Best Star Trek: The Next Generation Characters

The Top Ten
1 Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner)

Of course he's the best one! He is funny. And he maybe the most human, or humane, or at least relatable and likable despite not being a human. And often displays peculiar emotional-like instances, despite not having an emotion chip. I love him, his sarcastic wit, his awkwardness and seriously, the Enterprise-D crew would have died a long time ago without him!

Data is by far my favorite character in all of Star trek. No one. I repeat NO ONE could come close to nailing the Android role like Brent Spiner. My favorite characters from favorite to least favorite:
1. Data
2. Data
3. Data
And it continues until 5. Then it's the others.

2 Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)

Data's fun, but when you watch more than a handful of episodes you realise this is really The Picard Show and not the ensemble you were led to believe. Consider how many of your favourite episodes are all about this man (Darmok, The Inner Light, Tapestry, All Good Things...)

Captain Picard is not only the best character in TNG but the best Captain in starfleet history! Played by one of the greatest actors of all time!
Especially the TNG Recut Picard.

An explorer's brain but a poet's heart, he was one of the best characters of Star Trek.

3 Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn)

The first Klingon to ever enter and graduate from the Starfleet Academy and being part of the USS Enterprise! And klingons are awesome. So, double awesomeness.

How is Troi above Worf and Geordi? Seriously Worf is the best, especially when he is in a bad mood.

"I am not a merry Man! ", "Assimilate this", "Kehlar was my mate! ". Then death by Batlith. Seriously, he's awesome

4 Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)

He was my favourite as a kid. A real hero type.

5 Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton)

Geordie is a great character. Not quite as good as Data or Picard but he definitely belongs in the top 3.

6 Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis)

I love Marina, so of course Troi is my favorite pick! I just wish the writers would have done more to develop her character over the years. I was happy to see the Troi/Riker relationship FINALLY be a part of the final 2 movies!

7 Q (John de Lancie)

The show would be significantly worse if it wasn't for Q. He is a cheeky trickster and you always get the feeling that he entertains Jean-Luc more than any other character on the show, even though Jean-Luc would be too proud to admit this.

How is Q on the bottom? I guess he's not the best character, but he's a hilarious villain and a great response to the overdose of omnipotence in the original series.

Q's not the best character, but it's always funny to have suck a stuck-up, aristocratic character and watch him fail. He's good comic relief.

8 Chief Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney)

Chief is the man. It was he who really kept plans on track. Colm could do serious, straight funny, and irony.

9 Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden)

Doctor Beverly Crusher isn't a bad character at all, but I just wish her character got more to do. I mean, she did turn up occasionally whenever a medical crisis turned up, but apart from that she just stood in the background. Her characterisations should have developed more, and definitely be more included in plots, but I think she's quite a cool character.

10 Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg)

Guinan and her mystical aura is astounding.

One of the best characters on Star Trek.

The Contenders
11 Lore (Brent Spiner)
12 Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby)

Why does everyone hate her? She's one of my favourite characters! It's not the character's fault she died so lamely! Blame that on the writers.

13 Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton)

Wesley's not bad. In fact, as a kid myself, he's actually one of my favourite characters.

He gets a lot of undeserved hate.

14 Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett)

She's crazy, but she makes me laugh. She loves her daughter. And her backstory is utterly heartbreaking.

15 Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick (Robert Schenkkan)
16 Admiral Alidar Jarok (James Sloyan)
17 Professor Moriarty (Daniel Davis)
18 Keiko O'Brien (Rosalind Chao)
19 Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur)
20 Alyssa Ogawa (Patti Yasutake)
21 Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz)
22 Spot, Data's Cat
23 Noonien Soong (Brent Spiner)
24 Gowron (Robert O'Reilly)
25 K'Ehleyr (Suzie Plakson)
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