fictional characters The Coolest Fictional Characters from New York  

Ann Casano
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List Rules For this list, cool = confident, independent, interesting... you know, someone you'd want to be friends with. Only characters who live in New York City.

There are some pretty cool dudes and ladies in New York City. This list ranks all the coolest fictional characters from New York City, whether from television, film, or literature. They are superheroes, fashion icons, regular Joe(y)s, and antihero private detectives. No one on this list is perfect, but then again who is, and why shouldn’t our entertainment represent life as we know it?

Besides, what do you think it means to be cool? Is it about the clothes? Personality? Cash flow? Who you know? Coolness is not just skin deep (although a worn leather jacket and iconic fashion style doesn’t hurt). But it’s also about how a person carries themselves. Are they confident? Do they make you feel good about you? Are they interesting? Essentially, a cool person is someone that you want to hang out with or go grab a drink with.

New York City is not the easiest place to live. Sinatra is right, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. From Broadway to the Bronx, from stage to screen, from Harlem to Soho; the Big Apple can truly make or break a person.

You will certainly recognize some of your favorite fictional characters on this list. Is there a detective hipper than Shaft? Is there a man with better dance moves than Tony Manero? Is there an ad executive more handsome and charming than Don Draper?

Be sure to upvote the coolest fictional characters from New York City below, and add any awesome characters from NYC who you think epitomize "cool" but aren't already listed.
 
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Karen Walker


Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Coolest Fictional Characters from New York
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Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) drank too much, took too many pills, was abrasively honest, and snobbishly rich. But she did all those things with an air of class, and everyone knew that deep down inside, the cool cat from Will & Grace would do anything to help her friends.

Appears In: Will & Grace

Also Ranked

#46 on The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

#24 on The Best Dressed Female TV Characters

#19 on The Greatest Breakout Characters in TV History

#25 on The Funniest Female TV Characters

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Barney Stinson


Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Coolest Fictional Characters from New York
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Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) from How I Met Your Mother was born and raised in New York City. The successful and rich banker was a known ladies man, who practically batted a thousand. Barney was smart, witty, sharp, well-dressed, and always a good bud to his pals.

Appears In: How I Met Your Mother

Also Ranked

#2 on The Best Dressed Male TV Characters

#32 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#18 on The Best Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples in TV History

#10 on The Most Mismatched TV Couples

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Joey Tribbiani


Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Coolest Fictional Characters from New York
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No one was more New York City on the hit show Friends than Joey Tribbiani (Matthew LeBlanc). The ladies man was also sugary sweet and perhaps the most sincere and selfless of the six friends.

Appears In: Friends, Joey

Also Ranked

#19 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#2 on The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked

#15 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#47 on The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

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Vito Corleone


Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Coolest Fictional Characters from New York
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Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro) wasn't always the leader of the Corleone mafia family in Francis Ford Coppola's epic The Godfather films, which were based on the novel by Mario Puzo. Young Vito came from Italy as a young boy after his family was murdered, and made his way in New York City, by earning the respect of the people. Don Vito was always fair, he loved his family more than anything, and would never hurt anyone unless they came after his loved ones. The crime boss set the standard for all cool mafia characters that followed.

Appears In: The Godfather Saga, The Godfather, The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather

Also Ranked

#16 on The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

#5 on The Best Oscar-Winning Actor Performances, Ranked

#8 on The Very Best Oscar Winning Performances

#13 on The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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