Best Thomas and Friends Characters

The Top Ten

1 Edward

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

My favorite ever sice I first watched thomas and friends

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

The absolute best!

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2 Thomas

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

I like thomas the engean

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3 Henry

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

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

Peep, peep! He is engine number 3!

He has good faces!

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4 Gordon

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?

What's up with this comment being copied and pasted on every list on TheTopTens listing for gordon!? - derpyunikitty

I think Gordon should be fired and replaced with Connor instead because he's knows what he's doing And he would do much better job of pulling the express then Gordon did and he was just not fast enough to be on time also?

Neil crone still voice Gordon anymore?

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5 James

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 Like Him Because, his vainness, and his theme. - FinnsWorld

Go to the mainland

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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

He's the best

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7 Sir Handel

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

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

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

Narrow gauge version of James.

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8 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?

He was the best. watch season 1s "Dirty Object" to see literally the best roast in all of T.V. history.

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9 Salty

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.

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The Contenders

11 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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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!

Mainland

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13 Duke

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

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

Duke is better than Stephen.

Duke is better than Emily.

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14 Oliver

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

Oliver is better than Percy and Alfie.

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15 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!

Sir Topham Hatt is better than Mr. Percival.

I vote for the Fat Controller!

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16 Bill

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

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

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17 Ben

Double trouble equals double fun. - FinnsWorld

I like him better then bill

Ben is better than bill.

Who is he?

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18 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!

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

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

Molly is really the only relatable character in the series!

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19 Emily

I don't like her. She's bossy arrogant and was the reason why we never saw duck for a long time. - derpyunikitty

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

Whas Emily built in 1870 - FinnsWorld

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20 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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21 Arthur

If only he appeared in season 9.

This guy should be 20.

Arthur is better than Murdoch.

Arthur is better than Fergus.

22 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

If only he appeared in season 5.

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23 Bertie

Is Bertie going to appear in the great race?

He is a such a helpful little bus. - FinnsWorld

Road vehicle version of Edward.

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24 Lady

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

Lady is better than Thomas. - FinnsWorld

Lady is better than Thomas. - FinnsWorld

I’m surprised they haven’t featured her in any of the CGI episodes. - railfan99

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25 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!

Diesel 10 is better than Hiro.

Love-Hate thing... - FinnsWorld

Diesel 10 is better than Rusty. - FinnsWorld

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26 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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27 Charlie

Charlie is better than Porter, Whiff, Scruff, Stafford, Hiro, Connor, Caitlin, Ryan, Molly, Neville and Rosie. He is my Favorite New Character. - FinnsWorld

Might not be the best character but he's better than that orange brat. - FinnsWorld

He wasn't great in S13-16, but he's gotten better roles since S17. - FinnsWorld

Don't make a replacement for Billy... It just won't work. - FinnsWorld

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28 Hiro

He was introduced in hero of the rails

He's very popular in Japan.

29 Skarloey

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

Skarloey is better than Stephen.

Narrow gauge version of thomas.

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30 Boco

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

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

BoCo is better than Hector.

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

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31 Rusty

Narrow gauge version of duck.

Narrow gauge version of Toby.

Rusty is better than Fred.

Narrow gauge version of James.

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32 Stephen

He was introduced in king of the railway

Stephen is better than Spencer.

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33 Fergus

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

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34 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?

I think he and Caitlin could just take gordons coaches and I don't Gordon would mind and care at all?

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35 Victor

He was introduced in Hero Of The Rails. - FinnsWorld

Narrow gauge version of BoCo.

Who is he?

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

36 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.

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37 Bradford

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

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38 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.

My favorite train.and he always will be

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39 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.

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40 Toad

If Oliver return so does Toad. - FinnsWorld

Toad is better than Oliver.

Friendly and polite. - FinnsWorld

Toad You Idiot You Fool You Bratt

41 Clarabel

Where would Thomas be without his loyal companions. - FinnsWorld

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42 Cranky

The crane is great

Cranky is better than Colin.

Road vehicle version of arthur.

C is for cranky!

43 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.

Idiot

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44 Spencer

He was introduced in season 7

Spencer is better than The Policeman.

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

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

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45 Bert

Mini Version of Gordon or Edward - FinnsWorld

Bert is better than Mike and Rex.

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46 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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47 Max

I Think They are Funny. But A Lot a People hated Them. - FinnsWorld

Dangerous behaviour is unacceptable in construction sites. - FinnsWorld

Max is better than Monty.

Too cruel. - FinnsWorld

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48 Timothy

He was introduced in tale of the brave

Who is he?

Mainland

49 Gator

Probably the best multi-cultural character in the show. - FinnsWorld

My favorite Arc character to date.

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50 Whiff

Whiff is G because helped a lot in Misty Island Rescue

Who is he?

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