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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197 102
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
2
149 94
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
3
131 84
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
4
102 78
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Good Place
5
94 84
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
6
103 95
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
7
110 104
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Riverdale
8
91 90
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones
9
80 77
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
10
71 67
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Punisher Punisher
11
86 86
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
12
89 93
Negan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Walking Dead
13
86 90
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
14
85 90
June 'Offred' Osborne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
15
68 71
Janet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Janet The Good Place
16
41 37
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Marnie added The 100
17
68 77
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
18
60 69
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Daredevil
19
72 90
Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
20
62 79
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
iZombie
21
58 79
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Supergirl
22
53 72
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
23
53 74
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
24
21 23
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
cityofeverythingeverything added Arrow
25
45 65
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones