Firefly: Every Main Character Ranked From Worst To Best

2. Hoban "Wash" Washburne

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"Curse your sudden, but inevitable betrayal!"

From the offset, Wash is one of the best characters in the series. His introduction is incredibly charming, as you see him playing with dinosaur figures and indulging in his immaturity. The continuation of this trend of behaviour ended up making Wash an absolute fan-favourite.

However, Wash wasn't just comic relief, as he was an essential part of the show's fabric. Traditionally the pilot role isn't given as high a position in the plot or running of an episode, as they can often be treated as minor roles in Sci-Fi shows. However, Wash went against this type, as his fantastic flying skills were often proven to be highlights of each episode. He also backed this up with a quick wit, that made him one of the funniest members of the cast.

The character also had some wonderful moments of development, as you understood the fear he garnered whenever his wife (Zoe) went out on a mission and could understand the jealousy he often experienced thanks to Mal.

Alan Tudyk is a treasure in the Sci-Fi community, and a lot of that comes down to this show and watching him soar like a leaf on the wind.

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