A few weeks ago, I wrote about my love for movie villains. Today’s post focuses on some of my very favorite bad guys – TV villains. One of the reasons why I adore TV villains is that exposure over a long period of time tends to allow for more multi-dimensional characters. Instead of one two-hour movie, the villain is often a constant throughout most or all of a television series (e.g., Red John on The Mentalist). The hero and the villain both evolve (and, sometimes, devolve) until, by the end of the series, each have changed because of their interactions. This longer time frame allows for an in-depth progression that simply isn’t possibly in a movie.
Even when the villain is present for a single season (e.g., the Ice Truck Killer, who only appears in season one of Dexter) or, in some instances, only a few episodes (e.g., Foyet, who is in four episodes of Criminal Minds), their impact on the hero continues.