12+ Iconic Horror Villains Ranked By Deadliness

Diply 11 Oct 2018

When it comes to horror films, sometimes you've got a fighting chance against these fearful villains and other times you're doomed from the start!

Today, we're ranking our favorite, iconic horror villains based on how deadly they are and how likely someone would be to survive. Fair warning before beginning, we might trail into spoiler territory — you've been warned — now, let's get spoopy!

Norman Bates — Psycho

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Brilliantly portrayed by Anthony Perkins and with enough of a creep factor to bring the terror, Norman Bates is the definitive serial killer. As far as deadliness goes, however, he is still just a dude with a knife. Plus, you could always, you know, not go to the Bates Motel.

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Leprechaun — The Leprechaun

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A fairly ridiculous villain to begin with, but this leprechaun spends most of his movies either being beaten up by Jennifer Aniston or rapping and getting it on like Tommy Chong in the hood. Overall, just give him a kick and he'll go flyin'.

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Gremlins — Gremlins

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Vicious mostly due to their large numbers and insatiable hunger, but disguised by their cuteness, the gremlins are certainly foes you won't see coming. That being said, their weakness is sunlight — so, just outlast them!

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Chucky — Child's Play

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The spirit of a convicted killer and con man rests inside this Good Guy Doll and seems to constantly come back — these days with a bride and kid! Still, size is a big disadvantage for ol' Chucky and he can be pretty easily tossed around.

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Annabelle — Annabelle

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Now we're getting into some dolls with substance behind them. Though Annabelle has been defeated before, she too comes back, darker than ever, in her sequels. It's not just a killer in this doll, it's a demon, so...good luck.

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Leatherface — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

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A real weapon-wielding maniac, you do not want to cross paths with Leatherface or his family. That being said, we have seen him get taken down often, and he's actually a pretty big scaredy-cat.

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Samara — The Ring

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You'll have 7 days to try to avoid her deathly grasp, but Samara will find you if you've watched her video...you, you do still have a VHS player around somewhere, right? Oh, well, then you'll be fine.

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Ghostface — Scream

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The scariest part about Ghostface is that the killer is always changing. There's not just one of these scream-inducing psychos out there — so it's only a matter of time until someone picks up the mask and continues the horror.

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Michael Myers — Halloween series. 

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Definitely a force to be reckoned with. Myers is a sturdy, hard to take down murderer. He seems to be more driven by a vendetta than anything, however, so maybe we could stay on his good side? Still pretty unlikely.

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Jason — Friday The 13th series. 

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One of the biggest, baddest killers out there — Jason will move incredibly slowly, but he will appear right behind you out of nowhere. Plus, he can definitely take a beating and get right back up again. Relentless!

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The Candyman / Daniel Robitaille — Candyman

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Say his name three times, I dare you! If you don't, well, he'll probably leave you alone. His supernatural elements, however, definitely put him high on this list.

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Xenomorph — Alien

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A stalker, a hunter, and a trulyinexorable monster, this alien and its kin are out for blood and nothing else. In space, no one can hear you scream — I'm just glad I'm not in space very often.

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Pennywise — It

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Every 27 years, this cosmic horror terrorizes the children of Derry. The fact that he like to play with his food, in a sense, might give you time to think up a plan — but you'd better be quick and smart.

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Horror is Pennywise's greatest asset. Stop being afraid, and you'll be much better off!

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That and, you know, a good slug to the head with a baseball bat or maybe the power of friendship will defeat him? It wouldn't hurt to have a giant space turtle handy, either.

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Jigsaw/John Kramer — Saw

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Once you realize where you are, it may already be too late. John Kramer almost always had everything planned out to a T. And, much like the Ghostface killers, his legacy is passed down and more Jigsaw killers will carry out his mission of deadly self-reflection.

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Pinhead — Hellraiser series

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YUP — you know you've messed up bad when Pinhead and his squad roll up outta hell to torture you in ways that would make Jigsaw blush. Good luck fighting the army of Hell, but I told you that you never should've opened that box!

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Freddy Krueger — A Nightmare On Elm Street series. 

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I'm sorry, but if I can't even take naps, I'm friggin' dead. There's just no escaping being tortured and eventually brutally murdered if he's after you.

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Sure, you could try to take him out of the dream world and kill him, but as we've seen time after time in his films, he's always in control.

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Of course, this whole list is subjective! So, let us know how you'd arrange these villains and who you think would be the absolute deadliest.

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