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The Best Characters on 'Stranger Things,' Ranked

Updated June 17, 2020 47.8k votes 4.9k voters 19.1k 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.

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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  • 1
    3,139
    608

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

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  • 2
    2,706
    591

    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!”

  • 3
    2,563
    567

    Jim Hopper

    David Harbour

    “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”

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  • 4
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    Eleven

    Millie Bobby Brown

    “Friends don’t lie.”

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  • 5
    1,557
    644

    Joyce Byers

    Winona Ryder

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

  • 6
    1,340
    358

    Robin

    Maya Hawke

    "Hey dingus! Your children are here again."

  • 7
    1,211
    382

    Dr. Alexei

    Alec Utgoff

    "Можем ли мы смотреть Looney Tunes сейчас?"

  • 8
    1,396
    711

    Max

    Sadie Sink

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

  • 9
    1,056
    526

    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.”

  • 10
    1,438
    739

    Will Byers

    Noah Schnapp

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

  • 11
    1,463
    763

    Bob Newby

    Sean Astin

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

  • 12
    1,291
    665

    Lucas Sinclair

    Caleb McLaughlin

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

  • 13
    1,302
    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.”

  • 14
    1,428
    876

    Mike Wheeler

    Finn Wolfhard

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

  • 15
    1,064
    570

    Scott Clarke

    Randall P. Havens

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

  • 16
    1,234
    729

    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."

  • 17
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    529

    Erica Sinclair

    Priah Ferguson

    “You can't spell America without Erica.”

  • 18
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    546

    Billy Hargrove

    Dacre Montgomery

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

  • 19
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    647

    Benny Hammond

    Chris Sullivan
  • 20
    585
    395

    Chester

    Dog

    "Woof woof."

  • 21
    407
    307

    Demogorgon

  • 22
    486
    639

    Owens

    Paul Reiser

    “Sometimes, I even impress myself.”

  • 23
    486
    469

    Suzie

    Gabriella Pizzolo

    “This is Suzie. I copy.”

  • 24
    382
    515

    Karen Wheeler

    Cara Buono

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

  • 25
    572
    843

    Barbara Holland

    Shannon Purser

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