Entertainment 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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188 92
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

2
138 84
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

3
122 74
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

4
94 68
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Good Place

5
97 82
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

6
86 73
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

7
96 95
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

8
83 81
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

9
74 71
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

10
80 81
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

11
77 79
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

12
80 85
Negan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Walking Dead

13
78 83
Offred is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

14
61 61
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

15
61 63
Janet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

16
65 69
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

17
68 82
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

18
53 62
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil

19
29 30
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marnie added The 100

20
56 72
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
iZombie

21
52 67
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

22
53 71
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Supergirl

23
49 65
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale

24
44 62
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
A Series of Unfortunate Events

25
40 58
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones