Top 10 Best Thomas and Friends Characters

The Top Ten
1 Edward

Why don't we selebrate him? He was the 1 but that was past down to a class E2 model tank engine. He was left in the dust and with the number 2

I like Edward because he is original character and had a wonderful personality. His character teaches kids that you should always be nice to people even when there mean to you. Very nice.

Edward is definitely the best character in Thomas and friends. But the question is why did they treat him so horribly in the early seasons hevery season he got less then 10 lines sometimes

He teaches engines what to do before they make a fool of themselves. He's a really reliable character.

2 Gordon

Incredibly entertaining to watch, it's always fun to see him get his comeuppance but watch him grow at the same time. He looks cool, has an iconic voice, has a load of the best episodes, and an air of authority around the other engines. He comes across as rude and arrogant but is a good guy underneath it all.

Gordon has been my favorite since I was a child. I still have all of the old original Thomas tapes from way back when their mouths didn't move! The new streamlined engines can stay on the mainland. I like Spencer too he's cool.

I think he should be first because he has a full character arc. I only believe this because the Unlucky Tug gave a pretty good dam reason.

Gordon's a very confident but snooty character and is very fun to watch his reactions to engines and what he gets.

3 Henry

Unpopular opinion, but I think he was better after he became the gentle giant type, because, as a teenage fan of a toddlers' show, I can easily relate. Maybe I'm not seeing what people saw in him that set him apart from Gordon in his grumpy days, but, with the fact that Henry was originally built with the wrong firebox and had to have special coal for a while, it's easy to see why his former grumpiness would be a mask for his inner insecurities.

Henry, by far, has the best history of all the other engines. He was the equivalent of a lazy person who won't do what he's told to a failure that can't do anything and after his accident with the Flying Kipper, he became one of the most successful engines on Sodor

He's nice brave silly shy and a little scared but He learns that it's alright to be afraid a little even though his friends make him mad at times he knows that they never mean it and They will always tell him sorry! He even laughs for the first time in pouty James! After James says a silly joke that goes like Did somebody order some milk? Moo! He starts laughing

I don't understand why poor Henry had to leave and he's sleeping with that dumb idiot Rosie.
Still, he's honestly a very nice character with no full-on enemies.

4 Thomas

Thomas should be voted as number 1 to be put there all himself like ranked that much for who he truly really is himself exactly. He's such a brave selfless hero and ultimate sacrifice and true blue himself. To me, he is like "Lord of the Railway". He bravely helped save and rescue poor Lady the Magical Engine from Diesel 10 in his very first movie that/which is the female equivalent/equivalence of lord itself.

This character and number 1 "blue" tank engine and locomotive is indeed "true" blue and he should have and be given an extra symbol of letter A for where there's a number, there's a letter just like decoding like a decoder itself.

Thomas is number 1 not because he's cheeky but he tries his best to help others in need. He doesn't have to be important to be number 1, He just needs to be selfless.

I had to save Thomas for last. He is the best character out of all the boys. Honestly though, he could use a few tweaks in his personality.

5 James

James was my favorite ever since I was 2. I don't know if it was because of his fiery red coat or snooty behavior but whatever the reason I was drawn to him.
James is arrogant and vain but cares deeply about Sir Topham Hatt's praise and approval and will work hard to get it. He is also very relatable to the other engines because like Gordon, he can be quite proud. Like Edward and Henry, he can sympathize to others even if he does or does not help. He is like Thomas where he can be mischievous and bump a few annoying freight cars here and there. And like Mavis, he is quite bossy with coaches and the troublesome trucks.
Also, I always thought his advetures were the best, I.e. getting stung on his nose, almost getting burnt alive by Diesel 10's claw, getting stuck in a dense fog, falling off tracks, and needing Jeremiah Jobling's bootlaces to tie a busted pipeline. Those are not even half.
James is the smaller of the 3 main tenders ( the others being Gordon and Henry) so he can ...more

James is an interesting one: very flawed with prejudices, but in Season 1 he was portrayed as a hardworking engine who just fell in with the wrong people (Gordon and Henry), and this led him on somewhat of an antagonistic arc.

James is my all time favorite. You can't not love this guy's vanity. The other thing I love about him is that he is redeemable in the end and has a heart of gold.

He's my favorite character Even though he can be a little evil but in the end he'll always say sorry!

6 Percy

Percy is honesty one of Awdry's greatest characters alongside Gordon. He has so many great moments in the classics and in the Railway Series. He is a cheeky little scamp who stands no-nonsense to these bigger idiots like Gordon, James, Henry, Harold or Thomas (the latter in the books). He has so much going for him that it's a shame the writers have ruined him in recent years.

Percy is my favorite character. I love this little guy. He is cheeky, innocent, nieve but cheerful, and is always willing to help his friends. Percy is an accident prone little fellow though, and has the best crashes of the show. He runs into a brake van, runs over important luggage, slides into the water on 2 occasions, gets caught in an avalance, and crashes into a chocolate factory of all things! Despite this, Percy is still a real hero, and gets braver as the show (and by show I mean classic series lol) goes on. He always screams in his early crashes, and by Series 5 his quick thinking saves him and his Driver from getting caught in a landslide. And by Series 7 he rescues Thomas from a mudslide! He also has a grouchy side, especially to Henry and James. He and James are funny. You'd think James being older he would be smarter than Percy, but somehow not. Percy tried to put sense into James, but he never listens, and Percy does get a good jolly out of making James mad. He and ...more

Despite being the 'little guy' on Sodor, who often ends up as the victim of so many jokes, yet rarely snaps back much like most of his friends. He really needs someone to encourage him to stand up more often though, as I feel he gets pushed around way more than he should in some episodes (Scaredy Engines)

Percy is my Favorite Engine. I love how cheeky his is, and how he is so small, and makes him stand to tall! also, he and Thomas feel like Brothers.

7 Duck

Duck with and on his branch line also called and nicknamed "The Little Western" should also even be called and nicknamed or renamed "The Shoreline".

His branch line also called and nicknamed "The Little Western" should also even be called "The Shoreline" or "The Little Western Shoreline".

Ok, let me settle everything down, Duck is very special to me because Britt Alcroft had no desire what so ever to have, mm mm, Montegue into the series, even though he was in the railway series,"Mainline Engines". But one day Britt was just walking down the road when she saw a Britsh Great Western Painnier tank engine. She decided that it actually was a good idea just to settle in a awkward vain great western engine. Duck was also supposed to be introduced a little more down the road, but Britt and the Reverand himself wanted fans to see what thomas and friends could do and wanted more viewers. But this is what I don't understand, why do some people hate Duck because he dose' the do anything or he just talks about how amazing being great western is. Well people like Oliver and he always talks about how awesome being great western is. And I am going to be very honest right now, I don't think that Duck is that bad in the CGI series. You can make all your opinions because I don't care, ...more

The reason why fans like him is because he is (The original) number 8, and he has a quirky personality. I like Duck, but I'm not a fanboy. and many fans feel that if Emily becomes no. 8, it would be disreguarding the awdry's works, on top of Emily "replacing" him. but he WAS going to be in the steam team, but many people thought the lack of female characters was sexist, and HiT was already in many sticky spots about that, so they had no choice. here is a list of female characters before season 7. Lady Hatt, Mrs. Kyndly, Daisy, Mavis, The Refreshment Lady, Caroline, And Lady. And that is why people like Duck the great western engine. now feel free to dislike this comment and reply that my opinion is weird. thank you.

8 Toby

While Toby is already ready to work hard without any fuss, he can be a bit temperamental sometimes, especially when young and inexperienced engines who are full of themselves make things difficult for him.
He once confessed in another animated series of Thomas and Friends to Thomas that he is hotheaded.
That's a synonym for temperamental like he sometimes is.
I describe his facial expressions and gestures unpredictable and emotional and they really do indeed sometimes get on my nerves and piss me off.
Episodes he was being temperamental, hotheaded, emotional, unpredictable, and indignant...
Toby the Tram Engine.
A Cow on the Line.
Bulls Eyes.
Emily Knows Best.

Toby is similar to Edward but they have their diffrences. Toby's the one who sits back and watches the engines make a fool of themselves, before he tells them what to do.

I hate the way he was treated in season 19. I mean, he only got three speaking roles in that season! I mean, come on!

Did the Toby the tram engine events took place in 1949 before the events of Gordon the big engine (1950)?

9 Oliver

I love Oliver because he had such an amazing back story, and went from arrogant fellow to MVP chad. He should have more episodes, his brakevan has more than him!

He has the best character development and some of the best episodes like Escape and Toad Stands by. What I love about him is that he's flawed and three dimensional unlike most of the new series characters. He's an underrated character that needs more love(his break van has more episodes than him).

One of the best arcs of any character.

Runs away from scrap, escapes from the diesel depot with Douglas, gets too big for his boiler, trucks push him into a turntable and so he goes and fricking pulls their gangleader apart.

I dunno whether to like him because of his personality or to hate him because he has the same name of one of the NWR engines. Maybe if they changed his name?

10 Duke

An engine who's terrifically wise and grand.

He is a great character and needs to return!

Narrow gauge version of Emily.

Duke is better than Skarloey.

The Contenders
11 Donald

I absolutely love Donald and Douglas. There personality's were really good. As well as George Carlin's Scottish impressions were hilarious.

Donald was my favorite character when I was little. I love the theme song and how he is 1 out of 2 Scottish characters is the hole entire franchise

I like Donald and Douglas especially in season 3. Donald is more of the fun kind of guy and likes playing games.

He and Douglas should have appeared more often. Very underrated, these two. I'm glad they returned in SLOTLT.

12 Salty

Perhaps one the strongest characters as well; never complaining and always finding the bright side in everything he does and everything that happens to him. I feel that if the other engines could figure out his secret with the Troublesome Trucks and take his advice, Sodor would be a much happier place

13 Douglas

I absolutely love Donald and Douglas. There personality's were really good. As well as George Carlin's Scottish impressions were hilarious.

I like Donald and Douglas especially in season 3. Douglas is the more serious guy and likes to get work done.

? Elizabeth is 19 on the list, and on Dougie's part of thie list it also says he is on number 19! Is this goof seen on your computer?

Douglas is better than Donald. I like his name, I don't like Donald's name.

14 Sir Handel

When Sir Handel was new he was bossy, rude and arrogant. After about a year of this he was sent to the quarry as punishment. While he was there The Thin Controller took over the Skarloey Railway and in 2006 he was invited back home, a changed engine.

I like Sir Handel, he's like the narrow-gauge version of James.

Such a heart-warming dynamic with Duke & Peter Sam.

Sir Handel is better than Peter Sam.

15 Boco

Boco is the Edward version of Diesel 10 but with a slanted front and back. Also I would have D199 or Class 40 on this list but I don't know if they are on this list.

I don't really have a reason why I like him. I just do. Although he was (and this is my opinion) the diesel version of Edward.

Anyone thought what ever happened to BoCo? He stopped appearing early in the Classic Series for no reason.

"Stop! You're making me giddy! " BoCo was a brilliant character ever since his first episode (The Diseasel).

16 Diesel 10

Firstly he has a giant hydraulic claw called Pinchy. Who doesn't want a giant claw?! Also, that mustard paint makes him stand out even more. And come on, that introduction to him in TATMR, best first impression of a character EVER. All the engines rate him 10/10 for devious deeds and brutal strength. More like 1000/10! He almost destroyed Lady at one point, and in multiple danger has almost stopped Thomas in his tracks. To add to that, he hates ALL STEAMIES! Not just a few, all of them. That's harsh. Add to that he's a diesel, and you basically have the best character from Thomas and Friends ever.

He is so god! I mean, who wants a hydraulic claw on top of them? Me! And he's mustard coloured too! How can you not like him?! He's 10/10 for Devious Deeds and Brutal Strength!

A Class 47 warship aka my favourite locomotive in the world, depicted as a evil scary stupid but funny character, also Pinchy's awesome and is illegal.

Diesel 10 is my most favorite character in the entire series since Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

17 Skarloey

He is my favourite narrow gauge and at the start of an unlucky tug video he showed skarloey saying I'm tired. Love that part.

He's a badass old man he never gives up.

Skarloey is better than Stephen.

Narrow gauge version of thomas.

18 Peter Sam

No way. Peter Sam is nothing like Gordon. Here's how I match up the standard and narrow gauge engines:
Ivo Hugh - Thomas
Skarloey - Edward
Rheneas - Henry
Duke - Gordon
Sir Handel - James
Peter Sam - Percy
Rusty - Toby
Freddie - Duck
Duncan - Donald
Bertram - Douglas
Luke - Oliver
Mighty Mac - Bill and Ben
Smudger - Diesel
Go by personality, not by numbers.

The only episodes he appears in that I hate are Snow (Even though he only made a cameo appearence in that episode, the ending was not funny at all! ) & Duncan Gets Spooked (He never spoke, give him a speaking role! )

Let's make this straight, I think Peter Sam is the narrow gauge version of Gordon. Respect my opinion please.

Peter Sam is also the narrow gauge version of Percy because their names both begin with the same letter.

19 Duncan

This guy I like because Thomas1Edward2Henry3 gave him a great like I'm not scared of this engine and when he sees the engine he's like AH! and that's why I likes him.

Guess what everyone! Duncan is now in full CGI! Look up Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger and Duncan the Humbug for him in full CGI! You're welcome!

This dudes personally shines brighter than all the engines lights!

He has grown on me since his reintroduction into the series.

20 Spencer

Spencer is better than Thomas. He would be in my top three characters. I think it's not fair when he's ranked low. He's just like Gordon

No. Gordon and the Flying Scotsman are A3s, and Spencer is an A4. A3s were built before the A4s.

Now I don't hate him, but he's a completely pointless villain in Hero of the Rails.

Perfect antihero in Hero of the Rails - a right narcisstic jerk.

21 Sir Topham Hatt

I can watch this guy scold his trains for hours and not die due to cringe.

Sir Topham Hatt is better than Mr. Percival.

He's so funny! He has hilarious one liners!

Funniest character on the show.

22 Rheneas

Rheneas is better than Skarloey and Toby.

Rheneas is better than Smudger & Stanley.

Why is Rheneas this low? He saved the Skarloey Raiilway! Should be in the top ten.

Why is he so low

23 Bill

Ahh Bill and Ben trolling since the 1980s... They should be a bit higher up on the list

Double trouble equals double fun.

Bill is better than Ben.

24 Emily

Honestly, even though she's got some major bossy moments in season 8, Emily I feel is one of the strongest characters in the entire series. Unlike many of the engines on Sodor, she's not afraid to put her ego aside when it comes to caring for others.

Because she was not introduced until Season 7. In all the seasons before that she didn't appear because she didn't exist.

I Like her because, her basis and her voice, that she's the leading female engine.

Like Magic Railroad she doesn't deserve the hate she gets.

25 Ben

Double trouble equals double fun.

Ben is better than bill.

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