8. Major Garland Briggs
Briggs was the ultimate don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover character on a show that reveled in never quite playing to type. With his cueball head, omnipresent uniform, and preposterously formal manner of speaking, the major seemed like a satire of authority figures – precisely the kind of tightass that a delinquent like his son Bobby would rebel against. But by the end of the series he'd become both a lynchpin [ahem] of the supernatural storyline and a voice of kindness in a terrifying world. If his dream about how much he loves his son doesn't move you, you may very well be from the Black Lodge.