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

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 07: Actor Shannon Purser attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 07: Actor Shannon Purser attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) /

7. She’s comfortable doing her own thing

Barb may be curious about how Nancy’s life is going. She may tease about boys or partying. She may cajole her towards an appropriate moral decision.

But for all her questions, Barb is not needy.

When Nancy basically drops her to follow Steve Harrington up to his bedroom, Barb doesn’t listen to her friend’s order to just go home. Instead, she sticks around. She’s comfortable in her own skin, doing her own thing.

She heads down to the pool with no one to keep her company, and just chills on the diving board. Sure, she looks a little glum, but she isn’t following Nancy up the stairs, whining about how Nancy owes her for bringing her to this little teenage sex den in the first place (which is true, by the way).

Barb has nothing to pass her time, it’s freezing cold outside, and her hand is bleeding, but she’s still cool as a cucumber. She waits for her friend because that’s the right thing to do and she does not need her friend’s validation to prove she is doing the right thing.

Aside from this fateful night on the diving board, Barb displays her independence plenty of other times.

She accepts Nancy’s crummy new popular friends because she’s chill with being herself (even though they don’t like her, which is proven by Tommy H.’s super mean remark, “I seriously have no idea who you’re talking about”). She doesn’t keep Nancy from Steve at school, even though it would be super easy to block her in order to have continuous company in the harsh hallways of Hawkins High.