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It's gonna be okay. Remember, Bob Newby, superhero.
~ Bob assuring Joyce everything will be okay

Robert Newby, also called Bob is a major character in the second season of Stranger Things, and a posthumous character in its third and fourth season.

He was the boyfriend of Joyce Byers and was a father figure to her sons, Jonathan and Will until he sacrificed himself to save them in order to get them to safety from the Mind Flayer.

He's played by Sean Astin, who also played Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Bob was clever, and enjoyed solving riddles and puzzles. He had very conventional tastes (for instance, he did not enjoy horror movies, preferring more lighthearted films and TV shows like Mr. Mom and Cheers); Jonathan considered him boring and found his overly-friendly nature somewhat off-putting. Will, on the other hand, liked Bob because Bob didn't treat him any different after his disappearance. Although most of Bob's affection was focused on Joyce, whom he clearly loved, his attempts to befriend and connect with her sons were also genuine.

He empathized strongly with Will, as they were both highly intelligent but passive-natured, making them easy targets for bullying. His contribution for the Hawkins Middle AV Club gained him admiration from Will's friends, particularly Mike, who became inspired by his efforts and ultimately prompted them to avenge Bob later on. Unfortunately, his advice to Will about facing one's fears inadvertently allowed the Mind Flayer to enter Will's body and eventually control him, but as Bob was completely unaware of the Mind Flayer's existence and abilities he cannot really be held responsible; although his actions were not always helpful, his intentions certainly were.

Ultimately, despite being somewhat unnerved by the truth of Will's disappearance and encountering the horrors of the Upside Down, Bob proved to be extremely brave, compassionate and resourceful. He was the one who realized that Will's visions of the tunnels to the Upside Down actually formed a map of Hawkins by following bodies of water. Furthermore, it was his knowledge of electronics and computer technology that allowed them to escape from the Hawkins Lab, and in the process he did not hesitate to put himself at risk if it meant saving Joyce and her sons, despite clearly being terrified. Tragically, his heroic nature cost him his life.


This section is too long. Visit here for more details: Bob Newby's Biography on the Heroes Wiki.

What Makes Him Pure Good?

  • Funded and formed the Hawkins AV Club with his friend Scott Clarke to make science fun for the inquisitive club members. The club, alongside Clarke will later help the Party understand the nature of the multiverse, saving the town a lot of times.
  • Reconnected with Joyce Byers in her adult life despite her not noticing him during their teens.
  • Cared for Jonathan and Will Byers, Joyce's sons to the best of his ability, despite Jonathan being wary of him.
  • Treated Will very well despite him hearing rumors about his experiences, not judging him beforehand.
  • Helped Joyce move on from the traumatic experiences of the previous year.
  • Told Joyce to move out of Hawkins, but only so that she can have a better employment prospective rather than for any of his own self-interests.
  • Recounted his past experiences regarding Baldo the Clown to Will, so that Will could face his 'bully' (Vecna/the Mind Flayer) and tell him to go away. Despite the Flayer using this opportunity to take over his body, Bob wasn't aware of Will's past experiences with the Upside Down.
  • Provided vital clues to Hopper's location leading to him, Mike and Joyce saving him at the nick of time.
  • Volunteered to help activate the electricity system in Hawkins Lab due to the only one knowing BASIC, despite being scared of the Demodogs roaming the facility.
  • Urged Hopper, Joyce and Mike not to stay behind for him as he activates the electricity system, saving their lives when the Demodogs breached the room.
  • Sacrificed his life to save the Party, his friends and the surviving scientists from Vecna under the form of the Mind Flayer.


  • He is the only Stranger Things Pure Good. Ironically, he's killed by Vecna, who is the only Stranger Things Pure Evil.


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