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Best Characters The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show  

Marc Cuenco
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List Rules Only fictional characters created by Ryan Murphy for television programs

List of the best characters from a Ryan Murphy show. This crowdranked and votable list includes cast members from top-rated television series created by or co-created by Ryan Murphy. Some of the most memorable TV characters of all time have come from the award-winning writer, director and producer of hit primetime programs including Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story. Murphy began his career as a journalist before making his television debut with The WB teen comedy-drama Popular, starring Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope as high school girls from different social cliques. In 2003, Murphy created the medical drama Nip/Tuck. The provocative and thrilling series followed two Miami plastic surgeons played by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon.

Along with frequent collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy changed primetime TV with the musical comedy series Glee. Music and high school collide on the popular show about a group of outcasts, jocks and cheerleaders in a glee club. The series launched the careers of Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron, and featured a breakout performance by Jane Lynch as the tough and sarcastic cheer coach Sue Sylvester. Murphy entered the horror genre with the miniseries American Horror Story, which was set in a murder house during its debut season and an insane asylum in its second. AHS also featured an ensemble cast led by legendary actress Jessica Lange. In 2012, Murphy co-created the half-hour comedy The New Normal, a sitcom following a gay couple trying to have a baby through a surrogate.

Who is the best character from a Ryan Murphy TV series? Vote on the list below and see if your favorite cast member goes to the top! Add any characters to the list and see who other Ryan Murphy fans love! 
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1
90 35
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Evan Peters

2
89 37
Sister Jude Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Jessica Lange

3
82 35
Lana Winters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Sarah Paulson

4
86 39
Constance Langdon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Jessica Lange

5
79 37
Sister Mary Eunice McKee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Sister Mary Eunice American Horror Story: Asylum - Lily Rabe

6
62 28
Pepper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Pepper American Horror Story: Asylum - Naomi Grossman

7
64 30
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Taissa Farmiga

8
61 30
Kit Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Evan Peters

9
57 28
Adelaide 'Addie' Langdon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Jamie Brewer

10
93 58
Santana Lopez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

11
87 54
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Jane Lynch

12
65 36
Moira O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Alexandra Breckenridge / Frances Conroy

13
58 31
Dr. Oliver Thredson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Zachary Quinto

14
83 55
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

15
52 29
The Angel of Death is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Frances Conroy

16
55 32
Vivien Harmon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Connie Britton

17
68 45
Blaine Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

18
38 21
Brittany Pierce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

19
44 27
Billie Dean Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Sarah Paulson

20
55 38
Rubber Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House

21
47 31
Nora Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Lily Rabe

22
33 20
Grace Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Lizzie Brocheré

23
38 25
Chad Warwick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Zachary Quinto

24
40 27
Larry Harvey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Denis O'Hare

25
36 24
Dr. Charles Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Matt Ross

26
41 29
Dr. Arthur Arden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - James Cromwell

27
53 41
Ben Harmon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House - Dylan McDermott

28
56 44
Quinn Fabray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

29
40 29
Burt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

30
42 31
Bloody Face is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum

31
62 51
Rachel Berry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

32
36 26
Shelley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Chloe Sevigny

33
49 39
Becky Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show

34
36 27
Johnny Morgan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Johnny Morgan American Horror Story: Asylum - Dylan McDermott

35
51 43
Finn Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

36
22 14
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum

37
29 22
Leigh Emerson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Ian McShane

38
29 22
Leo Morrison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Leo Morrison American Horror Story: Asylum - Adam Levine

39
31 25
Infantata is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Murder House

40
49 44
Mary Cherry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Mary Cherry Popular - Leslie Grossman

41
29 24
Hayden McClaine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Nip/Tuck - Kate Mara

42
42 38
Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Nip/Tuck - Julian McMahon

43
41 37
Ava Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Nip/Tuck - Famke Janssen

44
36 32
Emma Pillsbury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

45
35 31
Monsignor Timothy Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
American Horror Story: Asylum - Joseph Fiennes

46
29 25
Teresa Morrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Teresa Morrison American Horror Story: Asylum - Jenna Dewan Tatum

47
39 36
Shannon Beiste is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

48
44 42
Noah Puckerman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

49
42 40
Holly Holliday is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee

50
30 27
Sam Evans is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Glee - Glee