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The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    224
    108

    Negan

    The Walking Dead
  • 2
    207
    109

    Steve Harrington

    Stranger Things
  • 3
    172
    95

    Dustin Henderson

  • 4
    218
    136

    Eleven

    Stranger Things
  • 5
    128
    107

    Joyce Byers

    Stranger Things
  • 6
    109
    96

    Eleanor Shellstrop

    The Good Place
  • 7
    108
    103

    Jack Pearson

    This Is Us
  • 8
    67
    59
    Marnie added

    Bellamy Blake

    The 100
  • 9
    106
    105

    Lucifer Morningstar

    Lucifer
  • 10
    103
    102

    Jessica Jones

    Jessica Jones
  • 11
    87
    85

    Janet

    The Good Place
  • 12
    86
    93

    Shaun Murphy

    The Good Doctor
  • 13
    113
    129

    Jughead Jones

    Riverdale
  • 14
    92
    103

    Offred

    The Handmaid's Tale
  • 15
    92
    104

    Titus Andromedon

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • 16
    79
    88

    Punisher

    Punisher
  • 17
    85
    101

    Randall Pearson

    This Is Us
  • 18
    73
    88
    Daredevil
  • 19
    57
    73

    Kilgrave

    Jessica Jones
  • 20
    79
    103

    Kimmy Schmidt

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • 21
    70
    92

    Liv Moore

    iZombie
  • 22
    63
    89

    Queen Elizabeth II

    The Crown
  • 23
    66
    95

    Kara Zor-El

    Supergirl
  • 24
    51
    74

    Jianyu / Jason

    The Good Place
  • 25
    34
    50
    cityofeverythingeverything added

    Felicity Smoak

    Arrow