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Harwick Branch Line
- "Feeble, feeble, feeble!? Let me-!"Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher (SLOTLT and TGR only) Tracy-Ann Oberman (twentieth season onwards),Number: D1Basis: British Railways Class 101 Bo-BoBuilt: 1960
- Aesop Amnesia: Despite being called out for her laziness, she reverts back to her old ways upon her reintroduction in Season 20.
- Berserk Button: Daisy doesn't like being referred as "feeble".note
- Dark Is Not Evil: Somewhat inverted. Like some diesels, she thinks that she is right up to date. At the same time, she is friendly.
- Lazy Bum: She was this until The Fat Controller calls her out on it. Then as of "Ryan and Daisy", she reverts back to this.
- Make-Up Is Evil: She does have makeup, but while not evil, she is rather vain and snobbish.
- Quickly-Demoted Woman: The last episode dedicated to her was back in season 4, and she made a brief non-speaking role in season 8.
- Subverted in the books; while she did disappear for the tenure the show adapted, she later reappeared with plenty of stories in the modern novels revolved around her. She also made more frequent appearances in the magazine series.
- She finally returns in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, being transferred over to the Arlesbergh Harbor-Harwick branch line for passenger duties. After that, she got four spotlight episodes in Season 20, and was seen in several other episodes as a supporting character.
- Subverted in the books; while she did disappear for the tenure the show adapted, she later reappeared with plenty of stories in the modern novels revolved around her. She also made more frequent appearances in the magazine series.
- Spoiled Brat
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her eyelashes and lipstick.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
- "My name is Ryan, and I'll be your engine today!"Voiced by: Eddie Redmayne (SLOTLT only), Steven KynmanNumber: 1014Basis: Great Northern Railway Class N2 0-6-2T
- All-Loving Hero: Is friendly to everyone, even Thomas, who only treats him coldly in response. Even so, Ryan greets and bids farewell to him with friendly remarks, and doesn't even care when Thomas reveals he could have stopped the dynamite incident. This continues throughout Season 20, when he takes on Daisy's jobs, albeit while doing his own, which exhausts him, as well as taking out Judy and Jerome after hearing how they've never been used for a long time.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Finally decides to help Thomas in the climax and starts heading up to Knapford, but as soon as the pirate ship comes into view, he immediately starts reversing and screaming. And keeps doing that even when he gets roped into helping.
- Butt-Monkey: Somehow keeps getting wrapped up in crises out of nowhere. In addition, Thomas hated him at first, but Ryan himself had no idea why.
- Lovable Coward: As brave as he would like to be, Ryan has a tendency to panic in a crisis.
- Nice Guy: Isn't even angry at Thomas for not warning him about something which nearly got them killed by an explosion. He also doesn't hold it against Daisy for exhausting him when she tries to pass off her work onto him.
Jerome and Judy
- Voiced by: Tim Whitnall (Jerome), Teresa Gallagher (Judy)
- Canon Foreigner: An interesting example; they take up the roles of the Breakdown Train cranes from the original story, which were not sentient.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates.
- Motor Mouth
- Out of Focus: Deconstructed. They were never used that much since Rocky and the Rescue Centre appeared, which they lament to Ryan. Sir Topham Hatt finds out about this after Daisy has an accident and realizes that Rocky isn't the only crane to be used all the time.
- Single-Minded Twins
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: They're neither mentioned nor merchandised prior to the film's release.
- Sleepy Head: The moment they're not needed, they fall asleep.
- Suddenly Voiced
- Theme Twin Naming: Both names start with "J" and are two syllables.
- Unexpected Character: While it was known the film would be an adaption of Thomas the Tank Engine, no one was expecting the Breakdown Train to be personified.
The Steamworks and Dieselworks
- "You've come to the right place, my friend."Voiced by: David Bedella (US/UK), Matt Wilkinson (UK; Hero of the Rails - sixteenth season)
- Belated Backstory: His past history isn't explored until Blue Mountain Mystery, a few years after he was introduced.
- Cartoon Creature: He's based on a standard gauge engine, but re-scaled and modified to the same narrow gauge as the Skarloey Railway engines.
- Dark and Troubled Past: While being sent to Sodor with Luke, the chains holding him to the ship came lose. As he didn't speak English at the time, nobody could understand him when he tried to warn them. So when Luke was being lifted off the ship, Victor was knocked into the sea.
- Dashing Hispanic
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Nice Guy: He can be snarky at times, but otherwise is rather pleasant and tolerant of the other engines he helps.
- The Smart Guy
- Token Minority: The only Hispanic engine.
Kevin the Crane
- "Sorry, boss. It was a slip of the 'ook."Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)
- Ascended Fanboy: He's always wanted to work with Cranky, and gets the chance in "Kevin's Cranky Friend".
- Bumbling Sidekick: To Victor.
- Catch-Phrase: "Slip of the hook!" in the US, "Slip o' me 'ook!" in the UK.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- The Ditz
- Drives Like Crazy
- Hero-Worshipper: Toward Cranky.
- The Klutz
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Shown Their Work: The real life mobile crane Kevin was modeled after was also known for being rather cumbersome and clumsy to operate.
- Youthful Freckles
Den and Dart
- Den voiced by: Keith Wickham(UK/US; fifteenth season onwards)Dart voiced by: Rupert Degas (UK/US; Day of the Diesels - sixteenth season), Steven Kynman (UK/US; seventeenth season onwards)Built: Den 1959/1971, Dart 1961
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Den being the Big, and Dart the Little.
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 19's "Den and Dart".
- Dumb Muscle: Den is the bigger and stronger one of the two, but struggles to get his thoughts into words.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Den and Dart.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Den saves Toby from a runaway truck, he scolds the trucks in a full sentence.
- Phrase Catcher: Den struggles to finish what he's trying to say, so other engines finish his thoughts for him, with "What you/he mean/s is..."
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted with Den, who mumbles, stutters, and loses his train of thought.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Dart is the smaller and weaker of the pair, but is quick-witted and able to figure out what Den's trying to say.
- Those Two Guys: In seasons 15 and 16.
Sodor Search and Rescue Team
- Voiced by: Teresa GallagherBuilt: 1951/56
- Action Girl
- Awesome, but Impractical: The water cannons on her tanks. Her appearance in Day of the Diesels even emphasizes this: she uses them to put out a fire, and has no water left to move under her own power. In real life, they wouldn't be allowed at all, as they would give her issues with steaming properly.
- Though there are some engines in real life (like the LB&SCR D1) that do have water cannons during WWII.
- Cartoon Creature: While her basis is a real engine, and there have been engines fitted with water cannons before, Belle's additional modifications and bright paintwork make her look cartoonish compared to the rest of the cast.
- Friendly Rival: With Flynn.
- Odd Friendship: With Toby; the only reason she started talking to him was because they both have bells.
- The Smurfette Principle: While not the only girl in the show, she's the only one in the rescue team.
- Women Are Wiser: Belle doesn't let her emotions or fears get to her in terms of her fire-fighting duties, while Flynn's far more emotionally vulnerable.
- "Ready for action!"Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK), Rupert Degas (UK; fifteenth season)
- Ascended Extra: He was originally meant to be a major character in season 5, but due to poor planning, he ended up only as a background extra. In season 15 he finally got an episode, Stuck on You, and has made several appearances since.
- The Blank: Ironically, the only time he was named before Series 15, his model had no face.
- Cartoon Creature: His design pulls from several Scammell vehicles, but isn't based on any one in particular.
- Catch-Phrase: "Ready for action!"
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears briefly in the first episode of the fifth season before being introduced in the following episode.
- He appears briefly at the end of Misty Island Rescue, hinting his return.
- Off Model: His CGI render was significantly out of scale until season 17.
- Recurring Extra: Until season 15.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: Upon joining the Search & Rescue team, he has the logo painted on his cab.
- Suddenly Voiced: In season 15, ten seasons (a span of 13 years) after his debut.
- Vanity License Plate: BRK 03.
- "Full speed ahead!"Voiced by: Keith Wickham
- Big Damn Heroes: In Emily Saves the World, a massive globe falls into the sea, and is too far for Cranky to pick up. Captain shows up and pushes it back toward the harbor.
- Catch-Phrase: "Full steam ahead!"
- Demoted to Extra: He has done nothing of value since his introduction in Misty Island Rescue.
- Recurring Extra: He's guaranteed at least a cameo if the Search and Rescue Center is ever visited.
- Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (nineteenth season - present), Ben Small (seventeenth - eighteenth seasons), Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)Built: 1964
- Broken Ace: He's pretty efficient and charismatic under the right circumstance, however he is often harbored with insecurities and bumbling moments as much as every other engine on Sodor.
- Drives Like Crazy: After spending so much time on the rails, Flynn has trouble getting used to the road again.
- Friendly Rival: With Belle.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Undergoes this in Too Many Fire Engines. Butch helps him snap out of it though.
- Large Ham
- Miles Gloriosus: His own insecurities have prevented him from doing his job properly on at least two occasions. Diesel has even called him out on not doing much rescuing.Diesel: You're never busy. You just stand around looking fancy!Flynn: ...I'm...I'm...waiting to be busy!
Harold the Helicopter
- "I think railways are slow. They're not much use and quite out of date."Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)Built: 1949
- Fantastic Racism: Towards the railway whom he thinks is "slow and out-of-date".
- Friendly Rival: To Percy, usually.
- Heel–Face Turn: Was something of an antagonist in his first episode, but would later help rescue Thomas in The Runaway and helped Percy in Percy's Promise, and has since been portrayed in a positive light.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first glance, Harold can come across as very blunt and vain. He always goes out of his way to help the engines however.
- Large Ham
- Small Name, Big Ego: The reason for his rivalry with Percy initially.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Percy.
- Voiced by: William Hope (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 19's Rocky Rescue.
- The Big Guy
- The Drag-Along: A sometimes literal case, since he sometimes gets used by a careless engine who doesn't operate him properly.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Edward; he thought Rocky to be "newfangled nonsense" when they first met, but teamed up to rescue Gordon after an accident.
- Gentle Giant
- The Leader: Something of one to the Rescue Team. He has a radio built into his cab that lets him hear orders from the Rescue Center and give orders to the rest of the team.
- "Reminds me of a story."Voiced by: Keith WickhamBasis: British Railway Class 07 0-6-0DMBuilt: 1962
- Establishing Character Moment: In his introduction episode "Salty's Secret", he single-handedly organizes an entire quarry while singing pirate songs to the trucks.
- The Storyteller: Well-known among the other engines for his tall tales.
- Talk Like a Pirate: As a dockside diesel, he knows a lot of nautical slang and puts it to use.
- Trigger: Dooonn't take him away from the sea, boooooyyys....
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: According to a magazine story, Salty is ironically terrified of meeting real pirates.
- Younger Than They Look: Much like Mavis. He actually seems to know more about Sodor than most of the steam engines.
Cranky the Crane
- "You must of known my arm can't reach you there!"Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)
- Berserk Button: Go on, try and rush him.
- Cartoon Creature: He's not based on any particular type of harbor crane.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Grumpy Bear
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: According to Salty, anyway. Finally seen when Cranky saves Kevin from falling into the sea, and stands up for him to the Fat Controller.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of elephants.
- Voiced by: David Menkin (US), Steven Kynman (UK)Basis: H.K. PorterBuilt: c.1917
- The Ace
- Instant Expert: Subverted. Salty is worried he'd be this and take over his job. Instead, Porter takes the time to stop and ask Cranky about how things operate at the docks, and becomes an expert gradually.
- Meaningful Name/ Named After Somebody Famous: His name comes from his basis, H.K. Porter.
- Off Model: Much like Oliver, he has shrunken from his original basis. While this was done to make his loading gauge in line with Sodor's, it leaves his buffers too short and doorway too narrow.
Sodor China Clay Pits
Bill and Ben the Quarry Engines
- "You had a cough in your smokebox yesterday, it's your fault the diseasel came.It isn't!It is!"Voiced by: Jonathan BroadbentNumber: Sodor China Clay 1 (Bill) & 2 (Ben)Built: 1948
- Bratty Half Pints: It's best lampshaded by BoCo in "One Good Turn".BoCo: Here comes trouble.
- Best seen (and heard) in the Japanese dubs; Bill and Ben's voice actors make them sound very young.
- Feud Episode: In "One Good Turn"
- Gossipy Hens: in "The Diseasel".
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates.
- Bill's whistle is of a higher pitch than Ben's.
- The Fat Controller tried to give them a more obvious one and have Bill painted blue. It doesn't work. The next day, Ben (pretending to be Bill) tricks Kevin into having him painted blue as well.
- Jerks With A Heart Of Gold: The twins may be mischievous and bratty little engines, but they do have their moments of behaving well.
- Karmic Tricksters: They like to think of themselves as this, but really, most engines they play tricks on under this impression starts from a misunderstanding and ends badly for the two.
- Never My Fault: They insist on blaming each other, or Timothy, when things go wrong.
- Sibling Rivalry: Constantly bickering with each other. Especially prominent since their reintroduction in Season 17.
- Single-Minded Twins
- Theme Twin Naming: Both names start with the letter "B" and are one syllable.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: They've become considerably nastier since their return in Season 17. This is especially noticeable in their treatment of Timothy.
- Trickster Twins: Much to the irritation of the other engines.
- Twin Switch: They didn't switch, just pretend that they are one engine instead of two. All they have to do is remove their names and numbers.
- Basis: British Railway Class 17Built: 1962/65
- Butt-Monkey: His debut episode revolves around his repeated engine failures.
- Long Bus Trip: Derek first appeared in season 5 (and wasn't even named), and was last seen in a brief cameo in Calling All Engines.
- Shown Their Work: Derek's basis is the BR Class 17, which was notorious for its poor cooling system.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Steep hills. They overload his faulty cooling system, making his engine overheat.
- Voiced by: Tim Whitnall
- All of the Other Reindeer: Bill and Ben mock him for running on oil instead of coal. Turns out to be incredibly useful when Bill and Ben run out of coal and strand themselves.
- Butt-Monkey: To Bill and Ben.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Literally and figuratively.
- The Dog Bites Back: In season 19's No Help At All, when Timothy finds out Bill and Ben recommended him for filling in at the docks because he's "no help" at the clay pits, he refuses to come back when they come begging for him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Bill and Ben pull a trick on him and Thomas. He brushes it off and finds humor in it.
- The Finicky One: Bill and Ben see him as this and complain about his lack of a sense of humor. He does have one, just not theirs.
- The Heart: Of the Sodor China Clay team. In season 19's No Help At All, he's sent to work at the Docks in place of Salty, and with Bill and Ben's antics left unchecked, it's not long before the clay pits fall into complete disarray.
- Nice Guy
- Only Sane Man: Of the clay pits, anyway.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: He seems to be aware that Bill and Ben play tricks on him more than anyone, but keeps falling for them anyway.
- Snipe Hunt: Bill and Ben send him out to find a "rainbow truck". He finds one - a truck loaded with garbage and splattered with paint. He brings it to them anyway.
- Team Dad: Despite being constantly bullied by the twins, he tries to keep them in order and focused on their work.
- Voiced by: Olivia Colman
- Alas, Poor Yorick: She does a fairly humorous rendition when holding the dinosaur skull: "Alas, poor dinosaur!"
- Ascended Extra: Plays the secondary character role to Thomas during Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Big Damn Heroes: Gets her moment when she saves Percy from a boulder during a landslide.
- Cutting the Knot: In Marion and the Pipe, she had to move a boulder off Gordon's line before he hit it, but the boulder would slip out of her bucket. She eventually resorts to striking it like a golf ball.
- A Day in the Limelight: The season 18 episode Marion and the Pipe.
- Establishing Character Moment: Absentmindedly swings her shovel in front of Thomas, then cheerfully unleashes her Motor Mouth onto him, catching herself twice.
- Forehead of Doom
- Genius Ditz: She's knowledgeable about digging (and is exceptionally good at it), as well as ancient artifacts she's dug up, but her Motor Mouth tends to get in the way of this.
- Genki Girl
- Gentle Giant
- Grenade Hot Potato: She does this with Jack, Alfie and Oliver (the excavator) with a box of lit dynamite in Sodor's Legend Of The Lost Treasure. Nobody gets hurt though.
- Meaningful Name: Her name comes from the company that designed and built her, the Marion Power Shovel Company.
- Mighty Glacier: Being a steam shovel, she's built for strength, not speed.
- Motor Mouth: Her defining trait.
- One Steve Limit: She once thought that Oliver the engine and Oliver the excavator were the same vehicle.
- Team Mom: Acts as this to Bill and Ben, in place of Mavis.
Tropes shared by the Ulfstead Castle:
- Commonality Connection: Despite being built at a different age, both Glynn and Stephen are old, small, and like talking about the golden days.
- Cool Old Guy: Both Stephen and Glynn.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Stephen is yellow, Millie is blue, and Glynn is red.
- Freudian Trio: Stehpen is Superego, Millie is a cross between Ego and Id, and Glynn is Id.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Both Stephen and Glynn.
- Old Master:
- While Stephen is nowhere near strong or fast enough to handle modern workloads, his teachings are time-tested.
- Subverted for Glynn. While he seems to be portrayed as this, the Railway Series lore says they weren't very reliable and had a bad habit of coughing up dirty brown water.
- Two Guys and a Girl
- Voiced by: Bob Golding
- The Ace: Was this in his heyday.
- Big Brother Mentor: Acts as this towards Percy.
- A Day in the Limelight: "The Afternoon Tea Express" in season 17, and "Slow Stephen" in season 19.
- Feeling Their Age: In King of the Railway, he spends a day trying to prove himself useful to the railway. Being unable to handle essentially any task he's given hits him hard.
- Good Luck Charm: His lucky horseshoe.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He gets jealous at Glynn after being restored, and thinking he'll be the Earl's new favorite. He challenged Glynn to a race to see who will be the best favorite, though became good friends afterwards.
- In-Series Nickname: "The Rocket".
- Miniature Senior Citizens: His smaller, less robust design makes him much smaller than the more modern steam engines.
- "Bonjour!"Voiced by: Miranda Raison
- Country Mouse
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: When she spends a day working at the Blue Mountain Quarry, she finds out she can handle much heavier loads than she realized.
- Remember the New Guy: She explains that the Earl kept her locked in her shed while he was away, but she's been living on Sodor for years. Lampshaded by the other engines, who are surprised when they hear about her and say they've never met her before.
- The Smurfette Principle: The first female narrow gauge engine, and the only female engine on the Earl's estate.
- Token Minority: The first French speaking engine.
- Women Are Wiser
- Voiced by: Keith WickhamNumber: 1
- Advertised Extra: He was given a toy and mentioned to be an important character in Thomas' past. In The Adventure Begins, he gets three lines and 20 seconds of screen time at the very end.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Canon Foreigner: He's one of the "Coffee Pot" locomotives mentioned in the Railway Series expanded lore.
- Expy: He shares similarities with Skarloey: Old red colored engines with the #1 and share the same voice.
- Foreshadowing: After Thomas gets repainted, Gordon mentions the last #1 was a "coffee pot", and Edward says one might still be on a siding somewhere.
- In-Series Nickname: Thomas and Percy call him "Mr. Coffee Pot".
- Last of His Kind: He appears to be the only Coffee Pot engine to have survived scrapping. Though he was rotting away in The Adventure Begins, he's fully restored in season 20.
- Meaningful Name: His nickname comes from him vaguely resembling a coffee pot.
- Mellow Fellow: He's completely unfazed by Stephen's competitiveness and boasting.
- Passing the Torch: To Thomas. "Look after the branch line, Thomas, and wear that number with pride!"
- Reluctant Retiree: His retirement wasn't his own decision; he was gradually phased out as growing workloads became too big for him to keep up. By the time Thomas takes over his line, he's rotting away in a siding.
- I am the duke and duchess' private engine, I take them everywhere."Voiced by: Glenn Wrage (US), Matt Wilkinson (UK)
- Built: 1935/38
- Aesop Amnesia: No matter what happens to him, he's back to his pompous self by the next episode.
- Attention Whore: Played up in Welcome, Stafford!.
- Big Bad: of "Hero of the Rails", where he is the main threat to Thomas helping Hiro.
- Break the Haughty: Almost every appearance of him involves this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's does show it in a few episodes. In "Emily's Rubbish" as he was impressed with Whiff proving his worth in helping Emily move the rubbish trucks, and then in "Spencer's VIP", he even asks for the privilege to take the deputy minister home because he's learned from his mistake in showing off and asks if he could give him second chance.
- Large Ham
- Light Is Not Good: Although when compared to diesels, the steam engines are portrayed as friendly and reliable, Spencer is always portrayed in a negative light; a big-headed showoff that likes making the Sodor engines miserable. He outright reached villain status in Hero of the Rails, when he not only pestered and annoyed the Sodor engines, but also attempted to send Hiro to the smelter's yard, with no solid reason except to make Thomas miserable.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In Hero of the Rails.
- Pet the Dog: In "Spencer The Grand", he is humbled after getting lost in the fog, and helps Percy make his way back to the sheds.
- The Rival: To Gordon and Thomas.
- Shadow Archetype: To the other pompous tender engines, particularly Gordon. He's just as prideful and arrogant, but while the others have gained experience and made friends on Sodor, Spencer is an unpopular fool that looks his nose down on the others. Downplayed as his character softened slightly in later episodes.
- Smug Snake: More so than Gordon.
- Upper-Class Twit
- Voiced by: Togo Igawa
- The Ace: He's not called the "Master of the Railway" for nothing.
- Broken Ace: In Hiro Helps Out, he tries telling other engines what to do when The Fat Controller is busy, only to cause more confusion and delay.
- Badass Grandpa
- But Now I Must Go: After setting things right at the end of Hero of the Rails, Hiro reveals that he misses his friends and homeland, and returns home with a big sendoff from his new friends...
- I Choose to Stay: ...only to inexplicably come back in season 13, and since then, he seems to have become a permanent part of the railway.
- Cool Old Guy
- Demoted to Extra: While he still gets the odd spotlight episode, his appearances are more sparse.
- Determinator: In Henry's Hero, he manages to deliver a massive quarry train to the docks on his own - a job originally for two engines - while dealing with a terrible case of bad coal.
- Gentle Giant
- Mythology Gag: According to Christopher Skala, Hiro was originally going to be blue. This was used as his main boiler color for his patchwork.
- Nice Guy
- Noble Fugitive
- Token Minority: An especially profitable one; Hiro proved to be a favorite in Japan almost immediately.
The Logging Locos
- "That's right!"US voices: Kerry Shale (Bash), William Hope (Dash), Glenn Wrage (Ferdinand)UK voices: Matt Wilkinson (Bash), Keith Wickham (Dash), Ben Small (Ferdinand)
- Accidental Misnaming: Ferdinand calls The Fat Controller "boss", and he didn't take kindly of that.
- Annoying Laugh: Bash and Dash.
- Catch-Phrase: Ferdinand's is "That's right!"
- Comic Trio
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Bash and Dash. All the time.
- Deconstructed in Toby and Bash; when Bash has to work with Toby for the day instead of Dash, has so much trouble finishing any of his sentences that Toby has to figure out what Bash is trying to say.
- Gentle Giant: Ferdinand.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Bash's boiler, wheels, and lining are grey, while his cab and dome are yellow. Dash's colors are swapped. Also, Dash has freckles while Bash doesn't.
- Mighty Glacier: Ferdinand is the biggest and strongest of the trio, but also the slowest.
- Put on a Bus: They haven't been seen since Season 17
- The Bus Came Back: Ferdinand made a cameo in season 18.
- Single-Minded Twins: So much so that when Bash and Dash are separated for too long, they get anxious and have trouble expressing themselves, as seen in Toby and Bash. Subverted for Dash, as he doesn't have issues speaking sentences.
- Theme Twin Naming: Both names have "ash" in them.
- Trickster Twins
- Youthful Freckles: Dash.
Connor and Caitlin
- Voiced by: Jonathan Forbes (Connor), Rebecca O'Mara (Caitlin)
- Disembodied Eyebrows: Connor has these.
- Establishing Character Moment: In King of the Railway, they have a friendly race during their Sodor route time trials. They both speed past Gordon and Spencer (who are already racing each other) with little effort.
- Expy: Of Pip and Emma from The Railway Series.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While they both love to race, Connor is more serious while Caitlin is more excitable. Connor has been shown to be reckless however.
- Genki Girl: Caitlin takes a long time to wind down.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy
- The Rival: To both Gordon and Spencer.
- Upper-Class Twit: Connor unintentionally comes off as this to other engines.
- Voiced by: Clive Mantle
- Aesop Enforcer
- All of the Other Reindeer: The other engines are initially shocked by his appearance. It's not as intense as other examples in the series, as the other engines quickly warm up to him, but Gator still gets frustrated over it.
- Backstory of the Day: His backstory he shares with Percy at the docks represents the overarching theme of Tale of the Brave.
- Berserk Button: His malfunctioning lamp, being bossed around, and being mistaken for a monster.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As nice as he is, if he's pushed enough, he will retaliate. In Toad's Bright Idea, he gets fed up with Toad's pestering to the point where he abandons Toad in the middle of the line and tries to complete his journey without him.
- Big Brother Mentor: Becomes this to Percy.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of Tale of the Brave, he's sent away to work on another railway.
- Determinator: As proven by his backstory. However, this trait makes his trip with Toad in "Toad's Bright Idea" a bit rocky—while Gator is all about getting the job done quickly and simply endure the risks, Toad wants to get the job done safely.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Averted. He quite likes his nickname.
- Face Your Fears: In his backstory, he had to cross a high bridge in a mountainous region to get urgent supplies to a village, despite his fear of heights. He also encourages Percy to do this.
- Ideal Hero: Percy comes to see him as one.
- Ironic Fear: He's terrified of heights, despite being designed to work in high, mountainous regions.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Gerald.
- Percussive Maintenance: The only way to get his lamp working properly is for the driver to knock it, though later this stops working.
"Samson here, at your service!"A strong, though oddly shaped tank engine that comes from the mainland to help out on Sodor.
Voiced by: Robert Wilfort
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Any time he's given a job, he acts as if he's done it his whole life.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Break the Haughty: Three of the four episodes he's featured in involve this.
- Can't Take Criticism: And how.
- Expy: Possibly of Neil from The Railway Series. Both are green Neilson & Co. open cab 0-4-0 locomotives, and are noted for being quite unattractive.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride.
- Gonk: Good gracious.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: His defining trait.
- Leave Me Alone!: His attitude in Samson At Your Service. Embarrassed with a mistake he had made the previous night, he tries to do a job while tuning out everyone's teasing. Of course, he also tunes out their warnings that he's making a new mistake, and doesn't realize his error until too late.
- Never Live It Down: Zigzagged in universe. After taking a misroute into the Blue Mountain Quarry one night, he became the frequent subject of playful teasing. When he starts acting foolish again however, he is convinced he is still being laughed at, failing to notice the other engines are just trying to warn him of his mistake.
- Sarcasm-Blind: In Samson At Your Service, he takes Bill and Ben's blatantly sarcastic remarks about his usefullness as genuine praise.
- Upper-Class Twit
The Flying Scotsman
- "Flying Scotsman, coming through!"Voiced by: Rufus JonesNumber: 4472Basis: The real Flying Scotsman (a London and North Eastern Railway A3) 4-6-2Built: 1923
- Adaptation Personality Change: He seemed relatively respectful in his few speaking roles in The Railway Series, but he's much more pompous in the TV series. Justified as the fear of scrapping is gone in the recent series.
- Artistic License – History: The TV series incarnation of Flying Scotsman has smoke deflectors, a double chimney, and his number printed on his cab, yet he still has two tenders. The real Flying Scotsman has had all of these features, but not all at the same time. Oh, and his smoke deflectors can slide forward for some reason.
- Big Brother Instinct: He tried to warn Gordon about his boiler's problems, and when Gordon ultimately broke down as a result, Flying Scotsman did look like he wanted to help Gordon...before he realized he was still in the race, and hurried away.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Deadpan Snarker: He makes plenty of remarks to rile up Gordon, including calling him "Little Brother" despite them being the same size, or Gordon technically being older by Railway Series canon.
- Demoted to Extra: An unusual example—he was supposed to appear in Season 3, in accordance with his appearance in the Railway Series, but they didn't have the budget to complete the model, so only his tenders and cab were shown. The problem with this is that the episode causes Gordon to completely not recognize him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he noticed Gordon was starting to suffer from going so fast without his safety valve in the Great Race, he tried to warn Gordon. Too bad it didn't work.
- The Nicknamer: Tends to refer to Gordon as "little brother".
- Pet the Dog: After the events of The Great Race, he tries to cheer Gordon up, and reveals that his opinion on Sudrian engines has improved.
- Upper-Class Twit: He doesn't think particularly highly of Sodor's engines. That being said, rather than hurling insults in their faces like Gordon or Spencer, he talks calmly and dismissively at at the same time.
FrankieA diesel shunter, and one of the leaders of the Steelworks engines, next to Hurricane.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite her kindness to Thomas when they first meet, she's gradually revealed to have something more sinister in mind for him, and later James.
- Token Minority: Of the Steelworks engines, she is the sole diesel.
HurricaneA massive tank engine with ten driving wheels.
- Artistic License – Engineering: His wheelbase is tighter than his real-world counterpart. This was done to make it easier to portray him inside the Steelworks, which has tighter curves than his basis could handle.
- Obviously Evil: Every promotional image of him has him sneering deviously.
- Off Model: Part of his side rods fail to render properly, leaving a gap over his fourth driving wheel.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His livery is comprised primarily of red, black, and maroon in between.
- Voiced by: Hugh Bonneville
- Big Damn Heroes: He, Theo and Lexi come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Genuinely believes he can turn himself invisible.
- Ink-Suit Actor: His face closely resembles Hugh Bonneville's, even before he was acquired to voice him.
- Invisibility: He believes he has this power. In reality, he just makes a lot of steam around himself.
- Shown Their Work: His belief in being able to turn invisible comes from his basis, SR No. 783, which was modified with two additional chimneys to make it harder to see for overhead bombers.
- Smoke Out: What his "invisibility" actually acts as.
LexiA cab-forward tender engine.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her unique configuration, she doesn't feel like a proper engine.
- Big Damn Heroes: She, Theo and Hurricane come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
- Character Tics: She's constantly changing her tone of voice and accent.
- True Blue Femininity: Subverted. Despite her blue paintwork, she's blatantly unladylike, covered in rust and grime.
TheoAn experimental traction engine with a unique gearing system on his side.
- Big Damn Heroes: He, Lexi and Hurricane come to save Thomas and James when Frankie and Hurricane trap them at the Steelworks.
- Brutal Honesty: He has a very blung and direct way of speaking, which can sometimes come off as this.
- Cartoon Creature: While he's inspired by railway traction engines, he's comprised of parts of several different designs.
- Character Tics: He is always trembling.
- Pulling Themselves Together: His mechanism keeps falling apart, but he's easily reassembled.
- Voiced by: Keith WickhamNumber: 27Built: 1901
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 17's Gone Fishing.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He got this treatment over his crane arm, until he rescues Percy after an accident. He's well-respected by the others now, save for Bill and Ben.
- Demoted to Extra: Got this not long after his debut, though has gotten more spotlight since his reintroduction in season 17.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Has a notably larger chin than any other character, and often acts as a rescue engine.
- Mighty Glacier: Because of his weight, he can't reach or handle high speeds.
- Off Model: His CGI render is shorter than his real-life counterpart and his original model.
- Scotland: Has a Scottish accent, as his prototype was built in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Possibly from Samson.
- Built: 1904
- Demoted to Extra: Has made cameos after her debut episodes.
- Fragile Flower: She's easily sensitive when it comes to being made fun of.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her goal in her debut episode.
- Put on a Bus: Her last appearance was in The Great Discovery.
- "It's meeeee!"Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)Built: 1942/43
- A Day in the Limelight: Despite appearing on cameos after her first appearance, she gets a leading role episode in "Rosie's Funfair Special".
- Cheerful Child
- Expy: Hmm, Genki Girl, Pink Girl, Blue Boy, frequently annoys the hero despite good intentions, where have I heard that before?
- Genki Girl: Full of energy.
- Loony Fan: To Thomas.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Pink Girl to Thomas' Blue Boy, figuratively and literally.
- Significant Wardrobe Shift: She takes on a new cherry red livery in season 21 and Journey Beyond Sodor.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Emily's girly girl.
- Youthful Freckles
Whiff and Scruff
- US voices: William Hope (Whiff), Kerry Shale (Scruff)UK voices: Keith Wickham (Whiff), Matt Wilkinson (Scruff)Number: 66 (Whiff)Built: Whiff c.1869, Scruff 1946
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: After getting a repaint, Scruff becomes terrified of getting dirty and instead tries to take other engines' jobs.
- A Day in the Limelight
- Catch-Phrase: Scruff has one. "Let's get scrunching!"
- Chekhov's Gunman: Scruff is sent in to be repaired at the start of "Samson At Your Service". But at the climax, he returns to stop Reg from scrapping the Fat Controller's car.
- Demoted to Extra: Scruff was relegated to the background for two seasons following his debut, but got some spotlight once season 17 aired.
- Extreme Doormat: Whiff is constantly looked down on or left to do another engine's workload by himself, but remains almost obliviously kind and understanding.
- Nerd Glasses: Whiff.
- The Pig Pen
- UK Voices: Matt Wilkinson (UK; fifteenth season onwards - excluding nineteenth season), Rob Rackstraw (UK; nineteenth season only)US Voices: Ben Small (US; fifteenth season - eighteenth season), Rob Rackstraw - (US; nineteenth season onwards), David Menkin (US; Samson at Your Service only)
- The Ace: The narration describes Stanley as newer, bigger, and stronger than Thomas.
- Almighty Janitor: Depicted as one of the Fat Controller's most competent tank engines, yet is most often seen working as a shunter in the yard, and seems fairly happy with this job.
- Always Someone Better: What Thomas thinks of him initially.
- Demoted to Extra: After his debut in The Great Discovery and Season 12.
- Nice Guy: Very much so. He even showed no hard feelings for Thomas after the latter caused him to take too much trucks which led to the accident with the Great Waterton tower.
- Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson (UK), Glenn Wrage (US; thirteenth - fifteenth seasons), Ben Small (US; sixteenth season onwards)Number: 14Built: 1891/1904
- Cassandra Truth: An unfortunate downside to his jokey nature is that engines have a hard time believing him when he's being serious.
- Crying Wolf: Made a few jokes about elephants with his friends. Then when he finds a real elephant stranded on the line, his warnings fall on deaf ears.
- The Hedonist: Is described as 'the most fun engine' and seeking fun and games from the other engines in the form of racing, jokes, and shirking their responsibilities. This was averted in Season 17, where Charlie mainly tells his jokes during the off periods in between his and his fellow engines' work instead of doing it whenever he pleases.
- Identical Stranger: He and Billy (season 11) are the exact same prototype.
- Odd Friendship: With Edward in "Charlie and Eddie".
- Plucky Comic Relief: Charlie, who's lively, cheerful, and tells jokes while working.
- Voiced by: Matt Wilkinson
- A Day in the Limelight: Wayward Winston.
- Demoted to Extra: Went from being a major character in season 17 to getting one cameo in season 18.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: One of the few characters to stand up to The Fat Controller. He forgets to put on Winston's brake, causing Winston to roll away unmanned. The Fat Controller scolds him after, but Winston calls him out on it.
- Drives Like Crazy: Though it's not his fault. The Fat Controller simply can't handle him properly. When one of his assistants drives him in Happy Birthday, Sir!, he drives perfectly fine.
- On the other hand in said episode, he tends to leave said driver in a bind by constantly heading back and forth searching for a present for The Fat Controller (eventually biffing into Thomas).
- "Hello there! My name's Philip! I'm a diesel boxcab!"Voiced by: Rasmus HardikerNumber: 68Built: c.1930
- Big Brother Worship: Becomes very fond of Toby at one point due to their similar boxcab design. Naturally this only leads to exasperation for poor Toby.
- Keet: Very excitable. Tends to irritate Gordon and James as a result.
- Motor Mouth: He loves making conversation.
- Replacement Flat Character: His naive and childish (and somewhat cheeky) attitude very much replicates how Thomas and Percy were initially, who by now act as Cool Big Bros to Phillip.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: To Gordon. He even makes a habit of sleeping in Tidmoth Shed to his dismay.
- Butt-Monkey: Stafford.
- Fergus: "Do it right!"
- Control Freak: Fergus.
- Demoted to Extra
- Everything Is Big In Pennsylvania: Hank the American stereotype engine, who is massive, easily towering over the Sodor engines. Keep in mind that this is an example of Truth in Television, as American steam locomotives had to haul heavier cargoes over rougher terrain (often with less stops for fuel) than their smaller British counterparts.
- Gentle Giant: Murdoch and Hank.
Bertie the Bus
- "But to beat you over that hill, I'd have to grow wings and be an Aeroplane."Voiced by: Keith Wickham, Rupert Degas (fifteenth - sixteenth seasons)Built: 1929/1948
- Bus Best Friend: Something of the vehicle equivalent of mixed race (or species) friendship at least.
- Demoted to Extra: In recent years his appearances have become scarce, when he does show up, he's usually either avoiding an accident, or in need of rescue after getting stuck or breaking down.
- Drives Like Crazy: Implied at times in the show where loud skids can be heard as he drives. He's obsessed with being faster than Thomas after all.
- Fantastic Racism: Briefly in "Trust Thomas" after the engines fail to get tar for his broken roads, he labels them unreliable. He takes it back completely when Thomas gets this fixed.
- Friendly Rival: His races with Thomas (though to prove the worth of their respective vehicles) are rather playful and in good fun.
- Red Is Heroic: Is red, and a friend of Thomas.
- Perpetual Smiler: In Season One, where Bertie had only one face mask. Subverted in later seasons, where he has a wider scope of facial expressions like the others.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Enjoys teasing Thomas, but all the same is charitable when he needs help.
Terrence the Tractor
- "They're not ugly, they're caterpillars! I can go anywhere, I don't need railsBuilt: 1934
- Fantastic Racism: Thomas briefly to Terrence.
- Nice Guy
- Perpetual Smiler: Terrence's model only ever used a couple of face masks, all of which are pretty much just a variation of the same grin.
Trevor the Traction Engine
- "Oh yes, I like children."Voiced by: Christopher Ragland (US), Nigel Pilkington (UK)Built: 1927
- Cool Old Guy
- Demoted to Extra: He hasn't done much since season 3. And despite surviving the transition to CGI, he's only appeared in one episode, and as a background element.
- Friend to All Children
- Nice Guy: Almost ridiculously so.
- Sleepy Head: He enjoys dozing off in the sun.
- " I shouldn't be treated like this! This pace is too hot for my system; it'll fuse all my circuits!"Built: 1926
- The Alleged Car: She's pushed to the point of overheating frequently.
- Demoted to Extra: After a brief appearance in the fifth season, she was relegated to the background for the rest of the model era.
- Southern Belle: Given a Dixie accent in the American dub and is very polite to her driver.
- "Bah! enjoyment is all you engines live for. One day railways will be ripped up!"Built: 1960/61
- Adaptational Heroism: Reconstructed. While his role in the books is adapted loyally, he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn in a later episode of the TV series.
- Fantastic Racism: He was outright racist towards anything on rails in his debut.
- Grumpy Bear: Prior to becoming a vegetable bus, he was always grumbling and complaining.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Duck tries to reason with him by mentioning Bertie, but Bulgy thinks Bertie's worthless too.
- Heel–Face Turn: When he became a vegetable bus.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He tried to beat Duck in a race by taking a shortcut - which involved him trying to drive under a bridge. The bridge isn't high enough, and he gets stuck underneath.
- Jerkass: Until his Heel–Face Turn.
- Manipulative Bastard: He gets a fake "Railway Bus" banner to steal Duck's passengers and doesn't accept their return tickets. His plan was to make the passengers think railway services were no good, but they quickly catch on.
- Perpetual Frowner: Was this in his debut, but disappeared in Bulgy Rides Again.
- "Railways are no good, turn 'em into roads. Pull 'em up, turn 'em into roads."Built: 1920/29
- American Accents: Like Smudger, George Carlin gives George a New York accent.
- Berserk Button: Ignoring him or besting him in an argument.
- Drives Like Crazy: Sir Handel accuses him of this, though it's never made clear whether Sir Handel or George caused their infamous accident.
- Fantastic Racism: "Railways are no good! Turn 'em into roads!"
- Grumpy Bear
- Stubborn Mule: Leads to an accident with the equally pig headed Sir Handel when they refuse to let the other pass on a narrow track (naturally this only leads to them arguing over whose fault it was).
ThumperA mining machine bought to work at Boulder Quarry, but disappeared after setting a boulder loose.
- All There in the Manual: According to The Merch, he now works exclusively at slate mines.
- Cartoon Creature: He's not based on any real mining machine. Moreover, one like him would be impossible to operate safely.
- Flat Character: Despite being a major character in the episode, he neither speaks nor expresses any emotion.
- Long Bus Trip
- Oh, it's you. have you learned to drive properly yet?
- Deadpan Snarker
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In her debut episode, she's the only character able to insult The Fat Controller without getting into trouble.
- Fantastic Racism: Subverted. She may believe that roads are superior to rails, but she often helps the engines out when necessary.
- Grumpy Bear
- Jerkass: A bit downplayed. She's can come across as rude, cranky, and critical, especially in the way she advised Thomas to be careful with his siderods.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even with her condescending front, she is a loyal and hard worker, and reacts appropriately to good manners. Her treatment of Thomas also softens when he and Terence help her out of the snow following a crash.
MadgeA snub-nosed truck that works in the mountains near the Skarloey Railroad. She acts very motherly to the narrow gauge engines, even at the risk of her own well-being.
- Drives Like Crazy: Done deliberately in Cool Truckings, when Duncan complains her drives are slow and boring.
- Team Mom: To the narrow gauge engines, despite the fact she's younger than many of them.
Owen and Merrick
- "Next stop - you're too heavy!" -Owen"I think it's my nap time..." -MerrickVoiced by: Ben Small (Owen), Matt Wilkinson (Merrick)
- Catch-Phrase: Owen's is "Next stop," followed by a location.
- No Indoor Voice: Merrick, when he's awake.
- Sleepy Head: Merrick tends to nod off if he's not busy with something. This became less prominent after Blue Mountain Mystery.
- Jack voices: David Menkin (US), Steven Kynman (UK)Alfie voices: Nathan ClarkeOliver voices: Tim WhitnallMax voices: Kerry Shale (US), Tim Whitnall (UK)Monty voices: Rob Rackstraw (US), Rasmus Hardiker (UK)
- Cool Old Guy: Kelly and Oliver.
- Gentle Giant: Ned.
- Jerkass: Max and Monty.
- The Klutz: Ned.
- One Steve Limit: Oliver shares the same name as the Great Western engine. This play for laughs in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" when Marion thinks he (the engine) turned into a digger, only to find out at the end that there are two Olivers.
- Put on a Bus: Though they had an entire mini-series dedicated to them, they quickly disappeared when Thomas & Friends was acquired by HiT.
- The Bus Came Back: A good portion of the team reappears in The Great Discovery, and Jack and Alfie appear in one episode of season 12. After the change to CGI, Jack returned in King of the Railway, while Alfie, Oliver, Max and Monty returned in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
- Rookie Red Ranger: Jack
- Sibling Rivalry: Max and Monty.
- The Smurfette Principle: Isobella's the only female vehicle in the Pack.
- Youthful Freckles: Alfie has very faint ones, most noticeable in close-up shots.
- Voiced by: Jamie Campbell Bower
- The Dog Bites Back: He deliberately capsizes, forcing Sailor John to lose the treasure.
- Extreme Doormat: He's all too happy to brush off Sailor John's abusive behavior. Eventually gets sick of it and turns on him.
- Friend to All Children: He wants to spend more time on the rails, so he can one day get to give children rides. He gets his wish.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He tries to invoke this during the climax, telling him it'd be okay if Thomas smashed him if it meant stopping Sailor John. And when they reach water, he deliberately takes on water and capsizes. Luckily, he survives.
- Ignorant Minion: Sailor John had told Skiff that he plans on donating the treasure to the museum once they find it. Realizing that Sailor John had been lying to him the whole time is what spurs Skiff to rebel against him.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
Annie And Clarabel
- "He's dreadfully rude, I feel quite ashamed. I feel quite ashamed. he's dreadfully rude."Voiced by: Teresa GallagherBuilt: 1895
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 18's "Not So Slow Coaches".
- Ascended Extra: In a sense. Annie and Clarabel hardly spoke in the later seasons, becoming mere props for Thomas to pull around. However, Brenner's era has given them many more speaking roles and even a few limelight episodes.
- The Finicky Ones: Nitpick Thomas' behaviour constantly and fuss over the speed he travels (he has a lot of fun with this one in "Not So Slow Coaches"). Gordon found them unbearable to work with after a mishap left them his substitute Express coaches.
- Strangely, this is subverted in the season 3 episode "Percy's Promise". In an alternate reality they would be yelling "We want Thomas, we want Thomas."
- Single-Minded Twins: For the large part. Interestingly most merchandise tries to remedy this by giving Annie a timid expression and Clarabel a cocky smile.
- Those Two Girls
- Trigger: Hate being separated from Thomas for a long time. Also high-speeds.
- Women Are Wiser: Often have to keep the more rambunctious Thomas in line. They are fussy little coaches however and sometimes share his cheeky, excitable streak. He and Percy also spend a lot of time having to soothe their hurt feelings.
- "It's not fair at all!"Voiced by: Maggie OllerenshawBuilt: 1884
- The Blank: Like in the Railway Series, she never had a face until Season 18.
- Companion Cube: Gradually became this from the second season onward. This is no longer the case as of season 18.
- Cool Old Lady: Following her Character Development in the CGI series.
- The Quiet One: In the entire show's run, she has only spoken in one episode. Between seasons 1 and 3, her emotions were at least expressed to the viewer. In season 18, she gains a face and speaks freely.
- Suddenly Voiced: While she always had a voice, she never actively used it until the 18th season.
- Women Are Wiser: Often has to talk Toby through jobs and situations he's not comfortable with.
Troublesome Trucks/Foolish Freight Cars
- Oh! Oh! Oh! We want a proper engine, not a red monster!Voiced by: Christopher Ragland, Ben Small (King of the Railway - eighteenth season)
- Always Chaotic Evil: At least most of them anyways.
- Always Male: All of the trucks are males.
- Annoying Laugh: Starting from Season 2.
- Asshole Victims: Trucks are very often collateral damage for mishaps or mistakes the engines make, being knocked off the rails or even broken to pieces. Given how much trouble they cause themselves, they rarely earn pity.
- Berserk Button: While most trucks play tricks on engines unprovoked, they don't like it when engines order them around or being pushed.
- Bully Hunter: While they don't care much for engines bullying other engines, they don't let engines bully them.
- Catch-Phrase: "On! On! On!" and "Hold Back! Hold Back!"
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: "Every wise engine knows you can't trust trucks."
- Comedic Sociopaths: "They don't care how big they are, to them it's just a game..."
- Disproportionate Retribution: This is pretty much what the engines will face almost all the time. If they can find any reason to send one hurtling off the track, they'll certainly do it.
- Enemy Mine: On a few occasions, they have moments in helping the other engines take out a common foe like Bulstrode in "Special Attraction" and Diesel in "The World's Strongest Engine".
- Even Trucks Have Loved Ones:
- They do not attempt to cause harm or serious mischief to Edward, because he treats them all with kindness and patience.
- This goes for Peter Sam as well to a lesser degree, as he is said to never bump cars unless they misbehave, and when some trucks confuse him for Sir Handel and want to wreck him, the other trucks, who realize their error, plead with them to stop. Unfortunately, this is not enough to prevent them from causing Peter Sam's famous quarry accident, and it is not shown how the trucks feel about getting the wrong engine.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: Love laughing at the engines for having unfortunate mishaps, sometimes by singing rudely at them.
- Giggling Villains: They all love giggling a lot whenever they're having fun making the engines miserable. On season 2, they debuted their high-pitched giggling.
- Hive Mind: All trucks in a yard or in a train will share each other's thoughts, feelings, and speech. The only exceptions are named trucks, such as S. C. Ruffey and Hector.
- It Amused Us: Their reason for causing so much trouble for the engines.
- Jerkasses: Along with their tendency to play tricks on engines to amuse themselves, the trucks are never known for behaving well around them.
- Karma Houdinis: They would always get away with causing the accidents and the engines will always get reprimanded by The Fat Controller for them. Of course, it's as much "getting away with it" as they smash themselves to pieces in a rail accident in the process, (granted it never stops them laughing about it anyway).
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sometimes, they would play tricks on other engines who were being arrogant and rude towards the other engines, much like James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel". Either way, it doesn't matter which engine they play tricks on as long as they enjoy it.
- Killed Off for Real: A few trucks are shown to be dismantled in various episodes.
- Lack of Empathy: The trucks will stop at nothing to enjoy playing around that they will show little to no concern for the well being of any character, whether engines or humans. One example is when they knocked the guard off of the brake van in "A Close Shave", and didn't care one bit.
- Misplaced Retribution: If the trucks can't find the right engine to prank, they'll victimize another one instead ("One engine's as good as the other!").
- Miles Gloriosus: For all their sociopathic trouble making, they are shown to have a limit. They tend to fear engines who (seemingly) prove willing to destroy them. One runaway incident also led them to get trapped in a mine, upon which they find themselves to be scared of the dark and beg Percy to pull them out.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Displayed this in "Missing Gator". After the trucks excitedly rolled down the hill and then into the old mine, they were glad that Percy arrived and even asked him to help them because they didn't like being alone inside.
- Perpetual Expression: The trucks in the pre-cgi era are painted with random expressions such as a laughing face, angry face, or shocked face, and that's when they're causing mischief.
- Runaway Train: They always cause this to happen. They either push an engine down a hill or break away from their coupling.
- Screwy Squirrels: They love tricking the engines for fun.
The Spiteful Brake Van
- "He's cross! we'll try and make him crosser still! Hold back!"Built: 1929
- Asshole Victim: The Fat Controller couldn't care any more about him after Douglas broke him up.
- Chronic Villainy: He behaved well after Donald gave him a hard bump, but then returned to his bad behavior by trying to sabotage James' train. Needless to say, this didn't end well for him...
- Eviler Than Thou: The troublesome trucks play their tricks because they're bored and want to have fun. The spiteful brake van, however, is an asshole, who simply wants to spite everyone he comes into contact with.
- Family-Unfriendly Death
- Jerkass: He isn't called "spiteful" for nothing.
- Karmic Death: He was broken up by Douglas as the latter pushed his hardest up on Gordon's Hill.
- Killed Off for Real: He was the only character in the series to permanently die.
- No Name Given: The term "spiteful brake van" is only used in narration.
- Perpetual Frowner: Well, at least in the T.V. version.
- Smug Snake: "You can't. I'm essential."
- Tear Off Your Face: His fate after Douglas breaks him into pieces, with his face being raised by one of the breakdown cranes.
S.C. RuffeyA privately owned truck who had made fun of Oliver's accident with the turntable, but Oliver sought retribution later on.
- Asshole Victim: Even the Fat Controller felt S.C. Ruffey had it coming.
- Family-Unfriendly Death
- Karmic Death: While played straight in the novels, the show subverts this with him being rebuilt after Oliver tore him to pieces, but still kept quiet to this day.
- King Mook: He's built the same as the other trucks, just with a company's name painted on and with a different face.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He was scrapped in the original book, but was rebuilt in the TV series.
Hector The Horrid
- "Keep away!"
- Catch-Phrase: Formerly, it was "Keep away!"
- Dashing Hispanic: He is given a Spanish accent in the US narration of "James Works It Out" (where he spends the majority of the episode as James' Hyper-Competent Sidekick). Oddly, this is a completely different voice from what Brandon gave him the season before.
- Fun with Acronyms: His name stands for "Heavily Engineered Coal Truck On Rails".
- Jerkass Façade
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He was acting aggressive because he was scared to be filled with coal.
- White Sheep: Following his Heel–Face Turn, he is actually shown helping engines pull their trains and keep the other trucks at bay.
The Scrap MonsterAppearing in Tale of the Brave, a strange, twisted monster on rails that attacks Percy one night. It's actually just a pile of scrap that James finds creepy enough to scare Percy.
- Eldritch Abomination: Percy sees it as one.
- Mechanical Monster
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Its body is composed of scrap of different machines, including a shovel arm, a tractor, a harrow, and a conveyor belt.
- Surprise Creepy: The first two times it's encountered are rather startling.
- "Right you horrible lot - I'm in charge now! So no bumping and none of your cheek!"Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Large like Samson's, but not as fuzzy.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: To the trucks mostly, but also to the engine pulling him.
- The Fettered
- Good Is Not Nice: He genuinely cares about maintaining railway safety. That doesn't mean he has to be nice about it.
- Green and Mean: A non-malicious example.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He may be obsessed with rules and regulations to the point of delaying trains for minor infractions, but he's right; it's far more important for the journey to be completed safely.
- Palette Swap: There's little separating him from the other brake vans besides his colors.
- Perpetual Frowner: Is scowling by default.
The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt
- "You are a really useful engine."Voiced by: Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails - present; US; The Adventure Begins - present), Kerry Shale (US; Hero of the Rails - eighteenth season)
- A Day in the Limelight: The show gives him a handful of these. Much in the style of the engines, he usually ends up playing the Butt-Monkey in them.
- A Father To His Engines
- Bald of Awesome
- Berserk Button: As learned from "Jumping Jobi Wood", he took offence when Ferdinand called him "boss".
- Big Eater
- Big Fun: While he is serious in his duties, he can have his moments of being fun-loving.
- Bully Hunter: Often harshly disciplines any engine that is mocking or belittling another.
- Catch-Phrase: "Reeeeally Useful Engine." and "You have caused Confusion and Delay." (This one however, has had several variations in Season 17)
- "Early Days yet" towards his new Railway Inspection Vehicle, Winston. Which comes up when you find out he's a terrible driver.
- Characterization Marches On: Awdry originally created the Fat Controller as a nod to "pompous railway officials who gave out plenty of orders but never actually did anything", with some engines actually acting rather impudent towards at times. He also had a tendency for Cool And Unusual Punishments for disobedient engines. The books, and by extension the show, altered him into a stern but fair Father To His Men with insurmountable knowledge of the railway (and many other goings on in Sodor), which almost no engine would even think of upsetting. Of course, it helps that the books, the original Fat Controller retired and was replaced by his son, who was subsequently replaced by his son, explaining the change in character.
- some of his book character does manage to show through, though, such as him using the "doctor's orders" excuse to get out of pushing and pulling in the "Sad Story of Henry" episode.
- Composite Character: Took the role of the Thin Controller in early adapted episodes.
- Cool Old Guy
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his lectures towards the engine lean as this. Especially evident with Michael Angelis' literally deadpan take on the character.The Fat Controller: Tunnels aren't dancefloors, and you are not a pop star.
- Death Glare: Has given these to the engines in some episodes. Best shown in "Duck and the Slip Coaches" where he gave one to James after finding out that he stole Duck's idea on the Slip Coaches. Cue James' "Oh, Crap!" Smile.)
- Denser and Wackier: While still a capable authority figure, The Fat Controller has become a noticeably more buffoonish and fallible character since Andrew Brenner's takeover as writer, with far more jokes at his expense.
- Drives Like Crazy: His old lorry Elizabeth asks if he's "learned to drive properly yet" back in Series 6. With Winston's introduction in Series 16, it seems the answer is "No".
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Fat Comic Relief: In some episodes.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Plays the Responsible Sibling to Lowham Hatt's Foolish Sibling.
- Friend to All Living Things: Generally anything that is remotely sentient on Sodor is respectful and obedient to him. Whenever an engine (often the conniving Diesels) believes they have been rejected by him, it is pointed out he cares about all of his engines.
- Legacy Character: In the original books.
- Happily Married: To Lady Hatt.
- Leitmotif: In seasons 1-7, an ominous sounding tune is played when he's on screen. Especially when he's reprimanding an engine.
- Momma's Boy
- Never My Fault: There are times that he reprimands his engines for accidents they aren't responsible for (i.e., in "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" he scolds Thomas for crashing the stationmaster's house when it really was the cleaner that careless messed his controls).
- There was one aversion in "Thomas and the Rumors" where after Gordon causes a tunnel to collapse, he was having a stern word with Gordon's driver.
- Subverted in "Wayward Winston". When he scolds Winston for rolling away, Winston politely but firmly points out that the Fat Controller didn't put the brake on, and the Controller admits that he's partially to blame.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat / Hat of Authority: He's incredibly fond of his top hat, so much that it has slipped into Companion Cube territory.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Misty Island Rescue" he is so overjoyed at finding Thomas, he throws his hat into the air, not caring the least when it disappears into the mist.The Fat Controller: I can find another hat, but I can never find another Thomas.
- Pet the Dog: Engines who work hard against adversity and without complaint, always make him proud, and he's always quick to tell them how proud he is of them.
- After Duck and his crew prevented a serious accident in 'A Close Shave', he informed the Great Western engine he would personally go and tell City of Truro all about his bravery and heroism. Duck could only blush...
- Punny Name: Sir Topham Hatt.
- Railroad Baron
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Was an engineer in his own right, before becoming director of the entire North Western region. He knew Sir William Stanier and Sir Nigel Gresley, both amoung the most famous locomotive engineers the world had ever seen. His good standing with them ensured Gordon was purchased, and Henry was rebuilt, to give the railway the powerhouses it needed.
- Silence, You Fool!: Whenever he is tired of the engines blurbing or whistling randomly (i.e., "Duck Takes Charge").
- So Proud of You: Calls his engines "really useful".
- Stern Controller: When his engines are out of line or caused any accidents, he'll resort to this.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He keeps giving engines like Thomas and Percy important jobs, regardless of how much he yells at them for screwing up. As of now, it's not like he has another choice.
- Tranquil Fury: The master of this trope. No matter what level of destruction the engines cause, his reaction rarely excels past a stern, snarky lecture. Nevertheless, none of the engines want to be on his bad side.
- Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)
- Deadpan Snarker:Lady Hatt: "Well, thank you, my dear. I knew this was my special birthday party, but I didn't know it was fancy dress!"
- Happily Married: To Sir Topham Hatt.
- Nice Girl
- Poor Communication Kills: One day, she tasks Percy to give out the day's assignments after the Fat Controller falls ill and loses his voice. She likes to "flourish" her speech, which confuses Percy into handing out the wrong assignments.
The Ffarquhar Policeman
- "The law is the law and we can't change it!"
- Inspector Javert
- Jerkass: Where do we begin? First he complains about Thomas whistling him a good morning, then calls him "dangerous to the public" and "regular law breaker" because he doesn't have cowcatchers or sideplates even though Thomas had been on the quarry route many times without a single fatality.
- Knight Templar
- Lawful Stupid
- Laser-Guided Karma: Gets rang at and frightened by Toby.
- Warts and All: Thomas expected him to be as kind as the previous one, but finds out that he was anything but.
- "Hold on to your hats!"Voiced by: Keith Wickham
- "I can't possibly travel in coaches riddled with mice!"Voiced by: Jules de Jongh
- CharacterizationMarchesOn: In her first appearance, she admires Percy for being "So sweet and a dirty like a proper steam train", yet later in Toby's Triumph, she doesn't like how Toby is dirty.
- Eek, a Mouse!!
The Thin Controller/Mr. Percival
- "You have caused delay and confusion!"Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK)
- A Father to His Men
- All There in the Manual: Supplementary material says he's also in charge of the Culdee Fell Mountain Railway, which hasn't appeared in the television series.
- Bald of Awesome: He's balding, hidden by his hat.
- Catch-Phrase: Carried over from the Fat Controller, "Really Useful Engine." and "You have caused Confusion and Delay."
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Legacy Character: In the original books.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: He and his wife have five children.
- Nerd Glasses
- Nice Hat: He has a bowler hat.
- Railroad Baron
- Stern Controller
Sir Lowham Hatt
- "Don't hurry the children, Edward. Let them play!"Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK)
- Big Fun: A lot more than his brother.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling to Topham's Responsible Sibling.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: He has a mustache, his brother doesn't.
- Nice Hat: Like his brother.
Sir Robert Norramby
- Voiced by: Mike Grady
- Big Fun: Most of his actions present him as this.
- Captain Oblivious: When he returns to Sodor after several years away in King of the Railway, he doesn't seem to be aware that his welcome back party is actually for him and leaves again after less than a minute.
- Cool Old Guy: His very energetic nature presents him as this.
- Voiced by: John Hurt
- All There in the Manual: According to the official site, he was kicked out of the navy.
- Bad Boss: Skiff seems to be in poor condition by the time Thomas meets him. Sailor John also seems perfectly content putting Skiff in incredibly dangerous situations.
- Expy: Somewhat one of P.T. Boomer, a character cut from Magic Railroad, in that he's a human antagonist that acts as a Knight of Cerebus and utilizes explosives. However, in terms of goals and motivations, the two differ greatly. Boomer was out to settle a personal grudge, while Sailor John merely wanted money.
- Flipping the Bird: A G-rated example. While sailing away, he salutes Thomas with his left hand. Unless a person's right hand is disabled or missing, saluting with the left hand is considered an insult.
- Knight of Cerebus: The darkest antagonist of the series so far.
- Laughably Evil: Relatively speaking however, he's still a bumbling pirate who sails the rails for treasure.
- Mad Bomber: Attempts to throw lit sticks of dynamite at Thomas during the climax.
- In the film, he throws a stick of dynamite at the Fat Controller's office to break into his safe to steal the treasure.
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Lady the Magic Engine
- "And helping each other brings to life the magic in all of us."Voiced by: Britt Allcroft
- Cartoon Creature: She was designed by Britt Allcroft. While there IS a real-life engine that bears a close resemblance to her, it's really more coincidence than anything else.
- The Chick: The only female engine in the film.
- Cute Witch
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was destroyed once by Diesel 10, and Burnett Stone kept her locked in Muffle Mountain, doing what he could to repair her.
- Disabled Deity: After Diesel 10 nearly destroyed her once, she was rebuilt but wasn't able to steam again. Because she hadn't run in years, the magic keeping Sodor and Mr. Conductor alive began to fade.
- Dream Walker: Implied by her appearance in Calling All Engines.
- Fertile Feet: Wheels, in her case. When traveling on the Magic Railroad, she leaves Gold Dust in her wake, which heals the world around her.
- Flat Character: Despite being a major point of The Movie, not much is known about her personality at all.
- Magitek: Is a steam engine responsible for generating the magic that protects Sodor and Shining Time.
Splatter and Dodge
- Splatter- "Actually it's just Splatter.Dodge- "An-an Dodge."Voiced by: Neil Crone (Splatter) and Kevin Frank (Dodge)Basis: British Railways Class 08Built: 1952/1962
- Expy: Could be seen as this to 'Arry and Bert.
- Heel–Face Turn: They get fed up with Diesel 10 and refuse to chase after Lady and Thomas.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite initially siding with Diesel, they appear reluctant to harm a fellow engine, even a steam engine (See Minion with an F in Evil below) and eventually lose their patience with diesel and abandon him.
- Minion with an F in Evil:Diesel 10: If she can be destroyed...Dodge: Uh, destroyed? Did you say destroyed?Splatter: D-word?Dodge: Like, hurt?!
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Those Two Bad Guys: Until their Heel–Face Turn.
- "Sparkle, Sparkle Sparkle!"Played by: Alec Baldwin
- Amnesia Danger: When his magic runs out, he gradually becomes more forgetful. He can't remember the way to the windmill, and later forgets the secret it had.
- The Narrator
- Incredible Shrinking Man
- Magic Pants: His clothes change size along with him.
- Remembered Too Late: He forgets the word "lady" from the windmill's secret, and only remembers it and its significance after Diesel 10 finds Lady and Thomas.
- Sizeshifter: He can change his size between normal size and tiny, but only when travelling between Shining Time and Sodor.
- "I just... don't seem to understand... about magic anymore."Played by: Peter Fonda
- Childhood Friends: With Tasha.
- Cool Old Guy
- The Eeyore
- The Promise: He promised Tasha he would take her on a ride with Lady one day. He never got the chance; Diesel 10 wrecked Lady, and Brunett couldn't get her working again before Tasha died.
- The Stoic
- When He Smiles: Billy Twofeathers laments that Burnette had a "wonderful smile". We finally see it after coal from Sodor gets Lady in steam.
- Played by: Mara Wilson
- Companion Cube: Bluebird, her plush bird.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father is never seen or mentioned, just her mother.
- Not so in the original versions of the script, where it was mentioned that he was out of town trying to find work.
- Dull Surprise
- The Heart
- Tomboy: She likes climbing and horseback riding.
- "That makes two of us!"Played by: Doug Lennox
- Evil Old Folks
- Driven by Envy/Green-Eyed Monster
- Evil Is Petty: One cut scene had him respond to Billy Twofeathers not giving him answers by punching a flower basket that Mr. Conductor had watered earlier in the film. Another one had him harass a newspaper delivery boy because he was trying to find information on Burnett. On another level, he could be seen as this in general, as he intended to ruin the man who had stolen his love interest by destroying an engine he owned instead of going after the man himself.
- The Bully
- The Skeptic: When he first sees Thomas, he assumes he is just a gigantic toy. He also doesn't believe in the magic of Shining Time Station.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show/Knight of Cerebus: The reason why he was cut was because the test audiences complained about how "scary" he was.
Mr. Conductor Jr.
- "This is just like the funfair! Give us two seconds!"Played by: Michael E. Rodgers
- Adorkable: He is young, handsome, has blonde hair, and speaks in a Scottish accent.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He can be like this to Mr. Conductor.
- Character Development: At first, he was accident-prone and lazy, but as the film goes on, he becomes nicer.
- Deadpan Snarker: He first starts out like this, but he becomes nicer as the film goes on.
- Friend to All Children: The second time Junior meets her, he brings Lily along to the Island of Sodor.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blonde hair, and a nice personality.
- Lazy Bum: He starts out like this, but this personality slowly disappears as the film goes on.
- Man Child: He has a childlike and fun-loving personality.
- What Could Have Been: According to the first draft of the script, Mr. Conductor Jr was originally going to be British. After Junior's actor, Michael E. Rodgers, was hired to play him, Junior's nationality was changed to Scottish to match his actor's nationality.
- Also according to the first draft of the script, Mr. Conductor Jr's bandanna was originally magical.
LoganThe 2014 merchandise tie-in character. Logan is a small, squat steam shunter that distributes coal in the yards.
- But Now I Must Go: After helping on Sodor for a while, he and Sam leave together for the mainland.
- Cartoon Creature: While he's based on a real Sentinel shunter, he has a number of unique modifications, including a more pronounced funnel.
- Flat Character: Given very little characterization in his book and promotional videos.
- Gonk: His face has more detail than engines' faces tend to have.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When he can't tell Gordon and Edward apart, instead of stopping to ask, he rushes and shunts the wrong trains to each engine.
- Perpetual Smiler: Though this is mainly because the book is comprised primarily of modified vector images instead of unique illustrations.
- Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw
- America Saves the Day: In Sam and the Great Bell. he rescues both Percy and the Sodor Museum's new bell on his first day.
- The Big Guy: The biggest locomotive on Sodor.
- But Now I Must Go: After helping on Sodor for a while, he and Logan leave together for the mainland.
- Eagleland: The "Beautiful" variant.
- GentleGiant: He is described as having a "big heart" in "Welcome to the Island Of Sodor Sam!". In "Welcome to the Island Of Sodor Sam!", when Thomas says that Sam "must be a very useful engine", Sam returns the compliment, saying that they're "all really useful engines, Thomas, we all have our own strengths."
- Meaningful Name: His name comes from Uncle Sam.
- Mighty Glacier: While he can haul massive trains without assistance, his top speed is only 45mph.
DustinThe 2016 merchandise tie-in character. Dustin is a snowplough locomotive that comes to help during a blizzard.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Him being designed solely for clearing snow means he has no use outside of winter.