A Ranking Of The 10 Best Characters In "Grey's Anatomy"

A Ranking Of The 10 Best Characters In "Grey's Anatomy"

Some spoilers ahead.
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There have been countless "Grey's Anatomy" characters who have walked the halls of Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Here's my list of the best "Grey's Anatomy" characters. Take a moment to recognize that half of these characters have left the show.

10. Richard Webber

He’s the wisest man in the hospital, and everyone’s friend. He has this dad-like humor that makes you want to cringe then laugh. He’s basically just the dad of the hospital. Despite what anyone says, he was by far the best Chief of Surgery the hospital had ever seen.

9. Jackson Avery

He’s such a dreamboat. I mean, look into those piercing green eyes. Aside from the fact that he’s the hospital’s most attractive doctor (sorry, Derek), he is so sweet and honest, no wonder he never has beef with anyone else in the hospital. He certainly is following in Mark's footsteps of being an incredible plastic surgeon. Also, the way he professed his love for April was incredibly ballsy and scored him some major points.

8. Meredith Grey

Meredith is one badass woman. She survived a drowning, a shooting, a bomb, a plane crash and worst of all, the death of her husband. She’s cute, witty and all kinds of dark and twisty. She would be higher up on this list, but in recent seasons, she’s gotten way too dark for me to handle.

7. Teddy Altman

Teddy was so underrated. I mean, she was this badass war veteran and came to Seattle to be with Owen, found out he was in love with Cristina and ended up mentoring Cristina and basically made her the incredible doctor she is now. Talk about taking the high road. She also married a patient to save his life (RIP, Henry, we miss you), so she is one selfless human being. Here’s hoping that she’s off saving the world somewhere. I’m still bitter she left.

6. Addison Montgomery

Say what you want about Addison, but she was hilarious. Yeah, she did get in the way of Derek and Meredith for a little while, but boy, was that woman fierce. She was real, honest and just all around perfect.

5. Alex Karev

He’s everyone’s favorite guy friend. He’s a mess sometimes, but you love him anyway because he is a great guy underneath that hard exterior, and he is a great friend. He tells it how it is, and I love him for that.

4. Lexie Grey

Little Grey was awesome. She was a genius with all that Lexipedia nonsense, and she was also as cute as a button. Her speech she gave to Mark about how much she loved him was perfect. I’m pissed they’re both dead, but I bet they’re happy together up in Shondaland Heaven.

3. Miranda Bailey

Bailey is the best. She’s such a fierce and funny, little woman. She’s super intimidating, but she has a soft side underneath it all. I mean, the woman is so great, Meredith even named her kid after her. You know that means something. Keep rocking on as Chief, Bailey.

2. Derek Shepherd

Obviously, McDreamy is making it to the top of this list because let's be honest, he’s the best guy on this show. Or, he was the best guy on this show. He was a perfect combination of funny and serious, not to mention the fact that he’s very nice to look at, too. Him and Meredith are actual soulmates, and after everything they've been through, their love could never die. RIP Derek, no guy will ever amount to your greatness.

1. Cristina Yang

What’s not to love about Yang? She was sassy, strong, hardworking but also sweet and wise. She always knew what she wanted, and she went for it, no matter what. She was an unstoppable, dark and twisty force of nature. She redefined what it meant to be a strong, independent woman. Please come back to us, Cristina.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

SEE ALSO: 18 Signs You're A Little Too Comfortable With Your Best Friends

The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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