Over the course of its going-on-19 seasons of around-the-clock docs, Grey’s Anatomy has introduced what seems like as many characters as cases-of-the-week. But even among the best of the best, not all characters are created equal — or at least they certainly don’t make equally big impressions.
With that in mind, TVLine has taken on the daunting task of ranking the top-rated ABC drama’s all-time greatest characters, from those who’ve only generated the occasional mild heart murmur to those who have consistently caused rapid palpitations.
Included in our countdown are, of course, the all-stars that you would expect, nay, demand — the doctor whose surname gives the series its title, her so-called twisted sister, the elder statesman whose method bordered on madness, the plucky heroine whose death scene damn near killed us…
But our Top 30 also includes a few surprises, like the newcomer who most definitely passed their “lab test” with an intrigued colleague, the snarktastic jerkface whose egotism masks untold depth and an M.D. who, based on your aprés-recaps comments, as many of you loathe as like.
But hey, at least no one is ambivalent about him. (We all know that’s worse!)
To see which characters made it into our Top 30, just keep scrolling, then hit the comments with the characters that you think should’ve been placed higher, lower or altogether eliminated!