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The Best Characters In Tim Burton Movies

Updated September 16, 2019 5.0k votes 300 voters 2.9k 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
    204
    37

    Jack Skellington

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Played ByDanny Elfman, Chris Sarandon

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    Edward Scissorhands
    205
    40

    Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByJohnny Depp

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    Beetlejuice
    196
    40

    Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    Played ByMichael Keaton

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    Lydia Deetz
    153
    37

    Lydia Deetz

    Beetlejuice

    Played ByWinona Ryder

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    Sally
    149
    46

    Sally

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Played ByCatherine O'Hara

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    Zero
    127
    37

    Zero

    The Nightmare Before Christmas
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    Sweeney Todd
    150
    52

    Sweeney Todd

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

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    The Joker
    131
    41

    The Joker

    Batman

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  • 9
    Cheshire Cat
    141
    56

    Cheshire Cat

    Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland

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

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    Ichabod Crane
    118
    41

    Ichabod Crane

    Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow

    Played ByTom Mison, Johnny Depp, Sam Fior

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    Corpse Bride
    123
    45

    Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    Played ByHelena Bonham Carter

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    Mad Hatter
    142
    59

    Mad Hatter

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

    Played ByNorman Whitten

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    Batman
    114
    44

    Batman

    Batman, Batman Returns

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

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    Catwoman
    107
    41

    Catwoman

    Batman Returns

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

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    Victor Van Dort
    104
    40

    Victor Van Dort

    Corpse Bride

    Played ByJohnny Depp

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    The Penguin
    95
    34

    The Penguin

    Batman Returns

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    Sparky
    89
    34

    Sparky

    Frankenweenie
  • 18
    Red Queen
    98
    46

    Red Queen

    Alice in Wonderland

    Played ByAnn Jillian, Helena Bonham Carter

  • 19
    Willy Wonka
    116
    62

    Willy Wonka

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

    Played ByJohnny Depp

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    Victor Frankenstein
    75
    30

    Victor Frankenstein

    Frankenweenie
  • 21
    The Inventor
    78
    38

    The Inventor

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByVincent Price

  • 22
    Barnabas Collins
    84
    45

    Barnabas Collins

    Dark Shadows, Dark Shadows

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

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    Kim
    83
    46

    Kim

    Edward Scissorhands

    Played ByWinona Ryder

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    Miss Alma Peregrine
    87
    49

    Miss Alma Peregrine

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Played ByEva Green

  • 25
    Oompa Loompa
    71
    51

    Oompa Loompa

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Played ByDeep Roy