Keith Staskiewicz
July 01, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Killers range from most appealing (Dexter Morgan) to most appalling (Patrick Bateman).

Dexter Morgan, Dexter
The cop-cum-serial killer only goes after villains, so we don’t feel so guilty.

Raskolnikov, Crime and Punishment
Sure, he killed a defenseless old woman, but he feels really bad about it, you guys.

Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith somehow made us care about her iconic sociopath.

Jake Marlowe, The Last Werewolf
Yes, he’s a man-eating wolf, but he’s oddly admirable.

Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs
He’s a cannibalistic, crazy super-genius, but you have to admit he’s got taste. Even if it’s a taste of you.

Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
He listens to Huey Lewis…while cutting people in half with a chain saw.

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