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** Powell and Callahan during Season 1, due to their lack of empathy and incredibly tasteless jokes from Callahan. Powell at least garnered more likability due to being less of a {{Jerkass}} and more of a typical lazy cop. It seemed the writers noted this too as Callahan was written out and Powell was barely seen around the second and third season.
** Neil Hargrove was already disliked by even those who didn't like Billy, but he became ''hated'' after "E Pluribus Unum", which shows him abusing a young Billy and his mother and crushing his son's dreams to be a surfer. It's also shown that he's the reason Billy's mother left and why Billy is TheBully, and he likely manipulated things to get custody of Billy. Not to mention that in the end...[[spoiler: ''[[KarnaHoudini he gets away with EVERYTHING.]]'']]

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** Powell and Callahan during Season 1, due to their lack of empathy and incredibly tasteless jokes from Callahan. Powell at least garnered more likability due to being less of a {{Jerkass}} and more of a typical lazy cop. It seemed the writers noted this too as Callahan was written out and Powell was barely seen around their roles were noticeably reduced in the second and third season.
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** Neil Hargrove was already disliked by even those who didn't like Billy, but he became ''hated'' after "E Pluribus Unum", which shows him abusing a young Billy and his mother and crushing his son's dreams to be a surfer. It's also shown that he's the reason Billy's mother left and why Billy is TheBully, and he likely manipulated things to get custody of Billy. Not to mention that in the end...[[spoiler: ''[[KarnaHoudini ''[[KarmaHoudini he gets away with EVERYTHING.]]'']]


* FirstInstallmentWins: While both season 2 and 3 have generally been received well, they're subject to far more criticism, leaving an almost unanimous opinion that the first season so far is the strongest and most iconic one, with many feeling no other season will live up to its quality and some even feeling that the series should really only have been that ''one'' season.

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* FirstInstallmentWins: While both season 2 and 3 have generally been received well, they're subject to far more criticism, leaving an almost unanimous opinion that the first season so far is the strongest and most iconic one, with many feeling no other season will live up to its quality and some even feeling that the series should really only have been that ''one'' season.season for how great it was.


** Nancy and Jonathan are given a lot of screentime and the occasional ShipTease as they team up to fight [[spoiler:the Demogorgon, which had a lot of people preferring them together, but Nancy still goes back to Steve in the end (to the surprise of Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery). However, others feel it was the right decision since Steve [[HeelFaceTurn really redeems himself in the end]] and the writers didn't rush Nancy/Jonathan (plus making it feel too much like Nancy was a "prize" for Jonathan after his helping her), and that season 2's subplots would give more of an opportunity to explore them.]] Season 2 also gives the much-appreciated context that [[spoiler:after the fight, Nancy waited a whole month for Jonathan to make a move before going back to Steve. Ultimately, it turns out that despite being back together with Steve, Nancy has lingering feelings for Jonathan. While staying with Murray Bauman, she and Jonathan do eventually kiss and sleep together, though how official they will be is left ambiguous]].

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** Nancy and Jonathan are given a lot of screentime and the occasional ShipTease as they team up to fight [[spoiler:the Demogorgon, which had a lot of people preferring them together, but Nancy still goes back to Steve in the end (to the surprise of Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery). However, others feel it was the right decision since Steve [[HeelFaceTurn really redeems himself in the end]] and the writers didn't rush Nancy/Jonathan (plus making it feel too much like Nancy was a "prize" for Jonathan after his helping her), and that season 2's subplots would give more of an opportunity to explore them.]] Season 2 also gives the much-appreciated context that [[spoiler:after the fight, Nancy waited a whole month for Jonathan to make a move before going back to Steve. Ultimately, it turns out that despite being back together with Steve, Nancy has lingering feelings for Jonathan. While staying with Murray Bauman, she and Jonathan do eventually kiss and sleep together, though how official they will be is left ambiguous]].and are a couple as of the third season]].


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* FirstInstallmentWins: While both season 2 and 3 have generally been received well, they're subject to far more criticism, leaving an almost unanimous opinion that the first season so far is the strongest and most iconic one, with many feeling no other season will live up to its quality and some even feeling that the series should really only have been that ''one'' season.


** The Party dressing up as the Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} becomes this when it was announced that Finn Wolfhard is being considered for a starring role in the upcoming second sequel to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''.

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** The Party dressing up as the Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} becomes this when it was announced that Finn Wolfhard is being considered for a would be starring role in ''Film/Ghostbusters2020'', the upcoming second sequel to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''.


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** In the third season, Hopperís frustrations with Russian scientist Alexei [[spoiler: and presumed capture by the Russians]] becomes this when it was announced that portrayer Harbourís character in the ''ComicBook/BlackWidow'' movie is a Russian spy with the same name.


* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: There are child fans of Stranger Things, because it A) has young children as protagonists and B) came out around the same time [[Anime/YokaiWatch an anime with a similar premise]] began picking up steam in the U.S. and Canada. This leaves out all the scary monsters, AdultFear and MindRape scenes that the former series is well-known for. The show winning Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Kids Choice Awards for Favorite TV Show and Millie Bobby Brown winning Favorite TV Actress in 2018 ''probably'' won't help the "child-friendly" reputation for those who don't know better.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: There are child fans of Stranger Things, because it A) has young children as protagonists MainCharacters and B) came out around the same time [[Anime/YokaiWatch an anime with a similar premise]] began picking up steam in the U.S. and Canada. This leaves out all the scary monsters, AdultFear and MindRape scenes that the former series is well-known for. The show winning Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Kids Choice Awards for Favorite TV Show and Millie Bobby Brown winning Favorite TV Actress in 2018 ''probably'' won't help the "child-friendly" reputation for those who don't know better.

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*CompleteMonster: The "Mind Flayer" is the [[EldritchAbomination eldritch horror]] lurking within [[Characters/StrangerThingsTheUpsideDown the Upside-Down]]. A thinking, vindictive entity that [[MultiversalConqueror subsumes other realms into itself]], the Mind Flayer uses horrible monsters like the Demogorgon to capture and massacre several people from Earth, at one point using the Demodogs to initiate an utter massacre in the Hawkins Laboratory. In the third season, the Mind Flayer "flays" several more people, overtaking them in mind and body while possessing Max's older brother Billy, using him to corral up to thirty people--elderly and children among them--to melt down their bodies and amalgamate them into a crude, monstrous body it can use to walk on Earth. The Mind Flayer proceeds to try and slaughter El and all of her friends out of nothing more than spite for being denied entrance to Earth the first time, gleefully [[MindRape mind raping]] her and telling her it won't stop until it's [[OmnicidalManiac ended everyone on Earth]].


** Hopper in Season 2. [[spoiler:Is he keeping Eleven in secret because he's genuinely concerned over a government reprisal, or is he exploiting the situation to replace the daughter who was taken from him?]]

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*** Some consider his role towards Eleven in Season 3 to be at same level of emotionally constipated roughness he's always been; others find his frequent screaming at Eleven, threatening Mike into lying to her, and escalated drinking to be straight up AbusiveParent territory.



** Was Billy actually going to run over the boys? Or did he know they were going to get out of the way and he was just messing with Max? The distance he was at before revving up his engine would have given the boys enough time to get out of the way.
*** Another one for Billy: Was his opposition to Max and Lucas hanging out the result of him being a racist (as his own actor thinks) or because he has reason to believe that Lucas mistreated Max, thus likening Lucas to his abusive father. [[note]]Right before Billy threateningly warns Max tha they don't hang out with certain kinds of people, he was within earshot of her claiming that Lucas treats her like garbage, as she was unaware that he had a good reason for keeping secrets from her.[[/note]]
** Hopper in Season 3. Some consider him to be at same level of emotionally constipated roughness he's always been; others find his frequent screaming at Eleven, threatening Mike into lying to her, and escalated drinking to be straight up AbusiveParent territory.
** Billy coming on to Karen Wheeler in Season 3. Is he legitimately interested in her as a person? Just trying to score another notch on his belt? Wanting to get back at Mike for his treatment in Season 2 by boning his mom?

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** Billy Hargrove:
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Was Billy actually going to run over the boys? Or did he know they were going to get out of the way and he was just messing with Max? The distance he was at before revving up his engine would have given the boys enough time to get out of the way.
*** Another one for Billy: Was his opposition to Max and Lucas hanging out the result of him being a racist (as his own actor thinks) or because he has reason to believe that Lucas mistreated Max, thus likening Lucas to his abusive father. father? [[note]]Right before Billy threateningly warns Max tha that they don't hang out with certain kinds of people, he was within earshot of her claiming that Lucas treats her like garbage, as she was unaware that he had a good reason for keeping secrets from her.[[/note]]
** Hopper in Season 3. Some consider him to be at same level of emotionally constipated roughness he's always been; others find his frequent screaming at Eleven, threatening Mike into lying to her, and escalated drinking to be straight up AbusiveParent territory.
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Billy coming on to Karen Wheeler in Season 3. Is he legitimately interested in her as a person? Just trying to score another notch on his belt? Wanting to get back at Mike for his treatment in Season 2 by boning his mom?mom?



* CrossesTheLineTwice: The Mind Flayer's flesh proxy grabbing the Party's radio when they get a call from Dustin? Pretty terrifying. The Mind Flayer looking at it for a moment and then roaring like it's telling Dustin SilenceYouFool? Pretty hilarious.
** On a related note, the famous "Neverending Story" duet between Dustin and Suzie, with the latter going from embarrassed at first to blatantly enjoying himself while the fate of every major character hangs in the balance.

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The Mind Flayer's flesh proxy grabbing the Party's radio when they get a call from Dustin? Pretty terrifying. The Mind Flayer looking at it for a moment and then roaring like it's telling Dustin SilenceYouFool? Pretty hilarious.
** On a related note, the The famous "Neverending Story" duet between Dustin and Suzie, with the latter going from embarrassed at first to blatantly enjoying himself while the fate of every major character hangs in the balance.



* FanNickname: Since his name was only mentioned in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]], most fans tend to just call Grigori "Russian Terminator" for the sake of convenience.



** Season 3 could very well be one for Film/{{Slither}}, since it involves[[spoiler: an otherworldly entity coming to a small, rural town to brainwash a number of citizens into a zombie hivemind, some of whom develop a [[HorrorHunger ravenous hunger]], while others scout the town for more people to forcefully convert. Not to mention said entity then weaponizes BodyHorror in order to create a new form for itself out of the flesh of its victims.]] If the resemblance isn't strong enough already, there's even a scene where [[spoiler: Eleven has to yank a distinctly slug-like piece of the Mindflayer out of her leg in order to keep herself from turning into a Flayed.]]

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** Season 3 could very well be one for Film/{{Slither}}, ''Film/{{Slither}}'', since it involves[[spoiler: an involves [[spoiler:an otherworldly entity coming to a small, rural town to brainwash a number of citizens into a zombie hivemind, some of whom develop a [[HorrorHunger ravenous hunger]], while others scout the town for more people to forcefully convert. Not to mention said entity then weaponizes BodyHorror in order to create a new form for itself out of the flesh of its victims.]] If the resemblance isn't strong enough already, there's even a scene where [[spoiler: Eleven has to yank a distinctly slug-like piece of the Mindflayer Mind Flayer out of her leg in order to keep herself from turning into a Flayed.]]

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*** Another one for Billy: Was his opposition to Max and Lucas hanging out the result of him being a racist (as his own actor thinks) or because he has reason to believe that Lucas mistreated Max, thus likening Lucas to his abusive father. [[note]]Right before Billy threateningly warns Max tha they don't hang out with certain kinds of people, he was within earshot of her claiming that Lucas treats her like garbage, as she was unaware that he had a good reason for keeping secrets from her.[[/note]]


** Some fans have pointed out that The Mind Flayer looks very similar to The Female M.U.T.O from ''Film/Godzilla2014''. Millie Bobby Brown will star in it's sequel ''Film/{{Godzilla King of the Monsters|2019}}'' in 2019.
** Finn Wolfhard went on to voice The Player in ''WesternAnimation/CarmenSandiego'', essentially Mike's Dungeon Master role as a whole character.
** The Party dressing up as the Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} becomes this when it was [[https://variety.com/2019/film/news/ghostbusters-finn-wolfhard-carrie-coon-stranger-things-1203153292/ announced]] that Finn Wolfhard is being considered for a starring role in the upcoming sequel to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters1984}}''.

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** Some fans have pointed out that The the Mind Flayer looks very similar to The Female the female M.U.T.O from ''Film/Godzilla2014''. Millie Bobby Brown will star the Film/MonsterVerse. Creator/MillieBobbyBrown starred in it's sequel ''Film/{{Godzilla ''[[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters|2019}}'' in 2019.
Monsters]]''.
** Finn Wolfhard Creator/FinnWolfhard went on to voice The the Player in ''WesternAnimation/CarmenSandiego'', essentially Mike's Dungeon Master role as a whole character.
** The Party dressing up as the Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} becomes this when it was [[https://variety.com/2019/film/news/ghostbusters-finn-wolfhard-carrie-coon-stranger-things-1203153292/ announced]] announced that Finn Wolfhard is being considered for a starring role in the upcoming second sequel to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters1984}}''.''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''.

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** Dustin telling Hopper that they could defeat the Mind Flayer with an army of zombies was played as a joke in Season 2. Then in Season 3 we see the Mind Flayer's brainwashed minions ingestng toxins, decomposing and turning into horrific monsters. Just like zombies.


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment Dustin and [[spoiler:Suzie's]] rendition of the Neverending Story's theme song can come across as this.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment Dustin and [[spoiler:Suzie's]] rendition of the Neverending Story's theme song can come across as this.this, though it does get referenced later on.


** Neil Hargrove was already disliked by even those who didn't like Billy, but he became ''hated'' after "E Pluribus Unum", which shows him abusing a young Billy and his mother and crushing his son's dreams to be a surfer. It's also shown that he's the reason Billy's mother left and why Billy is TheBully, and he likely manipulated things to get custody of Billy. Not to mention that in the end...[[spoiler: ''he gets away with EVERYTHING.'']]

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** Neil Hargrove was already disliked by even those who didn't like Billy, but he became ''hated'' after "E Pluribus Unum", which shows him abusing a young Billy and his mother and crushing his son's dreams to be a surfer. It's also shown that he's the reason Billy's mother left and why Billy is TheBully, and he likely manipulated things to get custody of Billy. Not to mention that in the end...[[spoiler: ''he ''[[KarnaHoudini he gets away with EVERYTHING.'']]]]'']]


* BigLippedAlligatorMoment Dustin and [[spoiler:Suzie's]] rendition of the Neverending Story's theme song is certainly this. With how tense the mood is when it occurs, it also counts as MoodWhiplash.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment Dustin and [[spoiler:Suzie's]] rendition of the Neverending Story's theme song is certainly this. With how tense the mood is when it occurs, it also counts can come across as MoodWhiplash. this.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment Dustin and [[spoiler:Suzie's]] rendition of the Neverending Story's theme song is certainly this. With how tense the mood is when it occurs, it also counts as MoodWhiplash.

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* EvenBetterSequel: Season 3 is not without its criticisms, but is considered by many to be a step up in quality from Season 2, with faster pacing, higher stakes risk for the characters and more exhilarating action sequences and tighter character moments.

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