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by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 12th 2006 10:47AM

Sylar...Six Creepy Killers.

Murderers, psychopaths, homicidal nut-jobs, and guys that like to eat fingers. Killers, they come in all shapes and sizes, all forms, and they're all over TV. We love to hate them and in some cases we hate that we love them. But you can't avoid them because more often than not, they lead to some great storylines on many of our favorite shows. Here's a look at some of the big ones from 2006.

1.) Sylar [Heroes] - Mild-mannered watch maker turned super-powered brain craver, Sylar has been removing the pink organs from folks on Chandra Suresh's list on Heroes all season long. He looks calm in that picture, but that was before he grew in the scrappy beard and donned a trench-coat. His ability to absorb the powers of those he kills is creepy enough, but actually seeing him get angry is definitely unnerving. Just look at what he did to Eden in the show's mid-season finale. I wouldn't recommend standing in front of a plate-glass window if this guy is on the other side of it.

Omar Little2.) Omar Little [The Wire] - I don't care what anyone says (believe me -- I think Omar is a great character), but he freaks the hell outta me. He's calm, quiet, collected, never swears or curses. But if you cross him the wrong way, he has no qualms about shoving his trusty sawed-off shot gun right down your throat. All I can think of is that one scene where he throws on his bathrobe and heads to the corner store for a box of cereal and everyone that sees him on the street runs away from him. That says something. We didn't see as much of Omar in the fourth season of The Wire as I think many would have liked, but it was more than enough for me.

The Black Smoke and Mr. Eko3.) The Black Smoke [Lost] - OK, this stuff is just weird. We still have no answer as to what it might actually be. Heck, according to Locke, it's not even black! He thinks it's white! All I know is that it had no difficulty picking up Mr. Eko like a big ethereal serpent and beating him senseless into the side of a tree. That is one pissed off cloud.

James4.) James [Nip/Tuck] - While not on the same level as The Carver or Escobar Gallardo, James is still one of the most ruthless killers to get involved with McNamara/Troy. Her methods are so simple too. Send your girls to medical school and then force them to pay back the debt by taking on the duties of an escort girl who does more than just give you a wild ride in bed. James doesn't always like blood on her hands, but she'll help clean up a corpse if need be. Her suicide adds to the creepiness if you ask me. So...who wants a black-market kidney? Any takers?

George Hearst

5.) George Hearst [Deadwood] - Similar to James, Hearst doesn't like to get his hands dirty. But he's got enough money that plenty of others will do his bidding for him. His obsession with gold is unrivaled and he's responsible for the deaths of countless Cornish miners, not to mention ordering the outright murder of Ellsworth. Despite his reign of terror in the camp of Deadwood, his departure at season three's end was low key. I doubt very much we've heard the last of him though and I'm sure he'll be back for the first Deadwood telefilm.

Rudy6.) Rudy, The Ice Truck Killer [Dexter] - This guy... nuts. Prosthetics surgeon by day. Horrific killer of hookers/little old ladies/hockey rink security guards by night. Rudy, an extremely smart and efficient killer fond of dismemberment and draining blood, entered the Miami crime scene after Dexter and Co. found an expertly chopped and packaged woman in a drained motel pool. But he can fake it with the best of them. Too bad he has an obsession with nail polish in multiple colors. Kind of takes away some of his intrigue, no?

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penguendedektif

Hmm, both creepy and killer. Then where is Lincoln Meyer (Boston Legal)?

December 13 2006 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MW

I'll remind you that Chris from "The Wire" pistol-whipped Bug's dad to death. That's cold.

December 12 2006 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin

This is a great list. Hearst was one of the best TV villains I've ever seen. I will never look at Major Dad the same way again! I also agree that Rudy is way creepier than Dexter. Omar is definitely scary, but I still love him. I would trade Chris Partlow or Snoop from the Wire for Omar. Those folks are cold. Omar, at least, has some flare--the bathrobe was teal, after all. Am I the only one who thinks Sylar is both creepy AND hot?

December 12 2006 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

Omar Little from The Wire is an excellent choice.

James from Nip/Tuck is creepy but the character is not credible. Her motivation is a little weak.

Rudy from Dexter has been wonderful. Can't wait for the finale. Should be a doozy.

December 12 2006 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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