Television shows run the gamut of genres, from comedies that make the whole family laugh to horror series that can frighten even the bravest audiences. Each genre has its own tropes and typical character archetypes that always seem to figure into the story and cast. That is not to say that there can’t be a unique character or two thrown in that messes with the show’s status quo.
One of the most popular types of character to add a little spice to the show is a character that is much different from the main cast. So often, this character is the “black sheep” of the show, an outcast or someone that few of the characters genuinely understand. This can make the character a little spooky or intimidating, and they are interested in the darker aspects of life.
10/10 Listen To Some Tales From The Crypt
One of the legends of liking the macabre and a little “out there” is the Crypt Keeper. It is hard for the Crypt Keeper not to appeal to the darker side of life or death because he is a decaying zombie-like man. Crypt Keeper’s parents were supposedly a two-faced sideshow performer and a 4000-year-old mummy.
With lineage like that, Crypt Keeper had the macabre running through his veins. Not to mention, Crypt Keeper was the host of Tales From the Crypt, which include creepy stories often with cynical morals. Crypt Keeper enjoyed making all manner of macabre jokes at the expense of the characters in these stories.
9/10 Nothing’s Wrong With A Few Arachnids
Chantal and Zelda were a couple of guests at the Doll House in the Sandman comic and Netflix series. At first, not much is known about the two except that they dressed strangely and owned the most extensive stuffed spider collection on the eastern seaboard.
Both women were very pale, and in the Netflix adaptation, they both wore black clothes and a black veil. They appeared to be in the traditional clothing of mourning at all times. Zelda also remains mute, letting Chantal do the talking and adding to her spooky aura. Despite their somewhat creepy nature, they are both very kind.
8/10 Watch Out For The Man With The Black Hat
A character that may not necessarily be spooky but is certainly terrifying is The Man in Black from Westworld. The Man in Black, named William, is ruthless with the hosts in the park since everything is just a game to him.
William becomes a bit disenchanted and more erratic, believing that a secret maze within Westworld was placed there for him. He will stop at nothing to get to this maze and trust no one. He even shot his daughter because he thought she might be part of this “hidden game.”
7/10 Bow To His Infernal Majesty
The most powerful and terrifying villain of The Powerpuff Girls was His Infernal Majesty, otherwise known as HIM. HIM has an appearance similar to that of The Devil, with red skin, dark hair, and dark facial hair. He also has lobster-like claws and wears a tutu, perhaps to appear slightly less ferocious.
HIM’s main goals are chaos and destruction. He also can change form into enormous demonic monsters and bring others to hellish realms. This, coupled with his layered voice, makes him a terrifying foe, especially for child superheroes.
6/10 Go On The Hunt With The Winchesters
The Winchester Brothers have had their fair share of encounters with the spooky and supernatural. They are a bit drawn to the macabre and eerie. Their entire identity revolves around hunting down and destroying supernatural entities.
Most of what they hunt are evil forces like demons. The brothers both have tattoos to prevent possession, and Sam was even the host for Lucifer for a time. Neither Sam nor Dean had a chance for a typical life and were destined to be neck-deep in the paranormal.
5/10 Take An Interest In Phantoms
As one of the closest friends of teenage superhero Danny Phantom, Sam Manson received a lot of screen time. Sam took on the appearance of a typical Goth wearing dark colors and not following social norms. She is also interested in darker subjects such as horror, the occult, and the paranormal.
Many at her school treat Sam as a social outcast due to her appearance and interests. However, she was also one of Danny’s most prominent supporters and was highly interested in his ghost powers. Sam often encouraged Danny to train and go on ghost hunts.
4/10 Look To The Shadows
Guillermo de la Cruz is the familiar of the vampire Nandor in the comedy series What We Do in the Shadows. Guillermo appears to be an awkward yet kind individual but has done terrible deeds in the name of his master Nandor, including luring virgins to their death at the hands of the vampires he lives with.
Everything Guillermo does is because he hopes that one day Nandor will eventually turn him into a vampire. Guillermo has killed several humans, vampires, and other supernatural entities. Most of these were buried in the yard as part of Guillermo’s chores he is tasked with.
3/10 The Father Will Bring Terror
In a show like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, it is difficult to find a character that isn’t dabbling in something spooky. Still, Faustus Blackwood is one of the series’ eeriest characters. Blackwood served in bizarre roles such as dean of a magical school, High Priest of the Church of Night, and even the anti-pope.
The scariest thing that Blackwood did was to usher the return of the Eldritch Terrors. These beings were horror incarnate and would destroy the world and all realms connected to it. He did this all as an act of revenge against the Church Of Night and to bring an end to everything.
2/10 Get In The Mind Of The Victim
A series about zombies will undoubtedly contain the macabre, but iZombie somehow figured out how to raise the spooky factor. In this series, zombies can control themselves as long as they eat brains regularly.
The main character Olivia Moore is no different. Although Liv does take it a step further and gets a job as a medical examiner, so she has easy access to “ethical” brains and uses victims’ brains to solve crimes. So it’s a bit disturbing that most of her problems are solved by snacking on some brains cooked in a special meal.
1/10 They’re Creepy, And They’re Kooky
The ultimate example of characters with spooky sensibilities is the entirety of the Addams Family. The Addams family all seem to have supernatural abilities, and all have a fascination with the macabre. Some family members resemble monsters like Morticia, Lurch, or Cousin Itt.
The Addams treat “normal” things the same way the average person would approach something macabre. They all wear dark clothing, and their home looks like a haunted house. The mansion is decorated with all kinds of oddities that no “normal” person would dare to touch, let alone hang on a wall.
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