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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3,420 804
Herbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

2
1,627 331
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

3
1,547 552
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Hannibal

4
1,418 1,245
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Simpsons

5
1,784 851
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Family Guy

6
1,010 950
Benjamin Linus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

7
1,246 1,088
Newman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Seinfeld

8
1,145 368
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
jschro1861 added Bates Motel
Bates Motel

9
1,399 685
Joffrey Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

10
1,293 954
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Dexter

11
970 601
Sideshow Bob is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History

12
942 638
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
American Horror Story

13
1,104 295
Joker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
wilder368 added

14
804 537
The Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Gentlemen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

15
1,091 572
The Silence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Silence Doctor Who

16
585 520
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StephanieSalus added The X-Files

17
480 475
Theodore

18
709 528
Lysa Arryn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
1,000 308
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
713 760
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

22
400 403
Gustavo Fring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

23
579 524

24
617 258
Weeping Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
Mabie1 added Doctor Who

25
459 373
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Characters in TV History
HeatherErickson added Sherlock, Elementary