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All-time scariest TV characters -- #4: The Gentlemen

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 24th 2007 12:00PM
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Characters: The Gentlemen
Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Episode: "Hush"

When we decided to make this list, I knew right off that I'd start dipping into the Buffy well for scary characters. But you know what? There aren't a whole lot of "scary" things from this show. So immediately my mind jumped to the most obvious choice by far: The Gentlemen from "Hush".

In fact, I'd have to say The Gentlemen are the most frightening characters I've seen on TV in a long, long time, and I've caught a lot of horror-themed TV shows and movies (I'm a horror junkie). It wasn't just The Gentlemen who were scary, it was also those freakin' gimps that hopped around along with them, strapped into straight jackets though still somehow able to free their flailing arms to beat the crap out of people.

What was scary about The Gentlemen? Where to begin?! The toothy perma-grin. The pasty white and hairless heads. The way they got around just by floating a few inches off the ground. The fact that they didn't make a sound at all. They floated around, all four of them, regarding one another as though having a creepy, unheard discussion.

The creepiest scene by far was during the moment when they calmly sliced into a silenced student, extracting his heart out of his chest. Who the hell would want to go to sleep after seeing that?

Oh you can come back and say that our list should have included one of several other Buffy or Angel characters, but really, did they truly frighten you like these guys did? The First Evil? Please!

Here's a scene that captures the creepiness of these characters. When Tara drops her books and you see some familiar movement in the background ... I near shite my drawers.

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Buffy isn't the only media with scary "gentlemen" in it... seeing them in Legendia terrified me, and they're all over the "Tales" game series. If I get around to watching the anime adaptations of Tales and see a Gentleman I will freak...

The way it just says "after you" and bows while trying to murder me...

Slenderman is also a gentleman.

September 07 2013 at 5:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never saw this episode. But the commercial STILL haunts me. I can't even watch the clip. I looked it up on wikipipedia and this episode aired in 1999. I'm 23 now and I still can't take it!

October 28 2007 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can this entire episode be downloaded (legally) somewhere?

October 25 2007 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I met one of the actors who played one of the Gentlemen. He can look as scary without prosthetics as he does with. (He's not a bad looking guy. He just makes THAT face and it creeps you out.)

October 24 2007 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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