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Horror Movie Villains Who Clearly Have Low Self-Esteem

List RulesVote up the horror villains who clearly have low self-esteem.

Most horror movie villains have that BVE - Big Villain Energy. They are terrifying, disgusting, creepy, and leave a lasting impression on audiences.

But not all horror movie monsters and slayers actually have the swagger and confidence their sinister personalities and uncompromising ideologies suggest. Loads of horror movie villains are riddled with low self-esteem - and often, it's what drives them to stalk, hunt, haunt, or torment their prey.

  • 1
    146 VOTES
    Photo: It Chapter Two / Warner Bros.

    Backstory: In It Chapter Two, Mike Hanlon briefly delves into Pennywise's origin story after dosing Bill with an ancient root. In their resulting hallucinogenic trip, Mike explains the Native ritual needed to finally destroy It - and how It got here at an undetermined point in the past via an asteroid. Pennywise the Dancing Clown is actually an ancient, god-like alien from the depths of deep space, and with all of his omnipotence, he has decided to target one of the easiest targets in the universe: human kids. 

    How He's Overcompensating: It doesn't usually take much to scare children, but Pennywise likes to take it above and beyond with the theatrics. Instead of simply snatching and eating children, he makes it a whole cat-and-mouse game. He desperately needs the townspeople of Derry to find him scary, because otherwise, he's a goner. For being an otherworldly entity that can manipulate matter and reality, his ego seems pretty fragile. 

    Most Vulnerable Moment: It seems like all hope is lost for the remaining adults of the Losers' Club in It Chapter Two, but then they figure out how insecure their decades-long tormentor is. They taunt him and "make him feel small" until Pennywise actually becomes very, very small. Pennywise goes from being a monstrous half-clown, half-spider waking nightmare into a deflated and disfigured clown, thanks to the power of words. He is so helpless that the Losers are able to eliminate him with ease.

    Are they insecure?
  • 2
    114 VOTES
    Photo: Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master / New Line Cinema

    Backstory: When he was alive, Fred Krueger dragged kids to a boiler room and slaughtered them with razor-tipped gloves. He got caught - but was let off on a technicality - so the parents of the targets hunted him down, locked him up, and burned him alive. In the afterlife, he became an invincible menace who slays teenagers in their dreams.

    How He's Overcompensating: Freddy Krueger was the literal stuff of nightmares in the first installment of the franchise. But as of the second installment, Freddy's Revenge, he's clearly been a little shaken that some teens almost got him. He starts accompanying his targets with campy catchphrases, like "Welcome to primetime, b*tch!" Misogynistic language AND he's always wearing a fedora? Freddy Krueger is beyond insecure.

    Most Vulnerable Moment: In Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Freddy is accidentally resurrected and quickly gets back to his old teen-dream-slaying antics. He's able to pick them off one by one - except for Alison, who inherited dream powers from her friend Kristin just before Freddy took her out. As the two face off, Alison remembers (thanks to her newfound abilities) a nursery rhyme called "The Dream Master." She recites it, finds a shard of mirror, and holds it up to Freddy's face. Freddy's self-esteem is so low that he can't even look at himself without a thousand souls bursting from his body, ending poor Fred once again.

    Are they insecure?
  • 3
    71 VOTES
    Photo: Bram Stoker's Dracula / Columbia Pictures

    Backstory: Some iterations of Bram Stoker's Dracula, like in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film, give Dracula a sympathetic backstory. In this version, Dracula's wife takes her own life after she is falsely told of her husband's passing. Dracula renounces God, swears to save his wife's soul - which is in hell - and condemns himself to an isolated, immortal life. 

    How He's Overcompensating: Dracula may come off as confident, but in reality, all he wants is to have someone to depend on him. He has to be the one in control, the one who calls the shots - because if someone realizes he's not all that omnipotent, he's going to lose it. He's also always seen as "other" and because of that, he often represses certain desires and impulses, which only further fuels a simmering self-loathing.

    Most Vulnerable Moment: When Dracula allows Mina to feed off his blood, it's a vulnerable moment. With a stake, Mina could quickly end this otherwise immortal being's life. Still, he would rather risk his existence than continue without finding someone who was not considered "other" to love.

    Are they insecure?
  • 4
    61 VOTES
    Photo: Nosferatu / Film Arts Guild

    Backstory: Nosferatu's Count Orlok shaped cinema's vampire archetype. A German man by the name of Thomas Hutter is sent to Count Orlok's dilapidated Transylvania castle for work. After Count Orlok attempts to lick some blood off Hutter's finger and comments on the beauty of his wife's neck, Hutter begins to suspect the truth. Orlok makes his way to his new property in Germany - which is conveniently located across the street from Hutter's home - and a showdown of sorts ensues.

    How He's Overcompensating: Frightened townspeople refer to Count Orlok as "the Bird of Death," but the nocturnal bloodsucker doesn't emulate the power or confidence of his moniker. Living alone in a sinister castle has taken a toll on his social graces, and he almost unceremoniously blows his cover on more than a few occasions. He uses big, wild gestures to try to convince Hutter he's completely benign. And considering he's in a silent movie, Count Orlok can get pretty wordy. He's that one guy at a party who can sense he's losing his audience but continues to talk anyway, hoping to win them back.

    Most Vulnerable Moment: Despite the fact that Hutter's wife, Ellen, is able to stop Count Orlok from feeding from her husband via unexplained telepathy, she is unable to resist his call once he moves across the street. Finally, Count Orlok has someone's undivided attention. He feeds off the hypnotized Ellen and is so distracted that he doesn't notice daylight breaking. He bursts into a puff of smoke, all because he finally got the attention (and blood) he so craved.

    Are they insecure?