A Definitive Ranking of the Top 10 "Skins" UK Characters

A Definitive Ranking of the Top 10 "Skins" UK Characters

We hated to love them, but these characters will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

1. Effy
Lets be honest, Effy was the coolest person out of all the generations (even when she didn't speak). We were intrigued during the first generation, and were excited when she was a main character in the second. We all rooted for her and Freddie to be together, and shared sadness after her psychotic break and his sudden death.

2. Cook
Cook was a character we all loved to hate in the beginning of the generation. His crazy antics and mean demeanor made us wonder why the writer's would every create such a character, but when we started to see how big a a heart he had he grew on us very fast.

3. Tony
Tony was the first character we were introduced to in "Skins," and we all adored his boyish charm and confidence. I was never crazy about him and Michelle's relationship, but it was always entertaining to watch the drama unfold. He made some poor decisions that almost made us hate him (his cheating and controlling manner), but was redeemed when he became a better, more vulnerable version of himself after his accident.

4. Sid
Sid was the underdog we were all rooting for. We all knew he was meant for Cassie even when he was "in love" with Michelle. Sid got so much better when he grew up at home and started standing up to Tony. And who could forget his romantic gesture of following Cassie to New York.

5. Anwar
Pretty much everyone in the first generation was perfect, and no one lived up to this more than Anwar. He was absolutely hilarious in every episode (especially in Russia) and could do no wrong in my eyes (except dating Maxxie's stalker). His bromance with Maxxie despite his religion made us love him even more.

6. Maxxie
Maxxie was the first of many homosexual characters we would be introduced to in the series, but Maxxie will always be our favorite due to his natural dancing talent and his strong perseverance. After he helped Tony regain his abilities after his accident when no one else had put Maxxie at a special place in our hearts.

7. Grace
Grace represented everything good and pure in the world in the third generation. She was hella classy, but willing to experience other's points-of-views and worlds. Her relationship with Rich was the cutest, and her plot twist of a death made us all want to quit the third generation all together.

8. Freddie
Freddie was the cool kid of the second generation despite his questionable fashion choices. He lost some steam in the middle when he was a terribly mean to his family and when he dated Katie. Freddie was redeemed when he and Effy finally ended up together and he helped her through her psychotic break. He stood up for her against her crazy psychiatrist which ultimately led to his heartbreaking death.

9. Cassie
Against popular opinion, I was never a huge fan for Cassie. I always found her episodes boring and I couldn't really connect with her, but I know many "Skins" watchers loved and cherished her character.

10. J.J.
J.J. was the underdog of his generation that we all loved. We all were cheering for him when his personal problems came up and when Cook took advantage of their friendship.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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