Bluebeard is a special kind of killer. Yes, he’s a psychopath that has a nasty habit of dismembering his wives, but there’s always been something about him that draws in the reader. I mean, really all he’s looking for is a woman who he can trust. When the youngest daughter passes his test, he pretty much declares his undying love and affection.
4. The Mad Hatter
The particular incarnation of this character that I’m drawing on is from Zenescope’s Return to Wonderland comics. He’s a serial killer who tends to wear his victims skin as suits to impersonate them. But he’s got that killer smile and charm that tempts readers to root for him to live, just a bit longer, so that we can watch him in action.
3. Azazel (a.k.a. Yellow Eyes)
If you’ve seen my on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I’m a diehard Supernatural fan. While I enjoyed Lucifer, Azazel has always been my favorite villain (aside from Meg, of course). He reminds me of a used car sales man, in some ways—sort of swarmy, a little bit mean, and a whole lot of deadly. I loves him.
2. Sweeny Todd
A man hell-bent on revenge, killing people so his cohort can bake them into meat pies? Also, singing? Is there really any arguing that he’s made of awesome?
1. The Joker
Possibly the greatest villain of all time, in my oh-so-humble opinion. He’s well and truly crazy (and, really, what’s with the face paint?), but there is something about the Joker that raises the small hairs on the back of my neck in the best way possible. Plus, there’s his odd-love relationship with Harley Quinn. Joker is just made of win all around.
And now, on to the nasties!
Okay, so he/she technically isn’t just one character, but that’s what makes the Ghostface mask so damn scary. It could be anyone, absolutely anyone. And, since there’s nothing remotely paranormal about the killer, it makes someone with an overactive imagination (ahem *raises hand*) wonder if I get a call one night and end up chased around my house by a mask-wearing dude with a knife.
Dude, this guy creates these terrible situations that no normal mind is going to even think of, and then scoops up people to try them out on. I can’t even sit through these movies because they freak me out so much. Some of these people who have “secrets” aren’t really that freaking terrible. *shudder*
There’s something so goddamn scary about clowns in general, but I blame Pennywise for my overwhelming fear of them. Saw this movie as a kid and sit have to fight the urge to devolve into flying fists of fury whenever I see a clown. Well played, Steven King, well played.
2. Freddy Kruegar
This guy kills you while you sleep. As in, you can’t freaking escape him. Ever. Because you have to sleep at some point. So a villain who kills you while you dream, who you can’t escape... Yeah, he’s one scary dude—even without the scarred face and razor glove.
Let’s share a little story, shall we? When I was in grade school, my brothers made me watch Child’s Play, then sat my sister’s baby doll in my lap (complete with butter knife) and told me if I moved, it would kill me. To this day, I can’t sleep if there’s a doll in the room and the pitter-patter of little feet (and, GODS, that laugh) make me shriek like a school girl.
So that’s it!
My list of favorite and freaky killers! What are some of your favorites?
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