Hannibal Lecter

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Name: Hannibal Lecter
Occupation: Surgeon, Psychiatrist, Serial Killer, The Chesapeake Ripper, Hannibal the Cannibal
Relationships: Mischa Lecter (Deceased Sister),
Lady Murasaki (Aunt), Clarice Starling (Book Love Interest), Will Graham (TV Friend & Love Interest)
Fandom: Hannibal (TV Series), The Silence of the Lambs,
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Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of novels by Thomas Harris. He has also appeared in various film and TV adaptations. Lecter is a psychiatrist and a serial killer who cannibalizes his victims.


He appeared in 4 Thomas Harris novels: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. Anthony Hopkins portrayed Hannibal in the first 3 movie adaptations, beginning with The Silence of the Lambs (1988). He reprised this role in Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002). In Hannibal Rising he was portrayed by Gaspard Ulliel.

Mads Mikkelsen also portrayed the character in the NBC series, Hannibal.


Books & Movies

Hannibal Lecter/Clarice Starling is the most popular pairing.

TV Series

The dominant pairing in this fandom is Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter. Other pairings for Hannibal include the canon het pairings of Bedelia Du Maurier/Hannibal Lecter and Alana Bloom/Hannibal Lecter.

Very soon after the first episode aired, some fans expressed their dislike of the slash pairing of Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham. These fans of the original books and movies appear to have been unhappy with the queer interpretation of Hannibal Lecter by new fans.[1] Others appear to have been unhappy with the prevalence of the Hannigram pairing when they viewed Clarice/Hannibal as been the canon pairing. [2]






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  1. ^ Gay cannibal fiction divides “Hannibal” fans, The Daily Dot, 15 April 2013. Accessed on 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ People who ship Will/Hannibal need to stop tumblr post by thecarnalcannibal, 12 April 2013. Accessed 7 May 2018.