TV characters 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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Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Herbert Family Guy

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

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818 304
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal Lecter Hannibal

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708 124
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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920 628
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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1,217 435
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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754 605
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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883 636
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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899 450
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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621 220
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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608 422
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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607 330
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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527 370
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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746 429
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

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

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Theodore

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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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432 113
Joker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added Joker

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469 359
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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307 289
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Sylar Heroes

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

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326 239
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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446 193
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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401 383
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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282 245
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Moriarty Sherlock, Elementary

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364 348
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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326 183
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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469 600
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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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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386 340
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Lucifer Supernatural

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250 402
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Robert California The Office

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241 288
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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217 92
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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363 291
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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247 320
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 87
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Changeling Supernatural

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301 429
ALF is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF ALF

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181 151
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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205 156
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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231 377
Smoke Monster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Smoke Monster LOST

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121 204
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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Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Ren Höek

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

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121 181
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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Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Orange Is the New Black

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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

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182 235
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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154 107
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Butt-head Beavis and Butt-head