Graveyard Shift The Creepiest Characters in TV History  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
74.6k votes 6.8k voters 90.5k views 131 items

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.
list ordered by

1
3,428 808
Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

2
1,632 332
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

3
1,553 552
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal

4
1,423 1,248
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Simpsons

5
1,792 852
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

6
1,251 1,090
Newman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Seinfeld

7
1,010 951
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

8
1,152 368
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Bates Motel
Bates Motel

9
1,402 685
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

10
1,295 954
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter

11
973 602
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

12
946 640
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
American Horror Story

13
1,108 295
Joker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added

14
806 537
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

15
1,095 572
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

16
588 520
Ranker Video
StephanieSalus added The X-Files

17
481 475
Theodore

18
709 529
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
1,003 308
Him is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
AdamJPlacencia added The Powerpuff Girls

20
460 453
Sylar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
pmmom38 added Heroes

21
717 761
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

22
401 403
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

23
579 524

24
622 258
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Doctor Who

25
461 374
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Sherlock, Elementary