Billy Hargrove/Steve Harrington

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Pairing: Billy Hargrove/Steve Harrington
Alternative name(s): Harringrove
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: Stranger Things
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Common
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Billy Hargrove/Steve Harrington, also known as Harringrove, is the slash pairing of Billy Hargrove and Steve Harrington in Stranger Things fandom.


Billy Hargrove is introduced at the start of Season 2. His introduction to the series takes place with Steve Harrington watching him drive up to the school. Billy goes to school with Steve, Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers and most High School scenes featuring Billy involve Steve in one way or another.

Billy is right away set up to be a human antagonist and the relationship between both characters is difficult from the start. Tommy H. introduces Billy to Steve at a Halloween party and Billy learns that Steve has stepped down from his role as most popular boy in school. Billy takes over, although Steve remains passive under the implications. Billy then pesters Steve during basketball practise and later in the showers, with Tommy initially also present. Once Tommy leaves, Billy tells Steve (in response to Steve and Nancy breaking up), “Don’t take it too hard, man. Pretty boy like you has got nothing to worry about. Plenty of bitches in the sea.”

After Neil Hargrove finds that Max is not home and admonishes her, he goes looking for her. After visiting Mrs Wheeler he drives up to the Byers residence and finds Steve stepping out of the door. Billy asks, “Am I dreaming, or is that you, Harrington?” to which Steve replies, “Yeah it’s me, don’t cream your pants.” Steve repeatedly tells Billy that Max is not at the Byers residence, upon which Billy sees her peer through the window and rushes inside.

Next follows the culminative fight between the characters, prompted by Billy attempting to assault Lucas Sinclair. Steve pulls him away and Billy quickly overpowers him, continuing to punch him until Steve is unconscious. At this point, Max steps in and injects Billy with a sedative before threatening him with Steve’s spiked baseball bat. While the kids take Steve with them in Steve’s BMW, it is unclear what happens to Billy from here as the next time we see him in Season 2 it is after the time jump to just before the Snow Ball. Max is having her hair done by her mother and Billy walks past. Max and Billy look at each other, briefly, and then Billy walks away.


Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Hurt/Comfort: Billy cares for Steve after they fight or Steve cares for Billy after abuse from his father
  • Abuse: Steve tries to help Billy overcome his past, and current, abuse at the hands of his father
  • Futurefic: Where they are older and in an established relationship
  • Princess Steve: A fandom nickname that has sparked a genre of fics containing the feminisation of Steve and/or Billy doting on him


  • In 2018 Harringrove was ranked 69th on Tumblr's Top 100 Ships of 2018[1]


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  1. "2018's Top Ships". Archived from the original on 2019-01-15.