These are the TV Fanatic staff picks for the best villains of 2014!
Gemma Teller -- Sons of Anarchy
In a fit of rage, Gemma stabbed her daughter-in-law to death with a carving fork and then pointed the finger at a rival gang which sent her son on a horrifyingly violent quest for revenge. The body count piled up so high we lost count. Few people deserve to get shot by their own son but Gemma Teller makes that list.
Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold -- Once Upon a Time
When his son sacrificed himself, Rumpel swore he'd be a better man. Fast forward a few short months and he's continuously lied to his beloved wife Belle, ripped out Hook's heart and made deals with the Snow Queen that endangered the entire town all in order to retain his dark power. Rumpelstiltskin longs for a happy ending where he can have it all but his actions prove he doesn't deserve it.
Grant Ward -- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Grant Ward was a pretty bland character until the shocking reveal came that he was a double agent for Hydra. As a villain, he became MUCH more interesting and gave the entire series new life. His obsession with Skye is fascinating to watch and his actions, especially nearly killing Fitz and Simmons, have been unforgivable. In his warped mind he may have thought that he could earn back Skye's trust, but that probably changed when she shot him without hesitation.
Rowan Pope -- Scandal
Papa Pope is always one step ahead. He kept his wife in a hole, had the President's son murdered, tried to frame Jake Ballard and will kill anyone who gets in his way. Taking down Command is proving to be no small task for Olivia and company.
Hannibal Lecter -- Hannibal
This year, Dr Lecter did pretty much every horrible thing that villains do. He killed Beverly Katz (then put her on display) and set Chilton up to be killed. He slept with Alana then drugged her. He set Mason Verger against his sister to forcibly abort her pregnancy...THEN got Mason to eat his own face. Then there was the time he served Abel Gideon his own leg as his last meal. Oh, and that other time he walked away from his house leaving 4 bleeding, dying people.
Malcolm Merlyn -- Arrow
Malcolm Merlyn is truly despicable because he can turn on enough charm to fool everyone (viewers included) into thinking he's a good guy, just eager to get some semblance of normalcy back after losing so much. Then he uses his only daughter to kill someone to egg on Oliver because he's too cowardly to take on the League of Assassins himself. Oh I want to slap that handsome face!