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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98 47
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Steve Harrington Stranger Things

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83 44
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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66 43
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jack Pearson This Is Us

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63 41
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Eleanor Shellstrop The Good Place

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77 55
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jughead Jones Riverdale

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58 41
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Randall Pearson This Is Us

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64 50
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Joyce Byers Stranger Things

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57 45
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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59 50
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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48 41
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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

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40 37
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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58 60
Negan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Negan The Walking Dead

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

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43 45
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Liv Moore iZombie

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37 40
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

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35 38
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ofglen The Handmaid's Tale

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36 40
Janet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

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39 46
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kara Zor-El Supergirl

Which Current TV Character Would Be the Best Choice for President?

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William Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
William H. "Shakespeare" Hill This Is Us

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36 46
Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Veronica Lodge Riverdale

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37 48
James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

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

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31 40
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil Daredevil

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25 33
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kilgrave Jessica Jones

Current TV Characters We Love to Hate

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Alyssa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alyssa The End of the F***ing World

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Jane Chapman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jane Chapman Big Little Lies

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29 41
Elliot Alderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Elliot Alderson Mr. Robot

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Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alex Parrish Quantico

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Hannah Baker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Hannah Baker 13 Reasons Why

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Madeline Martha Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Madeline Martha Mackenzie Big Little Lies

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6 10
Harry Bosch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
bbell1978 added Harry Bosch

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

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18 30
Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Maeve Millay Westworld

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Celeste Wright is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Celeste Wright Big Little Lies

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22 37
Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

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22 37
Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jacqueline White Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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6 12
Jamie Fraser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
AimeeFowler added Jamie Fraser Outlander

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17 30
Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale

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20 35
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Luke Cage Luke Cage

The Most Pretentious TV Shows Of All Time

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13 25
Robert Ford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dr. Robert Ford Westworld

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16 31
Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

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14 28
Lester Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Lester Nygaard

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16 32
Dolores Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dolores Abernathy Westworld

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17 34
Bonnie Carlson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Bonnie Carlson Big Little Lies

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12 26
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ash Williams Ash vs Evil Dead

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14 31
Ruth Wilder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ruth Wilder GLOW

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10 25
Wolfgang Bogdanow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Wolfgang Bogdanow Sense8