Why Eleven From Stranger Things is My Favorite Superhero

The original Netflix series "Stranger Things" has been a hit since its release on July 11, 2016. Centered around a group of a kids and their supernatural realities, the show does not fail to evoke curiosity and interest in its viewers. The show has monsters, mystery and Millie Bobby Brown—the 13-year-old actress performs as the troubled, but powerful Eleven. The character redefines superhero, representing not only women, but young people as well. Here’s a few reasons why she’s my favorite superhero.

Eleven grew up unlike any other young girl. Her childhood was stolen from her and she was forced to survive in an environment that only cared about her superhuman abilities, treating her like a science project. She was able to escape her physically destructive upbringing, and begin a path in creating a new story for herself with the help of her friends.

It’s impossible to not notice the multitude amount of times Eleven saves others throughout "Stranger Things." Her telekinetic ability to move things with her mind, including large objects such as cars, proves useful in her rescues. She continuously reveals her caring character through these savior-like endeavors.

The contrast in her appearance and her bad ass qualities and abilities is also a huge part of Eleven’s appeal. Her short cropped hair and uncomplicated plain look causes the viewer to focus on her honorable morale and mystical skills. She also makes it a point to continuously prove those that doubt her wrong. Whenever someone in the show comments on her small frame or the fact that she’s a girl, she wonderfully rebuffs their insults. Never judge a book by its cover.

Usually when people think of superheroes, men are always the gender that comes to mind. Although it’s perfectly okay to think of the icons from Marvel Comics, it’s important to remember that strength isn’t only in masculine men. Women are strength. Children are strength. Eleven exemplifies both, and for that she’ll always be my favorite.

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