Characters in Stranger Things who live outside Hawkins. Beware of spoilers.
A criminal gang of various misfits and outcasts, led by Kali. They were originally based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before fleeing to Chicago, Illinois. They get by through robbing stores, and vengefully murdering people who they feel wronged them.
- Anti-Hero: They strike back at people who have to varying degrees escaped justice, but are willing to do anything to take revenge.
- Five-Man Band: One of many superhero tropes they play with is the five-person group dynamic. With Kali as their leader and most significant member, the rest of the group are mainly characterized by the Five-Man Band archetype they fit. Eleven even briefly steps in to fill the role of Sixth Ranger.
- Five-Token Band: The group consists of an Indian, two Caucasians, and two African-Americans.
- Flat Character: Aside from Kali, they're all generally one-note archetypes meant to serve as satellite characters to her.
- Plot Detour: Incarnate. The main narrative of Season 2 is essentially paused in episode 7, whilst Eleven takes a trip to Chicago....and encounters these guys.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They are all outcasts for one reason or another.
- Tattooed Crook: Most of Kali's gang are heavily inked.
- True Companions: Kali found them and gave them a purpose, and they all see each other as some sort of found family.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Eleven encounters them on her trip to Chicago. They are an eclectic collection of quirky personalities who don't play much of a role in the series' main plot. Nonetheless, the encounter does have significance for El's development as a character, as well as expanding the scope of Hawkins Lab's experiments by confirming there are indeed other subjects out there. Additionally, the encounter lays the groundwork for future story developments in season 3 and beyond.
Kali / Eight
Another one of Dr. Brenner's test subjects, a British girl of Indian descent who became the leader of a nomadic street gang.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: To be fair, she was being as nice as she knows how to be and wasn't entirely all about the ulterior motive. The problem was... unlike Eleven, she's never really experienced genuine niceness, herself. This is where El could teach poor Kali a few tricks. If she ever works out how to let go, and how to let her little sis do that.
- Berserk Button: Having her freedom restricted in any way, as shown when Eleven knocks the gun out of her hand when she is about to shoot a Punch-Clock Villain. This is probably a response to growing up in a very restrictive environment and being used as a test subject.
- Big Sister Instinct: She still remembers Eleven and truly does think of her as a sister. She even cries when Eleven left to help her friends.
- Big Sister Mentor: During her short time with Eleven, Kali instructs her on how to better control her powers.
- Black-and-White Insanity: Views anyone involved in Hawkins Lab as completely evil, even people who were just following orders or who were unaware of the organization's darker side.
- Broken Bird: Years of being used as a test subject and living on the run from the government has left her emotionally broken and paranoid. She believes that normal humans will always see her as a monster and refuses to trust anyone but her closest friends.
- Cool Big Sis: She thinks of Eleven as her little sister and mentors her in how to control and strengthen her powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kali was kidnapped by her family and was forced to undergo painful training to heighten her abilities. At some point, she escaped and entered into a life of crime.
- Delinquent Hair: Has an undercut dyed purple on top.
- Evil Feels Good: While she claims to be out for justice, it is pretty clear that she actually hunts down the scientists who hurt her and Eleven in the past because it gives her emotional satisfaction.
- Evil Mentor: "Evil" is probably stretching it, but Kali helps to tutor Eleven in making the most of her powers, while also emotionally manipulating her into helping the gang take vengeance against former members of Hawkins Lab.
- Faux Affably Evil: Again, not "evil", but as "The Lost Sister" progresses it becomes increasingly obvious that Kali's warm and genial personality is largely a front to hide the bitter, angry, manipulative, and violent person hiding underneath, having been twisted into what she is by years of living hell at Hawkins Lab.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears these almost constantly. They serve a dual purpose of hiding her number tattoo and making it easier to wipe her Psychic Nosebleeds away.
- Flawed Prototype: In a sense. Compared to El, her illusionary powers are much less impressive then El's Mind over Matter and long ranged Telepathy. Although she can use her illusion powers on El, El appears to see through them much more easily than others.
- To Eleven — They are both test subjects but while Eleven eventually finds people she loves who accept her, Kali is consumed by her hatred and turns to a life of crime for revenge. Their powers also contrast each other, with Eleven manipulating the physical world while Kali manipulates people's minds.
- To Nancy — Both are teenage girls with a Sugar-and-Ice Personality who are out for revenge against Hawkins Lab, but while Nancy just wants to publicly expose their crimes Kali is out to murder each and every person involved in the organization.
- Heel Realization: Kali is shown to be deeply upset when Eleven leaves her crew to return to Hawkins and save her friends. According to actress Linnea Berthelsen, El's choice to protect those she loves makes her realize how empty her vengeance has been, and that as broken as she is El has found something meaningful in her life that Kali herself is missing.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Kali is fueled solely by a desire for vengeance and the Power Of Hate. She's determined to kill everyone from Hawkins Lab who was in any way connected to what happened to her. To the point she was prepared to murder a Punch-Clock Villain who was Just Following Orders while his children were therenote in cold blood.
- Invisibility: She can make herself and others invisible using her powers, but it's notably a lot more challenging to produce and maintain than some of the other illusions she creates.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: As much as many of the people at Hawkins Lab (especially Brenner) might have it coming, Kali has become utterly ruthless in her pursuit of vengeance, and isn't much better now than those who tormented her.
- The Leader: Despite her youth, she's clearly in charge and is the main decision-maker.
- Manipulative Bitch: As much as she cares for Eleven, that does not put her above using Eleven as a tool to hunt down the people who worked at Hawkins Lab. She also repeatedly uses her powers to conjure illusions of people from her victim's past to Break Them by Talking.
- Master of Illusion: She can cause powerful visual and auditory hallucinations in her victims.
- Meaningful Name: In Hindu Mythology, Kali is a fierce, terrifying goddess who focuses her power on destroying evil forces. Likewise, this Kali uses her psychic powers to kill the government agents who are responsible for the suffering she, Eleven, and countless others endured.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: At least for a given definition of innocent. She notably avoids hurting bystanders if at all possible, trying to talk down a gas station attendant with a gun and warding off the police with illusions.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: A mild example, as Linnea Berthelsen's Danish accent isn't very strong, but she makes no attempt to cover it. The article that has her photo (that Eleven used to track her) mentions that she was abducted in London, which could say something about the reach of the conspiracy behind the Hawkins Lab.
- Not So Different: Her ruthlessness and refusal to discriminate between the likes of Brenner and those Just Following Orders have made her this from the very same people who tormented her. Kali will stop at nothing, even using her own "sister" as a weapon and manipulating her with her own powers if needs be, to carry out her goals.
- The Power of Hate: What she uses to fuel her powers.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Not as badly as Eleven but she gets these if she uses her powers extensively.
- Psychic Powers: She can project powerful illusions into other people's minds. She also appears to have some degree of clairvoyance or precognition, as she was able to predict where to turn the van during the chase scene in "MADMAX".
- Psychological Torment Zone: Kali can summon very convincing illusions to psychologically torment people.
- Revenge: Her sole reason for existence is hunting down and killing the people responsible for her suffering at Hawkins Lab.
- Seer: The car chase in "MADMAX" implies that she possesses something in the flavor of this trope, knowing exactly where to turn to evade the cops, though it's handled in a Show, Don't Tell fashion compared to her other powers.
- Shadow Archetype: Like Eleven, she's a psychic embittered by her experimentation at the hands of Hawkins, but unlike Eleven, she gave in to that bitterness and now only lives for revenge.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She genuinely cares for her sister and wants what's best for her, and she is also very protective of the members of her gang. However, she also has a cold and calculating side and has no sympathy for anyone involved with Hawkins Lab, no matter how minor their role in the organization was.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Again, not quite "evil," but Kali decided not long after her escape that normal people were never going to accept someone with extraordinary abilities like her, so she decided to become the "monster" they feared she'd be. . . channeled into specifically targeting people she believes deserves it.
- Toxic Friend Influence: She manipulates Eleven into committing morally ambiguous deeds.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: According to Word of God, El's departure to save her loved ones has made Kali realize how little she truly has.
- Weak, but Skilled: Her illusions can't match the raw power of Eleven's telekinesis, but she is skilled and savvy enough to use them effectively.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like the heroes, she wants to take down the organization responsible for the atrocities committed at Hawkins Lab. Unfortunately, she intends to do this by hunting down and killing everyone involved with the organization, no matter how minor their role.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was a young girl who was ruthlessly experimented by Brenner. Despite her ruthless, vindictive behavior, Kali is nothing but the result of pain, anger and desolation consumed.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: She chastises Axel for threatening Eleven, a young girl, with a knife.
- You Are Number 6: Eight, in her case, as indicated by the tattoo on her wrist.
One of Kali's gang.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite working for Kali and knowing full well about her powers, he initially refuses to believe Kali when she says Eleven is also psychic.
- Ax-Crazy: The most violent of the gang.
- Blood Knight: Seems to enjoy a good fight, particularly near the end of "The Lost Sister" during his shootout with the cops.
- Knife Nut: Favors a switchblade that he can throw with a decent bit of accuracy.
- The Lancer: Axel often disagrees with Kali, but still shows enthusiasm to her cause (perhaps more so than the others.)
- Lean and Mean: He's a veritable beanpole, and the most antagonistic of Kali's gang.
- Mind Rape: Kali fills his head with images of spiders when he threatens Eleven and his dialogue implies it's a regular occurrence.
- Tattooed Crook: He sports ink across most of his visible skin.
- The Quincy Punk: A textbook example, complete with wild mohawk, bad attitude, anarchic leanings, and a vigilante modus-operandi. He looks like a standard Mook from a late eighties / early nineties Beat 'em Up videogame.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He is arachnophobic.
- Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem threatening Eleven with a knife, and would've probably followed through had Kali not stopped him.
The newest member of Kali's gang.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She supports Kali and is decently friendly to Eleven but she is a member of a somewhat dangerous group.
- The Chick: Dottie is a quirky, feminine woman who exists to lighten the tone and check the more serious characters.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She was in a mental institution until recently, and she is... off.
- Meaningful Name: "Dottie" is a slang term for crazy, and she was in a mental hospital until recently.
- Signature Headgear: Often wears a ribbon in her hair.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed all sorts of colors.
One of Kali's gang.
- The Big Guy: He's a huge guy who fills a door-frame and acts as the team muscle.
- Fluffy the Terrible: He's a rugged, intimidating gangster who serves as the gang's muscle. He's also named after a Care Bear.
- Gentle Giant: He is a soft-spoken, personable guy (when not on the job), open with his gratitude towards Kali and calls Eleven "Miss Jane".
- Scary Black Man: Downplayed. He's the largest and strongest member of the gang and is quite intimidating when on the job, but is otherwise very friendly and laid back.
One of Kali's gang.
- Gender-Blender Name: Mick is typically a man's nickname, yet she is a woman.
- Getaway Driver: Serves as the gang's wheelman.
- The Smart Guy: She is practical and too smart to play cards with Dottie and Funshine. Also, she's generally less "wacky" than the others and acts as the team's watcher and getaway driver.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With The Mind Flayer in Season 3. While technically their plan to open a gate means theyre fulfilling its goals, the USSR never has any indication of being aware of its existence and the two plot lines dont really intersect until the finale. The season finale's mid-credits scene however reveal that they are at the very least aware of creatures from the Upside-Down, having kept a full-grown Demogorgon captive in their Kamchatka facility.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subject Steve and Robin to beatings and injections of truth serum. When neither tactic gives the Soviets any answers, the interrogator just ups the ante and attempts to pull out Steve's fingernails.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In spite of operating with similar goals regarding the Upside-Down, the Soviet Starcourt laboratory is pretty much the reverse of Hawkins Labs. Theyre a more overtly military operation relying more thoroughly on Refuge in Audacity to conceal their operations, and can come off as much sloppier and louder than Hawkins Labs. The fact that Dustin, Steve, and Robin uncover their conspiracy is rather revealing to how poor their concealment was.
- In particular, their leadership and enforcement is starkly different from the Hawkins lab. General Stepanov has a very Dr. Brenner-esque older scientist killed for failing in an initial breach attempt, taking charge of the operation himself. Meanwhile, Grigori is just as ruthless and trigger-happy as Connie Frazier, but doesnt even attempt her kind of subterfuge.
- Dirty Communists: The show paints a rather unflattering and one-dimensional portrayal of the Soviet Union, Russians being depicted as almost universally as evil brutes and Russia itself implied to be Mordor with nice things not existing there. Worse, it's implied that they want to, and have already begun to, tame and weaponize the inhabitants of the Upside Down.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: In Season 3, the guards in the secret Russian base beneath Starcourt Mall are hilariously inept, failing to regularly monitor or defend the one entrance to the facility, even when they know an intruder is loose with the keycard in hand. Hopper manages to effortlessly gun down a whole group of them when they're left confused by Bauman's extremely thin attempt to pretend like they work at the facility.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: We never find out for sure just why they're attempting to open the Gate to the Upside-Down throughout Season 3. The Sequel Hook however implies they've begun weaponizing the inhabitants of the Upside-Down, starting with a captive Demogorgon.
- Incompetence, Inc.: It wasn't a matter of if the Russian operation under Starcourt Mall would be uncovered, but when.
- The guards are extremely incompetent overall, as covered under The Guards Must Be Crazy. The Russians inexplicably did not assign their best soldiers to an important and dangerous project deep in enemy territory.
- Not only is there a clear paper trail that shows what they're up to, the mayor has that paper trail locked in a safe at his house, which he gives up easily to the local sheriff.
- They use an extremely simplistic code that can be picked up by civilian radio that was cracked in one day by two teenagers.
- Their base is successfully infiltrated by the same teenagers, primarily because the Russians somehow don't have security cameras or around the clock guard coverage posted at the entrance to their top secret base.
- After the teenagers successfully escape, the Russians search for them by wandering around in public, doing nothing to conceal their identities and carrying weapons. Grigori and his goons also clearly have no problem firing their weapons in public, crowded places on American soil, during the Cold War.
- Loose Lips: While in US soil they communicate on open radio channels that anyone with a sufficiently powerful receiver can pick up, in Russian, in a pathetically transparent code that three teenagers who don't speak the language manage to break in a day. Truth in Television as by the end of the Cold War the USSR was filled with inept yes-men who were unqualified for their positions or higher-ups who didn't like being questioned or admitting mistakes. It's more surprising they weren't found out sooner.
- Red Scare: In full effect. The establishing shot showing the Soviet flag is depicted in the most ominous way possible and they've hidden their base beneath a shopping mall likely to exploit the consumer habits of Capitalist America. That's not getting into the fact that one of them is likened to a literal machine to further illustrate how dehumanised they are.
- Swiss Cheese Security: The secret Soviet base beneath the Starcourt mall is located, penetrated and escaped from by three teenagers and a little girl.
- Weird Historical War: The third season's Sequel Hook showcases that they have started to capture monsters from the Upside-Down with the full implication they will be used as a secret weapon in the Cold War.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They only kept Alexei alive long enough for him to complete the key to the Gate. Once he's abducted by Joyce and Hopper, none of them think twice about killing him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Mind Flayer. While we dont know why they chose to attempt to open a portal to the Upside Down, its clear they dont know of the Mind Flayer existence. Yet just by trying to open a Gate, theyre helping it achieve its goals.
- Villain Ball: If your last experiment ended with several engineers getting horrifically slaughtered, maybe think twice before killing one of your chief scientists as punishment.
- We Have Reserves: Don't see a problem with losing half a dozen scientists rather then a test failing.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In an odd display of chivalry, during interrogation they don't lay a finger on Robin, while they beat Steve to within an inch of his life. They do use the much less violent Truth Serum on her though.
- Would Hurt a Child: Their mooks have no problem hunting down a party of four people, where the oldest is 18 and the youngest is 10, and two of them could have killed the Scoops Troop if El and the rest of the gang haven't shown up.
A Soviet General in charge of the Gate project.
- Bad Boss: Season 3 begins with a number of techs being vaporized by the device used to open a gate. Stepanov registers no interest or concern about it, beyond executing the head scientist for failure and warning his replacement that he has one year to succeed before he suffers the same fate.
- Bald of Evil: A murderous, bald-headed officer behind some unethical experiments.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He is ultimately the Big Bad of the Soviet plot for season 3, and one of the main antagonists of the season along with the Mind Flayer. However, he takes very little part in the actual plot beyond threatening Alexei at the beginning of the season to finish the Gate project, while his minion Grigori poses a physical threat to Hopper and Joyce.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While ultimately being the mastermind behind the Russians' actions in Season 3 he only appears briefly in the first episode, with Grigori carrying the weight throughout the season. As The Stinger shows, the destruction of the Hawkins Key ultimately did little to disrupt his plans.
- Minor Major Character: Though he is the head of the Soviet project, he only appears briefly in one episode, with his right-hand brute Grigori as the main Soviet threat to our heroes.
- You Have Failed Me: He has Grigori kill the head scientist in the opening of the season for a half-successful test to open the Upside Down.
A Soviet Colonel overseeing the Gate project in the field in the US.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When his interrogation of Steve achieves little outside of making Steve try to bribe him with ice-cream, Ozerov cracks up.
- All There in the Script: His name is never mentioned in the show proper, being only known from promotional materials.
- Orcus on His Throne: He's not a particularly active villain and only has a handful of scenes as an interrogator.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After the Gate generator is destroyed and the US military starts moving in on the secret base, he vanishes into thin air along with all the surviving Soviet personnel.
The leader of a group of Soviet assassins.
- All There in the Script: His name is only given in the subtitles/transcript.
- Badass Normal: Given whom he's based on, it should come as no surprise that he's incredibly dangerous, regardless of what his bones are made of.
- The Brute: A lumbering ogre of a man, he acts as the Soviets' main muscle out and about in Hawkins.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: Technically not a fan, but the machine he was thrown into by Hopper was rotating so fast it still mulched him instantly.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not only is his voice deep, but he only talks a handful of times.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He's defined by the immediate physical threat he poses to the heroes, but close to nothing is divulged about his character.
- Hate Sink: Seriously, the Mind Flayer is more recognizably human than this guy. He literally does not ever do a single thing that is not hatefully evil, and can't even summon up the humanity to buy a box of fucking Twinkies without violently interrogating the poor cashier. About the only time you'll feel sorry for Larry Kline is when Grigori nearly strangles him to death just because Kline says that he hasn't found Joyce and Hopper yet. This would all be bad enough on its own, but what really pushes him past "Dumb Muscle" into pure, unadulterated evil is when he shoots Alexei dead at the fair - when he wasn't even helping the Americans out at that moment, he was just enjoying the Carnival games! - and practically sneering "Traitor." His intervention leads directly to Hopper's ambiguous death when Grigori attacks him and Joyce, and the only complaint anyone will have about Hopper throwing him into a spinning Turbine Blender is that it was over too quickly.
- The Heavy: He doesn't hold a position of power in the Soviet conspiracy, but he's the most active and dangerous villain from this particular plot.
- Implacable Man: Hopper shoots him repeatedly in the chest and he just gets back up. Subverted since he was wearing a kevlar vest.
- Neck Lift: Does this to the head scientist of the Soviet research program in the opening of the season.
- Obviously Evil: In contrast to Dr. Brenners chief enforcer Connie Frazier, who specialized in concealing her intent behind a harmless- and even helpful-seeming facade, Grigori cuts such an immediately intimidating and threatening figure (as do the rest of his men) that they can be immediately identified by anyone who is even remotely on the lookout.
- The Stoic: He shows no fear, no remorse, no pain or even anger. He hunts, kills and maims with the deadpan demeanour of someone doing their taxes.
- Terminator Impersonator: He is very Terminator-esque, being a stiff, implacable killer relentlessly pursuing the protagonists. Lampshaded when Kline jokingly refers to him as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Villains Out Shopping: At one point he buys some Twinkies from a 7-Eleven, likely a reassurance that he's human. Then he violently interrogates the cashier.
- Virtue Is Weakness: Believes that Hopper's moral code would keep him from killing someone, not realising that Hopper's level of compassion is at an all-time low.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem throwing Joyce around like a rag doll.
A Soviet scientist working on the Gate.
- Chummy Commies: Provided you don't treat him as harshly as Hopper did, he's pretty friendly even with people from an enemy nation.
- Dying Alone: He succumbs to his bullet wound after Murray leaves him to get help.
- Everyone Can See It: He seems to have been under the assumption that Hopper and Joyce were already romantically and sexually involved and thinks it's hilarious that they aren't.
- Foil: To Steve. Steve is an American pretty-boy with little in the way of book smarts, while Alexei is a Russian scientist and isn't cool in a conventional sense. Both are captured by authority figures from enemy nations and interrogated, with contrasting results; Steve genuinely knows nothing, is understandably panicked during the whole ordeal and gets beaten and drugged despite his innocence, meanwhile Alexei does know what the Soviets are up to, stands his ground upon being questioned and ultimately manages to collaborate with his captors. Both also have an affiliation with ice; Steve sells ice-cream and Alexei enjoys slurpies.
- He Knows Too Much: Hopper suspects that his superiors will want Alexei dead for being held captive for information, in addition to being seen as a traitor for giving up that information. He's right.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: He considers defecting to the U.S., but is killed by Grigori before it can get off the ground.
- Hope Spot: When Hopper's interrogation of him goes nowhere, he kicks Alexei out of Murray's place and gives him the keys to the car and cuffs. Hopper is betting on Alexei's predicted escape attempt to stop when he realises he'll be killed for giving up information and he'll come crawling back to him, and he's right — Alexei tries to drive away, but stops partway through the gate.
- Manchild: Alexis loves Looney Tunes, insists on Food as Bribe to cooperate with Hopper, and wins a giant Woody Woodpecker plushie at the festival.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He ends up having a relatively fun time experiencing the joys of American life outside of his station and even considers defecting. Sadly, he's killed before he can really leave.
- Mundane Object Amazement: He finds 7-Eleven, slurpies (particularly cherry-flavored ones), and fairs amusing.
- Not So Above It All: Enjoys watching Looney Tunes and is really happy when he wins a Woody Woodpecker plush at the fair.
- Odd Friendship: With Murray.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction upon seeing Grigori at the fair.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He may be a scientist for the Soviets, but he doesn't agree with their cruelty. He also doesn't seem to be aware of the side-effects of his work.
- Redemption Equals Death: As soon as he starts to realize that he should stay with the Americans and begins cooperating, he gets killed.
- Russian Guy Suffers Most: He's on the receiving end of Hopper's temper (which is not totally undeserved) and is threatened by his Soviet superiors to complete his work on the Gate or else. Then, as he's coming to like his time on American soil, he's silenced by Grigori and ends up Dying Alone.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He gets fatally shot by a soviet guard right before the grim and action-packed Season 3 finale.
- Smug Snake: Tells Hopper that he'll spill if he gets a cherry-flavored slurpie. When he gets a "shit" strawberry-flavored slurpie instead, he arrogantly refuses. Hopper isn't having any of it, but Alexei starts cooperating once Hopper crushes his Hope Spot.
- The Snack Is More Interesting: Has to be bribed with burgers and slurpies before he'll talk. When Hopper obliges, Alexei just complains about the taste of the slurpie, which leads to an explosive argument that looks like it could end in a bloodbath any second. Over slurpies.
- Turncoat: Sad though it is, as a Soviet all the actions listed above are incompatible with loyalty to Mother Russia. As he gives up all of the highly classified information he has to betray his home nation, he therefore quallifies. Even Grigori can see it, which is why he executes him without hesitation. Whilst saying nothing more than "Traitor".
Joyce's ex-husband and Jonathan and Will's estranged father who lives in Indianapolis. A deeply selfish man and womanizer.
- Abusive Parent: Of the emotionally abusive variety. It's clear he's been chipping away at both his sons' egos over the years. But, has focused mainly on Will. His comment about Jonathan having gotten stronger when the latter shoves Lonnie off of him also seems to imply that he may have pushed Jonathan around when he was younger as well.
- Bait the Dog: In episode 5, he comes back to Hawkins for Will's funeral. It seems like he really cares and is willing to make things right with his family. Then it's revealed that he is putting on an act, because he plans to cash in off of Will's death by suing for money.
- Coattail-Riding Relative: He couldn't care less about Will's disappearance until he sees a legal angle to it that he can exploit for money when the boy's body is found. He then tries to get all lovey-dovey with Joyce until she finds him out.
- Disappeared Dad: To Will and Jonathan, who have given up on him.
- Domestic Abuse: Shades of; he does try gaslighting both Joyce and Jonathan with a view to controlling their lives to hit an insurance jackpot. He also does almost the opposite of what anybody asks him to do. And, Joyce eventually kicked him out, with hints that he once tried calling her mad for suspecting he was sleeping around. And, Jonathan is always defensively confrontational when they meet. Join the dots.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Jonathan goes to his house to check for Will, Lonnie "greets" him by suddenly forcing him against the wall and then laughing about it. He tries to hug Jonathan, only for the latter to force him off. He treats all of Jonathan's concerns with either tasteless jokes or snipes at Joyce's parenting; he didn't even care enough to call Joyce back about Will not being at his house. The entire meeting, Jonathan is very cold with him, capping it off with giving him a poster of Will, "in case you forgot what he looks like".
- Gaslighting: OK, so he doesn't have to do an awful lot to make Joyce seem nuts. But, ask yourself this: if she hadn't already been as frazzled as much as she was... what would he have done to get her to that point (and/or convince others she was there)? Because her being seen as out of it as an official excuse to take the reins was a rather important part of his hustle, particularly with Jonathan.
- Gold Digger: His reason for coming back for Will's funeral is to cash in on Will's disappearance. Joyce catches on immediately.
- Happy Marriage Charade: He attempts to mend his relationship with Joyce so that if there's litigation made in regards to Will having been found at the gorge, he can be at the very least included in the lawsuit and cash in.
- Hate Sink: He shows very little interest in either Jonathan or Will, except when it comes to making them do things they don't want to do (like forcing Jonathan to go hunting when he was younger) and only feigns concern when his son goes missing, not even bothering to return a panicked Joyce's calls. He does turn up in time for Will's funeral, playing the role of a grieving father and helping Joyce through her grief. It's discovered that he only is trying to get back in Joyce's good graces to inherit the money from the wrongful death lawsuit he is planning to file to pay off his debts.
- Imposter Forgot One Detail: The idiot brings lawsuit documents and advertising for litigation for wrongful death to Joyce's home. So he's not only an asshole, he's stupid too.
- It's All About Me: Lonnie cares only about himself; he doesn't seem interested at all when his son goes missing. When it appears that Will is dead, he reappears in Hawkins for the funeral, but it soon transpires that he only turned up so he could get in on the ground floor of a wrongful death lawsuit, so he could pay his debts. What a prick.
- Jerkass: He's deceitful, lazy, selfish, and neglectful. It's not only that he doesn't give a rat's ass about his sons, but he also tries to capitalize on Will's presumed death.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Problem is, whenever he does have a point, he twists it to get what he wants. He's not wrong that Joyce's behaviour looks bonkers, and that she also could use a little help cleaning up. And, that some of the poster choices and the fairy lights are inappropriate in a household of mourning. But...
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: It's implied that he disapproved of Will's nerdier habits and never engaged in activities with Will that his son would actually enjoy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Oh, he tries. Rather hard. Given Joyce's frustration and despair with and over him, on top of Jonathan's adamant obstruction of anything that comes out of his mouth... It's rather clear both have been burned by his schemes before. He comes back and tries to convince Joyce that he's willing to help out, since he knows how stressful Will's death is, as well as for old time's sake, since he does care. He simultaneously tries to convince Jonathan that his mother is very definitely going around the twist and that the two of them need to stick together, even if they cannot stand it, for her sake. It's all to manipulate both into letting him call the shots so he can nick off with an insurance pay-out. It only fails because 1) he has played this game before, so they are both on different levels of alert and 2) because both are sure that Will isn't dead and that the spooky crap going on does actually exist.
- MayDecember Romance: His current girlfriend is closer in age to his eldest son than to him. Joyce's dialogue implies he makes a habit of this.
- Never My Fault: Lonnie refuses to accept any responsibility for any of his actions, past or present.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Thinks his boys should be hunting, shooting and fishing as part and parcel of becoming Real Men. Jonathan tolerated it (with emotional fallout) when it happened to him, but decided to not simply let him do this to Will without challenging this mind-set.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Joyce hands him one before throwing him out of her house.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He had a girlfriend he was living with (or, was living with her — whichever). Did he just dump her to try getting back with Joyce? Or, did he get kicked out? Or, is she in on the scheme? Dunno.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thought swooping in and picking up where he left the various family relationships off in his daytime, cut-price heist drama would just... work. Unfortunately, the genre changed on him in a few critical ways.
Dustin's Mormon-raised genius girlfriend from Utah whom he met at Science Camp.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Suzie-poo", courtesy of Dustin.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced in name only at beginning of Season 3. Confirmed not only as real by the end of Season 3, but also the only character who knows the numerical code needed to save the world.
- Child Prodigy: Dustin's claims about her being a genius turn out to be 100% correct, in fact she is probably the smartest pre-adult character in the entire cast.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets protective when she hears Erica on the walkie with Dustin, unaware that Erica is more of an Annoying Younger Sibling.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: She is in a long-distance relationship with Dustin, however since he is not Mormon her parents will probably never approve.
- Foil: To Barb. Both are bespectacled, conservatively-dressed (with romantic designs like florals or ruffles), geeky young women with interests in mathematics (Barb was a mathlete) and aptitude for academics from comfortable yet sheltered backgrounds. The resemblance ends there as Barb was a Shrinking Violet who was very wary of her gal pal having sex with Steve and was rebuffed after confronting girlfriend and stuck by in case her friend needed her; Suzie is very assertive with her boyfriend regarding her romantic desires (she was vocal that kissing is better without so much teeth according to Dustin) and that'd he'd make up for not calling her by singing her favorite song together with her.
- Girlfriend in Canada: Played With, as for most of Season 3 just about everyone thought that Dustin made her up, but then she turns out to be real.
- Her Boyfriend's Jacket: A variant; Dustin let Suzie keep his iconic red, white, and blue baseball cap after they left science camp.
- Informed Attractiveness: According to Dustin, she's as attractive as Phoebe Cates. She's definitely cute when the viewers get to see her in person, but in a more grounded, mundane way - her intelligence, on the other hand, is every bit as real as advertised.
- Long-Distance Relationship: Her boyfriend, Dustin, lives in Hawkins, Indiana.
- Lovable Nerd: As big of a nerd as Dustin. The two end up singing the theme to The NeverEnding Story during the Final Battle with the Mind Flayer. When not dancing along while singing she is triumphantly posing.
- Meganekko: Her glasses are almost as big as her face.
- Pink Is Feminine: She is seen wearing a pink floral nightgown and hair decs.
- Skewed Priorities: Since she feels that Dustin blanked out on her for the past few days and is only now contacting her to ask her for a math equation, she threatens to hang up on him if he doesn't make up for it by singing the The NeverEnding Story theme with her, dismissing his claims about "saving the world" as one of his games. This happens all while the kids are being pursued by the Mind Flayer and the adults could be caught by the Soviets at any minute. Though this is Justified as "saving the world from Russians and monsters" is a rather unlikely activity for a 14 year old from a small Midwestern town such as Dustin to be engaged in, and despite everyone being on that radio frequency no one thinks to chime in to explain that Dustin is being deadly serious.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She sports a large, round pair of spectacles, and is a Child Prodigy.
- Spanner in the Works: Is unknowingly this to both the Mind Flayer and the Soviet Union when Dustin contacts her for a crucial bit of information necessary to take down both, albeit temporarily (one wonders what she thought when she saw Starcourt on the news the next day).
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Dustin describes their relationship as such, due to the distance and disapproving parents.
- Teen Genius: She knows Planck's Constant despite being 14 at most.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that she turns out to be real is a spoiler in itself, which is to say nothing of the major role she plays in the final battle of Season 3.
Owner of the car commandeered by Hopper.
- Cool Car: A 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible.
- Metalhead: When Hop steals his car and turns on the radio, heavy metal starts playing, implying Todd listens to or is curious about the genre.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "The Toddfather". It's based on his first name, but after that one scene we never learn his last name.
- Rich Bitch: He's credited as "Rich Douchebag Todd".
- Vanity License Plate: TODFTHR