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The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years 

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Updated March 28, 2019 11.6k votes 659 voters 3.8k views 111 items

List Rules Vote up the characters that came to the small screen on or after January 1, 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 of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
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Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
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Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
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Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
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Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Good Place
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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jughead Jones Riverdale
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Lucifer Morningstar Lucifer
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Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Negan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Negan The Walking Dead
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June 'Offred' Osborne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
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Punisher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Punisher Punisher
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Janet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Janet The Good Place
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Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor
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Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Kimmy Schmidt Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Daredevil
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Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
iZombie
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Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones
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Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
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Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown
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Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Supergirl
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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
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