Eddie Munson, Wednesday Addams, and the 8 breakout Netflix characters from 2022

STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
STRANGER THINGS. Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

From the metal-loving Eddie Munson to the deadpan Wednesday Addams, Netflix delivered many breakout characters this year. Every new popular show seemed to have at least one lovable character brought to life by a talented actor who managed to steal every scene they were in.

Joseph Quinn rose to stardom with his lovable turn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things, while Justin Min got to show us a brand new side of his character Ben Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy. Then there’s Simone Ashley, who helped make Bridgerton season 2 even more successful than the first thanks to her endless charm and chemistry with co-star Jonathan Bailey. #Kanthony for the win.

Below we’re highlighting some of our favorite breakout characters from Netflix shows in 2022.

Break out Netflix characters from 2022

STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
STRANGER THINGS. (L to R) Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson and Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in STRANGER THINGS. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

Eddie Munson, Stranger Things

There was a lot to love about Stranger Things season 4, but no one captivated the internet quite like Joseph Quinn’s charismatic turn as metalhead Eddie Munson.

No one was anticipating just how popular Quinn and his character would become. The actor has quickly blown up and became internationally famous thanks to how beloved Eddie is worldwide. Sadly, Eddie dies at the end of the season, but fans still hope the writers will find a way to bring him back in the fifth and final season of the series.

  • Runner-up: Argyle

Even though Eddie might have been the biggest breakout from the fourth season, we cannot help but share some love to Eduardo Franco, a scene-stealer himself in season 4. Argyle is a hilarious addition to the cast and gave us plenty of hilarious one-liners.

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Wednesday. (L to R) Thing, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 104 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

Wednesday Addams, Wednesday

Wednesday is a late arrival, just after being released this past November. Still, within just a few weeks of arriving on the streaming service, the series has already broken several Netflix records and become of the highest-performing English-language shows on the platform with over 752.52 million hours viewed, coming in just beneath Stranger Things season 4 and Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Jenna Ortega was already having a phenomenal year with several excellent horror movies, but fans are also sold on her version of Wednesday Addams!

  • Runner-up: Thing

Thing might be a hand, but he’s got tons of personality! Brought to life by Victor Dorobantu, Thing is easily one of the most lovable scene-stealers on Wednesday. Plus, he’s so loyal to the Addams family you can’t help but adore him.

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Drea & Eleanor, Do Revenge

We know and love Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke from their amazing roles in the hit series Riverdale and Stranger Things, but when the actresses got together for the Netflix original movie Do Revenge, pure magic happened. No one else could have played Drea and Eleanor.

The vengeful teen characters could have been far more unlikable in less capable hands, but Mendes and Hawke’s chemistry and charisma made the characters unexpectedly endearing. We’ve encountered polarizing characters like Drea and Eleanor in teen movies and shows before, but few have been as thrilling to watch do bad things.

Drea and Eleanor are this generation’s Serena and Blair, Romy and Michele, Thelma and Louise. Do Revenge will (hopefully) go down in history as a modern cult classic, and we have two of the most fun and fearless characters to thank for that.

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Cuphead & Mugman, The Cuphead Show!

It has been an excellent year for fans of the acclaimed run-and-gun indie video game Cuphead from Studio MDHR. Not only did gamers get a new chapter in the original game’s story with the release of the highly-anticipated DLC entitled Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, but we also got three full seasons of The Cuphead Show on Netflix!

The first part was released in February of this year, and then Netflix released additional seasons in August and November. Fans have more than 30 episodes to watch of Cuphead and Mugman’s wild adventures, along with plenty of appearances from fan-favorite characters like Ms. Chalice, Devil, King Dice, and more.

Bridgerton. (L to R) Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Kate Sharma, Bridgerton

When looking back at the second season of Bridgeton, there is no denying Simone Ashley was the season’s breakout star — similarly to how Rege-Jean Page became the breakout of season 1. Ashley fully embodied the character of Kate Sharma, bringing a mix of intelligence, wit, and vulnerability to the role. She seamlessly navigated the complexities of Kate’s journey, from her struggles with societal expectations to her blossoming romance with Anthony Bridgerton.

Ashley’s chemistry with her co-star Jonathan Bailey was electric, making their on-screen relationship both believable and captivating. She also demonstrated impressive range, from dramatic scenes to comedic moments, again proving herself to be a versatile and talented actress and solidifying her as a rising star.

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The Umbrella Academy. Justin H. Min as Ben Hargreeves in episode 303 of The Umbrella Academy. Cr. Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2022 /

(Sparrow) Ben Hargreeves, The Umbrella Academy

I’ve always been a fan of Justin Min and his performance as Ben Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy, but unfortunately, Ben didn’t get tons of screentime in the first two seasons and rarely got to interact with characters outside of Klaus on account of his character being…well, dead.

But when the Hargreeves mess up the timeline and inadvertently cause the creation of the Sparrow Academy, we see a very alive but very mean version of Ben come to life, and Min does a phenomenal job playing him.

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy Klaus/Ben together, and we get plenty of hilarious moments between the two of them in the show’s third season. Additionally, it looks like Sparrow Ben will have a significant role to play in the fourth season.

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Nick & Charlie, Heartstopper

It’s no surprise we all fell in love with Heartstopper in 2022. The teen romantic comedy series, based on the graphic novels by Alice Oseman, was released in April and introduced the world to Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring, probably the cutest couple on TV this year.

What made Heartstopper such a special show was how deeply relatable the characters are, no matter how old you might be. If you don’t relate to Nick or Charlie, then you could also see yourself in Tao, Elle, Tara, Tori, Isaac… each of the characters are so real.

But as the leads of the series, Kit Connor and Joe Locke make it impossible not to absolutely adore Nick and Charlie together and individually. We needed someone to root for in 2022, someone to put some joy into the year. That’s exactly what Nick and Charlie did, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the pair in Heartstopper season 2 in 2023.

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Dream, The Sandman

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was highly, highly anticipated by fans of the graphic novels, and it did not disappoint. Tom Sturridge’s portrayal of Dream (a.k.a. Morpheus) was just spot-on, really immersing viewers into the world of the Endless. He’s a great character to lead such a strange and unique story, and it’s just really hard not to be enamored by him. He’s tough yet emotional, brooding but hopeful for the future, and always wants to do the right thing. He channels the early-to-mid-2000s emo era and I love it so much.

  • Runner-up: Death

Honestly, all The Endless siblings deserve a spot on this list because they were some of the most captivating performances in The Sandman. Still, we wanted to give a special shoutout to the phenomenal Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who gave an incredible turn as Death in what is considered the standout episode of the first season.

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