The Gentlemen or the Reavers...? Either way, gruesome deaths will be had by all. Happy Halloween!
The Gentlemen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Like many contestants in our listing, these villains keep a smile on their faces and seem polite as can be. All the while attempting to extract seven human hearts so they can keep on living. Although they could be defeated by a human scream, they usually pre-empt this weakness by stealing townsfolks’ voices in a magical box.
Sometimes you stare at the abyss and it stares back. Reavers are said to be those space travellers that went mad in the void of space. Where a lot of creepiness in space and sci-fi comes from fictional aliens and organisms, Reavers reveal a very real possibility in regards to deepspace travel.
Just in time for Halloween, the Fanpup staff has narrowed down this list of the creepiest villains in all of geek pop culture. But we can't make a ruling on who deserves the top spot without hearing from YOU.
Vote here to help decide each match-up, and each week we'll post an update with the winners and losers of that round. Remember, we're naming the creepiest villain, the one that gets under your skin the most, not really the scariest. We left lots of scarier villains off the list.
Creepiest Villain Voter Guide
Smoking Man (The X-Files)
Constantly in the shadows and pulling strings to stop Special Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in their pursuit for the truth, the Smoking Man is the creepiest enemy in The X-Files. Inhumanly calculating and powerful, he leaves his signature cigarette butts everywhere he goes, and yet is still untouchable by the law.
The Governor (The Walking Dead (show))
Even after losing an eye (and gaining a badass eyepatch), The Governor is worse than a hoard of zombies. If ruling Woodbury with an iron fist, executing survivors, and being terrible to women weren’t enough: he has quite the collection.
The Waters of Mars (Doctor Who)
The aliens in this Doctor Who special took the familiarity of human hosts becoming the enemy, and added in the twist of being transmitted through water. With the recent evidence of flowing water on Mars, Whovians the world over are making sure their spacesuits are watertight.
Weeping Angels (Doctor Who)
Don’t blink. Honestly, don’t take your eyes off of these creatures! They only need the briefest of moments to zap you back in time. Oh yeah, and they’re made of stone when they are seen, so you can’t kill them.
Ramsay Bolton (Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire)
Despite how maniacal, creepy, and downright horrible the Bolton Bastard is in the hit television adaption, Ramsay treats others even worse in the books. And that’s saying something from a man who takes great joy in torture, mind games, and flaunting sausages.
StrexCorp, Synernists, Inc. (Welcome to Night Vale)
Completely focused on productivity and sugarcoating the truth, this company is creepy beyond belief. Not only do they denounce the existence of angels, hold people hostage at “mandatory picnics”, hunt down rebellious teens, brainwash their employees, possibly replace people with androids, and order assassinations on floating cats, but they also won’t. Stop. Smiling.
Slenderman (Slender / Marble Hornets)
What’s that sound in the darkness? Why are there notes and symbols hidden all over? Why are my video tapes all staticy? The faux-urban legend of Slenderman has evolved into its own form of creepy malevolence--and apparently a scapegoat for murder.
Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear series)
“I can read you like an open book.” Psycho Mantis makes a rather grand opening in controlling Snake’s partner Meryl in Metal Gear Solid, then proceeds to read your mind (or game history), and then moves your game controller with his mind! He has a nasty habit of reading your control input as well. All the while sneering at you raspily through the gas mask.
The most iconic of Batman’s gallery of villains, Joker is threatening, maniacal, and ruthlessly competent. Every meeting with Batman tests the Dark Knight’s patience, fortitude, and see if he really is incorruptible. Joker’s signature purple jacket, white face, green hair, and curling grin has been revamped time and time again in various media -- each version showing a new shade of creepy.
Being ruler of your own universe where everyone lives by your rules might be enough for most villains, but not Mojo. Shaped and twisted by the very technology he needs to keep him alive, Mojo uses gladiatorial televised events to control his subjects. He set his unblinking sights on the X-Men when the footage of their fights scored top ratings on his networks.
Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal series - Anthony Hopkins' portrayal)
Between the various movies, books, and NBC’s take as a show, Hannibal Lecter is one of the creepiest, yet alluring, antagonists. Every version makes us think about the meat we are eating, but only Anthony Hopkins’ smooth and cold portrayal can make even fava beans and Chianti creepy.
Xenomorph (Alien series)
Since their first appearance in 1979’s Alien, the xenomorphs have become quite the staple for Fox, spawning no less than five other movies (maybe a forthcoming sixth), and countless games and comics. Born of humans and retaining a general humanoid shape, the likeness ends with their acid blood, sharp claws and tails, and an extendable pair of second jaws.
Necromorphs (Dead Space)
Taking notes from John Carpenter’s The Thing, Ridley Scott’s Alien (another contender), and a bit of The Flood from Halo series, necromorphs have upped the creepiness factor in space. As you navigate a derelict ship, these creepy crawlies seem to have countless ways to scare you and dismember your character. Just when you thought it was safe to play a space game.
Hanging out on the back of people’s heads, with snakes of all sizes, and soul-sucking prison guards is the usual lot for He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Completely motivated by defeating Death and instilling his own reign over the realms of wizards and muggles, The Dark Lord never seems to change his nature. Where other antagonists of Harry Potter eventually get the smallest chances to shine, this evil wizard remains cold-bloodedly determined toward his goals.