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Anthony ''Troy'' Walsh[1], portrayed by Peyton Wich, is a supporting antagonist in Season One of the Netflix original series Stranger Things. He serves as a supporting antagonist of the first season, being the school bully of Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson, and Will Byers, before being scared away by Eleven, alongside James Dante.

History 

Background

Troy was best friends with James and attended Hawkins Middle School.

1983 

On the day after the disappearance of Will Byers, Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, and Dustin Henderson encountered Troy and James in the front of their school. Troy joked about which one of them would make more money in a freak show.

A few days later, Troy and James 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. He and James then left.

After the discovery of a body believed to be Will's, Troy attended a memorial assembly in his honor. He and James whispered that the assembly was pointless. Mike confronted Troy about his actions, but Troy brushed him off. He started to walk away with James, but Mike pushed him down. Troy stood up to hit Mike back but found that he was unable to move. He then urinated on himself. Unknown to him, this was caused by Eleven's powers.

Troy and James 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 Sattler’s Quarry. Dustin tried to hit Troy with a stick, but Troy grabbed him and held him at knifepoint. Troy demanded to know how Mike and Dustin made him urinate himself. Dustin told Troy what happened, but Troy did not believe him. He then stated that he would cut out Dustin's teeth unless Mike jumped off of the quarry. Troy counted down from five, and when he reached one, Mike jumped.

Troy and the others ran to the edge of the quarry to find that Mike was somehow floating above the water below. Mike then floated back up to the top of the quarry 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. Troy cried out in pain and ran away with his friend.

Troy and his mother went to Hawkins Police Station to report an altered version of the events that happened earlier. His mother was very angry with the way the police were handling their story. Chief Jim Hopper asked officers Powell and Callahan to take a statement, so they asked for details about what happened. When Troy described Eleven's appearance, Hopper seemed interested. Hopper asked for more information, and Troy explained Eleven's telekinetic powers and that he always saw her around Mike, Lucas, and Dustin.

Personality

Troy appears to enjoy tormenting and bullying other people, especially Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson and Will Byers. He did not appear to be a very remorseful person, revealed by his countless remarks about Will's disappearance and fake death. He displays a strong desire for vengeance, going as far as threatening to cut out Dustin's baby teeth and forcing Mike to jump off of a cliff.

Skills & Abilities

  • Manipulation: Troy and James confront Lucas, Mike, and Dustin, who they referred to as "Midnight", "Frogface", and "Toothless," respectively, and joked which of the three would make more money in a freakshow, which James chose Dustin, who then had to once again explain his cleidocranial dysplasia which caused his lack of baby teeth; the two then forced Dustin to flex his arms forward due to his dysplasia, which disgusted Troy and James as they laughed and walked off. At the assembly was being held for Will, as everyone believed he was dead, Troy and James cruelly made fun of his death, which caught the attention of Mike and Eleven. Mike confronted Troy in front of everyone in the gym, and Troy and James say they were laughing because grief shows itself in funny ways, and that Will was in fairyland now with all the other fairies, all happy and gay.
  • Brute Strength: Troy and James confronted Mike, Dustin, and Lucas at a playground, where Troy laughed and said that his father said that Will was dead and that he was killed by another queer. Mike tried walking away, but Troy tripped him, which resulted in Mike cutting his chin. Troy and James high fived each other and walked away.
  • Switchblade Skills: Troy and James had tracked Mike and Dustin to the woods near Hawkins, where Troy pulled out a switchblade and he and James chased after them. They eventually caught them at the quarry where Troy held Dustin at knifepoint, demanding to know how they made Troy pee himself; yet he didn't believe that their friend Eleven caused it with her mind. Troy then decided it was Mike's turn to wet himself by jumping into the quarry and killing himself, or else he would cut out Dustin's teeth.

Relationships

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

Memorable Quotes

  • "Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. Step right up and get your tickets for the freak show."
  • "She broke my arm! My arm!"
  • ”You’re dead, Wheeler!”

Trivia

  • In the Hawkins Middle School Yearbook, his last name is revealed to be Walsh. It is additionally stated that his favorite subject is recess and when he is not studying he's "on his best behavior."
  • In "MADMAX", Officer Callahan mentions Troy as Eleven used her powers to make Troy pee his pants. However, Chief Hopper dismisses the incident as a prank, meaning that Hopper likely covered up the incident.
  • Troy and James appearance in Stranger Things: Zombie Boys.
  • His real name is Anthony.
  • Troy and James are having a own comic book about them in Stranger Things: The Bully.
    • It is also confirmed in Stranger Things: The Bully that Troy has moved out of Hawkins.

References

  1. Hawkins Middle School Yearbook/Hawkins High School Yearbook
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