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131 Memorable Stranger Things Quotes [The Wisdom in Fiction]

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Animated photo of Mike and Eleven holding hands along with other members of the party while watching fireworks

There’s a reason why Stranger Things is among the most-loved series today even though it has that ’80s feel. Find out why through these Stranger Things quotes!


The Stranger Things series has become a big hit since the premiere of its first season on Netflix in 2016. It’s an American series that is a mixture of supernatural elements and investigative drama that took place in a fictional town in Hawkins, Indiana.


The Duffer Brothers wrote the storyline based on the 1980s pop culture. It was inspired by works from Stephen King, John Carpenter, and Steven Spielberg as well as the anime Erufen rîto. With its astounding characterization and directing, it was able to receive numerous awards and nominations.


Here, we’ve compiled the best Stranger Things quotes that are worth sharing from some of the most notable characters in the series.


What Stranger Things Is About?


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9EkMc79ZSU

(Stranger Things official final trailer)


In summary, Stranger Things is about Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven’s journey in keeping the “Upside Down” creatures from invading their town. The Upside Down is an alternate dimension controlled by a giant spider-like creature known as the Shadow Monster or the Mind Flayer. 


The aim of the party is to keep the portal to the Upside Down closed to prevent the Mind Flayer from reaching their town. Of course, they would need the telekinetic powers of Eleven.


It all began when Will Byers mysteriously disappeared and a series of unexplainable events started to follow. It turned out that these were caused by secret experiments by the government about the supernatural where Eleven was once held in. These experiments accidentally opened a portal to the Upside Down which started our main party’s strange journey.


11 Top Dramatic Mike Wheeler Quotes


Mike Wheeler

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Mike Wheeler, played by Finn Wolfhard, is the best friend of Will Byers who was taken by a creature from the Upside Down. He is friends with Dustin and Lucas and of course, Eleven’s lover. When our main party found Eleven, it was Mike who gave Eleven shelter. 


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKMpCU9I8Eo

(Mike Wheeler funny moments from S1-S3)


He was the one who introduced Eleven to the group when he discovered that she knew something about the disappearance of Will. He’s also the Dungeon Master in their D&D game.


#1 “If anyone asks where I am, I’ve left the country.”


#2 “No, El, you’re not the monster. You saved me, do you understand? You saved me.”


#3 “I asked if you wanted to be my friend. And you said yes. You said yes. It was the best thing I’ve ever done.”


#4 “You want her? You have to kill us first!”


#5 “Are you deaf? I thought we were friends, you know? But friends tell each other the truth. And they definitely don’t lie to each other.”


#6 “I guess girlfriends don’t lie, they spy.”


#7 “I never gave up on you. I called you every night.”


#8 Eleven: “Promise?”

Mike: “It means something that you can’t break. Ever.”


#9 “A friend is someone that you’d do anything for.”


#10 “Hey, if we’re both going crazy, we’ll go crazy together, right?”


#11 “Friends… They tell each other things. Things that parents don’t know.”


12 Short But Meaningful Eleven Quotes Stranger Things


Eleven with nose bleed wearing an old dress and blue jacket

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Eleven, Terry Ives’ daughter, is the only girl in our main party and was portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown. Her telepathic and telekinetic powers were the results of experiments done on her in the Hawkins Lab where she accidentally opened a gateway to the “Upside Down”.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTjmiwXRyXs

(Eleven flipping over a van)


When Eleven escaped, she became friends with Mike, Dustin, Will, and Lucas and was the only one who could defeat the Mind Flayer. Lastly, she was named Jane Hopper after Jim Hopper adopted her.


#1 “I’m a fighter. I’ve killed.”


#2 “Ghost. Halloween.”


#3 “I saw you. In the rainbow room.”


#4 “The gate… I opened it. I’m the monster.”


#5 “Bitchin.”


#6 “I Can Fight.”


#7 “Halfway Happy”


#8 “What is friend?”


#9 “I’m going to my friends. I’m going home.”


#10 “Mouth-breather.”


#11 “Friends don’t lie.”


#12 “You are like Papa!”


16 Top Wise Nancy Wheeler Quotes


 Nancy Wheeler with fireworks behind

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Nancy Wheeler was played by Natalia Dyer and is the eldest daughter of Ted and Karen. She’s Mike and Holly Wheeler’s older sister and is adept at using firearms even with the lack of practice.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdLgwUK3DTs

(Nancy Wheeler shooting scenes)


She was initially an outcast until Steve Harrington became her boyfriend but ended up with Jonathan at the end after Barbara Holland, her best friend, vanished. Nancy and Jonathan’s romantic relationship developed when they worked together to expose the secret experiments of the Hawkins National Laboratory.


#1 “So they bought a nice house at the end of a cul-de-sac and started their nuclear family.”


#2 “You are a cliche, you do realize that?”


#3 “Let’s burn that lab to the ground.”


#4 “Oh my god! Take those stupid things off.”


#5 “I just look forward to you never doubting me again.”


#6 “From now on, we tell each other everything.”


#7 “Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”


#8 “We’re just being stupid teenagers for the night.”


#9 “I want to kill it.”


#10 “Girls this age are dumb. But give ‘em a few years, and they’ll wise up. You’re gonna drive them nuts.”


#11 “You’re going to be home by 8, listening to the talking heads and reading Vonnegut or something.”


#12 “I can’t keep doing this, pretending like everything’s okay. It’s like everyone forgot, it’s like nobody cares.”


#13 “I don’t want to be alone.”


#14 “You don’t know what it’s like.”


#15 “You know, out of all my brother’s friends, you’re my favorite.”


#16 “All this time, I’ve been trying so hard to pretend like everything is fine, but it’s not.”


13 Funny & Inspiring Dustin Stranger Things Quotes


Dustin smiling and holding unto his backpack

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Dustin Henderson, played by Gaten Matarazzo, is Mike, Lucas, and Will’s friend. He has an image of a studious boy and known for his high intelligence. Among the party, he was the most knowledgeable one about the Dungeons and Dragons game, specifically the monsters. His most memorable part in the plot was discovering and raising a young Demogorgon which he named D’Artagnan.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sdvqo-neLw

(Funny young Dustin compilation)


#1 “She will not be able to resist these pearls.” *Purrs*


#2 “Instead of dating someone you think’s gonna make you cooler, why not date somebody you actually enjoy being around?”


#3 “Son of a bitch. You know, you’re really no help at all, you know that?”


#4 “All three of you were being a bunch of little assholes. I was the only reasonable one.”


#5 “She threw you in the air with her mind!”


#6 “I am on a curiosity voyage, and I need my paddles to travel. These books…these books are my paddles.”


#7 “You’re going to take out the Demogorgon with a slingshot?”


#8 “Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?”


#9 “Mike! I found the chocolate pudding!”


#10 “Sometimes, your total obliviousness just blows my mind.”


#11 “Oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god.”


#12 “Yeah, that’s right! You better run! She’s our friend and she’s crazy!”


#13 “We never would’ve upset you if we knew you had superpowers.”


10 Memorable Jim Hopper Quotes


Jim Hopper in Stranger Things wearing his cop uniform

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Portrayed by David Harbour, Jim “Hop” Hopper is Hawkins’ police chief. He lived in Hawkins most of his life and got divorced after Sarah, his daughter, died due to cancer and became addicted to alcohol. When Joyce Byers came to him to report the disappearance of his son, Will, he became more responsible and helped her in finding her son. He also adopted Eleven at the end of Season 2.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48xo_aFHVLY

(Jim Hopper breaking the law moments)


#1 “Feelings. The truth is, for so long, I’d forgotten what those even were. I’ve been stuck in one place, in a cave, you might say. A deep, dark cave.”


#2 “You wanna know the worst thing that’s ever happened here in the four years I’ve been working here? Do you wanna know the worst thing? It was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie’s head because it thought that her hair was a nest.”


#3 “I don’t want you to get hurt at all. And I don’t wanna lose you. Just make sure you heat up some real food. Not just eggos.”


#4 “C-O-M-promise. Compromise? How ’bout that’s your word for the day, yeah? It’s something that’s kinda in-between, something like… halfway happy.”


#5 “You have something that I never had. You have people that know what you’ve been through. You have people that care about you.”


#6 “And you keep your shit outta my town. That is the deal. I have done my part, now you do yours. Convince me.”


#7 “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”


#8 “Nothing is gonna go back to the way that it was. Not really. But it’ll get better. In time.”


#9 “You wanna go out in the world?! You better grow up! GROW THE HELL UP!”


#10 “That’s it. Three rules. I call ‘em the ‘Don’t be stupid’-rules. ‘Cause we’re not stupid, alright?”


14 Best Steve Harrington Quotes


Steve Harrington, Stranger Things

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Known as “The Hair”, Steve Harrington was played by Joe Keery. Steve is popular in his school mostly because of his hair. He’s Nancy Wheeler’s boyfriend and the best friend of Carol Perkins and Tommy H. In the second season, he became a father figure to our main party, especially Dustin, where he played a big role in fighting the Mind Flayer. Lastly, he owns “the bat” which Jonathan made to defeat the Demogorgon.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XOVDRb5T9k

(Steve and Dustin friendship moments)


#1 “Would you guys like to set sail on this ocean of flavor with me?”


#2 “It’s finger-lickin’ good.”


#3 “How many times, dad, I don’t do drugs. Only marijuana.”


#4 “I‘m stealthy, like a ninja.”


#5 “You look great and you’re gonna slay ‘em dead.”


#6 “Ahoy Ladies! Didn’t see you there.”


#7 “Hey! Dickheads! How come the only one helping me out is this random girl?”


#8 “I may be a pretty shitty boyfriend, but turns out I’m actually a pretty damn good babysitter.”


#9 “This is crazy. That’s actually. This is crazy. THIS IS CRAZY.”


#10 “Use the shampoo and conditioner and when your hair’s damp, not wet, okay? When it’s damp, you do four puffs of the Farrah Fawcett spray.”


#11 “I love you, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry? The hell am I sorry for?”


#12 “How do you know it’s not just a lizard?”


#13 “She’s only gonna break your heart, and you’re way too young for that.”


#14 “Man, kids are the worst! Who needs ’em, anyway?”


11 Badass Joyce Byers Quotes


Joyce Byers from Stranger Things

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Played by Winona Ryder, Joyce Byers is Jonathan and Will Byers’ mother who was divorced from Lonnie Byers. She’s a financially poor but strong-willed mother who works at Melvald’s General Store as a retail clerk. Her desperate efforts to find her missing son, Will, led her to Jim Hoppers who became her support during her worst moments.


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVvmfse2uiY

(Joyce Byers losing her cool moments)


#1 “Something is going on here!”


#2 “You’re talking about grief. This is different.”


#3 “This is not a normal family.”


#4 “Will wanted me to give him some space, so I’m giving him a few feet.”


#5 “I don’t care if anyone believes me!”


#6 “I know who you are. I know what you’ve done. You took my boy away from me! You left him in that place to die! You faked his death! We had a funeral. We buried him. And now you’re asking for my help? Go to hell.”


#7 “Yeah, well, it‘s really hard to listen when you make everything sound like the end of the goddamn world.”


#8 “Maybe I’m a mess. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m out of my mind. But, God help me, I will keep these lights up until the day I die if there’s a chance that Will’s still out there.”


#9 “This is not yours to fix alone. You act like you’re all alone out there in the world, but you’re not. You’re not alone.”


#10 “Well, I don’t know who’s been raising you, but I’m gonna get you some new crayons because it looks like he’s shooting cabbages.”


#11 “This thing has had Will long enough. Let’s kill the son of a bitch.”


9 Touching Stranger Things Friendship Quotes


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g3oL2Iz05c

(What is a friend?)


Looking for some friendship quotes? We’ve got you!


#1 “How many children are you friends with?” – Robin Buckley


#2 “I didn’t realize it was such an honor to go trick-or-treating with you.” – Max Mayfield


#3 “I asked if you wanted to be my friend. And you said yes. You said yes. It was the best thing I’ve ever done.” – Mike Wheeler


#4 “A friend is someone that you’d do anything for.” – Mike Wheeler


#5  “Are you deaf? I thought we were friends, you know? But friends tell each other the truth. And they definitely don’t lie to each other.” – Mike Wheeler


#6 “Friends don’t lie.” – Eleven


#7 “I’m going to my friends. I’m going home.” – Eleven


#8 “This is not yours to fix alone. You act like you’re all alone out there in the world, but you’re not. You’re not alone.” – Joyce Byers


#9 “Friends… They tell each other things. Things that parents don’t know.” – Mike Wheeler


14 Sad Stranger Things Quotes


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-HPc6ZIEw

(Stranger Things emotional video)


Feeling emotional? Here are other stranger things quotes for you to read:


#1 “I don’t think my parents ever loved each other. My mom was young. My dad was older, but he had a cushy job, money, came from a good family. So, they bought a nice house at the end of the cul-de-sac and started their nuclear family. Screw that.” – Nancy Wheeler


#2 “Do you wanna be normal? Do you wanna be just like everyone else? Being a freak is the best. I’m a freak!” – Jonathan Byers


#3 “When do you feel good about anything?” – Lucas Sinclair


#4 “I just feel whole, like a piece of me was missing, and now, it’s not.” – Kali Prasad


#5 “You keep trying things on until something feels like you.” – Max Mayfield


#6 “It’s just, sometimes, people don’t really say what they’re really thinking. But when you capture the right moment, it says more.” – Jonathan Byers


#7 “Sometimes, I impress even myself.” – Sam Owens


#8 “You shouldn’t like things because people tell you that you’re supposed to.” – Jonathan Byers


#9 “Nobody normal ever accomplished anything meaningful in this world.” – Jonathan Byers


#10 “Do you wanna be normal? Do you wanna be just like everyone else? Being a freak is the best. I’m a freak!” – Jonathan Byers


#11 “He made me kill a rabbit. I guess he thought it would make me into more of a man or something. I cried for a week.” – Jonathan Byers


#12 “You’re now faced with the same choice, Jane: go back into hiding and hope they don’t find you, or fight, and face them again.” – Kali Prasad


#13 “People don’t spend their lives trying to look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, and definition.” –  Murray Bauman


#14 “Don’t take it so personally, okay? I don’t like most people. He’s in the vast majority.” – Jonathan Byers


21 Unforgettable Stranger Things Season 3 Quotes


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4XvO7DItmc

(Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer)


Here are more unforgettable Stranger Things quotes from Season 3:


#1 “Okay, it’s official. I’m never having kids.” – Dustin Henderson


#2 “What, you’re just going to waltz in there like it’s commie Disneyland or something?” – Erica Sinclair


#3 “The USS Butterscotch, you’ve got to try it! It is out of this WORLD!” – Steve Harrington


#4 “Maybe I’ll just kill Mike. I’m the chief of police, I could cover it up.” – Jim Hopper


#5 “Touch my butt, I don’t care!” – Dustin Henderson


#6 “You know what this half-baked plan of yours sounds like to me? Child endangerment.” – Erica Sinclair


#7 “Yeah, the real world sucks, deal with it like the rest of us.” – Jonathan Byers


#8 “Make mistakes, learn from ’em, and when life hurts you, because it will, remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave.” – Jim Hopper


#9 “I said three inches!” – Jim Hopper


#10 “There’s more to life than stupid boys, you know.” – Max Mayfield


#11 “You can’t spell America without Erica.” – Erica Sinclair


#12 Steve: “He’s missing bones and stuff. He can bend like gumbo.” (Talking about Dustin)

Robin: “You mean Gumby.”

Steve: “No, I’m pretty sure it’s gumbo.”


#13 “If you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.” – Jim Hopper


#14 “It’s this stupid hat. I am telling you, it’s totally blowing my best feature.” – Steve Harrington


#15 “Boyfriends lie. All. The. Time.” – Max Mayfield


#16 “Max has dumped me five times.” – Lucas Sinclair


#17 “Why are all these magnets losing their magnetism?” – Joyce Byers


#18 “This plan is way better. If I knew Steve could knock out a Russian that would’ve been our plan in the first place.” – Dustin Henderson


VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttRv6yI50Ks

(Stranger Things Season 3 Funny Moments)


#19 “Now that you’re out of high school, which means you’re technically an adult, don’t you think it’s time you move on from primitive constructs such as popularity?” – Dustin Henderson


#20 “We are treating her like some kind of machine when she’s not a machine, and I don’t want her to die looking for the flayed when they’ve obviously vanished off the face of the earth. So can we please just come up with a new plan because I love her and I can’t lose her again.” – Mike Wheeler


#21 “We have had a very long day. We have been shot at, nearly blown up, walked God knows how many miles in a hundred degree heat, stole a car, all while being chased by this gigantic psychopath, all so we could bring him to you. Because somehow, you’re the closest person who speaks Russian, which I can’t believe. But that doesn’t matter because, unfortunately, we’re here. So, if you don’t mind, put that thing away, stop behaving like a jackass, and ask him what he’s doing that’s making my magnets fall off my damn fridge! Please.” – Joyce Byers


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Wrapping Up

Stranger Things is still an ongoing series that never fails to keep its viewers anticipate what’s going to happen next. Although each ending episode aimed to provide closure to satisfy its viewers, it always leaves them something to look forward to in the next season. It sure is a great science fiction film that can keep any type of film lover entertained, regardless of their tastes. Have fun reading our collection of the top quotes from Stranger Things!

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