These days there are tons of awesome female characters on TV. Young, old, smart, naïve, good and evil. And while it’s always fun to root for the good characters (they save the day and they give us happy endings), let’s face it: sometimes the villains are WAY more interesting. Which is why certain wicked women make it impossible to tear our eyes away from the screen. These characters are complicated, cruel and they almost never make the right choices in life. Sure, they usually get what they deserve in the end, but it’s certainly a wild ride along the way!
Here are our top five favorite wicked women on TV — and one from a book! — who make being evil look oh so very tempting:
Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
The Evil Queen (Regina Mills), Once Upon A Time
Petra Solano, Jane the Virgin
“Vee” Parker, Orange is the New Black
Gemma Teller, Sons of Anarchy
Catherine, The Queen of Hearts, Heartless, Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, November 8, 2016)
Wicked women often become wicked for a reason, which is the whole premise behind Meyer’s latest young adult novel. Before the Queen of Hearts started terrorizing Wonderland, Catherine was just a girl with a dream to become a baker and find love. But with ambitious parents and a King looking for a bride, Cath’s future might not be her own to decide. Things only become more complicated when she falls for the mysterious court joker, Jest. Cath might not be evil yet in this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, but the story does lay the groundwork for how an innocent and sweet girl with dreams can become one of the wickedest book characters of all time.
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