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Tom Holloway was a minor antagonist and recurring character in the third season of Stranger Things. He was a journalist and the Editor in Chief of the Hawkins Post.

History

Background

Tom Holloway was a journalist and the owner of the Hawkins Post, the newspaper for the town of Hawkins. He married a woman named Janet and they had a daughter named Heather. Sometime before the summer of 1985, Tom hired Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers at the Hawkins Post. However, due to his team of journalists being mostly male, Tom, along with Bruce Lowe mocked Nancy for being a girl with the dream of becoming a journalist.

1985

Personality

Tom was a man who always looked for a good story to be published for the newspaper. However, he was a sexist as he treated the women working at the Hawkins Post, especially Nancy Wheeler, with disdain. Ironically, despite his sexism, he cared deeply for his wife and daughter. After becoming one of the Flayed, Tom slowly started losing aspects of his personality and tried to kill both Nancy and Jonathan Byers when the two went to the hospital to see Doris Driscoll.

Relationships

Familial

Tom and his daughter Heather seemed to have a good relationship. When Heather became one of the Flayed, Heather apologized to her dad before knocking him unconscious. When ungagged, Tom pleaded with his daughter to stop what she was doing, believing she was being manipulated by Billy Hargrove. However, his pleas were ignored and his daughter allowed him to be possessed by the Mind Flayer.

Tom had a good relationship with his wife, Janet. When Janet fell to the floor unconscious, after being drugged by Billy, Tom rushed to his wife and urged Heather and Billy to call 911.

Non-Familial

Tom seemed to have a good relationship with his employee Bruce. He and Bruce enjoyed making fun of Nancy Wheeler for being a woman and working at the Hawkins Post, though Tom did not torment Nancy as much as Bruce did. After they both became flayed, Tom and Bruce worked together to kill both Nancy and Jonathan Byers when they both came to visit Mrs. Driscoll at the hospital. When they both got killed by the two teens, their bodies were melted by the Mind Flayer and merged together to form a hideous monster to finish Nancy, only to be stopped by Eleven.

Nancy Wheeler was hired by Tom to work at the Hawkins Post. Despite her being around the same age as his daughter and her hard work, Tom treated Nancy with disdain for trying to be a journalist. When Nancy picked up a report on "diseased rats" and presented to Tom, he dismissed the story and ordered Nancy to stop pursuing it. However, she disobeyed him by trying to look for proof, only to find Mrs. Driscoll ferociously eat fertilizer. As a result, Tom fired both Nancy and Jonathan. When the two tried to visit Mrs. Driscoll at the hospital, Tom, who became possessed by the Mind Flayer, tried to kill Nancy and Jonathan, with Bruce's help. When their bodies melted and combined to form a monster, it almost killed Nancy until it was stopped by Eleven, leaving it to become part of the Mind Flayer's avatar.

Jonathan Byers was hired by Tom to work at the Hawkins Post as the newspaper's photographer. Tom, however, did not treat Jonathan with disdain, just like he does with Nancy. When Jonathan helped Nancy look for proof for Mrs. Driscoll's rat story, Tom fired Jonathan as a result. When the two tried to visit Mrs. Driscoll at the hospital, Tom, who became possessed by the Mind Flayer, tried to kill Jonathan and Nancy, with Bruce's help. Tom fought Jonathan and tried to kill him, while Bruce took care of Nancy. Tom gained the upper hand and was about to kill Jonathan with scissors until he felt Bruce's pain when Nancy hit him with a fire extinguisher. This allowed Jonathan to kill Tom by stabbing him in the neck with the scissors. After Tom's and Bruce's bodies melted away to form a monster, it was stopped by Eleven from killing Jonathan's girlfriend, Nancy, where it left to become part of the Mind Flayer's avatar.

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Janet Holloway
 
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Heather
Heather Holloway
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Appearances

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 Battle of Starcourt

Quotes

"I’m sorry, who is this dripping all over my living room right now?"
Tom to Billy.
"Did I told you to slow down on that wine, Janet?"
Tom to his wife, Janet.
"Janet? Janet? Janet? Janet?! Janet!? Call 911! Call 91-"
Tom to his daughter, Heather


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