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The creepiest characters on television mess with our heads, leave us wondering and stick in our heads for a long time after their respective TV shows air. These are the fictional TV characters we love to hate for one reason or another. They might not be the scariest TV characters in a traditional sense but these are the creepiest characters on our favorite recent TV shows.

Creepy television characters come in all types with each taking creepy to a new and different level. Some don't hide their creepiness, such as Herbert, the suspected pedophile from "Family Guy," or Dexter Morgan, the serial killer/forensic blood splatter analyst from the Showtime series "Dexter." Fans know what to expect from that type of creepy character but often it's the creepers who leave you guessing that are the creepiest TV characters of all.

Take Walter White, the main character in the Emmy Award-winning drama "Breaking Bad." Mr. White was a seemingly harmless family man and high school teacher who "broke bad" and took on an alter ego capable of unspeakable crimes. The uncertainty of the realm of possibility for the character makes him incredibly fascinating and beyond creepy.

The same goes for characters that are highly secretive or not completely explained which opens the doors for all types of creepy. "LOST" fans didn't know what the elusive Smoke Monster was for nearly all six seasons the show aired but it was well established that it was definitely a threat to take seriously.

Whether these creepy TV characters put all their cards on the table and embrace their creepy tendencies or leave fans guessing what they will do next, each offer plenty of food for thought on some of our favorite television shows. Everyone is creeped out by something or other so if we missed your favorite creepy TV character, add him, her or it below.
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Herbert


Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Series: Family Guy

Actor: Mike Henry

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Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Mr. Burns


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Series: The Simpsons

Actor: Harry Shearer

Occupation: Company owner

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#98 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#3 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#2 on Simpsons Characters Who Most Deserve Spinoffs

#30 on The Greatest Fictional Bosses

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Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Hannibal Lecter


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Series: Hannibal

Actor: Mads Mikkelsen, Anthony Hopkins

Occupation: Psychiatrist, Serial killer

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#4 on The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked

#5 on The Very Best Oscar Winning Performances

#26 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#20 on The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Series: It

Actor: Tim Curry

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#3 on The Fictional Monsters You'd Least Like to Have After You

#26 on The Best Movie Villains of All Time

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Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Newman


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Series: Seinfeld

Actor: Wayne Knight

Occupation: Mail carrier

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#33 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#23 on The Greatest TV Neighbors

#30 on The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

#6 on The Best Seinfeld Characters

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Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Glenn Quagmire


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Series: Family Guy

Actor: Seth MacFarlane

Occupation: Pilot, Airline Pilot

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#21 on The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

#13 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#29 on The Greatest TV Neighbors

#29 on The Greatest Perpetual Bachelors in TV History

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Benjamin Linus


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Series: Lost

Actor: Michael Emerson

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#10 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#7 on The Best LOST Characters

#59 on The Greatest Breakout Characters in TV History

#7 on Fictional Characters Named Ben

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Series: Dexter

Actor: Michael C. Hall, Devon Graye

Occupation: Serial killer, Bloodstain pattern analyst, Scientist

Episode: The British Invasion, There's Something About Harry, Left Turn Ahead

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#26 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#6 on The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

#41 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#65 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

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