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TV’s Top 10 Psychos

by Dave Lee
9 April 2014 19 Comments

Give it up for the small screen’s most notable nutters.

‘Yes Janice, I’d like that dildo in the nipsy…’

Ralph Cifaretto – Sopranos

So difficult to single out just one psycho from a programme positively littered with them. I could have gone for Richie Aprille for his gun based sexual proclivities or Paulie or Tony for virtually any reason you care to name, but I reckon Ralph ‘Ralphie’ Cifaretto is the prick of the crop. Not because of the random acts of violence (remember the poor, pregnant lap dancer he dispatched behind the Bing? Proper horrible) but because of his bizarre sexual fetish involving a dildo, his chuff and Tony’s sister Janice barking demoralising insults as she rams one into the other. Most disturbing.

Francis Wolcott – Deadwood

Jesus, what a lunatic. For my money easily the maddest bastard TV has ever known. He was a ‘geologist’ who paid for a gang of prostitutes to be brought to Deadwood and proceeded to murder each of them in the most brutally sadistic manner possible. He then started doing the same to other available prostitutes before being discovered and stringing himself up, not through remorse, mind, but because it lost him his job. Hanging was absolutely too good for this nasty little shit. Rather worryingly a lot of female fans of the show found him sexy. Bless ‘em.

Davros – Dr Who

Another programme with potentially dozens of psychos but this dustbin Hitler is a real stand-out. Obviously he’s had a few woes in his life, what with his Cyclops eye, one hand, bad complexion and metallic death rattle voice (assuming he wasn’t born like that) but is there really any excuse for taking a race of people mutated by nuclear war and biological weapons, accelerating their mutations, removing their emotions, cladding them in metal and forcing them to ruthlessly fight their enemies for a thousand years? No wonder he ended up just a head in a box.

Snoop – The Wire

With all respect to actress Felicia Pearson, I really couldn’t tell whether Snoop was a man or a woman or what the bloody hell he/ she was saying for the first few episodes the character appeared. Didn’t stop her becoming ‘the most terrifying female villain to ever appear in a TV series’ according to Stephen King (and he should know a thing or two about it). It was Snoop’s ability to kill as many people as possible with little fuss as possible that leaves you determined never to go out in Baltimore after dark. Interestingly, Felicia Pearson is probably the only actor to have been convicted for murder in real life before going on to portray a murderer on TV. Except Leslie Grantham.

Bob – Twin Peaks

Get this. Bob is ‘a demonic entity who feeds on fear and pain. He possesses human beings and then commits acts of rape and murder in order to feast upon his victims’. Not my words, they’re lifted straight off his CV.

Interestingly, Felicia Pearson is probably the only actor to have been convicted for murder in real life before going on to portray a murderer on TV. Except Leslie Grantham.

Dexter Morgan – Dexter

A forensic analyst for the police who’s also a serial killer killing other killers once he’s proved to himself that they are guilty. At first I thought that he can’t really be classed as a psycho because he’s too post-modern and that knowing what he’s doing and being ‘reasonable’ about it would exempt him from this list. But then I re-watched an episode and remembered that he’s a fucking nutter.

Stewie Griffin – Family Guy

Very difficult to pick just one animated pycho – there’s Sideshow Bob, Eric Cartman and Evil Edna (a witch who’s a TV set with the voice of Kenneth Williams, hers was destined to be a life lived on the margins). Winner, based on potential alone, is Stewie. Only one year old but already a multi-skilled genius obsessed with matricide, sexually attracted to his teddy bear, prone to acts of robbery, forgery and carjacking, with the voice of Rex Harrison and seemingly limitless access to an array of artillery. If he ever comes to puberty he’ll inevitably make Charles Manson look about as dangerous as Charles Hawtrey.

Sylar – Heroes

Bit of a bugger, this fella. He eats people’s brains in order to ‘digest their powers’. Not a line of defence that will go down well with the judge.

Tracy Barlow – Coronation Street

Corrie currently has a surfeit of psychos, what with all-round nasty knobhead David Platt and can’t-put-the-kettle-on-without-murdering-someone John Stape both cruising the cobbles. But convicted murderess and grade A super-bitch Tracy steals the crown not for extortion, baby selling, or trying to get Gail sent down for murder (which would actually have done the world a favour) but for a recent scene where she prevented her 9-year old daughter attending a birthday party by deliberately and openly throwing wine over her dress. There were startled gasps and cries of ‘you evil twat’ in our house when that happened. We don’t get out much.

The Spirit – Dark and Lonely Water

Who? You’re thinking. You might not know the name but you know the character. He’s the shadowy Grim Reaper-y cape bloke from that 70’s public information film about not pissing about near ponds – ‘I’ll be back, back, back’, that’s him. He was played by Donald Pleasance, you know. Not a psycho? He gets his kicks hanging around abandoned quarries and pools of water, in a state of high arousal waiting for sky-larking kids to fall in and he then watches and revels as they drown. Both a perv and a fruitcake.

Obviously there’s plenty more TV psychos out there – Edward, Tubbs or Papa Lazarou from League of Gentleman, the Vampire King from True Blood, Vic Mackey from The Shield, Jimmy Saville -  feel free to let us know who you’d like to see in the list. Please, no pedantic Dr Who fans, though.

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sgr 12:06 am, 10-Mar-2011

Livia in I Claudivs or If you go slightly further up her family tree, Atia from Rome who would be her mother in law.

Leechboy 3:19 am, 10-Mar-2011

Jim Profit of "Profit". An oedipal, murderous and scheming businessman who like to sleep naked in a cardboard box. What's not to love?

BillyBatts 2:54 pm, 10-Mar-2011

Snoop was pretty darkside, but Marlo has to be the biggest psycho The Wire had to offer. Even when he made it to the top he went back down to street level to get a taste of the action!

JD 4:40 pm, 10-Mar-2011

BATIATUS, from Spartacus seasons 1&2 has rewritten the definition of Psychotic murderer.

DannyOh 11:32 pm, 10-Mar-2011

Nelson Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire. He totally believes he is doing the right thing, all the time. Except when he doesn;t, and then he's even worse. If you've watched the first season, you'll understand this comment.

David L 4:18 am, 12-Mar-2011

Noel Edmonds. We all know it, but no-one ever says anything.

Lyns Taylor 10:48 pm, 14-Mar-2011

Caligula was pretty nutty too.

Emma Clarke 1:15 pm, 15-Mar-2011

Makka Pakka from 'In The Night Garden.' He collects stones but you get the sense they're actually psycho trophies.

Tim Russell 7:54 am, 2-Jul-2011

Miss Hoolie from Balamory. A new set of kids turns up to her nursery every single day. Where does she hide the bodies?

mike 11:22 am, 4-Apr-2013

tig from sons of anarchy,one sick dude,

Russ 12:11 pm, 4-Apr-2013

Trevor from Eastenders - the one who bashed his wife up. Proper psycho

Brian Madden 5:56 pm, 4-Apr-2013

What about Walter White.. From Breaking Bad, from mild mannered chemistry teacher to drug kingpin who obsessed with his product who will destroy anyone who gets in his way

Juan 7:04 pm, 4-Apr-2013

**NERD ALERT** Sylar never actually ate the brains - he just looked at them to 'see how they worked' and that's how he stole powers :P

Allmodcons1965 9:29 pm, 4-Apr-2013

Trevor jordache..

mike 11:57 am, 5-Apr-2013

boyd crowther from justified.

Kay Oss 10:35 pm, 9-Apr-2013

The Twins from Breaking Bad were the scariest thing I'd seen in a while although I think perhaps Brian is right to say Walt because he starts so normal and becomes so devious over time. I'd have said Robert Quarles from Justified too, craaazy eyes and a big meth-smile as well as a sleeve-gun. More or less everyone in Game of Thrones without the first name Tyrion. Everyone on Oz but especially Simon Adebisi

Whitters 9:18 pm, 9-Apr-2014

Yosef hughes

Whitters 9:19 pm, 9-Apr-2014

That should read Yosser

Tony 12:24 pm, 10-Apr-2014

Don Logan ... and I am not telling him that he doesn't qualify!

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