TV Characters The Best New TV Characters Since 2015  

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List Rules Vote up the characters that came to the small screen on or after January 1, 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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169 84
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

2
128 73
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

3
111 67
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

4
84 61
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Good Place

5
92 74
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

6
82 66
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

7
91 85
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

8
72 63
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

9
76 72
Offred is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

10
69 67
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

11
62 60
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

12
73 74
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

13
72 75
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

14
55 55
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

15
74 80
Negan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Walking Dead

16
62 71
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

17
51 57
Janet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

18
25 23
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marnie added The 100

19
53 65
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
iZombie

20
48 58
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale

21
44 57
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil

22
45 61
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

23
48 66
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Supergirl

24
49 69
Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

25
45 68
James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

26
37 55
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
A Series of Unfortunate Events

27
35 52
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

28
38 59
Alyssa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alyssa The End of the F***ing World

29
35 54
William Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

30
37 60
Elliot Alderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Elliot Alderson Mr. Robot

31
31 51
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Luke Cage

32
34 57
Jane Chapman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jane Chapman Big Little Lies

33
30 51
Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

34
7 11
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow

35
28 48
Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Maeve Millay Westworld

36
26 45
Janine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janine The Handmaid's Tale

37
6 11
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow

38
31 57
Celeste Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Celeste Wright Big Little Lies

39
32 59
Madeline Martha Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Madeline Martha Mackenzie Big Little Lies

40
30 56
Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

41
48 91
Hannah Baker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
13 Reasons Why

42
23 48
Dolores Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Westworld

43
23 48
Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

44
24 51
Bonnie Carlson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Bonnie Carlson Big Little Lies

45
19 42
Eddie Huang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Fresh Off the Boat

46
24 52
Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale

47
19 43
Robert Ford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Westworld

48
20 45
Lester Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Lester Nygaard

49
24 53
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Narcos

50
18 42
Jesse Custer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jesse Custer Preacher