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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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1,040 739
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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831 307
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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727 128
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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925 639
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,229 441
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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758 612
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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893 642
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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906 454
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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629 224
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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615 426
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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611 336
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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533 374
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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750 434
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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385 354
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StephanieSalus added Cigarette-smoking Man the X-files, the X-files The X-Files

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279 290
Theodore

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465 427
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

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443 116
Joker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

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470 364
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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314 292
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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426 408

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216 249
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gustavo Fring Breaking Bad

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327 244
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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450 197
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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404 386
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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287 249
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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368 351
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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330 186
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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472 603
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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195 132
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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390 342
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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251 406
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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244 291
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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219 94
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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364 294
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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248 322
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

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151 89
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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301 432
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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183 153
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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206 158
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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232 379
Smoke Monster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Smoke Monster LOST

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121 206
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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238 172
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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108 102
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

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121 183
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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150 101
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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163 112
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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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183 237
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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156 109
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head