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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183 87
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

2
135 80
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

3
120 69
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

4
92 64
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Good Place

5
96 77
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

6
85 68
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

7
95 89
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

8
73 65
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

9
79 76
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

10
79 77
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

11
77 76
Offred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

12
72 73
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

13
58 57
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

14
77 82
Negan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Walking Dead

15
63 64
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

16
59 59
Janet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

17
67 75
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

18
28 26
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marnie added The 100

19
49 60
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale

20
48 59
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil

21
54 68
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
iZombie

22
51 68
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Supergirl

23
47 63
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

24
43 58
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
A Series of Unfortunate Events

25
52 73
Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

26
38 54
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

27
41 60
Elliot Alderson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Elliot Alderson Mr. Robot

28
47 70
James is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

29
37 56
William Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

30
39 61
Alyssa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alyssa The End of the F***ing World

31
10 13
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow

32
10 13
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow

33
33 53
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Luke Cage

34
29 47
Janine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janine The Handmaid's Tale

35
33 54
Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

36
29 50
Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Maeve Millay Westworld

37
34 59
Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

38
34 59
Jane Chapman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jane Chapman Big Little Lies

39
52 95
Hannah Baker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
13 Reasons Why

40
32 61
Madeline Martha Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Madeline Martha Mackenzie Big Little Lies

41
31 60
Celeste Wright is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Celeste Wright Big Little Lies

42
22 46
Lester Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Lester Nygaard

43
24 50
Dolores Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Westworld

44
26 55
Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Narcos

45
20 44
Eddie Huang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Fresh Off the Boat

46
23 51
Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

47
24 53
Bonnie Carlson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Bonnie Carlson Big Little Lies

48
25 55
Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale

49
23 52
Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alex Parrish Quantico

50
19 45
Robert Ford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Westworld