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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196 99
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
2
148 91
Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
3
130 81
Dustin Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
4
100 75
Eleanor Shellstrop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Good Place
5
102 92
Joyce Byers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Stranger Things
6
108 101
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Riverdale
7
90 81
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
8
90 86
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones
9
70 63
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Punisher Punisher
10
78 74
Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
This Is Us
11
85 86
Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
12
83 84
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
13
84 87
June 'Offred' Osborne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
14
85 90
Negan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Walking Dead
15
67 67
Janet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Janet The Good Place
16
67 73
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
59 65
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Daredevil
18
36 34
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
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19
72 86
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 75
Liv Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
iZombie
21
53 68
Ofglen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
The Handmaid's Tale
22
57 75
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Supergirl
23
53 70
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
45 61
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
Jessica Jones
25
18 19
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Characters of the Last Few Years
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