<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent offbeat Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/tags/offbeat http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/tags/offbeat <![CDATA[The Saddest Television Deaths Ever]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/saddest-television-deaths
Spoilers everywhere, of course! List of the saddest TV deaths as voted and ranked by fans. TV shows have long been able to penetrate the core of the human spirit, and audiences grow attached to characters they watch week after week and season after season. These TV character deaths are among the saddest, most memorable, and most gut wrenching to ever grace the silver screen - whether they were surprises or a long time coming. The list includes violent deaths, freak accidents, murders, deaths from illness, and a wide range of other sad TV death scenes.

Vote for those saddest TV deaths that impacted you most and watch them move to the top of the list, or click Re-Rank to make your own version of this list.
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Bobby Singer

Buffy Summers


Edith Bunker

Joyce Summers

Mark Greene


Eddard Stark

Robb Stark

Lt. Colonel Henry Blake

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<![CDATA[The Best TV Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-tv-villains-of-all-time
The best TV villains of all time rank among some of the greatest TV characters of all time as well as some of the creepiest TV characters ever. While some TV villains exist to make the lead characters appear more heroic, some of them are just plain old, nasty jerks. Regardless of their motivations, the top TV bad guys make us want to bust into the TV and kick some butt, fictional style.

Many of TV's greatest greatest villains didn't start that way; some of these men and women started out as virtuous people who took a skid into the darker ways of the world. Think of Breaking Bad's Gustavo Fring, a legitimate business man turned meth trafficking d-bag. Or Dexter Morgan who started out killing only bad guys and then went and got tangled up with killing people as a CYA offensive action. Of course, there's also people like Game of Throne's Joffrey Baratheon and The Simpsons' C. Montgomery Burns who seem to get off on tormenting people. They are the worst kind of awesome bad guys.

Who is the best bad guy on TV? What television shows have the greatest TV villains?  This best television villains list has all the top TV villains in one place for you to vote on. If your favorite TV villain isn't on the list of the greatest TV villains, make sure to add them so other voters get to hate them as much as you do.

Joffrey Baratheon

Mr. Burns

Sideshow Bob


Tony Soprano

Tywin Lannister

Benjamin Linus

The Joker

The Governor

Cigarette Smoking Man

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<![CDATA[The Best Serial Killer Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-serial-killer-movies/all-genre-movies-lists
List of the best serial killers movies. These movies center around infamous serial killers. This list may not be a complete catalogue of all the films about serial killers, but they are the greatest serial killer movies voted on by fans. Some of the best thrillers, horror and scary movies usually have a tormentor who scares the living wits out of the main characters and some times even kill them. These antagonists are the characters who make these serial killer movies so memorable.

Who can forget The Silence of the Lambs? That 1990 classic featured two of the most notorious movie serial killers in history with Buffalo Bill and of course, Hannibal Lecter who was so popular that he managed to spawn two more movies. Other infamous serial killer movies include Seven, which featured Kevin Spacey as John Doe, American Psycho, which introduced Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, and Basic Instinct where Sharon Stone played the unforgettable Catherine Tramell. The common thread between these complex serial killers is that their respective movies were beyond memorable and considered some of the popular, not of just of serial killers, but movies period.

What is the best serial killer movie? It's up to you to vote on what should be considered The Best Serial Killer Movie of all time. Pick the movies you think should be ranked high on this Ultimate List of the Best Serial Killer Movies.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

American Psycho

Basic Instinct






The Silence of the Lambs


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Fictional Serial Killers]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-fictional-serial-killers/mark
Who are the best fictional serial killers of all time? These are serial killers featured in television shows and on film. To be clear, there is a difference between a serial killer and a mass murderer. A serial killer is one who kills individually, stalking a victim and murdering them in cold blood. Some of the most memorable movie and TV characters ever have been serial killers, so be sure to vote for the ones you liked the most -- and vote down any you didn't like. Also, feel free to re-rank this list any way you want, and add any notable fictional serial killers who are missing.

The creepiest film and TV serial killers often steal the show with their terrifyingly cool, chilling scenes. They manage to elude the good guys who are dutifully tracking them down, often for most of a movie or television show. Eventually, almost all of the fictional serial killers listed here are caught, but not before they leave behind horrifying reminders of their sick and twisted abilities. They are, quite often, some of the best movie villains of all time or the creepiest characters on television.

When you think of the "best" fictional serial murderers, who comes to mind instantly? Hannibal Lecter? That's certainly one of the most famous and memorable serial killers ever on film, thanks to Anthony Hopkins (who won an Academy Award for the role in 'Silence of the Lambs'). Or how about mommy-obsessed Norman Bates (Anthony Hopkins), the serial killer who scared the wits out of everyone in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'? There is no doubt that both of these characters are iconic, and among the most utterly terrifying figures in film. Both, interestingly enough, were brought to the small screen in 2013: Lecter in the NBC horror drama 'Hannibal' and Bates in A&E's drama 'Bates Motel.'

Are serial killers the new vampires now? Could be. One thing is certain: The fictional serial killers listed here are among the characters you absolutely, positively do not ever want knocking at your door.

Dexter Morgan

Freddy Krueger

Hannibal Lecter

Jason Voorhees


Michael Myers

Norman Bates

Patrick Bateman

John Doe

Buffalo Bill

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<![CDATA[All of the Times Nicolas Cage Freaked Out on Screen, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-nicolas-cage-freak-out-scenes/derrick-deane
No one freaks out on film quite like Nicolas Cage. We've gathered some of our favorite freak out scenes from all the best (and a few of the worst) Nicolas Cage movies in his filmography and want to know which scene you think is the best. Cage is an actor who is both loved and hated, but one thing all film fans and movie goers can agree on is that his freak out scenes are some of the best in Hollywood. No one loses it and goes crazy quite like Mr. Nicolas Cage.

Is you favorite Nicolas Cage movie freak out his creepy, unnerving portrayal in Vampire's Kiss or the fake-drunk tantrum in National Treasure 2? Maybe you liked his over-the-top acting in Deadfall, the bunny fight in Con Air, or maybe you can't get enough of "The bees! No, not the bees!" from Wicker Man.

It's time to find out which Nic Cage freak out you this is the best and most amazing. So put the bunny in the box, file your papers correctly and get voting! Then be sure to cast your votes on the best Nicolas Cage movies list as well - even if they didn't feature a great freak out moment.

The opening credits haven't even finished appearing on screen in John Woo's sci-fi action flick and Cage is already off his rocker. Here, he's playing a freelance terrorist who, in this scene rocks out to "Hallelujah."
Matchstick Men
One of Cage's best freak out scenes comes in this Ridley Scott crime drama. Cage plays an obsessive-compulsive con man who, in this clip, needs a refill on his subscription. NOW!
Cage had his moments even early in his career. In a scene from the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck, Cage builds up the tension before exploding at the end demanding a big knife!
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Need to cause a scene in order for your partners to go about executing your not-so-legal plan? Cage demonstrates an excellent fake drunken rage here (at least, we think it's fake).
Peggy Sue Got Married
From the wacky pompadour to the high-pitched, cracky voice, Cage delivered quite the performance. Here's just a snippet of his unique role in this Francis Ford Coppola film.
The Rock
Arguably director Michael Bay's best movie, The Rock is actually light on Cage moments. However, we do get a glimmer of the classic Cage freak out when Sean Connery presses him about rockets containing deadly chemical bead things.
The Wicker Man
Chances are, if you're familiar with Nicolas Cage freak out scenes, this one ranks somewhere at the top. Ah, the bees!!
Vampire's Kiss
Make sure you file your papers under the right letter or else you'll get Cage yelling the alphabet at you.
Con Air
Only Cage would wage a fight to the death over a stuffed animal. 
Cage disrupts a bank robbery with another classic freak out moment in this Joel Schumacher thriller.

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<![CDATA[The Scariest Animals in the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-animals-you-are-the-most-scared-of
We're all more scared of one thing than another. Maybe it's the idea of being mauled by a Grizzly or having spiders crawl in your ear while you're sleeping. Maybe it's just the IDEA that a snake might be nearby. Whatever it is, vote on the animal that scares you the most, and of course, feel free to add any of the scariest animals in the world that might be missing from this list.

Any list of the scariest animals in the world will likely include sharks, spiders, and snakes. But what terrifies one person might not scare another at all. It's interesting to look at why certain animals strike fear, and others don't. Is it because many of the animals listed here are potentially deadly? Some spiders' bites can be horrible, but spiders can also be pretty amazing.

Sure, but that doesn't explain why cockroaches freak people out (if you don't believe me, just check the list, and see the votes for yourself). It's highly unlikely that you'll be done in by a killer cockroach – so what gives? Well, they're creepy, they're crawly and (depending on where you live) they *can* fly. That qualifies as scary.

And yes, some of the scariest animals listed here, we'll never ever encounter in real life. Oh, we might see a great white shark in an aquarium or on TV during Shark Week, but really? The odds of us actually coming face to face with a great white are pretty slim. Still, we've all seen Jaws, so that sucker shoots to the top of the list. And bats: Yes, some believe they are scary, but there are a lot of myths surrounding these and other animals that, if you knew more, might make them a bit less terrifying.

Which animals scare you the most? Are they insects? Reptiles? Mammals (and yes, this includes man)? Time to vote!


Black Widow Spider


Great white shark

Black mamba

Grizzly Bear





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<![CDATA[The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-druggiest-rock-stars-of-all-time/robert-wabash
Rock stars and drugs go together like football and beer: you could have one without the other and it would still be fun, but you would sense that something was missing. And in the world of rock and roll, musicians being whacked out on drugs and alcohol can be pretty entertaining (right up until they OD, of course. RIP).

This list of rock stars who used drugs was inspired by an article in the OC Weekly that chronicled the six druggiest rock stars of all time, but since we go big at Ranker, we added a few more to the mix. Because honestly, one thing the music world isn't lacking are train wrecks who drink and do drugs.

If you can think of other rock stars that deserve to be on the list that didn't make it in the first wave of qualifications (which basically consist of the ability to frighten one of the nurses at Promises upon checking into rehab), add them. But heed the criteria that your rock star must have a splendid past with drugs.

If you're looking for inspiration in the drugs and rock & roll arena (we'll assume the rest of the Internet can cover the "sex" part), the list of rock stars who have aged the worst is an excellent way to make you feel better about those gray hairs you've been denying. And if you're wondering what's to come of these miscreants of the mic after the drugs have run their course, there's the list of celebrity ODs we should have seen coming.

Amy Winehouse

Courtney Love

Jerry Garcia

Jimi Hendrix

Jim Morrison

Keith Richards

Kurt Cobain

Ozzy Osbourne

Sid Vicious

Whitney Houston

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<![CDATA[Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dead-musicians-you-most-want-to-see-perform-as-holograms/ron-mexico
A hologram wish-list for dead musicians. At the Coachella Music Festival in April of 2012, a holographic image of the deceased rapper Tupac Shakur "performed" live on stage with headliners Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. The hologram greeted Coachella fans specifically, then went into a bit of Tupac's hit "Hail Mary" before joining Snoop for "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted." Details of exactly how the effect was achieved were not released immediately after the event - for example, it's still unknown how the hologram was able to appear "in sync" with Snoop Dogg's live performance, nor is it clear whether the vocals being heard were entirely Tupac's. What is clear is that the performance had a huge emotional impact on the fans in the audience and those watching the show streaming on YouTube. It also became a pop culture reference and the Tupac hologram began popping up all over, click here to see other places Tupac has appeared.

So now that it's clear we have the technology to bring dead musicians back... who would you most want to see perform "live" from beyond the grave? Vote for the musicians or bands that you'd like to see revived in holographic form, and if I've forgotten your favorite long lost rock star, enter their name at the bottom of the page and add them to the list!

Bob Marley

Elvis Presley

Freddie Mercury

Jimi Hendrix

Jim Morrison

Johnny Cash

John Lennon

Kurt Cobain

Ludwig van Beethoven

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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<![CDATA[The Creepiest Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-balloons/anabel-conner
In the United States every November, the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade draws more than 3.5 million New Yorkers to the streets, and 50 million more people will watch from the comfort of their homes. The parade, which has been around since 1924 (and televised starting in 1952), has become just as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and green bean casserole for many in America on this distinctly American holiday. Traditional to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade itself are the enormous, colorful, and quite often creepy balloons.

After all, what better way to celebrate a day of serious poultry gorging followed by the year's most duly earned case of bloat? Who can resist a giant air-filled Homer Simpson gliding over Times Square? What kid won't lose his mind with delight seeing a 50-foot tall Buzz Lightyear or Mickey Mouse? The excitement of these mega balloons, coupled with a pumpkin pie induced sugar high is almost hard to contain on Thanksgiving Day.

However, these things aren't always daisies and rainbows. Since the parade's beginning, there have been some downright creepy Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. Gargantuan leering cats, deflated and maimed looking storybook characters, and, hey... if you have even a tiny smidge of a clown phobia, you better hope that post-turkey coma sets in before you're faced with a looming 47-foot tall Ronald McDonald.

Check out some of these historic, helium-filled nightmares and vote up the most creep-tastic examples of Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons before all the pumpkin pie is gone!


A Horrifying Scarecrow
The fleshy, lumpy skin on this scarecrow balloon is enough to make one wish they could teleport to Kansas just to escape it.
A Bulbous-Nosed Pinocchio
Okay. Just exactly how big of a lie did this guy tell? It had to be a whopper to warrant a schnoz of such Hindenburg proportions. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that this 1937 style Pinocchio wasn't magically turned into a real boy.
A Freaky Hovering Turkey
If you were a kid, and you saw this coming at you, would you ever celebrate Thanksgiving again?
Alligator With Seasonal Depression
This alligator is so mopey, he's hardly striking any fear into the hearts of parade onlookers, which was obviously the measure of a good balloon back in the day.
A Very Angry Captain Nemo
You know that old song and the saying, "I Love A Parade?" Well, this 1929 Captain Nemo balloon does not.
Faceless Sky Dancer
The face of this Sky Dancer deflated during the 69th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in 1995, horrifying little girls across the country.
Disembodied Smirking Head
Well, well, well. You can almost hear this guy cackling about his evil plot to take over the city, while kneading his hands together furiously and pacing the floor, even though he has no hands to knead, and no legs to pace. Just a cackling head on a string... muah-ha-ha-haaa-ing his way into the nightmares of children everywhere.
The Catatonic Eddie Cantor
The actual Eddie Cantor looked nothing like his balloon recreation, which appears as if it has been sniffing some strong glue. Cantor was best known for lifting his voice in song, but with those eyes like saucers and the backwards arms... he'd probably be hard pressed to lift anything, let alone holiday spirits. At least he's sporting some bling.
A Dragon With a Mouth Full of Razor Teeth
"Nothing says 'Happy Holidays' like a giant evil dragon balloon with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth," said nobody ever.
The Strung-Out Lion
It's totally obvious that Linus the Lion had a little bit of a substance abuse problem back in 1973... He was probably huffing helium.

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<![CDATA[10 Times You Didn't Notice the Killer in 'Too Many Cooks']]> http://www.ranker.com/list/too-many-cooks-hidden-killer-appearances/chris-abraham
"Too Many Cooks" may be the breakout viral video of 2014. (Seriously, watch it if you haven't already.) What started as an untitled promo airing at 4 a.m. on Adult Swim has turned into one of the most original and disturbing pieces of video the world has ever embraced. Parodying popular sitcoms of the '80s and '90s, "Too Many Cooks" begins as an innocent and silly homage that goofs on the title credits of shows like "Family Matters" or "Step by Step." However, the video takes a dark and bizarre turn halfway through its 11 minute runtime, when it's revealed that a killer is murdering all the actors on the show. What many don't know is that the killer is cleverly hidden among the actors from the very beginning of the video - and if you only watched the video once, chances are you probably missed some of his appearances.

This list shows all the secret locations of the killer in "Too Many Cooks," including sneaky background shots that you didn't notice the first time. The video is 10 times creepier once you realize the murderer was lurking among the family members the entire time, so don't say we didn't warn you when you realize he was there all along.

0:21 To The Right of Morgan Burch

4:13 Hidden in the Painting

0:30 Sitting On The Stairs

2:26 On the Stairs Again

1:14 Behind the Toddler

1:38 Behind Gregory Rose

1:54 Walking Through the Office

3:03 Behind the Cop

2:03 Behind the Wall

In the Final Family Photo

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