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Vines, also referred to as tendrils, are one of the dominant forms of life present in the Upside Down, and make up part of the Mind Flayer's hive mind; the vines are a form of life existing somewhere between the traditional idea of 'plant' and 'animal'.

Will Byers was attached to a vine while he was strung up in the Upside Down equivalent of the Hawkins public library. Later, Jim Hopper was attacked by vines when exploring the tunnels beneath Hawkins; these tunnels themselves could be described as giant vines, containing smaller vines inside them. Furthermore, Vecna's true form in the Upside Down was connected to a series of vines protruding from his back.


The vines were shown to have some sort of sentience of their own, as they could move to some extent as well as bind, amass and tangle up over many things, including people. Furthermore, the tendrils also displayed vulnerability to brute force and fire.


November 1983

Joyce and Chief Hopper found Will Byers with the tendril in his mouth, extending through his trachea, and into his lungs. Hopper pulled it out of his throat before shooting and destroying it. [1]


June 28

When the Russians are attempting to open a gate of their own, a couple of vines are seen growing out of it.


When Jim Hopper was exploring the subterranean tunnels beneath Hawkins to ascertain a way out, he came to discover that the vines were vulnerable to fire, compelling him to make a torch. Scaring away the vines, he tried relentlessly to dig a way out, but his efforts were futile. He was then entangled by the mass of vines. Later, with the help of Joyce and Bob, he was freed.[2]

In order to test Will's mysterious connection with the shadow monster, a tendril was exposed to flame by a scientist at the Hawkins Lab. Following simultaneous painful responses from both Will and the vine, Dr. Owens confirmed their connections to the hive mind.

Afterwards, when the kids entered the tunnels and set them afire to distract the Demodogs from Eleven and Hopper, Mike was caught by a vine during their return and fell behind. Steve came back in time and vigorously attacked the vine with his bat, freeing him from the constriction in the process.[3]

March 1986

When Eddie, Robin, Nancy and Steve were in the Upside Down, Eddie asked about the Upside Down. He was informed that it is all one connected hive mind; if you step on a vine, you're stepping on bats, Vecna, and the other species in the Upside Down.

Behind the Scenes

The tendril was made of rubber and edited with visual effects in the final version.[4]


  • While the tendrils were referred by the characters as "Vines", their official name has not yet been clarified.
  • Although there is a track on Stranger Things, Volume Two titled "Tendril", it does not play during the scene involving the tendril, but rather the scene in which Eleven finds Barb's corpse.



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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