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Most Iconic Characters of All Time (by each soap)


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I saw this on another thread so I was curious to see who some of you thought were the characters that helped shape the soaps. Which ones contributed to the overall show with their popularity and stories? Some of the answers I saw on other threads had me shaking my head, so I thought I would ask here because I usually find the answers to be the most insightful and history oriented. 

 

 

 

I will start with GH and DAYS and do some more later.

 

GH:

1.Laura Webber

2.Luke Spencer

3.Steve Hardy

4.Robin Scorpio

5.Monica Quartermaine

6.Lesley Webber

7.Robert Scorpio

8.Bobbie Spencer

9.Alan Quartermaine

10.Brenda Barrett

 

HM: Sonny Corinthos (even though he has destroyed the show), Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), Carly Benson (Sarah Brown), Lucy Coe and Anna Devane

 

DAYS:

1.Marlena Evans

2.Bo Brady

3.Alice Horton

4.Julie Olsen

5.Hope Williams

6.Jack Deveraux

7.Tom Horton

8.Stefano Dimera

9.Doug Williams

10.Sami Brady

 

HM: Mickey Horton, Maggie Horton, Kayla Brady, Jennifer Horton, Laura Horton

 

 

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B&B

  1. Stephanie Forrester
  2. Brooke Logan
  3. Ridge Forrester
  4. Sally Spectra (the original)
  5. Taylor Hayes
  6. Sheila Carter

It gets tougher after that because there were several strong female characters that dominated storylines for a few years each. Most of the male characters were and are simply boring, though.

  • Bridget Forrester (early 00s)
  • Amber Moore (late 90s/early 00s)
  • Caroline Spencer (late 80s)
  • Macy Alexander (early 90s)

Honorable mentions: Eric Forrester, Steffy Forrester, Hope Logan, James Warwick, Clarke Garrison, Deacon Sharpe, Felicia Forrester

 

 

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Speaking strictly of characters I think truly represented their shows in the general soap viewing audience's mind, whether they watched or not. This leaves out a lot of my personal faves, some of whom (all?) also happened to be highly popular as well.

 

Y&R:

 

Victor Newman

Nikki Newman

Jill Abbott

Katherine Chancellor

 

Close-calls:

Jack Abbott

Mackenzie Browning

Victoria Newman

 

B&B:

 

Stephanie Forrester

Brooke Logan

Sheila Carter

Taylor Hayes

Sally Spectra

Ridge Forrester

 

Close calls:

Macy Alexander

Amber Moore

 

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Iconic on their own shows for me is about if the entire canvas was involved in their stories often as support, even if it disrupted their own stories.  I'm only talking about the shows I watched regularly too.

 

GH-

Luke

Laura

Robert

Sonny

Anna

Jason

Brenda

 

AMC-

Erica

Ryan

 

Y&R-

Victor

Nikki

 

OLTL-

Viki

Asa

Todd

Tina

 

GL-

Reva

Alexandra

Roger

 

ATWT-

Lucinda

John

Bob

Lily

Holden

Barbara

Carly

 

DAYS-

Marlena

Sami

John

Bo

 

Characters I feel are iconic, but not in the same way as above-

GH- Robin

AMC- Brooke

Y&R- Drucilla

OLTL- Dorian

GL- Ross

ATWT- Margo

DAYS- Hope

 

 

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ATWT

 

Penny

Jeff

Bob

Lisa

Kim

John

Barbara

James

Lily

Lucinda

Carly

 

HMs---Holden, Jack, Hal, Craig, Luke, Grant, Joyce Colman, Betsy, Steve, Dan

 

GL

 

Roger

Holly

Ed

Bert

Reva

Nola

Vanessa

Ross

Phillip

Alexandra

 

HMs---Alan, Mike, Hope, Harley, Rick, Beth, Josh, Billy

 

B&B

 

Stephanie

Brooke

Sheila

Taylor

 

HMs---none

 

Y&R

 

Katherine

Jill

Victor

Nikki

Jack

Cricket

 

HMs---Paul, Lauren, Traci, Ashley, John, Lori, Chris, Snapper, Leslie

 

SFT

 

Jo

Stu

 

Capitol

 

Trey

Sloane

Clarissa

Myrna

 

 

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