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

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8. She holds her own against a monster

A sidekick might not be the hero with all their bells and whistles, but they do have to at least be able to take care of themselves when it comes time for a fight.

While Barb is ultimately overpowered by the Demogorgon, you still have to give her credit for not giving up.

Barb doesn’t cower in a corner of the swimming pool when the monster confronts her. Instead, she heads for the creepy vine things, trying to make an escape. She almost gets out, too, which is pretty admirable considering how fast and powerful we know the Demogorgon to be.

In addition to this, it is important to note that her environment also changed when the Demogorgon showed up. Suddenly, the air is ashy, the world dark, and even the pool is empty. This would be both disorienting and terrifying. Therefore, I think her “flight” reaction was pretty understandable and handled well.

Obviously, I wish she’d survived her encounter with the Demogorgon. Still, I feel she did her best. This is more than can be said for some other famous sidekicks. Take, for instance, Shaggy and Scooby from Scooby-Doo. Barb and the boys all share a strong flight instinct, but Shaggy and Scooby definitely seem to lack the resourcefulness she displays, often choosing to literally run in circles then make an effective attempt at escape.

Barb has a fighting spirit, even if she doesn’t literally fight. You have to admire her final moments against the dreaded beast.