Will Byers

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Name: Will Byers
Occupation: Student at Hawkins Middle School
Relationships: Joyce Byers (Mom), Jonathan Byers (Brother)
Lucas Sinclair (friend)
Mike Wheeler (friend)
Dustin Henderson (friend)
Max Mayfield (friend)
Eleven (friend)
Fandom: Stranger Things
Other: Played by Noah Schnapp
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Will Byers is a fictional character from the Stranger Things television series, and is portrayed by Noah Schnapp.


In the first season of Stranger Thing, Will's best friends are Lucas Sinclair, Mike Wheeler, and Dustin Henderson. Will is abducted by the Demogorgon and taken into an alternate dimension dubbed the Upside Down where he stays for a week. Although he was rescued and returned to normal life, his time in the Upside Down left him with a mysterious connection to the alternate realm.

A year later, Will became possessed by the Mind Flayer, becoming a part of his hive mind. Through this connection, the Mind Flayer used him to massacre the scientists at Hawkins National Laboratory. FWith the help of Joyce Byers, Jonathan Byers, and Nancy Wheeler, the monster's possession over Will was alleviated.

In 1985, Will sensed the Mind Flayer had returned, and teamed up with his friends to stop the entity. Three months after defeating the Mind Flayer, the Byers family, now including Eleven, moved out of Hawkins, Indiana.


In 2017 Will Byers was the 2nd most popular Stranger Things character on Archive of Our Own[1] After the airing of Season 2 Will Byers was the 5th most popular Stranger Things character on Tumblr[2] As of October 2019 there were over 5,000 stories that contain Will Byers on Archive of Our Own


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Common Pairings

The most common ship for this character is the slash pairing Byler. Fanworks exploring the relationship between Will and Eleven are also very common, although usually the pairing remains platonic.

Example Fanworks


untitled, Archived version by LinasivArtFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 18 May 2019Length: 472px × 621pxMedium: FanartStatus: CompleteGenre: Wearing Bandages, Wearing Ripped Jeans
I hate this artwork 😢


untitled, Archived version by BylerlyFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 20 June 2019Length: 4Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon
I didn’t even really know it was there.
untitled, Archived version by StrangerThingsCentralFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 22 July 2019Length: 7Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon
s3 wardrobe appreciation: will byers edition
untitled, Archived version by TheSameButGayerFandom: Stranger ThingsDate: unknownLength: 5Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers in season 3 of Stranger Things


Links & Resources


  1. ^ Stranger Things A03 Statistics
  2. ^ Fandometrics In Depth: Stranger Things 2 Edition
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