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

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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Shannon Purser attends Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017, in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Shannon Purser attends Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017, in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /

5. She’s a potential study buddy

One of the most important aspects of a sidekick is a practical skill set. You have to be able to bring more to that table than a mere support system. A practical skill set is what separates the Samwell Tarlys from the Jar Jar Binks of the world.

In the case of Barb, one of her best assets is that she goes to school with Nancy. Therefore, she’s a natural study buddy or—although it is much to her chagrin—a made-up studying excuse to allow Nancy some quality time with Steve Harrington.

In fact, after Barb goes missing, we get a sad shot of Nancy looking worried in the direction of Barb’s empty school desk. The fact that the girls go to school together, paired with Barb’s no-nonsense personality and the super wise advice she’s always offering up lead me to believe that she’s the responsible friend in the Nancy/Barb relationship.

Well dang, Nancy. Maybe you should have thought about how you’d miss out on class notes before you ditched your best friend for a pretty face.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she’s uptight. In fact, when Steve invites Nancy to make out in the bathroom, Barb teases instead of stopping her. When Nancy wants to go to Steve’s party, Barb lies to her mom, saying she was spending the night with Nancy.

But I’d still guess she’s one responsible, take-care-of-herself-type woman. Her prudent advice contradicts any notion I have that she would be the too cool for school type. You are a shining example to the world, Barb.