10 reasons Barb on Stranger Things is the best TV sidekick ever

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4. She is brave

While I’m on the subject of that moment before Nancy leaves to go upstairs, I really need to comment on Barb’s courage.

Not to switch universes on you here, but it was Dumbledore who said: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” In Stranger Things, Barb does both.

Of course, she faces her enemy as she squares off against the formidable Demogorgon. That monster is seriously scary, so I can only imagine the bravery she must have had to summon in her final moments.

Harder for her still, though, was her face-off with Nancy. As has been noted, throughout the show she reminds Nancy of right and wrong, as well as who Nancy is inside.

In that final moment together, though, Nancy basically tells her to take her good advice and shove it. “Go ahead and go home,” Nancy insists, which basically indicates that she was just using Barb as a ride to Steve’s and no longer required her help. It’s insulting, for sure, but Barb sticks to her guns. She never gives in to Nancy’s point of view, but she certainly doesn’t abandon her.

Unfortunately, her amazing friendship is ultimately what gets her killed. As she sits, waiting by the pool, the Demogorgon comes for her. So yes, Nancy, I 100 percent blame you for the death of an absolute goddess.

Good for Barb for staying true to herself up until her final moments. She was a good friend who was brave in the face of opposition.