11 Reasons Why Jim Hopper Is Undoubtedly The Best Character On 'Stranger Things'

11 Reasons Why Jim Hopper Is Undoubtedly The Best Character On 'Stranger Things'

10. He has "dad" dancing skills.

Dustin’s cute toothless grin, Lucas’s sense of humor, Mike’s glow-up, and Eleven’s abilities pale in comparison to Jim Hopper’s character in the hit Netflix show, "Strangers Things." Here’s why.

1. He is the manliest of men.

Hopper knows how to handle a gun, care for the crazed Joyce Byers, fathers Eleven, has the best interest in mind for the boys, and generally knows what’s up. Everyone wants him on their team. I sure as heck do.

2. He is an awesome dad.

He kept Eleven alive with those Eggos! He gave a girl whom he barely knew a safe home and even taught her Morse code. He lays down the law and finds a balance between being strict and being (somewhat) lovable.

3. His relationship with Joyce.

In Season 1 when Joyce is having an episode, Hopper dutifully camps out in his car overnight just to make sure her family is alright. He treats Will as his own and while Bob’s death was arguably one of the saddest and most traumatizing moments, Hopper now has a chance at finding love with Joyce, his high school (maybe more than a) friend.

4. He buys into the absurdity of the Upside Down.

Few adults would be so willing to understand the insanity of the Upside Down. Hopper shows those “government” officials in Season 1 that he has a right to venture into their giant mistake when searching for Will (and Barb). He even supports Eleven and her abilities when fighting off the Mind Flayer.

5. Th actor, David Harbour, is a rad dude.

This guy is hilarious, friendly, and quotable on Twitter.

6. He's in a Tide ad.

David Harbour stars in my favorite 2018 Super Bowl commercial. Was it my favorite because he was in it? You bet!

7. He reminds me of my dad.

Hopper’s willingness to save his town is ambitious and tough, yet he prevails time and time again. Is he stressed? Yes. Does he face challenges? Yes. Does he make mistakes? Of course. But just like my Dad, he faces challenges head on with a fearless attitude while teaching the rest of us a thing or two.

8. His lines.

Hopper’s lines are always a combination of wit, humor, and sarcasm. “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.” “You wanna know the worst thing that’s ever happened here in the four years I’ve been working here? You wanna know the worst thing, was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie’s head because it thought that her hair was a nest.”

9. He is a smart man, but not arrogant about it.

In Season 1, Hopper knew the “government” was lying about the tapes because there was no evidence of rain. He was sly enough to work his way into their headquarters and discover that the boy’s body was a decoy. The list goes on and on.

10. He has “dad” dancing skills.

When cheering Eleven up, he shows her how to dance. If only “the Hopper” could become a move!

11. Leggo the Eggo!

Hopper is a genuinely sweet guy for giving Eleven Eggo waffles when there was a possibility she may still be around. Then, he bribes her with Eggos after being under house arrest, and I can’t think of a better truce. I will forever shop in the frozen aisle and think fondly of Hopper and El’s relationship.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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