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The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked 

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These are the best characters on Netflix's Stranger Things, ranked by viewers and fans. Ranked from best to worst, the list of Stranger Things characters also has the actor names and cast pictures. Who is the best character on Stranger Things?

Featuring Joyce (Winona Ryder), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), the best Stranger Things characters include fan favorites and more. Stranger Things season 3 is currently streaming on Netflix and the kids are now teenagers.

Vote up the best characters on Stranger Things. Feel free to also vote down the most annoying Stranger Things characters or any underrated characters missing from this list.

Want to vote on more Stranger Things list? Here are the best Stranger Things quotes from season 3. Need something else to watch? Here's a list of shows like Stranger Things we think you might enjoy.

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Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
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Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Gaten Matarazzo

“I am on a curiosity voyage, and I need my paddles to travel. These books are my paddles. I need my paddles!”

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Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
David Harbour

“Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”

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Eleven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
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Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Winona Ryder

"Will wanted me to give him some space, so I'm giving him a few feet."

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Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Robin Maya Hawke

"Hey dingus! Your children are here again."

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Bob Newby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Sean Astin

“It’s gonna be okay. Remember, Bob Newby, superhero.”

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Dr. Alexei is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Dr. Alexei Alec Utgoff

"Можем ли мы смотреть Looney Tunes сейчас?"

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Max Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Sadie Sink

“There’s more to life than stupid boys, you know.”

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Will Byers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Noah Schnapp

“The demogorgon – it got me. See you tomorrow.”

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Lucas Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Caleb McLaughlin

"You're cool, and different, and you're super smart. Totally tubular."

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Nancy Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Natalia Dyer

 “You know, out of all of my brother’s friends, you’re my favorite. You’ve always been my favorite.”

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Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Finn Wolfhard

“If anyone asks where I am, I’ve left the country.”

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Jonathan Byers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Charlie Heaton

 "Sometimes people don't really say what they're really thinking. But when you capture the right moment, it says more."

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Murray Bauman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Brett Gelman

 “People don't spend their lives trying to get a look at what's behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition.”

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Scott Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Scott Clarke Randall P. Havens

 “Science is neat... but I'm afraid it's not very forgiving.”

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Billy Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
welma24 added Dacre Montgomery

"I've been waiting to meet this "King Steve", everybody's talking so much about!"

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Erica Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
AmritBedi added Erica Sinclair Priah Ferguson

“You can't spell America without Erica.”

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Benny Hammond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Benny Hammond Chris Sullivan
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Chester is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
k.a.ladd011 added Chester Dog

"Woof woof."

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Dr. Sam Owens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Paul Reiser

“Sometimes, I even impress myself.”

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Demogorgon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
siddarth.amane1 added Demogorgon
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Suzie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Suzie Gabriella Pizzolo

“This is Suzie. I copy.”

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Karen Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Matt Cochi added Karen Wheeler Cara Buono

“I hope you're enjoying your chicken, Ted."

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Barbara Holland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked
Shannon Purser

“Nancy, seriously, you're gonna be so cool now, it's ridiculous.”