Best Stranger Things Characters


The Top Ten

1 Eleven 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.

I love her she is awesome and she is the best #011 She can't speak very much but she can use her powers and that is her lines in the T.V. show

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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.

Hooper, ya' idiot!

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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 really funny and he has some great lines " I'm sorry but you ate my cat " Hilarious!

He should be at the top. His swearing is the best!

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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

Loved him since season 1 actually... He wasn't a bad man, just did some stupid things because of his jealousy (which somehow shows he really cared about Nancy) and he was kinda under a bad influence of his 'friends'. For me he always was good, just a regular teenage boy, who showed his real self in the season 2. He is great and deserves a World for me

He is a character that seems to have evolved the most throughout the series, in some scenes he was prepared to risk his life for some kids he probably barely knows, plus he is funny and badass at the same time, such as coming back into the house the DEMAGORGAN was in only with a baseball bat, case closed

Steve is the ‘soccer mom’... 😂 I love his character so much in season 2

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5 Mike Wheeler 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

I just love him

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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

He is really awesome...

, 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

Can joyce byers adopt me - wheelers-

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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!

Noah is a great actor and I love will because he’s this kind quite boy and I like that🙃

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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’s such a great character :,) - wheelers-

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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 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

He died to early

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13 Billy Hargrove

How is he on this list? 1+2=3? - wheelers-

Screw Billy.


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

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14 Karen Wheeler

Okay really she only had like five minutes of screen time


15 Dr. Sam Owens
16 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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17 Mews

I need justice. - Hermione_Granger220

Justice 4 mews


RIP mews the cat

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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.

19 Demogorgon
20 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)

21 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.

Justice for benny - wheelers-


22 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.

Scary creature

23 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

24 Holly Wheeler

Holly is a cinnamon roll

25 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

26 The Byers' Dog

Hey! His name is Chester!

Come on.

27 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.

28 Kali
29 Murray Bauman
30 Tootsie
31 Dr. Martin Brenner

He’s a jerk - Therealethandunne

32 Officer Powell
33 Officer Callahan
34 Troy

Are you kidding me Troy was the worst - pjo

35 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

36 Carol

Why are these characters being added honestly - pjo

37 Tommy

Again Tommy was so rude what even - pjo

38 Shadow Monster

I hate the shadow monster. - Hermione_Granger220

39 Flo

She is bossing hopper all the time

40 Jane Hopper
41 Terry Ives

Poor eleven

42 Tews

Yes! I swear if tews doesn't appear in season 3, I will be enraged. But if he/she DIES in season 3 I will murder the duffer brothers. I love tews!

43 Ally
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