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This month’s Top 10 voted on by you, our readers, was the most memorable soap opera, villains! From the dastardly deeds of the evil characters we love to hate to the vile ones that gave us nightmares for years! Check out who made the list:
12. Harper Deveraux (Days of Our Lives)
Husband, the adoptive father of Jack Deveraux, senator, and murderer. Harper Deveraux came to Salem to aid his ailing son, but soon the drama in his life brought out the evil that resided inside of him. He first tried to poison his daughter-in-law, Kayla Brady. Then when he felt like all the women in his life betrayed him, he took his anger out on the unsuspecting women of the town. He attacked and murdered Janice Barnes and several prostitutes on the docks. Eve Donovan and Kimberly Brady barely escaped his reign of terror. And Kayla was left deaf and mute for a significant amount of time after he attempted to kill her. EVIL!
11. Alistair Crane (Passions)
The face of pure evil! As the head of the prominent Crane family, Alistair used his power to control his family, partners, and the residents of Harmony. From blackmail, kidnapping, sexual assault, and abuse. You name it and this evil character has done it.
10. Manny Ruiz (General Hospital)
Mobster Manny Ruiz played so brilliantly by Robert LaSardo, terrorized the people of Port Charles. From stalking Jason and Sam, and kidnapping Elizabeth to holding Maxie and Carly hostage. Manny was willing to do whatever it took to get what he wanted.
9. Cesar Faison (General Hospital)
Dubbed “the master of evil” by Spinelli, Faison has caused trouble for Anna Devane and the townspeople of Port Charles for decades. Kidnappings, attempted murder, wearing masks and parading around town as Duke Lavery and Luke Spencer. Anders Hove was meant to play this villainous character.
8. Todd Manning (One Life to Live)
Where to start with this one?! Todd Manning was just a terrible person! LOL. Some prime examples include participating in the sexual assaults of Marty Saybrooke and Carol Swift. Giving away his own child and making his wife believe that their child had died! And escaping prison with the sole intention of terrorizing Nora Buchanan. Which were some of the most dramatic scenes in soap opera history!
7. Roger Thorpe (Guiding Light)
From dirty business dealings and blackmail to shooting Ed Bauer and the shocking rape of his own wife, Holly. Roger Thorpe was one of the most reprehensible residents of Springfield!
6. Jerry Jacks (General Hospital)
Sebastian Roché was born to play bad guys! He is just so good at it! Jerry Jacks has dabbled in just about everything imaginable. Poisonings, blackmail, murder, bombings, hostage situations! Literally everything, but again...he does it so well!
5. Mitch Laurence (One Life to Live)
Conman and cult leader Mitch Laurence made the lives of Viki Lord and her children hell for years! He was the mastermind behind the switching of Viki’s daughter’s Jessica and Natalie, and the kidnapping of Natalie as a baby. Oh, and who can forget how he popped out of the casket at what was supposed to be Jared Banks’ funeral!?!
4. James Stenbeck (As The World Turns)
As a young girl growing up, no other soap character scared me more than James Stenbeck! His mentally abusive relationship with Barbara Ryan and their son Paul. Terrorizing Margo Hughes, messing with Lucinda Walsh, and countless kidnappings. You knew as soon as his name was mentioned all hell was about to break loose in Oakdale!
3. Sheila Carter (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful)
One of the best soap villainesses ever, and one of the very few to cross over to more than soap. Sheila’s reign of terror started as an obsession with Scott Grainger and means to take out her competition, Lauren Fenmore. Once she made her way to LA, the prominent Eric Forrester became her latest fixation. She switched the paternity results of Brooke’s daughter, Bridget, making everyone believe that Ridge was her father and not Eric. Over the years, she has poisoned Lauren, gotten plastic surgery to look like Phyllis Summers, attempted to kill Amber Moore, Stephanie Forrester, and many more.
2. Helena Cassadine (General Hospital)
Helena is probably the most iconic and wicked female villain ever! Originally played by Elizabeth Taylor and introduced as the widow of Mikkos Cassadine seeking vengeance for his death. The brilliant Constance Towers would take over the role and continue Helena’s devilish reign. From cursing Luke and Laura on their wedding day and killing Katherine Bell to ruining the lives of her own family members.
and your number one pick is….
Stefano DiMera (Days of Our Lives)
Was there any doubt who would grab the top spot? Stefano DiMera, played by the iconic Joe Mascolo, is the quintessential big bad! He took his vendetta against the Brady family to the extreme on every occasion. He considers everyone just pawns in his evil games. He is the mastermind behind the brainwashing of Hope Brady, Steve Johnson, and John Black. He has tried for years to gain control of his queen of the night, Marlena. And remember...the Phoenix always rises!