Without soap opera villains, there would be no conflict on daytime television. Plots would lack drama, intrigue, and interesting twists. Soap opera villains add so much depth to storylines, and offer the classic ‘good versus evil’ struggle all soap opera fans love to watch. Without villains, soap operas would not have heroes, and without our beloved soap opera heroes…where would daytime television be? This list pays homage to the bad guys and girls that grace our daytime screens to make the shows a little more interesting. Here are the top seven villains fans love to hate.
7. Helena Cassadine – General Hospital
Originally played by the late (and great) Elizabeth Taylor in 1981, General Hospital’s (GH) Helena Cassadine has been wreaking havoc on the Spencer family for well over 30 years now. Ever since Luke, Laura, and Robert Scorpio stopped her husband’s plan to freeze the world, and killed him in the process, Helena has vowed revenge. She started by cursing Luke and Laura’s wedding (from the sidelines) when they got married in November of that year, and that seemed to work in her favor. Other terrible deeds include: kidnapping Laura and forcing her to marry her son Stavros, kidnapping Lucky and brainwashing him, and then stealing little Jake Spencer and making his family believe he was dead. This list could easily continue.