Entertainment The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years  

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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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190 98
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things

2
142 89
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things

3
125 79
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years

4
97 73
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Good Place

5
98 88
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things

6
87 78
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us

7
102 98
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Riverdale

8
85 84
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones

9
75 72
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us

10
81 83
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

11
64 62
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Punisher Punisher

12
79 82
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years

13
81 87
Negan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Walking Dead

14
63 64
Janet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Janet The Good Place

15
79 85
June 'Offred' Osborne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale

16
67 70
Shaun Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Shaun Murphy The Good Doctor

17
55 63
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Daredevil

18
69 83
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

19
32 32
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Marnie added The 100

20
58 73
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
iZombie

21
53 67
Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Queen Elizabeth II The Crown

22
54 72
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Supergirl

23
49 66
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale

24
16 17
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow

25
42 59
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones