Top 10 Evil Twins in TV

Script written by Nick Spake Sometimes one head is better than two. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Evil Twins in TV. For this list, we're taking a look at malevolent small screen characters that contrast with their more good-natured lookalikes. Special thanks to our user Muppet_Face submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
Credits
Tags
Comments

You must login to access this feature

Transcript
Script written by Nick Spake


Top 10 Evil Twins in TV



Sometimes one head is better than two. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 evil twins in TV.

For this list, we’re taking a look at malevolent small screen characters that contrast with their more good-natured lookalikes. Of course, if both twins turned out rotten, we’ll accept them as a package deal. We’ve excluded doppelgangers or twins from alternate universes like Vampire Willow, Nice Cartman, and Mirror Spock though. And be forewarned, there may be a few spoilers ahead, so SPOILER ALERT.

#10: Jeannie II
“I Dream of Jeannie” (1965-70)

If Jeannie is a dream come true, then her twin sister is a nightmare. Where Jeannie is wide-eyed, naïve, and overly affectionate towards others, Jeannie II is vain, manipulative, and only concerned with granting her own selfish wishes. Green with envy, Jeannie II often seeks excitement by pulling the old switcheroo on Jeannie I and causing trouble for Major Nelson. To be fair, the best word to describe Jeannie II is “wicked,” as opposed to flat-out evil. Regardless, she’s still one genie who should never be freed from her bottle.

#9: Cpl. Angus Borden
“Bonanza” (1959-73) 

While the evil twin trope has been duplicated time and time again, it was still a fresh, if not innovative, premise back in 1964. “Bonanza” popularized the concept with a season five episode where Little Joe’s accused of being an army deserter named Angus Borden. It turns out Joe shares an uncanny resemblance to Angus, who is naturally distinguished by his dastardly mustache. Just as this runaway outlaw tried to steal Joe’s identity, TV writers have since been copying the example Angus set in everything from sci-fi to soap operas.

#8: Noel Maguire
“Shameless” (2004-13)

Being a homophobic criminal, Paddy Maguire doesn’t get along with his twin brother, Noel, who’s gay, law-abiding, and fluent in French. Actually, Paddy’s technically the “evil twin” here, which is the kind of depraved twist we’d expect from a dark dramedy like “Shameless.” When Paddy faces jail time, he reunites with Noel to help clear his name. And Noel gets Paddy off right after getting another male off. Although the same actor portrays both brothers, this episode inventively credits Noel as being played by Neil Grades, an anagram for Sean Gilder.

#7: Booth Hubbard
“Two” (1996-97)

“Two” was a short-lived drama, but it did grant us one of the most memorable evil twins in television. Separated as babies, the homicidal Booth Hubbard feels that his estranged brother, Gus McClain, got the better end of the deal. Since Booth is dying, it’s too late for him to steal Gus’ identity. So he does the next best thing: frames Gus for his wife’s murder and forces him to live out his tormented life. Michael Easton has a ball in this two-faced performance that ranges from restrained to over-the-top.

#6: Flexo
“Futurama” (1999-2003; 2008-13)

Flexo might have the satanic beard, but it’s hard to imagine him being even more immoral than Bender. These two bending units share a fair deal in common, from their serial codes to their shiny, metal asses. The question is whether Flexo’s the evil Bender or is Bender theevil Flexo. Flexo’s introductory episode on “Futurama” keeps the audience guessing and Fry squinting his eyes in suspicion when a priceless atom is stolen. As for who’s crowned the more evil robot, we’ll leave that for you to find out.

#5: Katrina
“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1996-2003)

The Spellmans are full of secrets, the biggest being that every family member has a twin. One’s destined to be a good witch and the other a bad witch. Of course Sabrina’s the good witch in this case, meaning that her twin, Katrina, must be sent to the Twin Cities prisonin the Other Realm. Every once in a while, the nasty girl breaks out to summon a storm of mischief. But if Katrina were ever to convert Sabrina to the dark side, the two could certainly cook up some double, double toil and trouble.

#4: Lore
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94)

Androids Data and Lore were made in the likeness of Doctor Noonian Soong. Between the two, though, Lore has a much stronger grasp on contractions and emotions. The problem is that Lore’s feelings are primarily limited to jealousy, arrogance, and resentment. Considering himself a superior being, Lore is a master of deception who manipulates the Enterprise crew, the Borg, and his own brother. Although he comes off as heartless, Lore does harbor strong affection for Data, as expressed in his final appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

#3: Ursula Buffay
“Friends” (1994-2004)

Before any fan theories popped up connecting Phoebe from “Friends” and Ursula from “Mad About You,” the producers of both shows got out in front and made them sisters. While both are quirky and played by Lisa Kudrow, Phoebe and Ursula couldn’t be more different. Phoebe is honest and loving towards her friends while Ursula is a compulsive liar that likely has no friends. Ripping out men’s hearts and using her sister’s name as a porn star alias, Ursula possesses no moral compass whatsoever. Yet somehow, she’s hard to dislike.

#2: Cersei & Jaime Lannister
“Game of Thrones” (2011-)

King’s Landing’s favorite twincest couple deserves a spot on this list solely for bringing Joffrey into the world. Their demon spawn aside, Cersei and Jaime Lannister are still horrible individuals. It’s actually hard to decide who’s more despicable. Cersei delights in tormenting her little brother and enables almost every sadistic action her spoiled brat commits. Jaime, meanwhile, crippled a little boy and raped his sister in front of their son’s corpse. No matter who’s the lesser of these two evils, we wouldn’t want either of them on the Iron Throne.

Before we do a double take with our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
-    Various Evil Twins
“Gilligan’s Island” (1964-67)
-    KARR
“Knight Rider” (1982-86)
-    Robert Robinson
“Neighbours” (1985-)

#1: Hugo
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

He only appears once in a Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” short, but Bart’s conjoined twin leaves a lasting impression like a grotesque scar. Having spent his whole life chained in an attic eating fish heads, Hugo is driven mad and can only restore his sanity by reattaching himself to his bro. The Igor-like Hugo manages to be creepy while also being lovable - to an extent. Although the buildup to Hugo’s reveal is great, the character’s payoff is even more shocking, funny, and clever, questioning the entire concept of evil twins. 

Do you agree with our list? Who’s your favorite TV evil twin? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
Download

You must register to a corporate account to download. Please login

Related Videos

+ see more

More Top 10