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The Best New Characters In Pop Culture In 2019

Updated May 25, 2020 4.0k votes 365 voters 9.7k views40 items

List RulesPop 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'

    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)

    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
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    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 As Portrayed By Joaquin Phoenix

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

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    Forky
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    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
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    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 Danvers)

    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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    Untitled Goose Game

    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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    Harley Quinn

    Despite Birds of Prey not premiering until 2020, the latest iteration of Harley Quinn took over the internet with just her teaser trailer that appeared before It: Chapter 2.

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    Mysterio

    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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    Will Smith As Genie

    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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    Shazam
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    Shazam cast a spell on audiences world-wide.

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    BD-1

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

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    Duke Caboom
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    Duke Caboom

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

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    Kombucha Girl
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    Kombucha Girl

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

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    Angela Abar (Sister Night)
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    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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    Jimmy Hoffa
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    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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    The Instagram Egg
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    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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    Batwoman

    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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    Alita
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    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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    Billy Butcher
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    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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    Ugly Sonic
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    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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    Hup
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    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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    The Tethered
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    The Tethered

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

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    Sam Porter Bridges
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    Sam Porter Bridges

    Gamers couldn't wait to embark on a mind-bending adventure along with Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges.