Iconic Horror Characters

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 17 Oct 2016

Here's a cheat sheet for the silver screen's most memorable horror characters.

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Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931)

Count Dracula

Aliases: Count Orlok, Count Dracul

Loves: Blood and women (not necessarily in this order)

Powers: Immortality, superhuman strength, shapeshifting, mind control

Weaknesses: Garlic, sunlight, crosses

Weapon of choice: Fangs

Antagonists: Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker

First credit: Dracula (1931)

First film adaptation: Nosferatu: eine Symphone des Grauens (1922)

Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)


Aliases: Frankenstein's monster, the Monster

Desires: To fit in with the rest of human society

Powers: Immortality, superhuman strength, stamina

Weaknesses: Fear of fire, daddy issues, English

Weapon of choice: Hands

Antagonists: Victor Frankenstein

First credit: Frankenstein (1910)

Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman (2010)

The Werewolf/Wolf Man

Aliases: The Wolf Man, Lycanthrope

Desires: Human flesh

Powers: Immune to most weapons

Weaknesses: Silver weapons (like bullets)

Weapon of choice: Fangs and claws

First credit: The Werewolf (1913)

First film appearance of a man-like werewolf: Werewolf of London (1935)


Mr. Edward Hyde

Aliases: Dr. Henry Jekyll

Favorite drink: Serum that unleashes the evil side of himself

Desires: Violence, emotional torture and control

Powers: Ability to become someone else

Weaknesses: Self-awareness, his own impulses

First credit: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908)

Nick Castle in Halloween (1978)

Michael Myers

Hometown: Haddonfield, Ill.

Weapon of choice: Chef's knife

Favorite fashion: Grey jumpsuit and white mask

Second home: Smith's Grove Sanitarium

Notable antagonists: Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis

Powers: Ability to withstand multiple bullet wounds and fire

Weaknesses: Language, teenage girls

First credit: Halloween (1978)

Ken Kirzinger in Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Jason Voorhees

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Weapon of choice: Machete

Favorite fashion: Hockey goalie mask and shoddy jacket

Notable antagonist: Camp counselor Alice, who kills his mother

Powers: Superhuman strength, regeneration

Weaknesses: Voyeurism, swimming

First credit: Friday the 13th (1980)

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy Krueger

Aliases: The Springwood Slasher

Hometown: Springwood, Ohio

Weapon of choice: Metal-clawed glove

Favorite fashion: Red-and-green striped sweater and brown fedora

Notable antagonist: Nancy Thompson

Powers: Ability to enter the dreams of teenagers

Weaknesses: Preoccupation with children

First credit: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Gunnar Hansen in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)


Aliases: Bubba Sawyer, Thomas Hewitt

Home state: Texas

Weapon of choice: Chainsaw

Favorite fashion: Mask made of human skin, butcher's apron

Notable antagonist: Sally Hardesty

Powers: Wielding a chainsaw

Weaknesses: Controlling family members

First credit: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Hannibal Lecter

Aliases: Hannibal the Cannibal, Chesapeake Ripper, Il Mostro

Hometown: Somewhere in Lithuania

Weapon of choice: Mind and teeth

Notable meal: Liver of a census taker, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti

Notable antagonists: Will Graham, Clarice Starling

Powers: Intellect, ability to manipulate others psychologically

Weaknesses: Human flesh

First credit: Manhunter (1986)