slideshow: 10 of the most evil villains in telenovela history

slideshow

slideshow: 10 of the most evil villains in telenovela history

  • Doña Barbara Guaimarán of Doña Barbara Played by: Edith González Born to a riverboat captain and an Indian woman (who dies during childbirth), Barbara Guaimarán is an attractive woman who falls in love with a man named Asdrúbal. But her life changes when a group of her father's riverboat crew rob Barbara's father and kill him. The men then rape Barbara and shoot Asdrúbal, which traumatizes Barbara for life. She releases her deep-seated anger towards men by humiliating them in any way possible, and she's not afraid to use a whip, knife or gun to make her point.
  • Lucrecia Trevino of "El Extraño Retorno de Diana Salazar" Played by: Alma Muriel In 17th century Mexico, Lucrecia Treviño is a woman who is madly in love with a man named Don Eduardo de Carbajal. There's one problem: Don Eduardo is engaged to a beautiful woman named Leonor de Santiago. Lucrecia wants to break up the engagement, so she accuses Leonor of witchcraft, which leads to Leonor accidentally exposing her telekinetic power. Leonor and Don Eduardo are then burned at the stake. More than 350 years later, a woman named Diana Salazar begins having dreams about her past life. After falling in love with a man named Mario, who reminds her of Don Eduardo, Diana seeks help from a psychiatrist named Irene del Conde. What Diana doesn't initially realize is that Irene del Conde is Lucrecia Treviño reincarnated – and she'll stop at anything to make sure Diana and Mario's relationship falls apart.
  • Esther of "Los Ricos También Lloran" Played by: Rocío Banquells Esther wants to marry her cousin, Luis Alberto Salvatierra, so she can get a taste of her uncle and aunt's family fortune. When Luis Alberto falls in love with the family maid, Mariana, Esther lies and says she's pregnant with Luis Alberto's baby. Luis Alberto and Esther eventually marry, and Esther pretends to have an abortion. Ironically, Esther ends up getting pregnant and dies from complications of her pregnancy.
  • Rubí of "Rubí" Played by: Barbara Mori Rubí is a beautiful girl from a poor family who will do anything to climb the social ladder, including stealing her best friend's fiancé. After a number of shady moves, Rubí finally gets a taste of wealth. But Rubí's evil ways catch up to her and she ends up broke and scarred – both emotionally and physically.
  • Soraya Montenegro of "Maria la del Barrio" Played by: Itatí Cantoral Victoria De la Vega, the mother of a man named Luis Fernando, realizes her son is depressed after he is dumped by his fiancé. Victoria suggests that Luis Fernando's cousin, Soraya Montenegro, should marry him so he can turn his life around. Unfortunately for Soraya, Luis Fernando falls in love with the family maid, María. Fifteen years later, Soraya, now the widow of a rich businessman, returns to get revenge on María. She kidnaps María and attempts to burn her alive, but her plan is ruined by Luis Fernando, who eventually saves María and leaves Soraya to die in the fire.
  • Dulcina Linares of "Rosa Salvaje" Played by: Laura Zapata Dulcina Linares is a wealthy socialite who is determined to end up with her family's fortune. She begins by misleading her brothers Ricardo and Rogelio, then she breaks up a marriage and causes her own sister to have a miscarriage. Dulcina's family ends up broke and her jealousy and murderous ways lead to a splash of acid to the face and a life in the insane asylum.
  • Rafael del Junco of "El Derecho de Nacer" Played by: Ignacio López Tarso Rafael Del Junco is a strict father who discovers that his daughter, María Elena, is pregnant with the baby of a traveling salesman who has no desire to settle down. In an effort to avoid bringing shame to his family, Rafael banishes his daughter away with a nanny and instructs the nanny to kill the baby once it's born. Years later, Rafael finds out his grandchild is alive, which leads Rafael to have a stroke.
  • Evangelina Vizcaino of "Cadenas de Amargura" Played by: Diana Bracho A young girl named Cecilia moves in with her two aunts, the strict Tía Evanglina and the caring Tía Natalia, after Cecilia's parents die in a car accident. Evangelina is so strict that she forbids Cecilia from having a boyfriend. After secretly finding love with a man named Joaquín, Cecilia accepts his marriage proposal. Evangelina approves of the engagement in public, but she poisons Joaquín in private. When Natalia confesses that she is Cecilia's real mother, Evangelina kills her diabetic sister with a shot of insulin. Evangelina misses out on her chance to destroy Cecilia when Cecilia's real father, a priest named Julio, takes Cecilia into custody and away from her bloodthirsty aunt.
  • Tamara de Colina of "El Privilegio de Amar" Played by: Cynthia Klitbo Cristina, a young model who is in love with her mother's stepson, Victor Manuel, hopes to one day marry her beau. Victor Manuel's stepmother isn't having any of it, so she teams up with her niece, Tamara de Colina, and says Tamara is expecting Victor Manuel's baby. Victor Manuel marries Tamara but eventually leaves her when he realize's she's got a screw loose. When Cristina and Victor Manuel get back together, Tamara goes crazy and shaves off her hair. Tamara tries to kill Cristina, but she accidentally stabs her aunt in the process. Tamara pays the ultimate price when she is stabbed to death.
  • Catalina Creel of "Cuna de Lobos" Played by: María Rubio Catalina Creel is the villain of all villains: the matriarch of the Creel family, Catalina wears an eyepatch over one eye for decades after blaming her stepson Carlos for poking one of her eyes out. In reality, she has perfect eyesight and is only using the eyepatch as an excuse to favor her biological son, Alejandro. When several people discover her secret – including her husband – they end up in the morgue. Catalina's final victim is supposed to be stepson Carlos, but her plan goes awry and she ends up killing her son Alejandro. Unable to cope with her mistake, Catalina commits suicide.
What's a good televnovela without an evil, scheming villain? They lie, steal and kill – and keep people glued to their TV screens. Everyone's got their list of favorites. What's yours?
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