CBM's Top 10 Scariest Comic Book Movie Characters

Now what each of us consider "scary" is relative, but here are some of the creepiest, darkest, most deranged, disturbed, dangerous and downright unsettling comic book characters ever to grace our screens...

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 10/27/2011
Who doesn't love Halloween? Classic horror movies on tv, kids trick or treating at the door. We get to go out dressed in cool costumes and get rat arsed, and the ladies have an excuse to dress as complete sluts! Ah yes, magical:)

So in honor of this spooktacular holiday, I have compiled a list of the scariest CBM characters we have seen on screen thus far....

My first pick is Kroenen from Hellboy.



Is there anything scarier than an unkillable Nazi?? An unkillable Nazi with big fucking swords shooting out of his arms thats what. Kroenen was the clockwork hearted right hand man to the resurrected Rasputin in the first Hellboy movie. After dispatching the big red guy's "Father" Professor Bruttenholm(John Hurt) he met his end when Hellboy threw him onto a set of spikes and crushed him with a giant cog. He laughed as he died like the true creepy bastard he was!

Next up is Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) from A History Of Violence.



Stall's transformation from average Joe family man, to cold blooded killer is truly an unsettling experience. As he reverts back to his real identity, Joey Cusack and begins to dispatch his former colleagues in various nasty ways, Mortensen's typically excellent performance really sucks you in. Just watch those eyes!


The Joker(Heath Ledger) from The Dark Knight.



What else is there to say about this guy? An amazing performance from Ledger brings life to one of the most complexly psychotic characters in comic history. Ledger's Joker toned down the camp and pushed the terrifyingly chaotic side of the clown prince of crime to the foreground.


Lucifer(Peter Stormare) from Constantine.



This dude is one creepy SOB. He only appears at the end of the movie but from those first words.."Hello John..John...hello" he has you squirming in your seat. Stormare goes very close to over the top but just manages to keep things the right side of camp. After seeing him you see why Constantine reeeeeally does not want to go to Hell.


Eric Draven(Brandon Lee) from The Crow.



Ok, so he's technically a good guy, since all the scumbags he dispatches more than have it coming. But he does it with such serial killer like enjoyment, that I had to put him in the list. Plus, that make up just looks damn scary on Lee and his look has been a staple of Goth Halloween costumes for years since.


Victor Creed(Liev Schreiber) from X Men Origins: Wolverine .



Yeah yeah, the movie was shit and everyone involved should burn in hell right? Wrong. The film may have been disappointing, but there is no denying the brilliance of Schreiber's Sabertooth. He nails the viciousness and the joy he takes in the slaughter. That scene when Creed comes knocking on poor old Bradley's door is the stuff of nightmares. "Your creepy black coat don't scare me" says John Wraith right before Creed tears his spine out. Your a braver man than me dude.


Rorschach(Jackie Earle Haley) from Watchmen.



Another guy who is technically a "Hero". But tell me you would want to run in too him in a dark alley?..whether you had committed a crime or not! Its disturbing enough watching Rorschach repeatedly hack a dude in the head with a meat cleaver..but its when the mask comes off and we see Haley's brilliant and chilling turn in the prison that we realize that the cheese has slid off Walter Kovak's cracker a long time ago.

The Vampires from 30 Days Of Night.



I was going to just focus on the leader (Danny Huston) but these guys need a team recognition. Vicious, emotionless animals. Blood dripping from fangs, cold, black eyes, horrible snarling language. This is what vampires should be like. Tearing folks heads off in a feeding frenzy. Not sitting around in meadows glistening in the sun and looking constipated.

That Yellow Bastard (Nick Stahl) from Sin City



Probably more revolting than scary, but who wouldn't be at least disturbed by a psychotic pedophile with a big knife, a whip and that looked..well, like that Yellow bastard! He's not too handy when it comes to anyone but 19 year old strippers, and Hartigan(Bruce Willis) dispatches the sicko by tearing off his scrotum and punching his head into yellow mush. Lovely.

And last, but not least, probably the most terrifying of all..Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) from GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra.



Yes, quiver with fear as the human Muppet is once again cast as "comic relief". Quake in your boots as he delivers one liners that would have Arnie face palming. And rush to the nearest exit as he tells an aircraft he's going to "pop a cap" in it. I don't know about you, but my blood ran cold whenever this idiot was on screen.

Special mention to Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhall) in The Dark Knight.

Happy Halloween folks.




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PaulRom - 10/27/2011, 1:39 PM
Gotta admit that Ledger's Joker can be quite scary sometimes. Same with Lee's Crow.
RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 1:40 PM
Ha! I thought you might say that with there being no Marvel characters on there. Guess they need to step away from pantomime villainy:)
ManofSteel22 - 10/27/2011, 1:41 PM
Your kiddin right LOL
RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 1:41 PM
Oh and by Marvel I mean Marvel studios..although Loki was considered, he really wasn't what you would call "menacing". Maybe after Avengers
TheCaptain - 10/27/2011, 1:41 PM
Never been first before!! :D
TheCaptain - 10/27/2011, 1:42 PM
Now i look like an ass :P
marvel72 - 10/27/2011, 1:42 PM
what about the scarecrow?
ManofSteel22 - 10/27/2011, 1:43 PM
Lord of the rings dark side bilbo scares me,the scene where he tries and grabs the right from frodo
Rothwilder - 10/27/2011, 1:46 PM
It's just a list. I'm sure we will see 20 more this thread
BmanHall - 10/27/2011, 1:46 PM
Ripcord (Marlon Wayans)

[frick]ing LoLer skates
95 - 10/27/2011, 1:46 PM
I can agree with this list @RorMachine LOL.

RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 1:48 PM
Intruder, that is called a joke. Humor?
superbatspiderman - 10/27/2011, 1:48 PM
No to Tom Stall and Ripcord (even though you are being funny). I would put Scarecrow and Jacob Nomac from Blade two in those parts. Nomac scared the crap out of me when was younger.
RunDTC - 10/27/2011, 1:52 PM
Joker in TDK
Loki in Thor
Scarecrow in Batman Begins
Victor Creed in Wolverine
Rorschash(?) in Watchmen
Rachel Dawes in TDK
Penguin in Batman Returns
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 1:53 PM
What about Batman? (Burton&Nolan)
I guess he didn't care about the criminals' opinions.
Batman uses fear as a weapon. It defines his character.
*Shows Alfred his newly created batarang*

"why bats, master Wayne?"

"Bats frighten me...I want my enemies share my dread"
*throws batarang*
RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 1:53 PM
Gaston, sorry the character might be technically more unsettling but not the performance. Are you telling me Mathew Goode hamming it up at the end of that movie was "scarier" that Jackie Hayley taking a meat cleaver to a peodo murderer's skull?

CBMfanx1, just....just ..I dunno.
Ranger14 - 10/27/2011, 1:53 PM
I don't think Marvel or not has anything to do with it. Sure this is subjective, but I don't see how Violator from Spawn could be left off the list. Not the greatest flick, but he is one of the creepiest, deranged and disturbed characters I can think of.
SGA - 10/27/2011, 1:54 PM
I want to honorably mention Shaq as Steel XD
aRandomSinisterClone - 10/27/2011, 1:56 PM
Zombies from walking dead?
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 1:58 PM
Scarecrow should definately be on this list.
His theme IS fear. He wears a noose around his neck and has managed to frighten Bats himself!
He can make you hallucinate and make your deepest, darkest fears come to life before your very eyes. One dose can drive a man insane!
I'd be more scared of Scarecrow than Burton/Nolan's Jokers.
The Joker is supposed to make you cringe, look away, feel dusgusted, or even amuse you with his sadistic, diabolic humor.

Scarecrow just turns into the thing you hate the most and scares the shit out of you
95 - 10/27/2011, 1:58 PM
@teabag

LOL. I know right?! Shouldn't have taken my relatives to see it. Awkward!
SGA - 10/27/2011, 1:58 PM
And I agree with precious comments. How could you leave off Scarecrow? His only weapon is fear and while It was not a horrifying portrayal, it was unsettling. Not the character itself but the possibility of what he can do and how he can make you feel. Like you said, scary is subjective and there's nothing more horrifying than having someone tap into your subconscious and bring out the very worst you could ever possibly imagine
SGA - 10/27/2011, 1:59 PM
*previous, not precious
RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 1:59 PM
Intruder, because I wanted only one jokey character and I picked Ripcord. I'n very sorry if it doesn't tickle your funny bone but forgive me if I don't lean to your sense of humor.

One again CBMfanx1, it's a JOKE! [frick] me ragged.
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 2:00 PM
Wtf Loki wasn't scary...The character was meant to be portrayed in a way that makes the audience pity and feel simpathy
95 - 10/27/2011, 2:00 PM
I agree with @Supes17.

When I saw Scarecrow in 'Batman Begins', I knew the film would go down on my Top 10 list.
RorMachine - 10/27/2011, 2:01 PM
Portrayal is everything, Scarecrow might be a scary character but as good as Cillian Murphy was in the role he didn't have enough to work with to be really menacing or unsettling imo.
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 2:01 PM
Hayden's acting in the Star Wars prequels:p
MaddMonkk - 10/27/2011, 2:04 PM
I seen this and knew vampires from 30 days had to be here. My favorite horror movie right behind The Thing (1982) and American Werewolf in London.
95 - 10/27/2011, 2:04 PM
I agree with @Supes17 again.

I felt sorry for Loki.

In The Avengers trailer though, Loki looks diabolical.
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 2:06 PM
New List
Dr. Manhattans glowing blue penis
Maggie as Rachel in TDK
Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin
Bane in Batman and Robin
Hold up-The Cast of the Shumacher Batman movies
Shumacher himself:p
Jessica Alba in FF
Adam West in Batman:p
Topher Grace as Venow
Spiderman's dancing
BmanHall - 10/27/2011, 2:06 PM
What about Clown/Violator from Spawn?



DEATHbyEXILE - 10/27/2011, 2:07 PM
MaddMonkk - 10/27/2011, 2:07 PM
I also hate it when you make a joke and everyone takes it serious. Seroius people are so serious
DEATHbyEXILE - 10/27/2011, 2:08 PM
missed it by a minute
95 - 10/27/2011, 2:08 PM
@teabag O_o

I found Scarecrow particularly frightening when he douse Batman on fire. But Cillian did look metrosexual, lol.

@RorMachine

Hopefully Scarecrow's return in TDKR will change your opinion.
HelaGood - 10/27/2011, 2:08 PM
Ripcord! LMAO!!!!

what about Quentin Turnbull from Jonah Hex? LMFAO!!!!!

or Parallax from GL?? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oooooooooo scary!
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 2:08 PM
You know who was scary.
Javier Bardeem in No Country for Old Men
I know it's not a CBM but that dude was crazy o_O
Dumegg - 10/27/2011, 2:09 PM
what about that super tall imortal from 300?
Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 2:10 PM
Blonsky wasn't scary at all
I was like "Woah that mutha[frick]a HUGE! Can't wait till he gets his ass handed to him by Hulk
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