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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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1,097 781
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

3
919 327
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

4
827 143
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

5
955 673
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,285 481
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

7
792 636
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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939 670
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

9
962 476
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Joffrey Baratheon Game of Thrones

10
679 234
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
648 440
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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643 357
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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560 390
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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519 124
Joker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

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305 307
Theodore

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771 450
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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400 373
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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496 449
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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494 378
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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331 304
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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243 261
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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433 422

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484 207
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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344 262
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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417 401
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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303 266
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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392 371
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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351 193
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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286 95
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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488 633
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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409 350
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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207 146
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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265 415
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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259 308
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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243 100
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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377 307
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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255 329
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 94
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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309 445
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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199 165
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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220 163
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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129 211
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Zach Young Desperate Housewives

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243 179
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

The Best New Shows That Have Premiered Since 2015 The Best New Original Shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon

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159 106
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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126 190
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

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177 120
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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111 107
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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192 244
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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166 117
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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194 194
Samuel
Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss