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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189 96
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

2
139 87
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

3
123 77
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

4
94 72
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Good Place

5
97 86
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Stranger Things

6
87 76
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

7
99 98
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Riverdale

8
75 72
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
This Is Us

9
84 84
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones

10
79 81
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

11
64 62
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

12
80 83
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

13
80 86
Negan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Walking Dead

14
67 70
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

15
78 85
June 'Offred' Osborne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

16
61 64
Janet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janet The Good Place

17
55 63
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil

18
68 83
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

19
30 31
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marnie added The 100

20
53 67
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

21
56 73
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
iZombie

22
54 72
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Supergirl

23
49 66
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

24
44 63
Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
A Series of Unfortunate Events

25
41 59
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones