Villains are necessary to keep all the good guys on their toes.
We've compiled some of the most vile from 2014. They might use their daughter as a hitman, kill their son's girlfriend, play both sides of the law or take the form of some other monster (no, really, monsters are on the list!).
Whatever the case, we get great pleasure in seeing them rise up and sometimes even more when they finally fall crashing down.
Flip through the slideshow and weigh in with your favorite by taking the poll and/or dropping us a comment!
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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), enjoys mentoring writers, wine, and passionately discussing the nuances of television. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.