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    Duck The Great Western Engine

"There are two ways of doing things: the Great Western Way, or the wrong way."

Voiced by: Steven Kynman

Number: 8, Originally 5741

Basis: Great Western Railway 57xx 0-6-0PT

Built: 1929

An ex-Great Western Railway tank engine, Duck came to Sodor to help out Percy at the Big Station. He demands order and discipline, and doesn't let bigger engines bully him. He eventually gets a branch line of his own, shared with Oliver.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: He gets this from the other engines in the earlier episodes, though he really brought it on himself with his constant harping on about the inherent superiority of the Great Western Railway above all others.
  • Badass Baritone: Has one of the deeper toned whistles, which is sometimes used for Gordon (especially in seasons 4 and 5). As for the Badass part, watch "A Close Shave", where he prevents twenty runaway trucks from causing a serious accident.
  • Berserk Button: As Donald found out, he doesn't like it when he's told that he quacks like a duck as far as talking too much goes.
    • Do NOT insult or belittle the Great Western Railway. Just don't. Even Gordon finds this out the hard way when arguing over what London's big station is called:
    "Stupid yourself. London's Paddington! Paddington! Do you hear!?"
  • Big Brother Worship: Though not engines of the same class, he idolizes City Of Truro.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His crew and he, prevented twenty heavily-loaded brake-way trucks from causing a serious accident further down the line.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Says this to the trucks who were teasing Diesel in "Dirty Work" and then says this to Gordon, James, and Henry who were teasing Edward at the big station in "Edward's Exploit".
  • Break the Haughty: What Diesel pulls on him. This is a rare case of this trope though. Despite being proud, before Diesel told lies about Duck, the latter actually tried to stand up for him when the trucks were singing the rude song, "Pop Goes The Diesel". Diesel did not take to it very well.
  • Bully Hunter: He doesn't stand for any nonsense from the bullying engines as, for example, he stood up for Percy against the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry when he first arrived on Sodor.
  • The Bus Came Back: Disappeared after season 7, with only a few brief appearances in season 12, but now is back and co-starred a season 17 episode. He now makes frequent appearances again.
  • Catch Phrase: "Beg pardon, Sir..."
    • "There are two ways of doing things. The Great Western way or the wrong way."
  • Cultural Posturing: He's fond of claiming that there are two ways of doing things, "the Great Western way or the wrong way". Fortunately, he got over it quite quickly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often makes snarky comments to arrogant engines like Gordon and James.
  • Demoted to Extra: Before he disappeared altogether, from when the show started deviating from the books. His last starring role prior to "The Thomas Way" was Season 4's "Fish".
    • Really suffered from this starting from the 8th season onward. This was almost reversed, as he reappeared in the 12th season, only to disappear again until the 17th season.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Inverted. He insists on being called Duck rather than his real name, Montague.
  • Flanderization: Not an overwhelming case, but he does talk about his Great Western pride a lot more often in the CGI episodes.
  • Humiliation Conga: As if the trucks forcing him to crash into a barber shop wasn't enough, the angry owner decided to shave and lather him! The Fat Controller ensures this is rectified however and Duck is praised for his hardship.
  • Karmic Trickster: Has a fondness for playing tricks on engines he finds conceited.
  • Motor Mouth: The whole plotline of "Donald's Duck" kicked off after Donald told him to zip it.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his moments of boastfulness of being Great Western, he is a mild-mannered and respectable engine.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being one of the most sensible engines on the line, he has his shortcomings. One example comes from "The Thomas Way" where he has caused an accident and earned a scolding from the Fat Controller (albeit pivoted partially by Thomas' misbehavior).
    • From "All At Sea", he dreams about traveling on a boat in faraway lands, which is unusual coming from a mature and hard-working engine. However, he eventually learns the best travels are those we can only dream about.
  • Off-Model:
    • His initial CGI render was larger than his basis, to the point where his footplate clips through Knapford Station's platforms.
    • The render was resized in Season 20 to rectify this, but it had several problems of its own: his handrails clip through the front of his tank, the shading detail on his bufferbeam is in the wrong places, and several details, such as rivets and one of his buffers' bases, are missing. Most of these errors would get rectified by Season 22, though the handrail issue still remains.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His given name is 'Montague,' but most call him 'Duck,' after his tendency to waddle on the rails. Henry, Gordon, and James have quacked at him in the past.
  • The Protagonist: of the three episode arc "Pop Goes the Diesel", "Dirty Work", and "A Close Shave."
  • The Reliable One: For all his bragging about being Great Western, it's noted that he makes the railway run like clockwork.
  • Rightly Self-Righteous: Duck boasts about his Great Western heritage, much to the annoyance of the rude and arrogant engines like Gordon, Henry, and James. However, as Duck puts it, "The Great Western Way" implies that he's a reliable engine who works hard and gets the job done without any complaints. Deconstructed in "The Thomas Way" when his stubbornness causes an accident and he has to compromise with Thomas.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: According to him, there's The Great Western Way and the wrong way. This was the main focus in The Thomas Way where he took on Thomas' option, now claiming there are three ways of doing things, but the Great Western Way is usually the best.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Greek dub, Duck is female and named "Jackie".
  • Sixth Ranger: After he took over as Tidmouth's station pilot in Season 2. He became more of a supporting character once he got his own branch line.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is very proud of his Great Western heritage, and very vocal about it, especially in the CGI seasons.
    Duck: I'm a great Western and...
    Other Engines: Don't we know it!
  • The West Country: His voice in the CGI series. Also happens in his debut episode when Ringo Starr says "Beg pardon, sir?"
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Earlier in the series, he had this with Gordon, Henry, and James.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In "A Close Shave", he holds back twenty runaway cars from crashing into a passenger train.

    Donald and Douglas, the Scottish Twins
"There's merre comin' should yer misbehave" - Donald
"Don't mention scrap! It makes mah wheerls wobble!" - Douglas

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (Donald) and Joe Mills (Douglas)

Number: 9 (Donald originally 57646) & 10 (Douglas originally 57647)

Basis: Caledonian Railway 812 0-6-0

Built: 1909

A pair of mixed-good twins, Donald and Douglas came from Scotland when the Fat Controller needed a goods engine. He planned to send one of them away, but after they proved how useful a team they make, he decided to keep both.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the books, they were painted blue after arriving at Sodor. With three blue engines already, the TV producers wisely decided to keep their more distinctive black paint.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Since Season 6, they tend to get one spotlight episode per season...which tends to be the only time they ever get screentime (The CGI series has only included them in background shots in a total of two episodes, and they don't have the supporting roles that they had in the Railway Series).
  • All There in the Manual: The Fat Controller only purchased engine #57646; as the twins arrived without numbers, he never knew which engine carried it. According to the Railway Series, It was Donald. Douglas was 57647, and if Donald had left him behind, he would've been scrapped. It was hinted at in several stories in the books though.
  • Affectionate Nickname: They call each other 'Donnie' and 'Douggie' respectively.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Donald and Douglas are all over the place with this, especially in "Emily in the Middle". First, they argue about whether or not they're able to take the heavy train. Second, they argue over who never listens and always does what they want, all while biffing each other. Third, they argue over who is to blame for Emily getting knocked off the rails by the snowball. Lastly, they argue about who came up with the idea of them pushing behind the train.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Well, more like Twin Brother Instinct, but Donald is very much like this to Douglas. On top of their debut episode (see Bully Hunter), the moment he realised that Douglas was stranded in the snow in Love Me Tender, he goes out looking for him, despite the fact they had a fight earlier.
    • This is subverted in the episode Twin Trouble, however, when Douglas' (the younger twin's) instinct takes over. Duck barely has time to say "Donald's in trouble" before Douglas races to the rescue.
    • Although never stated how Douglas got to Sodor, Donald had to help smuggle him over somehow. If that's not brotherly love, then what is?
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: In "Love Me Tender", Donald and Douglas' arguing causes Douglas' tender coupling to break, leaving Douglas stranded by himself. When Donald realizes he has Douglas' tender with all of Douglas' coal and water in it, he rushes back to find Douglas, and the two soon make up with each other.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Gordon and Henry tried to tease them during their first few days on Sodor. The twins responded by sneaking up on them and asking threateningly about what the two were talking about, intimidating the big engines into backing off.
  • Bully Hunter: Donald as the Spiteful Brake Van learns.
  • Demoted to Extra: Got hit with this during Season 8 due to the focus on the 'Steam Team'. They did appear in "Gordon and the Engineer" and "Saved You!", but that was it. It wouldn't be until Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure that they would appear full-time again, and until Season 20 when they got an episode to themselves.
    • Despite their reintroduction in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, they haven't really appeared much compared to the other Little Western characters, with their screen-time being reserved for their focus episodes. And in season 21, they didn't appear at all.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Despite their bickering, when they first arrived, they really didn't want to be separated. Given their matter was a case of life and death, it was very understandable. They even provide the trope picture and above quotes.
  • Feud Episode: In "Twin Trouble", "Love Me Tender", and "Emily in the Middle".
  • Flanderization: Their Sibling Rivalry with one another. The first few seasons, which had been adapted from the Railway Series, showcased perfectly well that the two were capable of working apart from one another without need of arguments (And in fact, was quite crucial to their role as Utility Engines who could work anywhere on the island). The TV Series, from Season 6 onwards, tends to showcase them as always being together and not being able to work as well without the other, as well as making their arguments more detrimental to their job performance.
  • Foil: Collectively speaking, they are this to Bill and Ben. Both sets of twins are primarily defined as such, but while Bill and Ben tend to be tricksters, Donald and Douglas are much more straight-laced and work-oriented.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: A variant between brothers. As twins, they are very close. Even when they have their falling-outs, they always get back together again.
  • Knights of Cerebus: Okay, they're not even close to being dead-serious characters, but their introduction marked a point in the original stories and Season 2 about the creeping threat of modernization in how it affected other engines, with the two making a desperate attempt to escape from scrap. The CGI episodes with them tend to have their stories being driven by their temperamental attitudes, as opposed to other engines having Denser and Wackier shenanigans.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Their name plates and numbers. Douglas has a slightly deeper toned whistle.
  • Long Bus Trip: They were absent for several years after the show was animated in full CGI, though they finally returned to the series in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • Nice Guy: Very friendly and get on with any work with no fuss. Of course, if you get on their bad side...
  • Noble Fugitive: Due to how they escaped from BR's modernization plan, they count as this.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: In season 6, Alec Baldwin doesn't even give them a Scottish accent.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Donald is often the quick-tempered red to Douglas' calmer natured blue oni. Best seen in Emily in the Middle. Donald jumps at the chance to pull a train that takes three engines, while Douglas is more cautious and tries to talk Donald out of it.
  • Scotland: Their leitmotif even has bagpipes in the background.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They develop this kind of relationship in the CGI Series. For all their arguing, they would always get back together again. This is shown to have had a negative impact on their prior work ethic and reputation however, as it has caused them to screw up jobs that they had no problem doing together otherwise.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They have individual roles at times, but mostly retain the same personality. The CGI episodes have tried to differentiate the two by giving Donald a rougher, louder voice, and Douglas a softer tone voice and by emphasizing their Sibling Rivalry with one another.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: Douglas has this in the original Japanese dub.
  • Trauma Button: Do not like to talk about scrapping.
  • Trickster Twins: Notice that they are almost the only characters labeled by name and number: Hatt specifically insisted on this after one too many Twin Switch gambits.
  • Violent Glaswegian: While they're nice Scots, they can get temperamental when pushed.
    Donald: "Spite Douggie, would ye? Take that!"
  • You Can't Go Home Again: They had to leave their old home of Scotland behind due to the modernization plan threatening to scrap them. Even when the show diverged from the books, Season 7's Bad Day At Castle Loch notes that they still miss their old home, indicating that even with the fear of scrapping seemingly disappearing, the two still can't return there.

    Oliver The Western Engine

"I don't feel good gracious-whatever it is. I just feel silly."

Voiced by: Joe Mills

Number: 11, Originally 1436

Basis: Great Western Railway 14xx 0-4-2T

Built: 1934

An ex-Great Western Railway tank engine that was supposed to be scrapped, but ran away to Sodor with his brake van, Toad. Thanks to Douglas, he's living a much happier life on Duck's branch line.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism : In the episode Oliver Owns Up.
    • In "Toad's Adventure", this seems to have returned with a vengeance, to the point where Toad is utterly fed up with hearing about his arrival on Sodor.
  • Ascended Extra: For Season 5, where he got a few spotlight episodes/supporting roles.
  • Break the Haughty: He gets a little too prideful in Oliver Owns Up, and end up bunker-down in a turntable well.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Has a Brooklyn accent in the US version of "Oliver Owns Up".
  • Demoted to Extra: Like Duck, he was absent from the 8th season until the 12th, where he managed to get two speaking roles before vanishing again. However, in Tale of the Brave, he made a cameo and had several minor roles throughout Season 18. He's made several appearances since then, even being part of Marion's subplot in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
    • However, in the CGI series, he has yet to get his very own episode. Even Toad has more spotlight episodes than him. In fact, he didn't appear in seasons 21 and 22.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The Fat Controller asks him if he suffers this after he pulls S.C.Ruffey apart. Subverted in that the train was too heavy for Oliver to pull in the first place, the trucks were holding back, and S.C.Ruffey's wood and frame were already rotten and rusted.
  • The Dreaded: He becomes this to the trucks in "Toad Stands By" after pulling S.C.Ruffey apart. They are now terrified of him and actively warn each other not to mess with him when he has to take them.
  • Flanderization: In the classic series, he did get a bit haughty about his escape from scrap, but he learnt his lesson. In the CGI series, however, all he does is brag about his escape from scrap, with Toad in annoyance.
  • Nice Guy: He's a very mellow individual all things considered, even with Acquired Situational Narcissim.
  • Noble Fugitive: He was a steam engine who escaped from scrap with the help of Douglas.
  • Off-Model: His CGI render is smaller than his model and real-life counterpart.
  • One Steve Limit: He shares his name with an excavator who works for the Sodor Construction Company. This became a crucial plot point in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
  • The West Country: Like Duck, Oliver also gains a Cornish accent in the CGI series.

    Toad The Brake Van

"I'll always look forward to the future. Busy going backwards, so to speak."

Voiced by: Joe Mills

Built: 1890/99

Oliver's trusty brake van who escaped scrap with him. A very gentlemanly brake van (always referring to the engines as Mr. and Miss), he keeps Oliver's trucks in order, but can sometimes have spells of over-imagination.

  • Ascended Extra/ A Day in the Limelight: Unlike the Railway Series, he's had a lot more screentime, even moreso than Oliver. There was "Busy Going Backwards" in season 5, as well as "Toad's Adventure" and "Toad's Bright Idea" in Season 18 and "Toad and the Whale" in Season 19.
  • Bully Hunter: Helped Oliver put the trucks in their place after they wouldn't stop teasing him.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "Toad's Adventure", he tells James that his brakes are very strong. This became useful when James' train got uncoupled and Toad saved himself and the runaway train from crashing into Thomas and Percy.
  • Dreadful Musician: As shown in "Toad and the Whale", Duck and Oliver think his singing is atrocious.
  • The Jeeves: To Oliver, in a sense.
  • Mr. Imagination: He can be very over-imaginative at times.
  • Nice Guy: He is very polite, calling people "Mr.".
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Of the three sentient brake vans, he's the Nice to the Spiteful Brake Van's Mean and Bradford's In-Between. He is very polite, helps Oliver brake, and keeps the Troublesome Trucks in order when they go down hills.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: A frequent victim to this. Especially in "Toad and the Whale", where, initially, no one believed him about the whale.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: "Toad's Bright Idea" is the first episode in which Toad gets visibly angry. He still retains his polite speech, though.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Oliver. No matter how many times he gets fed up with his constant boasting about his escape from scrap, Toad will always stick by him, and they are almost never seen without each other.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to address people with the pronoun "Mr."

    The Slip Coaches

Voiced by: Jonathan Broadbent, Rebecca O'Mara, Steven Kynman

Three coaches Sir Topham Hatt brought from the other railway. They each have "slip hooks" that allow them to be uncoupled from their train without stopping.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Their introduction episode, Duck and the Slip Coaches.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Their ability to slip from their train becomes useful when Connor has to take extra passengers during a blizzard.
  • Expy: They fill the roles of Alice and Mirabel, Duck's coaches from The Railway Series.
  • Old Friends: They previously worked with Duck on the Great Western Railway.
  • Single Minded Trio
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The first and third coaches are male, while the middle one is female.

    The Arlesdale Railway
Left to right: Bert, Rex, and Mike

Voiced by: Tom Stourton (Rex), Keith Wickham (Bert), Tim Whitnall (Mike)

Built: Rex 1923, Bert 1894, Mike 1966

A miniature gauge railway that runs from the end of the Arlesburgh line to hills and quarries which supply ballast for the NWR. Duck, Oliver, Donald and Douglas frequently interact with them. It is based largely on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

  • A Day in the Limelight: In The Railway Series and the TV show, they all have their own spotlight stories. Mike has "Mike's Whistle", Bert has "Tit for Tat", and Rex has "Useful Railway".
  • Berserk Button: The three of them collectively share a hate for being mocked for their small size.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Bert has these eyebrows.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bert.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: Mike is red, Bert is blue, and Rex is green.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, more like "Fiery Red-Painted Engine", but Mike is red-painted and has a temper to match.
  • Freudian Trio: Bert is Id, Mike is Superego, and Rex is Ego.
  • Grumpy Bear: Mike.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Mike.
  • The Leader: Rex is the leader of the trio, even though Mike considers himself the leader.
  • Literal-Minded: Bert.
  • Nice Guy: Rex is easily the most kind-hearted of the trio.
  • Not So Above It All: Rex is a good friend to all engines, but he isn't exactly above teasing Mike every once in a while.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In "Tit for Tat", Bert tries to get revenge on the Fat Clergyman for (accidentally) splashing him with muddy water by splashing him in return. This gets him in trouble.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Mike, as well as Rex in "Useful Railway".
  • ¡Three Amigos!: There are three of them, and they are all friends.
  • Unexpected Character: Railway Series characters hadn't been added to the series since 1994.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The three are constantly bickering with each other, but stick together nonetheless.

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