5 Police Sketches Of The Most Famous Fictional Villains

May, 6, 2014: Police sketches of famous villains in literature.

Ever wondered how famous villains in literature might look in the real life?  Wonder no more. An artist decided to take upon the task of creating composite sketches of famous fictional characters using law enforcement compositing programs.

Brian Joseph Davis, the man behind these awesome sketches, is a journalist who creates sketches as a hobby. Many are up on his Tumblr blog.

We chose some of the most famous villains to see how they might look in Police sketches or mug shots:

Norman Bates

Bates was the central character in Robert Bloch’s Psycho, which was adapted for the screen in 1960 by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.

In Robert Bloch's novel, Norman Bates is short, fat, older, and very dislikable. It was Alfred Hitchcock who decided to have him be young, handsome, and sympathetic.

Bates was played to wonderful perfection by Anthony Perkins.

Jack Torrance

Another character who was chosen to be portrayed in a different manner than the source material, Jack Torrance appeared in Stephen King’s The Shining.

Stanley Kubrick, in his 1980 film of the same name, took several liberties in modifying and tailoring the source material according to his own desires.

While casting for the role of Torrance, Kubrick had considered Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. However, he thought De Niro was “not psychotic enough” and Williams was “too psychotic” for the part. The role later went to Jack Nicholson.

Professor James Moriarty

Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Professor Moriarty was the ‘perfect archenemy’ in every sense of the term. He was the primary antagonist in Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.

Although Moriarty directly appeared in only two of Holmes stories, his impact was much greater as he was the one who pushed Holmes off a cliff to his presumed short-lived death.

The “Napoleon of crime”, as Holmes described him, has been featured heavily in adaptations of the stories as one the key characters and has been, more recently, portrayed by Jared Harris in film and Andrew Scott on television.


Speaking of the perfect archenemy, how can we miss Javert?

He was the primary antagonist in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, which has been famously adapted as a musical stage play as well as a feature film in 2013.

Javert might be one of the iconic villains but he is not inherently evil. According to Hugo, "[Javert] was a compound of two sentiments, simple and good in themselves, but he made them almost evil by his exaggeration of them: respect for authority and hatred of rebellion."  

Javert may be one of the last people who needed a police composite sketch as he was a lawman through and through.

Hannibal Lecter

Cold, calculated, and cunning, Hannibal Lecter is considered one of the greatest villains of all time.

The brilliant psychologist and ruthless murderer was featured in Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Tetralogy.

Lecter was portrayed by Brian Cox and, more famously, Anthony Hopkins in feature films, and Mads Mikkelsen on television.