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Most violent crime series of all time, from Breaking Bad to Dexter!

Our favorite crime dramas are notorious for keeping us on the edge of our seats as we follow the plot twists and sense of intrigue that keep us coming back for more, but have you ever wondered which show has the most shocking number of crimes committed?

Interested to find this out, compiled data for 15 of the most popular crime dramas, tallying the number of murders in each series, and revealing the most violent villain of all time!

RankingSeriesNumber of Murders per EpisodeTotal Murder Count
4Breaking Bad2.8173
5Better Call Saul2.098
10Peaky Blinders0.823

1. Gotham | 1,385 kills can reveal that Gotham is the crime show with the highest number of murders committed, with a total of 1,385 kills. Running for a total of five seasons, means almost 14 people are murdered per episode. Having premiered in 2014, this popular superhero crime series develops its story about Bruce Wayne before he became Batman.


2. Dexter | 920 kills

Ranking  second is Dexter with 920 total murders committed, and nearly 10 kills per episode on average. Running for eight seasons since  2006, this popular series features the double life of serial killer Dexter Morgan, which wrapped up after its finale released last January. 

3. Ozark | 241 kills 

Netflix crime series Ozark is in third place with 241 murders committed and 5.5 murders per episode, on average. Set around the Lake of the Ozarks, this show started with a money laundering scheme that leads to the relocation of Marty Byrde and his entanglement with local criminals. 


Top 10 most violent crime show characters

RankingCharactersSeriesTotal Murder CountCharacter’s total number of murders 
1Bane/Eduardo DorranceGotham1,385336
2Arthur MitchellDexter920279
3Darlene SnellOzark24163
4Walter WhiteBreaking Bad17332
5Marco SalamancaBetter Call Saul9827
7Jim MoriartySherlock4613
8Penelope BlossomRiverdale4410
10Tommy ShelbyPeaky Blinders239
Advertisements found out that Eduardo Dorrance, also known as Bane, is named the most violent crime show character of all time with 336 murders committed in the Gotham TV series. As the leading member of Delta Force and supervillain operating in Gotham City, Bane accounts for nearly 25% of all kills in the TV series. 

Arthur Mitchell ranks as the second most violent crime show character, having killed a staggering 279 people in Dexter. Being the main antagonist throughout the four seasons of the series, he accounts for over 30% of all the murders in the show, almost double the 141 people killed by the main character Dexter Morgan. 

Coming in third place is Darlene Snell with 63 victims on the show Ozark. Although the Mexican drug cartel, Lagunas cartel, is responsible for an estimated number of 124 murders in the show, Darlene Snell is the person who single-handedly killed the most in this series (26%), including the surprising murder of her husband. 


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