24. The One-Armed Man, The Fugitive
Played By: Bill Raisch
Some villains are effective precisely because we rarely see them. Though the One-Armed Man only appeared in 10 of The Fugitive's 120 episodes, and had no dialogue until season 4, the character loomed large over the entire series.
The One-Armed Man was responsible for the crime that Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) had been accused of: the murder of his wife. By choosing to hold the enigmatic bad guy largely off-screen until the show's final season, The Fugitive's creative team set the stage for a grand showdown that audiences relished as the plot drew to a close.
Every day that Dr. Richard Kimble spent on the run while the guilty party walked around as a free man added to the inevitable confrontation's enormous stakes.