It's nearly Halloween, which means many TV shows are aiming for big scares or Halloween costume fun with one Halloween-themed installment to mark the occasion. And then there are the series that make Halloween a season-long affair, regularly delivering creepy, violent, scary characters that leave a memorable impression. We came up with a list of some of the most scary villains on television.

TV's featured some great villains, many with whom we wouldn't want to cross paths, but there are some bad guys that truly inspire nightmares, whether they're the product of supernatural/science fiction (Heroes, Fringe) or they're simply the scariest type of human in a more reality-based drama (Bones, Dexter). Here are seven of the scariest TV villains we've ever seen.

Spoiler warning - the entries for this list contain spoilers of varying degrees from their respective series. Please keep that in mind before reading each entry!

The Gormogon - Bones
Bones’ Season 3 big villain, The Gormogon, is a creepy serial killer with horrifically bad teeth and a giant crease in the middle of his forehead. Don’t get me wrong—it’s chilling in the few moments we get to see him—but he mostly works in the shadows and the man never really speaks onscreen. Why Gormogon is so scary, and why he succeeds in making this list, is his manipulation prowess. The man actually convinces one of the sanest and most rational doctors at the Jeffersonian to become his apprentice. There’s nothing more unsettling than the moment we know for certain Dr. Zach Addy has turned traitor, except for maybe the moment we realize the serial killer is using the actual bones of his victims to create artistic sculptures.

It gets worse. On top of all this, the man proves himself to be a cannibal, who consumes human flesh after choosing and taking the life of his villains. He’s a terrifying wild madman, and a bit of a student of mysticism whose obsession with (and dislike of) organizations like the freemasons gives him an educated side that’s scary as well. I have no doubt that if Gormogon had not eventually been caught by the team, I’d still have bad dreams about the creepster coming to eat me and send my mandible to the FBI.

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