Villains The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers  

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List Rules Notable serial killers from movies and television.

Who are the best fictional serial killers of all time? These are serial killers featured in television shows and on film. To be clear, there is a difference between a serial killer and a mass murderer. A serial killer is one who kills individually, stalking a victim and murdering them in cold blood. Some of the most memorable movie and TV characters ever have been serial killers, so be sure to vote for the ones you liked the most -- and vote down any you didn't like. Also, feel free to re-rank this list any way you want, and add any notable fictional serial killers who are missing.

The creepiest film and TV serial killers often steal the show with their terrifyingly cool, chilling scenes. They manage to elude the good guys who are dutifully tracking them down, often for most of a movie or television show. Eventually, almost all of the fictional serial killers listed here are caught, but not before they leave behind horrifying reminders of their sick and twisted abilities. They are, quite often, some of the best movie villains of all time or the creepiest characters on television.

When you think of the "best" fictional serial murderers, who comes to mind instantly? Hannibal Lecter? That's certainly one of the most famous and memorable serial killers ever on film, thanks to Anthony Hopkins (who won an Academy Award for the role in 'Silence of the Lambs'). Or how about mommy-obsessed Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins), the serial killer who scared the wits out of everyone in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'? There is no doubt that both of these characters are iconic, and among the most utterly terrifying figures in film. Both, interestingly enough, were brought to the small screen in 2013: Lecter in the NBC horror drama 'Hannibal' and Bates in A&E's drama 'Bates Motel.'

Are serial killers the new vampires now? Could be. One thing is certain: The fictional serial killers listed here are among the characters you absolutely, positively do not ever want knocking at your door.
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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal

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Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Norman Bates Psycho

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Joker Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!

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Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Freddy Krueger Nightmare on Elm Street

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Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Michael Myers Halloween Universe

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John Doe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
John Doe Seven

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Jason Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Jason Voorhees Fridiay the 13th Universe

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Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Buffalo Bill The Silence of the Lambs

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Jigsaw Killer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Jigsaw Killer Saw Universe

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Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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Mickey Knox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Mickey Knox Natural Born Killer

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Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Annie Wilkes Misery

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Ghostface Scream Universe

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Chucky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Chucky Child's Play Universe

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Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

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Candyman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Candyman Candyman

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Arthur Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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Catherine Trammell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Catherine Trammell Basic Instinct

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Sylar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Samara Morgan The Ring

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Francis Dolarhyde is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Francis Dolarhyde Red Dragon

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Tom Ripley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Tom Ripley The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Brian Moser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Brian Moser Dexter

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Captain Spaulding is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Captain Spaulding House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects

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Red John is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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Slender Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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Joe Carroll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Joe Carroll The Following

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Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Henry Lee Lucas Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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Mr. Earl Brooks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Mr. Earl Brooks Mr. Brooks

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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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Stu Macher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Stu Macher Scream

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Bloody Face is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Bloody Face American Horror Story: Asylum

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Billy Loomis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Billy Loomis Scream

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Early Grayce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Early Grayce Kalifornia

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Firefly Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Firefly Family House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects

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The Creeper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
The Creeper Jeepers Creepers, Jeepers Creepers 2, Jeepers Creepers 4

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Benjamin Linus Lost, Lost: Missing Pieces

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Peter Griffin Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Stewie Griffin Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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Frank Breitkopf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Frank Breitkopf Criminal Minds

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Hannah McKay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Hannah McKay Dexter

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Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Tiffany Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky - Bride Of Chucky & Seed Of Chucky

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
The Bone Collector

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Jeff the Killer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Jeff the Killer