Graveyard Shift 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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3,147 751
Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

2
1,379 501
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal

3
1,410 286
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

4
1,327 1,133
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Simpsons

5
1,165 1,000
Newman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Seinfeld

6
942 891
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

7
1,626 786
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

8
1,271 640
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

9
1,210 893
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter

10
994 343
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Bates Motel - Bates Motel

11
864 584
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
American Horror Story

12
981 255
Joker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added

13
884 542
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

14
739 504
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

15
999 543
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

16
541 486
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StephanieSalus added The X-Files

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431 438
Theodore

18
640 494
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
649 688
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

20
427 423
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Heroes

21
907 285
Him is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added The Powerpuff Girls

22
357 371
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

23
532 501

24
537 242
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Doctor Who

25
413 348
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Sherlock, Elementary

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447 400
Greased Up Deaf Guy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Family Guy

27
469 489
Drusilla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

28
427 169
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StephanieSalus added John Herbert John Herbert Family Guy

29
376 484
Robert California is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Office

30
500 525
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
allymac added Family Guy

31
298 234
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis and Butt-head

32
510 450
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Supernatural

33
604 825
SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
SpongeBob SquarePants

34
373 168
Pee-wee Herman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
dukesings added Pee-wee's Playhouse

35
344 402
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

36
448 391
Waylon Smithers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

37
326 204
Rumpelstiltskin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

38
291 389
Russell Edgington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Russell Edgington True Blood

39
288 252
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added South Park

40
292 306
Denzel Q. Crocker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Fairly OddParents

41
346 527
ALF is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
ALF

42
257 164
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StephanieSalus added Cruella Deville

43
185 160
Changeling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Supernatural

44
155 143
Gnarl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Gnarl

45
150 272
Zach Young is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Desperate Housewives

46
291 232
Ren Höek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added

47
166 246
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
killakane94 added Arrested Development

48
254 245
Samuel
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

49
210 171
Suzanne
Kingsx01 added Orange Is the New Black

50
220 171
Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
RalphBob added Beavis and Butt-head