Carol Perkins is a supporting antagonist in the first season and a minor character in the second season. She is a student at Hawkins High School. She is Tommy Hagan's girlfriend and Steve Harrington and Nancy Wheeler's former friend.
Carol was born in 1966 and most likely was raised in Hawkins, Indiana, for most of her life. Carol started attending Hawkins Middle School in the late 1970s, and met a boy named Tommy Hagan in the seventh grade. Eventually, they became a couple, and according to classmate fellow Barbara Holland, they've been having sex since then. Carol and Tommy started to attend Hawkins High School by around 1981, befriending one of the most popular students, Steve Harrington.
The same group of teens - minus Barb, who had mysteriously vanished - hung out together at school in the days after the party. Nancy, however, became concerned about Barb's disappearance, and gradually became less active in the group.
When Jonathan Byers was revealed to have been at the scene of the party, hiding in the foliage and taking photographs, Carol assisted Tommy and Steve in breaking his camera and tearing up his photographs.
Steve decided to check up on Nancy, as he was worried about her - Tommy and Carol teased him for caring. They drove to the Wheeler house, where Steve got out and climbed up the roof, aiming to enter Nancy's bedroom via the window. Steve saw Nancy and Jonathan together, and mistakenly came to the conclusion that they were sleeping together.
The next day, Steve, Tommy, Carol and Nicole graffiti-ed abusive, obscene slurs against the walls of the Hawk Theater about Nancy. This led to a fist-fight, with Jonathan beating up Steve. The police came to the scene to arrest them all, but Steve, Tommy, Carol and Nicole escaped.
While outside a petrol station, Steve decided to turn his back on Tommy and Carol, deeming them to be "assholes". Despite Carol pleading Tommy to stop, Tommy threatened to fight Steve, but Steve got in his car and drove off to apologize to Nancy and Jonathan.
Carol was seen ogling at the newest student at Hawkins High, Billy Hargrove. She, along with her friends Tina and Vicki, leaned on a car and checked out Billy's behind as he walked into the school. On Halloween night, she attended Tina's Halloween party dressed as Alex Owens from the 1983 film Flashdance, cheering for Billy as he did a keg stand.
Carol is a stereotypical popular girl, who shares attributes with her boyfriend, Tommy, in that she is arrogant, mean-spirited and shallow. She consistently mocked Steve for going out with Nancy. She is clearly an underachiever in school, as she recalled verbally insulting teachers in class, meaning she is not an intelligent nor insightful young woman. Despite all this, Carol seems to be afraid of certain types of conflict, pleading Tommy to stop when he threatens to fight Steve. She also acts more as a witness to bullying, usually snickering or making cruel comments at the end of fights.
Carol and Tommy have dated (and have had sex with each other) since the seventh grade. Both of them are more concerned with their popularity over their actual friendship with Steve or the well-being of their fellow peers. During Steve's party, Tommy picks Carol up and pretends to almost throw her in the pool as she screams, but puts her down, causing her to hit him on the side and call him an "asshole". Later on, Tommy shoves Carol into the pool and soon jumps in with her (along with Steve and Nancy), and the two make out together. After the four dry off, Carol and Tommy go off to Steve's parents' room, with Tommy saying they have a fireplace in there. The next day, as the group wait for the football game to start, Carol brags about how telling a teacher, "Blow me!" resulted in her getting a Saturday detention. Tommy jokingly says that she should blow her teacher in order to improve her grades, causing her to slap him. When Steve drives to Nancy's neighborhood after noticing her strange behavior, Carol and Tommy ride with him and tease him for caring about her. Although he yells at them to shut up, Carol and Tommy quietly snicker. The next morning, the group graffiti the local movie theatre's marquee with horrific slurs about Nancy and Jonathan. When Jonathan begins to beat up Steve as cops show up, Tommy tells Carol to run as he grabs a bloody Steve. Later as the trio hang out at a convenience store parking lot, Steve berates them for being "assholes" and telling them that Nancy isn't miserable like them. Carol calls Nancy "the slut with a heart of gold", and when Steve yells at her to watch her mouth, Tommy grabs him by the collar and says that he doesn't talk to Carol like that.
A year later, what became of their relationship remains up to debate, as Carol is seen leering at Billy's rear the day he arrives, all while Tommy joins Billy's pose in making fun of Steve.
|Season One appearances|
|The Weirdo on Maple Street||Holly, Jolly|
|The Monster||The Bathtub|
|Season Two appearances|
|MADMAX||Trick or Treat, Freak|
- In the Hawkins High School Yearbook, her last name is revealed to be Perkins. She doesn't have a favorite subject. Her Career Goal is to be a Judge. She is shown as the "Most Dramatic".