Top 10 Best Stranger Things Characters

The Top Ten
1 Steve Harrington

He may be my favourite character as well, when I was like halfway through the second season I went on this list and was like "What?! How is Steve first!" But now I see just how good he is.

I don't have words for this guy. From the worst of all to the best of all, Steve is simply so dynamic when paired with Dustin. So glad the Duffers didn't go with the original script where Steve dies. And obviously, no one can resist his hair.

Steve has developed so much as a character and that's what honestly made me love him. He transformed from a dirty, mean jerk with a hidden heart of gold to a protective person with a motherly, nurturing personality.

His development is well-Written and caught my eye as soon as I started noticing changes. At first, Steve doesn't deserve Nancy. Now, it's Nancy doesn't deserve Steve.

I understand that he grew on a lot of people, he grew on me too, but why is he number one? Like I know he grows on people, but I didn't expect him of all characters to be the most common favorite character, I mean above Hopper and Eleven I would have never guessed that.

2 Jim Hopper

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.

He's so sweet and heartwarming. He lost his daughter and that caused him to turn into a lazy alcoholic, but after fighting to change, he captured our hearts with funny lines and a sweet attitude.

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!

Completely underrated and is a sweet man who will do anything to help the people effected by the monster.

3 Eleven

Obviously, Eleven should make number one. She is such a lovable unique freak in the first season, the girl with the shaved head and Powers who doesn't speak very much. She was robbed of her childhood, and is quite the memorable character due to it. In the second season, she kind of finds her parent, or at least a mentor to her, and starts looking into her past. In the third, she starts making friends and begins to get normalized and starts to fit in with society. She's quite the great character, with some great development that's only rivaled by the one and only Steve.

One of my favorite characters due to Millie Bobby Brown's extremely talented performance. Displays all the emotions of a girl whose social skills are behind those of her peers.

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.

I loved her is season 1! She was SO badass. But in season two, her character was a little bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved season 2, but her story was just a little off. I remember how excited I was though when I saw eight, that was cool. I just feel episode 7 was a little bit of a waste. No doubt it will have relevance in the future though! She does have a developed character, and the snow ball at the end? And how she closed the gate in the lab? She's still just as awesome as
a character!

4 Dustin Henderson

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

OMG! Best character, like, EVER! Loved it when he was singing never ending story! Suzie actually doesn't deserve him!

I like Dustin. He reminds me of me. I'd bring in a "cute" little creature I found in my trash and make friends with it.

Best character. No doubt about it. The only Comicon relief to stranger things and is the funniest character in the show. Also, how can you say no to those pearls

5 Mike Wheeler

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 such a sweet, kind and brave person. He is always there for his friends and he is the glue that keeps the squad together. I love how he genuinely cares about his friends and always tries to protect them and make sure they're okay. He's definitely my favorite character of Stranger Things.

Mike is such a caring friend. I would love to hang out with him. I love how mad he got at Hopper once he found out he hid El. This means he is so protective to El. Not just El actually but even to Will, Dustin, and Lucas. (But not Max sadly). He is the leader to his friends. Paladin too!

Mike is my favorite for how kind he is to people like Eleven in season 1 and Will in season 2. And some people don't like him that much for how he treated Max, but that was because inside he was hurting that Eleven was gone and he felt like his friends were just replacing her

6 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.

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

She is the most determined character! Played by Winona Ryder! How cool is that?

I believe there is more to Joyce than meets the eye.

7 Jonathan Byers

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.

, I need a Jonathan in my life, to always be by my side and to always never let me go. He's the Romeo to my Juliet

8 Will Byers

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

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's the most adorable thing in the world. He's so innocent and sweet, and didn't deserve all the things that happened to him.

9 Lucas Sinclair

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

I actually think he is a really good character! Max is lucky!

Lucas is a great character but nobody understands him.

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

10 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 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!

Why does everyone hate her? They're so stupid.
Yeah she dumped Steve when she was drunk, but nobody's getting mad that Steve just left his vulnerable, upset girlfriend where she could easily be attacked.

The Contenders
11 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.

heh, he was quite an enjoyable character and was likable even though not a very good person. He was hilarious with Mrs Wheeler and had an amazing redemption in the end

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

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!

12 Max Mayfield

I love Max! She is a queen and so strong. She's had a rough time with Billy but she stayed strong. I also love how she helped 11 find her true self. Best character ever.

Straight up badass. She skateboards, plays video games, outsmarts the boys, befriends Eleven and gives her advice, dates Lucas... what do you need more to love her?

I absolutely love Max Mayfeild, she is so confident and powerful. I love how they make her the one to threaten Billy as it shows that girls are strong too. definitely best character and very underrated.

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.

13 Robin

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.

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.

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.

She's a badass who's also a genius who managed to crack the Russian code. She deserves props.

14 Alexei

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.

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

Poor Alexei got shot. I was crying. He was the reason I watched it.

Too pure for this world. Hope they have cherry slurpees wherever you are. RIP Alexei.

15 Bob Newby

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.

He is the sole reason why so many characters are still alive including Mike, Hopper, Will and Joyce. With great victory comes great sacrifice.

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

16 Murray Bauman

He's one of my favorites

"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

17 Scott Clarke

He's the whole reason they know about the upside down. He helped the kids probably the most out of anyone to figure out what was happening.

18 Erica Sinclair

Erica is honestly the best character. She makes fun of Lucas for having a crush on Max and honestly she needs way more recognition.

Erica is so funny and relatable. She always has funny commentary

You can't spell America without Erica!

She's so sassy and funny

19 Karen Wheeler

Karen took the kids

20 Mews

Justice 4 mews

I need justice.

21 Demogorgon

The demogorgon was so cool!

Oh yeah he's the best

22 Dr. Sam Owens
23 Mr. Clarke

Mr Clarke is OBVIOUSLY the best! I want a teacher like him! He is so funny and unique and creative and so much more (and tied with Hopper for me)

Mr clark is so unnderrated, without him, they never would have been able to get elevn to float, to undertand what the upside down was, and never would have had the AV club, which *ahem* is a little bit important.

24 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

25 Dart

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.

8Load More
PSearch List