Graveyard Shift 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
Herbert Family Guy

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever The Most Hated Game of Thrones Characters

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795 296
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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1,019 713
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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681 115
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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914 610
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,199 424
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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740 593
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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870 627
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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880 441
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

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605 212
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Norman Bates Bates Motel - Bates Motel

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596 416
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Constance Langdon American Horror Story

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590 325
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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373 341
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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738 423
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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447 412
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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261 281
Theodore

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518 365
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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462 354
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lysa Arryn Game of Thrones

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305 284
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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419 402

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408 109
Joker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

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206 241
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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317 233
Greased Up Deaf Guy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Greased Up Deaf Guy Family Guy

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430 191
Him is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added Him The Powerpuff Girls

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273 240
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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355 340
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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320 181
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Weeping Angel Doctor Who

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461 590
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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258 81
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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182 127
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

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396 380
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Drusilla Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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247 397
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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234 285
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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207 89
Pee-wee Herman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
dukesings added Pee-wee Herman Pee-wee's Playhouse

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382 333
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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355 286
Waylon Smithers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wiabux added Waylon Smithers The Simpsons

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296 425
ALF is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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178 144
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added Eric Cartman South Park

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199 153
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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120 200
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Zach Young Desperate Housewives

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228 372
Smoke Monster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Smoke Monster LOST

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237 166
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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245 316
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

The Best Arrested Development Characters The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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107 97
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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120 176
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

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145 95
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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143 86
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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154 105
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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176 231
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Denzel Q. Crocker The Fairly OddParents

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178 181
Samuel
Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss