8. Patrick Bateman ('American Psycho,' 2000)
Imagine every unattractive aspect of the go-go Eighties — the greed, the me-first materialism, the narcissism — stuffed into one trim, super-attractive package. Now imagine this same hot-bod embodiment of corporate success being the ultimate sociopath. Filmmaker Mary Harron managed to locate the razor-sharp satire of the late Reagan era that novelist Bret Easton Ellis had buried under his Grand Guignol prose, but credit goes to Christian Bale for making Patrick Bateman a first-rate sick fuck, turning a white-collar master of the universe into "murders and executions" (and analyzing Huey Lewis songs) into the most soulless wonder on Wall Street. "I simply am not there," he says. If it wasn't for the skin-care regiments and the carnage, he wouldn't even know that he existed at all.