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*** Although Eleven knows exactly what happened to Will, and even where to find him, her difficulties expressing herself clearly lead to her being unable to explain in anything more than vague concepts and half-truths. For example, when initially asked by the boys where she is, her response [[spoiler: is to turn their D&D board upside down to explain the alternate world. It only takes a EurekaMoment from Mike later on before they piece together her meaning]]. It's also not helped in the least that for all her power, she's nonetheless a very scared, confused, and traumatized young girl.

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*** Although Eleven knows exactly what happened to Will, and even where to find him, her difficulties expressing herself clearly lead to her being unable to explain in anything more than vague concepts and half-truths. concepts. For example, when initially asked by the boys where she Will is, her response [[spoiler: is to turn their D&D board upside down to explain the alternate world. It only takes a EurekaMoment from Mike later on before they piece together her meaning]]. It's also not helped in the least that for all her power, she's nonetheless a very scared, confused, and traumatized young girl.girl, and it takes most of the first season before [[spoiler: she's even able to say that ''she's'' the one who made the Demogorgon aware of the real world]].
21st Nov '16 5:14:50 PM Ambaryerno
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*** Although Eleven knows exactly what happened to Will, and even where to find him, her difficulties expressing herself clearly lead to her being unable to explain in anything more than vague concepts and half-truths. For example, when initially asked by the boys where she is, her response [[spoiler: is to turn their D&D board upside down to explain the alternate world. It only takes a EurekaMoment from Mike later on before they piece together her meaning]]. It's also not helped in the least that for all her power, she's nonetheless a very scared, confused, and traumatized young girl.
21st Nov '16 5:03:35 PM Luigifan
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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.

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* AbuseMistake: When Steve sees Nancy's bandaged hand [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after she and Jonathan cut themselves to lure the monster]], he initially thinks Jonathan has been beating her.



* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler: Will survives for a long time in the Upside-Down, and his mom finds him in a fort he created and named after himself. Barb, Shepard and the government mooks? Not so savvy, not so lucky.]]

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* ActionSurvivor: [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will survives for a long time in the Upside-Down, and his mom finds him in a fort he created and named after himself. Barb, Shepard Shepard, and the government mooks? Not so savvy, not so lucky.]]



* AdultsAreUseless: {{Played straight}} [[spoiler: initially]].
** [[spoiler: It comes to a natural conclusion in the SeasonFinale to Season 1: it's not the trained government soldiers that can damage the Demogorgon, but three teenagers with improvised weapons. The Demogorgon easily defeats said soldiers, but is brought down by Eleven with help from Mike, Lucas, and Dustin instead. The trope ''does'' zigzag a bit due to the two aforementioned competent adults in the cast, Joyce and Hopper, who are the ones to enter the Upside Down and save Will.]]
* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Between Mike and Eleven]] in the seventh episode, before Dustin interrupts them.

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* AdultsAreUseless: {{Played straight}} [[spoiler: initially]].[[spoiler:initially]].
** [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It comes to a natural conclusion in the SeasonFinale to Season 1: it's not the trained government soldiers that can damage the Demogorgon, but three teenagers with improvised weapons. The Demogorgon easily defeats said soldiers, but is brought down by Eleven with help from Mike, Lucas, and Dustin instead. The trope ''does'' zigzag a bit due to the two aforementioned competent adults in the cast, Joyce and Hopper, who are the ones to enter the Upside Down and save Will.]]
* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Between [[spoiler:Between Mike and Eleven]] in the seventh episode, before Dustin interrupts them.



* AnkleDrag: Happens to poor [[spoiler: Barb]] as she tries to crawl out of the pool to escape [[spoiler: the monster]].

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* AnkleDrag: Happens to poor [[spoiler: Barb]] [[spoiler:Barb]] as she tries to crawl out of the pool to escape [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the monster]].



* {{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 this, the monster is in their world attacking said youths.]]

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* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler: Joyce [[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 this, the monster is in their world attacking said youths.]]



** More like arc song really, but "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by Music/TheClash shows up often through the series. Most notably [[spoiler: Will sings it to himself while trapped in the Upside-Down, and it gets broadcast over the record player when Will makes contact with Joyce the second time.]]

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** More like arc song really, but "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by Music/TheClash shows up often through the series. Most notably [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will sings it to himself while trapped in the Upside-Down, and it gets broadcast over the record player when Will makes contact with Joyce the second time.]]



* BaldWomen: Eleven has a buzzcut as a result of her [[spoiler: being a laboratory test subject. It is difficult to discern a pre-pubescent girl with short hair from a boy, making her a red herring for the missing Will. It also adds to the perception of her as a weird outsider and they have to hide it with a wig when the boys have to move her through public.]]
* 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 [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique knocking him out]].

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* BaldWomen: Eleven has a buzzcut as a result of her [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being a laboratory test subject. It is difficult to discern a pre-pubescent girl with short hair from a boy, making her a red herring for the missing Will. It also adds to the perception of her as a weird outsider and they have to hide it with a wig when the boys have to move her through public.]]
* BatterUp: Jonathan hammers nails into a baseball bat to [[spoiler: combat [[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 [[spoiler:Will's "body" in the morgue]]. When the cop proves too savvy and it doesn't work, he ends up just [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique knocking him out]].



-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' * sighs* ''(punch)''

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-->'''Chief Jim Hopper:''' * sighs* *sighs* ''(punch)''



** [[spoiler: Eleven when bullies force Mike to jump off a cliff.]]

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** [[spoiler: Eleven [[spoiler:Eleven when bullies force Mike to jump off a cliff.]]



* BitchInSheepsClothing: The [[spoiler: "Social Worker" Connie]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Demogorgon is dead, and it seemed to take Eleven with it, but she's implied to be alive since Hopper was bringing Eggos to a dead drop in the woods. Nancy chose Steve over Jonathan, but they're all friends. Will is safe, but the monster did something to him so that he's vomiting slugs and having visions of the Upside-Down. Hopper exposed the Hawkins "Department of Energy" research to the public, but appears to have made a deal with some MenInBlack. Also, Mike succeeded in saving Will, but Nancy was too late for Barbara.]]
* BookEnds: Begins and ends with [[spoiler: the boys playing D&D.]]
** Alternatively/more specifically, begins with [[spoiler: Will telling Mike the Demogorgon got him in the game when everyone thought he was safe,]] and ends with [[spoiler: the revelation that the Demogorgon actually did get Will when everyone thought he was safe.]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: The [[spoiler: "Social [[spoiler:"Social Worker" Connie]].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Demogorgon is dead, and it seemed to take Eleven with it, but she's implied to be alive since Hopper was bringing Eggos to a dead drop in the woods. Nancy chose Steve over Jonathan, but they're all friends. Will is safe, but the monster did something to him so that he's vomiting slugs and having visions of the Upside-Down. Hopper exposed the Hawkins "Department of Energy" research to the public, but appears to have made a deal with some MenInBlack. Also, Mike succeeded in saving Will, but Nancy was too late for Barbara.]]
* BookEnds: Begins and ends with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the boys playing D&D.]]
** Alternatively/more specifically, begins with [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will telling Mike the Demogorgon got him in the game when everyone thought he was safe,]] and ends with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the revelation that the Demogorgon actually did get Will when everyone thought he was safe.]]



** In the first episode, this is the fate of [[spoiler: Benny, the diner owner]].

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** In the first episode, this is the fate of [[spoiler: Benny, [[spoiler:Benny, the diner owner]].



** No one believes Joyce when she claims [[spoiler: Will is alive.]] {{Justified}}, because she's talking to him through flickering lightbulbs.

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** No one believes Joyce when she claims [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will is alive.]] {{Justified}}, because she's talking to him through flickering lightbulbs.



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

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



** Hopper mentions to one of his officers early on that falling into the quarry from the top would break every bone in your body, as you would hit the water at such a speed it would be like cement. [[spoiler: This is one of the things that leads him to believe something isn't right when he sees Will's intact and unscathed "corpse" in the morgue]].

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** Hopper mentions to one of his officers early on that falling into the quarry from the top would break every bone in your body, as you would hit the water at such a speed it would be like cement. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is one of the things that leads him to believe something isn't right when he sees Will's intact and unscathed "corpse" in the morgue]].



** Nancy and Jonathan's box of [[spoiler: monster hunting]] equipment does get used. Nancy's bat [[spoiler:is the only weapon that actually makes the Demogorgon retreat after Steve takes some swings at it, though it looks more like a mace at that point after Jonathan jammed some nails in it]].

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** Nancy and Jonathan's box of [[spoiler: monster [[spoiler:monster hunting]] equipment does get used. Nancy's bat [[spoiler:is the only weapon that actually makes the Demogorgon retreat after Steve takes some swings at it, though it looks more like a mace at that point after Jonathan jammed some nails in it]].



** [[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.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[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.]]



* CoolTeacher: Mr. Clarke. He shares the boys scientific interests, and even purchases a ham radio for them to play around with during lunch. He also knows exactly what the boys are talking about when they make nerdy references, and gives them instructions on the phone in the middle of a date as how to [[spoiler: build a sensory deprivation tank to amplify Eleven's powers]].
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: Officially, the Hawkins National Laboratory is a research centre run by the Department of Energy, which leads most people to assume it is fairly uninteresting (Dustin initially thinks they "design lightbulbs or something"). [[spoiler: However it becomes clear the research they do, such as using Eleven's telekinesis and mind reading to access alternate dimensions and monitor Soviet officials, involves multiple higher-ranking government agencies than the DOE. It has military police (US Army) providing security, and the badge that Connie Frazier shows to the Wheeler's suggests she works for the NSA, which could also explain the phone bugging (not exactly within the Dept of Energy's remit)]].

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* CoolTeacher: Mr. Clarke. He shares the boys boys' scientific interests, and even purchases a ham radio for them to play around with during lunch. He also knows exactly what the boys are talking about when they make nerdy references, and gives them instructions on the phone in the middle of a date as how to [[spoiler: build [[spoiler:build a sensory deprivation tank to amplify Eleven's powers]].
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: Officially, the Hawkins National Laboratory is a research centre run by the Department of Energy, which leads most people to assume it is fairly uninteresting (Dustin initially thinks they "design lightbulbs or something"). [[spoiler: However [[spoiler:However, it becomes clear the research they do, such as using Eleven's telekinesis and mind reading to access alternate dimensions and monitor Soviet officials, involves multiple higher-ranking government agencies than the DOE. It has military police (US Army) providing security, and the badge that Connie Frazier shows to the Wheeler's suggests she works for the NSA, which could also explain the phone bugging (not exactly within the Dept of Energy's remit)]].



* 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.

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* 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 which, of course course, works.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Chief Jim Hopper. He is initially presented as a struggling alcoholic/addict and uncaring police officer who rolls into work hours late, but later proves to be more than capable of handling himself. He knocks out a State Trooper with only two punches, is able to take down a government agent and disarm an MP in the space of a few seconds, and later incapacitates three more agents whilst avoiding being spotted by a helicopter. [[spoiler: Later, even when threatened with torture and death whilst being interrogated, he remains unfazed and warns the agents they ''are'' going to negotiate with him for the safety of the boys]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Chief Jim Hopper. He is initially presented as a struggling alcoholic/addict and uncaring police officer who rolls into work hours late, but later proves to be more than capable of handling himself. He knocks out a State Trooper with only two punches, is able to take down a government agent and disarm an MP in the space of a few seconds, and later incapacitates three more agents whilst avoiding being spotted by a helicopter. [[spoiler: Later, [[spoiler:Later, even when threatened with torture and death whilst being interrogated, he remains unfazed and warns the agents they ''are'' going to negotiate with him for the safety of the boys]].



* DarkActionGirl: Agent Connie Frazier, seemingly the only female member of the government agency, who [[spoiler: carries out the murder of Benny in episode 1]].

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* DarkActionGirl: Agent Connie Frazier, seemingly the only female member of the government agency, who [[spoiler: carries [[spoiler:carries out the murder of Benny in episode 1]].



* DarkWorld: [[spoiler: The Upside-Down where Will is trapped, which is filled with toxic fog and covered in MeatMoss.]]

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* DarkWorld: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Upside-Down where Will is trapped, which is filled with toxic fog and covered in MeatMoss.]]



** Will and Jonathan's father Lonnie. He's been living in Indianapolis for some time and makes little effort to stay in touch. During one flashback, Joyce is heard yelling at him for breaking a promise to take Will to a baseball game over the phone and we soon learn that he only want to because he wanted Will to be a "normal" kid. He shows up only after [[spoiler: Will's apparent death]], and then Joyce finds out he's trying to cash in with a lawsuit.
** Mike's father is in the picture, but is generally depicted as a useless dolt who's wife picks up all of the slack for him.

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** Will and Jonathan's father Lonnie. He's been living in Indianapolis for some time and makes little effort to stay in touch. During one flashback, Joyce is heard yelling at him for breaking a promise to take Will to a baseball game over the phone and we soon learn that he only want to because he wanted Will to be a "normal" kid. He shows up only after [[spoiler: Will's [[spoiler:Will's apparent death]], and then Joyce finds out he's trying to cash in with a lawsuit.
** Mike's father is in the picture, but is generally depicted as a useless dolt who's whose wife picks up all of the slack for him.



* DugTooDeep: [[spoiler: When Brenner forced Eleven to make contact with the Demogorgon, opening the gate in the process.]]

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* DugTooDeep: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Brenner forced Eleven to make contact with the Demogorgon, opening the gate in the process.]]



* 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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* EpilepticFlashingLights: Episode 8 does this. [[spoiler: Nearly [[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]].



* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler: Inverted. The Byers family dog barks at nothing in the back yard and eventually settles in Castle Byers. Both are places where Will hides.]]

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* EvilDetectingDog: [[spoiler: Inverted. [[spoiler:Inverted. The Byers family dog barks at nothing in the back yard backyard and eventually settles in Castle Byers. Both are places where Will hides.]]



* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Seems to be a part of [[spoiler: the Demogorgon's]] M.O.
* 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]].
* 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.

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* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Seems to be a part of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Demogorgon's]] M.O.
* FakinMacGuffin: {{Invoked}}. [[spoiler: The [[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 [[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 [[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]].
* FakingTheDead: The government plants [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a dummy of Will]] to [[spoiler: make [[spoiler:make everyone believe he drowned]]. They're careful not to let anyone get any close looks at it.



** As he leaves for home, Will admits that the Demogorgon "got him" in the game the boys were playing. [[spoiler: The real monster gets him on his ride home]].
** In an early episode, Hopper tells an officer that a fall from the local cliff would be fatal, despite there being a lake on the bottom, due to sheer height. [[spoiler: Mike]] later goes over the edge.

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** As he leaves for home, Will admits that the Demogorgon "got him" in the game the boys were playing. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The real monster gets him on his ride home]].
** In an early episode, Hopper tells an officer that a fall from the local cliff would be fatal, despite there being a lake on the bottom, due to sheer height. [[spoiler: Mike]] [[spoiler:Mike]] later goes over the edge.



** 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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** Nancy gets a mild one in the shower after her [[spoiler: encounter [[spoiler:encounter with the monster in the upside down.]]
** Eleven has a proper one when she sees [[spoiler: Barb's]] [[spoiler:Barb's]] body.
** Steve, when he shows up at the Byers home [[spoiler: at [[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]].



** 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.

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** Although it is never openly stated which government agency Connie Frazier works for, the credentials she presents to the Wheeler parents before [[spoiler: getting [[spoiler:getting agents to search their house]] shows she works for the NSA. NSA.



* GenreRoulette: Switches between horror, sci-fi, and conspiracy thriller. Usually, the genre depends on the characters being followed. Mike, Dustin and Lucas's plotlines are more sci-fi/horror, Jonathan and Nancy are more horror, and Hopper and Joyce are investigating a conspiracy.

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* GenreRoulette: Switches between horror, sci-fi, and conspiracy thriller. Usually, the genre depends on the characters being followed. Mike, Dustin Dustin, and Lucas's plotlines are more sci-fi/horror, Jonathan and Nancy are more horror, and Hopper and Joyce are investigating a conspiracy.



* TheGlomp: After [[spoiler:Will is saved from the Upside-Down]], Mike, Lucas and Dustin give [[spoiler:their friend]] a huge hug for surviving.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: It was already bad when the facility was [[spoiler: torturing children]] to spy on Russia, but [[spoiler: bringing a monster of unspeakable horror]] into the world is on a whole worse level.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The facility wanted [[spoiler: a psychic child who could]] spy on Russian intelligence - they got that. Then when they found out [[spoiler: she used a parallel universe]] to do it they [[spoiler: wanted her to contact the being that already lived there]] - they got that too. However, they didn't realise [[spoiler: the nature of that being, nor what it could do]].
* GovernmentConspiracy: All the shenanigans on the show are the result of [[spoiler: dangerous experiments conducted in]] a government facility near Hawkins. When the consequences [[spoiler: of those experiments]] start spilling over into the town, the government does everything in its power to cover things up.
* 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.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Played with. As Hopper is being interrogated by the agents, they demand to know who he is working with. Hopper answer that he is working alone, but he is also savvy enough to attempt a bluff by telling them that he has shared all the information he has with a journalist.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of season one,[[spoiler: Eleven manages to kill the Demogorgon, but seemingly disintegrates in the process]].

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* TheGlomp: After [[spoiler:Will is saved from the Upside-Down]], Mike, Lucas Lucas, and Dustin give [[spoiler:their friend]] a huge hug for surviving.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: It was already bad when the facility was [[spoiler: torturing [[spoiler:torturing children]] to spy on Russia, but [[spoiler: bringing [[spoiler:bringing a monster of unspeakable horror]] into the world is on a whole worse level.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The facility wanted [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a psychic child who could]] spy on Russian intelligence - -- they got that. Then when they found out [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she used a parallel universe]] to do it it, they [[spoiler: wanted [[spoiler:wanted her to contact the being that already lived there]] - -- they got that too. However, they didn't realise [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the nature of that being, nor what it could do]].
* GovernmentConspiracy: All the shenanigans on the show are the result of [[spoiler: dangerous [[spoiler:dangerous experiments conducted in]] a government facility near Hawkins. When the consequences [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of those experiments]] start spilling over into the town, the government does everything in its power to cover things up.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Nancy and Jonathan bring a bat and a revolver respectively [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to kill the monster]]. Initially, they try practicing with the weapons they picked, but trade when Nancy proves to be the better shot.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Played with. As Hopper is being interrogated by the agents, they demand to know who he is working with. Hopper answer answers that he is working alone, but he is also savvy enough to attempt a bluff by telling them that he has shared all the information he has with a journalist.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: At the end of season one,[[spoiler: Eleven one, [[spoiler:Eleven manages to kill the Demogorgon, but seemingly disintegrates in the process]].



** ''Series/TheXFiles'' fans were delighted to find similarities between scenes: when [[spoiler: Hopper and Joyce save Will from The Upside-Down]], it bears a striking resemblance to a similar scene in the 1998 movie ''Fight the Future.'' Near the end of the final episode of season 1, [[spoiler: Will coughs up a miniature of whatever had been pulled from his throat in the Upside-Down]], a scene that is almost frame-by-frame a copy of a scene from season two's "The Host." The Duffer Brothers have said in interviews that they were fans of the series during its original run, though it was not credited as having a direct impact on ''Stranger Things.''

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** ''Series/TheXFiles'' fans were delighted to find similarities between scenes: when [[spoiler: Hopper [[spoiler:Hopper and Joyce save Will from The Upside-Down]], it bears a striking resemblance to a similar scene in the 1998 movie ''Fight the Future.'' Near the end of the final episode of season 1, [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will coughs up a miniature of whatever had been pulled from his throat in the Upside-Down]], a scene that is almost frame-by-frame a copy of a scene from season two's "The Host." The Duffer Brothers have said in interviews that they were fans of the series during its original run, though it was not credited as having a direct impact on ''Stranger Things.''



*** Also, young girl (possibly) born by a woman involved with a top-secret research lab, raised from birth to be a weapon, and subjected to brutal torture and abuse by her keepers who are willing and able to kill anyone in their way to get her back. Eleven? Or Comicbook/{{X 23}}.

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*** Also, young girl (possibly) born by a woman involved with a top-secret research lab, raised from birth to be a weapon, and subjected to brutal torture and abuse by her keepers who are willing and able to kill anyone in their way to get her back. Eleven? Or Comicbook/{{X 23}}.23}}?



** [[spoiler: The monster's mouth]] is reminiscent of both the eggs from ''{{Film/Alien}}'' and the mouths of the sandworms from ''{{Film/Dune}}''.

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The monster's mouth]] is reminiscent of both the eggs from ''{{Film/Alien}}'' and the mouths of the sandworms from ''{{Film/Dune}}''.



** The simple visual explanation in Chapter Five for [[spoiler: the Upside-Down takes the "move across dimensions like a pencil punching through a folded piece of paper"]] used in ''Film/EventHorizon''.

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** The simple visual explanation in Chapter Five for [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Upside-Down takes the "move across dimensions like a pencil punching through a folded piece of paper"]] used in ''Film/EventHorizon''.



* 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.]]

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* IAmAMonster: When Lucas accuses Eleven of [[spoiler: being [[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 [[spoiler:she opened the portal to the Upside-Down.]]



* IfWeGetThroughThis: [[spoiler: In "The Upside-Down", Mike talks about his and Eleven's future. Guess what happens to Eleven.]]

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* IfWeGetThroughThis: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In "The Upside-Down", Mike talks about his and Eleven's future. Guess what happens to Eleven.]]



* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler: The Demogorgon]] is still standing after [[spoiler: Brenner's]] men pump lead at [[spoiler: it]] for several seconds.

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* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Demogorgon]] is still standing after [[spoiler: Brenner's]] men pump lead at [[spoiler: it]] for several seconds.



* {{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.]]

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* {{Irony}}: In episode 7, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven decide to trust [[spoiler: Hopper]] [[spoiler:Hopper]] not to give their location to the government, reasoning, "Why would [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the chief]] betray us?" [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the next episode, Hopper does exactly that.]]



** 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 lies to his face [[SpottingTheThread regarding the jurisdiction of the quarry]]]].
* JerkJock: Tommy [[spoiler: and seemingly Steve at first.]]

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** Since she [[spoiler: opened [[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]] [[spoiler:Barb]] because she left her alone to have sex with Steve.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Hopper utilizes it in episode 4 [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after the state police officer who'd "found" Will's body lies to his face [[SpottingTheThread regarding the jurisdiction of the quarry]]]].
* JerkJock: Tommy [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and seemingly Steve at first.]]



** 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.

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** Breaking the camera was perhaps harsh, but Steve and his friends were right to [[spoiler: call [[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 [[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 Later, we see Mike nearly fall in too. Even if [[spoiler: Will]] [[spoiler:Will]] really wasn't killed there, someone likely would be.



* JurisdictionFriction: {{Invoked}} when [[spoiler: the state police "find" Will's body in the quarry. They refuse the local police access to even see the body close up, and have the local coroner sent home so someone "from state" can perform the autopsy. When asked, the trooper who called it in claimed the quarry was state-owned, when it was actually a privately owned one (thus under Hawkins PD jurisdiction), something Hopper knew prior to asking him, which confirms his suspicions of foul play and a cover up]].
* 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.

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* JurisdictionFriction: {{Invoked}} when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the state police "find" Will's body in the quarry. They refuse the local police access to even see the body close up, and have the local coroner sent home so someone "from state" can perform the autopsy. When asked, the trooper who called it in claimed the quarry was state-owned, when it was actually a privately owned one (thus under Hawkins PD jurisdiction), something Hopper knew prior to asking him, which confirms his suspicions of foul play and a cover up]].
* KarmaHoudini: Although [[spoiler: Brenner [[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.

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* 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 [[spoiler:Frazier and her team]] during the climax, no matter how far it crosses into CruelAndUnusualDeath.



* 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.]]

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Combined [[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.]]



** Nancy and Jonathan preparing to fight [[spoiler: the Demogorgon]] at the Byers' house in "The Upside-Down".

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** Nancy and Jonathan preparing to fight [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] at the Byers' house in "The Upside-Down".



* MauveShirt: Poor [[spoiler: Barb and Shepard]]...
* MeatMoss: Seems to be prevalent in [[spoiler: The Upside-Down and around its portals]].

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* MauveShirt: Poor [[spoiler: Barb [[spoiler:Barb and Shepard]]...
* MeatMoss: Seems to be prevalent in [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Upside-Down and around its portals]].



* MindOverMatter: Eleven's telekinetic powers can do anything from closing doors and turning fans to [[spoiler: flipping vans]] and [[spoiler: crumbling brains.]]

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* MindOverMatter: Eleven's telekinetic powers can do anything from closing doors and turning fans to [[spoiler: flipping [[spoiler:flipping vans]] and [[spoiler: crumbling [[spoiler:crumbling brains.]]



** 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 trapped in the Upside-Down.]] If the boys had only walked inside...

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** The boys ask Eleven to take them to where Will is hiding, hiding; when she leads them to Will's house house, they try explain the concept of being at home vs hiding. Meanwhile, inside inside, Joyce is trying desperately to [[spoiler:communicate with her son trapped in the Upside-Down.]] If the boys had only walked inside...



* 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.

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* MistakenForCheating: When Nancy and Jonathan come back from [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the encounter with the Demogorgon in the woods]], Steve catches them in an apparent compromising position.



* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[spoiler: The Demogorgon.]]

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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Demogorgon.]]



** [[spoiler: In the epilogue, Mike is shown to be still grieving El's sacrifice, though unbeknownst to him, she might still be alive]].
* 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 doesnt 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]].

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** [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the epilogue, Mike is shown to be still grieving El's sacrifice, though unbeknownst to him, she might still be alive]].
* 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, [[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 doesnt 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]].



* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler: Benny the diner owner is murdered by government spooks and made to look like he shot himself.]]

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* NeverSuicide: [[spoiler: Benny [[spoiler:Benny the diner owner is murdered by government spooks and made to look like he shot himself.]]



* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: While there is no Hawkins nor Roane County in Indiana, there *is* a Roane County, Tennessee, which is home to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Ridge_National_Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-12_National_Security_Complex Y-12 National Security Complex]], two secluded government facilities that were integral parts of the top secret "Manhattan Project" that developed [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki the first atomic bombs]] during WorldWarTwo. Y-12 was a highly secure nuclear weapons production facility in the Reagan Era (and still is to some degree), and both Y-12 and ORNL were and are operated under the aegis of the Department of Energy. However, it's doubtful that psychic children and dimensional portals were ever on the agenda at either.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: While there is no Hawkins nor Roane County in Indiana, there *is* ''is'' a Roane County, Tennessee, which is home to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Ridge_National_Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-12_National_Security_Complex Y-12 National Security Complex]], two secluded government facilities that were integral parts of the top secret "Manhattan Project" that developed [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki the first atomic bombs]] during WorldWarTwo. Y-12 was a highly secure nuclear weapons production facility in the Reagan Era (and still is to some degree), and both Y-12 and ORNL were and are operated under the aegis of the Department of Energy. However, it's doubtful that psychic children and dimensional portals were ever on the agenda at either.



** 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."]]

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** Likewise 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...death... eventually.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown
NoHoldsBarredBeatdown
** [[spoiler: Hopper [[spoiler:Hopper delivers one to a flunky of the "Department of Energy."]]



** [[spoiler: The monster is never given an official name by the government or the scientists. It's only (unofficial) name, "the Demogorgon", is given to it by the kids, which is a reference to a creature in Dungeons & Dragons]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The monster is never given an official name by the government or the scientists. It's Its only (unofficial) name, "the Demogorgon", is given to it by the kids, which is a reference to a creature in Dungeons & Dragons]].



** 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.

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** Nancy when [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she sees the [[{{MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily}} Demogorgon]]]].
** Mike when he notices a car coming [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in "The Upside-Down"]] and runs outside only to realize that [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's not Nancy and Jonathan – it's the bad guys.]]
** Also [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in "The Upside-Down"]] when the lights start flickering and everyone collectively realizes [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] is about to break through the wall.



* 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.]]

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* 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 [[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.]]



** Nancy and Mike haven't been close for years and have no reason to share the information. [[spoiler: They have a bonding moment when they team up and agree to avoid keeping secrets.]]
** Joyce, at first, is ''very'' vocal about her belief in Will's survival. Hopper is usually much more subtle about his investigations, especially after alerting TheConspiracy, [[spoiler: but he immediately subverts the trope and tells Joyce what he's uncovered when he's convinced she's right.]]
** [[spoiler:Lonnie]] convinces Jonathan that telling Joyce his suspicions about [[spoiler: the Demogorgon]] would only hurt an already traumatized Joyce. [[spoiler: She calls him out on it later and he quickly admits his mistake.]]
** [[spoiler: Completely averted once everyone is gathered together in "The Bathtub" where they all make sure everyone knows the situation.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: Eleven's powers are used to spy on Russians and ultimately communicate with the creature and open the portal between the Upside Down and their reality.]]

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** Nancy and Mike haven't been close for years and have no reason to share the information. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They have a bonding moment when they team up and agree to avoid keeping secrets.]]
** Joyce, at first, is ''very'' vocal about her belief in Will's survival. Hopper is usually much more subtle about his investigations, especially after alerting TheConspiracy, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but he immediately subverts the trope and tells Joyce what he's uncovered when he's convinced she's right.]]
** [[spoiler:Lonnie]] convinces Jonathan that telling Joyce his suspicions about [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]] would only hurt an already traumatized Joyce. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She calls him out on it later and he quickly admits his mistake.]]
** [[spoiler: Completely [[spoiler:Completely averted once everyone is gathered together in "The Bathtub" where they all make sure everyone knows the situation.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: Eleven's [[spoiler:Eleven's powers are used to spy on Russians and ultimately communicate with the creature and open the portal between the Upside Down and their reality.]]



* PuttingOnTheReich: A variant. Eleven's serial number is tattooed on her left forearm, right where the Nazis put it on people in the camps. She's also essentially [[spoiler: a government slave and used as a human test subject in completely unethical, illegal ways]], which the Nazis did as well. Not to mention her [[spoiler: "owners" tactics in trying to retrieve Eleven once she escapes]] easily put them into Nazi territory.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: A variant. Eleven's serial number is tattooed on her left forearm, right where the Nazis put it on people in the camps. She's also essentially [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a government slave and used as a human test subject in completely unethical, illegal ways]], which the Nazis did as well. Not to mention her [[spoiler: "owners" [[spoiler:"owners" tactics in trying to retrieve Eleven once she escapes]] easily put them into Nazi territory.



** When Eleven sees [[spoiler: Barb's body]], she freaks out and needs to be comforted by [[spoiler:Joyce]]. This shows us that, super-powered or not, she's still a kid with a very human reaction to seeing [[spoiler: a dead body]].

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** When Eleven sees [[spoiler: Barb's [[spoiler:Barb's body]], she freaks out and needs to be comforted by [[spoiler:Joyce]]. This shows us that, super-powered or not, she's still a kid with a very human reaction to seeing [[spoiler: a dead body]].



** Hopper is actually pretty willing to listen once he sees actual evidence. He's also remarkably quick on the uptake, as seen in episode three when [[spoiler: he realizes the tape they were shown ''wasn't'' the night after Will's disappearance, as it was pouring rain [[SpottingTheThread while the tape showed none]]]].

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** Hopper is actually pretty willing to listen once he sees actual evidence. He's also remarkably quick on the uptake, as seen in episode three when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he realizes the tape they were shown ''wasn't'' the night after Will's disappearance, as it was pouring rain [[SpottingTheThread while the tape showed none]]]].



* RedShirt: [[spoiler: The Department of Energy's foot soldiers are essentially only there to be slaughtered by Eleven or the Demogorgon.]]

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* RedShirt: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Department of Energy's foot soldiers are essentially only there to be slaughtered by Eleven or the Demogorgon.]]



* ReusableLighterToss: A zippo is tossed on a pool of gas [[spoiler: to burn the monster in the final episode of season 1.]]
* SarcasticConfession: "What are you doing with all this stuff?" - [[spoiler: "Monster hunting."]]

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* ReusableLighterToss: A zippo is tossed on a pool of gas [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to burn the monster in the final episode of season 1.]]
* SarcasticConfession: "What are you doing with all this stuff?" - [[spoiler: "Monster -- [[spoiler:"Monster hunting."]]



* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: The can, in this case, is an alternate dimension with at least one, but possibly multiple monsters inside it. Interestingly, there was never an apparent seal, the monster simply wasn't aware of our world. Until we became aware of it.]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The can, in this case, is an alternate dimension with at least one, but possibly multiple monsters inside it. Interestingly, there was never an apparent seal, seal; the monster simply wasn't aware of our world. Until we became aware of it.]]



* 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.]]

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* 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 [[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.]]



** A child, [[spoiler: abducted by paranormal forces into another dimension]], who contacts his family through household appliances is a reference to ''{{Film/Poltergeist}}'', a movie that is referenced by name.

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** A child, [[spoiler: abducted [[spoiler:abducted by paranormal forces into another dimension]], who contacts his family through household appliances is a reference to ''{{Film/Poltergeist}}'', a movie that is referenced by name.



*** 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]].

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*** Comicbook/{{X 23}} fans immediately noticed Eleven's background shares many similarities. Like X-23, Eleven is [[spoiler: possibly [[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]].



** Also may not be intentional, but when Nancy and Jonathan are investigating the woods, they come across a wounded deer, consider whether or not to MercyKill it, before [[spoiler: it gets suddenly dragged away by the Demogorgon]]. The whole scene is remarkably similar to a scene from ''VideoGame/UntilDawn''.
** Whenever Eleven uses the deprivation tanks, [[spoiler: the dimension she winds up in]] is very similar to the EldritchLocation in ''Film/UnderTheSkin''.

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** Also may not be intentional, but when Nancy and Jonathan are investigating the woods, they come across a wounded deer, consider whether or not to MercyKill it, before [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it gets suddenly dragged away by the Demogorgon]]. The whole scene is remarkably similar to a scene from ''VideoGame/UntilDawn''.
** Whenever Eleven uses the deprivation tanks, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the dimension she winds up in]] is very similar to the EldritchLocation in ''Film/UnderTheSkin''.



** Yet another example that may be unintentional: [[spoiler:[[DarkWorld the Upside-Down]]]] bears a strong resemblance to Dark Aether from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', particularly when intruding on our world. It maybe no coincidence that the opening title of ''Stranger Things'' lingers on the letters "ING" for a while, the titular parallel-universe enemies of said game.
** There are a ''lot'' of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' shout-outs in the series. The first few minutes of the first episode involve kids playing the game, fighting troglodytes before being attacked by Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons. [[spoiler: Which is later used as a name for the extradimensional monster.]] In episode 5, we see them looking through a copy of the D&D Expert Rulebook, [[spoiler:which is used to describe the Upside-Down by comparing it to "the Vale of Shadows", taking its name from a location in ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' and its description from the Shadowfell]]. [[spoiler: Even Eleven's psionic powers can be taken as a reference to D&D's psionics.]]

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** Yet another example that may be unintentional: [[spoiler:[[DarkWorld the Upside-Down]]]] bears a strong resemblance to Dark Aether from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', particularly when intruding on our world. It maybe may be no coincidence that the opening title of ''Stranger Things'' lingers on the letters "ING" for a while, the titular parallel-universe enemies of said game.
** There are a ''lot'' of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' shout-outs in the series. The first few minutes of the first episode involve kids playing the game, fighting troglodytes before being attacked by Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which is later used as a name for the extradimensional monster.]] In episode 5, we see them looking through a copy of the D&D Expert Rulebook, [[spoiler:which is used to describe the Upside-Down by comparing it to "the Vale of Shadows", taking its name from a location in ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' and its description from the Shadowfell]]. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even Eleven's psionic powers can be taken as a reference to D&D's psionics.]]



** Several episodes frame the kids' relationship with Eleven in a way that's deliberately similar to Elliot's relationship with E.T. in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. Mike lets her hide in his house from government agents, she rides on the back of his bicycle at one point, the kids disguise her with a dress and a blonde wig when they take her out in public, and she [[spoiler: uses a radio to communicate with another world]] in one pivotal scene. The first episode even introduces Mike and his friends playing ''Dungeons and Dragons''--the same way Elliot and his friends were introduced in ''E.T.''

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** Several episodes frame the kids' relationship with Eleven in a way that's deliberately similar to Elliot's relationship with E.T. in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. Mike lets her hide in his house from government agents, she rides on the back of his bicycle at one point, the kids disguise her with a dress and a blonde wig when they take her out in public, and she [[spoiler: uses [[spoiler:uses a radio to communicate with another world]] in one pivotal scene. The first episode even introduces Mike and his friends playing ''Dungeons and Dragons''--the same way Elliot and his friends were introduced in ''E.T.''



** The Monster [[spoiler: is a tall, lean humanoid with grey skin and a featureless face. It lives in a dark forest and snatches children. [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Sound familiar]]?]]

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** The Monster [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is a tall, lean humanoid with grey skin and a featureless face. It lives in a dark forest and snatches children. [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Sound familiar]]?]]



** The closed-captioning makes frequent use of "squelch(ing/ed)"
* SinisterSurveillance: Most of the houses close to Hawkins National Laboratory are illegally bugged, with a small group of analysts constantly listening in on the goings on. Makes sense, considering it is implied the NSA is working alongside the Department of Energy (and other agencies)in the operation of the experiments.

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** The closed-captioning makes frequent use of "squelch(ing/ed)"
"squelch(ing/ed)".
* SinisterSurveillance: Most of the houses close to Hawkins National Laboratory are illegally bugged, with a small group of analysts constantly listening in on the goings on. Makes sense, considering it is implied the NSA is working alongside the Department of Energy (and other agencies)in agencies) in the operation of the experiments.



* 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.

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* 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.



* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler: Hopper knocks a state police officer out in two punches when investigating Will's body]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Take one look at the heat the bad guys brought for a bunch of twelve-year-olds. [[spoiler: Possibly justified in that they initially try to stop [[TykeBomb Eleven]] with an absurd amount of manpower, and that proves completely inadequate. They then escalate to a much larger force, which [[PersonOfMassDestruction also fails completely.]]]]

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* TapOnTheHead: [[spoiler: Hopper [[spoiler:Hopper knocks a state police officer out in two punches when investigating Will's body]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Take one look at the heat the bad guys brought for a bunch of twelve-year-olds. [[spoiler: Possibly [[spoiler:Possibly justified in that they initially try to stop [[TykeBomb Eleven]] with an absurd amount of manpower, and that proves completely inadequate. They then escalate to a much larger force, which [[PersonOfMassDestruction also fails completely.]]]]



* TrueCompanions: Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will, [[spoiler: with Eleven being welcomed into the group first by Mike, then Dustin, and finally Lucas.]]

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* TrueCompanions: Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will, [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Eleven being welcomed into the group first by Mike, then Dustin, and finally Lucas.]]



* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: The Demogorgon]] arrives to attack the government goons, allowing the heroes to escape, at least for a short while.
* WeaponTwirling: Steven twirls his bat while [[spoiler: pounding on the Demogorgon]].

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* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Demogorgon]] arrives to attack the government goons, allowing the heroes to escape, at least for a short while.
* WeaponTwirling: Steven twirls his bat while [[spoiler: pounding [[spoiler:pounding on the Demogorgon]].



* WorkingTheSameCase: Three distinct groups of people (the kids, the sheriff, and Nancy and Johnny) all run around independently trying to figure out what is going on [[spoiler:until converging for the season one finale.]]. Each group ends up ‘specializing’ in a certain area of the investigation. The kids do the most research into the science and idea of [[spoiler: The Upside-Down]], Nancy and Johnny are mostly dealing with understanding [[spoiler: the Demogorgon]], and Joyce and Hopper are largely dealing with Eleven's origins.

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* WorkingTheSameCase: Three distinct groups of people (the kids, the sheriff, and Nancy and Johnny) all run around independently trying to figure out what is going on [[spoiler:until converging for the season one finale.]].finale]]. Each group ends up ‘specializing’ in a certain area of the investigation. The kids do the most research into the science and idea of [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Upside-Down]], Nancy and Johnny are mostly dealing with understanding [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Demogorgon]], and Joyce and Hopper are largely dealing with Eleven's origins.
16th Nov '16 7:31:29 PM Everblaster
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** The facility's experimentation on Eleven's powers, which include psychokinetic abilities and mind-reading, is reminiscent of the Japanese government's experimentation on children with the Espers as seen in ''{{Manga/Akira}}'' by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo; as shown with Jane Ives in ''Stranger Things'' and Lady Miyako in ''Akira'', state-sponsored experimentation had been going on for decades on both works, and are both covered up by the government with extreme prejudice.

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** The facility's experimentation on Eleven's powers, which include psychokinetic abilities and mind-reading, is reminiscent of the Japanese government's experimentation on children with the Espers as seen in ''{{Manga/Akira}}'' by Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo; as shown with Jane Terry Ives in ''Stranger Things'' and Lady Miyako in ''Akira'', state-sponsored experimentation had been going on for decades on both works, and are both covered up by the government with extreme prejudice.
16th Nov '16 7:13:12 PM N
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** 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).
16th Nov '16 9:44:13 AM N
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** There's a reference to a mental hospital called Pennhurst. There might not be a Pennhurst in Indiana, but there ''was'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennhurst_State_School_and_Hospital one in Pennsylvania]], which was shut down in the late '80s for mistreatment of patients.
14th Nov '16 9:18:40 PM Fireblood
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* 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.

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* KarmaHoudini: Although [[spoiler: Brenner is killed by the Demogorgon. Maybe. Demogorgon (Maybe. WordOfGod is not so clear-cut]], clear-cut)]], the organization which created Eleven and caused the entire mess in the first place ultimately escapes justice for their actions.
14th Nov '16 2:23:19 PM Ambaryerno
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* TheDogBitesBack: When Eleven finally has enough of her pursuers' shit — ''especially'' when they threaten her new friends — the results aren't pretty, and uses her powers to ''puree their brains inside their skulls''. [[KickTheSonOfABitch And they deserved every agonizing moment of it.]] She also does it to a pair of abusive orderlies before her escape, throwing one into a concrete wall so hard he leaves a ''massive'' dent, and casually snapping the neck of the second like a twig.



* 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.

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* 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.
14th Nov '16 9:32:21 AM Ambaryerno
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*** 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]].
14th Nov '16 8:03:20 AM Ambaryerno
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*** Also, young girl (possibly) born by a woman involved with a top-secret research lab, raised from birth to be a weapon, and subjected to brutal torture and abuse by her keepers who are willing and able to kill anyone in their way to get her back. Eleven? Or Comicbook/{{X 23}}.
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