Top 10 Best Stranger Things Characters

The Top Ten
1 Steve Harrington

Though Steve was a bit of a jerk to Nancy and Johnathan in the beginning, his redemption ark has been amazing. I honestly get goosebumps every time he twirls the bat, or the phone, haha. The way he protects the kids, especially Dustin is heartwarming. The way he pictures his future with Nancy makes you love him even more. I really thought he was going to be a goner in season 4. I'm hoping he makes it through season 5!

He's so cool, his hair is pristine, his relaionship with dustin is awesome, and he cares so much for people. I loved his redemption arc.

I love Steve. I don't know why everyone loves Nancy and like Jonathan, Cause they are like my 2 least favorite characters.. Steve should get all the fame, and I am happy he is #1 on this list. He deserves it!

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.

2 Jim Hopper

I LOVE Hopper. He's my second favorite character in Stranger Things and he is a great cop. I thought it was devastating how his daughter died but only motivated him more to help Joyce find Will. He's a hero and I respect him a lot

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 ideal police officer. Nothing stops him from helping his friends and family. Kind-hearted, tough, perfectly flawed, absolutely lovable. Wouldn't trade him for the world.

he is smart, and his acting is great, I love how much he cares about anyone, he tries to protect anyone, hopper and steve deserve to be at the top of this list.

3 Eleven Eleven is a fictional character of the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things. She is portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown.

Eleven has grown so much. Her powers in season 4 are mind blowing. Bringing Max back the way she did… probably won't end well, but it was still cool.

My favorite character! El had the best development, she's kind, she's strong and even after everything she's been through, she remained a good person

-El, the main character she have great acting
-I love her so much! Because she is cute kind and well behaved
-she is lucky to have Max and Mike

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.

4 Dustin Henderson

OH DUSTIN. He's got so much personality! He's the smartest (he's booksmart but he knows how to apply his knowledge), and the funniest by far. I just love his little rivalry with Mike's dad.
His friendship with Steve is so wholesome, and with Eddie. I ugly cried when he talks to Eddie's uncle and reassures him Eddie died a hero, even if the whole town believes completely otherwise.
He had my heart from the get-go.

Dustin it the actual best character in the show, He is smart, funny and cute. He is almost exactly like me, I see no difference besides the gender.

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!

5 Mike Wheeler

He's so hot. I don't understand why he likes El, she's so ugly. I mean did you see her hair at the end of season 2? She looked like a criminal mastermind with slicked back hair

A very nice guy. He might not have played a major role in Season 4, but his motivational speech for El in the final episode is truly amazing. A direct, genuine declaration of love that gave her the strength she needed in an extremely difficult moment. "You're my superhero"... such a powerful and standout scene. Well done, Mike.

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.

6 Joyce Byers

Joyce is the heart and soul of ST. If it wasn't for her fierce determination to get back her son, her intuition and trust in her gut feelings, the chief wouldn't have gotten involved and Will would've died in the upside down.
She's also really caring of El and all the kids.

Her anxiety and her fear made the whole Will thing and Demegorgon thing 20 times scarier. I love being scared or creeped out so I loved Joyce. She risked herself trying to find her son Will with Hopper in the Upside Down. She's so brave and is a great mother and would risk her soul for her kids, Jonathan and Will

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.

7 Will Byers

The best acted character on the show. Hands down! Will in season 2 was really moving. I think we're in for a surprise with him in season 5 with his connection to the upside down.

He is so sweet and vulnerable and didn't deserve anything bad that happened either if it's his fathers abuse or the body swap no kid should ever be that broken! ):

He is the best well crafted and best acting character. He is so deep, being a child that thinks that has lost his childhood and he sees evolving his friends and separate to him while he can't do nothing. Noah made a great job potraiting a sensitive and delicate child that society threats as an inferior cause he is not the man society expect from him or every dude in the 80's.

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

8 Lucas Sinclair

Lucas is actually the most normal person out here lol. But that just makes him more relatable. He's got understandable concerns about El at first, but he ends up being a great friend to her. He's Persistent when looking for Will, showing how loyal he is, even if he gets a little sidetracked in s5 because for once in his lifetime he'd like to experience school without bullying

Overlooked and underrated. Genuinely complex character development, relatable high school struggle.

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!

9 Jonathan Byers

Jonathan might not be magnetic and charming like Steve. But that's because he's a different person with a different upbringing. He's an introvert, and he dislikes most people -but, tbh, people aren't exactly nice to him either-. He didn't get to enjoy his teens because he had to step up to help his family, work and take care of Will, which he did without complaining because he loves them. He's an amazing big brother to Will, he's caring, empathetic, accepting and just so wholesome.
He has his flaws, but that just makes him a more realistic character. He's just a young man who's had to grow up too fast and who doesn't fit in. But he doesn't care about fitting in and that's also cool (:

He is brave, and a fighter. He seems to lack the combative streak Nancy has, but he's still a protector and will get up, again and again, and he will throw punches. Even when he doesn't have any particular outstanding fighting skill, he will fight -unhesitating- for others

Honestly very mean to his girlfriend like talks about her being " Relentless, Everything handed to her on a silver platter. And just is Insanely jealous of everybody, especially his own girlfriend.

I hate him. He is so mean to his girlfriend and admits that he " Doesn't like most people " So how is he in the top 10.. or even top 20. This guy is bad

10 Max Mayfield

Max has always been one of my favorites. It wasn't until recently when I decided I'd place her in my number 2 spot. Such a great character

Literally the best character in the show and no one can change my mind, Season 4 just solidified her #1 status for me. She's gone through more character growth than most characters in the series, and hers was definitely the most emotionally moving and I seriously cried watching it. No doubt she's #1

That scene in the 4th episode of Season 4 has got to be the most intense and powerful moment in the whole show, it is so insanely emotional. Overall she's a nice character, and Sadie Sink is a very talented actress, too.

My personal favorite character. Above everything she is absolutely unpredictable, which makes every moment she's on-screen very enjoyable.

The Contenders
11 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 is independent, smart, confident. She asked dustin to dance after who he asked declined which made dustin happier. She stood in front of the car when billy was driving. And she helped Jonathan to try kill the demogorgan

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!

12 Robin Buckley

Robin is such a fascinating character. Her mouth works faster than her brain, yet her brain is always so active. She's curious, and has an approach to things that is unusual, but very creative.
I think she is more aware than the others (specially nancy sometimes) give her credit for. She's just probably neurodivergent?
Her speech when trying to get to see Victor was just amazing. She was lying lol but at the same time, she wasn't. Petey McHew would've had it easier, indeed!

Robin is just so fantastic.
Neurodivergent-coded, a lesbian, "poor" as she says herself. She's my favourite female character and I feel like she's so relatable even with her idiosyncrasies.
She's a great friend to Steve and a good protector to the kids.
She's very funny, brave, and smart in her own way (different from Nancy's book smart)

The best female character in Stranger Things. She's so quirky and relatable, and a precious little jellybean! Also, she's kinda hot.

She is a good character for her amazing personality, not for the fact that she is gay. People seriously need to get over it, and recognize her for who she is, her personality, and how witty she is, not the way she was born.

13 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.

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!

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)

14 Murray Bauman

Best character in the entire show! he is awesome and funny and sarcastic and I think he needs more time on the screen than he gets. I hope they continue to put him into the next season! I have a very similar personality to him so it is fun for me to watch. I like when he shouts at Joyce and Hopper in the car with Alexei and Alexei askes what he said and he simply goes, "I told them they should have s3x."

Murray is a very funny character and has helped progress the storyline.

Ninja man! He is a sweet guy that can be weird we all need that right?

He's one of my favorites

15 Eddie Munson

SO sweet and kind but has some flaws. He genuinely loves Chrissy and sad at her death. All time saddest death

He was such a great character. RIP or hopefully not, hope to see him again in season 5!

I am sad he died, and I wish he could have been around for another season.

I love him so much! He's such a precious little jelly bean!

16 Bob Newby

Bob was extremely kind and loving of everyone around him. Although he had not grown a close connection with Will and Johnathan, he was still very protective of them.

Most traumatic character death in my opinion. He brought stability to the Byers household and brought joy to everyone he knew. Some probably think he's boring, but in my opinion, his character was very refreshing.

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.

17 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.

Alexei was hands down my favorite character in Season 3. He was like a teddy bear.

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.

18 Erica Sinclair

"Can't spell america without erica." she is hilarious and enjoyable to watch! I liked the scene where she and dustin argue about my little pony.

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 brings the joy to the series that we all wanted to see!

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

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20 Karen Wheeler

Karen took the kids

21 Dr. Martin Brenner

This guy and his other lab workers are pretty much responsible for all the deaths of all the people the Demogorgon/Mind Flayed killed basically. We don't even know what happened to this guy after Season 1.

22 Fred Benson
23 Vecna

Our lord and savior

So scary I love it

24 Larry Kline
25 Scott Clarke

I almost feel bad for this guy. they keep asking him weird questions and has no idea why! Just like when Dustin asked how to build a sensory deprivation tank, you could see the confusion in his face and I loved it!

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.

Scott Clarke is extremely underrated. He had so much potential to be a great character.

He cares for Will I'll love anyone who does that #WillDesrevesBetter!

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