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
Other: Billy Hargrove & Steve Harrington (platonic)
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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, as a classmate of Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers. Steve and Billy are often seen together in scenes at the high school.

Billy is narratively cast as an antagonist and the relationship between the two 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 the role for himself, although Steve doesn't seem to care. Billy then pesters Steve during basketball practise and then again 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 cumulative 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.

Near the end of Season 3, Steve intentionally T-bones a Flayed Billy in a car in order to save the kids. Beyond this, Billy and Steve have no notable on-screen interactions in Season 3; some fans speculated that this was due to the widespread fan interest in the pairing in Season 2, which the showrunners did not intend.


Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Hurt/Comfort: Billy cares for Steve after they fight or Steve cares for Billy after abuse from his father
  • Abuse/PTSD: 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
  • Genderswap: Steve and/or Billy genderswapped. Usually becomes Femslash fiction. The common genderswapped names are Stephanie or Stevie for Steve Harrington, and Billie for Billy Hargrove.

In 2018 Harringrove was ranked 69th on Tumblr's Top 100 Ships of 2018[1] In Fandometrics 2019’s Top 100 Ships, Archived version, Harringrove was listed as #38.

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