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** Averted, when the kids have to sneak out of their houses because they've been forbidden from going out while Will is missing.
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* FreakOut:
** The boys do this when Eleven, who ''really'' has NoSocialSkills, tries to change her clothes right in front of them.
** Nancy gets a mild one in the shower after her [[spoiler:encounter with the monster in the upside down.]]
** Eleven has a proper one when she sees [[spoiler:Barb's]] body.
** Steve, when he shows up at the Byers home [[spoiler:at the moment Nancy and Jonathan are setting up a trap for the Demogorgon. He then crumbles down and escapes when they tell him that it will appear again. He puts himself together and returns to save both Nancy and Jonathan]].
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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Eleven is capable of doing this to anyone with her psychic powers. Lucas, Mike and the Demogorgon all get their share of it.



* BrickJoke: When Mike shows Eleven the La-Z-Boy, he says, "This is where my father sleeps." In the final episode of Season 1, we see his father passed out on the chair.
* TheBully: Troy and James, who regularly terrorize the gang. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Steve, who is actually just bad at processing his feelings for Nancy, and [[HeelRealization he gets better once he realizes it.]]
* BullyingADragon: The orderlies at the facility where [[spoiler:Eleven was experimented on]]. They may not have known the details, but they should've known and seen enough to know that manhandling Eleven might be a bad idea.



* ParentsKnowTheirChildren: This is one of Joyce's most prominent character traits, and key to the strength of Winona Ryder's performance. Joyce has a thorough and timely understanding of her son's social life. She deduces that the drawing wasn't created by Will by asking the exact right question, "was it good?" and shows pride of her son's artistic talent. She remembers where his birthmarks are. Most importantly, her motherly intuition leads her to the conclusion, despite knowing full well just how crazy it sounds, that [[spoiler:Will is communicating from the Upside-Down through flickering the lights and playing the Clash, knowing it's one of Will's favorite songs.]]
* ParrotExposition: Given her limited grasp of the English language from [[spoiler: being held captive in the Hawkins National Lab for most of her life]], Eleven often responds to the boys' statements with this.



* PsychicNosebleed: Eleven gets them whenever she uses her telekinesis. This becomes a plot point when it's used to prove that she's been using her powers.
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* SarcasticConfession: The hardware store clerk raises an eyebrow at the weapons Nancy and Jonathan are buying. When he asks what they are up to, Nancy point blank tells him they are going monster hunting. He makes the sale.



* SheCleansUpNicely: In order to sneak Eleven into the school, Mike dresses her up complete with wig. Though he already likes her, a smitten Mike, and then his friends, freely admit that she is [[InformedAttractiveness indeed a very pretty girl]].
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Although "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" aren't used, in "The Bathtub", when the three groups join up, Mike and Nancy ask each other if they ''like'' their new opposite-sex friends. [[spoiler:In keeping with this trope, Nancy calmly says that it's not like that, foreshadowing the fact that she and Jonathan remain friends in the end; Mike denies it a bit more vehemently, and ends up kissing Eleven in the next episode.]]
--> '''Nancy''': Do you like Eleven?
--> '''Mike''': What?! Ew, no, gross!



* ShrineToTheFallen:
** Terry Ives kept the room of her daughter Jane the way she decorated it 12 years earlier.
** In the epilogue to Season 1 we see that Mike kept Eleven's BlanketFort in the basement the way she left it.
* SickeningCrunch: Heard in Episode 3 when Eleven kills a security guard via telekinetic NeckSnap. Again when she breaks Troy's arm at the quarry.
** The closed-captioning makes frequent use of "squelch(ing/ed)".



* SlutShaming: Done to Nancy by Tommy and Carol, with the connivance, at least, of Steve, after Steve finds Nancy with Jonathan.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: In the first episode, Mike's mother tries to referee her kids around the dinner table while his father silently eats without helping. As the dinner disintegrates, the mother pointedly asks the father if he's enjoying the chicken.
* SofterAndSlowerCover: Creator/PeterGabriel's rendition of Creator/DavidBowie's "Heroes" at the end of Episode 3.
* SoftWater: Deputy Callahan [[DiscussedTrope brings it up]] when retelling a story from a local who claims to have taken a dive into the water at the bottom of the quarry from the top of the cliff on a bet. Chief Hopper immediately calls bullshit, informing Callahan that from that height he would've broken every single bone in his body upon hitting the water. This is a handy factoid when [[spoiler:Will's "body" is found in it - ''[[SpottingTheThread intact]]'']].
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" is sometimes used to this effect, especially in Episode 2 when Joyce finds it blaring from Jon's room shortly before [[spoiler:the lights go out and the monster appears]].
** Episode 3 opens with Music/{{Foreigner}}'s romantic "Waiting for a Girl Like You" playing over Nancy and Steve making out while Barb in the Upside Down is being chased by the Demogorgon.



* SpitShake: Lucas and an unwilling Dustin demonstrate this to Eleven to teach her the meaning of an unbreakable promise.
* SpottingTheThread: One reason why Hopper is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure -- when he sees something amiss, he doesn't write it off as just a coincidence until he's investigated it fully.
** He sees Will's "abandoned" bike? He knows the kid's running, as even a kid in pain would walk the bike home. He sees a dent in the wall the shape of a doorknob lock? He notices that the rest of the house is too well-maintained for it to be a normal occurrence, meaning the door was opened forcibly from the outside. He sees a half-empty box of rifle rounds next to a gun rack but no gun? ''He knows that someone loaded the rifle but was unable to fire it.''
** The lab people think they've quieted Hopper by showing video of the night in question that shows all normal. However, Hopper knows something is wrong because the video has a clear sky but the actual night had a torrential downpour in the area.
** When [[spoiler:Will's "body" is found in the quarry, he knows it's is a fake - because a fall from the cliffs around it should have pulped it]].
** He instantly realizes that [[spoiler:the state trooper who found the "body" is part of the conspiracy when the trooper lies to his face regarding the jurisdiction of the quarry]].
* StandardSnippet: In Episode 3, "Holly, Jolly," the TV shows a clip of President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan saying "Today, Syria has become a home for sev-". A simple search reveals that to have come from his [[http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2004/reagan/stories/speech.archive/lebgre.html address to the nation on Lebanon and Grenada]] from October 27, 1983. Depending on the writers' attention to detail, this could be an exact date or a "close enough" bit of stock footage.



* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler:Hopper knocks a state police officer out in two punches when investigating Will's body]].



* ToxicFriendInfluence: Tommy and Carol are implied to have been the ones who pushed Steve from a decent guy with a bit of an attitude to an outright bully.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Eleven is really into Eggos.



* TheUnfairSex: Benny roughly grabs and threatens Eleven when he sees "him" stealing food, but his entire demeanor changes when he realizes that she's female. He even gives her ''free'' food.
** Though it's possible that he changes his demeanor just because he got a better look at her state (covered in dirt, scared, and wearing a hospital gown).
* UnreadablyFastText:
** Although it is never openly stated which government agency Connie Frazier works for, the credentials she presents to the Wheeler parents before [[spoiler:getting agents to search their house]] shows she works for the NSA.
** The Season 1 finale [[spoiler: has 4 articles pinned to a corkboard regarding the events of the season, all of which are quite detailed]].



* WaitHere: In Episode 7 Hopper decides to follow Eleven's clue and go to Will's fort in the woods by himself but Joyce protests so he grudgingly let's her tag along.
* WeaponTwirling: Steven twirls his bat while [[spoiler:pounding on the Demogorgon]].
* WeirderThanUsual: Verbatim in Episode 5, when Lucas asks Dustin if he thinks El is acting weird.
* WhyDontYouMarryIt: Quoted by Lucas in Episode 3 when he gives Mike a bad time for his liking of Eleven.
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* MadnessMantra: After Eleven finds [[spoiler:Barb's dead body]] in the Upside-Down she can only repeat the word ''"Gone!"'' until Joyce calms her down.
* MakeoverMontage: A short one in "The Body" in which the boys disguise Eleven as a normal middle school girl, complete with makeup, a blonde wig, and a [[PinkMeansFeminine pretty pink dress.]]
* MatchCut: In "The Flea and the Acrobat", someone hammering a nail is used to segue into Mike poking a hole into a paper to illustrate the titular "flea/acrobat" metaphor.



* MercyKill: Jonathan and Nancy find a deer in the woods that has been hit by a car. As they decide what to do and screw up the courage to shoot the poor thing, [[spoiler:the Demogorgon makes the decision for them and drags it off to feed]].



* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** The boys ask Eleven to take them to where Will is hiding; when she leads them to Will's house, they try explain the concept of being at home vs hiding. Meanwhile, inside, Joyce is trying desperately to [[spoiler:communicate with her son [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in the Upside-Down]].]] If the boys had only walked inside...
** Nancy is looking for Barb and the one person who might be able to explain where she is is hiding in the basement.
* MistakenForCheating: When Nancy and Jonathan come back from [[spoiler:the encounter with the Demogorgon in the woods]], Steve catches them in an apparent compromising position.
* MonsterDelay: Fitting, given the show's prominent [[Film/{{Jaws}} Spielberg]] influence.
* MontageOut: Episode 3 ends with Creator/PeterGabriel's cover of Creator/DavidBowie's "Heroes" playing over images of Mike and Joyce in different locations dealing with the news about Will's death.
* TheMourningAfter: Some examples:
** Played with in the following case. Eleven leads the boys to the quarry to find [[spoiler:Will's body]], much to the contrary to what she's been telling them so far. In grief and anger, the boys accuse her of misleading them. [[spoiler:She then tinkers with Mike's walkie-talkie to show him that Will is indeed alive, which they later confirm by using their teacher's ham radio.]] They spend the following couple of chapters pretending they are grieving to their parents and schoolmates.
** In Barbara's case, while mostly everything that happened is covered in the end, it's still not known whether [[spoiler:her death was indeed reported. Most of the protagonists are aware of her fate in the end, but any mentions of anything else related to her are left out, including whether she had a funeral or a vigil like Will had at school]].
** [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Mike is shown to be still grieving El's sacrifice, though unbeknownst to him, she might still be alive]].

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* MissedHimByThatMuch:
** The boys ask Eleven to take them to where Will is hiding; when she leads them to Will's house, they try explain the concept of being at home vs hiding. Meanwhile, inside, Joyce is trying desperately to [[spoiler:communicate with her son [[TrappedInAnotherWorld trapped in the Upside-Down]].]] If the boys had only walked inside...
** Nancy is looking for Barb and the one person who might be able to explain where she is is hiding in the basement.
* MistakenForCheating: When Nancy and Jonathan come back from [[spoiler:the encounter with the Demogorgon in the woods]], Steve catches them in an apparent compromising position.
* MonsterDelay: The show makes fantastic use of this trope. [[spoiler:The Demogorgon]] isn't clearly seen until very late in the first season. Fitting, given the show's prominent [[Film/{{Jaws}} Spielberg]] influence.
* MontageOut: Episode 3 ends with Creator/PeterGabriel's cover of Creator/DavidBowie's "Heroes" playing over images of Mike and Joyce in different locations dealing with the news about Will's death.
* TheMourningAfter: Some examples:
** Played with in the following case. Eleven leads the boys to the quarry to find [[spoiler:Will's body]], much to the contrary to what she's been telling them so far. In grief and anger, the boys accuse her of misleading them. [[spoiler:She then tinkers with Mike's walkie-talkie to show him that Will is indeed alive, which they later confirm by using their teacher's ham radio.]] They spend the following couple of chapters pretending they are grieving to their parents and schoolmates.
** In Barbara's case, while mostly everything that happened is covered in the end, it's still not known whether [[spoiler:her death was indeed reported. Most of the protagonists are aware of her fate in the end, but any mentions of anything else related to her are left out, including whether she had a funeral or a vigil like Will had at school]].
** [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Mike is shown to be still grieving El's sacrifice, though unbeknownst to him, she might still be alive]].
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* MysteriousPast: Hopper, big time. Aside from a brief mention that he used to work in "the big city", and that he and his wife separated after the death of their daughter, nothing concrete is revealed. [[spoiler:However, given his combat and infiltration skills, connections to reporters with the New York Times, and his ability to parlay with the government agents to negotiate the safety of the boys and ensure he doesn't end up getting tied up as a loose end (he is seen to still be alive and have his job a month later), one can speculate he may have also worked for the government prior to relocating to Hawkins]].
* NeckSnap: Eleven kills a security guard this way.



* NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer: In Episode 2, Hopper is called to Benny's diner. Instead of informing him about the nature of the investigation, the operator just says "I think you need to get there right away".
* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler:Benny the diner owner is murdered by government spooks and made to look like he shot himself.]]
* NewscasterCameo: The anchorwoman in the pilot episode is a real anchor for ll Alive, the local NBC affiliate in Atlanta [[CaliforniaDoubling where the show is filmed.]]



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
** Poor Benny the diner owner tries to help out a lost girl and [[spoiler:ends up shot in the head for his trouble.]]
** Likewise, Nancy's best friend Barbara, who agrees to party with Steve and his friends to make sure Nancy doesn't get too drunk and [[spoiler:gets dragged into the Upside-Down, suffering a horrific death... eventually.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
** [[spoiler:Hopper delivers one to a flunky of the "Department of Energy."]]
** Jonathan gives an epic one to Steve for making fun of his mother and implying that he killed his brother. His rage eventually becomes so primal that he continues to pound Steve's face as he's being pulled off of him by police... and then ''punches a cop'' just so he can continue punching Steve.



* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: According to Hopper, the worst thing that had happened in his four years of working in [[EverytownAmerica Hawkins]] was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head because it thought her hair was a nest. Also, the last time when somebody was missing was in Summer 1923 and the last time that somebody commited suicide was in October 1961.
* NothingIsScarier: The show makes fantastic use of this trope. [[spoiler:The Demogorgon]] isn't clearly seen until very late in the first season.
* OhCrap:
** Nancy when [[spoiler:she sees the [[{{MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily}} Demogorgon]]]].
** Mike when he notices a car coming [[spoiler:in "The Upside-Down"]] and runs outside only to realize that [[spoiler:it's not Nancy and Jonathan it's the bad guys.]]
** Also [[spoiler:in "The Upside-Down"]] when the lights start flickering and everyone collectively realizes [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] is about to break through the wall.
-->'''Mike:''' Blood.\\
'''Lucas:''' What?\\
'''Mike:''' Blood!
* OneOfUs: In-universe example: the boys' chemistry teacher, who is an RPG geek as well.



* OnThree: In Episode 8, Jonathan and Nancy decide to cut their palms "on three" to draw the Demogorgon. Jonathan starts counting to two but then stops to ask Nancy if she really wants to do this. But she shouts "three" upon both cut their palms.



* PhoneaholicTeenager: Nancy is introduced lying on her bed and talking on her bedroom phone in a classic invocation of this trope.
* PlanningWithProps: At the scrap yard, Lucas explains where he found the lab by using branches and a tin can.
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: In Episode 5, Lucas and Eleven have a fall out which makes the former decide to go and look for Will all by himself and the latter to leave the group until her BigDamnHero return at the end of Episode 6.
* PlummetPerspective: When Mike steps towards the edge of the quarry, a small rock plummets down.



* ProperlyParanoid: After Chief Hopper awakens from [[spoiler:being drugged after seeing too much inside the Hawkins Lab]], he immediately looks for surveillance equipment in his trailer [[spoiler:and eventually finds it.]]



* RealityBreakingParadox: [[spoiler:The gate]]. Mr. Clarke points out that though science recognizes that there ''could'' be ways to alter the laws of physics, doing so anywhere near anything anyone cares about would be... irresponsible.
-->"Well, if it did, I I think wed know. It would disrupt gravity, the magnetic field, our environment. Heck, it might even swallow us whole. Science is neat... But I'm afraid it's not very forgiving."



** When Eleven attempts to get changed in front of the boys, the After Show commentators initially expect the boys to perv at her; instead, being kids, they act their age and freak out.
** Additionally, the boys, particularly Lucas, are initially reluctant to look for Will or keep Eleven's secret. They need to be talked into the former by Mike; later, Eleven's telekinesis stops Lucas from exposing her to Mike's mom.
* RedShirtArmy: [[spoiler:The Department of Energy's foot soldiers are essentially only there to be slaughtered by Eleven or the Demogorgon.]]
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: The boys pretend Eleven is Mike's cousin from Sweden when they try to get into the AV Room.

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** When Eleven attempts to get changed in front of the boys, the After Show commentators initially expect the boys to perv at her; instead, being kids, they act their age and freak out.
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The boys, particularly Lucas, are initially reluctant to look for Will or keep Eleven's secret. They need to be talked into the former by Mike; later, Eleven's telekinesis stops Lucas from exposing her to Mike's mom.
* RedShirtArmy: [[spoiler:The Department of Energy's foot soldiers are essentially only there to be slaughtered by Eleven or the Demogorgon.]]
* RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: The boys pretend Eleven is Mike's cousin from Sweden when they try to get into the AV Room.
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* ReusableLighterToss: A zippo is tossed on a pool of gas [[spoiler:to burn the monster in the final episode of Season 1.]]
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* ExactEavesDropping: Troy's mother just so happens to bring him into the police station in time for Hopper to overhear him deliver a vital piece of plot when he needs it most -- this is somewhat justified as the events in question are all happening at the same time. Hopper would have heard about it later anyway.
* Expy: Comicbook/{{X 23}} fans immediately noticed Eleven's background shares many similarities. Like X-23, Eleven is [[spoiler:possibly the child of a woman involved with a top-secret government research project. Although in Eleven's case her suspected mother was a subject from the start, rather than one of the researchers]]. Both girls were raised from birth with the idea of using her abilities to create a LivingWeapon, endured severe torture and abuse by their creators, were dehumanized by [[YouAreNumberSix only giving them a number rather than a name]], and are pursued by agents with no qualms against killing anyone in their way to recover them. They also share similar personalities in their [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]], [[CreepyChild weirdness unsettling even their peers]], and [[TheQuietOne laconicness]]. It becomes HilariousInHindsight after it was revealed Creator/MillieBobbyBrown auditioned for the role in ''Film/{{Logan}}'', losing out to Creator/DafneKeen.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Seems to be a part of [[spoiler:the Demogorgon's]] M.O.
* FakingTheDead: The government plants [[spoiler:a dummy of Will]] to [[spoiler:make everyone believe he drowned]]. They're careful not to let anyone get any close looks at it.
* FakinMacGuffin: {{Invoked}}. [[spoiler:The body of "Will"]] found at the quarry is almost life-like and close to the real deal, enough to pass off [[spoiler:as a real body at first glance; remarkable work from the scrubs at the Hawkins facility]], considering they had ''less than a day to prepare it''. [[spoiler:It even had Will's exact clothes to boot. It's identified as fake by Joyce and later confirmed to be an ''extremely'' detailed doll by Hopper]].



* {{Flatline}}: A dramatic moment when Hopper's LittlestCancerPatient daughter dies in her hospital bed on a flatline sound.
* FliesEqualsEvil: In Episode 2, when Hopper arrives at Benny's diner, the sound of flies can be heard which immediately cues the audience into what's gonna come.



* TheGlomp: After [[spoiler:Will is saved from the Upside-Down]], Mike, Lucas, and Dustin give [[spoiler:their friend]] a huge hug for surviving.



* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Nancy and Jonathan bring a bat and a revolver respectively [[spoiler:to kill the monster]]. Initially, they try practicing with the weapons they picked, but trade when Nancy proves to be the better shot.
* HairpinLockpick: Nancy's mother uses her hairpin to open Nancy's room after her knocking remains unanswered.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Played with. As Hopper is being interrogated by the agents, they demand to know who he is working with. Hopper answers that he is working alone, but he is also savvy enough to attempt a bluff by telling them that he has [[CantStopTheSignal shared all the information he has with a journalist]].]]
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:Eleven manages to kill the Demogorgon, but seemingly disintegrates in the process]].
* HeroicSecondWind: During the first season's climax, Eleven is [[PowerStrainBlackout completely exhausted]] after fighting off the military goons and has to be carried away by Dustin. But when the Demogorgon shows up and threatens her friends, she gets up again to kick more ass.



* HowManyFingers: Dustin does this after he and Mike revive an unconcious Lucas.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The sixth episode stresses that while the [[spoiler:monster]] is a deadly and frightful being, it's still little more than an animal. Humans on the other hand, can be downright EVIL.
* IAmAMonster: When Lucas accuses Eleven of [[spoiler:being the monster]], she attacks him and runs away. She takes off her wig and uses her powers more aggressively to steal food. She even says it verbatim when confessing that [[spoiler:she opened the portal to the Upside-Down.]]
* ICanExplain: The boys try to explain why they're breaking into the AV room instead of the memorial assembly for Will:
--> '''Mike''': We're just...you know...
--> '''Lucas''': Upset.
--> '''Dustin''': Yeah, definitely upset.
--> '''Mike''': We need some alone time.
--> '''Dustin''': To...cry.
* IfWeGetThroughThis: [[spoiler:In Episode 8, Mike tells Eleven twice how she can move in with him and his family after the monster has been dealt with, and they'll have a normal life together. The second time he tells her this is while she's drained of her powers and the Demogorgon is coming for them. Soon after, Eleven sacrifices herself to kill it.]]
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: In episode 7, Nancy and Mike agree to start being honest with each other, then instantly lie to each other about their feelings for Jonathan and Eleven, respectively.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Agent Frazier seems to specialize in this. She first impersonates a social services worker to [[spoiler: gain access into Benny's Diner and kill him whilst searching for El]], then a member of the County Education Board to [[spoiler: get Mr. Clarke to give her the names of the boys under the guise of starting a county-wide AV club]]. She also flashes NSA credentials to the Wheelers before [[spoiler: a small army of agents descend on their house to search it]], but given the nature of the operations the government is running, it wouldn't be hard to believe she actually does work for the NSA.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: It's impressive enough that the scrubs at the Hawkins facility [[spoiler:made a life-like replica of Will's body down to the clothes he was wearing in what amounted to ''less than a day'' and they had the authority of denying the local coroner to examine it thoroughly, but the circumstances in which they framed the "death" couldn't impede Joyce as Will's mom from identifying it personally; however, she knew Will's birthmarks, and recognized it as a fake almost immediately]].
** Hopper later [[spoiler:dissects the body himself and confirms that it's an extremely well-made doll]].



* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: [[spoiler: Barb is attacked by a strange monster while Nancy and Steve have sex.]]
* IronicEcho: In the second episode, Mike explains the concept of a promise to Eleven as "something that you can't break", and Eleven later promises that she's okay when he finds her crying. In the Season 1 finale, [[spoiler: Mike and Eleven promise each other that she'll be okay and have a life with Mike and his family. [[HeroicSacrifice That promise is quickly broken.]]]]
* {{Irony}}: In Episode 7, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven decide to trust [[spoiler:Hopper]] not to give their location to the government, reasoning, "Why would [[spoiler:the chief]] betray us?" [[spoiler:In the next episode, Hopper does exactly that.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Steve's self-absorbed reaction to Nancy's concern about Barb echoes Nancy's own self-absorbed reaction to Mike's concern about Will in the first episode.
* ItsAllMyFault:
** Since she [[spoiler:opened the gate to the Upside-Down and made first contact with the monster, Eleven]] feels personally responsible for the havoc it wreaks.
** Nancy feels responsible for what happened to [[spoiler:Barb]] because she left her alone to have sex with Steve.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Hopper utilizes it in Episode 4 [[spoiler:after the state police officer who'd "found" Will's body - which was ''way'' too intact for it to have fallen from the cliffs - lies to his face [[SpottingTheThread regarding the jurisdiction of the quarry]]]].
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** Breaking the camera was perhaps harsh, but Steve and his friends were right to [[spoiler:call Jonathan out on taking pictures of the party.]]
** Sure, Lonnie is a deadbeat dad trying to cash in on his [[spoiler:son's apparent death]], but he is right: that gorge is ridiculously unsafe. It's just a sheer dead drop over the side into the water around a hundred feet down. Later, we see Mike nearly fall in too. Even if [[spoiler:Will]] really wasn't killed there, someone likely would be.
* JumpScare: How Episode 7 ends, with [[spoiler:the monster breaking into Will's fort in the Upside Down]].



* KarmaHoudini: Although [[spoiler:Brenner is killed by the Demogorgon (Maybe. WordOfGod is not so clear-cut)]], the organization which created Eleven and caused the entire mess in the first place ultimately escapes justice for their actions.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Eleven displays telepathic powers, possibly for the first time, when she refuses to harm a cat and is dragged by two RedShirt {{Mook}}s into a small closet-like space for punishment; instead of the cat, it's her tormentors who die when she panics at the thought of being trapped. It's also not hard to take ''immense'' satisfaction when she offs [[spoiler:Frazier and her team]] during the climax, no matter how far it crosses into CruelAndUnusualDeath.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Benny]].
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:Combined with a bear trap as part of Jonathan and Nancy's second plan to kill the monster. It doesn't take, but it hurts the creature badly enough that it retreats back to the Upside Down. Unfortunately, it regenerates quickly enough to be seemingly no worse for wear when it shows up again.]]
* KubrickStare: Eleven does several of these throughout the series [[spoiler:usually before using her psychic powers.]]
** It turns out that her actress, Creator/MillieBobbyBrown, [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Co3i781W8AA2s56.jpg is just]] [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrYJ5azWEAArfpz.jpg as much of]] [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Co3LDRCXYAEsQAN.jpg a master at this]] in real life.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Because of her androgynous appearance, Eleven is briefly mistaken for a boy in the first episode. This later leads to her case getting mixed up with Will's during Hopper's investigation.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of the first season, which was only eight episodes and ended with a bunch of questions left unanswered, the boys complain that Mike's D&D campaign was short and left a bunch of questions unanswered. Also something about a "princess" (Eleven?) and "those weird flowers in the cave" (the Upside-Down?).



* LightswitchSurprise: In Episode 3, when Nancy returns home late from the party, her mother is waiting in the corridor to berate her.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: When Mike tells Eleven that he wants her to stay with his family and that Nancy would be like a sister, Eleven asks if Mike would be like her brother which he vehemently objects to.



* LockAndLoadMontage:
** Lucas gets one when he sets out to save Will on his own.
** Nancy and Jonathan preparing to fight [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] at the Byerses' house in "The Upside-Down".



* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Nancy faces this "dilemma" when Jonathan spends the night in her room. He offers to sleep on the ground but eventually she invites him to come into the bed.
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A missing boy leads the main characters to a secretive government conspiracy involving psychic children, a mysteriously decaying otherworld, and--if the season two trailers are anything to go by--an EldritchAbomination that wants to devour the world.
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* Expy: Comicbook/{{X 23}} fans immediately noticed Eleven's background shares many similarities. Like X-23, Eleven is [[spoiler:possibly the child of a woman involved with a top-secret government research project. Although in Eleven's case her suspected mother was a subject from the start, rather than one of the researchers]]. Both girls were raised from birth with the idea of using her abilities to create a LivingWeapon, endured severe torture and abuse by their creators, were dehumanized by [[YouAreNumberSix only giving them a number rather than a name]], and are pursued by agents with no qualms against killing anyone in their way to recover them. They also share similar personalities in their [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]], [[CreepyChild weirdness unsettling even their peers]], and [[TheQuietOne laconicness]]. It becomes HilariousInHindsight after it was revealed Creator/MillieBobbyBrown auditioned for the role in ''Film/{{Logan}}'', losing out to Creator/DafneKeen.
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* AbuseMistake: When Steve sees Nancy's bandaged hand [[spoiler:after she and Jonathan cut themselves to lure the monster]], he initially thinks Jonathan has been beating her.
* AbusiveParents: "Papa" put Eleven through [[TrainingFromHell questionable parenting techniques]]...



* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler:Between Mike and Eleven]] in the seventh episode, before [[MomentKiller Dustin interrupts them.]]



* AnkleDrag: Happens to poor [[spoiler:Barb]] as she tries to crawl out of the pool to escape [[spoiler:the monster]].
* AnswerCut: When Nancy asks where they are going to get 1,500 pounds of salt, the scene cuts to them driving up to Hawkins Middle School where the de-icing salt is stored.
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:Joyce and Hopper gear up and descend into the Upside-Down, prepared to face off against the monster to save Will and protect the younger members of the cast from danger. Unfortunately, while they do so, the monster is in their world attacking said youths.]]



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Joyce discovers Lonnie's plan to cash in on Will's death with a wrongful death lawsuit, his justifications seem entirely plausible and consistent with being a caring father: paying for Jonathan's college, for instance. However, Joyce lays bare the speciousness of his explanations by asking the name of Jonathan's dream school -- which Lonnie cannot answer.



* BatterUp: Jonathan hammers nails into a baseball bat to [[spoiler:combat the Demogorgon]], though Steve is the one who makes use of it.
* BavarianFireDrill: Hopper attempts this to distract the state trooper guarding [[spoiler:Will's "body" in the morgue]]. When the cop proves too savvy and it doesn't work, he ends up just [[TalkToTheFist knocking him out]].
-->'''State Trooper:''' Sir, you can't be back here!
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' Hey, I just got off the phone with O'Bannon. He needs you back at the station, something about an emergency.
-->'''State Trooper:''' What the hell are you talking about? I don't work with an "O'Bannon".
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' Oh did I say O'Bannon? I meant... uh...
-->'''State Trooper:''' ''(vacant, hostile staring)''
-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' *sighs* ''(punch)''
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler:Eleven when bullies force Mike to jump off a cliff.]]
** And [[spoiler:Steve when Jonathan and Nancy are fighting the Demogorgon.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: Happens between Mike and Eleven in the final episode of first season.
* BigShutUp: Both Nancy and Jonathan tell Steve to shut up when the latter freaks out after seen the Demogorgon for the first time.



* BluffTheImpostor: That's how Hopper proves his suspicion that the man who found Will was just a puppet.
-->'''Hopper''': So that quarry, that's, uh that's state-run, where they found the boy, huh?
-->'''Man''': Yeah.
-->'''Hopper''': Yeah, well, that's funny. 'Cause, you know, I know for a fact that it's run by the Sattler Company.
* BookEnds: Begins and ends with [[spoiler:the boys playing D&D.]]

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* BluffTheImpostor: That's how Hopper proves his suspicion that the man who found Will was just a puppet.
-->'''Hopper''': So that quarry, that's, uh that's state-run, where they found the boy, huh?
-->'''Man''': Yeah.
-->'''Hopper''': Yeah, well, that's funny. 'Cause, you know, I know for a fact that it's run by the Sattler Company.
* BookEnds: Begins Season 1 begins and ends with [[spoiler:the boys playing D&D.]]



* BoomHeadshot:
** In the first episode, this is the fate of [[spoiler:Benny, the diner owner]].
** Played with in the final episode of Season 1, when [[spoiler:the monster opens its maw, and it ''looks'' like the wrist rocket (not a slingshot) throws it across the room. It was actually Eleven who did it.]]



* ChaseScene: A particularly memorable one in "The Bathtub" in which [[spoiler:Dr. Brenner and his agents]] chase after the kids.



* ConditionalPowers: A couple of examples:
** Eleven is extremely powerful, but she seems to be limited by her bodily limits. This is usually manifested by bruising and ruptures in her mucosal capillaries, causing either nose or ear canal bleeding. She faints whenever she overexerts herself.
** [[spoiler:The Demogorgon is extremely attracted to the scent of blood and only attacks actively bleeding victims outside its dimension; in some cases he will transcend the barrier if he gets even the tiniest whiff of blood. One of the reasons it doesn't immediately kill Will is because he's not bleeding.]]



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Hopper instructs Joyce on how to perform CPR on [[spoiler:Will when they find him in the Upside-Down]]. It doesn't work and Hopper, in an act of desperation, [[WorstAid simply pounds on his chest while shouting "Come on, breathe, dammit!"]], which, of course, works.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Eleven in "the bathtub".



* DeathBySex: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: Barb dies]] ''because'' she's all on her own when everyone else is distracted getting laid. Nancy [[GenreSavvy even seems to pick up on this]], since [[spoiler: after her encounter with the Demogorgon she lets Jonathan stay in her room for the night ([[ProperlyParanoid with the lights on and a loaded gun within arms reach]]) even though they don't have sex.]]



* DownerBeginning: Episode 3 starts with [[spoiler:Barbara being killed]].
* DownerEnding: Again, Episode 3. [[spoiler:The police pull what is thought to be Will's body out of the lake, and an enraged Mike yells at Eleven, asking why she lied to them and said that Will was alive, and then leaves when Eleven can't give any answers.]]
* DudeNotFunny:
** Hopper isn't amused when Powell cracks a joke about Joyce's SanitySlippage.
** Mike tells off his bullies for laughing at Will's memorial assembly, which Eleven manages to stop from escalating into a fist fight.



* EnemyRisingBehind: In Episode 1 the Demogorgon rises behind Will in the barn. Then Will turns around and freezes like a DeerInTheHeadlights.



* EpilepticFlashingLights: Episode 8 does this. [[spoiler:Nearly the entire scene in the school when the kids are being chased by the monster and the Hawkins men is while the lights are constantly and rapidly flickering]].
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