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

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Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Joyce Byers Stranger Things

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Eleanor Shellstrop The Good Place

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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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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jughead Jones Riverdale

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Offred is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Offred The Handmaid's Tale

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

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

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

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

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Marnie added Bellamy Blake The 100

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

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Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Liv Moore iZombie

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

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Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Kara Zor-El Supergirl

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

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Veronica Lodge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Veronica Lodge Riverdale

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William Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
James The End of the F***ing World

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

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

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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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Count Olaf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events

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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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Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Maeve Millay Westworld

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

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

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Robert Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dr. Robert Ford Westworld

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

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Janine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Janine The Handmaid's Tale

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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
cityofeverythingeverything added Oliver Queen Arrow

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Jonathan Pine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jonathan Pine The Night Manager

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Jacqueline White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jacqueline White Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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

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

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Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Alex Parrish Quantico

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Jianyu / Jason is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jianyu / Jason The Good Place

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Dolores Abernathy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Dolores Abernathy Westworld

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Jesse Custer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Jesse Custer Preacher

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Pablo Escobar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New TV Characters Since 2015
Pablo Escobar Narcos