James Dante, portrayed by Cade Jones, is a recurring character from the Netflix original series Stranger Things. He serves as a minor antagonist in the first season, being the school bully of Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, and Will Byers, before being scared away by Eleven, alongside Troy Walsh.
On the day after Will Byers's disappearance, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, and Dustin Henderson encountered James and Troy in the front of their school. When Troy joked about which one of them would make more money in a freak show, James elected Dustin.
A few days later, James and Troy approached the other boys again. They joked about Will's disappearance, and Troy said that Will was dead. Mike tried to walk away, but Troy tripped him, causing him to hit his chin off of a rock. James and Troy then left.
After the discovery of a body believed to be Will's, James attended a memorial assembly in his honor. He and Troy whispered that the assembly was pointless. Mike confronted Troy about his actions, pushing him down. Troy stood up to hit Mike back, but found that he was unable to move. He then urinated on himself due to Eleven's powers. James walked away, leaving Troy alone with his embarrassment.
James and Troy tracked down Mike and Dustin in the forest to get revenge, carrying a knife with them. When they found them, Mike and Dustin attempted to run away, but the pair chased after them. Troy and James managed to trap Dustin and Mike at a cliff. Mike tried to hit James with a rock but missed. Troy then threatened to cut out Dustin's teeth if Mike didn't jump into the water below. As Mike walked towards the edge, James began to have second thoughts, but Troy didn't listen. Troy counted down from five, and when he reached one, Mike jumped.
Troy and the others ran to the edge of the cliff to find that Mike was somehow floating above the water below. Mike then floated back up to the top of the cliff and landed on the ground. Suddenly, Eleven emerged, revealing herself to be the one causing Mike to levitate. She knocked James to the ground and broke Troy's arm. James and Troy then ran away.
Like Troy, James seemed to enjoy taunting and insulting others, often joining Troy in bullying Mike, Lucas, and Dustin. However, unlike Troy, he appeared to have some moral sense, considering he had second thoughts about making Mike jump off a cliff. He also participated far less in the physical bullying of the boys. He is most likely influenced by Troy as shown by this evidence.
- Troy Walsh - Best Friend
- Mike Wheeler - Enemy
- Eleven - Enemy
- Lucas Sinclair - Enemy
- Dustin Henderson - Enemy
- Will Byers - Enemy
|Season One appearances|
|The Vanishing of Will Byers|| ||Holly, Jolly||The Body|
| ||The Monster|| || |
- In the Hawkins Middle School Yearbook, his last name is revealed to be Dante. Additionally, his favorite subjects are lunch and recess and when he is not studying he hangs out with Troy Walsh.
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