Best Thomas and Friends Characters

The Top Ten


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?

I Like Him because, he's kind and wise and because he was the first character ever.

Edward is my favorite because he's the steadiest and nicest engine.


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

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.

I mean well he is the main character and without Thomas none of these characters would be here I don't know I just pick him for my fave character

Thomas is better than Percy, James, Gordon, Edward, Henry, Toby, Duck, Oliver, Donald, Douglas, Bill, Ben and Emily. He is my Favorite Character.


Henry is probably the most human of all the characters. He struggles, he worries, he can be boastful and he can be kind.

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

Henry was my favourite character and the one I related to as a kid!

The top two are Edward and Henry. Mattel, take notes.


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

Someone up top has bad grammar. 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.

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.

I don't think Gordon is a very good express engine anymore because I don't Gordon knows what he's doing a lot of times and he never arrives on time also and I think he is a little bit too old fashioned also and I think it's time to get a faster streamlined engine to takeover the express and I think we should get an modern streamlined engine like Connor or Caitlin and they would arrvive on time also and things would go much faster also?


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

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

Same here! James is very mischievous. Brilliant and best character on the show :D

James was always my favorite since he was the trouble maker of the group.


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

I Like Him because of his personality and his voice.

Hi I'm going to do some comments on the thomas lists.

Who doesn't love this cheery little engine?


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

Personally my favorite characters are Donald (9) and Douglas (10) because they're the original tough guys. And don't worry, I won't dislike your comment.

Duck is better than James and Oliver.


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.

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)?


He is a great character and needs to return!

Duke is better than Emily.

An engine who's terrifically wise and grand.

Duke is better than Stephen.

Sir Handel

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

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

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

Narrow gauge version of James.

The Contenders

Diesel 10

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!

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.

Diesel 10 is better than Rusty.

Diesel 10 is better than Hiro.


The Ugly Red One (only sml fans understand)

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.


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).

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.

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


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

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

My Favorite Character Hands Down.


He was introduced in season 7

Cool character

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.


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

He is a great character and needs to return!

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

BoCo is better than Hector.


Narrow Gauge Version of Edward.

Why is he so low

He has Very Good Manners.

Rheneas is better than Skarloey and Toby.


A great pair of twins who show real brotherly love.

He and Douglas are the best twins in my opinion.

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.

Sir Topham Hatt

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

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

I vote for the Fat Controller!

Sir Topham Hatt is better than Mr. Percival.


Amazing Twins

Double trouble equals double fun.

Bill is better than Ben.

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


Amazing Twins

Double trouble equals double fun.

I like him better then bill

Ben is better than bill.


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.

How come she wasn't in all the Episodes?

There's No One Quite Like Emily


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!

Do you think molly should return yes or no?

Molly is really the only relatable character in the series!

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


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

A great pair of twins who show real brotherly love.

He and Donald should be ranked together. They're twins.

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

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