Jonathan Byers, portrayed by starring cast member Charlie Heaton, is a major character in Stranger Things. He is the older brother of Will Byers. His life was turned upside down following the disappearance of his younger brother.
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In 1983, when Jonathan’s younger brother, Will went missing due to Jonathan working late, he and his mother searched for him with the help of Chief Hopper and the police.
However, when Hawkins National Laboratory faked Will’s “death,” Jonathan’s relationship with his mother became strained who had insisted that Will was actually alive and was communicating with her.
Jonathan soon realized his mother was telling the truth, due to meeting Nancy Wheeler who also has claimed to see the “monster” that Jonathan’s mother had seen when trying to reach Will.
Jonathan apologized and reconciled with his mother and worked with Nancy in fighting the monster with the help of Jonathan’s former tormentor, Steve Harrington. After Will’s rescue, Jonathan was reunited with him and celebrated Christmas with his family.
A year later, in 1984, Jonathan struggled to help his traumatized brother and get used to his mother’s boyfriend, Bob Newby.
Jonathan later assists in helping Nancy exposing Hawkins Lab as a threat following the laboratory responsible for the death of Barb and the disappearance of his younger brother.
Towards the end, Jonathan helps his mother and Nancy to free Will from the Mind Flayer. A month later, during the Snow Ball, Jonathan started a relationship with Nancy.
In 1985, Jonathan has become Nancy’s official boyfriend as the two starts working together at the Hawkins Post. However, Jonathan struggled to be loyal to his girlfriend and job, as the other employees at the Post belittled Nancy for wanting to be a journalist, due to her gender.
When Nancy stumbled onto a story involving “diseased rats,” Jonathan helped Nancy pursue the story, but after the story was dismissed, Jonathan reluctantly helped Nancy get more evidence, only for the two to get fired and putting a strain to their relationship.
When Nancy discovered that the rats and their acquaintance Mrs. Driscoll’s strange behavior were linked to Will’s possession from last year, Jonathan teamed with Nancy and worked with Will and his friends into stopping the Mind Flayer who had returned to Hawkins.
In the process, Jonathan and Nancy manage to reconcile and protect the kids from the Mind Flayer. Three months later, after the Mind Flayer’s defeat, Jonathan says goodbye to Nancy as he and his family move out of Hawkins.
Jonathan is smart, introverted, asocial, kind, independent, and brave. He has a fondness for photography and music. Despite being a small-town boy, according to Joyce, he wants to go to college at New York University.
He has a strong bond with his family and is implied to have a soft spot for animals, as he cried for a week after his tenth birthday when his father forced him to kill a rabbit on a hunting trip.
In 1984, Jonathan’s personality managed to change a little bit. He became protective of Will, but not as much as his mother. He even encouraged Will to not let his differences bother him and that it’s okay to be different no matter what.
Jonathan tries to be by his brother’s side despite it being difficult as Jonathan noted that Will has changed a lot since his time in the Upside Down.
Jonathan was also not too happy with his mother’s relationship with Bob Newby as both he and Joyce suffered from constant verbal abuse from his father than Will ever did. Jonathan also became friends with Steve Harrington and was on good terms with him.
Jonathan also developed feelings for Nancy Wheeler who shared his trauma but struggled to accept them until he was encouraged by Murray Bauman. And by a month later, Jonathan was happy to start a relationship with Nancy.
Jonathan Byers Biographical info
Student at Hawkins High School (formerly) Intern at The Hawkins Post (formerly)
Jonathan had a complicated relationship with his father, Lonnie. When Johnathan was young, Lonnie made him kill a rabbit which left Jonathan crying for a week. When Lonnie divorced his mother, Jonathan grew to despise his father and was forced to become a father figure towards his younger brother, Will.
Lonnie, on the other hand, did not seem to care about Jonathan’s feelings despite having average conversations with him, such as brushing off Jonathan’s concerns about Will’s disappearance, ordering him to take down one of his bedroom posters, and ignoring the fact that Jonathan wanted to go to New York University since he was six years old.
When Jonathan met with Murray Bauman with Nancy Wheeler to expose Hawkins National Laboratory, Jonathan confirmed that Lonnie was an asshole, showing his ill will towards his father.
Though Joyce deeply cared for her eldest son just as she did for Will, she felt guilty that she had been unable to support him more, due to her time-consuming job. Joyce admitted to Jonathan that “I hardly know what’s going on with you”.
After Will vanished, Joyce’s sanity was tested, and in turn so was the relationship between her and her remaining son. However, Jonathan does care for his mother greatly, going as far as fighting Steve for insulting her and Will.
When Jonathan realized that his mother was telling the truth about Will being alive, he apologized and the two reconciled, where they managed to reunite with Will after his rescue from the Upside Down.
Will saw Jonathan as a role model, who in some ways was like a substitute father figure to him. They would often listen to music together, and Jonathan even made him two mixtapes. Jonathan also helped him build Castle Byers, in the pouring rain and all night. Jonathan would also defend Will from Lonnie, who didn’t approve of his interests.
Nancy and Jonathan spoke to each other when Will went missing, with Nancy reassuring him that Will’s going to be fine. Jonathan took pictures of Nancy during a party at the Harrington House and when Nancy found out, she did not hold any resentment towards Jonathan.
When Nancy asked for his help in looking for her friend Barbara Holland, Jonathan accepted. The two began to bond over their mutual goal of finding their brother and friend respectively and become close. After discovering Barbara had been killed, Jonathan comforted Nancy and the two worked together in trying to kill the Demogorgon.
A month later, after Will’s rescue, Jonathan was given a Christmas present from Nancy and was upset about getting Nancy nothing, but Nancy told him it didn’t matter and gave him a kiss on the cheek.
In 1985, Jonathan and Nancy are shown to have become an official couple, sleeping together at Jonathan’s house one day. The two also work together at the Hawkins Post.
During most of the first season, Jonathan had an antagonistic relationship with Steve, who viewed him as an outcast. When Steve found out Jonathan had taken photographs of the pool party, including a candid photo of Nancy, he labeled Jonathan a pervert and broke his camera in retaliation.
Following a misunderstanding, he believed Nancy was cheating on him with Jonathan, causing Steve to lash out at him. This resulted in a fistfight between the two, which ended with Jonathan getting arrested and Steve with a wounded face.
After realizing he was in the wrong, Steve decided to go to the Byers’ house in order to apologize to Jonathan, resulting in him inadvertently helping with fighting the Demogorgon. In the epilogue of the season finale, taking place a month later, Steve and Jonathan were shown to be on good terms.
In 1985, Jonathan was still on friendly terms with Steve as Steve finally got over Nancy. The two worked as a team to protect the Party from the Mind Flayer.
Tommy H. & Carol
Tommy and Carol were bullies of Jonathan. They picked on Jonathan after Will’s disappearance and helped Steve destroy Jonathan’s camera after they realized Jonathan took pictures of them during the party at Steve’s house.
When Steve assumed Nancy cheated on him after seeing her with Jonathan, Tommy and Carol wasted no time in making abusive graffiti of Jonathan and Nancy.
After Jonathan and Steve’s fight, resulting in Jonathan’s arrest, Tommy and Carol continued to bully and laugh at Jonathan and how angry he was during his fight with Steve and how he’s in jail.
Unfortunately, this caused Steve to disown Tommy and Carol as his friends and to make amends with Jonathan and Nancy for their cruelty.
A year later, Tommy and Carol don’t interact with Jonathan, but Tommy still makes fun of Jonathan as he taunted Steve on how Jonathan and Nancy have been skipping class together lately.
In 1984, Jonathan met Murray Bauman when arriving at his warehouse with Nancy to confess that Hawkins Lab was responsible for the death of Nancy’s best friend, Barbara Holland.
After working together to make Dr. Owens‘s recorded confession sound like a chemical spill killed Barbara, Murray noticed Jonathan’s feelings for Nancy and encouraged him to embrace them, which he did.
The next day, Murray asked Jonathan how was the “pull-out,” causing Jonathan to choke up on his drink, confirming Murray’s suspicions that Jonathan and Nancy slept together.
In 1985, Murray still was on good terms with Jonathan as he gave him and Nancy the keys to his house so they and the kids can be safe from the Mind Flayer.
Jonathan was hired by Tom Holloway to be a photographer for the Hawkins Post. Jonathan was not treated with disdain by Tom or any of his other co-workers as they focused their bullying on Nancy for being the only female journalist at the Post.
Jonathan hated the way Tom and his co-workers were treating his girlfriend, but he didn’t do anything about it as he feared it get him fired as Jonathan wanted to help support his family.
However, Jonathan helped Nancy investigate Mrs. Driscoll’s story about “diseased rats.” When Tom did not approve the story and Nancy decided to get more evidence, Jonathan reluctantly went along with her to help.
However, when Tom found out that Jonathan helped Nancy look for proof for Mrs. Driscoll‘s rat story, he fired Jonathan as a result. This left Jonathan upset on losing his job and his means to support his family, nearly damaging his relationship with Nancy.
When Jonathan and Nancy learned about the Flayed, along with the kids, and tried to visit Mrs. Driscoll at the hospital, Tom, possessed by the Mind Flayer, tried to kill Jonathan and Nancy, with the help of Bruce Lowe.
Tom fought Jonathan and nearly killed him with scissors until he felt Bruce’s pain of getting hit by a fire hydrant by Nancy. This allowed Jonathan to kill Tom by stabbing him in the neck with the scissors.
After Tom‘s and Bruce‘s bodies melted away to form a monster, it was stopped by Eleven from killing Jonathan’s girlfriend, Nancy, where it left to become part of the Mind Flayer’s avatar.
Charlie Heaton Wiki
Charlie R. Heaton is an English actor and musician. He was born on Feb 6, 1994. Best known for his role Jonathan Byers in the Netflix series Stranger Things.
Date of birth
February 6, 1994
Heaton was born in Leeds and raised on a council estate in Bridlington by his mother. After moving to London when he was 16, Heaton joined London noise-rock band Comanechi as the drummer and toured with them for more than a year. He also went on to play with The Quietus. Heaton then joined the London-based psychedelic band, Half Loon.