News

25 Characters That Keep You Glued to Your TV: Rank Them!

With so many excellent small-screen choices these days, what makes a particular character stand out?

by and | June 16, 2017 | Comments

Thandie Newton, Rami Malek, Lena Headey, Bob Odenkirk (HBO; Nadav Kander/USA Network; HBO; Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

(Photo by HBO; Nadav Kander/USA Network; HBO; Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Characters who make us laugh our asses off and those who rip our hearts out can be equally as engaging. There are enigmatic characters so intriguing you have to learn more about them and others so damaged that, like a car wreck, you can’t look away. Some characters grab you with their strength, while others suck you into their world of pain.

We’ve compiled a list of characters currently on TV and streaming that we find complicated, hilarious, engrossing, enigmatic, scary, and more — what they all have in common is that they keep us coming back for more.

Rank our picks of the most compelling characters on TV below, and tell us which you think is the hardest character to quit.

Think there’s a character we’ve missed? Tell us which compelling TV character you would have included in the comments!


Spoiler warning: Some of these descriptions refer to plot details from the characters’ respective shows.


Tag Cloud

aliens Spring TV Toys historical drama blockbusters slashers canceled Epix comic book movie toronto Mary Tyler Moore Set visit new york movies FX TCA Awards indiana jones Bravo Spectrum Originals Superheroe ITV stop motion Endgame mockumentary Calendar Red Carpet Chernobyl Disney+ Disney Plus 90s Star Trek Extras comic Arrowverse HBO Go Sundance TV period drama Shondaland Musical screen actors guild binge kaiju Fantasy festival pirates of the caribbean Fall TV History Winners BAFTA PlayStation TV Land true crime cancelled movie TV One TNT spain obituary supernatural monster movies witnail police drama Mindy Kaling dogs Fox News dark rotten movies we love nfl Amazon Studios sequel Food Network cartoon Television Academy DC Universe cinemax Action 2019 Elton John debate medical drama E! The Purge E3 know your critic Kids & Family Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt green book venice worst movies Shudder BET Awards Film Festival Box Office superhero Awards VOD 93rd Oscars rotten TV unscripted Teen films spy thriller kids live action dragons crossover science fiction CBS Funimation blockbuster Hulu Paramount Network trailers FX on Hulu Holiday game of thrones Alien The CW versus TV movies comics christmas movies APB Broadway Marvel Studios olympics 24 frames technology justice league french asian-american Ovation natural history popular documentary Masterpiece game show television Comedy Wes Anderson TCA cults political drama 71st Emmy Awards First Reviews Music australia Brie Larson Amazon TruTV Trophy Talk See It Skip It Apple TV+ Nominations Tumblr TCM USA Network NYCC superman sitcom The Arrangement dceu zombies rt archives Chilling Adventures of Sabrina zero dark thirty cancelled TV series rt labs south america mission: impossible Biopics vampires hispanic heritage month basketball tv talk 2017 Watching Series renewed TV shows space feel good streaming movies Opinion japanese laika Lifetime japan mutant elevated horror twilight Sci-Fi psycho international book Peacock Fox Searchlight richard e. Grant WGN Universal series indie talk show MSNBC Comedy Central Country Hear Us Out dexter New York Comic Con Certified Fresh TIFF thriller Lucasfilm deadpool Paramount ghosts 007 Black Mirror Stephen King 72 Emmy Awards BBC One wonder woman foreign doctor who fresh YouTube Premium cars zombie sag awards critics spider-man comic book movies HBO Max docudrama nbcuniversal Schedule ESPN harry potter BBC America Disney streaming service posters 99% revenge 2021 casting American Society of Cinematographers Television Critics Association child's play stand-up comedy Dark Horse Comics Crunchyroll social media The Walking Dead new zealand DirecTV NBA crime Horror Tubi Reality Competition Election Binge Guide Song of Ice and Fire quibi LGBT theme song Emmys satire Starz Legendary cancelled television crime thriller ratings YouTube Red VH1 concert MTV lord of the rings royal family Exclusive Video Oscars Netflix Showtime award winner Cannes war Acorn TV 2016 adventure spinoff jurassic park psychological thriller hollywood cooking Ghostbusters El Rey Nickelodeon VICE Superheroes comiccon Interview news parents Infographic Valentine's Day disaster Mary Poppins Returns Sundance halloween tv Emmy Nominations CNN OWN TLC romance sports based on movie latino X-Men cats A&E Best and Worst 2015 Christmas Polls and Games Lifetime Christmas movies jamie lee curtis Classic Film Awards Tour what to watch Image Comics TBS YouTube DC streaming service marvel cinematic universe Pixar Animation Academy Awards adenture romantic comedy Holidays independent Mystery video best video on demand Disney Plus DC Comics HBO Video Games Tokyo Olympics Pacific Islander Captain marvel CBS All Access The Walt Disney Company boxoffice CW Seed animated BET universal monsters crime drama prank streaming Rocketman Disney Channel new star wars movies aapi kong teaser a nightmare on elm street Sony Pictures Premiere Dates 2020 Marvel Television 45 hispanic name the review Esquire hist heist movie Women's History Month black Countdown screenings Apple LGBTQ dc toy story ABC reviews TCA 2017 comic books SDCC Photos SundanceTV marvel comics FOX Syfy 2018 Nat Geo Columbia Pictures scorecard YA FXX IFC Films Mary poppins facebook Trivia Crackle diversity Netflix Christmas movies First Look Turner Thanksgiving WarnerMedia Cartoon Network Pop miniseries Ellie Kemper mcc Drama ABC Signature Marathons Paramount Plus Vudu OneApp rt labs critics edition President target Rom-Com Mudbound San Diego Comic-Con action-comedy travel Britbox gangster A24 Creative Arts Emmys Winter TV PaleyFest directors Rock high school joker 20th Century Fox Walt Disney Pictures Cosplay Year in Review Sundance Now Writers Guild of America cancelled TV shows GoT Anna Paquin Tarantino politics young adult breaking bad Pride Month legend all-time The Academy USA 21st Century Fox AMC Podcast children's TV Turner Classic Movies TV renewals emmy awards anime free movies telelvision die hard nature PBS Amazon Prime 73rd Emmy Awards 4/20 rom-coms IFC DGA Reality Logo adaptation canceled TV shows franchise saw CMT golden globes transformers scary movies Pet Sematary GIFs Tomatazos spanish language Warner Bros. BBC Marvel 1990s classics Avengers Martial Arts Rocky biopic Star Wars hidden camera Discovery Channel robots king arthur singing competition National Geographic halloween comedies Musicals sequels Comics on TV documentaries festivals italian serial killer slasher razzies Disney SXSW Pirates biography scene in color finale criterion stoner RT21 RT History Apple TV Plus Pop TV archives women Baby Yoda suspense Film ABC Family strong female leads Adult Swim godzilla TCA Winter 2020 Spike Hallmark Christmas movies docuseries boxing Quiz Hallmark anthology GLAAD batman Super Bowl Family werewolf spanish book adaptation MCU football 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Black History Month Trailer worst blaxploitation Grammys cops Comic Book Heroines ViacomCBS Amazon Prime Video Western Character Guide james bond fast and furious remakes ID king kong Summer composers discovery Freeform Travel Channel Comic-Con@Home 2021 dramedy Lionsgate golden globe awards NBC critic resources Sneak Peek chucky The Witch reboot