Stranger Things is an electrifying show that is full of horror, adventure, and sci-fi weirdness while also being a coming-of-age story following those fearless kids from Hawkins, Indiana. The show has fostered a ravenous fanbase of viewers who are obsessed with the characters, monsters, settings, and situations from the show. Who could not root for Eleven when she’s battling those supernatural baddies (or just some bullies from school)? What’s not to love about Mike, Will, Lucas, and Dustin? As the show is now on its fourth season, audiences are becoming even more invested in the characters who have been brought to life by the show’s creators the Duffer Brothers.
Stranger Things memes have responded in kind by showcasing characters that we’ve more recently become obsessed with like Robin and Steve who sparked an unlikely friendship. There’s also been the introduction of Max in more recent seasons and she’s got a big part in the fourth season of the show already. We’ve rounded up the best Stranger Things memes both old and new to share with you that celebrate just how wonderfully weird this thrilling show is. Buckle up! We’re taking a trip to the Upside Down.
If you would have told us that Steve and his co-worker at the ice cream shop in the mall would become two of the most lovable characters in the show, we would not have believed you a couple of seasons ago. It’s clear from the above Stranger Things meme that we’re not the only ones obsessed with Steve and Robin.
Floating Up That Hill
In the first half of season four, Max is featured listening to a lot of music and it becomes central to the plot of the show. It’s revealed that Max’s favorite song is “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” by Kate Bush. The show introduced a new generation to the hit song and many to Art Pop Queen, Kate Bush. It’s not the only meme about the song on this list!
Here’s a hilarious Stranger Things meme that acts as a sign of our times. Binge-watching television is a national pastime and we Netflix to largely thank for it. In the meme, a mom is neglecting her child in favor of watching the new season of Stranger Things in one sitting. This is both absurd yet also highly relatable.
No Context Spoilers
This “spoilers without context” meme is genius. We find a scrunched-up body, some skates, a floating SpongeBob, and Jif peanut butter. If you’ve seen the first part of season four, you know that each one of these items is very significant and represented in the show. The creator of this meme deserves some sort of award. Brilliant!
Stranger Things has been pretty brutal on some of its most beloved characters. Barb, Bob, and Alexei are three examples of fan favorites who have been killed off by the show. This meme argues that all three characters deserved better. We agree! Duffer Brothers, why did you have to do them so dirty? Does anyone else have nightmares about Bob’s downfall? Not cool!
You Can’t Unsee It
In the climax of the first half of season four, audiences are treated to a particularly hellish scene that finds Max facing off against Vecna in the Upside Down. It’s terrifying to see Max in such danger. Thankfully, we’ve found a meme that might help you recover. “I’m never going to emotionally recover from this,” Tiger King says. We could not agree more.
We Watch Too Much TV
The explosive climax of season three of Stranger Things has been dubbed the “Battle of StarCourt,” a reference to the big fight that occurs in the mall’s food court. “Battle of Winterfell” is a huge battle sequence from HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones. This meme lets folks know which episode of television was more compelling. Do you agree? We’re pretty sure this is debatable but it’s likely both sequences made you hold your breath.
It’s Just Too Good
For fans of Stranger Things, it was quite the wait for season four to return. Not one, not two, but three whole years passed between season three and four. Fans were so eager that they zoomed through all episodes released of season four. This meme captures the feeling of emptiness we all experienced after we finished the first half of season four. We get that things take time but… come on!
Will Just Wants to Play D&D With His Buds
Here’s a great meme about Will’s experience in seasons two and three in Stranger Things. Will got returned from the Upside Down and all he wanted to do was play D&D with his friends. Unfortunately, the stakes of the real world were too much for Dustin, Mike, and Lucas to just slip back into the imaginary world they created with their game. Meanwhile, Will is still very much in danger!
The Good Hair
How good are these photoshopped images of Steve? In all honesty, it really does feel like his hair gets bigger each time we see him throughout the show. We get it, Steve. You’ve got some enviable hair. This extremely goofy Stranger Things meme is one of our favorites. Never stop doing you, Steve.
No, You Really Don’t
Here’s an excellent meme that finds parallels between the happenings in Hawkins and Bikini Bottom. Is Stranger Things actually based on SpongeBob? There’s no denying the similarities in the above images. Writers turn to the strangest places for inspiration and it’s possible that Robin and Steve were based on Patrick and SpongeBob. Do you believe it?
For whatever reason, Steve is constantly partnered with the younger character in Stranger Things. He’s helped those kids battle the meanest baddies from the Upside Down. It’s true that the kids of Hawkins would be better off with Steve than just about any other character at this point. It’s a funny bit that the show has actually turned into a cool plot point. Who else is thankful for Steve?
Eleven Meets 8 Mile
“Feel old yet?” memes are hit or miss and this one that imagines Eleven and Eminem as the same person is a winning one. It’s just so stupid. Honestly, at this rate, the kids of Stranger Things are going to be college-aged by the time the fifth and final series airs. So, this ridiculous meme might be truer than we give it credit.
Who remembers this scene from season four? It was just so refreshing and funny amidst all the high stakes of the season. A simple screen pull is all it takes to elevate the moment to meme status. Honestly, when Lucas returned to be with his group of friends we were just so overjoyed so we will just savor the moment via this perfect meme.
Will has a pretty unfortunate if not era-appropriate haircut for most of Stranger Things. People really can’t get behind his bowl cut and there are so many Stranger Things memes about it. Here’s one of our favorites. If you’ve ever gotten a bad haircut after following bad advice, this meme will feel all too real. Chop it off, Will! It’ll grow back.
“This is the loneliest I’ve ever been, and I lived alone in the Upside Down for a month,” Will is captioned as saying in this meme. Does this meme pull at your heartstrings? It’s a pretty tender one that feels relatable for anyone who felt like their friends were moving on without them. Will has been through a lot over the seasons and we think he deserves a social life win before things are said and done.
This is so dumb! Despite this being ridiculous, it did make us laugh out loud. “Can we talk? One ten to another?” Max asks in the meme. “I’m Eleven, but continue,” Eleven replies. What a sick burn! Despite the joke here, we love seeing the young women of the show banding together and supporting each other.
This still image taken from season three of Stranger Things is one of the most widely used ones for memes. For context, Robin and Steve are feeling weird after being drugged with truth serum by the Russians. It’s a hilarious sequence that spawned this priceless image that speaks a million words. The creator of this meme has added a caption with their own context for it.
“When you hate your job but you have 6 kids to care [for], so you keep it internal because you love your kids and you gotta get money to afford the minivan,” the highly specific caption reads. Okay!
“I would rather bleed out than sit here and talk about my feelings for ten hours,” this meme with Hopper, Eleven, and Mike says. You know, we really could not have put that any better. If you’re someone who also has difficulty processing and talking about your feelings, this is the perfect Stranger Things meme for you. We promise you’re not alone!
This Is Why We Stan Erica
One of the very best characters to emerge over the course of Stranger Things is Lucas’ sister Erica who keeps it 100. We love how she never has time for nonsense. She’s so driven and self-assured. She’s a true hero of the show. We love this funny comparison to DW from Arthur. Erica could stare right through your body to your soul and this meme gets that.
Here’s an excellent joke that imagines Stranger Things ten years from now. Do you think Mike and Will will end up looking exactly like this? It’s a funny thought and pretty ridiculous. We have no idea where this image of Andy Samberg came from but if you do, please feel free to share!
They Can’t Be Stopped
The next couple of Stranger Things memes play on the same theme as the “deserve better” meme we shared with you earlier on the list. It imagines the Duffer Brothers responding to beloved characters by saying “I’m about to end this man.” It marries an old and treasured meme to Stranger Things in such a refreshing way. You know, there’s not much of a lie in this one.
Here’s another meme about the beloved characters we’ve lost throughout the seasons. We’ve seen this Stranger Things meme format before but it’s taking a real stance in this meme. We find a hot take that Alexei is better than Barb. We’re sure audiences have some mixed emotions about both of these characters but can you even compare them? We could not pick even if Eleven threatened to make us wet our pants.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Here’s another great Stranger Things meme about Steve taking care of those kids. The meme lists things that most teens do after being dumped. For Steve, the aftermath looks much different. According to this meme, he will, “adopt four middle-school kids and become the best single mom the Hawkins basketball team has ever seen.” Points were made.
This one is for the introverts out there! “Too many people, it’s against the rules,” feels like the perfect sentiment for an introvert showing up to a crowded party. Where most people see opportunity, introverts see disaster. We felt this one. Eleven has delivered so many relatable one-liners over the course of Stranger Things and this one has to be one of the best.
Here’s another really stupid Stranger Things meme that coincidentally also features Eminem. “I love Eminem,” Dustin says. “I prefer skittles,” Eleven replies. “I meant the rapper,” Dustin explains. “Why would you eat the wrapper?” Eleven asks. This meme is all about puns and it is just so silly. It also manages to capture Eleven’s lack of pop culture which also makes it work.
A New Concept
Again, we find another meme that plays on Eleven’s unique position in the early seasons of Stranger Things. It turns out you miss a lot when you’re raised in a lab. This meme’s creator clearly found that experience relatable. The meme imagines a set of parents telling their child to go play with friends. “What is ‘friend?'” Eleven asks. It’s okay to have a rich inner life, folks.
The Children Must Learn
Okay, we need to take a moment to discuss Kate Bush and Stranger Things’ use of her hit song “Running Up That Hill” in season four. It’s a killer song that has always been one of Bush’s more accessible entries. Bush’s fans have been fiercely protective of her art through the years because it is so personal to them. The result was a lot of folks who complained about the use of the song in the show.
The complaints are pretty ridiculous if you ask us, but it’s understandable that fans would want to “gatekeep” the song for themselves as it has been used in commercials and other media in recent years. Detractors feel that the song will be “ruined” by overuse. We think folks should be celebrating the use of the song.
It’s a great song and an excellent gateway into the magical world of Bush’s singular music. Let’s let others enjoy her art as well! If you’d like to learn more about Bush, Elise Soutar wrote the definitive primer on her music and how to best enjoy it for Paste Magazine.
Searching High and Low
We’re getting pretty stupid again with this Stranger Things meme that plays with Will’s name for a funny punchline. “Me looking for my will to study,” the caption reads. Then, we’re treated to stills from the show of the many times that characters searched for Will when he was missing in the Upside Down. It’s the right kind of stupid, however, and we rather enjoyed this silly one.
Expectations Meet Reality
We find Eleven in a disguise next to the actor, David Harbour who is wearing the same disguise. If you’ve ever ordered something online and it failed to meet your expectations once it was delivered, you’ve likely experienced the disappointment expressed in this meme. As this has become increasingly common over the last several years, there’s a place for this meme in plenty of hearts.
A visual pun? Sure! We find seven Elevens in this ridiculous meme that marries the convenience store giant 7-11 with our friend named Eleven from Hawkins. This is an evergreen Stranger Things meme that will never get old. For a moment, take time to think of the show if it actually had seven Elevens. That would be so wild!
“When my friends describe me to other people,” the caption of this meme reads. Above, we find an image of Dustin describing Eleven. “She’s our friend and she’s crazy,” he says in the iconic scene from the first season. This very well might be relatable for you if you are the wildcard of your friend group. We would not be mad about it.
“Wow! You’re so mature for your age,” the imagined conversation starts in this meme. “Thanks, it’s the trauma,” says the reply. The entire exchange is imposed over an image of Will looking terrified in the face of pure evil. This meme works because it’s likely that Will would do well with some therapy after all of the crazy stuff he’s lived through so far on the show.
Make It Stop
One thing is certain: fans of Stranger Things know when that moody synth music starts, something really bad is about to go down. The musical queues are one of the most fun things about the show. It’s been a constant from episode one and it continues in the more recent episodes of the series. It’s primed many of us to believe we’re in danger when that 80s-inspired music starts.
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Okay, this is just hilarious. We all find ourselves in bed thinking about things we regret saying or not saying. It’s a common human thing. It’s made so extremely relatable in this meme of Eleven looking troubled as she lays on her back in a school hallway. We’ve all been there and this Stranger Things meme totally gets that.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these hilarious Stranger Things memes for fans of the show. Each season of Stranger Things feels more ambitious and emotional than the last. That makes memes about the show even more impassioned and nuanced. While many of these memes are stupid some of them really do poke fun at finer points. Now, share these Stranger Things memes with your friends so they can get a laugh!
1 Spoiler Alert! We’ve Got Some Seriously Fun Stranger Things Memes to Share With You Below: 1.1 This Duo
1.2 Floating Up That Hill
1.3 Not Now
1.4 No Context Spoilers
1.6 You Can’t Unsee It
1.7 We Watch Too Much TV
1.8 It’s Just Too Good
1.9 Will Just Wants to Play D&D With His Buds
1.10 The Good Hair
1.11 No, You Really Don’t
1.13 Eleven Meets 8 Mile
1.15 The Cut
1.17 An Eleven
1.18 Domestic Bliss
1.20 This Is Why We Stan Erica
1.21 Forever Young
1.22 They Can’t Be Stopped
1.24 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
1.25 Exactly Right
1.27 A New Concept
1.28 The Children Must Learn
1.29 Searching High and Low
1.30 Expectations Meet Reality
1.31 Get It?
1.33 Too Real
1.34 Make It Stop
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