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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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Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Tate Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House - Evan Peters

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

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

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

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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

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Kit Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Kit Walker American Horror Story: Asylum - Evan Peters

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Santana Lopez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Santana Lopez Glee - Glee

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Pepper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Pepper American Horror Story: Asylum - Naomi Grossman

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Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Violet Harmon American Horror Story: Murder House - Taissa Farmiga

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Adelaide 'Addie' Langdon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Adelaide 'Addie' Langdon American Horror Story: Murder House - Jamie Brewer

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Moira O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Moira O'Hara American Horror Story: Murder House - Alexandra Breckenridge / Frances Conroy

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Dr. Oliver Thredson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Dr. Oliver Thredson American Horror Story: Asylum - Zachary Quinto

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The Angel of Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
The Angel of Death American Horror Story: Asylum - Frances Conroy

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

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Vivien Harmon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Vivien Harmon American Horror Story: Murder House - Connie Britton

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Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Sue Sylvester Glee - Jane Lynch

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Billie Dean Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Billie Dean Howard American Horror Story: Murder House - Sarah Paulson

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Rubber Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Rubber Man American Horror Story: Murder House

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Nora Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Nora Montgomery American Horror Story: Murder House - Lily Rabe

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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Anne Frank American Horror Story: Asylum

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Johnny Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Johnny Morgan American Horror Story: Asylum - Dylan McDermott

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Monsignor Timothy Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Monsignor Timothy Howard American Horror Story: Asylum - Joseph Fiennes

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Ben Harmon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Ben Harmon American Horror Story: Murder House - Dylan McDermott

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Grace Bertrand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Grace Bertrand American Horror Story: Asylum - Lizzie Brocheré

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Leo Morrison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Leo Morrison American Horror Story: Asylum - Adam Levine

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Chad Warwick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Chad Warwick American Horror Story: Murder House - Zachary Quinto

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Blaine Anderson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Blaine Anderson Glee - Glee

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37 24
Dr. Arthur Arden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Dr. Arthur Arden American Horror Story: Asylum - James Cromwell

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Bloody Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Bloody Face American Horror Story: Asylum

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Brittany Pierce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Brittany S. Pierce Glee - Glee

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Burt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Burt Hummel Glee - Glee

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Infantata is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Infantata American Horror Story: Murder House

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Dr. Charles Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Dr. Charles Montgomery American Horror Story: Murder House - Matt Ross

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Shelley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Shelley American Horror Story: Asylum - Chloe Sevigny

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Larry Harvey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Larry Harvey American Horror Story: Murder House - Denis O'Hare

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Mary Cherry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Mary Cherry Popular - Leslie Grossman

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

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Hayden McClaine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Hayden McClaine Nip/Tuck - Kate Mara

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Teresa Morrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Teresa Morrison American Horror Story: Asylum - Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Ava Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Ava Moore Nip/Tuck - Famke Janssen

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Becky Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show

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Quinn Fabray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Quinn Fabray Glee - Glee

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Rachel Berry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Rachel Berry Glee - Glee

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Brooke McQueen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Brooke McQueen Popular - Leslie Bibb

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Nicole Julian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Nicole Julian Popular - Tammy Lynn Michaels

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Holly Holliday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Holly Holliday Glee - Glee

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Christian Troy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Christian Troy Nip/Tuck - Julian McMahon

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Sean McNamara is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Sean McNamara Nip/Tuck - Dylan Walsh

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Bobbi Glass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Bobbi Glass Popular - Diane Delano

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Kimber Henry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Characters from a Ryan Murphy Show
Kimber Henry Nip/Tuck - Kelly Carlson