‘Stranger Things’ Fans Have Grown to Despise This Character

As a Netflix claim to fame, Stranger Things boasts a widespread audience. Spanning demographics and luring its devout viewers back with every season – Stranger Things is the sci-fi spectacle that just keeps giving. While each season’s unfolding narrative is suspenseful and captivating, the interrelationships play into the show’s greater appeal. Without such strong character dynamics, the series would fail to hit the same high note it does with each passing season.

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‘Stranger Things’ Actors Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, and Finn Wolfhard | Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Eleven starts out timid, and a bit gunshy yet grows into the protective and loyal savior. Dustin is an observer, often drawing his friends’ attention to their surroundings. He also tends to remain level-headed and take a neutral perspective when gauging a situation. Mike is a bit of an optimist, but his compassion and dedication emerge as his signature qualities.

Though Stranger Things boasts several fleshed-out characters, who rely on and assist one another in integral ways, many fans feel that one character, in particular, has grown quite bothersome. To quote a few fans, one specific character in Stranger Things is simply an “*sshole.” So, who’s the most hated of them all?

Stranger Things fans cannot stand Max anymore

Many fans feel that Max – from her start in season two – was not the most likable character; however, as the show progresses, her personality grows increasingly despisable. Speaking of Max, one fan stated:

“They just wrote her to be so dislikable, even if some of it furthers character development, I just can’t stand her, they really made her unpleasant. I think she’s fine for the plot, it’s just her personality that’s bad.”

While Max may occasionally add to the developing story, her characterization aggravates many Stranger Things enthusiasts, for she seems overtly negative and rude, as opposed to the “assertive bad*ss” some fans feel she was intended to be.  

One fan chimed in to explain that, while she may not be the worst character, Max was severely underwritten in the last season. The fan stated:

“I think her lack of shared scenes with others contributed to the problem. We didn’t have evidence that she had any bond with the party other than Eleven (and a very nominal connection to Lucas). Scenes with at least Mike and Billy were probably needed to prevent all this disconnection.”

If Max engaged with other members in the group, fans may have found a place for her in their hearts; however, as a result of season three, she has been relegated to the backburner when it comes to fan worship. 

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Max’s “melodramatic” tendencies in Stranger Things 

As noted above, Max often comes off as negative, and a bit nasty throughout the course of season three. However, fans go on to argue that, rather than feeling sorry for her, they find her tendency to complain melodramatic. One fan stated:

“The one scene I remember her not being a melodramatic dick in was when she was catching candy in her mouth, which honestly felt weird, like why did they decide now to have 1 single random 1 and a half seconds where she seemed to be having fun and acting normal.

Really I just can’t even believe BILLY redeemed himself before max did. Max did NOTHING. I can’t remember a scene where she did anything productive besides bark orders at the boys to find medical stuff. She’s just an *sshole no matter what.”

The above-mentioned fan’s opinion aligns with much of the Stranger Things fan base, as others chimed in to support his argument, claiming that Max fails to add essential dialogue and, overall, lacks value. If she’s not “barking orders,” she’s probably not in the scene.