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The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019  

Philip Moder
February 8, 2019 787 votes 159 voters 7.3k views 18 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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'Baby Yoda' is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
'Baby Yoda'

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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Forky is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 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.

Willard Carroll Smith Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, rapper and media personality. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith ...more
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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 4 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.

Mysterio (Quentin Beck) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A failed actor but gifted special effects artist, Quentin Beck turned to ...more
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The Instagram Egg is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Duke Caboom is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Ugly Sonic is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Tethered is listed (or ranked) 8 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. 

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

The sports gambler turned heads with his record-breaking streak on Jeopardy! He beat the Single-Game Winnings record by more than $30,000 on his fourth win, and by April 15, he became the second highest winnings earner (regular-season play) behind Ken Jennings.

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Nadia Vulvokov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Nadia Vulvokov

Natasha Lyonne's semi-autobiographical series Russian Doll won over critics and audiences alike in February 2019. Her character Nadia got think pieces written about her hair and how she says "cockroach."

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

Model Kelleth Cuthbert went viral quickly - as did her back-and-forth legal issues with Fiji Water.

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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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Josh From 'Blue's Clues & You' is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Josh From 'Blue's Clues & You'

Nickelodeon introduced a new host of an updated Blue's Clues, and new parents were psyched to introduce the 2000s classic to their children. Many also celebrated the fact that Josh (Joshua Dela Cruz) is a Filipino American, making children's television more inclusive.

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Will Connolly AKA 'Egg Boy' is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Will Connolly AKA 'Egg Boy'

After the terrorist attacks at two New Zealand mosques that left 50 dead, Australian Senator Fraser Anning doubled down on some Islamaphobic sentiments. While the senator was speaking at the Conservative National Party Meeting in Melbourne, 17-year-old Will Connolly smashed an egg against the senator's head.

Connolly's action quickly went viral and earned him the monikor "Egg Boy."

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Hot Priest is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Hot Priest

You had us at "Kneel."

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

The self-destructive musician, played by Elisabeth Moss, had lots of people feeling Courtney Love vibes. 

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Colton Underwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019
Colton Underwood is an American football defensive lineman for the Illinois State Redbirds.
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Elizabeth Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

After HBO's March 2019 documentary The Inventor, people could not get over Holmes - or her bizarre pseudo-deep-voice. Impressions abounded. 

Elizabeth Anne Holmes is an American health technology entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a health technology and medical laboratory services company.