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    22 TV Villains Who Never Should've Gotten Redemption Arcs

    Did we really need Billy to get a redemption arc?

    Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community what TV character they preferred as the villain. Here are some of the best responses!


    1. Zelena from Once Upon A Time


    "(She) was an excellent villain. It would have been so interesting if she stayed a villain along with her sister Regina, and they could have been a badass duo together."


    2. Sue from Glee

    Sue tells Will she'll get him a cat, wait until he falls in love with it, sneak into his house, and punch him in the face

    "She was kind of a villain in the end, but they did redeem her. I just think that as a villain, she truly pushed New Directions towards becoming better and being able to face criticism. Plus, her evil moments are the most bizarre and hilarious ones."


    3. Damon and Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

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    "Damon Salvatore!! I didn’t like how they kept trying to make him a hero without actually addressing any of the shitty (villainous) things he did. It was way more fun when he was just evil instead of tortured all the time."


    "I love Good Stefan, but he was just a phenomenal villain. He was chilling, funny, and Paul Wesley's performance was so convincing. Definitely one of my favorites."


    "Honestly either Salvatore brother...They’re so boring when they’re being good."


    4. Doug/The Pontiac Bandit from Brooklyn Nine-Nine


    "I love Jake and Doug's weird little relationship. I love their '90s references, weird made up songs about the police dog, and how it bothers literally everyone else how chummy they get...but I especially love it when Doug Judy always finds a way to escape and leave Jake holding the bag. Usually with the bad guy, or jewels."


    5. Regina from Once Upon a Time


    "Seriously, the best outfits. The best snarky comments. Just overall the best! When she became 'good' it felt like her character became flat. The real villains of the show were Snow White, Prince Charming and that damn Henry...Seriously, Regina the Evil Queen stole my heart (ha)."


    6. Billy from Stranger Things

    Billy asks Max who the hell she was talking to

    "I really, really hated that they tried to give him a redemption arc because I enjoyed the fact the he was an asshole just for the purpose of being an asshole. He had a bit of a sob story, which I liked because it didn’t change the way you view his words or actions, you know? At the end of the day, he’s still a dick. He was a bad person but an interesting character, and making him sacrifice himself after Eleven was in his mind for like two seconds undermined what his character had been up to that point."


    "I highly agree...even if I don’t think anything in Season 3 redeemed him at all, as plenty of people have been dealt the same garbage he was and weren’t the raging asshat he was."


    7. Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    "I know it was only for a short time, but Angel was much better as a villain than as an ally on Buffy. Good Angel was angsty and annoying; Evil Angel was a force to be reckoned with. When he killed Jenny Calendar, that was brutal for the characters and the viewers."


    "Angelus was absolutely my favorite character on Buffy. He’s endlessly cruel and awful to Buffy, but on some level, he loves her and is drawn to her. The stakes were so high when he was working against the Scooby Gang and it made the show really exciting. Seeing Buffy give him a swift kick to the crotch is also super satisfying."


    8. Julie Cooper from The O.C.


    "(She) was always super fun to watch as a villain: sleeping with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, trying to have her committed, and lots of manipulation and bribery!"


    9. Alpha from Dollhouse


    "It was a short-running show, so his redemption arc was kinda rushed and flat. But I remember my shock at realizing lovable, bumbling Alan Tudyk was the bad guy all along! He was so...malicious."


    "Ugh man, I remember watching Victor’s face get cut up for the first time and just thinking daaammmn that’s a good villain (but also so sad because sweet Victor)! I also needed more context on his arc — him just being good in "Epitaph Two" was completely unexplained (but I imagine if it had gone on for five seasons like Joss had planned, his arc would have been much better)."


    10. Cole from Charmed

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    "As much as I rooted for him to be more than a demon for Phoebe, he was always more entertaining and hot as the villain!"


    "Yes! I found him annoying and whiny as a good guy."


    11. Sylar from Heroes


    "In a just world there would only be one (perfect) season of Heroes — so with that being said...Sylar."


    12. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    "Spike all the way. Spike and Dru were just incredible additions to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The second season sizzled with their chemistry. Every time I rewatch that show I remember why I loved Spike so much because he's so electric as a villain. It's dirty, punk rock, and a little charming. I will go to my grave preferring him as a villain; he was so great in Season 2."


    "Spike and Buffy dating was not great. It wasn't the worst decision the writers made, but it wasn't great. I just really hate lovesick Spike. He was kind of a loser and he'd lost his edge by the point. Again, so different from Season 2 where he's such a badass. Every time I watch Season 2, it's like I'm watching it for the first time...It's so good."


    13. Echo from The 100

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    "I feel like she was much better as a villain — I felt like it didn’t make sense how she kind of became part of the group after what she’d done (e.g. trying to kill Octavia)."


    14. Klaus Mikaelson from The Vampire Diaries

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    "I hated the redemption arc they gave Klaus Mikaelson. He was such an interesting and complex character but they kept on trying to make him a romantic lead and it just clashed with who he was at his core."


    15. Theo from Teen Wolf


    "Anyone from Teen Wolf. Deucalion. Ethan and Aiden. One of the reasons I stopped watching the show was cause I heard they were going to give Theo a redemption arc. While I don't know how that worked out, the fact that they were giving the least charismatic villain a redemption arc was annoying."


    16. Killer Frost from The Flash

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    "She’s become so boring and annoying now. She was better evil!"


    17. Dan Scott from One Tree Hill

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    "As much as he plays the lovable grandpa trying to redeem himself brilliantly in the later seasons, Paul Johansson is perfect as the cold hearted piece of work he is in the beginning."


    18. Elijah from The Vampire Diaries

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    "Elijah from The Vampire Diaries was definitely way better as a villain. I love him as a good guy, but his bad side is so much fun!!"


    "I love Elijah in general but as a villain he hit different...oooh the way he threw those coins and broke that glass in Season 2. 🤤🥵"


    19. Crowley from Supernatural

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    "As much as I love his team-ups with the brothers, I liked him so much more when he was genuinely scary and a real threat."


    20. Grant Ward from Agents of Shield

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    "GRANT WARD! Such a wonderfully complex and irredeemable asshole."


    21. Malcolm Merlyn from Arrow

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    "I loved Malcolm Merlyn as a character, but he was an amazing villain in Season 1 before his 'redemption' at the end of Season 5 when he died for Thea."


    22. And finally, the Master/Missy from Doctor Who


    "The Master/Missy does a damn good job of showing what could’ve happened to the Doctor if he didn’t go exploring the galaxy. And the fact that the actor who plays the Master is always changing makes it even better because you get numerous different versions of the same character — John Simm, Michelle Gomez, and Sacha Dhawan. The revealing of the Master is also quite spectacular, and I love it every time. Also, that drumbeat that follows from John Simm’s The Master is iconic in Doctor Who history. When you hear it, your heart starts racing and you KNOW something major is about to happen."