The 11 Scariest Lady Villains: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Sopranos,' more
Are these the witchiest women in television history?
4. Cersei Lannister, "Game of Thrones"
Best worst moment: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." I mean, Cersei Lannister had a slew of people killed just to get her horrible spawn-of-incest son made King and got a kid thrown out of a tower for catching her banging her brother, but for the purposes of this gallery, we'll go with that moment in which she articulated the entire theme of the series, including its name, to Eddard Stark as a menacing threat. Direct articulation of theme and title is as badass as it gets.
Why they were so bad it was good: Cersei Lannister is just a smart woman trying to make her way in a patriarchy in which she seems to be constantly at risk of losing what little power she has. So if she has to instigate a possibly neverending civil war and endlessly bloody her hands in order to maintain her position and to have people take her seriously? Well that's just what she's going to do. She doesn't want to use her brain and her sexual organs to get what other people can get through inheritance or public perception. She's a victim here, darnit! A victim of circumstance! And is it her fault she likes having sex with her brother? No! In fact, why are we calling Cersei a villainess?