Stranger Things cast: Ranking the 12 coolest characters

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7. Jonathan

Jonathan is the unsung hero of Stranger Things. He helped keep his mom Joyce as clear-headed and calm as possible, which is a tall order after the disappearance of Will under some strange circumstances. He visited his estranged father to let him know about Will’s disappearance and how rattled everyone is. He put up flyers at high school and convinced Nancy to find this monster and get Will and Barb back.

He was a quiet, sensitive photographer who was a great big brother. He and Will listened to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” from The Clash on their radio in what was a great bonding moment. Later, we saw how important and special that song was to Will when he was singing the song to himself when he was trapped in the Upside Down. That was what he clung to when he needed to a sense of normalcy and a feeling of being home.

It is enough to make a weaker person break down in tears, but Jonathan was a great brother, son, friend and fighter as we saw when he lit the Demogorgon on fire after he, Nancy and Steve trapped the monster in their home.