Nancy Wheeler, portrayed by starring cast member Natalia Dyer, is a major character in the first, second, and third seasons of Stranger Things.
At first, concerned with simple teenage high school issues, her world is turned upside down when her best friend Barbara Holland vanishes, encouraging her to seek out the truth.
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Still grieving for the death of her best friend, Nancy’s relationship with Steve Harrington fell apart, eventually causing the two to break up. Later, Nancy and Jonathan decided to take on a journey on themselves to expose Hawkins National Laboratory as a threat.
Eventually, she helps Jonathan and his mother in removing Will Byers from the Mind Flayer. A month later, Nancy officially started a romantic relationship with Jonathan.
In the summer of 1985, Nancy and Jonathan were still a couple where the two started working together at the Hawkins Post. However, Nancy was belittled and mocked by her male co-workers for being the only female journalist at the Post.
Desperate to prove herself, Nancy stumbled upon a story on “diseased rats” from Doris Driscoll and when looking for evidence, her action would cause her and Jonathan to be fired and nearly damage their relationship.
However, when Nancy decided to keep working on the story, she discovered that the rats and Mrs. Driscoll‘s strange behavior were linked to Will’s possession from last year.
Nancy, Jonathan, her brother Mike, and his friends would discover the Mind Flayer had returned to Hawkins and possessed various people. As they worked together in investigating, Nancy and Jonathan would manage to reconcile.
Once they’ve discovered the Mind Flayer’s plan, Nancy and Jonathan would protect their younger brothers and their friends from the Mind Flayer.
And after the Mind Flayer’s defeat, three months later, Nancy helped Jonathan and the rest of the Byers family move out of Hawkins, with Nancy and Jonathan promising to stay in touch with each other as they shared a kiss.
Nancy is hyper-intelligent and studious, having a high GPA and studying vigorously for tests. However, after entering a relationship with Steve she became more rebellious, lying and participating in activities she most likely wouldn’t have done otherwise.
While her actions were being influenced by her new “friends”, she still remained kind, sympathetic, and studious. Her genius-level of intellect has led to finding the truth behind Barb’s disappearance even though she still felt guilty.
She was also shown to have a tremendous amount of bravery, resolve, and conviction going to great lengths for those she cared for.
When she was looking for the missing Barb, she boldly entered a portal to another dimension in an attempt to save her friend. Later, determined to kill the Monster, she willingly used her and Jonathan‘s blood to lure it out.
Student at Hawkins High School Intern at The Hawkins Post (formerly)
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Nancy and Mike were hinted to have been closer when they were younger; Nancy would dress up for some of Mike’s early D&D campaigns. However, the two drifted apart, likely due to the large age gap between them and the fact that they attended different schools.
Nancy was often dismissive of her brother, calling him “gross” and a “douchebag”, and in turn Mike was dismissive of her relationship with Steve Harrington. However, when Mike briefly went missing and was in danger, Nancy was genuinely worried about him.
After he was found and brought to safety, Nancy rushed over to give him a hug. They then agreed to stop lying to each other and to always tell the truth. However, this was short-lived, as both siblings immediately started lying to each other again.
Despite this, however, Mike and Nancy are still shown to care for each other, even though they get on each other’s nerves.
Nancy seemed to have a good but sometimes strained relationship with her mother. Nancy believed her parents never loved each other as her mom was young and her dad had a good job.
She also disobeyed and lied to her mother, saying she and her friend Barbara were going to a conference to help look for Will Byers, but really was going to a party at Steve Harrington‘s house.
When Barbara was missing and Nancy became concerned, she confessed her worries to her mother. Nancy later confessed to having slept with Steve to her mom after being questioned by the police.
When her house was being searched by government agents, Nancy was concerned for her mom and dad.
A year later, Nancy’s relationship with her mom seemed to have improved a little bit, but Nancy still lied to her when she told her that she was going to sleepover at a friend’s house, but was really planning to expose Hawkins Lab with Jonathan Byers.
Nancy and her father did not appear to have a strong relationship. Nancy believed her parents never loved each other as her mom was young and her dad had a good job.
However, when her house was being searched by government agents, Nancy was concerned for her mom and dad.
Barbara “Barb” Holland was Nancy’s best friend. They did everything together especially going clothes shopping when Nancy started dating Steve Harrington.
However, when Nancy started dating him, Barb became concerned for Nancy as Steve and his friends started to have an influence on her.
When Barb told Nancy she wasn’t being herself, Nancy told Barb to go home, inadvertently hurting Barb’s feelings.
Later, when Nancy realized Barb was missing, she became concerned, teaming up with Jonathan Byers to look for her, while distancing herself from Steve.
When Eleven used her powers to look for Barb and Will, she found Barb’s corpse and sadly told Nancy that Barb was dead, making Nancy devastated.
Steve and Nancy first began seeing each other shortly before the events of the first season. While Nancy initially believed that Steve wasn’t serious about their relationship, this turned out to not be the case. In truth, Steve really loved Nancy, claiming she’s “not like other girls”.
After having sex at the party held at Steve’s house, they officially entered a relationship. However, when Nancy became distant due to the disappearance of her friend Barb, Steve grew worried.
When he visited her house to check on her, he witnessed Nancy and Jonathan together in her room, making him believe she was cheating. When Nancy confronted him, Steve gave her a chance to explain herself, though, due to the extraordinary nature of the events, she was unable to.
After realizing his mistakes, he went to the Byers’ house in order to apologize. There, he unexpectedly helped Nancy and Jonathan fight the Demogorgon.
A month after these events, Steve and Nancy had gotten back together. A year later after their breakup, Steve reveals to Robin that he no longer has feelings for Nancy as they consider each other as friends.
Nancy and Jonathan spoke to each other when Will went missing, with Nancy reassuring him that Will’s going to be fine. When she finds out that Jonathan took pictures of Nancy and her friends at Steve’s party, she did not show resentment towards him and later asks for his help when her friend, Barb goes missing which he accepted.
They form a bond over their mutual goal of finding their brother and friend respectively and become close. After discovering Barbara had been killed, Nancy was comforted by Jonathan and the two worked together in trying to kill the Demogorgon.
A month later, after Will’s rescue, Nancy gave Jonathan a Christmas present and reassured him it didn’t matter that he got her anything for Christmas before she gave him a kiss on the cheek.
In 1985, Nancy and Jonathan 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.
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.”
On December 15, 1984, at the Snow Ball, after seeing Dustin being rejected and ridiculed by girls, Nancy takes pity on him and brings him to dance with her, attracting the attention of the girls who rejected him.
Nancy tells Dustin that he is her favorite out of all of her brother’s friends. She also tells him that girls at his age are ‘dumb’, but he’ll “drive them nuts” in a few years. They share a touching moment together, having a friendly slow dance.
In 1984, a year after Barbara’s death, Nancy decided to meet Murray Bauman, who was hired by Barbara‘s parents to investigate her disappearance and confess that Hawkins Lab was responsible for the death of her friends.
Although Murray believed Nancy everything about the lab and the Upside Down, he told her that her evidence could easily be destroyed or brushed off by the public.
So, they worked together in making the evidence sound like Barbara was killed by a chemical spill caused by the lab.
Afterward, Murray was able to notice Nancy’s feelings for Jonathan and encouraged her to embrace them. Nancy thanked Murray for his help and he returned the gesture, telling her not to seek him out again.
However, in 1985, Nancy was shown to still be on good terms with Murray, as he gave her and Jonathan the keys to his house so they and the kids can be safe from the Mind Flayer.
In 1985, Nancy started working for Tom Holloway at the Hawkins Post. However, Tom treated her with disdain as she was a female, wanting to be a journalist, despite her being the same age as his daughter Heather.
Nancy treated Tom with respect and tried to earn his approval despite his and the rest of the male employees’ constant abuse.
When Nancy picked up Mrs. Driscoll‘s rat story and presented it to Tom, he dismissed it and ordered Nancy to not pursue it.
However, Nancy, still wanting to be treated with respect by her co-workers, disobeyed Tom’s orders and went to look for evidence, only to find Mrs. Driscoll eat fertilizer after she became possessed by the Mind Flayer.
When confronted by Tom in his office, Nancy tried to settle an argument, only for Tom to fire both her and Jonathan. When Nancy learned of Heather’s predicament at the hands of Billy Hargrove, Nancy drove Jonathan and the kids to the Holloway house to check on both Tom and Heather and investigate.
When confronted by a possessed Tom at the hospital, Nancy tried to reason with Tom, only to fail as Tom wanted to kill her and Jonathan. After Tom’s corpse melted and merged with Bruce‘s, forming a monster, it nearly killed Nancy until Eleven saved her.
Nancy and Bruce Lowe became co-workers after Nancy started working for the Hawkins Post in 1985. However, Bruce made fun of Nancy because of her gender and wanting to be a journalist; thus was her main tormentor at the Post with Bruce mocking and calling Nancy, “Nancy Drew.”
After Nancy discovered a mystery of “diseased rats,” Bruce pranked Nancy with a toy rat, pushing Nancy over the edge to get some evidence so she can be treated with respect.
However, after finding Mrs. Driscoll eating fertilizer, Bruce mocked Nancy before she was fired by Tom Holloway. At the Hawkins Memorial Hospital, Nancy and Jonathan were confronted by both a possessed Tom and Bruce who attempted to kill both Nancy and Jonathan. Bruce showed a strong desire to kill Nancy as he pursued and confronted her at the hospital.
However, Nancy was able to outsmart Bruce by attacking him with a fire extinguisher. She tells Bruce to “go to hell,” revealing her hatred for him, before killing him. After Bruce’s corpse melted and merged with Tom‘s, forming a monster, it nearly killed Nancy until Eleven saved her.
Natalia Dyer Wiki
Natalia Danielle Dyer is an American actress. Professionally known as Natalia Dyer. She was born on Jan 13th, 1995. Natalia Dyer gained recognition throughout Hollywood for her roles in The Greening of Whitney Brown (2011) as Lily and Netflix’s Stranger Things as Nancy Wheeler.