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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70 31
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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56 32
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dustin Henderson

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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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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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45 29
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Randall Pearson This Is Us

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54 40
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jughead Jones Riverdale

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

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43 36
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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

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45 40
Offred is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Offred The Handmaid's Tale

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

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

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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

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35 32
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Liv Moore iZombie

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Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

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Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kara Zor-El Supergirl

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Negan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Negan The Walking Dead

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James is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

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Harry Bosch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
bbell1978 added Harry Bosch

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

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Hannah Baker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Hannah Baker 13 Reasons Why

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

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William Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
William H. "Shakespeare" Hill This Is Us

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

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Elliot Alderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Elliot Alderson Mr. Robot

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Alyssa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alyssa The End of the F***ing World

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Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jacqueline White Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Current TV Characters We Love to Hate

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Punisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Punisher Punisher

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Luke Cage Luke Cage

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Jane Chapman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jane Chapman Big Little Lies

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Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

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

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Daredevil Daredevil

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Madeline Martha Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Madeline Martha Mackenzie Big Little Lies

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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Lester Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Lester Nygaard

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12 18
Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Maeve Millay Westworld

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Ruth Wilder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Ruth Wilder GLOW

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11 18
Carol Andrew Pilbasian Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Carol Andrew Pilbasian Miller The Last Man on Earth

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Wolfgang Bogdanow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Wolfgang Bogdanow Sense8

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

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10 17
David Haller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
David Haller Legion

The Best Episodes of Girls

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Sun Bak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Sun Bak Sense8

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Celeste Wright is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Celeste Wright Big Little Lies

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10 18
Carmen
Carmen "Machu Picchu" Wade GLOW

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12 21
Aunt Lydia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Aunt Lydia The Handmaid's Tale

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12 21
Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alex Parrish Quantico

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12 21
Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

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Phil Miller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Phil "Tandy" Miller The Last Man on Earth

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