The 13 Saddest ‘Stranger Things’ Deaths, Ranked

Since Upside Down opened, tragedy has unfolded in its wake. The press asks if Hawkins is cursed every season of stranger things as the number of bodies increases. But in a city where the death toll will only rise by the end of stranger things 5, some deaths stand out more than others. So let’s talk about the saddest stranger things deaths in the last four tranches.

Warning: Spoilers for stranger things 4 follow. The list of victims and murders predates the opening of Upside Down in November 1983. By 1959, Henry Creel was already killing innocent rabbits – and innocent humans. Alice and Virginia Creel perished at her hands, and her father was fired for it.

But those deaths weren’t the only ones to affect Hawkins’ heroes before the series began. From Sarah Hopper dying of childhood cancer, leaving Jim a grieving father, to Eleven’s memories of her dragged mother, everyone comes to Hawkins with varying baggage. Maybe that’s why they can handle what’s going on better than most would.

Here’s a look at the ones the Upside Down has taken, ranked by how much it hurts.


Mind Flayer Victims


Of all the mass murders of Hawkins residents, Season 3’s Friends and Neighbors who were possessed and then rejected by the Mind Flayer rank near the bottom of the list.

Some were friendlier than others; for example, poor Heather Holloway did not deserve her fate. On the other hand, his father was terrible. Doris Driscoll was a paranoid old lady who never asked to be melted down to give Mind Flayer physical form. The death of Nancy’s sexist colleague Bruce Lowe may have given fans some satisfaction.

Since some of these deaths weren’t too heartbreaking, it was hard for viewers to feel sorry for the group as a whole. However, these small victims add to an overall tragedy and, therefore, they belong on this list.


Various FBI, CIA and federal government agents

The same can be said for many federal agents who have found themselves on the wrong side of a Demogorgon, Demo Dog, Mind Flayer, or even Eleven herself in recent seasons.

From Season 1’s Connie Frazier to Season 4’s Agent Harmon, these people ranged from innocent victims to people who 100% deserved to suffer. Many anonymous scientists and caregivers may have been just following orders, but given what they saw, it’s hard to count them as victims. However, the loss of human life, as a collective, is a reminder of the sad waste caused by this Upside Down experience.


Dr. Brenner has nearly died several times in this series, from One’s initial attack on the lab to the Demogorgon’s escape from the Upside Down. But the series kept bringing him back. He is the architect of everything that happens, and his disappearance is what the public has been waiting for.

But that doesn’t mean his ultimate passing wasn’t a tragic moment. Although “Dad” never treated Eleven the way she deserved and his whole experience ripped children from their parents, he did loving the girl in his twisted way. As the only parental figure Eleven knew besides Hopper and Joyce, she loved Brenner back, despite everything he had done. Brenner’s end was a long time coming, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt.


Alexei and other Russians

In the same way that Brenner’s death thrilled fans, viewers were there for the deaths of many Russian characters introduced from Season 3 onwards, when the USSR became involved in the attempt to exploit the Upside. Down. Most had already seen what the Upside Down could do to people; their spying meant they were aware of Brenner’s experiments and what had happened in the lab. But in their pride, they assumed they could do better. Some of those who died did not deserve much sympathy, such as Ivan, Oleg and Grigori. But those like Alexei were good guys, trapped in bad situations, and unlike most of those who got crowded, fought hard for the right side before moving on. Thanks, comrades.


The Kids In Hawkins Lab


Of all the minor characters whose fate was undeserved, MKUltra’s children were much mourned victims – even the older bullies, like Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six. Never forget that hurt people hurt people, and these kids were just regaining what little control they could find in their horrific conditions.

For all these children, most of whom never knew their parents, their names or where they came from, being decimated by One was the worst way out.


Chrissy Cunningham, Fred Benson and Patrick McKinney

Unlike the mass murder of Hawkins residents by the Mind Flayers, Vecna ​​was strategic in who he eliminated. His victims were traumatized teenagers, designed to horrify the residents and attract the attention of Will and Eleven.

It worked. But three children who were already in pain lost their lives in the process. Chrissy, who could have been the perfect girl for Eddie, left too soon. Fred Benson, a poor idiot who never got to flourish, was also caught too soon. And Patrick, who so carefully hid his terrible family life, could never become heroically well-adjusted. They all deserve a minute of silence.

Of all the kids who may not have deserved what happened to them, Billy Hargrove tops the list. Billy was a horrible jerk – self-centered, small-minded, and mindlessly cruel. But he never had the chance, like Steve, to see that there is a world bigger than him.

Unlike Steve, who at least came from a stable family, Billy was not. His father was violent and he transmitted this physical violence to Max. And yet, when it came time to make a choice, sacrifice himself to save Hawkins or continue to live greedily, Billy did the right thing. This is the real drama of its history. He could have been someone who found his inner hero when the going got tough. Unfortunately, that moment came too late.

Most Demogorgons, Demo Dogs, and Demo Bats are mindless predators that swarm on instinct. But a puppy proved that nature versus nurture could make a difference. The show dog Dustin raised from a newborn, known as Dart, was a freak, let’s be clear. But he was a monster who loved his master, and his disappearance at the end of Season 2 was as heartbreaking as that of any innocent animal.


Do you know who never got justice? Alley.

Do you know who will never forget that Dustin sacrificed a cat for Dart’s dinner? This cat lady here.

The outcry over Barb’s murder as Nancy ditched her to hang out with Steve was the original flashpoint taking stranger things from an under-marketed gem to a mainstream success. It was an accident of fate. Viewers were tired of the trope of killing teenage girls — especially those who don’t have sex and go home before curfew — and they caught on Twitter and changed the course of the show.

To this day, the Duffers aren’t done atoning for what they did to Barb. The entire Season 2 storyline was rewritten to create a “Justice for Barb” storyline, and Vecna ​​uses footage of the Demogorgon taking Barb to trap Nancy in Season 4 Volume 1. Barb has been mourned enough already , but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve all the tears shed.

Bob Newby would never live to see the Season 2 ending. It was just there in his affable nature and hilarious meta-name. But Joyce truly loved him; he was the first happiness she had found since Jonathan and Will’s father left.

Besides, Bob’s passing was the kind of sacrifice a good man and father makes for his children. No matter how much Jonathan and Will rebelled against Bob’s entire existence in their mother’s life, he was a force for good and a role model for them both. RIPBob.

Max is #2 on this list as she is technically still alive, having been brought back by Eleven using the power of her happy memories. But Eleven didn’t completely bring her back. Max is in a severe coma, and it will likely take a miracle of Eleven’s powers to fix this.

However, it’s more important to remember that Max’s survival was technically a resurrection. Vecna ​​won. He has had his fourth victim and the door between the worlds is now open. Audiences should mourn Max, even as she breathes, knowing that she did everything she could to save Hawkins, and it still wasn’t enough.


This list shows that Hawkins has lost a large chunk of population over the past four seasons. Each of these deaths is a tragedy of some sort. But stranger things 4 marks the first time the gang has lost one of their own.

Bob may have known about the Upside Down and fought it, but he was part of the adult crew, not the main kid gang. Barb was never part of the outcast crew; it was taken too soon. Billy was an antagonist until his last moments. Max is still alive, although barely. But Eddie, who filled a special niche for this group of high schoolers, was one of them. He was the first recruit who never needed proof or persuasion that the Upside Down existed, as his fantastic reading life prepared him for this battle. He spoke their language, shared their experiences and fought alongside them.

And he sacrificed himself to save Hawkins, though Hawkins will probably never know or thank him. Blast a guitar riff for Eddie, folks. Let his memory live.

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