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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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1,000 347
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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1,136 834
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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933 153
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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1,000 708
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,343 517
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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820 669
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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994 703
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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1,019 499
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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723 251
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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679 462
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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670 391
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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579 412
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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593 139
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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331 324
Theodore

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797 461
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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414 387
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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521 479
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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519 396
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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340 321
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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261 276
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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508 221
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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360 278
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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322 277
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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426 412
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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369 198
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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405 392
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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508 659
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants

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301 103
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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

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425 361
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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217 161
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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284 424
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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279 320
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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265 106
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 Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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383 321
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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261 336
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

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163 103
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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311 457
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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233 168
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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213 183
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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135 219
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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247 188
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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133 198
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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185 125
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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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206 253
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Denzel Q. Crocker The Fairly OddParents

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116 113
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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168 118
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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177 124
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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197 200
Samuel
Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss