Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler
|Pairing:||Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler|
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Barbara and Nancy are best friends prior to the start of the series. While at Steve Harrington's house Nancy and Barb have a fight, causing Nancy to go outside by herself, leading to her being captured and killed by the Demogorgon. Nancy spends season 1 looking for Barb, and season 2 feeling guilty for Barb's death.
Many in the fandom have argued that Barb is a queer coded character that has unrequited love for her best friend Nancy. A common joke among fans is that Barb is a queer character because she is deceased, following the bury your gays trope.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Pastfic: focusing on Nancy and Barb's relationship before the beginning of the series
- Pining: one sided romantic relationship, usually Barb pining for Nancy
- Barb lives: Barb is not killed by the Demogorgon
- Barb/Nancy is a rarepair that sprung up due to Barb's status as Nancy's best friend and her sudden demise.
Drawing & Illustration
- only on ep. 2 of stranger things but i’m kinda secretly hoping that barb and nancy pull a “girls like girls” move on steve and become girlfriends by fanruodan (September 4, 2016)
- how it should have ended… by crowzep (August 16, 2016)
Graphics, Manips, & Edits
- nancy and barb by grimrhythms (Sep 6th, 2016)
- She’s missing and something terrible happened to her. I know it. I know it! by dean-thomas (September 8, 2016)
- Pride Moodboards 4/? - Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler (Stranger Things) by ghost-grantaire (June 19th 2017)
- Under Pressure (All Devils Here Now) by thatsarockfact55 (2016-09-21)
- Broken Glasses by AccioInvisibilityCloak (2016-09-25)