General Hospital Villains Ranked

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Without those villains and villainesses, there would be zero drama in the land of soap operas. After all, who would consistently try and make the lives of our beloved heroes and heroines such a nightmare? Soap audiences just love to hate the villains on their favorite shows, and while we may despise what they do, we miss them when they are on hiatus. The land of Port Charles is certainly no exception to the villain/villainess rule! Below are some General Hospital (GH) villains ranked:

12. Peter August

As the son of Cesar Faison, he had to hit this list at some point. The sad thing about Peter is that he could actually be a decent person, but his past (and the need to cover up that) causes him to dig himself into a deeper villain hole in Port Charles. Will he ever get his act together?

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11. Lucy Coe

Lucy Coe hasn’t exactly been sweet as pie over the years and in her early day she was well-hated by Port Chuckles residents. She had a rivalry with heroine Bobbie Spencer, stole people’s husbands, manipulated, and carried out plenty of schemes in her day. Her friendship with Dominque Stanton helped change Lucy, and her relationship with Kevin Collins also transformed her into a heroine over the years. She’s since been a surrogate, slayed vampires, and has become more of a character that brings comedic relief to the show versus harm.

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10. Scotty Baldwin

Speaking of Coe, her BFF Scotty Baldwin is one of those characters that likes to walk a fine line between good and evil. In his past, he plotted schemes, blackmailed people, and lied … a lot. Still, when he met Dominque, his whole world changed and he became a much better man. Still, can anyone truly trust a lawyer?

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9. Franco Baldwin

During Franco’s heyday, he made quite the master villain. As a dark and eccentric artist that was obsessed with bringing Jason Morgan down, he hurt many of those closest to “Stone Cold.” In the end, he was cleared of every terrible thing he did because of a brain tumor, and storyline plot twists; however, when fans were in the thick of Franco’s reign of terror, he was undeniably one of the biggest villains to ever hit Port Chuckles.

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8. Valentin Cassadine

The first of many Cassadines to land on this villains’ list, Valentin started off his reign of terror by holding some of the residents of Port Charles hostage. Shortly after, he *tried* to ax nephew Nikolas; however, that ended up being a massive fail. Then there’s the baby he had with Lulu that he kept secret from her and fought tooth and nail to keep away from her. Still, GH has shown a softer side to Valentin, and some fans do find their hearts melting whenever he’s dealt with Charlotte.

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7. Ava Jerome

A mom who has had an affair with her daughter’s boyfriend (twice), swaps meds on him so he goes bonkers (then passes away in the process), and has no problem scheming to get her way. Yes, overall, Ava Jerome is a terrible person and lands in the middle of this list for all the above, and so much more.

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6. Liesl Obrecht

Dr. Liesl Obrecht, better known as Cesar Faison’s right-hand woman, has been a terrible villainess over the years. While she may not be the one who strategizes when it comes to schemes, she certainly has no problem executing them. She helped Cesar lock away Duke Lavery and Robin Scorpio from Anna Devane, making everyone think they had passed, and she helped Helena Cassadine get rid of Katherine Bell. She also stole Dante and Lulu’s son from them. Yes, Liesl is definitely the perfect sidekick for any terrible villain in Port Charles, although she has been on the road to redemption as of late.

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5. Hank “Shiloh” Archer

It doesn’t get any more evil than a cult leader that tries to manipulate his followers out of money, and in some cases, into his bed. Shiloh was a slime ball on all accounts, and while most fans hated the very sight of him, many will agree it felt like his reign of terror was cut way too short. Yes, he was awful, but was so interesting to watch on daytime television!

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4. Nelle Benson

She’s beautiful, charming, and smart, which makes her one of the greatest villainesses in recent history. While she’s tortured many in her path, her ultimate goal has always been to bring down Carly Corinthos. Whether she’s playing mind games with Michael, trying to manipulate Sonny, or using Wiley as a pawn, Nelle Benson always has her eye on the prize (hurting Carly that is).

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3. Stavros Cassadine

Yet another Cassadine entry! There must be something in that bloodline. But seriously, Stavros has held the Cassadine name of villainy well over the years. He kidnapped and assaulted Laura,  kidnapped Lulu in hopes of forcing her to have a child with him, and has attempted to hurt so many others over the years. In typical villain form, Stavros has nine lives. He’s passed away about three times now, yet still finds a way to come back to life.

2. Helena Cassadine

If you thought Stavros was bad, wait until you hear about his mom! She had no issues axing her daughter in front of her granddaughter when she was a young child. She also tried to get her grandson sent to a mental institution and then and kidnapped her great-grandson — and these are just crimes she’s committed against family members! She’s also worked hard over the years to make the lives of the entire Spencer clan miserable. Even worse, she is still able to torture people and play mind games from the grave. If that doesn’t scream ultimate villainess, we’re not sure what would.

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1. Cesar Faison

Cesar has axed, kidnapped, and held people hostage, all in the name of love for Anna Devane. He’s a sick, twisted individual that GH fans detest, but he does make life in Port Charles interesting when he comes around. Cesar hits the number one spot on this list because of his dynamic and eccentric personality. He also happens to be brilliant to watch on screen, and is a character that GH fans love to hate.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.

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