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.

Eleven is easily the best character on the show everyone wants to be like her I mean who doesn’t want superpowers. Eleven 4 ever.

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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.

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

He's so underrated and had the best character development on the show.


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3 Dustin Henderson

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

You just can't hate him

I love this kid

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

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4 Mike Wheeler

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

He's just a jerk to everyone, including but not limited too: Eleven after Episode 4, Lucas, constantly Max, and Nancy. It's just hard to actually like him most episodes. - Midevilnight

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

Thing is though, Mike is generally a nice guy, but when he gets angry or sad, he turns into a downright prick

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5 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

HE IS THE BEST. Just loved him. From zero to hero Steve Harrington...

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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

If he ends up with that little slut Nancy, I'm done with this show. It's obviously going to happen, but the show is so interesting. Not that Jonathon is my favourite character, but I hate when it happens, this is so cliche ' the hot chick gets used by the popular boy, then she falls in love with the loser'. If he must be shipped, I ship him with Nancy's friend. - creepy


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 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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9 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

Should Be 1st Will Byers Is The Best Character

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

So amazing - moviesman

I LOVE HER! to be honest I was originally going to vote for Dustin,who admitted she was a total badass. And,too be fair,she falls for douchebag Steve (but then again,she later slaps him and points a gun at him) and she is pretty mean to Dustin and Mike BUT WHO CARES!? She'll probably be much nicer to them in the second season. HYPEEE!

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11 Bob Newby

This was so sad that he died.

Barb, if Barb was a hero

Bob the Superhero


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12 Max Mayfield

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


Ugh. Hate her

13 Billy Hargrove

Screw Billy.

14 Barbara Holland

She is a underrated character and I love underrated characters

How is Barb so low on the list? - AnonymousChick

Was a character for one episode lol - Thicc_Neeson


15 Karen Wheeler

Okay really she only had like five minutes of screen time

16 Dr. Sam Owens
17 Mr. Clarke
18 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.


19 Mews

#Justice4Mews - Cats43

20 Demogorgon
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