The Best New TV Characters of 2018 (So Far)

From 'Atlanta' and 'The Last O.G.' to 'Killing Eve' and 'Barry,' great television is built on great characters. In 2018, we were introduced to an array of awesome new people; here's a look at the best.

Quavo riding an alligator
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Loving a television show comes down to a number of factors: dope writing, beautiful visuals and, most importantly, dope performances. An amazing acting job can elevate even the weakest script (at times), and this year, we've been hit with a dumb amount of great performances from characters we've never seen on-screen before. Not sure what the reasoning behind it was, but in this era of All TV Everything, having a bevy of new characters helping us explore the human psyche or just make us crack up is always welcome. 

While we start dissecting the Best of 2018 (So Far), let's take a look at the new characters that have moved us this year, featuring everything from wealthy assholes and hilarious assassins to your favorite rapper playing...himself(?) and that one barber who will give you a dope cut, if you feel like waiting for it. Here's a look at the Best New TV Characters of 2018 (so far).

15. Quavo

Quavo portrays Quavo on 'Star'

14. Coach (+Uncle Willie)

Coach on 'Atlanta Robbin' Season'

13. Tobias Whale

Tobias Whale in 'Black Lightning'

12. Luca

Luca on 'grown ish'

11. Shannon

Tiffany Haddish in TBS' 'The Last O.G.'

10. NoHo Hank

NoHo Hank on 'Barry'

9. J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty in 'Trust'

8. Alyssa


7. Tracy

Donald Glover and Khris Davis as Earn and Tracy in 'Atlanta'

6. Olivia Lake

Olivia Lake in HBO's 'Mosaic'

5. Barry

Barry in 'Barry'

4. Villanelle

Villanelle in 'Killing Eve'

3. Bibby

Bibby on 'Atlanta Robbin' Season'

2. Papa

Papa on 'The Chi'

1. Teddy Perkins

Teddy Perkins in 'Atlanta'

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