It's been nearly three weeks since Stranger Things 2 premiered, but that hasn't given fans nearly enough time to get over Steve Harrington's flawless character transformation. Whether audiences want to marry him, be his sidekick, or get his shameless hair tips, no one can deny Steve (Joe Keery) unexpectedly turned into the savior that fans can't get enough of. Not only is Steve a Season 2 hero, he's the DILF (one who doesn't actually have any kids) fans didn't even knew they needed in their lives. His close relationship with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) in Season 2 has led to phenomenal Steve Harrington internet memes that declare him the ultimate babysitter, and deserve to be framed.
In Season 1, Steve was the douchey popular kid who bullied Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and unforgivably broke his camera in a heart-wrenching scene that was truly worthy of awards. But after helping his girlfriend Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and the crew defeat forces of the Upside Down in the finale, Steve had a change of heart... and personality.
Steve was no longer the bully, which made way for the new mean kid in town Billy (Dacre Montgomery) — a fellow total hunk, which was really a win-win for viewers. When the crew goes on separate journeys in Season 2, Steve's looks a lot like Adventures in Babysitting when he teams up with Dustin to deal with his deadly pet Dart and brave the Upside Down demogorgons.
Steve went from bullying kids to protecting them, and fans can't get over the fact that the hot rebel turned into the glorified babysitter. Thus, memes have been created to give the babysitter respect where respect is due. Some even fittingly reference the '80s, like the iconic Babysitters Club books:
And the 1987 classic Adventures in Babysitting:
Netflix brilliantly plastered Steve's face on the poster for the network's new film The Babysitter in place of Samara Weaving:
Another devoted fan swapped Steve's face with Eddie Murphy's on the Daddy Day Care movie poster:
But Steve is more than a babysitter. He's really the kids' caring dad, which the following meme so wonderfully illustrates:
He looks at and cherish his kids in a way every child hopes their dad would.
Actually, Steve is everyone's devoted dad.
When all else fails, Steve proves to be the father.
And he's a dad who means business.
He'll really step up to the plate and show everyone who's boss.
Let's be honest, he's also a proud mom who means business.
Steve the mom has really passed on great genes.
And as fans know, Steve isn't just any regular, proud mom. He's the coolest.
The memes, amazing in every way, just paint the picture of how multidimensional Steve really is and what he means to fans. But surprisingly, Steve wasn't always meant to have this evolution. Explained by co-creator Matt Duffer in Beyond Stranger Things, the character was originally intended to be a one-note "placeholder" and jerk stereotype, which many '80s films included. After Matt and Ross Duffer grew to know the character (and the actor), they thankfully decided to make him "more charming and likable," and ultimately, the hero.
As for the man himself, Keery is soaking in instant fame all while embracing the his character's arc and the fantastic memes. "I think of it as kind of a fluid arc; it’s kind of a journey. It’s him growing up and becoming less self-absorbed," he recently told Esquire. "I’m ready to get back to work and shoot more."
Fans love celebrating the beauty of Steve Harrington — the mom, the dad, the babysitter, the legend — and hopefully they won't stop anytime soon.