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2023 Character Cup - Winner and Wrap-Up

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2023 Character Cup Winner

Rebecca Pearson

This Is Us

64 polls later and we have a winner! Congratulations to This Is Us fans for voting Rebecca Pearson to the top. While not the blowout that was last year’s finale, Rebecca retained the lead throughout and ended with 58% of the vote. With this, Rebecca becomes the 12th winner of the Character Cup, improving on her third place win last year. Way to go, Rebecca fans! To become the winner, Rebecca had to defeat Kamila Khan, Jessica Knight, Dexter Morgan, Jax Teller, Charlie Nicoletti, and Deran Cody. Congratulations to all This Is Us fans!

In second place is Deran Cody in his first time in the Character Cup. Impressive debut! With a second place win, Deran is still eligible to compete next year. Will 2023 be his year? Congratulations to Animal Kingdom fans for a well-played contest. In third place, Charlie Nicoletti barely beat out Olivia Benson, who placed second last year. This is Charlie’s first year in the Cup. Both characters remain eligible to be in the Cup next year, also.

Our breakout character this year was Sister Beatrice from Warrior Nun, who jumped 51 ranks to land in the #9 spot. What a feat! Over in the Favorite TV Dad mini-contest, Monkey Dragon from One Piece reigned supreme with Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender placing second. Marty Deeks from NCIS: LA took third with Danny Tanner from Full House in fourth.

As the winner, Rebecca Pearson joins Jack Shephard from LOST, Dean Winchester and Castiel from Supernatural, Root and Sameen Shaw from Person of Interest, Alex Danvers from Supergirl, Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer, Temo Lopez from Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia, Lexa from The 100, Malcolm Bright from Prodigal Son, and Scylla Ramshorn from Motherland: Fort Salem in our Hall of Retired Winners. Congratulations to the This Is Us, Animal Kingdom, The Company You Keep, Law & Order: SVU, and all other fandoms who supported their favorites.

Prediction Contest:

By earning a whopping 120 points, Hard is the winner of this year’s prediction contest. Congratulations! You rock! You earn the all-important bragging rights this year. Pavelas (98 points), Clueless (93), and Prpleight (91), round out the top 4. Awesome job predicting all around in a year when former favorites didn’t make it past round 3.

Stay Tuned: Favorite Episode Competition and Favorite Show Contest

The summer fun is not over here at SpoilerTV. We still have 2 contests remaining. Up next is the Favorite Episode Competition, which normally debuts in June preceding the Cup. Nominations for it should open soon. Then we end with our biggest summer contest for Favorite Show. This is our main hiatus event so you don't want to miss it either. Until next year, I officially call this the close of the 2023 Character Cup. Thanks everyone for another successful year!


The Character Cup does not happen without the support of so many people. First and foremost, thanks to Andy for running SpoilerTV and hosting this contest every summer. If you haven’t been to SpoilerTV before the Character Cup, I urge you to stick around and try it out. Not only are hundreds of shows covered but the people who make up the STV community are knowledgeable, thoughtful, passionate, respectful, and eager to discuss. You will not find better, balanced conversation about TV anywhere online. It is my privilege to have been a part of the STV team for 13 years now.

Everyone knows that the TV Talk Topics are my favorite part of the Cup and you didn’t disappoint. I loved talking TV with you this year. I appreciate everyone who shared their thoughts, whether it was every time, just once, or somewhere in between. You are the reason why so many people are drawn to SpoilerTV. A special thanks, also, to everyone who nominated topics. I’m sorry if we didn’t get to yours, but we have a great mix of topics to start us out next year.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in any capacity. There is no contest without you. I appreciate your nominating, voting, discussing, mini-contest ideas, TV Talk Topics, spreading the word through social media, and sharing your thoughts. Once again, I had a blast during this contest and I can’t wait to see you next year for the 2024 Character Cup. It's one of my favorite parts of summer and a joy to participate with you.

Until next year, may your favorite shows not be canceled and your favorite characters have amazing storylines. Thanks for being a part of the Character Cup!

All 2023 Character Cup Posts
Prediction Contest

Final Ranking:

1. Rebecca Pearson (This Is Us)
2. Deran Cody (Animal Kingdom)
3. Charlie Nicoletti (The Company You Keep)
4. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
5. Lucy Tara (NCIS: Hawai’i)
6. Iris West-Allen (The Flash)
7. Dwight Schrute (The Office)
8. Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy)
9. Sister Beatrice (Warrior Nun)
10. Abby Walker (Walker: Independence)
11. Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
12. Clark Kent/Superman (Superman & Lois)
13. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
14. Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
15. Demetri Alexopoulos (Cobra Kai)
16. EZ Reyes (Mayans MC)
17. Jessica Knight (NCIS)
18. Loki (Loki)
19. Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
20. Soldier Boy (The Boys)
21. Marty Deeks (NCIS: LA)
22. Hailey Upton (Chicago PD)
23. Juliet Higgins (Magnum PI)
24. Bode Donovan (Fire Country)
25. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
26. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
27. Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)
28. Elliot Stabler (Law & Order: OC)
29. Allie Marjan (CSI: Vegas)
30. Cassie Perez (Walker)
31. Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew)
32. Samantha Maroun (Law & Order)
33. Yennefer of Vengerberg (The Witcher)
34. Sara Manning (Orphan Black)
35. Beth Dutton (Yellowstone)
36. Temperance Brennan (Bones)
37. Will Trent (Will Trent)
38. Wynonna Earp (Wynonna Earp)
39. Grogu (The Mandalorian)
40. Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians)
41. Max Mayfield (Stranger Things)
42. Samantha Arondekar (Ghosts)
43. Dream (The Sandman)
44. Zeke Landon (Manifest)
45. Lucy Chen (The Rookie)
46. Maya Bishop (Station 19)
47. Kamila Khan (Ms. Marvel)
48. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
49. Blake Gallo (Chicago Fire) - tie
49. Kit Tanthalos (Willow) - tie
51. Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
52. Joel Miller (The Last of Us)
53. Carlos Reyes (911: Lone Star)
54. Ross Geller (Friends)
55. Evan “Buck” Buckley (911)
56. Rafe Cameron (Outer Banks) - tie
56. Abbie Mills (Sleepy Hollow) - tie
58. Al Bundy (Married…with Children)
59. Jack Bauer (24)
60. Erin Reagan (Blue Bloods)
61. Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
62. Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
63. Zoe Powell (S.W.A.T.)
64. Archie Bunker (All in the Family)

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