List of vigilantes in popular culture

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This is a list of vigilantes featured in popular culture and entertainment media. For commentary, see the main vigilante article.




  • Crossfire by Miyuki Miyabe
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister (1902), the first American western novel based on the theme of "frontier justice"
  • Zorro (1919) by Johnston McCulley
  • Blue Belle (1988) by Andrew Vachss
  • Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, explicitly about an ex-US Navy SEAL wiping out a gang of drug dealers
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004), Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005), and Dexter in the Dark (2007) by Jeff Lindsay, with adapted TV series Dexter (2006), all about fictional character Dexter Morgan who by day is a blood splatter expert for the Miami-Dade Police Department and by night hunts down and kills those who he feels "deserve to die"
  • A Stout Cord and a Good Drop by James Gaitis (Globe Pequot, 2006), a lengthy literary work of historical fiction based on a rigorous analysis of the facts associated with the Montana Vigilantes, the infamous Montana hanging spree of 1863-64, and the foundation of the Montana Territory in the midst of the American Civil War
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, The Vigils, a semi-private group (students and teachers know of them but do not speak of them) who run the school, giving students "assignments" that bend or break school rules and regulations
  • The Executioner by Don Pendleton, a book series about an ex-US Army Master Sergeant sniper named Mack Bolan and his "war" against the Mafia
  • For All the Rude People, the protagonist kills people that are rude to young or less fortunate people
  • Khabardar Shahri (rough Hindi translation of "vigilante"), one of the most famous vimal series of novels by Surender Mohan Pathak in which the hero, a serious offender on brink of reform takes up arms once again to punish five rapists one of whom is nephew of the kingpin of the local crime syndicate which results in a new gang war and the unfortunate Vimal find himself back in world of violence
  • Dirty Weekend (1991) by Helen Zahavi is about a young woman who kills seven predatory males over three nights. It was later made into a movie (1993) by film director Michael Winner.
  • Heart's Blood (2012) by Jess C Scott is a rape and revenge themed novelette, written in a series of email exchanges.

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