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We break down a haircut says about TV and movies most dangerous villains

Shaun Harrison
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Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), Fargo

Surrounded by the white bread Minnesota style, Malvo's dated cut emphasizes just how out of place he is in our world. The uncomfortable juxtaposition of those innocent bangs with his (literally) killer stare gave us the fantods even before we saw him play god with others' lives. There's just something unnatural about a grown man with Bettie Page bangs.
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Mason Verger (Michael Pitt), Hannibal

Mason Verger is anything but subtle. His villainy is twisted and over-the-top — just like his hair is all over the top of his head. Mason's haphazard coif is in stark contrast to Hannibal's rigid hair, highlighting how different each killer's style is. Because for every bit as calculated and careful Hannibal is, Mason is equally unpredictable and impulsive.
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Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen), Hannibal

Hannibal is a control freak. He even plays tyrant over his own hair, slicking it back with so much gel it becomes like a protective shield, masking those around him from his true evil nature. But Hannibal's also a vain man with delusions of self-importance, which is why he can't help but indulge in ostentatious side-swept bangs, which he lets hang loose in his less guarded moments.
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Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Breaking Bad

Hair is a sign of life and virility, so it makes sense baldness is a common theme among those who deal in death. When we first meet Walter, he had a mild amount of hair and a mild temperament. But as the series progressed, it was as though Walter became so embroiled in darkness he couldn't even sustain hair — besides his classic villain goatee, natch.
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Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), Justified

People underestimate Boyd. He's a simple, no-fuss man with a goofy haircut. But underneath his eccentric 'do lurks a mind just as unruly as that hair. Boyd can talk his way out of any situation and is as unpredictable as lightning &mdash which is fitting since his hair looks like he was just electrocuted.
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Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), No Country for Old Men

The soft pageboy cut is an odd fit for a hardened serial killer, which is exactly why it's so perfect. Chigurh is out of touch with the modern world, so he obviously doesn't play by its rules — not when it comes to the sixth commandment and not when it comes to his hair. The slightly feminine style is also unsettlingly still throughout Chigurh's murderous escapades, as though he's such a force even the wind doesn't dare mess with him.
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Silva (Javier Bardem), SkyfallIt's a long-running trope that the blonder the hair, the more evil the villain. Based on that alone, it's clear that Silva is a bad, bad dude. His hair is so pale, it looks like life has literally been drained out of him. Add a floppy mullet tail to that white-blonde dye job and Silva's inherent evil screams so loud, it almost hurts. Because at the end of the day, no respectable person in society would ever walk out of the house with hair like that.
8 of 16 Everett Collection

Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmatians

Cruella isn't a woman afraid of taking risks (she did steal 101 Dalmatians in the name of fashion, after all), so it comes as no surprise that she goes for a bold hairstyle. The dual colored 'do is one part glamour, one part crazy, much like the villainess herself. Because while Cruella does her best to maintain her glitzy socialite persona, she can't tame her eccentric nature — nor can she tame her hair, which flies out in spikes whenever she gets riled up.
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Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), American Psycho

With not a single follicle out of place, Bateman's obsessive perfectionism and narcissism are made immediately obvious. The slicked back, meticulously coifed 'do says this is a man who will exert the same control over you as he does his hair and every other aspect of his life. But it's also a simple style, which helps Bateman maintain his "mask of sanity" and blend in with his fellow conspicuous consumers.
10 of 16 Everett Collection

Keyser Söze (Kevin Spacey), The Usual Suspects

Very few have seen the cunning, elusive Keyser Söze, but with this haircut, he's hard to forget! Masquerading as Roger "Verbal" Kint, the mythical con artist sports a shorn 'do carved into a severe widow's peak — or should we say devil's peak? — that is enough to make anyone, uh, suspect, but that weird tiny curl in the font is basically a transposed Mustache of Evil. Hindsight's 20/20, but frankly, Kujan & Co. should've seen it coming.
11 of 16 Everett Collection

The Joker (Heath Ledger), The Dark Knight

Much like his mind, The Joker's hair is unkempt, unwieldy and impossible to control. He is an agent of chaos, after all. The faded green dye-job and limp curls make him feel like a clown whose very life has been sucked out of him, leaving only a twisted echo of the person he once was. But the sad clown look works for him, since The Joker sees the nihilism he creates as the highest form of entertainment.
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Spike (James Marsters), Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Spike likes to pretend he's Sunnydale's biggest bad, but his bleach job is more boy band than bad boy. Instead of gelling it back with an evil Wall Street-esque side-part, Spike rocks the ramen curls like a pro. That's because as much as Spike tries to look the part of the evil bloodsucker, his poetry will always be the baddest thing about him.
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Dexter (Michael C. Hall), Dexter

Dexter is so uptight that he even turns murder into a rule-restricted ritual, so of course he has such a sensible haircut. But Dex's hair isn't just basic to the nth degree — it's also endearing. Because as much as Dexter babbles about his Dark Passenger, he's more emotionally vulnerable than even he understands. The small amount of fluff Dexter gives his 'do brings a levity to the look that hints at the caring father and loving brother buried under his psychopathic tendencies.
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Ursula, The Little Mermaid

All Ursula wants is to be young and hot again — in case her over-styled white hair didn't make that abundantly clear. But even as hard as she tries to cling to the glamour of her youth, no amount of hair dye or musical voice could ever make Ursula truly beautiful again. The sea witch is such an evil snake, even her hair slithers around her head like she's an albino Medusa.
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Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie), Labyrinth

Jareth seems all fun and tight pants at first, but underneath that mesmerizing peroxide hair lurks his dark roots, hinting at Jareth's not-so fun, vindictive nature. (Don't forget he kidnapped and tossed a baby around like a football). Then again, the absurdity of Jareth's '80s cut and styling isn't exactly threatening, but would you expect anything else of a rock star who hangs with puppets and does close-up magic?
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Draco (Tom Felton), Harry Potter

A too-blonde dye job is the hair equivalent of the uncanny valley. It's close to appearing human, but it's too fair to be natural. So Draco's 'do resides in limbo, much like the character himself, who is torn between being the villainous Death Eater his father wants him to be and just another run-of-the-mill pseudo-jerk. Maybe if he just sucked it up and transfigured himself into a brunette, he wouldn't have such a punchable face.