After revisiting the seasons of Dexter, I asked myself, "How many individuals has he killed in all 8 seasons?" According to this list he has an "impressive" kill count of 135. After seeing this I wondered if there is an even more "productive" serial killer in movie and TV history.

A serial killer as defined by Wikipedia:

A serial killer is a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal psychological gratification, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break (a "cooling off period") between them.

So, which serial killer has racked up the most kills over the course of their appearances in film and TV?

If possible please add a source that can confirms the number of killings.

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    Kevin Uxbridge killed fifty billion Husnock people in the show Star Trek The Next Generation.
    – New-To-IT
    Mar 25, 2016 at 13:00
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    @New-To-IT This is not a serial killer by definition. Genocide and mass killings are not serial murders. In fact, the OP might elaborate a bit more about serial killers before this turns into a 'character who killed the most people' question.
    – Walt
    Mar 25, 2016 at 13:36
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    As a note, mentioning Dexter in the question doesn't make this about Dexter.
    – Catija
    Mar 25, 2016 at 15:28
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    And the time thing is weirdly stated. The normal definition of serial killers doesn't include a significant break, or cooling off period. It's simply enough time to separate the killings, as opposed to a mass/spree killer. Kill 4 people over 4 days, serial killer ex: the Beltway sniper. Kill 4 people at the same school/day, spree killer, ex: Virginia Tech.
    – cde
    Mar 25, 2016 at 17:52
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    Oh dear, this is indeed threatening to turn into a generic 'most lethal character ever'... Soldiers, secret agents and just action heroes in general are not, AFAIK, serial killers.
    – Walt
    Mar 25, 2016 at 22:12

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Jason Voorhees the serial killer from series of Friday The 13th movies seems to fit the bill here. With a total of 12/13 villain movies stretching from 1981 to the present and having believed to have killed in excess of 300 victims, he is the most successful serial killer of all, in the movies!

  • Was Voorhees really a serial killer? A mass-murderer, no doubt, but serial killers kill in a specific fashion and/or target a specific demographic. Voorhees' murders didn't really follow a pattern, except to say that most of his victims were teens or young adults. Mar 25, 2016 at 15:24
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    As I understand it, to qualify as a serial killer he only needs to have killed more than 3 people in more than 1 incident that span at least a month. Having an MO is pretty typical for serial killers but not really mandatory.
    – KutuluMike
    Mar 25, 2016 at 15:36
  • Does this take into account that he wasn't in 2 of the movies? Mar 25, 2016 at 17:26
  • @JohnnyBones promiscuous, drug/alcohol using, or otherwise immoral teens/young adults, and anyone who gets in his way (collateral damage). He doesn't kill indiscriminately. There are plenty people who see him and he doesn't even attempt to kill them. youtube.com/watch?v=Obtc9U6hEYM
    – cde
    Mar 25, 2016 at 18:27
  • Not really. The definition also includes aberrent psychological gratification and cooling off periods (extended) between victims. Probably an academic distinction as most descriptions say he is a serial.
    – JohnP
    Mar 25, 2016 at 18:42

On the show Criminal Minds, the most prolific killer they encountered was Frank Breitkopf in S02E13 and S02E24. He had amassed 176 kills by the time he was caught.

I would assume that he fits the description of a serial killer quite well by whichever definition used, as he kills victims of a specific demographic in a specific repeated manner with long time intervals between each one.

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