People Discuss The Scariest Villains In All Of Fiction, And The Answers Are Pure Nightmare Fuel

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Vote up the fictional scoundrels who continue to haunt your nightmares.

“Who is the scariest villain in all of fiction?”

Over on Reddit, fans of the silver screen, the small screen, and literature discuss the most terrifying villains in the realm of fiction - and the answers are nightmares incarnate. From an artificial intelligence with a hatred for humanity to an alien entity that can take the form of any person, animal, or thing, these are the malevolent miscreants that continue to haunt our dreams. Vote up the most vile villains.

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    119 VOTES

    Anything from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu-verse

    Anything from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu-verse
    Photo: Underwater / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/DatboiRed:

    Honestly? Anything from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu-verse. I don’t know why, but the idea of there being ...things out there that are beyond human scope or comprehension, that can destroy us all instantly, but choose not to because we are simply too insignificant to be f**ked with is just horrifying. Cosmic horror be scary, yo.

    119 votes
  • 2
    105 VOTES

    The Reavers From 'Firefly'

    The Reavers From 'Firefly'
    Photo: Fox

    From Redditor u/SinJinQLB:

    The Reavers from Firefly. They [assault] you to death, eat your flesh, and sew your skins into their clothing…

    From Redditor u/zombiexbox:

    And if you're lucky, they do it in that order.

    105 votes
  • 3
    72 VOTES

    O'Brien And The Government From '1984'

    From Redditor u/Toosmartforpolitics:
    Either O'Brien from 1984, or just the whole Party.

    Literally gives you hope and everything you ever wanted just so he can take it away from you in the worst way possible.

    From Redditor u/Frebdignabliaq:
    The revelation that Goldstein's book was written by O'Brien and the Party took me by surprise when I first read 1984. Goldstein's book reveals the inner workings of the Party and the totalitarian society they have created, yet the book only exists so that the Party can identify and torture “thought criminals.”

    The Party couldn't care less if the people know that it's fake: they will all be purged anyway.

    It's the ultimate cynicism.

    From Redditor u/Snuffy1717:

    Don't believe that 2+2=5? That's fine, let's attach a rat mask to your girlfriend.

    72 votes
  • 4
    110 VOTES

    The Gentlemen From 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

    Posted by a Redditor:

    The Gentlemen from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Hush” terrified me. Genuinely spooky in an all-round scary episode of that show.

    Posted by u/Kalse1229:

    Can't even shout,

    Can't even cry,

    The Gentlemen,

    Are coming by.

    Looking in windows,

    Knocking on doors,

    They need to take seven,

    And they might take yours.

    Can't call to Mom,

    Can't say a word.

    You're gonna die screaming,

    But you won't be heard.

    110 votes
  • 5
    96 VOTES

    The Creature From 'The Thing'

    From Redditor u/TheyCallMeLurch:

    The creature from The Thing. It hides in plain sight, is a cunning predator, and sows chaos wherever it goes; you don't know who to trust. It could literally just take the form of a single person and sit idly by while the others kill each other off in their terrified fits of paranoia.

    From Redditor u/snuke_in_her_snizz:

    The scene in The Thing where they are testing everyone's blood is probably one of the most suspenseful scenes in a thriller. That dang monster just has you on the edge of your seat the entire time!

    96 votes
  • Hannibal Lecter From 'Hannibal'
    Photo: Hannibal / NBC

    From Redditor u/redditneonate:

    Mads Mikkelsen for [Hannibal Lecter]. He had no mercy. Just when you think he is melting, that he just might have a little bit of humanity or was developing even a little empathy for someone, he would make a move to kill them, or better yet, instigating someone to kill them.

    On top of that, you could never tell what meat he was serving his guests. Initially I just assumed that it's always human meat, but then I realised that’s not practical. And when they tested it, it didn’t turn out to be human.

    I love how he always had me guessing.

    85 votes