Joyce Byers

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Stranger Things Character
Name: Joyce Byers
Occupation: Retail clerk
Location: Hawkins, Indiana
Relationships: Lonnie Byers (ex-husband)
Jonathan Byers (Son)
Will Byers (son)
Karen Wheeler (friend)
Jim Hopper (friend, love interest)
Bob Newby (former boyfriend)
Fandom: Stranger Things
Other: Played by Winona Ryder
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Joyce Byers is a fictional character from the Stranger Things television series, and is portrayed by Winona Ryder.


After Will disappeared, Joyce was certain that he was communicating with her through the lights in her house. Despite everyone treating her as if she was having a mental breakdown, Joyce refused to believe that Will was dead, even after his alleged corpse was found. Through co-operation with chief Jim Hopper, Will’s friends, and Jonathan, she eventually uncovered the circumstances of her son’s disappearance and entered the Upside Down to rescue him.

A year after that, Will is possessed by the Mind Flayer. With the help of Bob Newby (her boyfriend and old classmate), Mike (Will's friend), Jonathan, and Nancy, they manage to remove Will from the possession of the Mind Flayer.

In 1985, Joyce discovers that most of the magnets in Hawkins have lost their magnetism, following a power outage. As Joyce and Hopper worked together in solving the mystery, they capture Russian scientist Alexei and through him found out that Russians had secretly invaded Hawkins to investigate the Gate themselves. With the help of Murray Bauman, Joyce and Hopper infiltrate the Russian base and close the gate, though at the cost of Hopper's life. Three months after Hopper's supposed death, Joyce takes in Eleven and moves her family out of Hawkins.



She is usually shipped with Jim Hopper (Jopper). That is her most popular pairing, although some people also ship her with Bob Newby (Newbyers) and Lonnie Byers. Her main femslash ship is Joyren, although it is still a rarepair.







Season 2: Chapter Three - The Pollywog, Archived version by LeoFromTheDark Fandom: Stranger ThingsDate: 01 June 2019Length: 4Medium: Animated GifStatus: CompleteGenre: Canon


  1. "Stranger Things A03 Statistics". Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. 
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Crossover Ships Gen: Will Byers & Eddie KaspbrakRichie Tozier & Mike Wheeler
Femslash: Eleven/Beverly MarshBeverly Marsh/Max Mayfield
Het: Eleven/Mike HanlonEleven/Richie TozierMax Mayfield/Richie Tozier
Poly: Will Byers/Bill Denbrough/Richie Tozier/Mike WheelerWill Byers/Richie Tozier/Mike Wheeler
Slash: Will Byers/Richie TozierWill Byers/Stanley UrisBill Denbrough/Mike WheelerEddie Kaspbrak/Mike WheelerRichie Tozier/Mike Wheeler
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