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Is Hannibal Lecter based on a real person?
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Is Hannibal Lecter based on a real person?


M.C. Screwdriver
no he's not here is a little something you can find out more ...
"Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of novels by author Thomas Harris. Lecter is introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This novel and its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, feature Lecter as one of two primary antagonists. In the third novel, Hannibal, Lecter becomes the main character. His role as protagonist continues into the fourth novel, Hannibal Rising, which explores his childhood and development into a serial killer. Lecter's character also appears in all five film adaptations. The first movie, Manhunter, was loosely based on Red Dragon, and features Brian Cox as Lecter, inexplicably spelled as "Lecktor". In 2002, a second adaptation of Red Dragon was made under the original title, featuring Anthony Hopkins, who had previously played Lecter in the motion pictures The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. Hopkins won an Academy Award for his representation of the character in The Silence of the Lambs in 1991."
i would also like to add at the mention of ed gein :

"The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting impact on popular culture as evidenced by its many appearances in movies, music and literature. Gein's story was adapted into a number of movies including Stephen Johnston's In the Light of the Moon, later to be retitled Ed Gein for the US market[7] as well as Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield and Deranged. [8] Gein also influenced the nature of characters such as film killer Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs), Norman Bates (Psycho)[9], and Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Gein's influence can also be seen by the number of musical groups drawing inspiration from his crimes. There are a number of songs written about Gein including Blind Melon's "Skinned", [10] Macabre's "Ed Gein", [11], Mudvayne's "Nothing to Gein", and Slayer's "Dead Skin Mask", to name a few. In addition, a number of band names were derived from Gein including a band by the name of Ed Gein and a New York punk band by the name of Ed Gein's Car. Gidget Gein, a former bassist for the band Marilyn Manson even derived his stage name from Ed Gein. The band Plainfield, which includes the drummer and bassist of Mr. Bungle, took their name from the town that Gein lived and murdered in."

so he did inspire buffalo bill who made the movies silence of the lambs, but not actually based on him.

the character Hanibal is based on several people, but none that are decidedly similar to the character.

no he is a work of fiction. i do however the behaviors exhibited by him and those in books about him are compilations/synopsis of various real life serial killers i.e buffalo bill in SOTHL(ed gein) hannibal lecter (andre chikatilov,jeffrey dahmer) enough serial killer talk i'l have nightmares LOL

dad of four
Loosely based on several people- he's a composite of several notorious monsters-
Ed Gein- Plainfeild Ill. serial killer/canibal from late 50's.
Hitler- You've heard of him
Sigmond Freoud- Can't remember his name spelling, but he was considered a genius, like Hannibal very wise.
Ted Bundy- Another serial killer, from 70's though.

No, though Buffalo Bill the serial killer in Silence of the Lambs was.

Actually, yes. or more precisely, a few real serial killers.
The most focus was on Buffalo Bill. He was from Wisconsin. He used to skin women alive and use their skin to upholster his furniture.

No, but I heard Buffalo Bill is based on Ed Gein.

Yes he is.

yeah he is based off denis rodman... nice wikiapedia refrence too thats real factional

massked m
Yes he is.
His name is ,or i should say was Eddie Gien a wisconsin farmer who ate human organs and tanned skin for clothing and skull and bone for furniture

tongue in cheek
yeah - rumsfeld

yes he was

Natalie O
I've heard that he was loosely based on a serial killer from Wisconsin named Ed Geen (spelling?)

NO hes fictional.

i remember something about him in history. Something about elephants and the alps...

just a movie

Amber W
Most Definetly google it and you will see

He's a fictional character.

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