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Jane "El" Hopper, born Jane Ives, better known as just Eleven, is a main character in Stranger Things. She is portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown.

Eleven was kidnapped and raised in Hawkins National Laboratory, where she was experimented on for her inherited psychokinetic abilities. After escaping the lab, she was found by Mike, Lucas, and Dustin. Upon discovering her abilities, Mike believed that she could help find Will, their missing friend. During their time together, she and Mike formed a strong bond and quickly grew to like each other. It was ultimately revealed that, in a lab experiment, she made contact with a creature from another dimension, accidentally opening an inter-dimensional gateway. In an attempt to protect her friends, Eleven eventually faced and destroyed this monster in a showdown at Hawkins Middle School, mysteriously vanishing in the process.

Eventually, she was revealed to be alive, secretly living with Jim Hopper at his grandfather's old cabin. After she grew impatient from being separated from her friends, Eleven went on a journey by herself, discovering her past in the process. Realizing that she could not leave her friends behind, she returned to Hawkins, reuniting with them, to help defeat yet another extra-dimensional threat. Eleven was then taken in by Hopper as his adopted daughter. This also allowed her to attend the Snow Ball dance with Mike.

During the summer of 1985, Eleven's romantic relationship with Mike continued to blossom, much to Hopper's dismay who took steps to complicate it. This resulted in Eleven forming an unlikely friendship with Max. Upon learning that the Mind Flayer had reappeared to stop her and get revenge, taking over Billy and other people in Hawkins in the process, she joined her friends to defeat it. Amidst the ensuing fight to stop the Mind Flayer, Eleven lost her powers. Following Hopper's apparent death, she was taken in by the Byers family. Three months later, before moving out of Hawkins with the Byers, Eleven and Mike made plans to visit each other at Thanksgiving while also professing her love for him.

By the spring of 1986, Eleven, having recently moved to California with the Byers, is adapting to her new school and new life. While she gets viciously bullied by her classmates, she tries to keep her head up. She writes letters to stay in touch with her boyfriend, Mike, back in Hawkins, who's on his way to spend spring break with her.[2] However, Eleven's spring break with Mike goes downhill when she learns of new evil threatening Hawkins and works to regain her powers through a secret government project.

History

Main article: Eleven/History

Personality and Traits

Raised in Hawkins National Laboratory and completely deprived of socialization, Eleven was timid, socially withdrawn and extremely cautious of other people. However, she became fiercely protective and showed unyielding loyalty towards those who cared for her, especially to Mike whom she fell in love with, to the point of sacrificing herself to destroy the Monster when it threatened to harm her friends. Even after being separated for a year, Eleven showed considerable determination in saving her friends by returning to them in Hawkins from Chicago when she sensed them to be in grave danger through the Void, reuniting with them in the process.

If Eleven attempted to defy Dr. Brenner's orders when under his control, she would be locked in a cramped room as punishment, potentially for hours on end. These painful experiences lead her to develop severe claustrophobia. She also showed some signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, frequently remembering her harrowing experiences at the lab following her escape.

Due to a very limited vocabulary, she could not effectively communicate her thoughts and emotions and had little to no understanding of simple concepts such as friendships or promises. These difficulties communicating often lead to misunderstandings with her friends. Despite this, she was a quick learner and came up with creative ways of explaining concepts as shown when she flipped the Dungeons & Dragons game board to explain the nature of the Upside Down.

Episodes of intense stress and fear had the potential to trigger Eleven's powers, releasing them in unpredictable and sometimes dangerous ways. She was reluctant to harm innocent life and had no malicious intent but was sometimes forced to maim or kill in extreme circumstances. She did not take this lightly as these instances were always followed by strong feelings of guilt and self-loathing (not to mention the physical toll these acts had on her body). Despite having killed before, upon being pressured by Kali into trying to kill, she refused to after seeing the man she was about to kill had children and then stopped Kali from shooting him. In every event of having to resort to killing someone, she has done it in self-defense.

After nearly an entire year of living with Hopper, Eleven's vocabulary expanded significantly, although she still struggled to understand complex words and social cues. Eleven also learns to be more independent when she forms a friendship with Max Mayfield and to start making her own choices. When discovering the Mind Flayer's return, Eleven became onboard to stopping him and when viewing the memories of the possessed Billy Hargrove, she sympathizes with him for having an abusive father which allows him to break free from the Mind Flayer's control over him.

By 1986, Eleven is able to communicate at a higher level, but it's shown she has extreme difficulty with social interaction (beyond her Hawkins peers), public speaking and mathematics. The loss of her abilities dealt a significant blow to her self-esteem, as she is an outsider and struggling to be a normal civilian, rather than a "superhero". The bullying she receives from some of her classmates causes more damage to her and when she had enough of it, Eleven attacks her bully, only to immediately regret it. Upon having the chance to become a hero again, she chose to undergo a special training program to save her friends once more and learned to channel past traumas to unlock her repressed memories and powers.

Powers and Abilities

Psychic abilities

Eleven was born with a vast array of preternatural abilities, acquired through a combination of inheritance and exposure to hallucinogenic drugs while in utero during her mother's time as an MKUltra test subject. These abilities were the reason she was abducted at birth and raised at Hawkins National Laboratory, where she was experimented on.

The effect of the subsequent direct experimentation on Eleven and her powers is unclear. It is possible that her powers laid dormant and could only be unearthed through further experimentation. However, it is also possible that Eleven had access to these powers at birth, but merely gained understanding and experience of them during her time in the laboratory. As her mother displays similar psychic powers, it is possible the experimentation on her mother during her pregnancy augmented her powers or she simply naturally developed stronger abilities.

Initially, exercising her abilities to accomplish small tasks was shown to be rather difficult for her. However, with practice, Eleven was able to accomplish greater and greater feats. Nearly a year after the events of November 1983, Eleven became able to use her telekinetic and telepathic powers far more easily and without as much effort and concentration, easily closing doors, lifting objects, and entering her mental void by simply placing a blindfold on and using the white noise from a television.

Her abilities are somewhat linked to her emotional state, being at their strongest when influenced by her anger and fear. Being in distressing situations would occasionally cause Eleven to unleash her powers involuntarily. This was most likely how Eleven had opened the Gate: her fear of witnessing the Demogorgon possibly magnifying her powers to the point where she was able to open an interdimensional portal. This was also observed in "The Flea and the Acrobat" when she unintentionally flung Lucas across the junkyard during his fight with Mike. In "Will the Wise", following an intense argument with Hopper, Eleven had a "psychic tantrum", causing her to violently break all of the cabin’s windows. With help from Kali, Eleven learned to harness her anger at will, allowing better control over her powers. She would go on to use this knowledge to aid herself while closing the Gate.

Using her powers takes a physical toll on her body. When using her powers to perform more menial tasks, Eleven usually only suffers from nosebleeds. Based on how her powers are executed, it is likely the source of this blood is actually her brain. When accomplishing more daunting tasks, however, she would become physically exhausted, often to the point where she'd be unable to walk. Her most extreme acts caused bruising on her face, her eyes to become bloodshot, her ears to bleed, and occasionally even unconsciousness. However, if Eleven was sufficiently satiated, this physical toll could be alleviated. Eventually, Eleven’s body had grown accustomed to the recurrent use of her powers, being able to go longer durations without succumbing to complete exhaustion.

Eleven's powers would occasionally affect the nearby electricity; when attempting psychic communication, nearby lights would sometimes flicker or even go out entirely. The Demogorgon, while traveling between dimensions, had remarkably similar effects on nearby electricity, suggesting her abilities may also cause distortion of the electromagnetic field.

After the battle against the Mind Flayer, Eleven's abilities seemed to vanish. According to Dr. Brenner, power overused led to a blood vessel in her brain to burst, causing a stroke. While strokes in ordinary people can cause cognitive and paralysis issues, for Eleven, the stroke caused the "signals" in her brain to become too scrambled for her psychic abilities to work. Through intensive immersion therapy, which also unlocked prior memories, Eleven began to regain her former power of telekinesis, but has yet to display the use of her other abilities.

Eleven flinging a large van in the air.

  • Telekinesis: Her most recurrent power, she is able to manipulate objects, people and creatures with her mind. When amplified by her emotions, her telekinesis is strong enough to lift large and heavy objects; she flipped a Hawkins Power and Light van in the air in "The Bathtub", and in "The Lost Sister", she was able to channel her anger in order to pull a train car towards her. Moreover, in "The Mind Flayer", she was able to throw and kill a Demodog with her mind. Eleven could also use this ability to attack and cause physical damage to people (primarily in self-defense), even being able to affect internal organs to some extent; she was able to squeeze Troy's bladder in order to make him urinate himself and later broke his arm. Additionally, she has thrown people against walls on several instances, broken the neck of an orderly at Hawkins Lab, and was even able to crush the brains of several agents at once.
    • Levitation: Via telekinesis, Eleven could suspend objects in the air, making them levitate. This was first displayed in "Holly, Jolly" where she made Mike’s model of the Millennium Falcon float. This ability is not restricted to objects, as shown in "The Monster" when she saved Mike by levitating him to safety after he had jumped off a cliff. In "The Gate", Eleven herself levitated as she was closing the Gate, possibly as a side effect of her using so much power.
  • Extrasensory Perception (ESP): Eleven can gain information through the mind rather than the physical senses. She could recognize people taken into the Upside Down from photos, though she had presumably never met them before, and could sense Will's corresponding location in the other dimension.

    Eleven in the void of her mind, using sensory deprivation.

    • Remote viewing: Via ESP, she can seek out and find targets in different locations than her own. When amplified by sensory deprivation, this ability is powerful enough to find targets over vast distances, even as far as other dimensions.
    • Telepathy: Often used in tandem with her RV abilities. When she has located her target, she can choose to communicate with them mentally.
    • Psychometry: Or "token-object reading", Eleven can gain information about a person by touching objects associated with them. In "The Weirdo on Maple Street", she was able to correctly identify which game piece was Will's when demonstrating with the D&D board.
  • Technopathy: To some extent and with varying results, she can transmit the voices of people and other sounds in other locations over electronic speakers.
  • Portal Manipulation: Eleven can open and manipulate portals to the Upside Down. She was first revealed to have this power in "The Monster", where it was shown that she had accidentally opened the Gate upon making contact with the Demogorgon. Eleven later manages to close the Gate in "The Gate". In "Trick or Treat, Freak", she manipulated a portal that the Demogorgon had opened in order to make it large enough for her to pass through. This ability may be rooted from the primary telekinetic power.
    • Dimensional Travel: After the Gate was opened, it allowed Hawkins Lab scientists to go into the Upside Down. She herself entered the dimension after defeating the Demogorgon in "The Upside Down."
  • Biokinesis: Eleven could manipulate the bodies of living creatures to a certain extent, as shown when she disintegrated the Demogorgon.
  • Teleportation: Tentative. She appears to possess this ability as shown when she was somehow transported to the Upside Down upon defeating the Demogorgon, though the exact specifics of how this happened are unclear. It's highly possible the Demogorgon could have played a part, considering it appeared to have abilities similar to Eleven's. Another possibility is that the teleportation was an unintended side effect from Eleven exerting so much power. In any case, if she does possess this ability, she most likely has no knowledge of it. In the Stranger Things collaboration event in The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, Eleven, after finding Mike's conscience at The Void, managed to teleport herself to the world of Britannia.
  • Memory Reading: Eleven is able to view the memories of others via contacting them through the Void. This ability was first displayed in "Dig Dug" where she was able to see several of Terry's memories. She later used this ability in "E Pluribus Unum", viewing the memories of Billy Hargrove's abusive childhood in order to find the Mind Flayer's lair.

Regular Abilities

  • Survival skills: While living in the woods for a month, Eleven learned crucial survival skills, such as hunting (by using her powers) and how to make a fire.
  • Morse code: She was taught how to read and signal Morse code by Hopper as a means for them to safely communicate.

Relationships

Familial

While Terry is her biological mother, Eleven originally had no knowledge of her or even the fact that Brenner had kidnapped her at birth. However, Terry tried desperately to get her daughter back and still believed she would one day return. After learning that her mother was alive through the Void, Eleven defied Hopper's rules to meet her. However, when Eleven finally met her mother, she was heartbroken to see her mother catatonic and learned that Hawkins Lab was responsible for causing her mother to be mentally unstable. Despite this, Eleven harbored some love towards her mother, even though she knew that Terry could not raise her as a result of being mentally broken. Although Eleven was saddened and horrified of her mother's tragic fate, she still loved her mother.

Becky is Eleven's aunt. Like Terry, Eleven had no knowledge of her due to not knowing the circumstances of her birth. Becky believed Terry really miscarried and in extension believed that Jane did not exist. Becky helped Eleven (Jane) look for her "sister" Kali. Eleven stayed the night at Becky's house, but ran away due to her calling the police in regards to her being found.

Chief Hopper was an ally of Eleven and later became her adoptive father. He rescued her and her friends from government agents, safely bringing them to the Byers house to meet with the others. Their relationship likely had little opportunity to develop at this time as they were preoccupied with saving Will. Hopper ultimately had to reveal Eleven's location to Hawkins Lab in order to save Will, a decision he did not take lightly. Hopper appeared to have some awareness of Eleven's status following her self-sacrifice, providing her with Eggo waffles on Christmas Eve. Eleven's disappearance reminded Hopper of the loss of his daughter, and he became determined to find her.

Hopper eventually found Eleven in the woods and began taking care of her, relocating her to his grandfather's old cabin. The two developed a complicated father-daughter dynamic as they lived together for almost a year. For her safety, Hopper neither permitted her leaving the cabin, nor did he permit her to communicate with Mike or her friends.

After the shutdown of Hawkins Lab, Hopper officially took Eleven in as his adopted daughter and allowed her to attend the Snow Ball.

In 1983, when her son went missing, Joyce asked Eleven for assistance in locating Will in the Upside Down. However, unlike Brenner, Joyce was extremely patient and kind to Eleven. When helping her put on duct-taped goggles, Joyce praised El for her bravery and thanked her for helping her family, something El was visibly confused about but appreciative of. While in the pool, El began having a panic attack upon discovering Barb’s corpse, but Joyce held her arm and comforted her. El does eventually locate Will, and Joyce hugs her and praises her after El rises up.

In 1984, El tearfully reunited with Joyce following a year in hiding. The two hug tightly while Joyce affectionately calls her “sweetheart”. Eleven doesn’t hesitate in once again rescuing Will and assisting Joyce.

In 1985, Hopper complained to Joyce about El and Mike rebelling against him. However, Joyce is supportive of their relationship, and reasoned that since it’s nothing more than them kissing, he shouldn't be worried. She argued that rebelling is simply a part of becoming a teenager and growing up. When she discovered that the Gate was being reopened by Russians underneath the Starcourt Mall, Joyce worried about the children’s safety, and she, Hopper, Murray, and Alexei raced back to Hawkins. After finding the kids in the mall, an injured El was sent to Murray’s in order to hide and protect her from the Mind Flayer. When Hopper and Joyce snuck into the Russian base, Hopper worried about El’s safety while Joyce assured him that she would be safe once they killed the Mind Flayer. After losing Hopper while closing the Gate, Joyce returned above and tearfully reunited with Will. She saw El searching for her father in the distance, and as the two made eye contact, Joyce simply stared at her in tears as El slowly broke down crying. Three months later, Joyce was El's guardian, and El joined the Byers in moving out of Hawkins. On moving day, Joyce discovered Hopper’s letter to Mike and El when folding his clothes. In turn, she gave it to a curious Eleven to read. El broke down as she read it, sobbing over the crinkled page, and Joyce comforted her afterward.

Jonathan and Eleven have had limited yet friendly interactions with one another. She assisted Jonathan in helping him find his younger brother, Will, in 1983, and continued to do so in 1984. In 1985, the two worked together to stop the Mind Flayer, with El saving Jonathan’s girlfriend, Nancy, and also protecting the group as a whole. When El is bitten in the leg by the Mind Flayer that soon leads to an infection, Jonathan takes it upon himself to remove it from her leg using a knife and gloves. He warns her that it will “hurt like hell”, but El simply agrees and lets him perform the removal. This is short-lived after Jonathan fails to remove the piece of the Mind Flayer out of the cut. Three months afterward, El has become Jonathan’s adopted sister, and joins the Byers in moving out of Hawkins.


Out of the five members of the Party, El and Will have had the least interaction with one another, though they are good friends.

In 1983, El located him in the Void inside the dimension’s version of Castle Byers, telling him to hold on a little longer, since his mother was coming to rescue him. Shortly afterward, Eleven disappeared, but Mike, Dustin, and Lucas spoke of her to a bewildered Will in the hospital after he was rescued.

In 1984, when Eleven returns, she doesn’t hesitate to assist her friends in rescuing Will from the possession of the Mind Flayer, closing the Gate and killing the Demi-Dogs. A month afterward, El has joined the Party and attends the Snow Ball alongside her friends.

By 1985, Will had secretly grown jealous of the fact that his friends have matured and now spend their time obsessing over girls, most particularly with Mike and El. When the two lie about El’s curfew to sneak away from the Party, Will comments that their relationship is “gross”. After witnessing El and Max break up with Mike and Lucas, Will ceases the opportunity to play Dungeons & Dragons like they used to. However, he grows angry over their snide comments about his campaign and obsession with calling the girls. After storming out, Will yells at Mike that he’s ruining the Party because he’s “swapping spit with some stupid girl”. However, when Will discovers the Mind Flayer has returned, he puts his anger aside and has Eleven assist in once again defeating the monster. Due to their connections with the Upside Down, Will and El are the two main keys in the Party’s battle. Three months after the destruction of the Starcourt Mall, El has become Will’s adopted sister, joining the Byers in moving out of Hawkins.

In 1986, they become closer after moving, due to not knowing anyone else their age. El and Will are now high school freshmen in Lenora Hills, California, where she's subjugated to bullying by their peers. Will is supportive of Eleven when she gets bullied at school.

Non-Familial

Eleven's history with Dr. Martin Brenner runs deep: not only did he define her childhood, but he was potentially responsible for her very existence. Brenner had experimented on her mother Terry, who had volunteered to become a MKUltra test subject. While undergoing these tests, Terry mysteriously became pregnant. After discovering the pregnancy, Brenner took the child away directly from birth, raising her at Hawkins Lab.

Throughout childhood, Eleven was treated harshly and severely. Brenner appeared to be Eleven's only source of social engagement, and thus she grew to be dependent on his attention. Brenner built himself up as a father figure, establishing a somewhat tender demeanor when in her presence. However, an unstated threat was present in even the most affectionate words he uttered, lurking just beneath the surface.

When Eleven performed well, Brenner would "reward" her with affection. When Eleven disobeyed him, she would instead be subjected to cruel psychological torture. Even when Eleven was on her best behavior, she spent much of her time in solitary confinement, locked in a "bedroom" cell. Brenner's only true interest in the girl was her extraordinary power; her physical or mental health was merely of tangential importance to his goal. When Eleven performed extraordinary feats, Brenner appeared proud of her accomplishments.

After Eleven escaped from the lab and experienced genuinely loving relationships for the first time, she could finally see through Brenner's façade. When he eventually found her and promised to take her home, she rejected his offer, instead crying and reaching out to her new friends.

"Mike, I love you too."
Eleven to Mike after recalling Mike's feelings for her, "The Battle of Starcourt"

In 1983, Mike and Eleven developed a special relationship in the six days they knew each other and quickly fell in love. Out of the three boys who found her in the woods, Mike grew the closest to Eleven, partly due to her staying at his house. Although Dustin and Lucas eventually developed trust for her, Mike was the first to do so, welcoming her into his home and keeping her a secret from his parents. Eleven, in turn, was clearly most relaxed while alone with Mike. Unlike Dustin and Lucas, Mike immediately understood that, despite her powers and strange appearance, she was ultimately just another kid and did not mean to cause trouble for him and his friends. His respect and admiration for her deepened when she aided and defended him and his friends in their search for Will.

Mike even invited her to be his date to the Snow Ball, an offer she happily accepted. Out of love for Mike and to protect him and their friends, Eleven used her powers to disintegrate the Demogorgon and vanished into the Upside Down. Mike was devastated by her disappearance and called her on his Supercom for 353 days in a row while keeping her pillow fort in perfect condition. This whole time, he was unaware that Eleven was actually alive and attempting to reach him through the Void.

After almost a year of separation, the two were finally reunited and shared a long-awaited hug. Unfortunately, their reunion was cut short, due to the crisis at Hawkins Lab. Mike told Eleven that he “can’t lose her” to which she promised that he would not. Eleven leaned in to kiss Mike but was interrupted by Hopper. Afterwards, Eleven and Mike attended the Snow Ball where they shared their second known kiss and danced to the song “Every Breath You Take”.

In 1985, their relationship blossomed more and more, much to her father's dismay. Hopper became concerned to the point of threatening Mike into not spending time with Eleven. Fearful of the threatening police officer, Mike did as he was told and kept his distance from El, lying to her and claiming that his nana is sick. With the help of Max, Eleven saw through his lie and when Mike refused to explain himself, she broke up with him, quoting Max's earlier advice: "I dump your ass". Max and Eleven quickly left on the bus and Mike was left there, heartbroken, with Will and Lucas. Eleven was frustrated with Mike for seemingly wanting to control her and not believing in her, though he later revealed to everyone except Eleven that he was only behaving like this because he loved her and he couldn't lose her again. Mike later explained that he only avoided Eleven because Hopper had threatened him, and the two reconciled in the hospital while waiting for Nancy and Jonathan to return.

Mike saved Eleven's life three times. When her leg was seriously injured, he helped her walk and took care of her. When she was in pain, he was very worried about her. When the Mind Flayer's strange growth continued to pulsate from Eleven's left leg, making El scream in severe pain, he held onto her tightly as he tried to comfort her and help keep her still. Jonathan attempted to get the creature out of her left leg, but their efforts were stopped prematurely when Eleven said that she could do it herself and successfully yanked the creature out with her powers. After nearly losing her to the Mind Flayer, Mike ran to Eleven's side at the end of the battle, and the two hugged. Later, they are seen together in the back of an ambulance. 

Three months later, Eleven was preparing to move away from Hawkins with Will's family. Although she was still unable to use her powers, Mike was optimistic that they would come back. The two made plans to see each other at Thanksgiving while Mike also wistfully imagined a Christmas together. El recalled how Mike expressed his feelings for her at the cabin and kissed him, telling him she loved him, too. Outside the Byers' home, they shared long, tearful hugs. In the moving truck, Eleven already missed Mike as she looked out the window, revealing her desire to stay in Hawkins with him.

By the spring of 1986, El and Mike keep in touch with one another through letters. El has a shrine on a hope chest in her bedroom filled with cards and photos from Mike, though they have begun to suffer from communication problems; Eleven has been lying about how great California is to Mike, avoiding the mention of her getting bullied by Angela and her posse. Mike, on the other hand, has still been finding it difficult to say the words "I love you" directly to El, simply ending his letters with "From". Though El hides her frustration over his lack of saying "love", it hits a breaking point when El is humiliated at the Rink-O-Mania that causes her to assault Angela in the face. The next morning, Mike attempts to comfort El and say that he understands since he's been bullied his entire life. El, however, shuts down this argument by saying that no matter where she goes, she does not belong anywhere, due to being a monster. She accuses Mike of perceiving her as a monster too due to him reacting negatively when El hit Angela in the face, but Mike says it doesn't take away from how much he "cares about her". El then asks if he doesn't love her anymore, causing Mike to ask who said he didn't. El tearfully says that not only does he never say it, he can't even write it, pulling out all of his letters to her that all end with "From". Mike says that she's being ridiculous, and she's still a superhero, but El says she's not that anymore. El is then arrested due to the assault, and Mike tells El through the police car windows that he will fix this. When agents arrive at the Byers home and tell Mike, Jonathan, and Will that El has been taken to regain her powers, one of them gives Mike a note written by El. Mike reads it in her bedroom, saying that she has gone to become a "superhero" again, and ends it with "From, El". The next day, Mike mopes since he feels like the fight he and El had felt like something "you couldn't come back from", and makes it his mission to find her and fix it.

"Friends don't lie. I'm sorry too."
Eleven apologizing to Lucas, "The Bathtub"

Lucas was initially suspicious of Eleven, dismissing her as a "psycho". Although Dustin and Mike made efforts to become friendlier, Lucas kept some distance from her, viewing her as a distraction from the search for Will. Eleven, lacking social skills and confidence, was unable to convince him that she was truly on their side. When Eleven was discovered to be manipulating the compass to keep the boys from finding the Gate, Lucas grew angry, accusing her of being traitorous. After Eleven ran away, Lucas had little interest in finding her. However, after Lucas realized that she was justified to keep the boys away from the dangerous forces at Hawkins Lab, his opinion of her changed. Following the kids' reunion, Eleven and Lucas apologized to one another and remained friendly.

In 1984, when Eleven revealed herself to be alive, she embraced Lucas and Dustin. Lucas said they've missed her, with Eleven saying she missed them too.

In 1985, Lucas and Eleven were shown to still be good friends with each other. The two would work together, along with their friends, in trying to stop the Mind Flayer who had returned to Hawkins. When Eleven was choked by Billy, Lucas was shocked and worried for her, showing he does care for her. After Lucas found out that Eleven and Max spied on him and Mike, Lucas was upset, but quickly forgave Eleven. During the fight at Hopper's Cabin, when the Mind Flayer grabbed Eleven by her leg, Lucas managed to save her by chopping off the Mind Flayer's tentacle with an axe. After retreating to Bradley's Big Buy, while taking care of Eleven, Lucas decided to steal some fireworks to help Eleven fight against the Mind Flayer's proxy. Lucas's decision proves to be good when he again manages to save Eleven by throwing the exploding fireworks at the Mind Flayer. After the Mind Flayer's defeat, three months later, Eleven said goodbye to Lucas as she left Hawkins with the Byers family.

Dustin's initial attitude toward 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 an incident with Lucas, he was quick to call her out on a questionable use of her power, though he later admitted that it was “awesome.” While it is unclear if he saw her as a member of their “party” at that point, he did assist Mike in looking for Eleven after she had ran away. After Eleven saved him and Mike from bullies, he proudly declared that she was their friend and thoroughly cared about her from that point on.

In 1984, when Eleven revealed herself to be alive, she embraced Dustin and Lucas. Dustin revealed to her that they've reminisced her and talked about her almost everyday. Eleven was even surprised that Dustin had teeth which Dustin proudly showed them off to her.

In 1985, Eleven used her powers to make Dustin's toys move to lure Dustin to a spot where she and the others welcome him back from Camp Know Where. When Dustin revealed he got a girlfriend, El was shocked and went with him to help build Cerebro so he can contact his girlfriend Suzie. However, Eleven decided to leave on the journey to the top of Weathertop so she can spend romantic time with Mike, leaving Dustin upset. Later, after Dustin managed to get a short transmission to Mike, El used her powers to locate him at Starcourt Mall and comes to his rescue by stopping some Russians from killing him. After she saved Dustin, she happily shared a hug with him. When Eleven's leg wound began pulsating, El was helped by Dustin. After the fight against the Mind Flayer, Eleven said good-bye to Dustin before leaving Hawkins with the Byers family.

Although Max seemed to admire Eleven and was willing to become her friend, Eleven was cold towards her and appeared to be jealous of her after mistaking her hanging out with Mike as something romantic. However, in 1985, Max and Eleven start to bond over the fact that their boyfriends are constantly lying to them, and the become instant best friends, as they shopped and have fun at the Starcourt Mall, with Max giving Eleven good advice. Eleven was allowed by Max to make her own decisions which was something she never done before as she most of her life in Hawkins Lab and being in the company of Mike or Hopper. Eleven was also introduced by Max to powerful female figures such as Wonder Woman. When Eleven suspected something was wrong with Max's stepbrother Billy, after spying on him, Eleven was helped by Max in investigating Billy. After discovering that the Mind Flayer returned and Billy was flayed, the two girls worked together, along with their friends to stop the Mind Flayer. After Eleven was injured by the Mind Flayer, she was treated by Max. During the battle against the Mind Flayer at Starcourt, Max continued to help Eleven. After the Mind Flayer's proxy was killed, Eleven comforted Max, who was saddened by Billy's death. Three months later, Eleven said goodbye to Max as she left with the Byers family, moving out of Hawkins.

By the spring of 1986, it's unknown exactly how much contact El and Max had since Max had isolated herself from everyone. When placed under Vecna's curse, Max writes a goodbye letter to El, asking Lucas and Dustin to give it to her if and when they make contact with her. Before she can be taken by Vecna, Max listening to Running Up That Hill triggers memories of Max being happy with her friends, predominantly with Eleven, showing that Max's relationship with El holds a special place in her heart.

Benny was the first person Eleven encountered after escaping the lab. During their short time together, Benny treated her kindly and cared about her well being, a stark contrast to her treatment at the lab. Fearing that she was a victim of abuse, he called Social Services hoping to help her. Unfortunately, this good deed would lead to his death at the hands of DOE agent Connie Frazier. Eleven later killed Connie and other agents in order to defend herself and her friends; whether intentional or not, she avenged Benny with this action.

"Go."
Eleven frightening Troy & James away from her friends, "The Monster"

When Eleven saw Troy and James bullying her friends, she instantly disliked them. After Mike stood up to Troy for insulting Will, she used her powers to make Troy urinate in front of his classmates, humiliating him. When Troy sought revenge and threatened to hurt Mike and Dustin, she used her abilities once again to push James to the ground and breaks Troy's right arm. The two boys fled in terror. Although they clearly did not like Eleven, they had gained a newfound respect for - and fear of - her and her friends.

Appearances

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
Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum The Bite The Battle of Starcourt
Season Four appearances
The Hellfire Club Vecna's Curse The Monster and the Superhero
Dear Billy* The Nina Project The Dive
The Massacre at Hawkins Lab Papa The Piggyback

*Eleven appears in archive footage in Dear Billy

Comics

Volume 1 appearances
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Volume 2 appearances
Issue 1 Stranger Things: SIX Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4

Family tree

Biological

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Andrew Rich
 
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Teresa Ives
 
 
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Becky Ives
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jane Hopper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bill
 
 
 
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Diane
 
 
 
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Jim Hopper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sara Hopper
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
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Jane Hopper

Jim's Adopted Daughter

Memorable Quotes

Eleven:

  • "Mouthbreather."
  • "Pretty."
  • "Bad."

Eleven to Brenner:

  • "Papa?"
  • "No more."

Eleven to Hopper:

  • "Friends don't lie."
  • "You are like Papa!"
  • "Bitchin'."
  • "A black hole?"
  • "Compromise?"
  • "I can fight"

Eleven to Mike:

  • "Night, Mike."
  • "Promise?"
  • "I understand."
  • "Still pretty?"
  • "What's 'putting'?"
  • "Goodbye, Mike."
  • "Mike?...Mike, where are you?..Mike!"
  • "For three hundred and fifty three days......I heard."
  • “I dump your ass”

Eleven & Mike: When Eleven awakens after over-exertion, having saved Mike and Dustin-

  • Eleven: "Mike, I am sorry."
  • Mike: "Sorry? What are you sorry for?"
  • Eleven: "The Gate... I opened it. I'm the monster."
  • Mike: "No, El, you're not the monster. You saved me, do you understand? You saved me."

Eleven was at the pool lounge saying that Mike was lied by Hopper

  • Mike: "Hey, El... I just wanted to say... You know when I said Nana was sick? She wasn't. I lied."
  • Eleven: "I know."
  • Mike: "Right, right, right. No, I just... think it was important for you to know the context. Hopper, he went all crazy on me, telling me I'm spending way too much time with you. He made me lie. I mean, you're the most important thing to me in the world."
  • Eleven: "What if he's right?"
  • Mike: "What?"
  • Eleven: "Hop."
  • Mike: "No, no, no, no. He's just some angry old man who hates joy."
  • Eleven: "But if I only see you, and I'm a different species than you, then I should be with my species more."
  • Mike: "What are you talking about? (gasps) Did you spy on me? That's totally against the rules."
  • Eleven: "I make my own rules."

Behind the Scenes

Creation and development

The initial basis for Eleven's character was formed when the Duffers imagined an escaped MKUltra test subject heavily influenced by E.T.[3] However, they also wanted to keep an underlying sense of danger and instability, saying that "Eleven isn' a normal girl, and she's no gentle plant-collecting alien either. She has unpredictable supernatural powers that will most definitely put our boys in jeopardy." As a result, they also incorporated elements from the anime Elfen Lied as well as the 1988 anime film Akira into her character, though with "less bloodshed."[4] It's also highly likely Eleven was inspired by characters from the works of Stephen King, such as Carrie White from Carrie and Charlie McGee from Firestarter, although these have not been cited as specific influences.

In an interview, the Duffers revealed that the show was originally going to be more “R-rated”, especially concerning Eleven's powers. Ross said, "The Eleven character, the kind of powers she has and to have a young protagonist that’s violent — it’s not E.T. It’s not a happy situation. She’s killing people, and brutally murdering them." [5]

In a featurette later released by Netflix, the Duffer brothers revealed that Eleven was basically a blank slate of a character during production of the premiere season. It was Brown's charisma and instinctive performance that invented Eleven’s iconic gestures, with the Duffers stating, “What she does with her eyes, what she does with her face, what she does with a certain glance – all of Eleven’s power stuff, which now is kind of famous, the hands, the turn of the neck – this was all designed by an 11-year-old girl.” [6]

Casting

Out of all the roles, Eleven was the most difficult to cast due to her having to convey various emotions with little dialogue. The role also required staying in character even while not talking. The Duffers feared they would not be able to find someone who could stay focused throughout an entire scene. 246 young actresses were seen for the role of Eleven.[7] However, when they met Millie Bobby Brown those fears vanished, and the Duffers even stated she has a "preternatural talent".[4] To help ease her worries about shaving her head, the Duffers showed Millie pictures of Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.[8]

The younger version of Eleven shown in "Dig Dug" and "The Lost Sister" was portrayed by a set of twin toddlers[9] Charlotte and Clara Ward, however, they were never credited for the role.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • She is extremely fond of Eggos, seen eating or standing near them throughout the series:
    • Originally given to Mike the first morning she stayed at the Wheelers, she became instantly hooked. She raided Bradley's Big Buy's stock and destroyed the sliding doors when an employee told her she had to pay for them.
    • She is seen enjoying Eggos with Hopper for breakfast and dessert. In the The Lost Sister, when Kali's crew raid the convenience store, El tosses some fruit aside when sees Eggos in the freezer.
    • When trying to locate Dustin in The Bite, she opens up the freezer doors inside Bradley's Big Buy, sitting behind shelves of Eggos.
    • When eating with Sam Owens at the County Line Diner, she asks the waitress for waffles.
  • Many of El's clothing throughout the series are hand-me-downs from other characters.
    • In the first season, the first night El stayed at the Wheeler house, she gave Mike his sweater and sweatpants he wore the night before. The pink dress she wears throughout the rest of the season originally belonged to Nancy.
    • In the second season, most of El's attire - oversized plaid button shirts - originally belong to Hopper.
    • In the third season, El wears some of Hopper's outfits, but this changes when Max takes her to the mall and buys her more trendy outfits for her to wear.
    • In the fourth season, El's attire is mismatched due to inheriting plaid shirts and T-shirts from Will and Jonathan.
  • She only speaks 246 words during the entirety of the first season.[10]
  • During a panel at Phoenix Fanfest, Millie revealed she filmed a scene in Holly, Jolly where Eleven reads Nancy's diary, but it was cut for unknown reasons.[11]
  • Eleven was originally supposed to die at the end of the first season. But due to the character's immense popularity and the fact that the show was going for more seasons, the Duffer brothers eventually scraped the idea.[12]
  • The blonde wig she wore throughout the first season originally belonged to Mike's grandmother, who died of cancer. The wig was actually one of the most expensive pieces to buy since many of the basic/cheap wigs the crew bought either didn't look realistic enough or caused Millie Bobby Brown's scalp to itch profusely.[13]
  • During the Snow Ball, Eleven was given the blue hair tie that originally belonged to Hopper's late daughter, Sara. She continues to wear the hair tie from the second season onward.[14]
  • Eleven was only been absent from two episodes from the whole series; The Spy and Dear Billy, though she appears via archival footage in Max's memories in the latter episode.
  • While Eleven's age is never explicitly stated, it was mentioned that Terry had been looking for her daughter for twelve years, indicating she is 12 years old during the events of the first season, placing her birth in 1971, alongside the rest of the five kids. Though the exact date of her birthday has yet to be revealed, the book Suspicious Minds places her birth in the month of June.
  • The ring Eleven wears in the fourth season was a gift given to her by Mike sometime in between 1985-86. [15]
  • She has a lot in common with Alessa Gillespie, a character from the Silent Hill series, which was one of the inspirations for Stranger Things. Both have supernatural powers and have lived abusive childhoods.
  • El, her nickname, is also a Northwest Semitic word meaning God, as well as the name of a Canaanite god.[16] While this is most likely just a coincidence, it could be alluding to Eleven's role in defeating the Monster; in mythology, Demogorgon is a god or demon associated with the underworld and was even adopted by Christian writers as a demon of Hell.
  • The Void, the mental space she travels to while submerged in an isolation tank, was visually inspired by the 2013 film Under the Skin.[17]
  • Her reference to the scientist who raised her as 'Papa' is directly reminiscent of Elfen Lied's secondary powered character, the Diclonius Nana, whose name in Japanese also means 'Seven'. Unlike Eleven, Nana's relationship with her 'Papa', Doctor Kurama, is much more tender.
  • Her role in her friends' "party," as assigned by Mike, is a mage.[18]
  • Out of all the characters that have been to the Upside Down, Eleven has spent the least amount of time there.
  • According to Dr. Brenner's theory, Eleven lost her abilities due a stroke, which is caused by bleeding in the brain. Often in situations where she exerts her abilities, Eleven's nose, eyes and ears bleed heavily from strain.

    Eleven's drawing on her "bedroom" wall.

References


Locations The Upside DownCreel HouseThe GateHawkinsHawkins National LaboratoryLover's LakePublic LibraryPortalsHawkins Middle SchoolHawkins Tunnel SystemTrailer Park
Entities D'ArtagnanDemobat (species)The DemogorgonDemogorgon (species)The FlayedHospital MonsterThe Mind FlayerRussian DemogorgonThe Spider MonsterHawkins Tunnel SystemVecnaVines
The Flayed Billy HargroveHeather HollowayBruce LoweTom HollowayJanet HollowayDoris Driscoll
Visitors Robin BuckleyJoyce ByersWill ByersElevenSteve HarringtonDustin HendersonBarbara HollandJim HopperMax MayfieldEddie MunsonBob NewbyShepardLucas SinclairMike WheelerNancy Wheeler
Miscellaneous Upside Down EggDungeons & DragonsThe VoidThe KeysVecna's curseVecna's Mind Lair
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