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The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies

Updated September 16, 2019 5.2k votes 313 voters 3.0k views35 items

List RulesVote 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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    Jack Skellington

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Played ByDanny Elfman, Chris Sarandon

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    Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByJohnny Depp

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    Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    Played ByMichael Keaton

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  • Lydia Deetz4
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    Lydia Deetz

    Beetlejuice

    Played ByWinona Ryder

  • Sally5
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    Sally

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Played ByCatherine O'Hara

  • Sweeney Todd6
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    Sweeney Todd

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    Played ByBen Kingsley, Johnny Depp, John Miranda, Tod Slaughter

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  • Zero7
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    Zero

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Joker8
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    The Joker

    Batman

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  • Cheshire Cat9
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    Cheshire Cat

    Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

    Played ByRoy Kinnear, Stephen Fry, Sterling Holloway, Whoopi Goldberg, Telly Savalas

  • Corpse Bride10
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    Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    Played ByHelena Bonham Carter

  • Mad Hatter11
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    Mad Hatter

    Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Alice in Wonderland

    Played ByNorman Whitten

  • Ichabod Crane12
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    Ichabod Crane

    Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow

    Played ByTom Mison, Johnny Depp, Sam Fior

  • Victor Van Dort13
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    Victor Van Dort

    Corpse Bride

    Played ByJohnny Depp

  • Batman14
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    Batman

    Batman, Batman Returns

    Played ByWill Friedle, Adam West, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, Joe Krajcar

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    Catwoman

    Batman Returns

    Played ByAdrienne Barbeau, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Courtney Thorne-Smith

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  • Sparky16
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    Sparky

    Frankenweenie
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    The Penguin

    Batman Returns

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    Willy Wonka

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Played ByJohnny Depp

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    Red Queen

    Alice in Wonderland

    Played ByAnn Jillian, Helena Bonham Carter

  • Victor Frankenstein20
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    Victor Frankenstein

    Frankenweenie
  • The Inventor21
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    The Inventor

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByVincent Price

  • Barnabas Collins22
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    Barnabas Collins

    Dark Shadows, Dark Shadows

    Played ByJonathan Frid, Johnny Depp, Thomas McDonell, Ron Lea

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  • Kim23
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    Kim

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByWinona Ryder

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    Miss Alma Peregrine

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Played ByEva Green

  • Oompa Loompa25
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    Oompa Loompa

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Played ByDeep Roy