Best Thomas and Friends Characters

The Top Ten

1 Edward

What’s not to like?

Edward is the best
Of them all

There is no reason to hate him.

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

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2 Henry

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)

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

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

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3 Thomas

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

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 - Aidanisawesome

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

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4 Gordon

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


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.

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?

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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 Been My Favorite Engine Since I Ever Saw TTTE Because Of The Shiny Red paint

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.

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6 Percy

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

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

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7 Toby

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

Is Toby going to appear in the great race?

I Like him because, he's a tram engine. - FinnsWorld

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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.

Narrow gauge version of James.

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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.

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The Contenders

11 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

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12 Duck


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.

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13 Oliver

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.

Oliver is better than Rosie. - FinnsWorld

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14 Duke

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

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

Duke is better than Emily.

Duke is better than Stephen.

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15 Rheneas

Why is he so low

Narrow gauge version of Edward.

He has Very Good Manners. - FinnsWorld

Rheneas is better than Skarloey and Toby.

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16 Sir Topham Hatt

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

I vote for the Fat Controller!

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!

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17 Bill

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

Bill is better than Ben.

Amazing Twins - FinnsWorld

Amazing Twins.

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18 Ben

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

I like him better then bill

Ben is better than bill.

Amazing Twins - FinnsWorld

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19 Emily

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?

Peep peep! She is engine number 12!

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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!

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21 Lady

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

Lady is better than Thomas. - FinnsWorld

Lady is better than Millie.

Magic never existed on Sodor before she came along, but everything else about her was okay. - FinnsWorld

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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.

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24 Douglas

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

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

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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

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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.

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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 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.

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30 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.

Who is he?

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31 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

32 Rusty

Narrow gauge version of James.

Narrow gauge version of duck.

Narrow gauge version of Toby.

Rusty is better than Fred.

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33 Stephen

He was introduced in king of the railway

Stephen is better than Spencer.

Give this guy an audience. - FinnsWorld

Who is he?

34 Stepney

He is my favourite train and he should return.

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

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

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

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35 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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36 Connor

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?

The shooting star was same prototype

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37 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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38 Bradford

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

Coming soon

Never Mind - FinnsWorld

Who is he?

39 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.

Ivo Hugh is better than Freddie.

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40 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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41 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

42 Toad

If Oliver return so does Toad. - FinnsWorld

Toad is better than Oliver.

Friendly and polite. - FinnsWorld

Toad You Idiot You Fool You Bratt

43 Clarabel

Where would Thomas be without his loyal companions. - FinnsWorld

Its clarabel not clarabelle - FinnsWorld

44 Cranky

The crane is great

Cranky is better than Colin.

Road vehicle version of arthur.

C is for cranky!

45 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.

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46 Spencer

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.

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

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47 Mavis

This character really has come a long way - FinnsWorld

Mavis is better than Toby. - FinnsWorld

48 Bulgy

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

Bulgy is better than Neville.

Road vehicle version of James.

He's my favorite road vehicle.

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49 Bert

Mini Version of Gordon or Edward - FinnsWorld

Bert is better than Mike and Rex.

Arlesdale railway version of thomas.

Arlesdale Railway version of Edward.

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50 Alfie

He's my favorite character from the Pack and out of all my Thomas toys, he's the only Pack character I have.

Alfie is the best road vehicle.

He was introduced in season 6

Pack version of Percy.

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