Comics, novels and manga also have brilliant horror villains

Happy Nerdoween !!! This spooky season is a great time to celebrate some of our favorite horror icons. But while our minds often turn to scary movies and TV shows during this holy time, this year we are thinking outside the box. We’re looking for comics, manga, and books to fully explore some of these creepy antagonists that enter our brains and refuse to let go of us. Here are some print horror villains you should know about.

Tomie (

Tomie

)

A page from Tomie shows Tomie holding a knife

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We could have written an entire article about the terrifying creations of Junji Ito. But to keep it simple, we’ve chosen one of its most nightmarish and iconic monsters. Murdered by her classmates, Tomie returns the next day to her high school with the intention of revenge. Twisted reinvention of the femme fatale, Tomie quickly became a recurring figure in Ito’s news. The beautiful young woman often targets selfish men, whom she drives crazy with her beauty. Both terrifying and impressive, Tomie functions as both a mythical nightmare muse and a warning tale for the kind of men who will drop everything for a pretty face.

Ayoola ( My sister, the serial killer

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The cover of My Sister the Serial Killer shows a young black woman wearing a scarf and sunglasses with the reflection of a knife inside

The cover of My Sister the Serial Killer shows a young black woman wearing a scarf and sunglasses with the reflection of a knife inside

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One of fiction’s scariest serial killers, Oyinkan Braithwaite introduced readers to Ayoola, the titular murderer in his mind-boggling debut novel. A young and beautiful woman, Ayoola has killed three of her boyfriends by the time we meet her. As she pretends to stand up for herself, her lack of emotion, her almost sociopathic ability to move on with her life, and the fact that she always calls her sister to clean up her mess suggests something darker.

What makes Ayoola so terrifying is the absolute normality that she represents. She’s the popular girl next door. The girl you might have a crush on who absolutely wouldn’t blink when she killed you. Plus, she has a facilitator who will stop at nothing to protect her and hide her secret.

Carnage (Marvel Comics)
Amazing Spider-Man crop shows Carnage a red and black monster saying

Amazing Spider-Man crop shows Carnage a red and black monster saying “Do you know why you are going to die”

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Another vital serial killer inclusion is Cletus Kasady. But you probably know him better as Carnage. While you might not think that an infamous murderer is a key part of the generally kid-friendly Spider-Man lore, Kasady is exactly the case. He was a cannibalistic murderer who ended up in a cell next to Eddie Brock. It was here that he came into contact with the symbiote that turned him into Carnage. Combining a sociopathic cannibal with an almighty alien is truly a terrifying prospect. While Carnage and Venom are considered a bit campy these days, Carnage is basically a horror villain for the ages.

offender ( Spawn

/ Picture comics)
Spawn homepage shows Violator a giant multi-armed monster with its wide toothed mouth open as if to devour something

Spawn homepage shows Violator a giant multi-armed monster with its wide toothed mouth open as if to devour something

Todd McFarlane

Another descendant of Venom but in a whole different way, Violator was born when Todd McFarlane left

Spider Man

at the peak of the book’s success and created Spawn. Violator is best known for his surprisingly disgusting appearance as a horribly horned agent of Hell. But that’s not its only form. This murderous beast also takes on the disturbing human body of a neglected clown. These are two horrible appearances to haunt your dreams! And if you need something to really keep you awake at night, be sure to watch John Leguizamo in the 1996

Spawn

movie.

Dio Brando ( JoJo’s bizarre adventure

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure promo art shows Dio Brado a man with blond hair lying on a sofa with a rose and armor on it

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure promo art shows Dio Brado a man with blond hair lying on a sofa with a rose and armor on it

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Nothing is easy in the world of

JoJo’s bizarre adventure.

Especially not the origin, the motivations and the power of one of its most famous villains: Dio Brando. While his odd appearance and strong jaw might make you think he’s an odd choice for this list, make no mistake about it. As part of his never-ending quest to terrorize his adopted brother Jonathan Joestar, Dio ended up transforming into a vampire. Talk about engagement. But he’s not just a bloodsucker, he later becomes a Stand user, which makes him almost all-powerful in the magical arts. Sinister !!!

Mephisto (Marvel Comics)
Mephisto looks evil

Mephisto looks evil

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How not to include

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the preferred demonic presence of? While Mephisto has yet to make a name for himself in the MCU, he’s been wreaking havoc in the Marvel Universe since the 1953s.

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where he played the role of the Serpent… no, really. While the overblown devilish imagery may make him less gruesome than some on our list, Mephisto is a truly powerful being who can literally make your life a nightmare. It also takes its name from Mephistopheles, one of literature’s most infamous villains. The Faustian pacts in which he loves to trap heroes also refer to this same influence.

The Batman Who Laughs (DC Comics)
The Batman Who Laughs cover shows The Batman Who Laughs a creature with broken teeth and metal spikes over its eyes laughing

The Batman Who Laughs cover shows The Batman Who Laughs a creature with broken teeth and metal spikes over its eyes laughing

DC Comics

DC Comics has long been home to big bad guys who fought back against some of the genre’s most formidable villains. But over the past few years, they’ve showcased perhaps their most ghastly creation to date. The Batman Who Laughs is an alternate version of Bruce Wayne’s universe. His pale face and deadly chuckle are the result of the Joker toxin. Yes, this is a combo of Gotham’s two most unstable men, and he’s as scary as it sounds. Did we mention that he also keeps Prankster Robins on chains like pet dogs? *chills*

Featured Image: Viz, DC Comics, Todd McFarlane

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