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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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1,047 361
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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1,162 860
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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978 173
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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1,017 734
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,368 538
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

7
827 684
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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1,019 719
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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1,037 513
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

10
746 261
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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696 471
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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691 407
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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592 419
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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636 144
Joker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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345 335
Theodore

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814 468
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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426 396
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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538 497
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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534 405
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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350 327
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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275 282
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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456 437

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523 223
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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367 285
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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330 284
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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428 420
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Drusilla Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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384 202
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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416 400
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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518 672
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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309 108
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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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434 367
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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229 164
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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292 430
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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289 325
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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274 110
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

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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389 327
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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262 339
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

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166 104
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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243 169
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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312 460
ALF is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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218 189
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added Eric Cartman South Park

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136 221
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Zach Young Desperate Housewives

The Best Episodes of Arrow

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250 189
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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192 127
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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212 254
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Denzel Q. Crocker The Fairly OddParents

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136 201
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

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118 113
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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173 120
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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182 126
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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205 203
Samuel
Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss