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TWoP 10: The Most Truly Scary Characters on TV

by Angel Cohn October 31, 2008 6:01 am
TWoP 10: The Most Truly Scary Characters on TV Some characters or personalities are meant to scare the living daylights out of you, like Flukeman from The X-Files or The Master from Buffy or Simon on American Idol. Some are meant to give you chills with their wickedness like Wilhelmina on Ugly Betty or Anne Slowey on Stylista. But there are a whole lot of people who give us nightmares, even though they're probably not even trying. You may want to leave the lights on when you read this list.

1. Pete Campbell (Mad Men)
He's scrawny and not at all physically threatening (unless you are a cooked chicken that doesn't appreciate being flung out of windows) but he's easily the creepiest character on the show, and possibly on TV right now. His glare and his smarmy smile, send shivers up and down our spines... and not at all in a good way. And the fact that he owns a shotgun is not at all reassuring.

2. Terence (The Amazing Race)
This guy gets a bad rap around here, but it's with good reason. He's controlling and obsessive and has terrifying screaming fits. Plus, he's just got that psycho vibe about him. Which really doesn't bode well for his partnership with Sarah, Sarah in general, or anyone that crosses their path.

3. Angela (The Office)
She's not just cold, she's positively icy. But her frightening stare, secretive nature and maniacal power trips aren't what got her on this list. It's her love of cats and her obsession with babies playing tiny jazz instruments. That's just plain old disconcerting. And she's probably got a whole stash of Precious Moment collectibles around her house, and those are even more scary than the big living angel statues in that Doctor Who episode "Blink." And that was really terrifying.

4. Vicky (The Biggest Loser)
She's positively sinister. You know how we know this? Bob the trainer told us. Bob. The nicest guy on the planet basically called her a lying, bitchy schemer who was making her husband stay fat in order to send a team member she despised home and give the other team a false since of security (among other sins). Then when she denied the accusations (and gave a smirk to the camera in the process), Bob shrugged, but told the viewers at home that she was positively Shakespearean. Can't say we disagree.

5. Lacey (Rock of Love: Charm School)
This Rock of Love alum took delight in torturing her fellow wannabes during her stint the first time around, now she's tossing her attitude around in Sharon Osbourne's direction and looking haggard while doing it. Someone needs to introduce her to a brush and the concept of not being manipulative all of the time. You've got to be a fairly horrifying person if Sharon Osbourne (who is married to the Prince of Darkness) says that you scare her.

6. Tracy Clark (90210)
She's Naomi's mom on the new 90210 and while her daughter is an obnoxious, spoiled irritant, at least she's somewhat pleasant to look at. We can't say that for the Crazy Eyed Mommy Dearest who schemes and plots to make her ex-husband jealous, supports her daughter dabbling in drug use and has a stalkerish 20-year-old obsession with Harry. And did we mention her freaky eyes?

7. Tyra Banks (America's Next Top Model)
Speaking of spooky eyes, there's something not right about Tyra's intense stare. Perhaps it's posing, perhaps it's hiding her secret desire to kill people who call her Oprah Jr. Whatever. She's an unpredictable wild card and that's just dangerous. Who knows what she's got hiding in her Tyra Mail Bag.

8. Kath & Kim (Kath & Kim)
Their wardrobe alone is ghastly. Tim Gunn's probably got hives just looking at the ads. But that topped with the stale dialogue and terrible acting make this one truly dreadful duo. Can't we be subjected to Fear Factor and people being covered in spiders again? That was much less cringe-worthy.

9. Ace (Survivor: Gabon)
This one's a snake in disguise, but his oft-changing accent gives us the heebie-jeebies, like we just can't trust him and wouldn't want to be alone in a dark alley with him. He can pour on the charm, but there's an intensity that pushes it to an uncomfortable level right quick. And the Mr. Clean bald head is not a great look for him. It only makes him more menacing.

10. Jenny Humphrey (Gossip Girl)
Love this show, but every time she comes on screen we want to cover our eyes. That's got to say something about her scare factor. Sure Blair, Serena and Chuck are all insane and vicious in their own ways, but at least they are more open about it. She's a desperate, whiny wannabe with really fearsome bangs, and every time she opens her mouth we want to crawl under our blankets and cover our ears until she's gone again.

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