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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

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1,098 782
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

3
920 328
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

4
830 144
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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958 674
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,289 483
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

7
792 637
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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941 670
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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964 477
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

10
680 235
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Norman Bates Bates Motel - Bates Motel

11
650 441
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Constance Langdon American Horror Story

12
644 359
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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562 391
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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523 124
Joker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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307 307
Theodore

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773 450
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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400 375
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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497 451
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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494 379
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lysa Arryn Game of Thrones

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331 305
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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244 262
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

The Best Anime Series of All Time

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433 423

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484 208
Him is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added Him The Powerpuff Girls

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345 264
Greased Up Deaf Guy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Greased Up Deaf Guy Family Guy

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417 402
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Drusilla Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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306 266
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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393 372
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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353 193
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Weeping Angel Doctor Who

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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490 634
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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286 97
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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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410 351
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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208 149
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

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267 416
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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262 309
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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244 101
Pee-wee Herman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
dukesings added Pee-wee Herman Pee-wee's Playhouse

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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377 308
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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256 330
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

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160 95
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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309 446
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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200 166
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added Eric Cartman South Park

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220 164
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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129 212
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Zach Young Desperate Housewives

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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243 180
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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127 191
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

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159 107
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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177 121
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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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111 108
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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192 245
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Denzel Q. Crocker The Fairly OddParents

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167 118
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head

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194 196
Samuel
Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss