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After Dexter: New blood discontinued this year, many fans were delighted to see what the former blood analyst had conceived since he imitated his death back in season 8. They came up with a mass of unique theories about who might be a villain, how Dexter would manage to get away from his crimes, or whether they thought he could be caught. However, it turned out that things did not go as they expected.

In fact, the only thing they seem to have succeeded in is the restoration of some complex and horrible villains (who either complement Dexter by revealing his best qualities, or simply turning the mirror to a man who may eventually be a monster). But even though Kurt Caldwell proved to be a worthy enemy, did he prove to be as memorable as the other villains?

Updated May 13, 2022 by Kaylee Banks: Although The season finale Dexter: New Blood set a new TV record, this is not exactly the reason why the show will be remembered by fans. Despite all the controversial endings and contradictions, one thing the public praises writers for is dynamic villains. Although some are remembered more than others, each villain turned out to have significantly influenced the story and helped keep the intrigue going. This is definitely one of the reasons why fans are revisiting the show in the coming years.

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12 Dexter Morgan, Butcher in Harbor Bay

Dexter Morgan is arrested in the New Blood finale

Given that Dexter’s entire arch was debating whether he was capable of being good, even though he’s a serial killer, fans weren’t surprised that Dexter became what he was trying to avoid.

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In Season 9, Dexter turned from an antihero into a full-fledged villain when he shocked viewers by violating his own code and killing the innocent Logan for the sake of self-preservation. He didn’t care how this death would affect other city dwellers, and even made it clear to Harrison that he also likes to kill for his own pleasure (which was one of the reasons for his death). For fans, it was a serious disappointment to see that the years of character development are solved in minutes.


11 Oliver Saxon, brain surgeon

Picture of Oliver opening the car door to Dexter

The Brain Surgeon, otherwise known as Oliver Saxon, is a model of all the bad things in Season 8 Dexter. After spending the entire 7th season, creating a scene where Dexter was the only character who could reasonably create conflict, the writers instead represent Oliver Saxon (the character who should represent who Dexter was – foil).

Theoretically it’s a good idea, but ignoring the fact that almost every single villain has such a relationship with Dexter, Oliver Saxon’s characterization never goes beyond the surface. Not only that, Dexter ultimately deals with Saxon in an incredibly anti-climactic and unpleasant manner.


10 Travis Marshall, Doomsday Killer

Travis ’greatest sin is falling victim to one too many plot twists, the most outrageous of which is painfully obvious: Travis is the real doomsday killer, not Professor Gellar (who was killed by Travis 3 years before the events of Season 6).

This “turn” disappointed many fans, as it seemed to the author Dexter fueled by the stigma surrounding mental health and disorders. Travis, as a character, only gets worse over time because of these outdated and harmful stereotypes, and the only interesting thing that came out of his arc is that his death will directly lead Debra to learn that her brother is a serial killer.


9 Jordan Chase

An image of Jordan Chase looking like a cold stone in Dexter

Jordan Chase kind of has to finish so long on the plan. Where other major villains act alone or share the spotlight with each other, rarely unrelated antagonists, Jordan Chase shares his place as a villain with the rest of the Gang of Barrels girls – though he is the face and ultimately account of the most famous member.

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However, Jordan is a bit of a soft face-wise that to some extent. It should be undemanding to some degree, but it can come off too undemanding. His relationship with Dexter is at least interesting, and he becomes a decent antagonist for the Lumen arc when all is said and done.


8 Captain Maria Lagertta

Picture of Maria Lagerta sitting at her desk in Dexter

Although Dexter not always knowing what to do with Lagerta, her finale seemed obvious already in season 2: to reveal the truth about Doax. Everything in her career leads to the fact that in the 7th season she can safely explore Dexter without sending out a plot (something that almost allows her to succeed).

Lagerta isn’t exactly a real villain even in her season, but it honestly works in her favor. She is unobtrusive in the story, and every scene she has in Season 7 is important for moving her plot and arch forward. Dexter substitutes her, makes a great turn, and Deb shoots Lagertta even better.


7 Isaac Sirko, head of the Cat Brotherhood

Picture of Isaac relaxing on a couch in Dexter

Although Isaac, unlike most antagonists, does not survive his entire season, he leaves a pretty strong impression. Without even telling a story, he is just one of the best written and played characters Dexter. Ray Stevenson understands Isaac at a level where other actors in the series did not understand their characters (except Jimmy Smiths as Miguel). It brings a level of depth and nuance to Isaac.

Isaac is also one of the few villains who really defies Dexter. The guy is trying to kill Dexter in a random shooting. Even if all his resources are spent, Isaac is a serious threat to Dexter. Quote Deb, this guy is “Terminator”.


6 Lila West

The only brunette in the long line of love interests of Dexter, Lila – all that Rita is not. She allows Dexter’s bad behavior by forcing him not to change, and she gives him a space where Dexter can emotionally be himself, while all the arrogance of his relationship with Rita is that he can hide who he is. Lila opens up a good arc for Dexter that makes his bond with Rita stronger, but he can be very annoying.

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Lila shares an antagonistic spot in Season 2 with Doax, and she eventually serves as Dexter’s “final boss”. She brings a lot of tension to the series, but her presence is sometimes too heavy, and she can often be a distraction, especially after the Bay Harbor butcher’s investigation begins.




5 Brian Moser, the killer from the ice truck

While not the first major serial killer, Dexter is coming forward chronologically (as fans will be able to see from the mini-episodes Dexter’s Early Slices – which precedes Season 1), but Brian Moser, aka Ice Truck Killer, is the first to really impress Dexter. It certainly helps that Brian Moser is Dexter’s long-lost biological brother.

Although this seems like a stupid sentence, this turn handles exceptionally well, and Brian is slowly making his way into Dexter’s life. In a twist, Dexter doesn’t even hate Brian. He wants to connect and be with his brother. But Dexter is more complicated than he thinks, and his relationship with Brian has always been built on murder that violated Harry’s Code.


4 Sergeant James Doaks

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Doax always knew something was wrong with Dexter, but no one could have expected him to pay attention to Dexter in the second season. Dexter so well appreciated. He was not afraid to kill Doax’s character, understanding his personality meant he needed to catch Dexter or die.

Naturally, Doax does the latter, but oddly enough, not because of Dexter. Most likely, Lila kills Doax. However, he catches Dexter at the disposal of the evidence and even manages to secure his trophies. Unfortunately, Dox’s story of bad behavior leads to him being mistakenly called a butcher from Bay Harbor.


3 Arthur Mitchell, Trinity Assassin

The most successful serial killer in America … who got away with it. Arthur Mitchell, like most antagonists Dexter, demolished not the Miami subway, but Dexter Morgan. Unlike previous antagonists, however, there are terrible consequences for Dexter, who is trying to save Arthur for himself.

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Compared to the other serial killers on the show, Arthur was definitely one of the most memorable. He was not only one of the few people who had a huge impact on Dexter’s life (killing Rita and taking her away from him and the lives of his children), but it was also observed that he influenced the characters long after his death. Fans will never forget the major showdown between Dexter and him at the end of Season 4.


2 ADA Miguel Prada

Probably because he is a serial killer and Miguel is not, many fans consider Skinner, George King, the real main villain of Season 3. This makes sense to some extent, as it fits the pattern set in season 1, and George King – this is seen in episode 12, while Miguel is killed at the end of 11. However, it is Miguel that moves the whole plot forward.

His relationship with Dexter is the arrogance of Season 3, and the manipulations that underlie Miguel’s “friendship” are what ultimately drive the plot and the last act. Miguel himself is one of the most intricately written characters in the show, who lies, it would seem, is not easy at all – to such an extent that it is difficult to understand who Miguel really is. However, all that makes his speech much more convincing.


1 Kurt Caldwell, Fugitive Assassin

Picture of Kurt sitting in a booth in Dexter

Although fans quickly realized that Kurt was the Killer on the Highway as soon as they saw his eyes, he established himself as one of the scariest and scariest villains to appear on the show. He may have seemed charismatic and charming on the surface, but when the writers really began to develop Kurt’s arc, viewers were horrified by the secrets he hid as well as by his darkness.

Unlike some of the other villains in the show, Kurt was also able to catch many viewers by surprise when he was either sneaking into the shadows or kidnapping and killing his victims without noticing them (including Dexter). He definitely was one of Dexter’s smartest and most cunning people ever encountered on the show.

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