Best Stranger Things Characters

The Top Ten

Steve Harrington

Caring and friendly guy who always help his friends wn they need his help.Never always age gap to come in friendship and teachs us that friends can be of different age groups.

2nd best character. he's great, and if he had been babysitter steve from the beginning of s2, I think he may be my favourite, we'll see

I never thought that he became my favourite during season 1 but after season 1 his character evolves so much. Helping the kids is his best quality.Also in season 3 we see hus emotional side.

"Ahoy Ladies"
"Yeah It's me Don't cream your Pants"
"This is Finger licking good"
"Show her you don't care"
"Yup, I can read too"
"The one with the bears *Ewok noises*"
Hard to not love this character in Seasons 2 and 3. Season 1 he was okay for a stereotypical 80s bully.

Jim Hopper

Hopper is the heart of stranger things without him I probably wouldn't watch the show anymore. We have recently found out that our beloved Hopper will be joining us in season 4. YAY!

Far and away the best character. Introduced as a lazy alcoholic cop. Receives the best character development on the show. He is a genius bare-bone detective that stops at nothing to protect the people in his town. Whether its finding who killed your pumpkins, or traveling to an alternate dimension to find your long lost son and save him from a rampaging bloodthirsty inter-dimensional demogorgon, Hopper is the detective for you. Seriously though he's one of the best characters I've ever had the pleasure of following in a series. The fact he's not number one is a crime.

The bravest and most fearless and my favourite character,he did a lot of help to find Will and to close the gate at season 2 and 3,he hide Eleven from the millitary for her safety and he hate the character that I really hate Mike.
And don't forget his funny momments in the show.

IN season 3 he made me have a lot of contradictory feelings, I mean at first, he was so funny I used to laugh and then he made me cry like a lot, that was not too easy for me to be so emotional about something, I think he is a wonderful actor and I think he needs more space in Hollywood movies

Dustin Henderson

He is basically the frontman for geek culture, funny, clever, adorable- basically the best character from a stephen king book.

Dustin has always been one of my favs. He always seemed to make up names for things and just stick with it no matter what anyone says.

this toothless character keeps the show alive with his funny trait. when he is trying to be serious I can't help but laugh at his humorous loss of teeth.

Dustin is just straight up an adorable precious little jelly bean. He is just so pumped up for everything. And his love for food(especially chocolate pudding) is cute. He's my spirit animal


Lets take a moment to explain how great Eleven actually is. WHY ISN'T SHE IN 1ST PLACE? Give me a list of reasons how Steve is the best character. Honestly, this girl should be number 1 because like she's THE main character (Apart from Will since the whole story was based on him) Why she should be in 1st? She's funny, incredible, British if you didn't know, BORN IN SPAIN, awesome acting, she even has her own roblox account and wikipedia page. This girl is like popular still popular in Canada. Only downside is she only stays in California.

1. Eleven
Powerful And willing to risk it all
2. Will
Cute and innocent
You might have a mom.. that's a comedian
4. Nancy
Determined and " Just friends," with Jonathan
5. Hopper
The second to best dad 1 behing Steve
6. Dustin
7. Lucas
Not likeable in season 1 but in season 3 AMAZING
8. Joyce
Junior police
Obviously nice
Y There is no y in Joyce
9. Mike
Caring and Reliable
10. Bob
Nerdy and wordy
Hopefully now your flying like a birds
Erica takes 1st place in sass but Max is not to far behind
Most Entertaining
14. Jonathan
Kind of boring
15.Paul Reiser
Not trustworthy
16.Erica Sinclair
Not everyone's a nerd, nerd
Everyone knows he sucks

The most badass character on the show! How can you not love her? you would actually have to find someone NOT human to hate her. Love actress too!

I actually went as her for halloween last yr one of my best costumes anyway she is so powerful as she closed the gate and did lots of other things. she always gets a bloody nose and I have never had one in my whole life!

Mike Wheeler

I took the quiz on who I would be from Stranger Things and I got Mike.
I also got Mike for the Who would you date quiz.
So I'm dating myself lol

How can you hate/not like Mike, he has never done anything wrong. Season 3 wasn't his fault for lying to El, if anything blame Hopper. If Mike hadn't said that to El he wouldn't be able to see her at all. Lying to her obviously hurt him too.

Yes and no. I admit El dumped him for a really small reason but be has done many things wrong. Like the way he treated Max for example. I hate him for that not the lie.

Mike is honestly so loyal. He LOVES El. He would jump off the cliff for Dustin. He was constantly with Will when he needed him. He had a fallout with Lucas but was noble enough to accept his mistake and shake his hand. He was undyingly failthful to El when she was gone. He honestly isn't good only to El because he did lash out at her when they discovered Will's fake body and also when she flung Lucas in the junkyard. He is so hopeful and believes in people when nobody else does. I hope season 3 gives him more screen time and that his relationship with El gets stronger and deeper.

Mike is a brave character, he is funny and kind, I love mike because of who he is and what he does to try and make Eleven not hate him, I don't get why he deserved to get dumped by Eleven just weird..😏

Joyce Byers

This series needs Joyce Byers. Period. The woman is batting 1000 when it comes to her instincts. She knew in season one that Will wasn’t dead, that he was “somewhere else” and it was her conviction that eventually led Hopper to team up with her to get him back (uncovering a government conspiracy and an alternate dimension in the process). She knew in season two that there was something much more sinister going on with Will’s “episodes” than just PTSD, and it turned out the kid was possessed by the Mind Flayer (which she promptly exorcised from his body like a boss). And in season three: MAGNETS. I rest my case.

She’s also the sweet, maternal figure we all need in our lives and I want her to hug me like all the time.

Isn't she amazing! She is a strong,she cares for others and along with all that she is a total badass
P.S. :Winona portrays her so well

Joyce is a really cool character. When she has her mind on something she goes after it and nothing stops her. She has a huge heart and she can kick butt! She will do anything for the people who she cares about. She's also very brave and smart. 🖤

She's one of the few characters on the show who doesn't ever let selfishness get the better of her.

Will Byers

Reasons to love Will:
1. He is super smart. If the thing was after me, I run away to my house and turn on the lights thinking I was being silly but Will doesn't he goes and grabs a gun ( S1 E1) and he uses the light, Plus the Electricty to community with his mum.
2. He doesn't like conflict and tries to please other before himself: "Does Dad ever do anything you want to do? Like go to the acrade or something? No he doesn't." Johantan to his Little Brother Will.
3. He is the one friend who gets left behind the others and that happened to me and many other people.

He deserves happiness and more love. Being stuck in the upside down for that long must have gave him some anxiety. But I just think he is an overlooked character.

He is so innocent I mean seriously he did not diserve this at all. He seems so nice, In season two when there saying all the nice things about him I mean he seems so nice and he is never mean or judging anyone or being selfish and bragging. He puts others before him and that's all we could ask for. And seriously he survived the upside down. He also can talk through lights who else can do that. He even is adorable to top it off

He's cute and adorable and cute and adorable and innocent and adorable and sweet and adorable and cute and sweet and innocent and cute and cinnamon roll and sooo cute and really cute just so so cute like more cute than anyone really cute. Oh and did I mention that he is also cute?

Lucas Sinclair

He is just a kid called Lucas who happens to live in a misfortune town called Hawkins and is friends with an AMAZING,INSPIRING,SELFLESS girl called Eleven who has supernatural powers. OK NOTHING SPECIAL!

I find him underrated as well as much more enjoyable in the second season. Team Lucas!

He is smart, nice, amazing, and unique. Also he is the character I am most like. So...Yeah

I hate him so much because he is so negative and sarcastic all the time

Jonathan Byers

My favourite character, and apparently really underrated, according to this list. him + steve = me, basically. also repping the uk

He cares for a lot of characters including Will, Joyce, Nancy and pretty much all the other kids by the end of season 3 and that is the reason why he’s one of my favourite characters in the whole show.

I don't care if he's "ugly", to me he's not. That one scene when Will woke up in the hospital and he was at his bedside cryin' made me cry a wee bit.

Jonathan is one of the best characters for me .He is brave and he will do everything for his family.

Billy Hargrove

His character was definitely an a$$, but it was quite entertaining, especially with Mrs Wheeler. He was a great "bad guy" as one of the original flayed, and very intimidating. After the scene showing his father his behaviour was understandable (but not excusable). His final scene was amazing, and he had a good final redemption with Max.

He is the BEST, he is H O T, he is also pretty much the main character in season 3, it was heart breaking when he died, why do the bad things always happen to the good people, I mean give me 3 reasons why he had to die, I just hope he comes back in season 4, max and I were heart broken!

I feel like the only reason he was all negative was because he really missed his mum. And he basically saved the main character of the show by sacrificing himself. He deserves a round of applause. And he is super hot

Comedically over the top arrogant and and a great long term foil for Steve. "Hi..., uh I didn't know Nancy had a sister." - Billy to Karen (Mrs. Wheeler)

The Contenders


Robin is a colleague of Steve Harrington at Scoops Ahoy the ice cream parlor located in Star-court Mall. Robin is a new character to us as she made an appearance in season 3 however she has already warmed our hearts.

A witty, greta female character that brings LGTBQA representation outwardly to show. She and the scoops troup are amazing, and she is by far my favourite character.

Robin and Steven are such an ICONIC duo. They’re both my favourite characters but I picked Robin because, in my opinion, she’s very underrated due to the fact that she was recently added to the Stranger Things cast. She is loveable, logical has witty, sarcastic send of humour and keeps Steve from doing stupid things. Not to mention the best part, she’s gay.

She’s super funny, but also has her emotional moments too (SPOILER) like when she comes out as lesbian to Steve. As someone in the Lgbt community, I feel like robin is becoming one of the best lesbian characters ever.

Max Mayfield

Max is frikin awesome. You can't blame her for telling El that Mike was lying to her (and telling her that he treats her like garbage), she didn't know Mike was lying so they could still be together. Since she didn't know Mike's side, I completely agree with what she told El. I don't know how you can't like Max, she's definitely one of the best.

Totally underrated, she gives a great charcater that sis very different to the rest, and works so well with the rest of gang. How can you NOT love her?

the most underrated character in stranger things. she's great. brings out some of the best work we see from millie, and her chemistry with dacre is great. also just seems like a great person. I think I love sadie sink

I love max from all my heart she is sassy,a queen,amazing in every way,and the cutest she is a great friend to all of them but maybe not mike I have posters of her her clothes and more she is such an inspiration to all of us.

Nancy Wheeler

Ugh, they're all just so lovable--their complexity and depth in character--how can I possibly decide? But I'm choosing Nancy--not because I favor her more than Hopper, Joyce, or the others--but because of the unavoidable chemistry between her and Jonathan.
Nevertheless, I adore each and every one of the cast. Dustin's potty-mouth quirkiness, Lucas's cynicism, Joyce's sheer maternal fury, Hopper's biting sarcasm, Mike's loyalty, Eleven's grammatically limited vocabulary... heck, I even like Steve, whether out of pity or not. I like Eleven, not particularly because of her character development, but... you know. She kicks butt, so that's a definite merit in her own.

She was kinda boring early on but, especially in season 3, she became so awesome. Like, standing in front of Billy's car heading right for her and not flinching until it was a foot away? Power to you, girl. She's also incredibly smart and good at her reporter thing (even if that was completely random). People look over her for the more central characters but ignore how much she helped.

Nancy is an amazing character! Shes smart,inquisitive and sweet. To be honest, she's had a really good character the start she was all over steve, Season 2 she gets over Steve and starts to become more of a great character. In season 3 shes the best, shes smarter than before and has WAY more involvment in the show. Season 3 is the best season for Nancy! She's the best. Don't like shes kinda cute..

Nancy is such a great character, she is smart, she has gone through some issues and made some mistakes but she always cares about those who she loves and along steve, she also had a great character development!


I absolutely love this character. He had a lot of personality despite his short screen time and the fact that he didn't speak a word of English. That's a sign of great writing.

He's so innocent I love love love love him. He didn't deserve to die. His death was the only one that really made me cry. It's like someone killed a baby.

He was an innocent floof that didn’t deserve to die. May he have all the cherry slushees and looney tunes/toons merch in heaven.

Poor dude was just playing a carnival game and was going to eat a hot dog. RIP.

Murray Bauman

definitely the most funny charcater, or at least one of them. Dry humour, and has a very thought out character base. Hope he is in it more!

"bald eagle do you copy? " "yes I copy" "sorry didn't catch that, bald eagle what did you say? " "bald eagle copies." "thanks for that bald eagle I hear you loud & clear! " "I hate children."

No one has acknowledged how he's waving corn dogs in the air whilst doctor alexi gets shot

I hate children

Bob Newby

HE RISKED HIS LIFE TO SAVE EVERYONE AND DIED FOR IT. He didn't deserve it, no doubt. But I thought he would be smart enough to RUN OUT of the demodog infested lab, but no, he just stares at Joyce instead. How does he not know that the door isn't gonna hold those demodogs. If he would've ran he would've lived. Still didn't deserve that death though at all.

It was incredibly heart breaking when Bob met his death. I personally thought that Bob was one of the most realistic and relatable characters throughout Stranger Things. He just wants to be a good stepdad and role model and is loving and protective. I love his dorky personality and his references to nerdy subjects. Even though he is somewhat clueless, and has character flaws, he’s cool and my third favorite character.

Only character other than Eleven to sacrifice everything to save the rest. But Eleven felt guilty for starting it, Bob just wanted to protect Joyce.

I'm really mad this dude is so low. Sean Astin will forever play the clumsy sidecharacter that secretly is the hero of the story

Karen Wheeler

Okay really she only had like five minutes of screen time

Karen took the kids

Oh god, I just noticed that in this picture she has a karen haircut

The Mindflayer

The Mindflayer is the villan in season 2 and 3. The first appearance he made he was almost like a shadow haunting Will and dragging him to the upside down. In season 3 it was much more exciting I even made a cake of the blood red monster made out of flesh.

The amount of power this thing possesses as an antagonist is truly fascinating. I cannot wait until they flesh out this character further.

He is awesome

Scary creature


DART IS LOYAL. He could've killed them all that one scene when dustin and the guys ran into Dart. But he didn't and he let them pass.

No. He ate the poor thing Mews the cat.

Such and underrated character! #TEAMDART

#TEAMDART I actually have a D’Artagnan plushie that I like to cuddle with, but since I’m at my cousin’s house, it’s at home. This cute but dangerous beast of a pet needs more praise, if you ask me. - IceFoxPlayz

Benny Hammond

He is Taserface from Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Such a shame he had wasted potential in the show and only got a minute of screen time in the 1st episode. Wish we got to know more about him.

Okay, he may have only had two minutes or so of screen time, but I like how he was trying to help Eleven (which you wouldn't really expect, I mean, look at the guy) and got killed by that team from Hawkin's National Laboratory just because El was there. A true hero.

Justice for benny

YoU tRynA SteAL fRom ME boY!


Pretty, friendly, intelligent... my type of a girl: very smart, but very lovable also!

Turn around look at what you see...

Ted Wheeler

The most boring character on the entire show, which is definitely saying something. I hope you're enjoying your chicken, Ted.

Just a clueless dad supporting his family, give him some respect

No I don't like him at all

Kali Prasad

I don't understand why people hated her so much she was trying to get revenge on awful people who made her lose her life and family. she never forced El to stay an kill people she literally said it wasnt a prison and she can leave whenever she wants to. She was telling El why she should kill them to avenge her mother but she never forced El and insulted her if she didn't. Kali was considerate and kind. Hating Kali for killing the bad men is like hating El for killing the demogorgon.

She and her gang made Eleven break into that one dude's house and almost made Eleven kill the guy who had children only for revenge. I don't really like her for those reasons.


Hear me out, hate on the actor for killing Alexei is really annoying.
It's not like every character is real.
It's not like the actors/actresses are named names like Jane "El" Hopper, Mike Wheeler, Steve Harrington, etc.
Grigori is actually pretty cool though. He dodged a 200 mph bullet from Hopper.

I know he killed Alexei, but hating the actor is plain dumb. Also, he’s one of my favorite characters in the series.

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