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Carol Perkins is a supporting antagonist in the first season and a minor character in the second season of Stranger Things. 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.


On November 8, 1983, Carol and Tommy went to a pool party at Steve's house, being with Steve himself, his new girlfriend Nancy Wheeler, and Barbara Holland, Nancy's best friend.

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.



Season One appearances
The Vanishing of Will Byers The Weirdo on Maple Street Holly, Jolly The Body
The Flea and the Acrobat The Monster The Bathtub The Upside Down
Season Two appearances
MADMAX Trick or Treat, Freak The Pollywog
Will the Wise Dig Dug The Spy
The Lost Sister The Mind Flayer The Gate


  • 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".