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When the fox hears the rabbit scream he comes a-runnin'... but not to help.
~ Mason Verger

Mason Verger is the main antagonist in the book and the 2001 film Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.

In the 2001 film, he was portrayed by the legendary British actor, Gary Oldman, who also played Baron Ruber, General GrawlLord Shen, and Dreyfus.. In the Hannibal TV series, he was portrayed by Michael Pitt in the season 2, and Joe Anderson in the NBC televsion series as a recurring antagonist.


Verger is the only surviving victim of Hannibal Lecter, who was high on drugs when Hannibal convinced him to simultaneously hang himself and cut off most of his own face with a knife ("It seemed like a good idea at the time") leaving him crippled and horrifically deformed. He is a highly sadistic pedophile who enjoys watching children suffer, and even after being crippled by Lecter he continues to torment children emotionally. Verger also drinks martinis with children's tears in them. Before his injuries, he practised other paraphilias such as zoosadism, sadomasochism and auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Verger is obsessed with getting revenge on Hannibal Lecter, and during the story he tries to lure him into a trap by kidnapping Clarice Starling, working with Clarice's personal enemy Paul Krendler. In the book, he is killed at the end by his long-suffering and disturbed sister Margot (who doesn't appear in the movie). In the film, Hannibal convinces Verger's assistant Cordell to turn on his abusive and ungrateful master and push him into a pit of vicious boars he bred to kill, promising Cordell that he himself will take the blame. Convinced, Cordell pushes Verger into the pen before leaving, and Verger is last seen being torn apart and eaten by the omnivorous boars.

Hannibal (TV Series)

Main article: Mason Verger (TV)



  • Due to his heartless and twisted nature, he is widlely and highly considered to be one of the worst, most dangerous, most grotesque, and most disgusting villains of Hannibal Lecter series (besides Vladis Grutas only). Perhaps, Mason proves that Hannibal Lecter is not that vile compared to Verger.
           Hannibal Villains

Hannibal LecterFrancis Dolarhyde† • Buffalo Bill† • Mason Verger† • Rinaldo Pazzi† • Cordell Doemling† • Vladis Grutas† • Grutas' Group† (Petras Kolnas† • Zigmas Milko† • Enrikas Dortlich† • Bronys Grentz† • Kazys Porvik†) • Paul Momund† • Dieter

TV series
Hannibal LecterAlana BloomGarret Jacob Hobbs† • Abel Gideon† • Tobias Budge† • Randall Tier† • EvaClark IngramEldon StammetsElliot Buddish† • Tobias Budge† • Lawrence WellsKade PrurnellMason Verger† • Matteo Deogracias† • Tommaso† • Francis Dolarhyde