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Top: the seasons 8-21 Steam Team. Bottom: the season 22-present Steam Team
  • Affectionate Nickname: In the UK version they all call Sir Topham Hatt, "The Fat Controller", but they never call it to his face, and that goes double for foreign visiting engines who haven't proven themselves.
  • American Accents: Their accents are different depending on the region. The US dub gives them American accents; whereas the UK dub gives them British accents. Averted for Nia, who speaks in an African accent.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Very frequently; due to Depending on the Writer, parts of their Character Development are rendered nil and they end up committing the same mistakes over and over again. Gordon and James are the worst offenders, since they had the most Break the Haughty moments yet never really learn from their mistakes.
  • Badass Crew: Have been this at times. A prominent example would be in "Hero of the Rails", where each of them combine their efforts to help out Hiro and prevent Spencer from knowing about him and even outright rescuing him from a potential scrapping (in Gordon's case).
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The three female members as of the Big World! Big Adventures! Era seem to fit this - Emily is the Beauty, Nia is the Brains, and Rebecca is the Brawn.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: James is colored red (though he was once black before his accident); Thomas, Edward, and Gordon are colored blue; and Henry, Percy, and Emily are colored green (though the last one is colored in a much darker shade of green). This leaves out Toby, who is colored brown.
    • The colour arrangement gets expanded in Season 22, adding Nia and Rebecca, who are colored orange and yellow respectively.
  • Colour Coded Characters:
    • Blue - Thomas, Gordon and Edward
    • Green - Percy, Henry and Emily (albeit the latter is a darker shade)
    • Red - James
    • Brown - Toby
    • Orange - Nia
    • Yellow - Rebecca
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Big World! Big Adventures! Era Steam Team, which has the following lineup - Red (James), Orange (Nia), Yellow (Rebecca), Green (Percy, Emily) and Blue (Thomas, Gordon). The intro also depicts the group puffing steam in a rainbow formation.
    • Rebecca even had an Imagine Spot with them forming a train pyramid and leaving a rainbow streak in "Confusion Without Delay".
  • Five-Man Band
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even in a group as close as they are, they have those engines. James, Gordon, and Henry are the most prominent examples due to their collective narcissism and Jerkass behavior, but Thomas was also this in the early episodes, being a cheeky Bratty Half-Pint who wanted attention; while Character Development kicked in, that didn't stop him from falling into his old ways time and time again, to a degree.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Most of the Steam Team have had an episode together within the long run. However, Edward and Emily have had very little interaction. Edward also rarely interacts with Toby (Though they did interact briefly in Season 2's "Cows/A Cow on the Line", and during Season 19's "The Truth About Toby"), likely due to similarities in character (and even being flanderized in a similar manner).
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Comes close to this as of Big World! Big Adventures! (Season 22), with the group having four males (Thomas, Gordon, James and Percy) and three females (Nia, Rebecca and Emily).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Goodbye, Fat Controller", all of them started working earlier than usual, to the utter befuddlement of the Fat Controller. Their motive is out of their (false) belief that the Fat Controller is leaving Sodor because of their constant mistakes, so they're doing everything they could to convince him otherwise. When that failed, they decide to miss work instead by going on strike. Fortunately, it was all a misunderstanding; the Fat Controller just needed to get his office refurbished.
  • Power Trio: Thomas, James and Percy for most of the marketing.
  • Rainbow Motif: The “Big World! Big Adventures!” Steam Team fits this theme, with Red (James), Orange (Nia), Yellow (Rebecca), Green (Percy and Emily, albeit different shades) and Blue (Thomas and Gordon).
    • The intro from S22 has the group puffing rainbow-coloured steam in this arrangement - Red (Gordon), Violet (Rebecca), Indigo (James), Blue (Thomas), Green (Percy), Yellow (Emily) and Orange (Nia).
  • Token Evil Teammate: It's usually the narcissists Gordon and James. Downplayed, however, in that they are each more of a Jerkass than straight-up evil characters.
  • Town Girls: Rebecca is Butch, Emily is Femme, and Nia is Neither.
  • True Companions: While they tease and rip each other frequently, if one of them's in trouble, they'll haul trucks and chug-chug across mountains to help their friend out.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sir Topham Hatt. While they may sometimes disobey orders in ill-sighted plans, they hate doing anything to displease the Fat Controller. Epitomised in "Goodbye, Fat Controller" where they take any measure possible to prevent his supposed retirement.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Just almost all of the engines tease each other and have their quarrels from time to time, but they prove that are good friends and help each other out when the chips are down.

Current Members:

    Thomas the Tank Engine

"Hello everybody, welcome to the island of Sodor!"

Voiced by: Joseph May (US; The Adventure Begins - present), John Hasler (UK; The Adventure Begins - present), Martin Sherman (US; Hero of the Rails - Season 18), Ben Small (UK; Hero of the Rails - Season 18), Edward Glen (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 1, Originally 70

Basis: London, Brighton and South Coast Railway E2 0-6-0T

Built: 1915

A tank engine, the main character and namesake of the series, and the first engine to be purchased for the Fat Controller's railway. Thomas spent his time shunting coaches for bigger engines, and he longed to see the world. After helping to rescue James after an accident, he was dubbed a "Really Useful Engine" and was going down given his own branch line, along with two coaches, Annie and Clarabel. Thomas is occasionally cheeky and overly excitable, but always intends to help the Fat Controller and his many friends.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism:
    • He became more arrogant after being given his own branch line. He tamed a bit after a few Break the Haughty moments.
    • This gets repeated on occasions later on (i.e., he gets conceited after his driver jokes about him going without him in "Thomas Comes to Breakfast" and when he thinks that a statue is him on it in "Thomas and the Statue").
  • Aesop Amnesia: He suffers this a lot at the beginning of season 8. His impatience is recurrent as well as his dislike for wearing his snowplough.
  • All-Loving Hero: Around season 3, he grows out of being the Bratty Half-Pint and becomes this. After season 7, this snaps back, though he still often displays shades of this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Initially in season 1, although this is justified since he was a cheeky, impatient Attention Whore.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Seems to be a prominent shortcoming in later episodes.
  • Attention Whore: In the first few episodes until he was given his own branch line. This became a big plot point in The Great Discovery. Played for laughs in Flash, Bang, Wallop!.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Annie and Clarabel may complain about Thomas going too fast and he may tease them incessantly, but the three absolutely adore each other, hating to be separated from each other; Thomas has even chased down other engines that have taken them.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Woe betide any engine that he sees pulling Annie and Clarabel without his consent.
    Thomas: Those are my coaches! Give them back!
    • Hector found out the hard way that you should never frighten Rosie in front of Thomas.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Though it's sometimes hidden beneath his egotism or childishness, Thomas is shown to look out for younger engines a lot, particularly Percy. This is particularly evident in later episodes, where he is more experienced so is often charged with helping newer engines out. He also loses his wheels if said newer engines, such as Rosie, are bullied by others.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He serves as one for the younger engines in the newer series.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has the most unique brow shape - triangular ones.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Justified, since he's the central character.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: How he started out in the series. Size-wise, he's nearly as small as Percy, who is often The Baby of the Bunch, and in the early episodes, he was very cheeky, mischievous, and clamored for attention, exactly how a child would act. This earned him some scorn from the other engines.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Starting in Season 22, he now tells the story of the episode from his perspective, replacing the usual narrator role.
  • Breakout Character: In the original books, Thomas wasn't as heavily focused on; Awdry had plenty of other parts of Sodor to write about. However, Thomas connected with the younger audience, and when the television series was launched, he was cast as the main star. Expands into both the show and the books since the release of the former led for publishers to insist for more Thomas-centric stories from the latter to tie in.
  • Break the Haughty: In the earlier episodes when he was arrogant and conceited. In "Old Reliable Edward", he manages to do this on Gordon by helping Edward teach him a lesson in gratitude.
  • Bring It: Claims Gordon can't go faster than him in "Old Reliable Edward". The next day, he proves it...but not quite how you'd think.
  • Bully Hunter: In later episodes. Hector found out the hard way not to pick on Rosie. He can also be very sharp with James and Gordon for mocking the weaker engines.
  • Catchphrase: "Cinders and ashes!" and "Bust my buffers!"
  • Character Development: Started as a Bratty Half-Pint in season one. Then became a less bratty but more arrogant character in season 2. In season three, he had matured into a really cool big brother type to Percy. Reset with season 8.
  • Character Focus: Just how nominal a lead character Thomas is varies from season to season. In Seasons One or Thirteen, for example, he ranges from leading to key supporting character in nearly every episode, while in Seasons Three or Eighteen, he has only a marginal amount of spotlight over the other engines, with many episodes he is limited to cameos or doesn't appear at all.
  • Cheerful Child: He is the second-youngest engine out of the Steam Team, prior to Nia and Rebecca’s introduction.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Leans as this in later episodes. He often causes problems due to his excitable and easily distracted tendencies, however he just as often solves problems devising a rather eccentric plan, and has frequent moments of insight that prove very helpful to the other engines.
  • Composite Character: A subtle method of sneaking Thomas into earlier episodes adapted from The Railway Series was to give him the role of a generic or unadapted engine from the original story.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gender-inverted; the television series quickly evolved him into such for many of the smaller engines, especially Percy.
  • Era-Specific Personality: A self-important Bratty Half-Pint under Awdry's pen, before becoming Older and Wiser in Mitton's original stories, and then a well-meaning Cloud Cuckoo Lander under Miller's pen. Brenner's run seems to be attempting for a compromise of all efforts so far, with him being childish and easily distracted.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Whistling rudely at Gordon, waking the express engine up and telling him to do hard work rather then rest. Of course this was before he mellowed out.
  • Fatal Flaw: The earlier seasons focused on his impatience and arrogance getting him into trouble. The later seasons focus more on his tendency to be easily distracted.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Percy and Toby. Formed one with Percy and James in King of the Railway. The marketing for the "Big World! Big Adventures!" Series has him as one with Nia and Rebecca.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With James, Bertie, and his female Chinese counterpart Hong-Mei.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum:
    • In Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, Thomas gets yelled out his full name by The Fat Controller after he thinks Thomas was endangering Ryan with the trucks full of dynamite when he was really saving him.
    • He gets yelled at by his full name again in The Great Race, right after being announced a winner of the shunting challenge along with Ashima.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the older seasons, he can be initially jealous of other engines (Toby in "Thomas in Trouble", Duck in "The Runaway", and Stepney in "Thomas and Stepney") but he became good friends with each of them. This was played a lot straighter with Stanley in The Great Discovery, but like the previous three, they became friends. Repeated with even greater vigour against Ryan in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, though again he eventually repents.
  • The Hero: Of the whole franchise. His number 1 lampshades this.
  • Honor Before Reason: Thomas is usually loyal and hard-working, but will sometimes abandon his work or disobey the Fat Controller when he believes he must help someone else. He is often rebuked for this, though the Fat Controller sometimes overlooks it if it is for the better rather than "causing confusion and delay".
  • Idiot Hero: Occasionally.
  • "I Am" Song: "Really Useful Engine" from the third season, which shows he's the number 1 and the best.
  • "I Want" Song: "Streamlining" from The Great Race.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the earlier seasons before taking a level in kindness.
  • Just a Kid: Thomas often gets teased by bigger engines for his small size and big ambitions. Spencer even called him a "tiny toy tank engine". Ironic, given the fact he's actually older than most of them. He does prove his worth to them from time to time, however.
  • Just Friends: In the Valentine's Day Episodes Rosie is Red, Thomas (with Luminescent Blush on his face) admits he does like Rosie, but no more than the other engines. At the end of the episode, Thomas narrates that he's glad that he became a good friend to her.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The second-smallest member of the Steam Team, and his cheekiness earned him lots of fans.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: The reprise to James's "Somebody Has to Be the Favorite" that happens later has Thomas singing it, as he tries to prove himself to be better than James.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He can be very impatient at times, especially in the newer seasons.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In season 2.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Thomas is enthusiastic and altruistic, but also lacks patience and has a recurring problem keeping focus on one task at a time. He also has an evident daydreaming problem as shown in season 22.
  • Never Tell Me the Odds!: Word of God states that he's always trying to do jobs best left to bigger, stronger, faster and smarter engines, with predictable results.
  • Nice Guy: Becomes more of a kinder engine in Season 3.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He seems to have these moments in the later series due to his eagerness in doing jobs. In Calling All Engines where he unintentionally moved the trucks off the rails, knocking down the water tower. Also in The Great Discovery where he gives Stanley too many trucks that resulted in the trucks crashing into the newly-built Great Waterton tower.
  • No Sympathy: In the earlier seasons, he can be dismissive of other engines' reasons for being late for his passenger trains (i.e., Henry in "Thomas and the Guard" and Percy in "Woolly Bear").
  • Older and Wiser: The first original stories for the show made Thomas more mature and gentle. He slowly became childish again (if not more so) in later seasons, though still occasionally acts as a competent Big Brother Mentor.
  • The Prankster: How much of one varies Depending on the Writer, but he is established as such from the very first episode.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Zigzagged; Thomas is usually a Red Oni, though there are exceptions. He is usually a Blue Oni to James and Gordon. In his relationship with Toby, he is still usually the Red Oni, but sometimes more relaxed as a contrast to Blue Oni Toby's dithering.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Usually, if he doesn't disobey out of childishness, then it's out of his desire to help out a fellow engine. In Hero of the Rails, he keeps his discovery of Hiro a secret from the Fat Controller out of fear Hiro will be taken and scrapped, so he and his friends pull out all the stops to repair Hiro themselves until he looks presentable. The secret-keeping attracts Spencer, which eventually leads to Hiro being exposed, but luckily, Gordon pulled a Big Damn Heroes in time. The Fat Controller was reasonable enough to overlook Thomas's behavior when he finally tells the truth, but had Thomas simply come clean about Hiro earlier, a lot of trouble would've been avoided.
  • Serious Business: In the earlier seasons, he views running his branch line as this.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Thomas isn't dumb, but he can be rather scatterbrained and ditzy. He still proves surprisingly intelligent or insightful at times though, especially if a friend is in need of it.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: John Hasler's UK voice for Thomas sounds more older-sounding than Joseph May's US voice, but whenever Thomas is singing, his voice becomes smoother and softer, sounding almost similar to May.
  • Slow "NO!": He screams one in "Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure" as he is falling into the cavern. He screams another in "A Cranky Christmas" after he screeches to a halt and watches his delivery fly through the air.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: At first, in the earliest seasons.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Chinese tank engine Hong-Mei.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite the show being named after him, he became the focus or nearly every episode starting in Season 8. This toned down at the start of Season 17 after Brenner took over. Though this seems to be coming back in season 19 where he is featured in a number of episodes centered around the other characters. Starting in Season 22, he is now forced into every episode regardless of being the main role due to him being the narrator.
  • Tempting Fate: Played for Laughs; in the beginning of Journey Beyond Sodor, Thomas is chugging along and, noticing how beautiful the day is, wants to sing... only for James to rush in and steal the show.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Very much the later seasons due to his impatience causing more trouble than usual (i.e., "Wonky Whistle"). This was gradually averted in Season 17.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's exceptionally petty and insecure in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, blaming others for his accidents or ignoring their warnings of danger. After he tricks Ryan into taking bad coal, the sparks nearly set off a load of dynamite. Thomas manages to dump it down the cavern he fell into earlier in the film, but during the panic to get rid of it, endangers Ryan, and is scolded by the Fat Controller for doing so. This finally reins him back in. That, and the danger Sailor John poses.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Thomas' childish and accident prone personality returned, his nicer more altruistic qualities were kept for the most part, and he is far less arrogant and rude than he was in the stories from the original books.
  • Troll: Whenever Annie and Clarabel complain about his speed in "Not So Slow Coaches", he deliberately adjusts too far in the other direction.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In his earlier stories. Later stories focused more on his altruistic qualities, though he can still be arrogant every now and then.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Percy in the earlier seasons. He has this relationship with Gordon for the most part. Also with Bertie when it comes to their racing.
  • Vocal Evolution: Ben Small's voice for Thomas has gotten somewhat more nasal and helium pitched in later UK episodes.
    • His US voices have changed a lot. In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, he had a youthful English accent and sounds like a young man, while when the show switched to CGI, his voice became higher and sounds more like a pre-teen, with a very good American accent. When Season 19 came along, his voice gained a slight rasp, while still retaining the same high pitch.

    Gordon the Big Engine

"Oh, the indignity!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Neil Crone (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 4

Basis: London and North Eastern Railway A1/A3 4-6-2

Built: 1922

A big, powerful express engine whose main job is to pull the railway's express. He thinks very highly of himself and is quick to criticize others, though his delusions of grandeur are often what land him into trouble.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Just when you'll think he's learned a lesson in humility, he'll be just as arrogant and pompous as before.
  • Aloof Ally: He's not the warmest of engines and tends to be very haughty, but he will pull through for a friend.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep whistle and typically a deep voice. He's also the largest and strongest of the main characters.
  • Berserk Button: Please don't make Gordon pull trucks. He'll stall himself or crash.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In the series canon he cares dearly for his younger brother, Flying Scotsman. Seeing him again pulls him out of a depression. In The Railways Series mention,he used to have lot of siblings. After he learns that most of them have been already scrapped,with the exception of the Flying Scotsman, Gordon falls into deep sadness.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Hero of the Rails, he pulls this to save a broken-down Hiro from potentially being taken by Spencer to be scrapped, by suddenly thundering down the line and challenging Spencer to a race, knowing he can't resist to prove himself. This not only gets Spencer into an accident, he also gets in trouble with the Duke and Duchess.
  • The Big Guy: The largest of the main characters. He's even described as "The Big Engine".
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has very thick lines over his eyes.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He can fit this trope if episodes don't center around him being haughty.
  • Break the Haughty: What happens in every episode centered on him. Also, he's not immune to dishing it out to other engines as well; he gets sweet revenge on Thomas in the very first episode for example.
  • British Stuffiness: Particularly in the UK version, where Keith Wickham gives him a deep and haughty voice.
  • Catchphrase: Many.
    • "Oh, the indignity!" (especially when he's subjected to a humiliating situation)
    • "I'm the fastest/strongest and the best and I pull the Express!"
    • "Express Coming Through!"
    • In the earlier seasons, he used to say "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"
  • The Comically Serious: His seriousness lends to funny moments, particularly when he flusterse over being insulted by the other engines.
  • Control Freak: He appears to be extremely apprehensive towards radical changes. In Season 22’s “Forever and Ever”, he protests to Sir Topham Hatt over Edward and Henry leaving the group.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: So much that Season 8's Respect for Gordon is based entirely around this.
  • Fatal Flaw: Mostly his pompousness, which gets him into trouble.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Thomas in "Down The Mine". Later referenced in "Paint Pots & Queens". Also with Nia and Rebecca, due to the two newcomers replacing Edward and Henry in the group. He became friends with Nia after she assured him that Edward and Henry will still be his friends, and he became friends with Rebecca after she defended him from Flying Scotsman's teasing.
  • Foil: To Rebecca, due to them both being large Express engines. While Rebecca is optimistic, Gordon is usually grumpy.
  • Freudian Trio (with James and Henry): Superego.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Other engines often get annoyed with his egotistical and pompous attitude.
  • Grumpy Bear: Lampshaded by James in "A Better View for Gordon". Gordon justifies it by saying that he's an important engine and he has every right to complain.
  • Humble Pie: Despite his prideful nature, Gordon often displays huge bouts of humility and is understanding to engines who end up the same.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to get him angry.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Ode to Gordon"
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a "Hush-hush" LNER experiment, he wasn't allowed out much. When the Fat Controller purchased him, Gordon always wants to prove himself, feeling his importance is threatened if any other engine rivals or surpasses him. He's visibly distraught when he bursts his safety valve and the Fat Controller is ashamed of him.
  • Insulted Awake: By both Thomas and Henry.
  • Jerkass: At his worst. He can be very arrogant and is somewhat of a bully to other engines he feels are beneath him, particularly the small ones like Percy and older engines like Edward.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His strength is sometimes called on to help with the goods work, Gordon will complain at great length, but he's right, he wasn't designed to pull freight trains.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best. In spite of his pompousness and how he looks down on the other engines, Gordon will always put aside his pride and prove that he can be a kind and helpful engine and that he cares about his friends.
  • Large and in Charge: Definitely believes in this.
  • Large Ham: He's easily the biggest and fastest out of the Steam Team; he also brags about his importance quite a lot and his whistle is the deepest.
  • Last of His Kind: Gordon and Flying Scotsman are the last of the LNER A1-A3 Pacific type trains who are still active. Most of their siblings have been already scrapped,as mentioned in The Railways Series.
  • No Respect Guy: At times. The key plot point of "Respect For Gordon".
  • Out-of-Character Moment: This gem from Season 16's "Thomas and the Sounds of Sodor":
    Thomas: "What are you doing here, Gordon? You're supposed to be on the main line!"
    Gordon: "I thought I'd take the pretty track."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Most of the times due to thinking highly of himself or when he looks down on the other engines. Their tendency to tease him doesn't help at all.
  • Put on a Bus: Once he was complete, his brothers were then built. But the LNER directors had no further plans for him, other than to endlessly tinker with him in the works. He'd never be let out to pull trains again. Sir Nigel Gresley felt sorry for him (how could you not?), and sold him off to the Fat Controller with a discount.
  • Red Baron: Averted. He changes his name to "The Shooting Star" in The Great Race, but most people end up calling him Gordon anyway. He ended up giving up the name at the end of the Great Railway Show.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Rebecca's blue, as seen by the friendship they developed.
  • The Rival:
    • To Thomas in season 1 (with occasional Friendly Rival moments in later seasons).
    • He later becomes this to Spencer from season 7 onward, since the latter, as a modern engine, can give his speed a run for his money.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man, along with James, to Henry's Sensitive Guy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He loves to think he's more important than he really is.
  • Smile of Approval: In the end of The Adventure Begins, he gives one to Thomas after saving James from his accident, citing his respect for him after looking down on him initially.
  • Super Mode: He gets streamlined for the Great Railway Show, to increase his speed even further for the Great Race. Unfortunately, he leaves the Steamworks before being inspected, resulting in his safety valve not being assembled properly, which in turn causes his boiler to take heavy damage.
  • Super Prototype: Just like Henry, he had a rebuild at Crewe. To which his brother, Flying Scotsman, remarked he had changed a lot. Gordon admitted they didn't do "a proper Doncaster job", but was pleased his new powerful shape still got the job done.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "Confused Coaches", Gordon attempts to score a jab at Spencer by teasing him about always being in the No. 2 station while he's always "No. 1". This leads to problems when Spencer transfers himself to the No. 1 station... which leads to both him and Gordon getting the wrong coaches, and then getting scolded by both the passengers and the Fat Controller himself.
    • In Season 22's controversial episode "Forever and Ever", he attempts to do a huge protest due to Edward and Henry leaving the group (Edward moved close to his job, while Henry moved to the other side of Sodor due to his new job as a regular Mainland traveller), coupled with other drastic changes to the railway. This causes him to get punished.
  • Tsundere: The harsh type. He'll insult and belittle engines he deems beneath him, but deep down he has a huge heart.
  • Tuckerization: Named after a rude boy that lived on Christopher Awdry's street in his childhood.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He has a few moments of using this trope, although in other episodes, he does show gratitude in spite of his large ego.
    • In "Edward and Gordon", Edward helps him up the hill after the trucks held him back. He didn't thank him.
    • In "You Can Do It, Toby!", Toby helps him push the Express train up the hill. He neither thanked him nor did he apologize for insulting him earlier on.
    • Edward finally complains about him being this in "Old Reliable Edward", and with Thomas' help, gets Gordon to show some respect.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In episodes centered around him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In the later seasons, due to the Flanderization of his ego.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With a lot of engines due to his egotistical attitude, but the most common ones are with Thomas, Edward, Henry, James, and Percy.

    James the Red Engine

"I'm a really splendid engine."

Voiced by: Rob Rackstraw (US; The Adventure Begins - present, UK; Journey Beyond Sodor - present), Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails-Season 20), Kerry Shale (US; Hero of the Rails - Season 18), Susan Roman (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 5

Basis: Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Class 28 2-6-0

Built: 1912/13

A mixed traffic engine, James was riddled with issues when he first arrived, but later proved to be Really Useful by pulling the Express when Gordon failed. James can be called upon to perform virtually any duty, though he prefers coaches. Like Gordon's ego, James's vanity and admiration for his red paintwork often gets him in trouble.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Almost all of his spotlight episodes revolve around his vanity in some way. No matter how often he's humbled, he's back the next episode, pompous as ever.
  • Anti-Hero: He's arrogant, rude, and boastful to other engines but still part of the Steam Team.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: In the final climax of Tale of the Brave, he goes through the clay pit cliffs, calling out for the monster. The moment he sees it (it's actually a dinosaur skeleton) he goes into a panic and runs the other way, screaming and whistling like crazy.
  • Attention Whore: Likes being center of attention, and doesn't take it well when the other engines pay none of it to him.
  • Bee Afraid: He gets attacked by a swarm of bees in Season 3's Buzz, Buzz.
  • Berserk Button: Never, ever remind James of the time with the bootlace, or any other of his accidents. Also don't threaten to paint him blue.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Despite his voice inflated ego, deep down, he's a genuinely hard worker who cares about his friends.
  • Break the Haughty: Happens to him in any episode involving him trying to be important.
  • The Bully: To Phillip in "Apology Impossible".
  • Butt-Monkey: Though he brings it on himself most of the time.
  • Camp Gay: Has shades of this. Not helped by how some voiceovers such as Alec Baldwin and Kerry Shale portrayed him.
  • Catchphrase:
    • He constantly boasts about being a "splendid engine" or any of the sort.
    • At the start of season 20, he always out "Here's James!" whenever he arrives in a show-offy manner.
  • The Chew Toy: If he's playing a role in an episode, expect something bad to happen to him.
  • Color Motif:
    • In the early days, James was painted black, an ominous color. True to form, in "Thomas and the Breakdown Train", he gets into a brutal accident with the Troublesome Trucks (with "The Adventure Begins" depicting his wooden breaks catching on fire).
    • After his accident, James was given a shiny red coat of paint. Red represents anger and violence, and James is often depicted as the Steam Engine with the biggest temper.
  • The Dandy: He loves his red paint.
  • Determinator: So much, he actually has a variant of his original Leitmotif for such instances.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: James seems to have gradually become more mischievous and cheerful than curmudgeonly Henry and Gordon as the show branched from the books.
  • Era-Specific Personality: In his first book (and the episodes that adapted it) James was more like a troubled, temperamental, but well-meaning character. After that, he quickly became a Small Name, Big Ego. Miller's era toned James down into a Mr. Vice Guy, being vain but otherwise friendly and rational. Afterwards Brenner's era turned James into a sly, obnoxious prankster.
  • Fatal Flaw: His temper was one in the books and early episodes. Later, his vanity became one of his most popular traits.
  • Fiery Red Head: Well, "Fiery Red Engine" in his case. Out of the engines in the Steam Team, James is more likely to lose his wheels, especially when he's insulted.
  • Foil: To Edward. Both are the same size, but while Edward is kind and patient, James is vain and temperamental. They're even colored blue and red, respectively
  • Freudian Trio: The short-tempered and vain Id to Henry's cautious Ego and Gordon's aloof Superego. In King Of The Railway, he forms one with Percy and Thomas.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He gets this from the other engines for his vain and boastful attitude.
  • Glory Seeker: Loves taking special jobs to make himself feel important.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In many occasions, he can get angry easily when things don't really go his way or when the other engines insult him. It doesn't help that his color is red, which symbolizes anger.
  • "I Am Great!" Song:
  • Incoming Ham: In the beginning of "Journey Beyond Sodor", he literally rushes in to steal the show, just after Thomas expressed his desire to sing a song, much to Thomas's chagrin. The accompanying lyrics sell it.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Far worse than Gordon. James will have a tantrum if he's not the center of attention from the passengers. He wasn't always this way, however; hanging around Gordon influenced him in all the wrong ways.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: As a mixed-traffic engine, James can pull either coaches or trucks.
  • Jerkass: At his worst. The original books and the episodic adaptations depicted him as a troubled and temperamental engine, but after he pulled Gordon's coaches, he became very vain like Gordon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best. Though this can be Depending on the Writer, James has quite a noticeable softer side.
  • Keet:
    • Both Katsuji Mori and Rob Rackstraw's voices make him sound energetic. Katsuji Mori helps since he played energetic characters before.
    • His current Japanese voice can also count in the later seasons.
  • Leave Me Alone!: In "James to the Rescue", he constantly refuses Toby's continuous advice to get Rocky to help a derailed Gordon, getting more irritated but still politely turning him down. This has predictable results.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Especially when claiming he'd just push a tree aside only to get shocked when a tree actually appeared in front of the track
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe; the bootlace incident, to the point where mentioning it becomes a Berserk Button for him.
  • Never My Fault: In "Apology Impossible", he keeps blaming Philip for his mistakes.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Calling him scared will make him do anything to prove otherwise.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: James' whistle is positioned above his cab, instead of in front of his cab.
  • Off-Model: His CGI render is far taller than his model.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The horrible accident with the Troublesome Trucks. In the original episode, James's face was locked in Oh, Crap! mode the entire time until the crashing. "The Adventure Begins" has him outright panicking.
    • In "Old Iron", James attempts to answer Thomas and Percy's challenge and prove that he can out-run Edward... only to realize he has no driver in his cab and ends up a runaway engine.
    • In Hero Of The Rails, James, Hiro, and Toby share a brief moment of this the second they hear Spencer whistling by Hiro's hiding place. Then, James and Toby immediately haul ass and work together in driving Spencer away.
    • In "Spencer's VIP", his face says it all when he makes a sudden stop at the station and realizes he bumped his coaches together in the process.
  • The Prankster: Andrew Brenner tends to write him as this (both his televised episodes and magazine stories revolve around him playing tricks on the other engines).
  • Red Ones Go Faster: What he claims.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Both figuratively and literally, to almost every engine, usually Edward or Toby, and even the more conservative Gordon early on.
  • The Rival: Had one with Gordon early on. When he shares an episode with Percy or Thomas, there are usually rivalries between them too.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man, along with Gordon, to Henry's Sensitive Guy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Becomes this after he helps Gordon pull his coaches. Since he often hangs around Gordon, he probably picked up his bragging habits.
  • Sticky Situation: In "Dirty Objects", he ends up crashing into some tar wagons and being covered all over in sticky tar, after calling Toby and Henrietta "dirty objects" for most of the episode.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Gordon is arguably this to him. James became a lot more vain and pompous after "James and the Express".
  • Troll: Under Andrew Brenner's pen, at least.
  • The Unapologetic: In "Apology Impossible", he refuses to apologize for picking on Philip. He does apologize to Philip and the other engines at the end of the episode, though.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: In episodes centered around him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With many engines, but especially Gordon, Percy, and Toby.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Keith Wickham emphasizes James' cockney accent a lot more in the later UK episodes.
    • Masashi Ebara's voice became higher since "The Adventure Begins".

    Percy the Small Engine

"Yes sir, thank you, sir."

Voiced by: Christopher Ragland (US; Season 19 - present), Nigel Pilkington (UK; Season 19 - present), Keith Wickham (UK; Hero of the Rails - Season 18 and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure), Martin Sherman (US; Hero of the Rails - Season 18), Linda Ballantyne (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 6

Basis: Unknown, but is said to be a combination of a few industrial types. 0-4-0ST

Built: c.1900

A small, cheeky green engine purchased by the Fat Controller while Gordon, James and Henry were on strike. Nobody knows where he really came from or who built him. Percy currently works on Thomas's branch line. Considered a junior member of the Steam Team, Percy enjoys being given important jobs and is earnest and sincere, if also somewhat naive.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Boasts about his bravery with the rain in "Percy Takes the Plunge", until plunging into the water.
  • A Day in the Limelight: You'd think one of the 8 main characters wouldn't invoke this trope, but he's the main focus of Day of the Diesels and Tale of the Brave, even pushing out the other members of the Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
  • Adorkable: He can be dorky, and endearing to the viewer at the same time.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite learning about being brave in "Tale of the Brave", he goes back being scared in "Henry in the Dark".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Gets a moment in Tale of the Brave, when he saves James from a rockslide.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Similar to Thomas, he was often shown teasing the other engines in his earliest appearances.
  • Break the Cutie: Day of the Diesels, full stop.
  • Bully Hunter: Usually the pivot for this, but occasionally stands up for other engines himself too. He gets quite indignant when Gordon or James mock Edward for example.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has the most accidents out of any other train in the series...and just about all of them involve getting covered in something sticky. He's also a target to the other engines' teasing in several episodes due to his naivety; usually Gordon and James are the main ones who pick on him.
    • Lampshaded and Deconstructed in "Percy's Lucky Day".
  • Cartoon Creature: While most other characters are based on real locomotive classes, Percy is a heavily hybridized mix of several other steam engine designs.
  • Cheerful Child: He is the youngest engine of the Steam Team, before Nia and Rebecca joined. He is often the most cheerful and naive.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Percy's mail trucks in "Hero of the Rails". Percy left them in a hidden siding in order to help Thomas deliver some mechanical parts for Hero, and later forgets where he put them. Later, Spencer finds Percy's mail trucks while he's snooping around, which gets him caught by James and Toby, leading to the Fat Controller assuming Spencer had stolen Percy's mail trucks and scolds him for it. This was able to keep Spencer from finding out about Hiro, at least for the time being.
  • Color Motif: Green stands for youth and naivety. Percy is the smallest of the Steam Team and a fresh addition, and is often cheeky and naive.
  • The Cutie: Percy is the smallest and cutest of the Steam Team.
  • Determinator: Percy's Promise.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: In "Goodbye Fat Controller", he overhears some workmen talking about the Fat Controller leaving, which is what he repeats to the other engines. This results in everyone believing that the Fat Controller is leaving Sodor for good, causing a chain of events that leads to the engines going on strike to make him not leave. The Fat Controller is actually leaving his office, because it was being refurbished.
  • Fatal Flaw: In early episodes, he was impudent and arrogant like Thomas. In later seasons, he's usually naive and fearful.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Thomas and Toby. In "King of the Railway", he fell into one with Thomas and James.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Becomes such by the end of "Percy's New Friends", to the point animals are clinging to his bufferbeam in masses.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Thomas.
  • Idiot Ball: Ignoring what happened in Sharon Miller's tenure, he tries so hard to forget about Gator in "Missing Gator" that he does some extremely brainless things towards the end, right down to saying he needs to keep busy so he won't think about anything. ANYTHING.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Toby, and later Stephen.
  • Jerkass Ball: There are a few occasions where he grabbed it such as in "Harvey to the Rescue" where he along with the other engines (except Thomas) initially ostracized Harvey for being different from them, and in "Salty's Stormy Tale" where he and Thomas tease Salty for his stories.
  • Just a Kid: Similar to Thomas, he often gets picked on by the bigger engines for being small.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He is popular with the target audience of children due to his cheekiness, naivety, and adorable design.
  • The Klutz: Has a lengthy number of accidents. He also often has similar idiotic moments as Thomas in modern episodes.
  • The Lancer: The best friend variant to Thomas.
  • Literal-Minded: Lampshaded by James in "A Better View for Gordon":
    Percy: I can't see anything. The sky is empty.
    James: Like your smokebox, Percy!
  • Nice Guy: Generally upbeat and friendly when not being cheeky.
  • The Pig Pen: He has managed to get covered in lime, flour, chocolate, fruit pulp (twice!), mud, treacle and dirt (too many times to count).
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Was temporarily in charge in "The Green Controller", but got things mixed up.
  • The Prankster: Loves tricking the big engines, especially in "Percy and the Signal".
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Similar to Thomas, Percy can be rather insightful despite his occasional cluelessness.
  • Sixth Ranger: In season 1, even in a literal account since his number is 6.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Especially in seasons 3, 5 and 6.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Following Hit's takeover, Percy's childlike attitude was exaggerated heavily. Seems to be getting downplayed as of recently however (or at least isn't much worse than the other engines).
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the diesels in Day of the Diesels who wanted to befriend him while Thomas was ignoring him, only for them to take over the Steamworks.
  • Verbal Tic: In the older seasons, whenever he speaks to the Fat Controller, he often repeats "sir" after every sentence.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Thomas in the earlier seasons. Also with Harold. For the other engines, it's usually Gordon and James.

    Emily the Stirling Engine

"I bet it won't last."

Voiced by: Jules de Jongh (US), Teresa Gallagher (UK)

Basis: Great Northern Railway Stirling Single 4-2-2

Built: 1894/95

A Stirling Single engine, and previously the only female member of the Steam Team. When she first arrived on Sodor, she mistakenly took Thomas's coaches, to the shock of the other Sodor engines. However, after Emily saved Thomas and Oliver from an accident and apologized, they became close friends, and she was given her own coaches. Emily sports a very enthusiastic, though occasionally haughty personality.

  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Beauty to Nia's Brains and Rebecca's Brawn. She has the most beautiful physique of the three female Steam Team members.
  • Canon Foreigner: Was not in any of the original Railway Stories, and purposely added to include a female character to an all-male cast (if you choose to ignore Daisy, Mavis, Annie, Clarabel, Henrietta, Caroline, Old Slow Coach, Elizabeth, Isobella, and Lady).
  • Characterization Marches On: In Season 7, Emily played more of a Team Mom role, and was more mature and sensitive about helping the other engines. Season Eight onwards establishes Emily's more childish, bossy personality that often causes as many problems as she solves. As with many of the other engines, the Brenner headed seasons take the middle road.
  • The Chick
  • Control Freak: Especially in "Thomas, Emily, and the Snowplough" where she gets every opportunity to tell Thomas what to do.
  • Cool Big Sis: She is the oldest engine in the Steam Team, being older than even Edward, and she often tends to comfort the others.
  • Depending on the Writer: She's either a wise Nice Girl or a bossy Tsundere. She tends to slip into the former category since season 17 and King of the Railway, however.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her self-righteousness, leading her to cause problems by being rather pushy or stubborn to other engines.
  • Genki Girl: At times, especially in later episodes.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar / Innocent Innuendo: She has "big wheels". And proud of it too!
  • Jerkass Ball: As of season 8, she has her mean moments, especially in episodes such as "Don't Tell Thomas" where she rudely told Thomas to figure out his surprise on his own and in "Emily's Adventure" where she has to learn to be nice to the other engines.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Starting Season Eight.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Before they switched to individual voice actors for each character.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Her head shape resembles that of a "woman's head with black hair", which is also very appropriate for her due to her being the most girlish of the female engines.
  • Motor Mouth
  • Nice Girl: If the writers are up to writing her as such, she's this trope.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only member of the Steam Team to not have a number, and of the Season 8-21 lineup, was the only member to not be an original Awdry character.
  • Out of Focus: Seems to be suffering from this in Season 22, due to her having a lack of speaking roles. Even Edward, who was demoted from the group for Nia, has made more appearances than her.
  • Sixth Ranger: While the rest of the Steam Team was introduced in season 1, Emily's first appearance wasn't until Season 7. Additionally, Emily is the only member of the Steam Team not to have been adapted from the Railway Series, along with Season 22 debutants Nia and Rebecca.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She's more self-righteous and well-intentioned than pompous, but she clearly has a high opinion of herself at times.
  • Snap Back: Returned to her Nice Girl personality in Season 13 (albeit retaining a bit of her haughty, more childlike nature).
  • Team Mom: Tends to play this role to the engines.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The only female Steam Team member to avert this, due to not having feminine eyelashes or lips like Nia and Rebecca do.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member prior to Big World! Big Adventures!, which introduces Nia and Rebecca.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Nia, Rebecca and Rosie’s tomboy.
  • Tsundere: At least at the start of season 8.
  • Violent Glaswegian: In the UK version at least, though only when her Berserk Button gets pressed.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Much especially in "Thomas, Emily, and the Snowplough" and "Emily Knows Best".
  • Women Are Wiser: Her original persona, before her bossiness became more emphasized. She still frequently holds the Sanity Ball however, especially in season 21 and episodes such as "Dowager Hatt's Busy Day" and "Emily in the Middle".

    Nia the Kenyan Engine

"Two engines are better than one, Thomas!"

Voiced by: Yvonne Grundy

Number: 18

Basis: Kenya-Uganda Railway ED1/East African Railway 11 class 2-6-2T

Built: 1926-1930

Nia is a Kenyan tank engine introduced in the special Big World! Big Adventures! as Thomas meets her during his world trip as he travels to Kenya during his journey through Africa from Dakar to Dar es Salaam while trying to follow Ace. She later joins the main cast at Tidmouth Sheds in Season 22.

  • The Ace: She is good at almost everything, as shown in "Counting on Nia".
  • Aesop Enforcer: Is there to enforce the moral of "everybody needs a little help from their friends" in her debut movie.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Along with Rebecca, she was created in order to add more women to the main cast.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally the Deuteragonist in Big World! Big Adventures!. In Season 22, she is promoted to the main cast.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Emily's Beauty and Rebecca's Brawn. She is the Brains due to her tendency to not be afraid to speak her mind, and often coming up with fresh ideas.
  • Black Best Friend: To Thomas.
  • But Not Too Black: Has the same greyish face as the other engines, but her nationality still points that she is black in terms of race.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Emily, she was not originally created by Awdry.
  • Expy: Serves as one to Ashima. Both are friends to Thomas, have exotic liveries, come from a non-white country, and Thomas acts rude towards them when they first met. Also serves as one to Edward, due to not only taking his place in the main cast, but also for having a high-spirited wise and kindhearted personality in a similar matter to him.
  • Fatal Flaw: As shown in "Counting on Nia", she doesn't know how to read numbers.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Gordon. He initially hated her for replacing Edward.
  • Foreshadowing: At the end of “A Shed For Edward”, after Edward leaves the group, the others were wondering who would take Edward’s place. This was likely hinting towards Nia joining the main group.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Coming from Kenya, a country plentiful with wild animals, she is clearly this when it comes to wildlife.
  • Genki Girl: She is very cheerful.
  • The Heart=====
  • Little Miss Badass: She is surprisingly very strong for a tank engine. Even more when you consider her real life counterpart is narrow gauge and even smaller.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means “purpose” in the Swahili language, and was introduced to the series to add representation for women and people of colour.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: Her basis is the narrow gauge KUR ED 1 locomotive, but Nia herself is larger than the real loco due being retooled to standard gauge.
  • Off-Model: Nia’s real-life basis is narrow gauge, while Nia herself is scaled as standard gauge. This was likely done in order to have her included in the main cast, since they are all standard gauge.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: She is the only Steam Team member to not be British, the only one to not be based on a standard gauge locomotive (her basis is narrow gauge), and the only member voiced by a person of colour.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe example. Gordon initially hated her for taking Edward’s place.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Fits this trope since her personality shows signs of sassiness, along with her African nationality fitting the "black" part.
  • Shout-Out: Her number, 18, is a reference to 2018, the year her series debut Big World! Big Adventures! was released.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the main cast in Season 22 alongside Rebecca, in order to fix a gender gap. She takes Edward’s place.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has thick wing-shaped eyelashes, and visible lips.
  • Token Minority: The only member of the Steam Team to be of a nationality other than British, coming from the African country of Kenya. Also applies to the voice actors, since her voice actress Yvonne Grundy is black, while the other members are voiced by Caucasian-skinned actors.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Emily and Rebecca’s girly girl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Thomas acted mean towards her when they first met, though they grow to become friends by the end of Big World! Big Adventures!.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to her being announced as Edward’s replacement in the main cast before Big World! Big Adventures! was released, it was clear from the start that she would move to Sodor and join the North Western Railway. In-universe, it is because she revealed to Thomas that she is homeless due to her shed being destroyed, leading Thomas to invite her to live on Sodor, and moves into Tidmouth Sheds, taking over the spot vacated by Edward.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's only a young engine, but she's notably wise and high-spirited for her age.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's a female engine who is just as wise as Edward, but unlike her predecessor, she is more optimistic, open-minded and tries to deliver a positive influence on the others.

    Rebecca the Bulleid Pacific Engine

"I'm slowing down! Hello, sir, and err sorry, sir. I miscalculated how long it would take me to stop!"

Voiced by: Rachael Louise Miller

Number: 22

Basis: Southern Railway West Country class 4-6-2

Built: 1945-1951

Rebecca was introduced in Season 22 of Thomas & Friends following the special Big World! Big Adventures!. She is a large yellow Express engine originally from the Mainland. She joins the main cast at Tidmouth Sheds to replace Henry, who left the group in order to take up a new job.

  • Adorkable: She is shy and has insecurities, with the facial expressions to match. It was enough to see her gain a quick fan following.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Along with Nia, she was created in order to add more women to the main cast.
  • All-Loving Hero: She always loves to see the positive side in everyone, as seen in "What Rebecca Does". At the end of the episode, she realises that it's her special "gimmick".
  • Always Someone Better: Often has a tendency to worry about being inferior to the other engines, notably due to her faulty brakes.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In “What Rebecca Does”, she is often in awe towards those with a unique “gimmick”, namely Harvey, Belle and Marion.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Emily's Beauty and Nia's Brains. She is the biggest and strongest of the Steam Team's female trio, clearly making her the Brawn.
  • Blessed with Suck: She has the speed, strength and size to match engines like Gordon and Henry, but her brakes are very prone to failing. Her brakes often cause her to crash into other engines unintentionally.
  • Break the Cutie: Normally a sweet and innocent engine, but in "What Rebecca Does", she has a moment of this after seeing Harvey, Belle and Marion's special features, causing her to become worried that she isn't special.
  • Bully Hunter: Sticks up for Gordon when his brother Flying Scotsman bullied him. This leads to her and Gordon becoming friends.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like Emily and Nia, she was not originally created by Awdry.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite her huge size, she loves to have a giggle. Further fits this since going by the years their basis was built, she is the youngest engine in the Steam Team. Her voice is also more higher-pitched than the other female characters.
  • Chest Insignia: Her tender has the lettering “N.W.R.”, which stands for North Western Railway.
  • The Chick
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She often tends to get so excited that she sometimes forgets what she is doing. In her debut appearance, she screwed up a passenger run by getting to the station too early and accidentally taking Flying Scotsman’s passengers.
  • Colour Motif: Yellow is a colour associated with happiness, and Rebecca always has a positive spirit, such as trying to impress others or see the positive side in everyone.
  • Crash-Into Hello: When she is introduced to Thomas, Percy, Nia and Emily in "Confusion Without Delay", her brakes malfunction, causing her to crash into Winston and knock over Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Cool Shades: Dons some in her fantasy sequence from “What Rebecca Does”.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In her debut episode “Confusion Without Delay”, she arrives on Sodor much earlier than she was supposed to, along with also taking Flying Scotsman's passengers by accident. She even claims she miscalculated how much time she took to stop when she crashed into Winston due to her brakes slipping.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: She tends to underestimate her capabilities.
  • Dumb Blonde: Is often clumsy due to her brakes failing, and her yellow colour scheme (coupled with voice actress Rachael Miller having blonde hair) fits the "blonde" part of the trope.
  • Expy: Serves as one to Molly, due to both being female yellow engines with a Shrinking Violet personality. Also serves as a slight one to Henry (the character she replaced), due to both being based on popular mixed-traffic British locomotives, having a tendency to be shy and nervous, and both having mechanical imperfections (Henry often having steaming problems that needs special coal, and Rebecca having faulty brakes).
  • Fatal Flaw: Her braking problems.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Gordon, who hated her initially for taking Henry’s place.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Forever and Ever", after Henry leaves the group to take up a residency at Vicarstown Sheds, Nia tells the others a new engine will be taking his place, obviously hinting towards Rebecca joining the group in the following episode.
  • Fragile Flower: Due to her being nervous as a new engine on Sodor, she's often easily upset, especially if she feels that she is inferior or doesn't have anything special.
  • Genki Girl: She is very cheerful and loves to have a giggle.
  • Gentle Giant: She may be a large engine, but she is very friendly.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While not exactly hair, her yellow colour scheme and her streamlining looking much like "hair" when viewed from the front fit this. She is also very friendly. Also extends to her voice actress Rachael Louise Miller, who has blonde hair herself.
  • The Hyena: She always loves to laugh, according to her bio in the 2019 Annual.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In the episode "What Rebecca Does", she is worried that she doesn't stand out due to not having a special feature like Harvey's crane, Belle's water cannons, or Marion's digger. In her fantasy sequence, Rebecca has all these fitted on her, along with Diesel 10's claw.
  • The Klutz: Has a tendency to crash or bump into other engines due to her brakes failing.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Her streamlining resembles long hair when viewed from the front.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: Her fantasy scene in "What Rebecca Does" depicts her fitted with Belle's water cannons, Harvey's crane, Marion's digger and Diesel 10's claw. This is also incorporated into her forthcoming Trackmaster model, which is also her first official release in the toy lines.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The newest member of the railway, and fumbled up with her first passenger run. Her line in the updated Engine Roll Call also references her being the newest member of the group ("Rebecca is new and lots of fun").
  • Nice Girl: She is very sweet and kindhearted, and likes to see positivity in everyone.
  • Off-Model: Based on the unrebuilt, streamlined version of the SR West Country class tender engines, but her tender design is modelled off the one used on the rebuilt version. Her wheels are also different from the ones on the real loco, with her larger wheels being the same design as Hiro’s, and her smaller wheels having no spokes.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The only main cast member to be a streamlined engine.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Her livery is mostly yellow, but also incorporates red and blue highlights. According to Mattel, this was mostly done for Eye Candy purposes towards the younger audience.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the blue to Gordon's red, as seen by the friendship they developed.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe example. Gordon initially hated her for taking Henry’s place.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is very shy, and worries that she doesn't feel special. She also doesn't like being viewed as inferior. This trope is further justified due to her puffing violet-coloured steam in the S22 intro.
  • Shout-Out: Her braking problems was also a trait on her real-life counterpart, the SR West Country class. Her number, 22, is also a clear reference to Season 22, the season she debuted in.
  • Sixth Ranger: Joins the main cast in Season 22 alongside Nia, in order to fix a gender gap. She takes Henry’s place.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: As the newest engine on Sodor, she was worried about fitting in on her first day.
  • Speed Stripes: She has red and orange ones painted on her. They extend all the way to her tender.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has thick eyelashes that split into two points, as well as visible lips.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Nia’s tomboy, and the tomboy to Emily’s girly girl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gordon, after she sticks up for him when Flying Scotsman teases him. This was despite Gordon initially resenting her due to her taking Henry's place.


Previous Members:

    Edward the Blue Engine

"I will do it, I will do it,"

Voiced by: William Hope (US), Keith Wickham (UK)

Number: 2

Basis: Furness Railway K2 'Larger Seagull' 4-4-0

Built: 1895

The oldest engine on the Fat Controller's railway, and the first character developed by the Rev. W. Awdry. Edward is a mixed-traffic engine with his own branch line. He's kind but firm, serving as a mentor for younger engines, though he is often teased about his age. In the Big World! Big Adventures! series, he is replaced in the main cast by Nia.

  • Absentee Actor: His model wasn’t finished in time for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • All-Loving Hero: Edward is usually infallibly kind and patient to others. The later seasons give him more arrogant moments, though these are still rare.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He often gets talked down upon for his old age by Gordon, Henry, and James.
  • Badass Grandpa: In "Edward The Very Useful Engine", he was the banker for two trains, one being Gordon's Express, and the other being Duck's goods train.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In "Old Reliable Edward", he finally shows an limit to his patience and gets swift revenge on Gordon for expressing his lack of gratitude. He shows a similar Karmic Trickster mentality towards Bill and Ben in "Hunt the Truck".
  • Big Brother Mentor: Often to the younger engines, mostly Bill and Ben.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Is blue and is a very kind engine.
  • Broken Ace: Later episodes Lampshade his Cool Old Guy image, giving him more insecurities about failing at a new task or losing the other engines' respect.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not as much as Gordon or James, but if an episode focuses on him, something will go wrong.
  • The Comically Serious: Seems to have taken this role in the CGI series due to his Odd Friendship with Charlie.
  • Compressed Vice: Started falling victim to these so to work into later seasons' Aesop structure (most infamously his Fantastic Racism towards Rocky in "Edward Strikes Out"). Later episodes seem to settle for making him self-conscious.
  • Cool Old Guy: In season 2, especially in Old Iron and Edward's Exploit. Returns on odd occasions, such as "Edward The Hero".
  • Demoted to Extra: In seasons 4-6. Given a bit more screentime later on, at the cost of his classic personality. Happened again in season 22, due to the introduction of Nia and Rebecca, in order to allow more female members in the main cast. His slot is replaced by Nia.
  • Fatal Flaw: The Hit seasons tried to define one for Edward, but couldn't keep a consistent grasp on him. The CGI episodes settle for making him self conscious and somewhat too good natured.
  • Flat Character: Unlike most of the other highly flawed engines, there isn't much to Edward outside being a somewhat old and polite engine. The Hit seasons attempt to remedy this by giving him a more flawed personality, with mixed results.
  • Honor Before Reason: The CGI series reverts to his kind persona, albeit to a fault, with many of his personal dilemmas caused by having problems prioritizing helping others or doing his job. Fails to be Good Is Dumb however since most of the time he knows things probably won't end well for him as a result.
    • "The Adventure Begins" provides a backtrack example, revealing he let Thomas take his goods train without proper consent in "Thomas And The Trucks" and got reprimanded for it.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of “A Shed For Edward”, he decides to stay with Philip at Wellsworth. In the following season, Nia takes his place at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • Immune to Slapstick: One of the very few engines who never caused a humiliating accident or crash for himself in the original The Railway Series inspired seasons, and when something did happen, like in "Edward's Exploit", it wasn't played for laughs. The streak was finally broken in "Edward’s Brass Band" however.
  • Jerkass Ball: Has a tendency to grab this in since the show branched away from the books. Episodes such as "Edward Strikes Out" and "Harvey To The Rescue" are stand out examples.
  • Nice Guy: The kindest engine on Sodor.
  • Not So Above It All: Aside from his various out-of-character portrayals in Sharon Miller's tenure as head writer, Edward has shown he still isn't above a bit of taunting and sarcasm. As proven in "Old Reliable Edward."
  • Only Sane Man: When paired with haughty engines like James. He also didn't have his first accident until Season 7's Edward and the Brass Band, and even then he wasn't to blame.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: He was one of the engines who laughed at Thomas' funny funnel in "Slippy Sodor". Thomas' responding glare to him was more angry than embarrassed with the others.
  • Out of Focus: The writers obviously don't find him very interesting.
  • Put on a Bus: Moves from Tidmouth Sheds to Wellsworth in “A Shed For Edward”. In Season 22, Nia takes his place, though he still makes the occasional appearance.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to James whenever they're paired together.
  • The Spock
  • Team Dad: To Bill and Ben. According to Duck, Edward is the only engine to keep the mischievous twins in order.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Often with Gordon and James.

    Henry the Green Engine

"I suffer dreadfully and no one cares!"

Voiced by: Kerry Shale (US), Keith Wickham (UK), Kevin Frank (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 3

Basis: London, Midland and Scottish Railway 'Black Five' 4-6-0

Built: 1919

A much larger mixed traffic engine, Henry started off as a poorly built engine bought by the Fat Controller when he was desperate for engines. He once infamously stranded himself in a tunnel and was bricked up, until Gordon's express failed, when he came out and showed his worth. He required special Welsh coal to steam properly until his Flying Kipper accident, where he was completely rebuilt into a much more reliable (if still occasionally neurotic) engine. In the Big World! Big Adventures! series, he is replaced in the main cast by Rebecca.

  • Adorkable: In episodes involving nature or special coal.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Railway Series story Super Rescue, he saved the day when two diesels and their trains broke down, and he a failed engine also after losing his regulator. Needless to say, he redeemed himself in the steam team's (and Flying Scotsman's) eyes. Even the passengers forgot to be cross and called him an "Enterprising Engine". Also happens in “Henry’s Hero”, where he manages to push both a heavy train of iron girders and a broken-down Hiro up Gordon’s Hill all by himself, despite taking on bad coal earlier in the episode.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the books, he was originally green until he got a blue coat of paint after staying in a tunnel for awhile. The reason he got his old color back is because the Rev Awdry was fed up with people confusing him with Gordon in the book illustrations, when he was painted blue.
  • Colour Motif: Green symbolises envy and calmness, both of which were character traits of his.
  • Creator's Pest: Despite originally being a character created by Rev. W. Awdry, he was actually Awdry's least favourite. Awdry even tried to write him out of the Railway Series, but ultimately scrapped that plan in favour of Henry getting a rebuild. The writing team for the TV series, especially after the HiT takeover, also have difficulty handling him.
  • Demoted to Extra: No longer part of the main cast as of Season 22, due to the introduction of Nia and Rebecca in order to allow for more female members. His slot is replaced by Rebecca.
  • Determinator: He often tends to prove others wrong and refuses to give up, even if something goes wrong.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He once blew steam at The Fat Controller.
  • Dirty Coward: He was one in "The Sad Story of Henry" where he refused to leave the tunnel because he was afraid the rain will ruin his paint and didn't care about taking the passengers to their destination.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In early stories, he mostly played the role of another arrogant tender engine similar to Gordon and James. Later stories made him more sensitive and neurotic, while adding Hidden Depths such as his love of nature.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At least in the earlier seasons.
  • The Eeyore: He starts to show this in Coal, where there is a problem with him that is seemingly unfixable. It turns out that he had been given the wrong coal, and that the type he really needs to keep him going is Welsh coal. This works tremendously, and so does his Emergency Transformation in the following episode. His Eeyore-ish tendencies are pretty much nonexistent from then on up until Thomas and the Magic Railroad, where he reverts back to how he was before his rebuild.
  • Emergency Transformation: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Fatal Flaw: In early episodes, he was pompous and stubborn like the other tender engines. In later episodes, he is more insecure and prone to worry over details.
  • The Finicky One
  • Flawed Prototype: Originally. He was a botched attempt from an unknown company at building their own LNER A1/A3 through stolen plans. The Reverend demanded more realism in his characters, so had Henry eventually resemble a 'Black Five' in his stories. Yet despite this rebuild, he still looks like a hybrid of LNER and LMS design, but now finally having the speed and grace of Gordon.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally the Ego of one with James and Gordon.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Depending on what season. Particularly Henry's Forest in Season 3.
  • Gentle Giant: He may be a big and strong engine, but he is very caring when it comes to the environment and his friends. He also has more sensitive feelings towards the others.
  • Green and Mean: Mainly in Seasons 1-2. After Season 3, He grew out of the "mean" part.
  • Hypochondriac: When not genuinely ill, he is often moaning about not being tended to. A probable reason the other engines often don't take his ill bouts seriously.
  • Ill Guy: Until his rebuild. Oddly played up from Thomas and the Magic Railroad onward, when he inexplicably requires special coal again.
    • King of the Railway however, makes it clear that he never needed special coal since his rebuild, though he still falls into this trope due to a broken valve.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: His need for "special coal" sometimes conveys him as this.
  • Jaded Washout: Can be quite cynical and can sometimes perform as good as Gordon but often falls ill too easily.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the original stories, where he was usually the nicer natured of the Terrible Trio than Gordon and James. In later episodes he is less conceited.
  • Lovable Coward
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: His rebuild in The Flying Kipper.
  • Nature Lover: Starting from "Henry's Forest".
  • Nervous Wreck: Henry is easily the most neurotic of the Steam Team.
  • Nice Guy: Especially post Season 3, where his personality changes to being more kindhearted and sensitive.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Staying in a tunnel to avoid the rain spoiling his paint. He lampshades this in "Percy Takes the Plunge":
    Henry: "No one will ever let me forget the time I wouldn't come out of the tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint."
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His American voice in the CGI series is reminiscent of Woody Allen's.
  • No Sympathy: In regards to his illness where the other engines (most evident with Thomas chewing him out for making him late and James berating him for not working hard enough). As soon he was better, he soon got the last laugh at the others. On later occasions, when he was sick, the engines now showed him genuine concern.
    • Repeated in "What's The Matter With Henry" when Henry feels ill again, the other engines (par Emily) scoff at this and even give him their own work load as a prank. They are remorseful when he breaks down as a result, explaining they thought he was just being melodramatic again.
    • He'll give this to other engines. In "Something in the Air", after Thomas explains that his lateness was due to some fish falling into his boiler and the high tide was damaging the rails, Henry brushes off this reason and rudely orders him to attach the other vans to his Flying Kipper. He does apologizes to him for this in the end, however.
  • Out of Focus: Like Edward and Toby, he also gets less attention from the writers. He cops it extremely bad in Season 22, being limited to only two speaking roles in the entirety of the season, with his other appearances being mostly cameos. It is even more likely that he will fade out from the series due to this.
  • Put on a Bus: In “Forever and Ever”, he leaves the group and is transferred to Vicarstown Sheds in order to take up a new job which involves him making more frequent trips to the Mainland (at least what fans believe). In the following episode, Rebecca takes his place.
  • The Rival: Had a few bouts with Percy in the first few seasons, somewhat mirroring Gordon's rivalry with Thomas.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to both Gordon and James' Manly Men.
  • Super Prototype: His TV series incarnation may be implied as one, due to his changes in appearance after his rebuild being more minor compared to the Railway Series. His TV series design is more freelanced and simplified compared to his rebuilt version’s real basis, the LMS Class “Black 5” 5MT. While the Railway Series plays his change of class straight, the TV series instead retains his same body, but with Black 5 elements added, such as the addition of a top feed on his boiler and supports added to the smokebox, along with his tapered firebox design being changed to a Belpaire design. The fact his boiler, running board and tender get retained imply that said parts were not damaged as badly, and that the change in firebox kept elements of his original design, but now with the strength and speed to match Gordon.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He has a number of moments of being unintelligent at the start of season 8, "Henry's Magic Box" being a common example.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: "Henry's Forest" sees him change personality slightly, becoming more kindhearted and caring. Starting at Season 8, Henry was softened, becoming far less pompous and rude. In "Blue Mountain Mystery" he looks back at his arrogant behavior with utter disdain.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Gordon and James.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Had a phobia of water initially.

    Toby the Tram Engine

"This gentleman is a gentleman who knows how to speak to engines."

Voiced by: William Hope (US), Rob Rackstraw (UK; Season 19 - present), Ben Small (UK; Hero of the Rails - Season 18), Colm Feore (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

Number: 7

Basis: London and North Eastern Railway J70 0-6-0T

Built: 1914

An elderly tram engine, Toby is unusual as his body's made of wood and he barely resembles a typical steam engine. He once worked on his own railway with his faithful coach Henrietta, until the line was closed down. Thankfully, the Fat Controller, who had visited the railway, brought him to his railway. Since then, Toby's old branch line has seemingly been reopened, where he is often seen working. Toby is wise and experienced, if somewhat easily unnerved.

  • Adorkable: As the show branched away from the books, Toby gained a more flawed, meeker side to his personality. This was taken Up to Eleven during the Hit Entertainment seasons, and though it's been downplayed since Season 17, it's still present.
  • Badass Grandpa: Pushing the express up Gordon's Hill in "You Can Do It, Toby!", which even impressed Gordon. He is also portrayed as being rather competent during his turn as rescue engine in "James To The Rescue".
    • In "Toby Feels Left Out", he works himself into such a panic trying to impress Sir Topham that he ends up doing nearly all eight engines' workload.
  • Berserk Button: In his first appearance, he was quite offended when he was called "electric" by The Fat Controller's two grandchildren.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Mavis and sometimes to Percy.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • Companion Cube: His coach, Henrietta, before she gained a face.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Demoted to Extra: No longer part of the main cast in Season 22 due to the introduction of Nia and Rebecca, in order to allow more female members in the main cast. Still retained in the Engine Roll Call song though, and Word of God adds confusion to this by stating that he is still in the Steam Team, but he is still absent from all the marketing for the season.
  • The Ditherer: Has a tendency for this in later episodes, shying from daunting tasks and prone to panicking under pressure. A partial reason no one trusts him around Knapford Junction in "Signals Crossed", though in that case he is proven correct.
  • The Eeyore: In the later Hit seasons. He has occasional somber moments early on, but is usually more positive. Reversed as of Season 17.
  • Fatal Flaw: The later seasons try to give him the vice of timidness and low self esteem.
  • Flanderization: His meekness started off a subtle extra depth in the Mitton seasons, before he became increasingly superstitious and fearful of everything in the Hit seasons, to the point his intellect became an Informed Attribute. The Brenner episodes seem to be toning the trait back down.
  • Freudian Trio: Originally was one with Thomas and Percy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows up at times. He loves birds for example.
  • Immune to Slapstick: Like Edward, Toby didn't cause a lot of accidents for himself originally (his first appearance even notes he hasn't suffered one in years), though he became more clumsy later on.
  • Implied Love Interest: He is heavily implied to be in a relationship with Henrietta as of season 18, but nothing has been confirmed just yet, although their interactions in "Hasty Hannah" nearly make it canon.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mostly with Percy and Thomas, the youngest of the steam engines.
  • Lovable Coward: Season 8-16 episodes make him rather fearful and insecure about his older build, leading to a self esteem Aesop.
    • A minor, but understandable case in Signals Crossed, where he's shown to be very cautious and nervous around Knapford junction due to how busy it is and how confused he is over the signal gantries. Once Thomas clears up which signals correspond to his tracks, he gets over it.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicer and sensible engines along with Edward. He has also never held a Jerkass Ball, even in the HIT era.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He is the most unique Steam Team member as he's a steam tram, is brown, and of course, square.
  • Out of Focus: Like Edward and Henry, he gets less attention by the writers than the other Steam Team members. Likely to fall further into this due to the introduction of new main characters Nia and Rebecca.
    • Word of God says that he is still in the Steam Team, and he is still kept in the Engine Roll Call, and yet he is practically nonexistent in the marketing for season 22.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Usually a Blue Oni (especially in later seasons due to his meeker personality), most often with James.
  • Shrinking Violet: In later episodes.
  • The Smart Guy: In earlier seasons. It became less prominent as the show drifted from the books, though has slowly returned to focus.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly with James.

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