Stranger Things is a series that grounds itself perfectly within its setting, which is the 1980s. The children featured throughout the show are like many kids of the era. They like video games, riding their bikes, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. When a new threat emerges in Hawkins, the kids look to D&D for inspiration on how to explain it in a way they understand, and they also use the game to give names to the various monsters and characters of the Upside Down.
The first season began with the Demogorgon, followed by the Demodogs - smaller, less mature versions of the Demogorgon but dangerous creatures nonetheless. Then it was the Mind Flayer, and finally, Vecna. Each of these beasts is straight out of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, so there's definitely a connection. Of course, the names are the only true connection between D&D's monsters and those in the show, as they differ physically and in their overall portrayal.
This list highlights the ways the monsters from Dungeons & Dragons differ from those named in their dishonor on Stranger Things. Take a look at them down below, and if you see anything that makes you want to binge the latest season or adventure into the depths of a dark dungeon with your friends, be sure to watch out for the nasties on this list!
SPOILER ALERT - This list features details and plot elements of Stranger Things' four seasons, so if you're not caught up, go binge it before you continue!
'Stranger Things'' Demogorgon Gets Its Name From Eleven
Demogorgon Looks Very Different In D&D
The Demogorgon's Growth Stages Bring It Close To Another D&D Creature
The Demogorgon And Demodogs In 'Stranger Things' Are Completely Different From D&D's Demogorgon
The Demogorgons In 'Stranger Things' Represents Vecna's Hunger
Mind Flayers In D&D Are Powerful Psionic Monsters Of The Underdark