Most Iconic TV Characters


The Top Ten

1 Walter White (Breaking Bad) Walter White (Breaking Bad) Walter "Walt" Hartwell White Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Breaking Bad, portrayed by Bryan Cranston.

Breaking Bad is my all time favorite show and Walter is one of the best and most well-known character ever made.

Before ever watching Breaking Bad I already knew about the king that is Heisenberg. Truly a legendary character in a masterpiece of a show. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

All hail the king!

2 Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

Everyone probably knows who Homer is.

The most well known cartoon dad.

This list has almost no comments!

3 Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)

Special Agent Dale Cooper has solidified himself as a damn fine character with his memorable dialogue and quirky personality. It's always a blast watching him navigate through the mysterious Twin Peaks. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

The most fascinating and charismatic character indeed. - Agent_Cooper

He is quite weird, but in a good way.

4 Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) Barnabus "Barney" Stinson is a fictional character portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris and created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother.
5 Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons.
6 Ari Gold (Entourage)

Everyone I know who has seen entourage always quotes ari, even myself. a great character I wish to see more of in the future.

One of the most hilarious characters ever.

7 Chandler Bing (Friends) Chandler Bing (Friends) Chandler Muriel Bing is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by Matthew Perry.
8 Fonzie (Happy Days)

You may not know the show but you surely must know the Fonz!

The reason I say ayy.

9 Omar Little (The Wire)

Omar stands out as one of the best characters ever

One of the most badass characters in one of the most badass T.V. series.

10 Al Bundy (Married with Children)

I love Al Bundy and the show. Yes, he's a legend.

A true sitcom icon. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

The Contenders

11 Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) Anthony John Soprano is a fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos, portrayed by James Gandolfini.

The ultime crime boss in one of the most successful and best T.V. series to ever grace the screen. The impact this show and character has is tremendous.

12 Eric Cartman (South Park) Eric Cartman (South Park) Eric Theodore Cartman is one of the main characters in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Trey Parker.

Raunchy and hilarious. One of the best!

13 Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
14 Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)
15 Fox Mulder (The X-Files)

Mulder is an exceptional character and a staple of T.V. along with Scully

16 Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Buffy Anne Summers is a fictional character from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. She first appeared in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer before going on to appear in the television series and subsequent comic book of the same name.

A completely badass and iconic female character in a terrific show.

17 Kevin Arnold (The Wonder Years)

By far the most accurate portrayal of life and growing up in the 1960's ever done.

18 The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor is the title character and protagonist in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Really like all the doctors but 9th is my favorite.

Such an incredible character, and the one badass in the universe who doesn't use violence, just a screwdriver, a time machine, a companion, and great quotes (ex. FANTASTIC, ALLONS-Y, GERONIMO! )

19 Mister Spock (Star Trek)

Just his signature hand sign alone makes him iconic.

20 Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) Tyrion Lannister is a fictional character in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones, the character is portrayed by Peter Dinklage.
21 Captain Kirk (Star Trek)
22 Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
23 SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongBob SquarePants) SpongeBob SquarePants (SpongBob SquarePants) SpongeBob SquarePants is a fictional character and the titular character and protagonist of the American animated television series of the same name.
24 Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad) Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
25 Stewie Griffin (Family Guy) Stewie Griffin (Family Guy) Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Meg and Chris Griffin.
26 Kato (The Green Hornet)

By far one of the most iconic T. V performances in history - magneto1991

The USA's first glimpse of the immortal Bruce Lee

27 Bart Simpson (The Simpsons) Bart Simpson (The Simpsons) Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson is the oldest child in The Simpsons. He was created by Matt Groening. His hobbies are pranking people including Lisa Simpson and Homer Simpson.
28 Popeye (Popeye the Sailor) Popeye (Popeye the Sailor)
29 Jack Bauer (24)
30 Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)

A cult icon and the series is absolutely amazing. The film Serenity is great as well and works well with the show. Seen them both more than ten times.

31 Tom Barnaby (Midsomer Murders)

I love midsomer murders!

32 Jackson "Jax" Teller (Sons of Anarchy)
33 Rocko (Rocko's Modern Life) Rocko (Rocko's Modern Life) Rocko is the eponymous fictional character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.
34 Dana Scully (The X-Files)
35 Batman (Batman)
36 Superman (Superman)
37 Lucas McCain (The Rifleman)
38 Gilligan (Gilligan's Island) Gilligan (Gilligan's Island) Gilligan is a fictional character played by Bob Denver on the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island and its many sequels.
39 Marshal Dillon (Gunsmoke)
40 Rowdy Yates (Rawhide)

Handsome young actor would later become pretty well known; Clint Eastwood.

41 Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones) Fred Flintstone (The Flintstones) Frederick "Fred" Flintstone, is the main character of the animated sitcom The Flintstones, which aired during prime-time on ABC during the original series' run from 1960 to 1966. Fred is the husband of Wilma Flintstone and father of Pebbles Flintstone.
42 Mary Richards (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
43 Rhoda Morgenstern (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda)
44 Lou Grant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
45 Phyllis Lindstrom (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
46 Bob Hartley (The Bob Newhart Show)
47 Emily Hartley (The Bob Newhart Show)
48 Hawkeye Pierce (MASH)
49 Scooby Doo (Scooby Doo) Scooby Doo (Scooby Doo) Scooby Doo is a famous fictional dog character from the show Scooby-Doo Where Are You? He is the protagonist of his series .

One of the most well known cartoon dogs, and a really great one. Love Scooby Doo!

50 Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)
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Top Remixes

1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
2. Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
3. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
1. Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
2. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
3. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)


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