Fictional Characters

The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019 

Philip Moder
Updated December 26, 2019 2.5k votes 325 voters 9k views 39 items

List Rules Pop culture figures and fictional characters who hit the scene in 2019. No existing characters who are just having a moment.

Which 2019 characters defined this year? Thanks to some of the best new movies, TV shows, and cultural events, there are some exciting new characters in pop culture. Many of the best characters of the year are from some of 2019's trending topics, while some exist in a small world of their own, getting their 15 minutes of fame. The best personalities of 2019 in modern culture aren't always your typical movie or TV show character. Some, like the Instagram Egg, launched into the stratosphere because of strategic marketing. Others, like the Fiji Water Girl, seemed to come out of the blue. 

Which characters of 2019 made the biggest impact? What personalities ignited larger conversations in 2019? And which characters from this year were just plain fun? Vote up the 2019 characters that you feel are the most memorable. 

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The Child (Baby Yoda) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Properly referred to as "the Child," this breakout star of The Mandalorian on Disney+ captured the hearts (and memes) of the moment.

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Mando (The Mandalorian) ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

As the lead character in The Mandalorian, Mando intrigues Star Wars fans with his visually impenetrable costume and warmed their hearts with his stewardship over "the Child."

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Fat Thor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Fat Thor

After losing his way in Avengers: Endgame, Thor gave us a glimpse of what The Dude would be like as a superhero.

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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Already a divisive figure, Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips joined forces to push the Joker envelope even further.

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Forky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Forky

Forky is a spork-and-pipe-cleaner toy made by Bonnie in Toy Story 4. Voiced by Tony Hale, Forky goes through an identity crisis, as he is convinced he is not a toy. 

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Detective Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Detective Pikachu

The only thing that could be better than a movie revolving around the cutest Pokemon ever is to pair him with the sarcastic voice stylings of Ryan Reynolds. 

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Captain Marvel (Carol Da... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Brie Larsen suited up as Captain Marvel and filled in a few questions about Nick Fury's past before reappearing in Avengers: Endgame.

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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Is he creepy? Endearing? Just plain weird? No matter the sentiment, his arrival during a Super Bowl commercial had people talking.

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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Years after rumors raged that he was going to take over for Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man himself, Jake Gyllenhaal finally finds himself in a Spidey flick as the enigmatic Mysterio in the latest MCU entry.

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Untitled Goose Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Playing as the titular Goose allows you to sow mischief in a sleepy English village and people can't get enough.

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Shazam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Shazam cast a spell on audiences world-wide.

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Duke Caboom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Duke Caboom

Keanu Reeves voices the motorcycle daredevil action figure in Toy Story 4. "Let's Caboom!"

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Kombucha Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Kombucha Girl

A cautionary tale of trying new things while on Tik Tok.

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Angela Abar (Sister Nigh... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Angela Abar (Sister Night)

Regina King's character has taken over as the new face of Watchmen, reinvigorating fans of the original Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's masterpiece.

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BD-1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
BD-1

The latest personality laden droid to be introduced in the Star Wars universe via Jedi: Fallen Order. 

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Hup is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Hup

Fans of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will recognize Hup as the spoon wielding Podling with big dreams of becoming a Paladin.

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Jimmy Hoffa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Jimmy Hoffa

The Union Boss whose disappearance remains an unsolved mystery, got new life through Al Pacino's performance in The Irishman.

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Billy Butcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Billy Butcher

Quick witted and a literal anti-hero, there are few characters 2019 that can compete with Billy's rough-around-the-edges charm.

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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

As portrayed by Ruby Rose in the Arrowverse, Batwoman has become an important addition to the Crisis on Infinite Earths saga.

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The Instagram Egg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
The Instagram Egg

The Egg surpassed the Instagram record for most likes. It quickly became a milkshake duck after fans discovered it was all part of a marketing campaign

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Ugly Sonic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Ugly Sonic

When the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film dropped, fans were horrified by the titular character's design. The backlash was so severe that the studio pushed back the release date to redesign him.

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Alita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Alita

Transitioning from the pages of her manga to the silver screen garnered Alita a fan-base that is as dedicated as her resolve in the film.

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Miles and Miles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Miles and Miles

Miles and his clone from Living with Yourself show how difficult living up to your true potential can be.

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Galarian Weezing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Galarian Weezing

This little guy nearly broke the internet when revealed as part of the new set of Pokémon from Sword and Shield.

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The Tethered is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
The Tethered

The creepy others from Jordan Peele's Us are sure to inspire lots of horrifying group costumes.