Best Stranger Things Characters


The Top Ten

1 Eleven

Eleven is the coolest, she is captivating and she makes the story what it is... I want to be best friends with her and the "party." Her comeback scene at the end of episode 8 (season 2) was epic! Millie is an impeccable actress and I can't wait to see more of her character in the next coming seasons.

Eleven is a great character, but I don't like what they did to part of her story in season 2. I liked the part when she visited her mother and learned more about her past, but I hated it when she joined Eight's crime squad, they could have made it so much better. (But I have to admit that I kinda enjoyed edgy 11)

I really enjoy Eleven's character development. Her love for Mike is really cute and they make a really good pair. She is selfless and willing to go to the ends of the earth for her friends (or close a gate between dimensions). She makes for a really interesting journey and her walk back from the darkness to the light is inspiring. Personally not a fan of her 'sister' Eight, but that's just me.

Sure she's cool but I wouldn't put her at number one, she's amazing don't get me wrong but she definitely isn't the best - pjo

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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.

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

He's the best father figure in the show. - TheFourthWorld

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3 Dustin Henderson

Dustin is amazing and should be higher on this list - pjo

Sure, you can hate anyone on the show, except for this character. Dustin is impossible to hate

He is the only person without problems

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

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4 Steve Harrington

Steve used to be a total douche but I LOVE STEVE IN SEASON 2! Honestly I just can't describe how much I love his hair his personality his everything he's just so...amazing now

Steve is the best! So much good character development and he is just so caring and epic in season two.

Great character arc in season 2, makes up for his attitude in season 1 - LydiaS001

That nail bat. Gimme! He swings like a beast

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5 Mike Wheeler

I love Mike, he's such a kind character and he shows how much he cares about all his friends equally. - pjo

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!

I loved his character. He was so caring, loyal, and friendly. And cared so much about his friends and Eleven. - Catacorn

A lot of people don’t like Mike. He was missing his girlfriend! How would you feel if the person you loved was gone? Bad. Everyone seems to forget that Mike was a great best friend to Will. #JusticeforMike

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6 Jonathon Byers

I like him more than the other characters because I kind of see myself in him.

He's just a great character


, 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

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7 Joyce Byers

To me she is the best character of the show I am mad bob dies and she drives a ford pinto

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

She was an incredible actor

I know it is wrong shipping kids but I ship her with Mike

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

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?

He is the best! No one should vote anyone else! My friends gave everyone names and I am will! Best character ever!

He cares about other people,he is smart(I mean seriously in the first episode he did everything to get away from the monster and protect himself,unlike most people in horror movies,who see the monster and stand there screaming) and creative.Will is also adorable.He is shy and sensitive and I relate to him.My little cinnamon roll is so underrated,it isn't fair.I know he wasn't in season one much,but still.

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9 Lucas Sinclair

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

I hate him so much because he is so negative and sarcastic all the time - XtremeNerdz12

Lucas is a great character but nobody understands him.

He held the team together and got the girl..go lucas!

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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.

Nancy is really nice she helped Dustin when he had nobody at the snowball. She actually forgave Jonathon when he took a photo of her. NANCY KICKS BUTT

She's so awesome and kicks butt without a single care. Heck she threatened to shoot one of the guy's she likes.

Not a great character to be honest, max is better and deserves to be number 10 over her - pjo

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The Newcomers

? The Byers' Dog

Come on.

? Tootsie

The Contenders

11 Max Mayfield

How is billy above Max? She was AMAZING, I loved her and I thought she was such a great character - pjo

Max is not flawless, so she is a great character! She comes from a tough backround, so she had to learn to deal with her awful stepbrother. She helps the bits try to find dart without fully knowing the whole story. She had to have guts to be left out from everything. By far the best character.


I love Max, Other than the character, the actress(Sadie Sink) is very good and I felt REALLY sorry for Dustin(Gaten Mattarazzo) when Lucas(Caleb McLaughlin) and Max go off into the Snowball to dance. But when Nancy(Natalia Dyer) helps him it is sooo cute! You can tell that the other girls are jealous:) and um...pjo, Max is ABOVE Billy

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12 Bob Newby

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. - Bodanski

This was so sad that he died.

Barb, if Barb was a hero

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.

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13 Barbara Holland

She is a underrated character and I love underrated characters

How is Barb so low on the list? - AnonymousChick

Sorry she was fine but boring so overrated - pjo

Everyone feels sad for Will and Eleven but Barb died too in the upside down! She was the one who DIDN'T survive so I feel sorry for her. she deserves to be higher than 14.

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14 Billy Hargrove

Screw Billy.

Why is he on the list? He’s such a jerk. - Silverswift

He’s such an ignorant jerk. I have no idea why he’s on this list. - Hermione_Granger220

15 Karen Wheeler

Okay really she only had like five minutes of screen time

16 Dr. Sam Owens
17 Mews

I need justice. - Hermione_Granger220

Justice 4 mews



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18 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)

19 Demogorgon
20 Benny Hammond

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.


21 Eight

She was good! I loved her

Eight and Kali are the same person..
There's Kali on this list, and there's Eight in this list, but why isn't there Jane if there's Eleven? This makes no sense.

22 Ted Wheeler

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

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

No I don't like him at all - pjo

23 Dart

Such and underrated character! #TEAMDART


YES! WE NEED TO MAKE #TEAMDART A THING! Like there is #justice4barb and stuff, so now the HAS to be #TEAMDART

24 Holly Wheeler
25 The Mindflayer

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

26 Erica Sinclair
27 Kali
28 Dr. Martin Brenner

He’s a jerk - Therealethandunne

29 Officer Powell
30 Officer Callahan
31 Troy

Are you kidding me Troy was the worst - pjo

32 Lonnie Byers

Why is he even on here? - pjo

Why is he on here? Get him off this instant. - Hermione_Granger220

The goat should be in season 3

WHAT a cool guy - Thicc_Neeson

33 Carol

Why are these characters being added honestly - pjo

34 Tommy

Again Tommy was so rude what even - pjo

35 Shadow Monster

I hate the shadow monster. - Hermione_Granger220

36 Murray Bauman
37 Flo

She is bossing hopper all the time

38 Jane Hopper
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