OT: Your Top 25 TV Characters of all-time

Submitted by BeatOSU52 on July 13th, 2018 at 8:28 PM

1.  Don Draper (Mad Men)

2.  Michael Scott (The Office)

3.  Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)

4.  Hank Hill (King of the Hill)

5.  Tony Soprano  (The Sopranos)

6.  Stringer Bell  (The Wire)

7.  Selina Meyer (Veep)

8.  Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul)

9.  Ron Swanson  (Parks and Rec) 

10.  Randy Marsh (South Park) 

11.  Ted Talbot (Rectify)

12.  Gustavo Fring  (Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul)

13.  Philip Jennings (The Americans)

14.  Omar Little (The Wire)

15.  Richard Harrow (Boardwalk Empire)

16.  Ruth Fisher (Six Feet Under)  

17.  Daniel Holden (Rectify)  

18.  Tyrion Lanister (Game of Thrones)

19.  Chris Moltisanti (The Sopranos)

20.  Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec) 

21.  Sue Heck  (The Middle) 

22.  Phil Dunphy (Modern Family) 

23.   Brian (Family Guy)  

24.  Harvey Specter (Suits)

25.   Nelson Van Alden (Boardwalk Empire)


Honorable/Special mention (Mostly characters not having quite enough screen-time to crack it):  Ned Stark (Game of Thrones), D'Angelo Barksdale (The Wire),  Bunny Colvin (The Wire),  Rusty Cohle (True Detective),, Sally Draper (Mad Men),  Luis Stevens (Even Stevens),  NobusukeTagomi (The Man in the High Castle)


Just missed the cut:    Mike McLintock (Veep),  Dwight Schrute (The Office)  , Dr. Jenna James (Getting On),  Elliot Anderson (Mr. Robot)



Two things:

Yes, I admit that there is a pretty big major recency bias involved in my selection based on what shows I have watched

-Yes, top 25 is a lot so obviously feel free to just make top 5, 10, ect



July 14th, 2018 at 5:20 AM ^

 Way too many to remember over the years but a few that come to mind and in no particular order

Latka (sp) Taxi

Raylan Givens/Boyd Crowder  Justified

Officer Dangle  Reno 911

Dick Louden/George Uttley   Newhart

Homey the Clown   In Living Color

Burt Campbell  Soap

Early Cuyler  Squidbillies


rob f

July 14th, 2018 at 2:04 PM ^

Finally a mention of one of the funniest characters from "Soap", one of the most underrated comedies of all time.  Burt "I'm invisible/abducted by aliens" Campbell (Richard Mulligan) and his loving but neurotic wife Mary (Cathryn Damon), Mary's sister, the lovably ditsy Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) and her philandering husband Chester (Robert Mandan), the absolutely delicious daughter Corinne Tate(Diana Canova), gay cousin Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal), and the only truly sane character on the entire show, butler Benson Dubois (Robert Gulliame), along with the rest of the Campbell, Tate and Dallas families.  

I think the show was on for only 4 or 5 seasons, but it was must-see TV back in the late 70's and almost as controversial and ground-breaking in that decade as "All In The Family" was several years earlier.  


July 14th, 2018 at 5:56 AM ^

a few others


Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory)

Jim Ignitowski (Taxi)

Lucy Ball (I love Lucy)

Sophia Patrillo (Golden Girls)

Hal (Malcom in the Middle)

Axel Heck (The Middle)

Frankie Heck (The Middle)

Frasier Crane (Frasier/Cheers)

Mork (Mork and Mindy)

Johnny Carson


list is endless






Late Bluemer

July 14th, 2018 at 9:04 AM ^

Don't really have a top 10 / 25 ... but here's a few that come to mind (very sitcom biased).

George Costanza - Seinfeld, Michael Scott - The Office, Hawk - Spenser for Hire, Dr. Johnny Fever - WKRP, Ted Baxter - The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Fonz - Happy Days (early seasons only), Felix Unger and Oscar Madison - The Odd Couple, Larry Bird - The Neighbors, Murray Hewitt - Flight of the Conchords


Perkis-Size Me

July 14th, 2018 at 9:53 AM ^

I probably won’t be able to rattle off 25 names, but in no particular order

Homer Simpson

Sheldon Cooper

Tyrion Lannister

Walter White

George Costanza

Eric Cartman

Ramsay Bolton 

Ron Swanson

Arya Stark

Frank Underwood

Andrew Cunanan (not the real guy, but the actor who played him Assassination of Gianni Versace - he was disturbing but absolutely phenomenal)



July 14th, 2018 at 11:09 AM ^

A lot of great characters have been mentioned. A few that have been missed that need mentioned:

Bojack Horseman

  • The entire cast tbh

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  • Ed & Al
  • Mustang
  • Armstrong
  • All of the Sins
  • Again I could say the entire cast


  • I'm sensing an entire cast theme...
  • Kreiger


rob f

July 14th, 2018 at 2:46 PM ^

Since the OP included a couple cartoon characters Homer Simpson and Hank Hill)  in his list and several other cartoon characters have since been mentioned, here's some old ones that must be included: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck , Yogi and BooBoo Bear, and of course,  Rocky & Bullwinkle.