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The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies 

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Updated September 16, 2019 3.2k votes 248 voters 2.1k views 35 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite characters in films that were directed or produced by Tim Burton.

Join us as we rank Tim Burton’s greatest and most memorable characters. As one of the most acclaimed directors of our generation, Tim Burton specializes in telling stories about quirky, offbeat characters who tend to be outcasts.

Burton started his career directing Pee-Wee Herman in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, a movie that really set the tone for all his future work. Some of the best characters in Tim Burton movies also include Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and, of course, the Dark Knight himself (played by none other than Micheal Keaton). In every case, there's something about these individuals that sets them apart from everyone else, which makes them endlessly fascinating to watch. 

Vote up the best Tim Burton characters from the list below. It includes characters from movies where he was both the writer and director, such as Edward Scissorhands, as well as films where he was the writer and producer, like The Nightmare Before Christmas. And ff you don't see your favorite listed, please add it so that other users can rank it.

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
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Jack Skellington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

Played By: Michael Keaton

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Lydia Deetz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Beetlejuice

Played By: Winona Ryder

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Sally is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
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Zero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Zero The Nightmare Before Christmas
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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Tale of Sweeney Todd

Played By: Ben Kingsley, Johnny Depp, John Miranda, Tod Slaughter

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Cheshire Cat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

Played By: Roy Kinnear, Stephen Fry, Sterling Holloway, Whoopi Goldberg, Telly Savalas

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Corpse Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Corpse Bride

Played By: Helena Bonham Carter

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
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Mad Hatter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland 2

Played By: Norman Whitten

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Ichabod Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow

Played By: Tom Mison, Johnny Depp, Sam Fior

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Victor Van Dort is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Corpse Bride

Played By: Johnny Depp

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Batman Returns

Played By: Adrienne Barbeau, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Courtney Thorne-Smith, + more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Batman, Batman Returns

Played By: Will Friedle, Adam West, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, Joe Krajcar, + more

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The Penguin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Batman Returns
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Sparky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Sparky Frankenweenie
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Red Queen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Alice in Wonderland

Played By: Ann Jillian, Helena Bonham Carter

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Victor Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Frankenweenie
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Barnabas Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Dark Shadows, Dark Shadows

Played By: Jonathan Frid, Johnny Depp, Thomas McDonell, Ron Lea

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The Inventor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
The Inventor Edward Scissorhands

Played By: Vincent Price

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Willy Wonka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Played By: Johnny Depp

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Kim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Kim Edward Scissorhands

Played By: Winona Ryder

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Miss Alma Peregrine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Miss Alma Peregrine Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Played By: Eva Green

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Oompa Loompa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies
Oompa Loompa Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Played By: Deep Roy