The Walking Dead has always owed fifty percent of its popularity to its charismatic, unpredictable villains, from Shane Walsh to The Governor to Negan!
We look back and celebrate villainy in the show’s universe by reflecting on the 25 best Walking Dead villains from season 1 through midseason 9. This list tries to focus more on the generally accepted notion of a villain, despite the show’s tendency to explore the gray areas in everyone. That means you won’t find the show’s cast of heroes like Rick Grimes or Carol presented as villains. Only good old-fashioned villains to be found here!
There is room for interpretation, though, especially for characters like Richard, who had seemingly good intentions in wanting to bring down the Saviors. And who’s to say Negan’s intentions in maintaining his community weren’t noble in some way? Everyone has a backstory.
We’ve broken down this list into introductions, each villain’s most infamous moment, their weak points, their good sides, their first appearance, last appearance, cause of death (if any) and a memorable quote. And away we go!