There are two opposing beliefs about criminals. Some believe that they are dumb with IQs averaging eight points below the norm. That score is the average of those who got caught. Which leads us to the next belief. Criminals, at least those who lived their entire life in luxury through crime are geniuses.
It is rumoured that the mafia leader Al Capone had an IQ of 200. An example of a criminal with a verified exceptional intelligence (IQ 170, at age 10) is the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski. He was a successful researcher in mathematics before he turned against the society. Other famous high IQ scorers among the criminals are Richard Loeb (child iq 160) and Nathan Leopold (child iq 210) at the beginning of the 20th century.
10. Tom Ripley - The Talented Mr. Ripley
He makes a living using his talents in forgery, lying and impersonation but the greatest trick was taking two identities simultaneously. Although, people eventually learned of his crimes, he never got caught.
9. Jason Bourne - Bourne Ultimatum
It seems Matt Damon is the demented genius kind.
Although Jason Bourne is known for his physical prowess and for his ability to kill about a thousand people alone, looking at his character deeper would reveal a splash of genius too.
Bourne is a machine. His genius lies in one field and that is the field of murder. He speaks several languages, can plan an attack in a building in less than one second and can improvise ways of survival like he would chew a gum. According to his own words:
I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking.
8. The Joker - The Dark Knight
Understandably, The Dark Knight Joker version stands out.
Batman is a genius in technology but Joker has a wider understanding of humanity. He was the one who put the “good citizens” in one boat and the “criminals” in another. Each holding a trigger that will blow up the other.
It is a dilemma that no one would want to be put into.
7. Hannibal Lecter - Silence of the Lambs
As demented as it may seem, Lecter portrays a deep understanding of human behavior. He gives the feeling that if we understand half of what he does, we would know for sure that he is the one living life the right way and we all are doing it wrong.
That behavior is that of a predator.
6. John Doe – Se7en
No one can say it better than he did:
David Mills: Wait, I thought all you did was kill innocent people.
John Doe: Innocent? Is that supposed to be funny? An obese man… a disgusting man who could barely stand up; a man who if you saw him on the street, you’d point him out to your friends so that they could join you in mocking him; a man, who if you saw him while you were eating, you wouldn’t be able to finish your meal. After him, I picked the lawyer and I know you both must have been secretly thanking me for that one. This is a man who dedicated his life to making money by lying with every breath that he could muster to keeping murderers and rapists on the streets!…A woman… so ugly on the inside she couldn’t bear to go on living if she couldn’t be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug dealing pederast, actually! And let’s not forget the disease-spreading whore! Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that’s the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I’m setting the example. What I’ve done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed… forever.
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