Posted by Heather Snowden @heathers
Staff Writer at MP. Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona.
Heather Snowden

Stranger Danger be gone! After reading this complete guide to the Stranger Things characters we can (almost) guarantee to return in Season 2, you'll know all there is to know about the gaggle of unfortunate souls still residing in Hawkins, Indiana.

1. Joyce Byers

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
  • Character Info: The deeply distressed mother of Will, Joyce Byers spent most of Stranger Things's first season communicating with her missing son via household lamps and a fairy light ouija board. Everybody treated her like she was having a psychotic break, until she turned out to be right.
  • Played by: Winona Ryder
  • Occupation: Retail Clerk at the downtown General Store.
  • Status: Divorced. She has one lousy ex-husband, Lonnie Byers, and may or may not have once banged Chief Hopper.
  • Best quote:

"Maybe I’m a mess, maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m out of my mind! But, God help me, I’ll keep these lights up until the day I die, if I think there’s any chance that Will is still out there."

More Stranger Things characters:

2. Jim Hopper

David Harbour as Jim Hopper
David Harbour as Jim Hopper
  • Character Info: Leading Will's investigation, Hopper manages to dig up a ton of dirt on the laboratory and, by proxy, Dr. Brenner — including discovering that Will's "death" had been faked and happening upon a portal to the Upside Down. His character develops greatly over the season, morphing from a miserable prick into a badass who, the last episode revealed, may know more about Dr. Brenner's experiments than he's letting on.
  • Played by: David Harbour
  • Occupation: Police Chief of Hawkins, Indiana
  • Status: Divorced. His relationship to ex-wife Sarah fell apart shortly after the death of their daughter.
  • Best quote:

"Mornings are for coffee and contemplation."

3. Eleven

Milly Bobby Brown as Eleven
Milly Bobby Brown as Eleven
  • Character Info: A test subject born to the MK Ultra program and raised by Dr. Martin Brenner whom she refers to as "Papa," Eleven is a young girl with incredible psychokinetic gifts. Via numerous tests that aimed to test the strength of her abilities, it was revealed that not only was she able to kill people ruthlessly with her mind (albeit with fairly severe energy draining side effects), but that it was her who created the portal to the Upside Down in the first place.

There are multiple theories regarding the development of her, and other Stranger Things characters — from discussions of Eleven and the monster being one and the same, to her becoming the protector of reality as we know it — all of which you can read about here:

  • Played by: Millie Bobby Brown
  • Character Birth name: Jane Ives (presumably)
  • Aliases: El, 011, The Weirdo, Eleanor
  • Occupation: Lab Experiment
  • Best quote:

"Friends don't lie."

4. Mike Wheeler

Finn Wolfhard as Mike
Finn Wolfhard as Mike
  • Character Info: Will's best friend, Mike was the first from the gang of kids to become close to Eleven, probably also because he's the first to believe her.
  • Played by: Finn Wolfhard
  • Character Nickname: Frog Frace
  • Dungeons & Dragons character & trait: Paladin (and also the Dungeon Master) — a moral fighter and instinctive leader.
  • Occupation: Middle School Student
  • Status: Single — but maybe not for long ;)

Best quote:

"If anyone asks where I am, I’ve left the country."

5. Dustin Henderson

Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
  • Character Info: Often the glue holding the group together, you'll notice that his D&D traits sum up his characteristics to a T. He has yet to grow a set of adult teeth because of his Cleidocranial Dysplasia, a bone growth disorder suffered by the actor who plays him.
  • Played by: Gaten Matarazzo
  • Character Nicknames: Toothless, Compass Genius
  • Dungeons & Dragons character & trait: Bard — smart, diplomatic and great with words.
  • Occupation: Middle School Student
  • Best quote:

"Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?"

or

"Sometimes, your total obliviousness just blows my mind."

or

"Our friend has superpowers, and she squeezed your tiny bladder with her mind."

I could go on... Dustin has all the best lines.

6. Lucas Sinclair

Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
  • Character Info: Best friends with Mike, Dustin and Will, Lucas is an independent soul with excellent tracking skills — while hunting for his missing friend, he splits from the group and wanders into the wilderness alone.
  • Played by: Caleb McLaughlin
  • Character nickname: Midnight
  • Dungeons & Dragons character & trait: Ranger — very independent and a skilled hunter.
  • Occupation: Middle School Student
  • Best quote:

"EAT SHIT!"

7. Will Byers

Noah Schnapp is Will Byers
Noah Schnapp is Will Byers
  • Character Info: Snatched by the Demogorgon in the first episode of Stranger Things, we didn't get a chance to properly meet Will Byers. However, we do know that Joyce's son is a master hider — he used his ingenuity to escape the monster's evil clutches in the Upside Down for over a week.
  • Played by: Noah Schnapp
  • Dungeons & Dragons character & trait: Rogue — stealthy AF, very good at hiding.
  • Occupation: Middle School Student

8. Nancy Wheeler

Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
  • Character Info: Over the course of Stranger Things Season 1 we watch Nancy as she morphs from a stereotypical high school student, concerned only by simple teen issues, into a feisty, independent young woman — a transition prompted by her best friend, Barb, vanishing into thin air.
  • Played by: Natalia Dyer
  • Occupation: High School Student
  • Status: In a Relationship (with Steve Harrington)
  • Best quote:

"I'm my own hero."

9. Jonathan Byers

Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
  • Character Info: Will's brother, Jonathan is a soft, artistic soul, which makes him an outsider to his peers. He loves The Clash, photography and probably Nancy, and despite being a small town boy, has aspirations of going to NYU.
  • Played by: Charlie Heaton
  • Character interests: Photography, music.
  • Relationship status: Single
  • Best quote:

"You shouldn't like things because people tell you you're supposed to."

10. Steve Harrington

Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
  • Character Info: Another character to have a personality transplant over Stranger Things's eight episodes. First coming across as an arrogant jock, the more selfless side of his character comes across when helping Nancy and Jonathan fight the Demogorgon.
  • Played by: Joe Keery
  • Occupation: High School Student
  • Status: In a Relationship (with Nancy Wheeler)

Who's your favorite character in Stranger Things?


Before you leave, check out the teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 2!