Top 10 Best Fictional Serial Killers

Our fascination with serial killer stories works for both real-life criminals and fictional characters. From horror movies to crime novels, serial killers are the recipe for success. Those guys can be supernatural villains, sociopaths or whatever but their duel with the law or the good side defined in another way will always entertain us for sure. On the other hand, we should admit that some of the bad guys are more popular than others. In the following Top 10 chart, some of the best fictional serial killers are listed. What is your pick? Do you have other personal favorites? We would be glad if you´ll share your opinion with us in the discussion.

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10. John Doe

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John Doe was a religious fanatic who murdered six people including the wife of a detective David Mills who was hunting for him. His murders were inspired by the seven deadly sins. Doe (played by Kevin Spacey) is definitely one of the most terrifying serial killers in history.

9. Freddy Krueger

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Being one of the most famous of all fictional demonic serial killers, he was hunting and killing his victims in ther dreams. He first appeared in the movie „A Nightmare on Elm Street“ in 1984. Since then, he was found to appear in several sequels, novels and video games. Freddy Krueger had also his own TV show called „Freddy´s Nightmares“ in 1988-1989.

8. Billy Loomis & Stuart

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Billy and Stuart were two young serial killers from the 1996 slasher movie „Scream“ by Wes Craven. After the initial troubles, the movie became very succesfull and built the status of a cult piece among other slasher movies about terrifying serial killers.

7. The Night Slasher

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The Nigh Slasher is the nickname of the leader of a group called „New Order“ who believes in killing the weak. He is the main antagonist of the LAPD special unit member Marion Cobretti played by Sylvester Stallone. The movie „Cobra“ is now considered a classics and The Night Slasher has made it into the best fictional serial killers.

6. Charles Lee Ray

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Charles Lee Ray was a notorious criminal and brutal murderer. When he was shot dead by a police, he performed a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul to the child´s doll named Chucky. He continues his killing spree in this form and tries to get back a human form. The doll from „Child´s Play“ franchise became of the most recognized anti-hero characters of all time and Charles Lee Ray is rightfully on this list of the best fictional serial killers.

5. Patrick Bateman

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Patrick Bateman was a successful Wall Street banker with a secret second life in which he was a serial killer. He is a character from the movie „American Psycho“ based on the 1991 novel of the same name. His victims are as different as imaginable, from his rich and equally successful colleagues to prostitutes and homeless people.

4. Pennywise

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Being the main antagonist of the novel „It“ by Stephen King and a movie based on the book, Pennywise was terrorizing small town of Derry, Maine. It was an ancient demon who for decades was murdering local kids until he was defeated by the group called „Loser´s Club“. He can´t be missed among terrifying serial killers on our list.

3. Norman Bates

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Norman Bates is the character from the classic horror movie „Psycho“ directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960. In the movie, he is running a motel. Norman Bates suffers from dissociative identity disorder and he still hears his mother who has mentally abused him as a child and whose corpse is still in the hotel. If we are talking about best fictional serial killers, we can´t definitely forget Norman Bates.

2. Catherine Tramell

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Catherine Tramell is a typical femme-fatale character played by Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct movie and its sequel. She is very clever but an absolute narcissist who is using plots of her best-selling crime novels as an alibi for her murders. She is definitely the most beautiful person on out list of serial killers.

1. Hannibal Lecter

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We believe that it is not necessary to introduce the famous genius, opera lover and cannibal to you. Hannibal Lecter first appeared on the screen in one of the best criminal movies ever – „The Silence of the Lambs“ – in 1991. However, he was born in the mind of Thomas Harris, the author of novels „The Red Dragon“ and „The Silence of the Lambs“. After the phenomenal success of the first film, several sequels and prequel movies, as well as TV-series were made. Dr. Lecter still remains one of the terrifying serial killers in the history of the film industry.

It was our list of best fictional serial killers. As these murderers are just the product of imagination, it was fun to write about them. Unfortunately, there are real serial killers out there. Reading about them is much more terrifying. If you dare, try our Top 10 Disturbing but Real Serial Killer Stories.

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