Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler

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Pairing: Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler
Alternative name(s): Bancy
Gender category: Femslash
Fandom: Stranger Things
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Rare
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Barbara Holland/Nancy Wheeler, also known as Bancy, is the femslash pairing of Barbara Holland and Nancy Wheeler from Stranger Things.


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[1].

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.

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