Ahab refers to a specific character archetype. The term is derived from the character of Captain Ahab from Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and describes an individual who has an intimate, yet adversarial relationship with a known serial killer. An Ahab knows the true nature about the individual and will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice, even at the cost of his own reputation or life. The term was first introduced in the 2006 film Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon in which the title character, Leslie Vernon, describes Robert Englund's character, Doc Halloran, as his "Ahab". Arguably, the most famous example of an Ahab is the character of Doctor Sam Loomis from the Halloween franchise.
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