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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3,216 769
Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

2
1,421 514
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal

3
1,469 294
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

4
1,353 1,162
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Simpsons

5
1,183 1,023
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Seinfeld

6
963 908
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

7
1,667 806
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

8
1,304 654
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

9
1,037 347
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Bates Motel - Bates Motel

10
1,229 910
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter

11
884 599
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
American Horror Story

12
1,011 270
Joker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added

13
903 558
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

14
758 509
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

15
1,019 553
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

16
548 499
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StephanieSalus added The X-Files

17
441 450
Theodore

18
656 503
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
936 290
Him is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added The Powerpuff Girls

20
662 706
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

21
434 430
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Heroes

22
370 377
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

23
545 506

24
552 246
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Doctor Who

25
425 353
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Sherlock, Elementary

26
457 411
Greased Up Deaf Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Family Guy

27
476 495
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

28
443 172
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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

29
381 490
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Office

30
506 542
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Family Guy

31
306 242
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis and Butt-head

32
515 454
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Supernatural

33
610 840
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants

34
385 172
Pee-wee Herman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
dukesings added Pee-wee's Playhouse

35
347 410
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

36
453 401
Waylon Smithers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

37
331 209
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

38
293 395
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

39
293 261
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added South Park

40
300 309
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Fairly OddParents

41
350 532
ALF is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF

42
264 168
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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

43
161 147
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

44
186 164
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Supernatural

45
296 236
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added

46
152 277
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Desperate Housewives

47
171 250
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Arrested Development

48
260 248
Samuel
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

49
213 174
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Orange Is the New Black

50
225 175
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis and Butt-head