This is the golden age of television. Scriptwriters, producers, directors and actors are creating the best drama, horror and comedy on the box throughout a variety of platforms and the audience is truly spoiled. Unlike the majority of pictures that hit the big screen on a weekly basis, series on the smaller screen continue to deliver layered and complex characters that go on a journey of change and discovery. But it takes a special type of protagonist to set the stage, a creep of terrifying proportions and in the current day, there are plenty of good ones to choose from.
Specialized Netflix programs like House of Cards, Bloodline, Narcos, Daredevil and Jessica Jones use their own unique brand of creep to keep viewers on the edge of their seat. In one case they are a brash, ruthless drug kingpin in the heart of Medellin, the other will be a not-so-common superhero villain who believes his course of swift justice is the right thing for his beloved city. These are not scary concoctions hell-bent on world destruction, rather the sociopathic types that fail to distinguish good from evil and in doing so, end up the villain of the piece.
Some of the modern day television creeps only need to give the camera a glinting look to demonstrate their madness. The subtlety of a blood chilling line delivered to perfection is all it takes to turn a character from sympathetic or indifferent to enemy number one. A great creep also makes the difference between good TV and great TV, as the following list will illustrate.
Please be warned if you are not up to date with these series, the following will contain spoilers. Certain shows are still ongoing but others have reached a satisfactory, or not so satisfactory conclusion. Either way, these are the 15 creepiest television characters from modern shows.
15 Cigarette Smoking Man – The X Files
14 Frank Dunning – 11.22.63
13 Merle Dixon – The Walking Dead
12 Ed Cochran – Ray Donovan
11 Danny Rayburn – Bloodline
10 Kilgrave – Jessica Jones
9 Pablo Escobar – Narcos
8 Lorne Malvo – Fargo
7 Clay Morrow – Sons of Anarchy
6 Jack Welker – Breaking Bad
5 Alice Morgan – Luther
4 Errol Childress – True Detective
3 Wilson Fisk – Daredevil
2 Ramsay Bolton – Game of Thrones
1 Frank Underwood – House of Cards
Under most circumstances, a television series depicting Kevin Spacey running for major office wouldn’t raise alarms for a creepy character. But Frank Underwood is not a normal character. His dealings, underhanded tactics and relentless approach to succeeding at all costs cuts very close to the bone in the context of a current US election in 2016. Not only does Underwood know where the bodies are buried, but in most cases he’s put them there himself. And if the word of the critics is any guide, season 4 is set to go up a further notch and who knows which characters will feel the wrath of the President? A terrifying thought.
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheRichest?Get Your Free Access Now!