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Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the creepiest/scariest/most memorable characters from the master of horror.

As the master of horror, Stephen King has penned some of the scariest characters in history. From psycho clowns to demented children and more, his characters are always extremely unique and incredibly original.

But while King is known for creating memorable characters, his best villains are scary in a variety of ways: Pennywise (It) is a supernatural being, Jack Torrance (The Shining) is a troubled man driven into insanity, and Ace Merrill (Stand by Me) is a sadistic young bully with a penchant for evil. What makes these characters so scary is how driven they are. King has a knack for having his characters do whatever it takes to get what they want, and these characters often stop at nothing to achieve their goals. 

Vote up the scariest Stephen King characters and add anyone you think shouldn't be missing from this list!

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Pennywise the Dancing Cl... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
It, It
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a fictional character from the 1990 film and TV series It.
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Annie Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Misery
Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. In the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, Annie Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy ...more
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Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Terror in the Aisles, The Shining
John Daniel "Jack" Torrance is a fictional character in the 1977 novel The Shining by Stephen King. He was portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 movie adaptation of the novel, and by ...more
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Gage Creed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Pet Sematary
Gage Creed is a fictional character from the 1989 film Pet Sematary.
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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Cujo

Cujo is a fictional dog from the Stephen King book and film Cujo.

Cujo is a fictional character from the 1979 TV movie The Ordeal of Patty Hearst.
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Randall Flagg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
The Stand, The Stand
Randall Flagg is a fictional character created by Stephen King. Flagg has appeared in at least nine of King's novels, either as a major or very minor character. He has a variety of names, ...more
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Isaac Chroner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return
Isaac Chroner was born, according to the age of the movie provided, September 19, 1973. As a young child, he developed a highly advanced vocabulary, was taught by the church how to preach, and ...more
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Margaret White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Carrie, Carrie, Carrie
Margaret White is a fictional character created by Stephen King in his first published novel, Carrie, where she is the main antagonist. She is the domineering, abusive, insane and fanatically ...more
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Carrie White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Carrie, Carrie, Carrie
Carietta N. "Carrie" White is the title character and the protagonist of Stephen King's novel Carrie. In every adaptation and portrayal of Carrie, she is portrayed as high school ...more
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Henry Bowers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
It
Henry Bowers: Henry Bowers is a sadistic, crazed bully who is the son of his equally crazy father, Oscar "Butch" Bowers. Like his father, Bowers is intolerant of all ethnic groups ...more
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grady twins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
4002087 added grady twins The Shining
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'Wild Bill' Wharton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
The Green Mile
'Wild Bill' Wharton is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Green Mile.
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Kurt Barlow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
'Salem's Lot
Kurt Barlow is a fictional character and main antagonist of Stephen King's 1975 horror novel, 'Salem's Lot. The character is a master vampire, who terrorizes the small Maine town of Jerusalem's ...more
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Leland Gaunt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Leland Gaunt Needful Things

Leland Gaunt is a fictional character from the 1993 film Needful Things

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Reverend Lowe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Silver Bullet
Reverend Lowe is a fictional character from the 1985 film Silver Bullet.
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Ace Merrill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Stand by Me
Ace Merrill is a fictional character from Stand by Me.
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Kurt Dussander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Apt Pupil
Kurt Dussander is a fictional character from 1998 the film "Apt Pupil".
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Arnie Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Arnie Cunningham Christine
Arnie Cunningham is a fictional character from the 1983 film Christine.
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Johnny Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
The Dead Zone
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Warwick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
Warwick Graveyard Shift
Warwick is a fictional character from the 1990 film Graveyard Shift.
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Damon Killian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked
The Running Man
Damon Killian is a fictional character from The Running Man.