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25. AIMEÉ DE ALTAMIRA
Ana Colchero in Corazón Salvaje (1992)
Not all villains need to kill and steal to have a spot on our top 25 list. Aimee only wanted Juan Del Diablo (Eduardo Palomo) to fall in love with her. When she thought he was dead, she married his cousin. When Juan returned, Aimee went after him again, but he instead he married Aimee's sister, Mónica (Edith González). Guess who tried to break up that marriage?
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24. DOÑA JUANA
Daniela Romo in Alborada (2004)
Doña Juana was a sophisticated aristocrat in Colonial Mexico who loved her son Diego so much that when he was an infant, she traded him in for her nephew who was the real Conde de Guevara. This bad mama not only had to lie about being Diego's mom, but also had to face the fact that her son was a demented rapist and murderer. She commit atrocities to protect her little Condecito until she couldn't anymore, and ended up poisoning herself.
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23. PAOLA BRACHO
Gabriela Spanic in La Usurpadora (1998)
She never killed anybody, but there's no doubt she was a shameless shiester. You pretty much know you're a nutjob when you abandon your kids and husband, and have the gall to hire someone to impersonate you when you're gone. Sure, said impersonator looked just like her, but while Paola was traipsing around the globe in her bikini, her husband was left with a clone who wouldn't even follow him into the bedroom. What a downer!
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22. MARCIA HERNÁNDEZ
Catherine Siachoque in Tierra de Pasiones (2006)
The ne're-do-well Marcia married a rich man, ruined him, and led him to commit suicide. Hey, that's three for three! But she pressed her luck when she tried to move in on another millionaire, the father of the leading lady (Gaby Spanic), who ended up slapping the sly Marcia more than once for her bad-girl antics.
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Sergio Goyri in Te Sigo Amando (1996)
The arrogant Ignacio bought himself a schoolgirl and made her his wife. And when a timely accident left him disabled, that didn't stop his evil streak. He killed his brother-in-law and beat his wife, and when the family physician knocked his bride up, Ignacio stole the child. It took Yulissa practically half of the telenovela to get her kid back, only to have Ignacio kidnap it again. Oy vay!
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20. OCTAVIO MURIEL
Gonzalo Vega in En Carne Propia (1991)
Octavio Muriel had a prosthesis that made him literally rule people with an iron fist. He tried to kidnap his own daughter–an act that eventually resulted in her death. When Octavio's wife (Angélico Aragón) threatened to turn him in, the villain gently drowned her in an aquarium.
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Laura Zapata in Rosa Salvaje (1987)
Laura Zapata made a career out of playing wretched evil-doers, but her best villain to date is still the delectable Dulcina, a wicked two-faced cynic and mastermind manipulator. She spent the entire telenovela scheming up ways to separate her brother from Rosa (Verónica Castro). Dulcina's demise came when her accomplice-housekeeper splashed her with acid that proved to be as toxic as the villainess herself.
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18. DON RAFAEL DEL JUNCO
Ignacio López Tarso de El Derecho de Nacer (1981)
Don Rafael del Junco was the first real bad-boy of telenovelas. Wreaking havoc in Veracruz during the 1950s, the super conservative Don Rafael was full of typical sexual and racial prejudices of the time, but he really outdid himself when he ruthlessly killed his newborn nephew–an act that would horrify even the most traditional conservatives.
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17. ENRIQUE DE MARTINO
Ernesto Alonso in El Maleficio (1983)
Enrique de Martino, a descendant of sorcerers, was also the head of a clan of satanic criminals, who profited from the activities of organized crime and destroyed the lives of innocent people who crossed his path. The list of misdemeanors committed by Don Enrique is way too long to even list here.
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16. DIEGO DE GUEVARA
Luis Roberto Guzmán in Alborada (2005)
Diego wins the prize for being the most putrid villain of all (and the one with the worst goatee). The Conde de Guevara's crimes literally stunk (thanks to his body odor), and ultimately syphilis spun his brain into insanity. In the end, his mom had to put him to sleep like an old dog.
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15. MARÍA PAULA
Lucero in Lazos de Amor (1995)
María Paula's dark side began with her bishop-hat hairstyle and descended down to the very heels she used to stomp on men and her blind sister. She had an incestuous fixation on her uncle (Otto Sirgo) that made her want to kill any woman who approached him. Talk about family drama!
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Nailea Norvind in Cuando Llega el Amor (1989)
Rapt with envy, Alejandra tried to kill, dismember, and make the life of her cousin, Isabel (Lucero), a living hell, but in the she ends up as an invalid. In the last episode, when her cousin is celebrating her bridal shower, Alejandra, always the party pooper, stands up from her wheelchair on the roof, and jumps into the void. Happy landing!
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13. EL MEMO
Sebastián Ligarde in Quinceañera (1987)
Who can forget El Memo? He became immortal thanks to one of his catch phrases, "Serena, morena!" And who can forget that look: Wolverine meets New Kids on the Block? In the end he gets thrown in the slammer, not for his crimes of fashion, but for being a low-down dirty thug.
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Alejandro Camacho in Muchachitas (1991)
Camacho's career in telenovelas took off in 1991 as the infamous Federico, who inherited a violent streak from his mother, and ended up murdering anyone who got in his way. Those who crossed Federico would receive a little gift from him–one that was usually rigged with a bomb. Yikes.
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Guillermo García Cantú in Fuego en la Sangre (2008)
It was once said that he was the most promising actor of his generation. Handsome and talented, Guillermo Garcia Cantu disappeared from soaps only to be reborn as a great villain. Today, he wreaks havoc in Fuego En La Sangre, where his character's already killed his father-in-law and drowned the pregnant Sherlyn. His most awesome scene yet? Laughing maniacally while confessing his sins to a shocked priest.
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La actriz mexicana también le entró al look del tío Lucas, de Los Locos Addams, cuando trabajó en la telenovela El privilegio de amar y, a pesar de ser un cambio impactante y sólo para una caracterización, tenía sus admiradores.
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9. FEDERICO RIVERO
César Evora in Abrázame muy fuerte (2000)
By the end of the acclaimed Abrázame muy fuerte, neither the producers nor the writers knew what to do with bad-boy Federico Rivero. So they ended up throwing him into an erupting volcano. Naturally. But how else could they justly punish a guy who blinded is wife, attempted to rape his stepdaughter, impregnated his daughter-in-law, killed a priest, and threw an infant off a church belltower? Whoa! Did we just list all Ten Commandments in one sentence?
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8. ELADIO GÓMEZ LUNA
Enrique Rocha in Pasión y Poder (1988)
The finale of Pasión y Poder was one of the best in telenovela history. All the "good guys" were celebrating the inauguration of a new hotel when the building exploded from a bomb planted by the treacherous Eladio Gómez Luna. Eladio, who made sure all his enemies were dead–even members of his own family–got into his limo and drove off into the sunset like a modern day cowboy.
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Bárbara Mori in Rubí (2003)
Although she was referred to as "la Descarada," Bárbara Mori's Rubí was memorable because she gave the character a human side. Her greatest crime was being greedy and destructive, even to herself. Oh, and also that minor detail of killing Marlene Favela, but that was an accident, right? In the end, she's left without her greatest weapon: beauty.
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Salma Hayek in Teresa (1989)
Before trekking to Hollywood, Salma Hayek was seen in plenty of telenovelas. Her biggest soap role was Teresa, an ambitious schoolgirl who rejects her family and true love for easy money–and pretends to be in love with other men for their money. Even though she pushed one of these sad sacks to suicide (yikes!), Teresa wasn't a killer or thief, so in the end, having learned her lesson, she's redeemed.
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5. MARÍA DE LOS ÁNGELES
Rebecca Jones in Ángel Caído (1986)
The term villainous heroine sounds like a contradiction, but that's exactly what Rebecca Jones played in Fallen Angel. Dressed in dazzling costumes, she played a young socialite who was seen as virtuous and charitable. She was so adored by her neighbors that no one would've guessed that this little angel was money-hungry enough to slander her cousin in order to steal his inheritance. And, what's worse, in order to stay with her lover, she murdered her husband on their wedding night. Scandalous!
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Itatí Cantoral in María la del Barrio (1995)
Itatí sky-rocketed to stardom as the archenemy of María la del barrio, Soraya, a mischievous cougar who returns from the dead, unhinged. This twisted sister resurrects like a bat out of hell, and even goes as far as seducing the underage son of her rival. Incorrigible!
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Lupita Ferrer in Pecados ajenos (2007)
Lupita Ferrer was always the good girl of Venezuelen telenovelas. It took her years to flex her ferocious talents and transition into Ágata, a hell-breathing monster-in-law. Her tyrannical nature was aimed at her daughter-in-law (Lorena Rojas) who tried to rebel against her but paid dearly for it, even thought at the end we all discovered that it was just a bad dream.
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2. LA TÍA EVANGELINA
Diana Bracho in Cadenas de amargura (1990)
Diana Bracho played aunt Evangelina, a spinster who resented her niece so much that she killed nearly everyone that Cecilia (Daniela Castro) loved to make her life all the more miserable. For her crimes, Evangelina didn't get punishment or lifelong solitude. Rather, she was resigned to live the rest of her days with rats--worthy companions of such a vicious vermin.
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1. CATALINA CREEL
María Rubio in Cuna de Lobos (1987)
Good ol' patchy makes the top of our list! Even if you forgot the name of the crazed dame in Cradle of Wolves, or the fact that she was played by actress María Rubio, her unforgettable hairdo and one-eyed glare will bring it all back. "Catalina Creel" was the infamous assassin who electrocuted a policeman, kidnapped children, and poisoned her husband. Only an intense love for evil could have driven Catalina to such deliciously diabolical behavior.
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