Best Thomas and Friends Characters

The Top Ten

1 Edward

My Favorite Engine.

Edward has the same number, personality, and attitude as Rheneas!

Edward's a nice and clever train, but will people please stop praising him like he's Jesus? - Gametoon

I loved Edward - 23windomt

2 Henry

Henry's good, but PLEASE stop complaining that he and Edward are off the Steam Team? Sometimes you just need to move on. - Gametoon

Henry was a really great train. - 23windomt

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.

James (sometimes)

3 Thomas

He's the main character, and I like him. He's cheeky and funny. However, I hate when they force him in every single story. - Gametoon

Its sad that his class was scraped in 1963

He is number one

While I am slightly annoyed with how the T.V. series tries to feature Thomas wherever possible, this is because he is the most popular character, which I'm not surprised about. I think there is a little bit of Thomas in quite a few people I know. He's cheeky, naughty, quick to do the wrong thing when in a bad temper, and tends to let advice from older, more experienced engines such as Edward slip through one cab door and out the other (he doesn't listen). But he is also kind, sympathetic, brave and willing to help anyone out of trouble. While his appearing in episodes in which his role clearly suits other characters frustrates me (the original books, 'The Railway Series', was an ensemble series, and the 'friends' part of the title suggests a larger main cast of characters akin to the books), it is clear that the character has gone on a visible journey in his 70-year working life as a children's character. At the start, Thomas was overexcited and bored with his work as a station pilot. ...more

4 Gordon

Season 1-7 and a few CGI episodes only

Shut up about wanting Connor and Caitlin to replace him! You said that 1,000,000 times! - Gametoon

The number 4 engine's number 4? That's funny. And so is Gordon. - Gametoon

As much as I like Gordon, I sometimes hate how he's still arrogant and pompus. Give him an episode where he shows that he is likable and caring. - BUETBU91

5 James

Childhood favorite

Because he is the most esplendid engine! And he have a good heart and he is very funny and he brings emotion to the series when it appears

He is very fun and a joker but he always helps his friends.

Herrre's Gametoon! To say James is cool! - Gametoon

6 Percy

He's cute and has a nice personality. - Gametoon

I remember seeing the episode when Gordon was teaching him to pull coaches and I don't think Gordon was a very good teacher to Percy all Gordon did was just show off

Percy is so cheerful! Thomas is the best in my opinion, but I still love Percy!

I Like Him because of his personality and his voice. - FinnsWorld

7 Toby

In all spots 4-7, it's just the trains with their corresponding numbers. Anyways, Toby is a wimp sometimes, but he has some really good episodes. - Gametoon

He's such a kind and determined character. It's sad the way he's being treated.

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)? - FinnsWorld

8 Sir Handel


Sir handel should be 1

I Like Sir Handel, He's Very Funny to Me. - FinnsWorld

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

9 Salty

The Ugly Red One (only sml fans understand)

He is one of the best characters ever! - FinnsWorld

10 Peter Sam

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.

Peter Sam is the narrow gauge version of Percy because they're both green, cheeky and naive.

I hate Snow, too, but Duncan Gets Spooked was a great episode. Scary but awesome.


The Contenders

11 Duck

Great western I mean BESTern

Duck is better than Emily. Duck is the REAL number 8 around here!


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

12 Duncan

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!

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

He's a plain blunt engine, he speaks as he finds. Lovin' him!

My Favorite Character Hands Down. - FinnsWorld

13 Oliver

He is the only engine out of the original 11 to not have his character turn into an idiot

I Like Him because, his basis and His Voice. - FinnsWorld

I love the name Oliver it is an awesome name for kids and names in movies

Oliver is better than Stephen.

14 Duke

He is a great character and needs to return! - FinnsWorld

Duke is better than Emily.

An engine who's terrifically wise and grand. - FinnsWorld

Duke is better than Stephen.

15 Rheneas

Narrow Gauge Version of Edward.

Why is he so low

He has Very Good Manners. - FinnsWorld

Rheneas is better than Skarloey and Toby.

16 Sir Topham Hatt

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

Pfft. Fat Hatt SUCKS. He likes to eat and rob McDonalds all day! I mean, come on!

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

I vote for the Fat Controller!

17 Bill

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

Bill is better than Ben.

Amazing Twins - FinnsWorld

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

18 Ben

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

I like him better then bill

Ben is better than bill.

Amazing Twins - FinnsWorld

19 Emily

There's No One Quite Like Emily - 23windomt

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. - FinnsWorld

How come she wasn't in all the Episodes?

20 Molly

She is the most relatable character in the whole Thomas franchise! She is almost a part of the steam team, making many many cameos and who can forget her passing Castle Loch!

Molly is really the only relatable character in the series!

Do you think molly should return yes or no? - FinnsWorld

She is one of the best characters ever! She needs to return now!

21 Lady

10 points

She is a great character and needs to return! - FinnsWorld

Lady is better than Thomas. - FinnsWorld

Lady is better than Millie.

22 Arthur

If only he appeared in season 9.

This guy should be 20.

Arthur is better than Murdoch.

Arthur is better than Fergus.

23 Donald

A great pair of twins who show real brotherly love. - FinnsWorld

Why is Donald better than Douglas? You're said that four times already!

I Think The contenders are Fun. But A Lot a People hated Them. - FinnsWorld

Yeah we do, watch Love Me Tender.

24 Douglas

Why are the Scottish twins so low? They're the best characters!

A great pair of twins who show real brotherly love. - FinnsWorld

Yes I agree with you! Douglas is a great name.

My twenty-second favorite character along with Donald. - FinnsWorld

25 Bertie

Is Bertie going to appear in the great race?

He is a such a helpful little bus. - FinnsWorld

Road vehicle version of Edward.

Bertie is better than bulgy.

26 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!

Diesel 10 is better than Hiro.

Diesel 10 is better than Rusty. - FinnsWorld

27 Diesel

Him Along with Sailor John being the Best Villains in My Vision. - FinnsWorld

My eighteenth favorite character. - FinnsWorld

I dislike him, because Diesel got sent away in disgrace after telling rumors about Duck, but then he comes back to the NWR over and over which is pointless. - FinnsWorld

Diesel is better than Diesel 10.

28 Hiro

Hiro is based on the Japanese National Railways Class D51. D51 steam locomotives are popular and famous and they are everywhere in Japan, Taiwan, Russia, and South Korea!

He's very popular in Japan.

He was introduced in hero of the rails

29 Skarloey

Narrow gauge version of Edward (Both are old and kind)

Skarloey is better than Stephen.

Narrow gauge version of thomas.

He is one of the best characters ever! - FinnsWorld

30 Boco

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

BoCo is a great character and deserves to return in cgi and be #1 on here!

He is a great character and needs to return! - FinnsWorld

BoCo is better than Hector.

31 Connor

The better version of Gordon.

Because he's not very nice to the other engines cause he likes to boast about everything all the time and he sometimes likes to play tricks on the other engines and he doesn't like to be kept waiting and also he should really take a break from pulling the express for a while and let another engine takeover for a while?

Connor along with Caitlin should replace Gordon and takeover the express duties also and Gordon should be sent far away and Connor would make good time with the express also and he would go much faster with the express and arrive on time also and he would do much better also then Gordon ever did

Why do you hate Gordon so much? You've said that like ten times?

32 Victor

Excuse me but he is not in narrow gauge railway

He was introduced in Hero Of The Rails. - FinnsWorld

Narrow gauge version of BoCo.

He’s a bloody legend, awesome backstory sand amazing!

33 Spencer

Cool character

He was introduced in season 7

Spencer is better than The Policeman.

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

34 Daisy

Very classy and has shown good development in the Railway Series. - FinnsWorld

Daisy is better than Dash. - FinnsWorld

Very classy - and has shown good development in the Railway Series. - FinnsWorld

Daisy is better than Percy. - FinnsWorld

35 Mavis

This character really has come a long way - FinnsWorld

Mavis is better than Toby. - FinnsWorld

36 Ivo Hugh


Sadly, Ivo Hugh was unable to live up to his potential due to unfortunate circumstances. - FinnsWorld

Stop telling me that I'm wrong! I already know I'm wrong!

No he isn't. Toby is old. Ivo Hugh is young.

37 Toad

He is a Ugly dick

If Oliver return so does Toad. - FinnsWorld

Toad is better than Oliver.

Friendly and polite. - FinnsWorld

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38 Rusty

Narrow gauge version of James.

Narrow gauge version of duck.

Narrow gauge version of Toby.

Rusty is better than Fred.

39 Cranky

The crane is great

Cranky is better than Colin.

Road vehicle version of arthur.

C is for cranky!

40 Stephen

He was introduced in king of the railway

Stephen is better than Spencer.

Give this guy an audience. - FinnsWorld

41 Stepney

Why is stepney so underrated? He, caroline, and duke need to return!

He is my favourite train and he should return.

He is a great character and needs to return! - FinnsWorld

I Like Him because, I have no idea why I like him. - FinnsWorld

42 Murdoch

He is a great character and needs to return! - FinnsWorld

Murdoch is better than Spencer. - FinnsWorld

Murdoch is better than Emily, Spencer, Salty, Arthur and Harvey. He is my favorite character from Season 7.

Murdoch is better than Spencer.

43 Flynn

Since when were firefighters bumbling idiots?. - FinnsWorld

Road vehicle version of skiff.

Flynn is better than Percy.

This guy deserves to be farther up front. FYI, he is Sodor's new fire engine. Jared

44 Fergus

He's just a really useless and bossy old engine. - FinnsWorld

I have his story library book. - FinnsWorld

Fergus is better than Trevor. - FinnsWorld

Fergus is better than trevor.

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45 Norman

Though, I might rank him higher if he gets a lead role in future. - FinnsWorld

Is norman going to appear in the great race?

Norman sucks because of the eyebrow, yuck.

You copied my comment.

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46 Bradford

Its been months and still no pictures of him? - FinnsWorld

Never Mind - FinnsWorld

47 Axel

For those who don't know him, he's a new engine in the new movie The Great Race. Axel is a Belgian engine who participates in the Great Railway Show. He is a contender in the Great Race. - FinnsWorld

Were they any female engines in race with him?

Axel of Belgium is effortlessly cool.

Axel is better than Vinnie.

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48 Rajiv

I Like him Because, I just like him. - FinnsWorld

Of India.

Thank you.

I think he is ashimas boyfriend

49 Harvey

Harvey is better than Rocky.

It's Harvey, not Harvy! - FinnsWorld

Harvey is better than Thirteen.

He is one of the best characters ever! - FinnsWorld

50 Clarabel

Where would Thomas be without his loyal companions. - FinnsWorld

Its clarabel not clarabelle - FinnsWorld

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