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The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Updated July 30, 2019 1.5k votes 214 voters 1.5k views11 items

We’re ranking the best characters on The Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopian Hulu series is based on the popular novel by Margaret Atwood and has won a handful of awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Series.

On this list, you'll find all Handmaid's Tale characters, as well as the actors who play them. The Handmaid's Tale cast as a whole beautifully tackle some seriously dark topics, but we know you still have your favorites. On this list of Handmaid's Tale characters, you'll find unforgettable faces like that of Moira, played by Samira Wiley.

Following the aftermath of the Second Civil War, society is at the whim of fanatical fundamentalists, and women are forced into servitude. The show stars Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne and Joseph Fiennes as Fred Waterford. Now into its third season, the expanding cast of characters includes fan favorites like Luke Bankole, Rita, and Commander Joseph Lawrence. Who’s your favorite character?

Vote up the best characters on The Handmaid’s Tale, and vote down the ones you don’t like.

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    Emily is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Emily

    Alexis Bledel

    "This used to be an ice cream place. They had the most amazing salted caramel. It was better than sex. Like good sex."

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    Rita is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Rita

    Amanda Brugel

    "By his hand. That boy downstairs is maybe 20 years old. And he can tell me to do anything. He could break my jaw and no one would say boo. I'll do what I can."

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    June Osborne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    June Osborne

    Elisabeth Moss

    "There’s always someone, even when there is no one."

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    Janine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Janine

    Madeline Brewer

    "May the force be with you."

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    Moira is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Moira

    Samira Wiley

    "We get the turkey baster full of old-man j*zz, shoved up our tw*ts so we can maybe pop out a baby for the Fatherland."

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    Serena Joy Waterford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Serena Joy Waterford

    Yvonne Strahovski

    “If you had done better research you would know I would never betray my country.”

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    Nick Blaine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Nick Blaine

    Max Minghella

    "You can't change anything about this. It's going to end the same no matter you do what so there's no point trying to be tough or brave. Brave isn't any part of this. Everybody breaks."

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    Commander Joseph Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Commander Joseph Lawrence

    Bradley Whitford

    "Women like you are like children. Asking for too much, taking whatever you want, d*mn the consequences."

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    Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Aunt Lydia

    Ann Dowd

    "The world can be quite an ugly place. But we cannot wish that ugliness away. We cannot hide from that ugliness."

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    Luke Bankole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Luke Bankole

    O. T. Fagbenle

    "Should I just go in the kitchen and cut my dick off?"

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    Commander Fred Waterford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'
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    Commander Fred Waterford

    Joseph Fiennes

    “Every love story’s a tragedy if you wait long enough.”

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