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List of the best characters from the TV show Friends, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, ranked by fans. The Friends core cast of characters - siblings Monica and Ross Geller, her high school best friend Rachel Green, his college roommate Chandler Bing, and their friends Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani - became cultural icons during the show's original run on NBC from 1994-2004. Since the acclaimed series finale, the stars - Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer - have become superstars in TV as well as film. But which was the most popular friends character?

In addition to the main cast, Friends was full of dozens dozens of memorable characters and guest stars who filtered in and out of their fictional, uniquely turn-of-the-millennium New York City. While many superstars appeared as themselves (namely Isabella Rossellini, Charlton Heston, Ralph Lauren, and Sarah Ferguson), others (Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd...) appeared in memorable roles as characters integral to the Friends universe.

This list ranks the very best, most famous, and most hilarious Friends characters who fans enjoy seeing the most when they pop up on syndicated episodes. Vote up the best characters from televisions Friends today!
list ordered by

1
5,222 768
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Matthew Perry

2
3,799 968
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Matt LeBlanc

3
3,486 1,488
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Lisa Kudrow

4
3,087 1,271
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston

5
3,030 1,161
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Courteney Cox

6
3,256 1,468
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
David Schwimmer

7
1,882 749
Mike Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Paul Rudd - 18 eps.

8
1,496 706
Jack Geller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Elliott Gould

9
1,611 895
Janice Hosenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
StarSpangledB added Maggie Wheeler

10
1,316 781
Gunther is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
James Michael Tyler

11
1,070 565
Ugly Naked Guy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
colormelivvy added Ugly Naked Guy Uncredited Actor

12
1,143 671
Dr. Richard Burke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
MikeMeares added Tom Selleck - Tom Selleck

13
868 805
Mr. Heckles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
alasdairduncan3 added Mr. Heckles Larry Hankin

14
917 829
Frank Buffay, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Giovanni Ribisi

15
878 632
Will Colbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Brad Pitt - 8.9

16
910 589
Ben Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
triviafan added Cole Sprouse

17
687 338
Estelle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
PascalFranssen added June Gable

18
753 576
Carol Willick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Jane Sibbett

19
827 867
Ursula Buffay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Lisa Kudrow

20
713 444
David, the Scientist Guy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
mrsquit966 added Hank Azaria

21
731 560
Erica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Anna Faris - Season 10

22
640 297
Emma Geller-Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
JenAnistonFriends added Genevieve Davidson, Noelle Sheldon, Cali Sheldon

23
718 604
Jill Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon - 6.13-14

24
679 499
Helena Handbasket is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
Kathleen Turner

25
504 353
Nora Tyler Bing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked
PascalFranssen added Morgan Fairchild - 1.11, 5.8, 7.23-24, Morgan Fairchild