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When the fox hears the rabbit scream, he comes a-runnin'... but not to help.
~ Mason's most famous line

Mason Verger is the main antagonist of the 1999 novel Hannibal and its 2001 film adaptation.

He is a sadistic pedophile who masterminds a scheme to capture Hannibal Lecter and feed him to wild boars as revenge for Lecter paralyzing and disfiguring him years earlier.

He was portrayed in the film by Gary Oldman, who also played Norman Stansfield in The Professional, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element, Carnegie in The Book of Eli and Vladislav Dukhovich in The Hitman's Bodyguard.


This section is too long. Visit here for more details: Mason Verger's Synopsis on the Villains Wiki.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • He raped and assaulted his own sister, Margot. (novel only)
  • He molested, raped, and otherwise abused dozens of children.
  • He forces Margot to work for him as a bodyguard, even though he knows she despises him. (novel only)
  • He continually torments Margot by dangling the possibility of providing his sperm for her and her partner Judy to conceive a child, but never delivering. (novel only)
  • He derives pleasure from making children cry and flavoring his martinis with their tears.
  • He and dictator Idi Amin once murdered a migrant worker by nailing him to a cross in a twisted imitation of the Crucifixion of Christ.
  • He once starved two dogs for days just out of curiosity.
  • He used his family's political influence to escape jail time for child molestation.
  • After Lecter disfigured him, he bribed multiple politicians in an unsuccessful attempt to have Lecter sentenced to death.
  • He spent years planning to murder Lecter by feeding him to wild boars bred for the purpose.
  • After his disfigurement, he derives sexual pleasure from emotionally abusing children and making them cry.
  • He hires sex offender Cordell Doemling as his caretaker.
  • He bribes Paul Krendler to discredit Clarice Starling in order to draw Lecter out of hiding.
  • He bribes Rinaldo Pazzi into illegally capturing Lecter.
  • He has Lecter and Starling kidnapped.
  • He forces a reluctant Cordell to watch Lecter's execution.
  • After Lecter escapes, he berates Margot for letting it happen— just before she kills him. (novel only)


  • Mason Verger is, alongside Commodus, Raynald of Châtillon, Guy of Lusignan, Miss Gribben, Sir Godfrey, Harlan DeGroat and Niander Wallace, one of the six Ridley Scott villains to be Pure Evil.
  • Mason Verger is, alongside Vladis Grutas, one of the only two Hannibal Lecter villains to be Pure Evil.

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