What you need to know about Stranger Things’ key characters

Stranger Things Cast: Character Guide

The cast of Stranger Things pose for a photo to the Press by William Tung via Wikimedia cc

Everything you need to know about Stranger Things’ main characters

The cast of Stranger Things pose for a photo to the Press by William Tung via Wikimedia cc
The cast of Stranger Things pose for a photo to the Press By William Tung from USA – SDCC2017 – Stranger Things Cast Photoshoot, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Stranger Things, one of the most popular shows in recent years, is now in its fourth and final season. Since its debut, the show has had recognizable characters influencing mainstream and geek culture. Don’t miss any of the series’ details by keeping up with (or remembering) these characters!


Actress Millie Bobby Brown at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon. by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia cc
Actress Millie Bobby Brown at the 2016 Phoenix Comicon. By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Performer: Millie Bobby Brown

The teenage characters’ hunt for their buddy Will, who has inexplicably vanished, takes place early in the first season, in 1983. Eleven, a girl wearing medical attire with her hair cut short, is discovered during the hunt. Eleven is silent and has the number 011 tattooed on her arm.

They learn that the weird happenings occurring in the town of Hawkins are directly tied to Eleven’s experiences while she and her new friends search for answers regarding Will’s absence.

With the help of her telekinetic abilities, Eleven fights with her allies against creatures from the “regular” world and those from the Upside Down. The girl encountered the Demogorgon, the Mind Flayer, political persecution, Russian threats, and scientists working to reopen the entrance to the Upside Down over the seasons.

Despite the agony of losing loved ones, Eleven continues to struggle with the difficulties of adolescence as she strives to live an average life as a young lady. However, Upside Down’s horrors are still there and are now far more terrifying.

Will Byers

Noah Schnapp by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia cc
Noah Schnapp By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Interpreter: Noah Schnapp

Will, 12 years old, enjoys spending time with his buddies Mike, Dustin, and Lucas playing the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Since his father is not present, he lives with his mother, Joyce Byers, and elder brother Jonathan. While returning from Mike’s place one evening, Will vanishes without a trace. Nearly the entire first season of the series is devoted to her mother and her friends’ never-ending hunt. Joyce starts to come across as being out of control, but she soon finds that Will can communicate by using the lights in his home.

Will attempts to lead a regular life in the second season, but Upside Down continues to have a significant impact on him. The Mind Flayer, at one time, takes over will’s mind. Since he didn’t have the same amount of time to acquire these new tastes of youth due to coping with the weight of the previous two years’ events, he seems to be struggling with his companions’ development and new interests already in the third season.

Mike Wheeler

Finn Wolfhard by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia cc
Finn Wolfhard By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Finn Wolfhard, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Performer: Finn Wolfhard

In the basement of Mike’s home, Will, Lucas, and Dustin often play D&D with Mike. He, Lucas, and Dustin also conceal Eleven after discovering the enigmatic girl in Hawkins Forest. Mike lives with his parents, Karen, Ted, and sisters Nancy and Holly. When Will goes missing, Mike enlists the aid of his pals and, subsequently, his elder sister Nancy to find the kid and complete the task of defending Eleven from Hawkings Lab.

Early on, Mike and Eleven become close, and their friendship appears to ignite a new emotion. Mike was the first buddy among the group to have faith in Eleven’s word and ability. And because of his friendship with Will and his commitment to him, he could identify the boy’s possession by the forces of the Upside Down before anybody else.

Dustin Henderson

Gaten Matarazzo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia cc
Gaten Matarazzo By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ – Gaten Matarazzo, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Performer: Gaten Matarazzo

This little geek, one of the most popular characters in the series, charmed the audience with his quips and sincere, innocent demeanor. Dustin was playing D&D with his pals in Mike’s basement in 1983. He also felt terrible about Will missing, so he joined forces with his friends and Eleven to go into the secrets the Upside Down had brought to Hawkins.

Despite his youth, he is incredibly clever and often serves as the group’s voice of reason. Because of this, he served as the arbitrator in various disputes between Mike, receptive to what Eleven disclosed, and Lucas, who first expressed skepticism.

Although he was usually courteous and had a thing for Mike’s sister Nancy Wheeler, it took him some time to figure out how to interact with ladies. With Steve Harrington, another beloved series character, he forged an unanticipatedly deep and enjoyable connection.

Lucas Sinclair

Caleb Mclaughlin by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia cc
Caleb Mclaughlin By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ- Caleb McLaughlin, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Interpreter: Caleb Mclaughlin

The genuine but slightly dubious Lucas Sinclair completes the group of buddies. After Will vanished and Eleven appeared, Lucas was slow to trust her and had little tolerance for Mike’s existing confidence in her. He quickly learns, however, that Eleven often seeks to keep her new acquaintances safe.

Lucas is the only gang member with a particular propensity for sports, which is further explored in the fourth season, even though he is also seen as a geek for his interest in D&D and other video games. He lives with his parents and Erica Sinclair, his outspoken, foul-mouthed younger sister. In season two, he starts to feel something for Max Mayfield, the new girl in town.

Lucas often puts his life in danger to stop the atrocities that befall Hawkins, much like the rest of the primary group of friends.

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Written by Markus Castro

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