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Stephen King's Scariest Characters, Ranked

Updated March 5, 2020 10.2k votes 1.1k voters 14.8k views22 items

List RulesVote 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!

  • 1
    Pennywise the Dancing Clown

    Powers & AbilitiesPartial invisibility, Psychokinesis, Shapeshifting, Mind Control, Quick regeneration

    Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a fictional character from the 1990 film and TV series It.
  • 2
    Annie Wilkes
    684
    227
    Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan, usually known as Annie Wilkes, is a character in the 1987 novel... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Jack Torrance
    612
    207

    Jack Torrance

    Terror in the Aisles, The Shining

    Powers & AbilitiesTelepathy

    John Daniel "Jack" Torrance is a fictional character in the 1977 novel The Shining by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Gage Creed
    444
    250

    Gage Creed

    Pet Sematary
    Gage Creed is a fictional character from the 1989 film Pet Sematary.
  • 5
    Cujo
    388
    220

    Cujo

    Cujo

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

  • 6
    Isaac Chroner
    341
    193

    Isaac Chroner

    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...
  • 7
    Randall Flagg
    341
    206

    Randall Flagg

    The Stand, The Stand

    Powers & AbilitiesMagic in Harry Potter

    Randall Flagg is a fictional character created by Stephen King. Flagg has appeared in at least... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Margaret White
    332
    212

    Margaret White

    Carrie, Carrie
    Margaret White is a fictional character created by Stephen King in his first published novel,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Carrie White
    319
    223

    Carrie White

    Carrie, Carrie

    Powers & AbilitiesTelepathy

    Carietta N. "Carrie" White is the title character and the protagonist of Stephen King's novel... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    grady twins
    87
    34

    grady twins

    The Shining

    Powers & Abilitiesreally scary like wth

  • 11
    Henry Bowers
    297
    221
    Henry Bowers: Henry Bowers is a sadistic, crazed bully who is the son of his equally crazy...
  • 12
    'Wild Bill' Wharton
    257
    203

    'Wild Bill' Wharton

    The Green Mile
    'Wild Bill' Wharton is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Green Mile.
  • 13
    Kurt Barlow
    193
    152

    Kurt Barlow

    'Salem's Lot
    Kurt Barlow is a fictional character and main antagonist of Stephen King's 1975 horror novel,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Leland Gaunt
    203
    170

    Leland Gaunt

    Needful Things

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

  • 15
    Percy Wetmore
    14
    12

    Percy Wetmore

    The Green Mile
    Percy Wetmore is a fictional character from the 1999 film The Green Mile.
  • 16
    Ace Merrill
    153
    206

    Ace Merrill

    Stand by Me
    Ace Merrill is a fictional character from Stand by Me.
  • 17
    Reverend Lowe
    127
    185

    Reverend Lowe

    Silver Bullet
    Reverend Lowe is a fictional character from the 1985 film Silver Bullet.
  • 18
    Kurt Dussander
    101
    184
    Kurt Dussander is a fictional character from 1998 the film "Apt Pupil".
  • 19
    Arnie Cunningham
    94
    233

    Arnie Cunningham

    Christine
    Arnie Cunningham is a fictional character from the 1983 film Christine.
  • 20
    Johnny Smith
    87
    220

    Johnny Smith

    The Dead Zone
  • 21
    Warwick
    45
    194

    Warwick

    Graveyard Shift
    Warwick is a fictional character from the 1990 film Graveyard Shift.
  • 22
    Damon Killian
    42
    202

    Damon Killian

    The Running Man
    Damon Killian is a fictional character from The Running Man.