TV Character The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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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 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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#1126 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#254 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#8 on The Best Family Guy Characters of All Time

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

Actor: Harry Shearer

Occupation: Company owner

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#92 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#2 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#1 on The Fictional Bosses You'd Least Like to Work For

#28 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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#309 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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

#4 on The Very Best Oscar Winning Performances

#26 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

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Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#63 on The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

#202 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#22 on The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

#152 on The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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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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#227 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#58 on The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

#33 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#101 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Series: Lost

Actor: Michael Emerson

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#265 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#10 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#60 on The Greatest Breakout Characters in TV History

#681 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
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Series: It

Actor: Tim Curry

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#307 on The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

#178 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#1912 on The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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

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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

#42 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#8 on The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

#15 on The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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