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The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked

Updated June 17, 2020 46.5k votes 4.7k voters 18.4k views26 items

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.

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  • Steve Harrington1
    3,059
    605

    "Turns out I’m a pretty damn good babysitter.”

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  • Dustin Henderson2
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    581

    Dustin Henderson

    Gaten Matarazzo

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

  • Jim Hopper3
    2,511
    556

    Jim Hopper

    David Harbour

    “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”

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  • Eleven4
    2,246
    658

    Eleven

    Millie Bobby Brown

    “Friends don’t lie.”

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  • Robin5
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    336

    Robin

    Maya Hawke

    "Hey dingus! Your children are here again."

  • Joyce Byers6
    1,508
    639

    Joyce Byers

    Winona Ryder

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

  • Dr. Alexei7
    1,150
    347

    Dr. Alexei

    Alec Utgoff

    "Можем ли мы смотреть Looney Tunes сейчас?"

  • Murray Bauman8
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    509

    Murray Bauman

    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.”

  • Max9
    1,358
    696

    Max

    Sadie Sink

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

  • Bob Newby10
    1,437
    758

    Bob Newby

    Sean Astin

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

  • Lucas Sinclair11
    1,263
    658

    Lucas Sinclair

    Caleb McLaughlin

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

  • Will Byers12
    1,408
    736

    Will Byers

    Noah Schnapp

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

  • Nancy Wheeler13
    1,270
    711

    Nancy Wheeler

    Natalia Dyer

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

  • Mike Wheeler14
    1,412
    858

    Mike Wheeler

    Finn Wolfhard

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

  • Jonathan Byers15
    1,214
    722

    Jonathan Byers

    Charlie Heaton

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

  • Scott Clarke16
    1,047
    555

    Scott Clarke

    Randall P. Havens

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

  • Billy Hargrove17
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    521

    Billy Hargrove

    Dacre Montgomery

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

  • Erica Sinclair18
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    509

    Erica Sinclair

    Priah Ferguson

    “You can't spell America without Erica.”

  • Chester19
    559
    378

    Chester

    Dog

    "Woof woof."

  • Owens20
    484
    609

    Owens

    Paul Reiser

    “Sometimes, I even impress myself.”

  • Benny Hammond21
    677
    639

    Benny Hammond

    Chris Sullivan
  • Demogorgon22
    374
    283

    Demogorgon

  • Suzie23
    467
    424

    Suzie

    Gabriella Pizzolo

    “This is Suzie. I copy.”

  • Karen Wheeler24
    360
    482

    Karen Wheeler

    Cara Buono

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

  • Barbara Holland25
    566
    828

    Barbara Holland

    Shannon Purser

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