
Hannibal – Hannibal Lecter: We never expected such a calm character to be a mysterious psychotic killer. But believe it or not, it’s always the most unexpected ones that are guilty. Honestly, no one expected this charming personality to be the owner of such heinous acts. His acts are thoughtful, but his way of presenting himself is commendable. Approached by the FBI to assist them on a serial killing case, it’s not long the show discloses that he was the killer himself. His chemistry with the FBI agent is a plus. This version of Hannibal is a must-watch for all serial show lovers.
Gotham – Jerome Valeska: Appeared in the first half of the series as a meek, innocent boy, this character grows himself as the most dreaded villain of Gotham. One thing about the silent characters is that no one knows what is going on in their minds. And that is what makes them a whole lot mysterious. That is what was Jerome’s perception is at the start, but the viewer’s perception is totally altered when we see the sadistic Jerome killing his own mother. The psychotic character resembles very much to the Joker. But Monaghan gave a twist of his own to the surface, making it way more interesting.
Once Upon A Time – Rumpelstiltskin. One thing that is really commendable is to stand out when the show offers a whole lot of bad characters. That is what Rumpelstiltskin does in Once Upon A Time. Introduced as the creator of the curse in Season 1, Carlyle portrays his character with just the perfect mix of humor and menace. But what sways away the audience’s heart is his back story featured with a lot of dark moments. A villain is not born, it’s created, and thus, we get Rumpelstiltskin.