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Why so sensitive, Harrington? Afraid of losing cool points to a 10-year-old child?

Robin Buckley[2], portrayed by Maya Hawke, is a main character in Stranger Things, being introduced in the third season. She is the co-worker and best friend of Steve Harrington.

In the summer of 1985, Robin began working at the newly-built Starcourt Mall's ice cream parlor, Scoops Ahoy, alongside her former classmate, Steve Harrington. Robin often made Steve the butt of many jokes due to his fleeting popularity and failure to attract any female customers. When Steve and his best friend, Dustin Henderson, attempt to crack a Russian code Dustin obtained through his radio, Robin assists through her knowledge of many languages. She figures out that the Russians are using the mall's food chains and businesses to smuggle supplies into Hawkins, and that the only way to figure out what they're smuggling is by crawling through the mall's vents. Bribing one of the store's customers, Erica, to crawl through and investigate in exchange for free ice cream, the quartet discover that Russians have built a lab underneath the mall to open up a portal to another dimension that Steve and Dustin had previously assisted in closing. Steve and Robin are eventually caught and taken hostage, where they bond over being outcasts before being drugged by scientists and become extremely high. After Dustin and Erica rescue them and return to the surface, Robin and Steve wander off to sit in the bathroom to detox. There, Steve attempts to admit his romantic feelings for her, only for Robin to slowly explain that she was a lesbian. This, however, only makes their friendship stronger, and soon leads to Robin assisting in defeating the Mind Flayer alongside Steve's group of friends. Three months later, Robin and Steve get jobs at the town's Family Video.

By the spring of 1986, Robin, alongside her friends, began investigating the Creel House, a house where the patriarch, Victor Creel, murdered his family due to a "vengeful demon". This soon leads to Robin and her classmate, Nancy Wheeler, to visit Victor in the town's mental asylum, Pennhurst Mental Hospital and ask for questions.


Robin Buckley was supposedly conceived by her parents in the back of a VW van on the Oregon Coast one evening.[3]

Born in 1968, Robin was born and raised in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. She mentions being in a variety of extracurricular activities in her youth, playing the French horn in band since 1973 when she was five, playing on the soccer team, and acquiring fluency in French, Italian, Spanish, Pig Latin, and small bits of Russian. At some point while playing soccer, her team's goalie, Beth Wildfire, was injured when another player slid into her knee and caused the bone to stick out of it.

By 1983, Robin began attending Hawkins High School, where she was labeled a band dweeb. She knew of students such as Nancy Wheeler (who she labeled a priss) and Steve Harrington (who she labeled a douchebag), though neither one of them would acknowledge her existence. Shortly after the presumed death of Will Byers and the disappearance of Barbara Holland, Robin was starting to show signs of dissatisfaction with her life in Hawkins. One day she heard a reminder through the school PA system about the memorial for Will Byers, which she paid little attention to. After leaving class, she asked permission from her teacher Mr. Hauser if she could hang out at his room to help stave off her onset of nervousness. Mr. Hauser humored her, letting her practice her French lessons which she was reciting to herself. They soon got into a discussion about life in Hawkins and the current events. According to Robin, it was her theory that Barbara Holland had actually ran away from Hawkins.[4]

Around 1984, in Robin's sophomore year, she was placed in Ms. Click's (or as she and her bandmates referred to her as "Mrs. Clickity Clackity") first-period History Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where she sat behind Steve himself. Over the course of the class, Robin grew to hate Steve for his tardiness, negligence to notice her, gross eating habits of getting crumbs of his bagel sandwich all over the floor, his frequency to ask dumb questions, and especially his cocky behavior. But what infuriated Robin the most was that her crush, Tammy Thompson, was obsessed with Steve, despite him not being interested in her, and would often cause Robin to go home and scream into her pillow.


When the Starcourt Mall opened in 1985, Robin got a job at the Scoops Ahoy. Steve Harrington was forced by his father to also get a job at the ice cream parlor due to not having the grades to attend college. Robin still held animosity towards Steve from his years in high school and would often tease him from due to his constant failure to pick up girls, often referring to him as "Dingus".

On June 28, Steve's younger friends Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Max Mayfield, and Will Byers arrived at Scoops Ahoy, requesting Steve. Robin informed her co-worker that his "children" were here. When the power at the mall suddenly went out, Steve repeatedly tried to get the lights back by flicking the light switch on, much to Robin's annoyance. However, the lights went back on and Robin went back to work with Steve.

Robin spending most of her time at work, making fun of Steve.

The next day, when Steve repeatedly attempted to (unsuccessfully) pick up dates while on the job, Robin poked fun at him, running a tally of his successes and failures on a whiteboard labeled "You rule; You suck" while calling him a "dingus". Robin also mocked him for having to wear a sailor hat which he believed was the reason he was failing to get a date where he decided to take it off. When Steve again tried to pick up another date, Robin, in disgust, put another tally under "You suck" board behind Steve's back.

On June 30, as Robin sold ice cream, she met Dustin Henderson who asked to see Steve. She watched as Steve and Dustin greeted each other with a special handshake, which led her to sarcastically ask Steve how many children he was friends with. She continued to serve ice cream as Steve and Dustin talked where she overheard Dustin say out loud that he intercepted a secret Russian transmission on Cerebro (due to Steve not hearing him).

As Robin gave out ice cream samples to Erica Sinclair who kept asking for more, Robin tried to call in Steve to take over for her which he doesn't respond as he's trying to translate the recorded Russian transmission.

Robin wanting to help Steve and Dustin.

When Robin enters the back room to get Steve, she finds her board tallying Steve's flirtations was been erased and replaced with Russian to English letters. Robin exclaims that her tallies were very important, but Dustin counters what he and Steve are doing is more important. Robin then reveals that she knows about the Russian transmission and says that they have not been able to translate it because the Russians used an entirely different alphabet, much to the boys' surprise. When Steve prevents Robin from taking the recording, she reveals that she wants to help them as she's fluent in four languages; Spanish, French, Italian, and pig Latin (which she briefly uses to make fun of the boys) and having been in band for twelve years. Robin begs to help, saying she is just bored and does not want credit which the boys agree to as Steve gives her the recording.

As Steve serves ice cream, Robin listens to Dustin playing the Russian message over and over again where she manages to translate the first sentence saying "The week is long."

Robin and the boys discovering the source of the Russian transmission.

By the time the mall closes, Robin had managed to translate the first part of the message which reads "The week is long, the silver cat feeds when blue meets yellow in the west." Steve believes that the translation is incorrect, but Robin assures him she translated it correctly and agrees with Dustin of it being a coded message. As Robin and Dustin plan to translate the rest of the transmission, they make guesses on what it could mean until they notice Steve stopping at one of the mall's toy carousel horses. When Steve activities it, Robin jokingly asks if he wants a ride until Dustin recognizes the carousel's music from the recorded Russian message. Robin believes that Russia could have carousel horses like this one, but Steve is doubtful as the carousel horse is an "Indiana Flyer" and thinks the message did not come from Russia, but rather from Hawkins within the mall, much to Robin's and Dustin's shock.

With this knowledge, Robin continues to translate the rest of the Russian transmission while Steve and Dustin search for any Russians lurking in the mall the next day. As Robin listens to the message, she receives to give Erica any more ice cream samples, due to her abusing Scoops Ahoy's food policy. Once Robin translates the entire message, she tries to figure out the meaning of it until she gets a delivery from Lynx Transportation. However, Robin notices that the Lynx Transportation delivery man has a "silver cat" symbol thus being the "silver cat" referred to in the message. Upon discovering this, Robin runs out to the center of the mall where she figures the other hidden elements of the message such as the Imperial Panda restaurant ("A trip to China sounds nice"), the Kaufman Shoes store ("if you tread lightly"), and the mall's giant clock ("when blue meets yellow in the west"). This gave Robin the conclusion that Russians were to make a delivery for Imperial Panda and Kaufman Shoes at the mall at a certain time which she informed Dustin and Steve.

After some spying, the three came to the conclusion that in the mall's loading dock there was a large Russian presence. With no way to access the supplies without getting a keycard, Robin improvised and took both her and Steve's tips to secure a Starcourt Mall map, revealing airducts that led into the supply room. As no one in their group was large enough to fit, the three convinced Erica to crawl and open the door from the inside for them, promising her a lifetime supply of ice cream in exchange for her "valuable services".

When the mall closed later that night, Robin and the boys sat on the roof and watched the loading dock as Erica started making her way into the vents. Robin kept in touch with Erica and guided her through the vents, using Dustin's supercom. Eventually, Erica managed to arrive at the secret room and after confirming there were no guards or booby traps, Robin and the boys watched Erica open the door. Once inside the room, Robin and the others opened an Imperial Panda delivery box where Steve pulled out one of its contents, a container of a strange green substance. When the room suddenly moved, Robin decided it was time to leave and took the container from Steve with the intent of studying the substance inside.

Robin as the elevator goes down below Starcourt Mall.

However, Dustin and Erica could not open the door as the buttons were not working and the room sank underground, revealing the room to be an elevator. The group started screaming as the elevator kept going down at a fast pace. When the elevator finally stopped moving, Steve attempted to open the door by pushing on the buttons, but Robin revealed that they could not open the door due to it being electronically locked and they would need the Russians' keycard to unlock it. Erica starts to berate Robin, Steve, and Dustin for putting her in this situation, only to be taken aback when Steve rages at her. Dustin suggests they could climb out due to noticing a hatch on the elevator's ceiling, only to discover they are thousands of floors below the mall, leaving them unable to climb to the surface. With no other options, Robin and Steve tried to figure out another way to open the door as Dustin and Erica fell asleep, but they could not find a different way to get the elevator to work, leaving the group trapped all night.

The next day, as the group was still trapped in the elevator, Robin worked at the elevator door's button panel until she noticed some urine seeping into the inside of the elevator as Steve went back onto the roof to go the bathroom. Robin asks Steve to redirect his urine in another direction, which he does only to leave a trail of urine in his attempt, leaving Robin disgusted. When Robin suddenly notices Erica trying to open a container of the green substance, she stops her and tells the little girl they don't know what kind of substance is in the container. Erica then states she wants to drink the substance rather than die of dehydration, despite Robin pointing out that the substance is not water. Their conversation was soon interrupted when Robin heard some Russians driving a kart, prompting Robin to inform Steve and Dustin before she and Erica join them in hiding from the Russians on the roof. Once the Russians leave, Steve uses the container of the green substance to hold the elevator door open so they can escape where Robin crawls out of the elevator behind Dustin. After Steve manages to exit the elevator, the door crushed the container, revealing green substance to be radioactive material when dissolves into the floor where Robin jokingly asks Erica if she still wants to drink the contaminated substance. When Robin and the others see have entered an underground base, they have no choice, but to walk into the base.

Robin, Steve, Erica and Dustin continue walking in the secret base, as they lack the transportation the Russians had. Eventually, upon reaching the main area, Erica pointed out a communication room, which they intended to hijack. However, Robin notices a machine opening a portal to another dimension, something that Steve and Dustin already have knowledge of and experienced before. Before Steve and Dustin could reveal to Robin and Erica on how they know and seen a portal like this before, the Russians eventually discovered them and, while helping Dustin and Erica make their escape, Robin and Steve were captured and interrogated for their affiliation, as the Russians presumed they were American agents. As they both defied them, a doctor employed by the Russians drugged them both to facilitate getting the truth out, which caused them to behave drunkenly. Erica and Dustin managed to escape the base, but are forced to avoid the employed Russians of the mall by hiding out in the movies, where they attempt to wait out while Robin and Steve sober up.

Robin and Steve leave for water and then subsequently throw up from the drugs. In a heartfelt confession, Robin reveals that she envies Steve's ability to naturally charm women, as she wishes she had the same pull, coming out to Steve, who accepts her. Dustin and Erica discover them and set out to leave, only for the Russians to trap them within the mall by blocking off the exits.

As they hide out from the Russians in the food court, the display car in the middle surprises the Russians who were about to find them when it suddenly honks. In the second floor, the Party reveal themselves where Eleven telekinetically throws the car at the Russians, saving Robin, Steve, Erica and Dustin. Robin is confused to what happened and meets Eleven, Nancy Wheeler, and Jonathan Byers. However, before they can catch their breath and share their stories, El collapses in pain from a bite in her leg, which is revealing to be congealing into a small monster from within her. In panic, Robin, still not understanding what is going on, tries to recount a story about her soccer teammate Beth Wildfire getting injured, but Steve tells her she is not helping, which Robin apologizes for. After a failed attempt to cut it out by Jonathan, El instead pulls it out psychically, which Robin watches in shock and awe. The monster is then killed off by the arrival of Police Chief Jim Hopper, Murray Bauman, and Joyce Byers.

Robin learning of the Upside Down.

Once everyone is reunited, Robin learns of how Will Byers got trapped in and got rescued from alternate dimension called the Upside Down where the former Hawkins National Laboratory was responsible due to opening a Gate to the Upside Down through Eleven who was a former test subject at the lab. Robin also learns that last year Will was possessed the monstrous ruler of the Upside Down, the Mind Flayer until he was freed from his possession with the help of his friends and family before the Gate to the Upside Down was closed. Now, the Mind Flayer had returned to Hawkins through the Gate the Russians are opening under the mall and built itself a body for his severed particulate to kill the Party where it had managed to injure Eleven by biting her leg. After coming up with a plan to stop the Russian key to cut off the Mind Flayer's mind from its makeshift body, Robin, along with Steve, Dustin and Erica, head back to Dustin's transmitter to help Murray navigate the ducts of the Russian base, joined by Joyce and Hopper. Around the same time however, the Mind Flayer's proxy body, the Spider Monster arrives to kill the Party, Nancy, and Jonathan, leading to Steve and Robin to return to the mall. Steve crashes the car against the flayed Billy Hargrove's, incapacitating him momentarily, in a move that stuns Robin. When the Mind Flayer's proxy body comes out of the mall by climbing onto to the roof, Robin is horrified at the sight of the abomination before she and Steve leave with Nancy, Jonathan, Lucas, and Will to escape from the creature. As they drive with the creature in pursuit, Dustin finally manages to get in contact with Suzie in order to get Planck's constant, she is just as shocked as Steve that she is real.

Noticing the Monster has turned around, the gang follow it back to Starcourt and save Eleven using Lucas' fireworks. The Monster is finally killed upon Joyce closing the Gate. With the military arriving, the mall is closed down and the event is covered by a fake story of a fire that had killed the fallen people inside. Three months later, Robin and Steve go for a new job together in downtown Hawkins at the Family Video store. While Robin easily wins the position, Steve is not immediately hired, until Robin points out Steve's charm will attract "dozens" of women to their store.

Robin and Nancy in the Upside Down.


At some point, Robin, alongside Dustin, Lucas, Max, Nancy and Steve, broke into the abandoned Creel House.


Described as an alternative girl, Robin is shown to entertain herself by teasing others and being sarcastic. In comparison to Steve, Robin is more realistic and speaks the truth, rather than worrying about how her actions will jeopardize her image, something she admits she doesn't really have. She reveals to Steve that even though she comes off as cynical, she admits she does want to be accepted for who she really is. Robin is also talented in music, soccer, and fluency in multiple languages, which comes to Steve and Dustin's benefit when deciphering the Russian code coming from Dustin's radio. Another trait that shines through overtime is her compassion for the people close to her; while initially riding on Steve for peaking in high school and ignoring her, she soon grows to care for him - to the point where eventually admits her true sexuality after Steve admits liking her romantically. Robin is also shown to be a good negotiator, helping Steve get a job at Family Video after Keith shows some hesitance.


  • Multilingualism: Robin is very intelligent and has fluency over four languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, and pig Latin. When listening to a Russian transmission, Robin is able to translate and learn the language, showing her capability in learning a new language and picking up small clues that relate to the Russian message, showing she is academically intelligent. Her intelligence is also street-wise as she's able to quickly gain ideas whether they work or not.


Around 1984, Robin attended Miss Click's history class alongside popular boy Steve Harrington in Hawkins High School. Though Steve didn't know her during his years in school, Robin disliked Steve incredibly due to him being late to class, making a mess by eating food, and causing her crush, Tammy Thompson, to ignore her. A year later, in the summer of 1985, Robin got a job at the newly-built Starcourt Mall's ice cream parlor, Scoops Ahoy, alongside Steve, who was forced by his father to get a job there due to not having the grades to go to college. Initially, Robin takes joy in watching Steve fail to impress female customers and failing school while Steve disliked Robin for snarky behavior and attitude towards him. However, Steve's friend Dustin Henderson claims that to have intercepted a secret Russian communication, Robin assists the pair by decoding the Russian language.

As they discovered the Russians to be in Hawkins and operating in the mall, Robin and Steve started to form a friendship. While held captive for their interrogation by the Russians, Robin and Steve are clearly seen to care about each other’s well-being and enjoy each other’s company, talking and laughing together while alone. Once rescued, the duo shared an emotional moment on a bathroom floor where Steve decided to confess his love for Robin. Robin awkwardly tells him that while she really likes him as a friend, her romantic feelings belong to a fellow female classmate named Tammy Thompson. Though initially shocked, Steve is not upset in the slightest, rather saying that Tammy Thompson is a total dud to her hobby and lack of musical talent, causing the two to laugh, making Robin happy that Steve accepts her for who she is. They remained best friends after the battle at Starcourt Mall and are seen three months later getting a new job at Family Video together, with Robin helping Steve get the job.

Erica Sinclair was a frequent customer of Scoops Ahoy who annoyed Robin as she kept asking for samples of different flavors of ice cream. However, when Dustin couldn't fit into the air vents to get to the secret room at the mall, Robin asked for Erica's help as she was small enough to fit in through the vent. Erica, agreed to help, on the condition that she gets free ice cream for life, which Robin accepted. As Erica climbed through the vent, Robin guided Erica to the secret room and seemed relieved when Erica made it out of the vent and entered the room safe and sound. When trapped in the secret Russian base underneath Starcourt, Robin helped Erica and Dustin escape when they were spotted by Russians, leaving Robin and Steve to be captured. However, Erica and Dustin managed to come to their rescue and escape the base together, protecting the older teens as they were drugged with truth serum until they were cured. Both Robin and Erica continued to work together in helping stop the Mind Flayer.

Robin first met Dustin Henderson when he and Steve greeted each other after the latter returned from Camp Know Where, asking Steve how many children he was friends with. When Robin overheard Dustin revealing to Steve that he intercepted a secret Russian transmission, Robin offered to help translate, revealing her fluency in several different languages, which Dustin accepts. As they worked together in deciphering the Russian code and discovering the Russians were in Hawkins, Robin would form a friendship with Dustin. Before she and Steve were captured by the Russians, she made sure Dustin and Erica were able to escape. However, Dustin and Erica came to their rescue and escape the base together where Dustin protected and cared for Robin after she and Steve were drugged with truth serum until they were cured. While driving the Toddfather to get to Cerebro, Robin commends Dustin for lugging it to the middle of nowhere just to talk to his girlfriend. The two later continued working together in stopping Mind Flayer with Robin promising to stay in touch with him. When Dustin confirmed his girlfriend's existence, Robin was shocked and amazed at this, but like the others, beyond confused with the couple's duet to the theme song of "The Neverending Story".

Tammy Thompson

Robin and Tammy shared a History class together in high school. Robin had a crush on her, but Tammy was far more interested in Steve Harrington to notice. This was incredibly frustrating for Robin.

In the companion novel "Rebel Robin" (set in 1983 during Will and Barb's disappearances), Nancy and Robin interact briefly at the movie theater. Robin sees Nancy and Steve on a date in the theater, but is only able to make out Steve due to the darkness. She sees Nancy rush out of the theater in tears and follows, thinking that it might be Tammy Thompson. Instead, she finds Nancy in the bathroom, weeping. Despite not knowing her well, Robin feels the need to defend her, stating: "And even though I barely know her, I have to do something. Is this my job now? To defend the girls in this town from undeserving boys? Nobody else seems to be doing it." Thinking that Steve did something to cause her to cry, Robin offers to kick Steve out of the theater. Nancy explains that it is not Steve's fault and that she is actually upset about Barb's disappearance.

In the podcast "Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins", Robin describes her once close relationship to Barbara Holland and states that she was eventually replaced by Nancy as Barb's best friend. In episode 2, while Robin is talking to Mr. Hauser, Nancy knocks on the door and enters the room. At first, Robin seems annoyed by this, muttering "Of course." under her breath. However, Nancy thanks her as she excuses herself, calling her by her name. Robin seems pleasantly surprised by the fact that Nancy knows her name. After listening to part of Nancy and Mr. Hauser's conversation through the door, Robin runs into Steve Harrington, who asks if she's seen Nancy. Robin reluctantly tells him that she's talking to Mr. Hauser. When he asks her why, she responds with "Is that any of your business, obnoxious junior?"

In July of 1985, she and Steve discuss if they've ever been in love, Robin scoffs when Steve mentions Nancy's name, labeling her a "priss". After Steve admits that he likes Robin, she states that she is not like Nancy Wheeler. Later on, when the group is rescued by El and the gang from the Russians, the two groups unite. As Robin attempts to process what is happening, Nancy questions who she is, and Robin introduces herself. When the Mind Flayer invades the Starcourt Mall, Nancy tells Steve and Robin to get into the station wagon after totaling the Todd-Father. The two assist the gang in defeating the Mind Flayer using Lucas' fireworks.

In the spring of 1986, Robin and Nancy reunite when investigating the abandoned Creel House in town.

Judging from their interactions, Robin and Keith have known one another prior to their interaction in The Battle of Starcourt, and are on friendly terms. When Keith rejects Steve while he and Robin apply for jobs at Family Video, Robin takes Keith to the side and says that Steve has other qualities. Keith says that Steve is a "douchebag of the highest order", and while Robin admits that he was a prick to the both of them in high school, him being a chick magnet can be beneficial to both the store and Keith. Convinced, Keith asks what's in it for Robin and asks if she has a crush on him, but Robin casually says they're just friends.


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
Video Game Appearances
Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales

Memorable quotes

"Hey dingus! Your children are here."
Robin to Steve, "Suzie, Do You Copy?"
"I can't believe I'm gonna die in a secret Russian base with Steve 'The Hair' Harrington."
Robin to Steve, “E Pluribus Unum
"Tammy Thompson. I wanted her to look at me."
Robin to Steve, "The Bite"
“How many children are you friends with?”
Robin to Steve, “The Mall Rats
“We all die my strange little child friend. It’s all a matter of how... and when.”
Robin to Dustin, “The Bite
"I feel like my whole life has been one big error."


"Can you redirect your stream, please?"

-Robin to Steve and Dustin.

"But she couldn't pull her eyes away from you."

–-Robin to Steve, talking about Tammy

Behind the scenes

Her character was first revealed on March 2, 2018, when it was announced that she would be portrayed by actress Maya Thurman Hawke. Her character was described as "an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful. Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life… and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins."[5]


  • She is a lesbian, making her the first confirmed LGBTQ+ character on the show. [6]
  • Robin is the first older teenager to be seen riding a bike, whereas the other teenagers drive.
  • Robin's three favorite movies are The Apartment, The Hidden Fortress, and Children of Paradise.
  • Robin does not like doctors.
  • She was originally supposed to date Steve, but Maya, Joe, The Duffer Brothers, and Shawn officially decided that Robin is a lesbian while filming episode 4 or 5.
  • Similarly to Steve, Robin's family has yet to be revealed, unlike most of the kids.
  • Robin is the fourth main character of Stranger Things to have a book explaining her past; first being Martin Brenner, second being Jim Hopper, and the third being Max Mayfield. Her backstory book is called Stranger Things: Rebel Robin.
  • According to the novel, she was 15 and a half on September 10 of 1983. This would place her date of birth sometime around March of 1968.
  • Robin is the first main character of Stranger Things to have a six-part scripted podcast centered around her and portrayed by the character's actor.


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