The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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List Criteria: 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

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    Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal

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    Psycho

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    Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Patrick Bateman American Psycho

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    Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Dexter Morgan Dexter

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    Freddy Krueger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Freddy Krueger Nightmare on Elm Street

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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Joker Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman ...

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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


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


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


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    Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Pennywise the Dancing Clown It

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    Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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    Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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    Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Annie Wilkes Misery

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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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    Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

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    Child's Play Universe

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

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    Catherine Trammell Basic Instinct

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    Candyman

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    Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Samara Morgan The Ring

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    Heroes, Heroes

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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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    Dexter

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    Joe Carroll is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers


    Joe Carroll The Following

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    Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Henry Lee Lucas Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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    Mr. Brooks

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    Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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    Early Grayce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Early Grayce Kalifornia

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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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    Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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    Firefly Family is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Firefly Family House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects

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    Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Benjamin Linus Lost, Lost: Missing Pieces

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    Jeff the Killer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Jeff the Killer

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    Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Tiffany Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky Bride Of Chucky & Seed Of Chucky

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    Frank Breitkopf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Frank Breitkopf Criminal Minds

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    Hannah McKay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Hannah McKay Dexter

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    Charles 'Scorpio Killer' Davis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    Charles 'Scorpio Killer' Davis Dirty Harry

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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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    The Bone Collector

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    Grindhouse, Death Proof

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

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    Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel ...

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