Stranger Things, like the Dungeons & Dragons game the show's characters are obsessed with, is a story about heroes versus monsters. And when it comes to this year's installment, Dustin was the hero of Stranger Things 2. Gaten Matarazzo is so perfect in the role that we can't imagine him playing anyone else but Dustin. When it's all said and done, he's the MVP of Stranger Things this year.
He not only fought the Mind Flayer, but he bonded with a demidog named Dart, whom he treated like a pet until it ate his real pet. Plus, he made us love Steve, who learned that there was more to life than hair products, parties, and basketball. Dustin introduced the world to babysitter Steve. And we wouldn't have met Max if Dustin hadn't invited her to join the party.
There are many reason why Dustin from Stranger Things is the best. Ranker can list quite a few:
Dustin is not only brawn, he's also the brains of the party. He's the member of the party who identifies the dreaded Shadow Monster from the Upside Down as an analog of The Mind Flayer, an evil entity from the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual that is able to control the minds of other creatures and manipulate them to do his bidding. By identifying the monster, Dustin is able to deduce that in order to stop the demodogs, the group must destroy the Mind Flayer.
Nobody puts Dustin in a corner. Even though he was sat on the bench with Steve, Lucas, and Max while the rest of the group went to fight the Mind Flayer and save Will, Dustin decided that he needed to go help his friends. Against Steve's wishes, Dustin led the rest of the bench down into the tunnels of the Upside Down to lead the pack of Demodogs away from the lab in order to give Hopper and Eleven enough time to close the gate. Without Dustin, the heroes inside of the lab might have been dog meat.
Okay, so maybe it wasn't a full-sized demodog. It was a cute little baby demodog he found digging through his trash, but it was still heartwarming to see Dustin care for the little monster from the Upside Down. Dustin wins lots of points for not wanting to immediately exterminate poor little Dart like the other members of his party. He even introduced Dart to 3 Musketeers bars. Nougat creates a bond that cannot be broken.
Max is the newest member of the party in Stranger Things Season 2. She's the self-titled "zoomer" of the group, since she has a skateboard. This tough-as-nails middle schooler would have never joined the group if it weren't for Dustin, though. He first took an interest in her when he was searching for the mysterious "MadMax," the new Dig Dug record-holder at the arcade. When Max arrived at the party's school, Dustin immediately knew that she had to be a part of the group. He eventually invited her to go out trick or treating with the party on Halloween.
While it's true that Dustin's initial rivalry with "MadMax" turned into a crush on Max, we would've never been able to meet the tough new girl of the party if it weren't for his insistence that she join his group. We're glad she did.