fictional characters The Best New TV Characters Since 2015  

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List Rules Vote up the characters that came to the small screen in 2015, but have already become instant favorites.

Sometimes, a television characters captures the hearts of audiences nearly instantly and some of the best new characters on television did just that. What makes a television character iconic? Archetypes such as the lovable underdog, the smart aleck with a heart of gold, the drifter with a mysterious past, and the reluctant antihero remain consistently loved staples of television. What are the coolest new TV characters? Vote below to decide. 

What characters will you find on this list? Eleven from Stranger Things was instantly beloved when the Netflix series began due to her loyalty to her friends and special powers. Kimmy Schmidt is fun and friendly, but it was the eternally quotable Titus Andromedon who became the breakout character of the series. Emotionally complex antiheros, like Rebecca Bunch and Madeline Martha Mackenzie, have also become fan favorites. Other good new TV characters include Neal Gamby, Jane Chapman, and Dr. Robert Ford.

Do you have a favorite TV character from a new show? Give the best roles a thumbs up and add anyone you feel is missing. 

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Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Eleven Stranger Things

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Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Eleanor Shellstrop The Good Place

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jack Pearson This Is Us

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Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Titus Andromedon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Randall Pearson This Is Us

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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Janet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

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Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Steve Harrington Stranger Things

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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jughead Jones Riverdale

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Offred is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Offred The Handmaid's Tale

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William Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
William H. "Shakespeare" Hill This Is Us

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Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Liv Moore iZombie

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Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kimmy Schmidt Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

The Funniest Shows on TV Right Now

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Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Joyce Byers Stranger Things

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Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

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Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

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Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dustin Henderson

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Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Veronica Lodge Riverdale

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Madeline Martha Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Madeline Martha Mackenzie Big Little Lies

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Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

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Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kara Zor-El Supergirl

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Negan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Negan The Walking Dead

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Alice
Alice "Remi" Kruger Blindspot

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James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

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Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale

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Celeste Wright is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Celeste Wright Big Little Lies

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Marty Byrde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marty Byrde Ozark

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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Jane Chapman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jane Chapman Big Little Lies

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Princess Margaret, Countess of... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Princess Margaret The Crown

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Alyssa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alyssa The End of the F***ing World

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Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jacqueline White Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Bonnie Carlson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Bonnie Carlson Big Little Lies

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Dev Shah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dev Shah Master of None

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Hannah Baker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Hannah Baker 13 Reasons Why

29 Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

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Issa Dee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Issa Dee Insecure

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Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alex Parrish Quantico

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Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale

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5 7
Sun Bak is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Sun Bak Sense8

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5 7
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Pablo Escobar Narcos

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Dolores Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dolores Abernathy Westworld

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Renata Klein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Renata Klein Big Little Lies

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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Janine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janine The Handmaid's Tale

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Debbie Eagen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Debbie Eagen GLOW

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Carol Andrew Pilbasian Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Carol Andrew Pilbasian Miller The Last Man on Earth

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Bridgette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Bridgette SMILF

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Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

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David Haller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
David Haller Legion

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Eddie Huang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Eddie Huang Fresh Off the Boat

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Ed Mercer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ed Mercer The Orville