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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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1,834 635
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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1,365 535
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Patrick Bateman American Psycho

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979 182
Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
AmandaEkenlöw added Joker Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!

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1,058 536
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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1,054 470
Michael Myers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Michael Myers Halloween Universe

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973 456
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
John Doe Seven

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850 487
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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1,050 451
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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892 525
Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Jigsaw Saw Universe

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893 457
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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790 502
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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758 416
Leatherface is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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561 471
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
Benjamin2 added Annie Wilkes Misery

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623 280
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
graser20 added The Joker

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583 480
Ghostface is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Ghostface Scream Universe

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583 495
Chucky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Benjamin2 added Chucky Child's Play Universe

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397 478
Mallory Knox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Mallory Knox Natural Born Killers

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444 479
Candyman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Candyman Candyman

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400 429
Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Samara Morgan The Ring

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473 498
Arthur Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers

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413 479
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Sylar Heroes, Heroes

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323 533
Catherine Trammell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Catherine Trammell Basic Instinct

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401 379
Francis Dolarhyde is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Francis Dolarhyde Red Dragon

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295 429
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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339 434
Brian Moser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
William Roberts added Brian Moser Dexter

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243 187
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
joash2 added Red John

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

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229 306
Slender Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Gokuisawsome added Slender Man

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261 407
Joe Carroll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Joe Carroll The Following

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214 369
Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Dismalhead added Henry Lee Lucas Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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139 130
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Travis MacPherson added Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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237 325
Mr. Earl Brooks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
wiabux added Mr. Earl Brooks Mr. Brooks

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168 202
Stu Macher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Goopus added 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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161 192
Billy Loomis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Goopus added Billy Loomis Scream

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108 368
Early Grayce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
RobMeusel added Early Grayce Kalifornia

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161 176
Firefly Family is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
CapoAssKickerMikey95 added Firefly Family House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects

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154 136
The Creeper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
TimTima added The Creeper Jeepers Creepers, Jeepers Creepers 2, Jeepers Creepers 4

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
dark wish added Spike Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffyverse

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
sheldonbhowe added Benjamin Linus Lost, Lost: Missing Pieces

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182 157
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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114 181
Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Benjamin2 added Tiffany Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky - Bride Of Chucky & Seed Of Chucky

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184 159
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
CheckinaCoulibaly added Stewie Griffin Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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106 188
Frank Breitkopf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Pepe2002 added Frank Breitkopf Criminal Minds

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126 179
Hannah McKay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
GlennSwan added Hannah McKay Dexter

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101 144
The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers
Benjamin2 added The Bone Collector