Dustin Henderson – Gaten Matarazzo – Stanger Things [2021]

Dustin Henderson, portrayed by Gaten Matarazzo, is a major protagonist in the first three seasons of Stranger Things.

He is best friends with Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Eleven, Will Byers, and Max Mayfield.

Warning! Spoiler Ahead

In 1983, when Dustin’s friend, Will went missing, Dustin and the rest of his friends, Mike and Lucas went out to look for him, only to find a mysterious girl named Eleven who had telekinetic powers.

Dustin had a neutral opinion of Eleven as she helped them look for Will, but he became good friends with her after she saved him and Mike from being killed by their school bullies.

Dustin would continue to help his friends find Will and fight against a Demogorgon until it was killed by Eleven. In the end, Dustin and his friends were reunited with Will where they celebrated Christmas together.

Dustin Henderson Stranger Things

In 1984, Dustin played a major role in the plot by discovering and raising D’Artagnan, which he later discovered to be a juvenile Demogorgon. He turned to Steve to deal with D’Artagnan, and later joined forces with the rest of the gang to save Will and all of Hawkins.

He, along with Steve and his friends, assisted in burning the expanding network of the Mind Flayer, providing a distraction while Eleven closed the Gate for good.

A month later, Dustin attends his school’s Snow Ball in the hopes of impressing Max Mayfield but is disappointed when she and Lucas become a couple. However, he dances with Mike‘s older sister, Nancy, saying he’ll one day win a girl’s heart.

In the summer of 1985, Dustin went camping Know Where and met a girl named Suzie, who became his girlfriend. Despite being welcomed back home by his friends, Dustin felt left out by them.

When Dustin intercepted a secret Russian transmission on his Cerebro, he requested Steve, along with Steve’s co-worker Robin Buckley and Lucas’s younger sister Erica to help him with the message, leading them to discover the Russians were in Hawkins working on opening another Gate underneath Starcourt Mall.

After escaping the Russian base, Dustin reunited and reconciled with his friends and helped them defeat the Mind Flayer once again, by getting the number to Planck’s constant from Suzie to Joyce Byers and Jim Hopper so they could close the gate.

Three months later, Dustin says goodbye to Will and Eleven as they move out of Hawkins before he and Lucas give their Dungeons & Dragons set to Erica.

Dustin Henderson Personality

Dustin is an observer and a protector of the unity within the friend group. He frequently resolved the conflicts within the group by drawing their attention to what was going on around them.

He had a neutral, level-headed approach to Eleven and the supernatural events unfolding around them; in some ways, he was a negotiator between the open-minded Mike and the skeptical Lucas.

Dustin is also the most scientifically inclined of the group (despite his love of fantasy) and maybe the most intelligent of the quartet- notwithstanding his bad judgment in keeping Dart as a pet, although even this unexpectedly saved the group in the end.

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Dustin Wiki Stranger Things

NameDustin Henderson
Also known as“Compass Genius”
AffiliationAV Club
The Party
Scoops Troop
Henderson family
Age12 (season one)
13 (season two)
14 (season three)
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlue
Relationship StatusDating Suzie
OccupationStudent at Hawkins Middle School

Dustin Relationships in Stranger Things

Claudia Henderson

Dustin and his mother shared a close bond with each other. The two always cared for each other deeply and would exchange friendly conversations. Despite having a strong trust, he had to occasionally lie to his mother, particularly regarding the situation about Dart and the subsequent death of their pet Mews. But since those events occurred without his mother’s knowledge, she often thought he was telling the truth.

Mike Wheeler

Dustin met Mike along with Lucas and Will in the fourth grade, long after the other three had initially met. Due to this, Dustin doubted whether he was on the same level of friendship with Mike that Will and Lucas were. However, Mike very much considered Dustin to be his best friend too, along with Will and Lucas.

Dustin was level-headed with Mike, being supportive of him and Eleven while also willing to call him out for any questionable behavior. When Dustin was held at knifepoint by Troy Walsh and Mike was forced to jump off Sattler Quarry, Dustin tried to urge Mike to stop, not wanting him to die before they were saved by Eleven.

Lucas Sinclair

Dustin met Lucas in the fourth grade. The two generally got on well. They were sometimes unified in their doubt or disbelief when confronted with strange events and possibilities. When both Dustin and Lucas developed crushes on Max Mayfield, they started competing for her affections. They both decided to invite Max into their Party with Dustin convincing Lucas to do it without Mike.

Their friendship started to grow colder when Dustin learned that Lucas told Max the events in 1983, despite agreeing to not tell her. When Lucas discovered that Dustin lied to him and the group about Dart and kept him, Lucas was angry with Dustin as the two got into an agreement.

However, they eventually made up and remained friends. When Lucas won Max’s affections, Dustin showed no hostility towards Lucas.

Will Byers

Dustin met Will and his friends when he joined their school in the fourth grade, quickly becoming close friends. Dustin was determined to stay cool and collected while searching for the missing Will as he realized that he needed to be level-headed​ if he wanted any chance of saving his friend.

Dustin wanted the group of kids to stick together no matter what, as he knew that together, they would make the most progress. He was devastated when he thought that Will was dead.

After Will’s rescue from the Upside Down, Dustin told Will everything he missed while he was gone such as Jennifer Hayes crying at his fake funeral.


Dustin’s initial attitude to Eleven lay somewhere between Mike‘s open-mindedness and Lucas’s skepticism. He became considerably kinder to her after discovering she had “superpowers”, although he retained a degree of indifference towards her.

After the incident with Lucas, he was quick to call her out on questionable use of her power, though he later admitted that it was “awesome”. While it’s unclear if he saw her as a member of the Party at that point, he did assist Mike is looking for Eleven after she had run away.

Steve Harrington

In 1984, Dustin and Steve form an unlikely bond while trying to hunt down D’Artagnan. Dustin tells Steve about his attempts to win the heart of Max, where Steve gives advice on how to approach women, and how to style his hair.

When everybody else failed, Dustin was the one who convinced Steve to put aside his responsibility of protecting the group and instead of assisting them in burning the tunnels infected by the Upside Down. Steve later drives Dustin to the Snow Ball Dance and gives him a pep talk before Dustin enters the dance.

Nancy Wheeler

As his friend’s older sister, Nancy only has occasional interactions with Dustin. The first exchange we see them having is when Dustin offers Nancy a slice of pizza while she is on the phone, only for her to slam the door in his face. Dustin claims that Nancy ‘used to be cool.’

Max Mayfield

In 1984, Dustin’s high score on Dig Dug at the Palace Arcade was beaten by a player called “MadMax.” When a new student named Maxine “Max” Mayfield was introduced by Mr. Clarke, Dustin, along with Lucas got curious whether she could be “MadMax.”

When they confirmed their suspicions by watching her play at the Palace Arcade, both Dustin and Lucas formed crushes on her and started to compete for her affections.

They invited Max to go trick-or-treating with them, but Max seemingly turned them which Dustin naively wondered if she said yes. However, when she appeared to them in costume on Halloween night, Dustin got excited and spent the night with her and Lucas.

When Dustin discovered and befriended D’Artagnan, he decided to show him to Max in order to impress her, but she was disgusted by him. When the Party started keeping secrets about the Upside Down and the true circumstances of Will‘s disappearance, Dustin continued to keep the secrets as well, despite wanting to tell Max.

When Dustin found out that Lucas told her, he got upset with him and was even more upset when he saw Lucas holding Max’s hand as Steve Harrington protected them from a Demodog. A month later, at the Snow Ball, Dustin took Steve’s advice to style his hair in order to impress Max.

However, when Lucas asked Max to dance and she accepted, Dustin became heartbroken as he realized that Max preferred Lucas over him, but accepted her feelings towards his friend.


Suzie is Dustin Henderson’s first girlfriend. The two share an interest in science, mechanics, comic books, and fantasy. Though many of Dustin’s friends believe Suzie is made up, it is revealed that she is real and very much enamored with Dustin.

In fact, the two share pet names for each other (“Suzie Poo” and “Dusty Bun”) and even have a song they like to perform together (“Neverending Story.”)


In 1984, Dustin shared a bond with Dart, keeping him as a pet in a terrarium and feeding him nougat, but when he discovered the half-adult Dart eating his cat, he traps Dart in the basement to be killed, however he escapes, which ultimately leads to Dustin teaming up with Steve to find and kill him.

Ironically, Dustin keeping Dart makes his (Dustin’s) friendship with Lucas Sinclair weak, but later on, this proved to bring the two boys back together as friends. In the season finale of Season 2 (“The Gate”), Dart seemed to forgive Dustin about the basement incident and accepted his nougat which let Steve, Dustin, Max, Lucas, and Mike escape their final encounter with the creature.

Robin Buckley

Dustin first met Robin Buckley at Scoops Ahoy, looking for Steve. Dustin thought she was cool from the moment he first meets her. When Robin overheard Dustin revealing to Steve that he intercepted a secret Russian transmission, Robin offered to help translate, revealing her fluency in several different languages, which Dustin accepts.

As they worked together in deciphering the Russian code and discovering the Russians were in Hawkins, Dustin would form a friendship with Robin.

After Robin and Steve were captured by the Russians when infiltrating their underground base, Dustin came to Robin’s rescue by killing Dr. Zharkov. He protected and cared for Robin after she and Steve were drugged with truth serum until they were cured.

The two later continued working together in stopping the Mind Flayer with Robin promising to stay in touch with him. When Dustin confirmed his girlfriend’s existence, Robin was shocked and amazed at this.

Erica Sinclair

Dustin did not seem to have a good relationship with Lucas‘s little sister, Erica, despite being social with her. When Dustin tried to get in touch with Lucas to inform him about D’Artagnan, Erica did not bother to help Dustin and turned off Lucas’s Supercom.

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Gaten Matarazzo Wiki

Gaetano John Matarazzo III is an American actor and singer. He was born in September 8, 2002. Also known as Gaten Matarazzo.

He gained his international fame by playing the role of Dustin in a Science fiction horror drama series called Stranger Things.

He is also the lead singer of the indie rock band Work In Progress. Gaten Matarazzo began his career on the Broadway stage as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and as Gavroche in Les Misérables.

Full NameGaetano John Matarazzo III
OccupationActor, singer
BornSeptember 8, 2002
Age17 years
Height5ft 5in
Birth PlaceLittle Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Skin ColorWhite
Hair ColorBrown

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