These Are the TV Villains That Haunt Nightmares

By Judy Berman

Ben Chang, Cersei Lannister, and eight other antagonists who give viewers the creeps

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NBC's Revolution premiered Monday night, and the nicest thing we can say about J.J. Abrams' latest effort to recapture his Lost success is—hey, look, Giancarlo Esposito's in it! And so far, the role he's playing isn't much different from that of Gus Fring, Breaking Bad's cruelest yet most soft-spoken antagonist. Whatever you think of Revolution, Esposito is unparalleled in his portrayal of dark characters. The slow-simmering evil he captures lingers with us long after we turn off the television and go to sleep. So, in his honor, we've compiled a list of the scariest and creepiest villains on TV. Find out whose mind games, occult origins, and outright insanity haunts our nightmares below.

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