Stranger Things swept the globe by storm when it premiered on Netflix in 2016. In the immensely acclaimed sci-fi drama, the Duffer brothers brought the town of Hawkins and its citizens to life, and they have subsequently developed several famous characters.
The series’ study of unique and compelling Stranger Things characters is one of the best aspects of the show. While certain characters have been fan favorites since the beginning, others have gone through tremendous character arcs to become the most popular.
Stranger Things’ fourth season premiered in 2022. The first half of the season, which was split into two halves, introduced a slew of new characters that teamed up with the beloved heroes and villains that fans had grown to love over the previous three seasons.
1) Steve Harrington
He is, without a doubt, the best character in Stranger Things, based on his development as a character in any other TV show. I adore his growth and bond with Dustin. He also takes precautions to protect the other characters.
He might be my favorite character as well; I got on this list when I was about halfway through the second season and was like “What are you talking about?! How is Steve doing?” But now I see how talented he is.
I’m at a loss for words when it comes to this person. Steve Harrington is simply so dynamic when coupled with Dustin, from the worst of all to the finest of all. I’m delighted the Duffer Brothers didn’t stick to the original script, which had Steve dying.
2) Jim Hopper
He is intelligent, and his acting is excellent; I admire how much he loves others, and how he wants to defend them; hopper and Steve both deserve to be at the top of this list. The best character by a long shot. As a lethargic, alcoholic cop, he is introduced.
On the show, he gets the most character development. He’s a brilliant bare-knuckle detective who will go to any length to protect the people of his town.
Hopper is the detective for you, whether you need to discover who killed your pumpkins or travel to another realm to find your long-lost kid and save him from a rampaging murderous inter-dimensional Demogorgon.
Obviously, Eleven should be ranked first. In the first season, the girl with the shaved head and Powers who doesn’t speak much is such a lovable odd freak. She was robbed of her childhood, and as a result, she has become a distinctive character.
In the second season, she finds her parent, or at the very least a mentor, and begins to investigate her background. In the third, she begins to make friends and becomes more normalized, allowing her to integrate into society.
She’s a fantastic character, with a level of growth rivaled only by the one and only Steve. Millie Bobby Brown’s outstanding performance makes her one of my favorite characters. Displays all of the emotions of a girl who lacks the social skills of her peers.
4) Dustin Henderson
Dustin is a lovely little jelly bean who is simply adorable. He’s very enthusiastic about everything. And his fondness for food (particularly chocolate pudding) is endearing.
He’s a spirit animal for me. There’s no doubt about it. Stranger Things’ lone comic relief, as well as the show’s funniest character.
5) Mike Wheeler
Mike is a true gentleman. El is his absolute favorite. For Dustin, he’d jump from the cliff. He was always there for Will when he needed him. He had a falling out with Lucas, but he was gracious enough to admit his error and shake his hand.
When El was gone, he was unforgivably unfaithful to her. He isn’t just bad to El because he retaliated against her when they uncovered Will’s phony body and when she threw Lucas in the junkyard.
He is so upbeat and optimistic, and he believes in people when no one else does. I’m hoping for more screen time in season 3 and for his relationship with El to grow stronger and deeper.
6) Joyce Byers
Joyce Byers is a must-have for this series. Period. When it comes to instincts, the woman is batting 1000. She knew Will wasn’t dead in season one, that he was “somewhere else,” and it was her determination that eventually convinced Hopper to join her in rescuing him.
She realized in season two that Will’s “episodes” were more sinister than just PTSD, and it turned out that the boy was possessed by the Mind Flayer (which she promptly exorcised from his body like a boss).
7) Jonathan Byers
By the conclusion of season 3, he’s taken care of a number of characters, including Will, Joyce, Nancy, and pretty much all of the other kids, which is why he’s one of my favorite characters on the show. I don’t give a damn if he’s “ugly,” since he isn’t to me.
I teared up a little bit when Will woke up in the hospital and was crying at his bedside. Jonathan is one of my favorite characters. He is brave and will go to any length to protect his family.
8) Will Byers
He is so innocent, I mean, he did not deserve this in the least. He appears to be very kind, especially in season two when they are saying all the beautiful things about him, I mean he appears to be so nice and he is never mean, judgmental, greedy, or boastful.
All we want is that he puts others ahead of himself. And, yes, he made it through the upside down. He can also communicate with lights, which no one else can accomplish. To top it off, he’s adorable. He is deserving of happiness and affection.
9) Lucas Sinclair
In the second season, I feel him be underappreciated and much more enjoyable. In fact, I think he’s a fantastic character! Max is extremely fortunate.
Lucas Sinclair is a fascinating individual, but no one seems to understand him. He’s brilliant, nice, amazing, and one-of-a-kind. He’s also the character I most resemble.
10) Nancy Wheeler
Nonetheless, I admire every single member of the cast. Dustin’s potty-mouth eccentricity, Lucas’s cynicism, Joyce’s maternal rage, Hopper’s stinging sarcasm, Mike’s loyalty, Eleven’s grammatically limited language… heck, I like Steve, whether out of sympathy or not.
Nancy is a fantastic character; she is intelligent, she has struggled with challenges and made mistakes, but she is always concerned about those she loves, and she, like Steve, has had a fantastic character development!