Top 10 Best Grey's Anatomy Characters

The Top Ten
1 Arizona Robbins

Best character ever. I don't get why people continue to bring up the cheating. Just about every other character on Grey's has either cheated (yes, Callie too. She cheated on Erica twice) or been the one cheating with, which, in my opinion, is almost just as bad.

People who complain about her behavior after the plane crash need to read about PTSD. They might learn something, like the fact that her actions are quite common for people suffering from PTSD. So, when people dislike Arizona because of the cheating, I wonder why people even watch Grey's. They have to dislike almost every character. Arizona is the only one who's actually had a reason or excuse for the cheating.

2 Cristina Yang

Cristina is the most driven and hardworking of all. She knows the right time to let loose and have fun, but she's also very focused and every child's role model. She's my favorite character, hands down, and is just so perfect.

Her leaving was very devastating and truly messed up her relationship with Meredith, as well as her relationship with Owen. She was extremely talented and was exactly what their hospital needed. I say bring Yang back. She was one of the main characters, and Grey's is definitely not the same without her.

3 Alex Karev

I can honestly say that from the very first episode until the current one, I have loved Alex Karev's character. From being a douche to a kindhearted man, he wants in his soul to take care of the people he loves and the kids he cares for. Probably one of the most relatable characters I've ever seen on a television show.

Alex Karev is by far my most favorite character in this show, just because I can relate. He was such a jerk in the beginning, and I love how they really developed his character in the later seasons. I thought he would be killed off before George or anyone else.

Karev is by far the best character and is the reason I still watch Grey's Anatomy.

4 George O'Malley

George was and still is my all-time favorite character on Grey's! He was kind, funny, humble, brave, and a true friend. When he died, it honestly felt like if a friend in real life died. I've seen all the seasons at least four times, and I still cry a river every time George dies.

He deserved so much better, and he would have made a great surgeon alongside Karev, Meredith, Cristina, and Izzie. It would be so cool if the last season ended with the five OGs in some kind of way!

I LOVED George. He was so sweet and dependable. He was always there for all of his friends, but no one really understood him as a doctor.

Take his family for example. His brothers didn't seem to approve of him being a doctor because that's not the profession O'Malleys do. It sucks he died. I miss him so much. He was my favorite guy on the show.

5 Miranda Bailey

Miranda Bailey is awesome! She is the only character that embodies what a real doctor should be. She cares about her patients, her coworkers, and her career.

Bailey is the only character that I truly can't imagine Grey's without. If Meredith died, I still think the show could survive. If Miranda left, I'm not sure it could.

Bailey is the only character who doesn't get into huge lawsuits, big fights, or die. (I mean, I'm on Season 8 right now, so.) She's actually so sassy, but that's why I love her.

6 Callie Torres

Callie was just awesome, and I love her humor. She is hilarious, and I loved it in the beginning when she pushed Meredith into lockers and talked about the panties on the board. Then Izzie is like, "Callie, stop. She is a small person, and you're hurting her." I found that to be hilarious.

I just think that Callie knows how to keep going. I know that every character has passed through so many hard moments, but I love that she is almost always so happy and funny.

Oh my god! Calliope Iphegenia Torres is the best character in Grey's Anatomy. Her humor, well-roundedness, and character arc are pure gold! I wish she was still on the show.

7 Lexie Grey

There wasn't, and there never will be, a character more lovable, relatable, and just downright hilarious and full of life than Lexie Grey. Her relationship with Mark was one of the most iconic and believable romances, not just on Grey's Anatomy but on television in general.

Lexie's nerdy, adorable, and sometimes amusingly awkward babbling was always enjoyable to watch, and Chyler Leigh's brilliant performance truly helped bring this extraordinary character to life. Whenever she smiled, cried, or even binge ate, the audience and fans were ensured to follow suit.

Ever since she stepped onto the screen towards the end of season three, right until her unfortunate and heartbreaking departure at the end of season eight, the beautiful yet intelligent Lexie's presence on the show made those five years of Grey's Anatomy the most joyous and energetic ones in the entire series.

While Chyler Leigh's decision to leave the show to spend more time with her family is completely understandable, I will never be able to truly come to terms with the fact that my all-time favorite character on Grey's will not be rushing down the corridors of Seattle Grace anymore.

It will prove highly difficult, impossible even, to once again capture the mesmerizing magic that Lexie brought to the show moving forward. She and Mark may now be gone, but they will never be forgotten nor replaced. Here's hoping that they return in the inevitable series finale (whenever this may take place) to help provide the appropriate closure that this series undoubtedly deserves.

8 Derek Shepherd

Loved Derek and Meredith and thought Derek was so loyal and hot. I did think he was a bit conceited, but the show isn't the same without him!

He made a big impact on the show, and he was so caring and looked after everyone. I have so much respect for him, and he deserved better.

Loved McDreamy from his 80s teen movies Can't Buy Me Love and Loverboy. So funny and classic 80s. Great movies. If you've never seen the movies, you need to watch them.

9 Meredith Grey

She's my least favorite character. I saw Ellen Pompeo in Eternal Sunshine, and she was actually really good. But then I saw her in this, and... well, let's just say she changed my mind. She was super passive-aggressive and is always kicking people out of her house.

I really like Meredith. She is very brave. Meredith has almost died multiple times, had to deal with her mother not appreciating her, and lost a number of loved ones. Meredith is a very strong and amazing character.

Meredith is my favorite. She is super badass and strong. Meredith will always be pampers. She is the Grey in Grey's Anatomy.

10 Mark Sloan

Mark was awesome! He was a womanizer, but when it came to Lexie, he was very loyal. He was an amazing friend (other than sleeping with Addison, but as it got MerDer together, we'll forgive him!) with both Derek and Callie especially.

When he found out about his daughter Sloan, he was very sweet and helped her with the baby. He was an amazing dad to Sofia. His death was very sad, and his speech to Lexie was heartbreaking. Mark Sloan was one of my favorite characters!

Where do I start? Mark was my all-time favorite character in the entire series. He was always there to keep me laughing and was so caring and loving. The fact that he came to Seattle to reinstate his friendship with Derek is incredible, and the McDuo is my favorite friendship in the whole show. Definitely my #1 pick!

The Contenders
11 Denny Duquette

Denny is always trying to help, yet he died. He did leave Izzie but wanted her to be happy. He came back to her, and she decided to send him away. When Izzie had a very small tumor and needed to see Denny to make that very clear with Derek, of course, Denny showed up.

He is special and makes me cry every time I see him die in that one episode.

I miss Denny so much! Even though he wasn't in the show for very long, his death was so tragic. Also, I adored him and Izzie as a couple. He was so charming, and I loved his sense of humor.

His bravery and positive attitude, despite his difficult situation, were so inspiring. He and Izzie could have had a great life together!

12 Izzie Stevens

I personally adored Isobel Stevens. She was so positive, spunky, and brought out the kindness in everyone. She changed Alex and transformed him into the man he is today. I am always waiting for an epic comeback or an Izzie and Jo standoff. Bringing her back would create so much drama and bring back good feelings from the past.

I admit that the way she left the show wasn't the best, but hey, she came back for him and begged for forgiveness, and Alex didn't. Meanwhile, she forgave him for all the crap she put up with because of him. Izzie, I love you to death. Please come back.

13 Addison Forbes Montgomery

(Her name is Addison Forbes Montgomery - she dropped the Shepherd) Addison was an amazing surgeon and great teacher. If you paid attention to her in the second season, you would see she was in a bad marriage with a husband who was obviously in love with someone else.

She had fertility issues which, in Private Practice, the series focusing on her, eventually led to two failed rounds of IVF, which she pushed through to adoption. Also, in Private Practice, we discover that Addison had an interesting childhood (Bizzy and the Captain). Yet, Addison pushed through all of this and more troubles to find her happiness.

14 Owen Hunt

Three-dimensional character that can drive storylines forward and take them in other directions if needed. Enjoying the scarred character that hasn't lost his humanity.

15 April Kepner

Whenever April came on screen, the show just seemed to instantly get ten times better. She went through so much and still managed to always be so nice to everybody. On top of that, her friendship with Arizona was so great too.

I thought that when Izzie left and Lexie died, I'd never like a character as much, but April is leagues ahead of every other character. I cried so much when she left, even though she lived, and now without her, it's like something is missing.

People need to stop hating on my baby April. What has she ever done to you? She's quirky, funny, awkward, weird, smart, ambitious, compassionate, and an overall caring person.

She's really different and unique, and she's not afraid to show that. She doesn't care what other people think about her, which I really love and admire.

16 Jo Wilson

Jo Wilson is a beautiful surgeon who deserves the world. Who can resist her beautiful golden brown hair? You can't go wrong with her spunky attitude and humor.

Love, love, love Jo. Find your power.

They are wasting such a great character and actress on the show.

17 Amelia Shepherd

Amelia is the better Shepherd. She is very well presented in both Private Practice and Grey's, funny, gorgeous, intelligent, and very strong. Absolutely love her.

She's the best. She struggles every day with too many problems, and despite this, she's brilliant and always stronger.

Amelia is smart and funny and is overall the best character on Grey's.

18 Eliza Minnick
19 Teddy Altman

The best couple was her and Henry, and she probably was one of the most genuinely good people on the show. I miss her in the show but love her probably as my favorite, because her relationship with Cristina was amazing, and she's such an underrated character!

She was great! She really knew how to teach. She was nice and beautiful, and Henry was perfect for her!

She is honestly so great and isn't selfish like most of the doctors on this show. She is just great! Sad that she's not on anymore.

20 Richard Webber

Richard will always be the Chief. Such a great character. He's the man who holds that entire hospital together, even when he's not the official Chief of Surgery. Honestly, the moment that solidified him as the GOAT was when he confronted Gary Clarke in "Death and All His Friends." The Chief is the best.

The one person who holds the team together as a father figure to Meredith and chief of surgery.

21 Ben Warren

He also was an attending anesthesiologist and gave it all up to be with his sweetheart, Miranda. How sweet! He is such a nice guy. He is the best stepdad to Tuck.

He might've made a crucial mistake with the C-section in the hallway, but his heart is there. He is a great husband and stepdad, and did deliver April's baby.

He is so muscular. How does he have a job that requires so many hours and still have huge muscles? He is extraordinary!

22 Bokhee

She has been in every single season, and though she doesn't talk much, she does her job extremely well. Her eyes and ears are better in the OR than everyone else's. All the attendings are getting the correct tools because the actress that plays Bokhee is a retired scrub nurse.

23 Preston Burke
24 Tom Koracick
25 Stephanie Edwards
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