The Brief: Following the Independence Day premiere, fans wasted no time memeing their favorite moments from the third season of Stranger Things.
*Stranger Things 3 Spoilers Ahead*
The latest installment in Netflix’s Stranger Things has left viewers in stitches, tears, and with plenty of questions for what comes next… and who survives?
According to a recent tweet from Netflix, over 40 million household accounts tuned in to watch Stranger Things 3 since its July 4th global launch. Even more impressive, thanks to the concept of “binge watching,” 18.2 million have already finished the entire season.
Stranger Things Season 3 without context: pic.twitter.com/YFzQLzvNrB
— Jake'n'Bake (@648JGB8) July 9, 2019
This is a final warning: expect major Season 3 spoilers ahead.
Teen Angst Memes
Season 3 of the series picks up during the summer of 1985, just as the “Core Four” – Dustin, Mike, Will, & Lucas – prepare to begin high school.
The first few episodes especially focus heavily on “coming of age” themes like love and friendship. Mike and Eleven have boo’d up…
— ً (@mlvnlmx) July 7, 2019
Dustin has a long-distance GF whom he met at Science Camp…
— ᑭᖇIᑎᑕE ᗯIᒪᒪIᗩᗰ (@Benevolent_Will) July 8, 2019
And Will finds himself playing third wheel – more like seventh wheel – since his friends are much more interested in girls than playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Will’s D & D memes have proved especially popular with the Twitter crowd.
— Aaryan jung (@MemeAdroit) July 7, 2019
— Hannah (@Hannah_rocha123) July 8, 2019
— gavin (@gibbygr8) July 8, 2019
Big mood, Will.
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Na vida eu sou o Will 😂😒 _ #strangerthings #strangerthings3 #strangerthingsbrasil #st3 #mileven #finnwolfhard #milliebobbybrown #noahsnapp #sadiesink #calebmclaughlin #gatenmatarazzo #eua #brazil #canada #losangeles #newyork #fillie #milevenforever #fillieedit #fillieforever #steve #robin #strangerthingsmemes
Scoops Ahoy, Steve Harrington!
And the award for biggest glow up goes to…
From obnoxious jerk in Season 1 to ice-cream scooping “protective mother” in Season 3, Steve Harrington’s character development has proved extremely popular amongst fans.
— bam! (@bammers_24) July 4, 2019
the bigger loser steve harrington becomes the more attractive i find him
— matt dillons biggest fan (@saabcouture) July 7, 2019
— Menthas Enchanted Forest (@munthamazhar) July 9, 2019
Steve spends the bulk of Season 3 getting beat-up by Russians while sporting his Scoops Ahoy sailor-uniform, which has made for some big LOL moments.
dear steve harrington,
dont give up and keep smiling. pic.twitter.com/9ZZYMaNPxd
— bri | st spoilers (@magicalmcu) July 5, 2019
steve harrington has maybe the best character arc ever written for television. he went from asshole dudebro to father of the year to the lesbian ally we all deserve pic.twitter.com/l19RYBjV99
— aims robin warrior (@robinshawkins) July 6, 2019
— Joseph (@joseprut) July 8, 2019
This altered Me Explaining meme pits Steve against the Russian General.
WHO DO I WORK
YOU WORK FOR
— Steve Harrington (@YusufPatzz) July 8, 2019
The LGBTQ community has been especially receptive of Steve’s character this season.
For most of Season 3, fans question whether or not Steve will admit his feelings for coworker, Robin. When he finally confides in Robin that he has a crush on her, she tells him that she also has a crush… on another woman. It’s a surprising and enlightening moment for the series, one that had the queer community cheering from behind their computers.
Steve and Robin smiling, that's the tweet pic.twitter.com/xUOKhzEqet
— Rafa SPOILERS (@strangerharring) July 5, 2019
robin’s coming out scene made me so happy, and i live how steve didn’t judge her for liking girls but her taste in girls, a scene i didn’t know i needed as badly as i did…
— jocee (@hanlonfilms) July 4, 2019
can stop thinking about robin saying that steve wouldn’t like her if he knew the real her and then coming out and it taking him literally 5 secs to deal with his feelings for her accept her completely and activate Best Friend mode pic.twitter.com/TGhzVJADRO
— SCOOPS TROOP #5 (@tinymeatsgang) July 5, 2019
Stranger Things might have found it’s OTP.
— kylee (@caslovesassbutt) July 5, 2019
Robin Sign Memes
In this scene, Steve’s Scoops Ahoy co-worker and crush, Robin, uses a whiteboard to keep track of how many times Steve gets rejected when he asks Scoops Ahoy customers out on dates.
This altered version paints (quite literally) Robin as a crying clown.
Several versions of this meme alter the image to include the faces of other Stranger Things 3 characters.
Jim Hopper’s Hawaiian Shirt:
The ugly, colorful AF, Magnum P.I. Hawaiian shirt is back and we all have Jim Hopper to thank for it.
i desperately need the shirt jim hopper wears for the majority of stranger things 3
— migurski (@mothmanwashere) July 5, 2019
The gruff police chief calls his shirt “cutting edge.” Twitter and Instagram call it meme-worthy.
— ɢᴏᴏᴅʙʏᴇ ʏᴇʟʟᴏᴡ ʙʀɪᴄᴋ ʀᴏᴀᴅ (@xvperrieres) July 5, 2019
— jazz ✪ (@jazzgreggs) July 4, 2019
Ready for summer flavored Stranger Things aka Hopper in Hawaiian shirts. pic.twitter.com/uPVUwo89c2
— Pey Derrick (@peyderrick) July 3, 2019
Hopper’s style isn’t the only thing fans appreciated about him this season. There have also been numerous memes and tweets remarking positively on his “dad bod”.
Hopper's Hawaiian shirt and acid wash jeans is a… really hot dad look #StrangerThings
— 🍃Murphy Hardcore🍃 (@summer_teas) July 4, 2019
Jim Hopper is the chubby dad bod of my dreams
— Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords (@ColeyTangerina) July 8, 2019
Stranger Things is so frustrating. One dumbass part of me still has a crush on Billy, the part of me with dignity has a crush on Steve and then the remaining quarter has the biggest crush on Hopper with that hot ass dad bod
— 𝐉𝐚𝐝𝐞 (@parallelblondie) July 4, 2019
— Kara McCoy (@Kay_Mix_127) July 4, 2019
There have also been ties between Jim Hopper and Hot Girl Summer.
hopper is the definition of hot girl summer
— lil intro vert (@lilintroskurt) July 5, 2019
hopper said it’s Hot Girl Summer 🥵 pic.twitter.com/U3HYsb0vhH
— poppaya mama (@harri_bby) July 7, 2019
What began as a hilarious moment between Eleven and her adoptive father, Jim Hopper at the start of the season becomes one of the most low key heart-wrenching takeaways.
*el reading hoppers note*
hopper: “don’t forget to leave the door open three inches”
— tatiana ™️ (@tatianajhrndz) July 4, 2019
— Yeni Ortega Villegas (@YeniOrtega) July 9, 2019
At the start of the season, Hopper begrudgingly allows El to spend time with her boyfriend, Mike on one condition– the door must be kept open three inches. Like any teen, El rebels and closes the door on more than one occasion which drives her pseudo-dad crazy.
Joyce assists Hopper in crafting a speech to “lay down the law” for El and Mike. At the end of the season, fans were surprised and delighted to find that in addition to his speech, Hopper had written a secret heartfelt letter to El, one that she reads following Hopper’s death.
The scene reduced fans to tears and inspired a viral meme trend featuring the phrase, “three inches”.
— ig: nonchalantz (@nonchalantz1) July 4, 2019
“keep on growing up, make mistakes, learn from them and when life hurts you, cause it will, remember the hurt, the hurt is good, it means you’re out of that cave, but please, if you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches”#StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/VTsfjDBNID
— cele | st spoilers (@upsidebangtan) July 6, 2019
— rebecca (@tropicpeaches) July 5, 2019
“I love you 3000”
“Keep the door open 3 inches”
— ayaka (@ayaka_me14) July 9, 2019
Things to say to make me sad
“I love you 3000”
— faith🍒 (@wdwcastaway) July 4, 2019
This Drake meme takes a more comedic approach.
— nicole (@DtDecker) July 9, 2019
Alexei Deserved Better… Memes
And the emotional Stranger Things 3 memes keep on coming.
While he may have met a tragic end on the show, Alexei firmly cemented his status as a favorite newcomer with fans. Many memes featuring the lovable Russian scientist roast the character for his love of Icees.
This Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why crossover meme.
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Much like Hopper, Alexei also meets a tragic ending, which disappointed the many fans hoping to see more of him in Season 4.
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Alexei will be missed.
One’s thing for sure and that’s the fact that Stranger Things 3 proved to be emotionally draining for most fans.
— Mully⎊🐙 (@BowtiedWhouffle) July 9, 2019