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The Best Empire Characters, Ranked

Updated October 2, 2019 6.7k votes 1.3k voters 29.2k views

List RulesAny main cast or recurring characters, any season.

Who is your favorite character on the Empire TV show? With the last season airing in 2019, we have had five seasons to form solid opinions of the. host of main and recurring characters. Empire fans sound off by casting your votes in the poll for the characters of this FOX drama. Are you in Team Lucious or Team Cookie? Do you want Andre, Jamal, or Hakeem Lyon to take over their father's legacy? Vote on!

Fans are loving this hit show from FOX, they can't make full episodes fast enough. Acting, music, directing, photography, all superb. The story has dragged me in, Taraji Henson is as excellent as she was in Person of Interest and Terrence Howard is awesome as the series' lead. If you haven't caught the show yet, I highly recommend it!

Empire is an American musical drama television series which debuted on FOX in 2015. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Enterprises, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company. Who are the best characters on Empire? Add your votes to the tally!

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  • 1
    533
    67

    Cookie Lyon

    Taraji P. Henson
    Lucious' outspoken ex-wife and mother of his three sons, who served a 17-year stretch in prison for drug dealing. She sees herself as the sacrificial lamb for Empire, which she built with Lucious, but then took the fall for when she was arrested for running the drugs that financed Lucious' early career.
  • 2
    384
    129

    Jamal Lyon

    Jussie Smollett
    The middle son and black sheep of the Lyon family, a talented, gay singer-songwriter who despises the corporate aspect of the music industry and is estranged from his homophobic father.
  • 3
    351
    123

    Lucious Lyon

    Terrence Howard
    A former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul and the CEO of Empire Entertainment, whose life begins to cave in around him after his past sins come back to haunt him following his being diagnosed with ALS.
  • 4
    247
    145

    Andre Lyon

    Trai Byers
    The eldest son of the Lyon family and CFO of Empire Entertainment. He is Wharton educated and power hungry and suffers from bipolar disorder. He is also married to his college sweetheart, Rhonda.
  • 5
    243
    142

    Becky Williams

    Gabourey Sidibe
    Executive to assistant to Lucious at Empire Entertainment.
  • 6
    343
    170

    Anika Calhoun

    Grace Gealey
    Head of Empire Entertainment A&R and Lucious' girlfriend.
  • 7
    269
    174

    Hakeem Lyon

    Bryshere Gray
  • 8
    202
    125

    Tiana Brown

    Serayah
    An artist at Empire Entertainment and Hakeem's girlfriend.
  • 9
    184
    134

    Rhonda Lyon

    Kaitlin Doubleday
    Andre's manipulative and power hungry wife.
  • 10
    129
    118

    Carol Hardaway

    Tasha Smith
    Cookie's sister.
  • 11
    157
    151

    Camilla

    Naomi Campbell
    One of Hakeem's older lovers.
  • 12
    89
    117

    Dwayne "Puma" Robinson

    Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    A songwriter and old associate of Cookie and Lucious.
  • 13
    243
    373

    Porsha

    Ta'Rhonda Jones
    Cookie's assistant.
  • 14
    111
    104

    Tasha

    Macy Gray
    Hakeem's older lover who exercises control over him.
  • 15
    80
    137

    Vernon Turner

    Malik Yoba
    Lucious' longtime friend and business partner, and chairman of Empire Entertainment.
  • 16
    79
    136

    Michael Sanchez

    Rafael de La Fuente
    Jamal's boyfriend.
  • 17
    44
    59

    Nessa

    Sierra McClain

    Sierra McClain plays Nessa on the Empire TV show.

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  • 18
    59
    120

    Elle Dallas

    Courtney Love
    A hard rock powerhouse and one of the artists at the label.
  • 19
    34
    106

    Agent Harlow Carter

    Nealla Gordon
    An FBI agent working with Cookie.
  • 20
    58
    250

    Veronica

    V. Bozeman
    One of the artists at the label.