- Television detectives and crime scene investigators need a challenge to keep the audience in suspense. Nothing gets the job done better than a deranged serial killing psycho who seemingly targets random people and has an odd and almost incomprehensible method to their madness.The project will be updated...
- Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell
Series: Prison Break
Best Line: "In this world, sister, we are all prostitutes. You are a queen!."
Theodore "T-bag" Bagwell is a charismatic sexual predator and murderer and the scourge of Fox River State Penitentiary. As the leader of the white supremacist group Alliance for Purity he has a significant amount of power inside. He homes in on young inmates and forces them to meet his needs sexually.
He worms his way into Michael's escape plan when he learns of it and wields the constant threat of exposing his plan in order to join the Fox River Eight. Michael feels awful about letting a man like T-Bag back out into the world, but is primarily concerned with freeing his brother.
T-Bag is ruthless and capable of holding a grudge for a very long time. He kills without second thought or remorse and there doesn't seem to be any boundary he won't cross. He is very skilled at manipulating or extorting people to get what he wants and cannot ever be trusted unless it is to serve his own needs.
- Gabriel Sylar Gray
Best Line: "This is usually the part where people start screaming."
Gabriel Gray was a watchmaker obsessed with the idea of being special. While working in his father's shop he was approached by Dr Chandra Suresh, who believed that Gray might be "Patient Zero". After some tests, however, he determined that he had been incorrect and left. Angered, Gray tracked down the next person from Suresh's list and, finding that he had a complete understanding of the man's telekinesis, murdered him and copied it for himself. Intensely remorseful about this murder, he nonetheless contacted Suresh again, and the pair worked together for some time, tracking down various other powered individuals. However, Suresh eventually realized that Gray was murdering everybody that they located. Confronted by Suresh, Gray murders him as well, and sets off on a nationwide murder spree, tracking other powered individuals and acquiring their powers.
- Red john
Series: The Mentalist
Best Line: "Tyger, Tyger burning bright in the forests of the night. What immortal hand or eye could frame that fearful symmetry?"
Red John is a fictional serial killer on the TV show The Mentalist, who is believed to have begun killing in 1998, and has, with his operatives and acolytes, killed more than 30 people in California, Nevada, and Mexico, so far. Five years prior to the action of the first episode, he murdered the wife and the daughter of the protagonist Patrick Jane, making Jane his dedicated nemesis. As part of his criminal signature, Red John draws a smiley face on the wall with the blood of the victim—always clockwise (except when it was portrayed in skywriting in "Red John's Footsteps"), using the three fingers of his rubber-gloved right hand. Patrick Jane, the show's protagonist, says in the pilot episode, "Red John thinks of himself as a showman; an artist. He has a strong sense of theater ... the first thing that anyone sees is the face on the wall. You see the face first and you know. You know what's happened and you feel dread. Then, and only then do you see the body of the victim. Always in that order."
- Dexter Morgan
Best Line: "I'm a neat monster."
Dexter Morgan is a serial killer who hunts other serial killers. He follows the strict code of Harry so only the guilty know his thirst for blood. He tends to feel he has no emotions and must consistently emulate people around him in an effort to come off more "human". He works for Miami PD as a Blood splatter analyst. Dexter uses his skills to hunt down those who escape the law and brings them to justice. Often, he will put pictures of their crimes next to the criminals and go through what they have done before cutting them up. The one thing that makes the Dexter character so compelling is his need to satisfy his dark passenger and perform justice at the same time.
- Arthur Mitchell “Trinity Killer”
Best Line: "Shhh, shhh. it's already over. It's already over.."
Arthur Mitchell is an unassuming suburbanite and family man — who for 30 years has been living a double life as a serial killer. Frank Lundy dubs him the "Trinity Killer" because of a recurring pattern of three killings. First, Mitchell would kill a young woman in a bathtub by slicing her femoral artery with a straight razor while putting her in a choke hold, and holding up a small mirror so that he can see her face as she dies. His second victim is a married mother of two, whom he kidnaps and forces to jump to her death from an abandoned building. His third victim is a father of two, whom he bludgeons to death with a hammer. At each site he places a small sample of his sister's ashes, and arranges the victim's arm to point at the ash. He has repeated this cycle in different cities all over the United States. It is later discovered that, before these three, the Trinity Killer also kidnaps a young boy whom he dresses in cowboy pajamas and convinces to play with a train set in a parody of his childhood. Following this, he will bury the boy alive in cement at a Four Walls' building site. These killings were not connected to the pattern until shortly before Mitchell's death, because the boys were reported as missing rather than dead. At first, Dexter Morgan is fascinated by Mitchell's efficient killing methods and apparent ability to balance his familial responsibilities with his secret life as a serial killer.
Professor Joseph "Joe" Carroll
Series: The Following
Best Line: "Don't blame yourself for my actions, these victims are mine!!!."
Joe Carroll is a brilliantly psychotic serial killer who was captured by Ryan Hardy after killing fourteen female students at the university where he taught literature. Carroll is a devious mastermind and manages to escape from prison. On top of that, he has also somehow creates a ‘network’ of followers who are helping him carry out his twisted master plan. He is obsessed with the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and loves to link references to Poe’s work into his own devious plans. Carroll thrives off having Hardy involved in his life again, as he plays out his dream of creating a novel with Hardy as his protagonist.
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Best Line: "Killing must feel good to God, too... He does it all the time, and are we not created in His image?."
Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lector. Already brought to life by three different actors and five different directors on the big screen to varying degrees of success this is the world’s most sophisticated lunatic’s first time on television. Picking up the title character is Mads Mikkelsen, returning the role to his European roots. Best known to mainstream audiences as the guy who cried blood in Casino Royale he perfectly encapsulates the charm, refinement and psychosis of Lector. Joining Mikkelsen at the top of the credits is Hugh Dancy as the empathetic Will Graham (previously played in film by William Peterson and Edward Norton), whose uncanny understanding of serial killers gives him the insight needed to catch them. They work together to solve murders while Hannibal psychoanalyses Graham.
- Norman Bates
Series: Bates Motel
Best Line: “We came here to start over, I am starting over”!
After the death of his father Norman Bates and his mother Norma move to the small town of White Pine Bay in Oregon to run a small roadside motel. There they quickly become embroiled in the small town mysteries – murder, kidnapping, drug running and other unsavoury business. What complicates matters is whether or not some of it exists only in Norman’s head, the untimely arrival of his troublesome step-brother and just how far the bond between Norman and Norma can be stretched. In addition there are two new love interests to divide Norman’s time – a typical blonde teenager who shows her human side when tragedy befalls her early in the series and a chronically ill girl who shares his fascination with the morbid. Although there are a number of characters around the town who fill out various roles in the mystery the stars are undoubtably Freddie Highmore (yes, the kids from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Vera Farmiga who play Norman and Norma perfectly.
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Series: The silence of the lambs
Best Line: “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”!
When people talk about serial killers in movies, Hannibal Lecter is bound to be one of the first mentioned. Almost 25 years since his first appearance in Manhunter (yes it really has been that long), Lecter still sends shivers down the spines of even the toughest of movie goers. Although Lecter was first seen in Manhunter (portrayed by Brian Cox), most people associate the character with The Silence of the Lambs (a film which houses a certain other entrant on this list). Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his unforgettable portrayal of a former psychiatrist and psychopathic cannibal, who taunts Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling from behind bars. What makes Lecter so effective as a character is just how calm and calculating he is. He’s undoubtedly out of his mind, but not in an outward or obvious way as some other serial killers mentioned here (Leatherface, etc). He speaks in a soft (albeit creepy) tone of voice and rarely overreacts to the situation at hand. His delivery of advice to Clarice on how to catch a serial killer on the loose is as fascinatingly ironic as it is spine-tingling.However, despite spending a lot of his time in a cage during The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter shows that he’s as capable physically as he is at psychologically manipulating people. For instance, he disguises himself as an injured police officer by cutting off and wearing the officer’s face in order to escape captivity. A sick yet determined man, indeed. As was revealed in the origin story Hannibal Rising, Lecter was traumatized as a child when he witnessed the murder and consumption of his younger sister. However, that still doesn’t explain the extreme lengths of Lecter’s insanity – something is clearly inherently wrong with him on a base level. Lecter remains one of the greatest fictional characters of the last few decades and is the epitome of the psychopathic serial killer.
- Tony Soprano
Series: The Sopranos
Best Line: “All due respect, you got no f—in’ idea what it’s like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f—in’ thing. It’s too much to deal with almost. And in the end you’re completely alone with it all.”
Even though The Sopranos had an amazing cast filled with excellent actors, one man made the show truly great: James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. He’s just about the most flawed protagonist you can imagine, yet he still manages to come across as relatable and likeable. We watch him play the role of mob boss, father, husband, son, and patient, among others, so Tony Soprano eventually feels like a close friend that you deeply understand. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Tony Soprano’s story is the cliffhanger at the very end of the series. Was he about to be whacked or did he somehow manage to escape that foreboding scene? Regardless of what you believe, the fact that the audience will never know is something that doesn’t leave your head. Only man who could make white vests and dressing gowns cool. You can't really argue with that level of influence. With more sharp suits, retro polo shirts, leather jackets and gold watches than you can shake a capocollo panini at, he was one cool dude.
Rest in peace, James Gandolfini.
Best Line: “Beauty is a curse on the world,” sometimes adding, “It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are.”
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