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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

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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1,058 750
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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858 310
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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753 133
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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932 647
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,241 452
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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768 615
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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902 649
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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914 461
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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641 227
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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625 428
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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617 340
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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538 378
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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756 438
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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387 359
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

Favorite TV Moms of All Time The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-80s - 90s Kids

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282 295
Theodore

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460 117
Joker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

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468 433
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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474 367
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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318 295
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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427 412

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220 253
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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332 247
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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455 200
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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407 390
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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289 254
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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373 355
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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335 189
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Weeping Angel Doctor Who

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475 608
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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198 134
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

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394 345
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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252 409
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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248 295
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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222 95
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

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366 297
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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251 324
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

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152 91
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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302 435
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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185 156
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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209 159
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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233 381
Smoke Monster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Smoke Monster LOST

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123 208
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Zach Young Desperate Housewives

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238 174
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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109 104
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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122 186
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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153 103
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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165 114
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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185 239
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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159 110
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head