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“I guess I couldn't accept the fact that Steve Harrington was actually a good dude. Rich parents, popular, chicks love him. Not a douche? No way, man. No way. That, like, flies in the face of all the laws in the universe and my own personal Munson doctrine.”
— Eddie to Steve, The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

Steddie is the slash ship between Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson from the Stranger Things fandom.

Canon[]

Vecna's Curse[]

While looking for Eddie at Rick's place, Max finds a large storage shed out back. She, Steve, Robin and Dustin then head inside and start calling for Eddie. Steve assumes that he might be hiding under a tarp and starts poking it with an oar, which Dustin makes fun of him for. Steve points out that everyone in the room has nearly died before and he's not taking any chances, when Eddie pops out and pushes Steve up against a wall. He holds a smashed beer bottle to his throat and Dustin immediately tries to defuse the situation. He does so and Eddie removes the broken bottle from Steve's throat, letting him go.

The Massacre at Hawkins Lab[]

As the group walks through the woods, Steve walks up to Eddie and tells him that he just wants to thank him for saving him. Eddie says that Steve saved himself and that he pulled a real Ozzy back there. Steve is confused till Eddie explains that he's referring to the time Ozzy Osbourne bit a bat's head off onstage. Steve still doesn't know what he's referring to, but Eddie just says that what Steve did was pretty metal and Steve awkwardly thanks him. Eddie says that Dustin insisted that Steve was a badass and Steve is surprised he did so. Eddie says that the kid worships Steve, it's kinda annoying. He doesn't know why he cares what Dustin thinks, but he did get a little jealous. Just couldn't accept the fact that the Steve Harrington the guy with a perfect life, was a good guy. He gets up in Steve's face and jokingly says he's still jealous, making Steve laugh a bit. But all that was why he would have never jumped in the lake to save him. Outside of DnD, he'd just run at the sight of danger. Which is what he's learned this week, but Steve tells him to give himself a break. Eddie says that it was the girls who went in first, and he wouldn't have gone in if they hadn't first. He tells Steve to try and get Nancy back when they're interrupted by the Upside Down shaking.

Papa[]

Eddie sneaks the group into on of his neighbors campers and starts to hotwire it. Steve asks how he learned to do that, and Eddie says that he learned if from his dad. Swore he'd never end up like him, but after being wanted for murder he's really living up to his family name. Robin says that she doesn't love the idea of Eddie driving, but Eddie says that he's just starting it. Steve's gonna drive, right "big boy"? He then gets the car started and Steve tells him to get out of the seat so that he can drive.

The Piggyback[]

As they leave the Upside Down trailer, Steve turns to Eddie and Dustin, and tells them that if things go south to get back through the portal and let them take care of things. Dustin and Eddie know, and Eddie says that they are definitely not the heroes. Steve starts to walk away but Eddie stops him and tells him to make Vecna pay.

Moments[]

The Hellfire Club[]

  • Steve passes on hanging with the Kids and Eddie "The Freak" Munson, which makes Dustin accuse Steve of being jealous of him having another older male friend, much to Steve's disgust.

Vecna's Curse[]

  • Steve makes a comment on how Eddie is Dustin's new best friend because he plays DnD with him.
  • Dustin tells Steve that he should be spending less time looking for a girlfriend and more time looking for Eddie.

The Monster and The Superhero[]

  • Steve gives Eddie a small wave when the group arrives.
  • Steve gives Eddie a nod and tells him about Eleven.

The Dive[]

  • Steve says that with the pack of beer they bought Eddie can at least drink himself into feeling better.
  • Eddie agrees with Steve's assessment of Dustin, and they share a nod.
  • Steve starts to explain El, when Eddie points out that he already did so.
  • Eddie asks if Dustin is cursed, and Steve tells him that he's not, just mental.
  • Steve says that they can't just go hiking through the woods since Eddie's still wanted.
  • Steve tells Eddie to grab his stuff.
  • Steve tells Eddie to take it easy with the boat.
  • Eddie has no complaints when Steve says he'll be swimming to the bottom of the lake.
  • Eddie hands Steve a flashlight and wishes him good luck.
  • Eddie freaks out when Steve resurfaces.
  • Eddie dives into help Steve after Nancy and Robin.

The Massacre at Hawkins Lab[]

  • Eddie helps take out the bats that are attacking Steve.
  • Steve explains to Eddie how all the vines are connected to the creatures.
  • Eddie throws a shirtless Steve his vest "for modesty".
  • Steve gives Eddie an annoyed look when he yells "hi" at the light spot.
  • Steve and Eddie both agree that Dustin needs to get his ego in check.

Papa[]

  • Eddie and Steve both immediately say no to going into the upside down.
  • Steve asks if Eddie has a car they don't know about, and Eddie says that it's not exactly a car and it's not exactly his.
  • Steve tosses Eddie a bag.

The Piggyback[]

  • Steve helps Eddie up from the mattress, and they help up everyone else.

Quotes[]

Dustin“Just move your date this one time. Come on.”
Steve“What, to hang out with you and Eddie "the freak" Munson? Uh, yeah, I'll pass.”
— The Hellfire Club
Steve“Eddie. Eddie. Hey, man. Uh... Listen, I just, uh... I just want to say thanks. For saving my ass back there.”
Eddie“Shit. You saved your own ass, man. I mean, that was a real Ozzy move you pulled back there.”
Steve“Ozzy?”
Eddie“When you took a bite out of that bat. Ozzy Osbourne? Black Sabbath? He bit a bat's head off onstage.”
Steve“I don't--”
Eddie“You know? Doesn't matter.”
Steve“No.”
Eddie“It's very metal, what you did. That's all I'm saying.”
Steve“Thanks.”
— The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
“I guess I couldn't accept the fact that Steve Harrington was actually a good dude. Rich parents, popular, chicks love him. Not a douche? No way, man. No way. That, like, flies in the face of all the laws in the universe and my own personal Munson doctrine.”
— Eddie to Steve, The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
Eddie“Outside of D&D, I am no hero. I see danger and I just turn heel and run. Or at least that's what I've learned about myself this week.”
Steve“Give yourself a break, man.”
— The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
Steve“Jesus Christ. This kid's gotta get his ego in check.”
Eddie“It's his tone. Right?”
— Steve and Eddie talking about Dustin, The Massacre at Hawkins Lab
Robin“Eddie, I'm not sure I love the idea of you driving.”
Eddie“Oh, I'm just starting this sucker. Harrington's got her. Don't ya, big boy?”
— Papa

Behind the Scenes[]

Interviewer“You’ve said in a previous interview that you think community is the most rewarding part of being an actor. For Stranger Things, a lot of your scenes were done in an ensemble especially toward the end of Volume One. Is there a scene that you think reflected your friendship with the cast the best, or one that was most enjoyable to film?”
Joeseph Quinn“There was a sequence we shot in an enormous water tank, which was brilliant. It was massive, with blue screens everywhere to make it look like Lovers Lake. I got to see Joe Keery with his kit off for a week – perks of the job.”
[1]
Interviewer“There was also a lot of love for Eddie and Steve's bromance. Some even wanted it to be a romance. I don't know if you saw any of that online. Did you?”
Joseph Quinn“Yeah, well, all I can say is... how did they know?”
Interviewer“It’s all subtext.”
Joseph Quinn“Yeah, yeah. Well, you know, just… people can dream, I guess. I dunno! I don't really know what to say to that.”
Interviewer“I guess in another world, maybe that would have played out in Stranger Things 5.”
Joseph Quinn“Maybe! Maybe, maybe, maybe? Yeah.”
[2]

Media[]

Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson: The Time the Two Should Have Had on ‘Stranger Things’ (THE MARY SUE • JULY 2022)

Fanon[]

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Steddie quickly gained a following once Season 4 of Stranger Things came out. Although it took a little later in the season given that Eddie didn't have any major interactions with Steve till the end of the first half of the season. Many fans have also joked that Steve and Eddie are co-parenting Dustin, or are fighting over who's the favorite parent. Many fans see Eddie as gay and Steve as bisexual, although there are many different headcanons for the two. Most who ship Steddie also tend to ship Ronance and often call their stay in the Upside Down a Pride Parade or a double date. Fans also love the idea of Robin helping Steve realize that he's bi and has feelings for Eddie, and many fics involve Eddie coming in to family video to 'bother' Steve and Robin during their shift, but really just flirting with Steve the entire time.

Post Vol 2, fans were extremely upset that Eddie had died, regardless if they shipped Steddie or not. Fix it fics and fan art of Eddie living quickly became a staple of the fandom. Steddie fics followed suit and many became "Everyone Lives" AUs where Eddie officially becomes a member of the party and eventually gets together with Steve. Many still follow the tropes previously established in pre-Eddie dies fics with some mentions that Eddie survived the Demobat attack. Some also follow canon that Eddie did die, or was believed dead with him returning as a creature from the Upside Down. Steve being one to save him, sometimes with "True Love's Kiss".

Some fans interpret Eddie encouraging Steve to get back together with Nancy in 'The Massacre at Hawkins Lab' as way of protecting his own feelings. The theory is that, since Eddie believes Steve likes Nancy and it's reciprocated, given Nancy jumped in the lake to save Steve, Eddie doesn't think he has a chance with Steve. He then pushes Steve to be with Nancy as a form of self-sabotage, to avoid getting his hopes up to only be let down later.[3] However, many fans interpret Nancy jumping in the lake to save Steve not because she has romantic feelings for him, but because him being dragged into the lake reminded her of how Barb was killed, and Nancy was determined not to lose another friend the same way when she had the opportunity to act.[4] Fans have also pointed out that, while Eddie was telling Steve he should get back together with Nancy, it looks like Steve is staring at Eddie's lips, rather than paying attention to his words.[5]

Fans have also theorized that Eddie may have been about to confess his feelings for Steve in 'Papa', due to the lengthy pause between getting Steve's attention and saying "Make him pay," as if he wanted to tell him something else instead.[6][7][8]

Between Season 4 Volume 1 premiering and July 2022, there were over 5000 Steddie works written on AO3, making it one of the fastest growth for written works of a ship in the fandom. On August 27th 2022, Steddie surpassed Harringrove as the most written ship in the Stranger Things tag, and also the most written for ship for Steve. In October 2022, there were over 12000 Steddie works on AO3, making up over 21% of works in the Stranger Things tag.

Fandom[]

FAN FICTION

Eddie/Steve tag on AO3

TUMBLR

Steddie posts on Tumblr
Steveddie posts on Tumblr

WIKIS

Steve Harrington/Eddie Munson on Fanlore

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Trivia[]

  • When twitter user @kelexyn tweeted out "Thank God Steve Harrington finally got a co-parent in Robin because really, eight kids and a new boyfriend is a lot for a single mother to juggle..." the official Stranger Things Quote retweeted it[9], the boyfriend referring to Eddie[10].
  • In an interview with TS Media, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) stated that he thought Steve and Eddie should be the next couple in the series[11].
  • Joseph Quinn improvised Eddie saying "don't ya, big boy?"[12] as well as other aspects of Eddie's interactions with Steve.[13][14]

Gallery[]

Videos[]

Variations[]

Fruity Four — the ship between Nancy Wheeler, Robin Buckley, Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson
Fruity Five — the ship between Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, Robin Buckley, Jonathan Byers and Eddie Munson
Spicy Six — the ship between Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, Robin Buckley, Jonathan Byers, Arglye and Eddie Munson
Muningrove — the ship between Billy Hargrove, Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson
Jonsteddie — the ship between Jonathan Byers, Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson
Jargsteddie — the ship between Argyle, Jonathan Byers, Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson
Steddissy — the ship between Chrissy Cunningham, Steve Harrington and Eddie Munson


References[]

  1. Joseph Quinn Interview
  2. Stranger Things’ Joseph Quinn talks Eddie’s season 4 journey: "I’m delighted"
  3. @genyasglockk and @justspicysixthings on Tumblr - 'eddie was mentally beating the shit out of himself while he was giving steve that whole speech about getting back together with nancy. he is the king of self sabotage but encouraging the guy he’s head over heels for to rekindle shit with his ex is a new low for eddie munson.' [...] 'but then he catches him staring longingly at Nancy etc. So he resigns himself once again. decides to encourage Steve towards Nancy, because he thinks that’s what’ll make Steve happy. he thinks Nancy feels “true love” for Steve because she jumped in first [...] without realizing it, he’s projecting his own feelings onto Nancy’s actions because, he wishes he was that brave. he wishes he could show Steve a sign of unambiguous true love. but self-sabotage it is.'
  4. @stevesbipanic on Tumblr - 'When Nancy saw Steve's terrified face right before he was pulled into the dark waters of the lake, she saw Barb's terrified face too. She saw Barb's last moments written on Steve's features, she saw Barb's body pulled into the water by something unknown like Steve was. She didn't hesitate. This time she wasn't distracted, upstairs far away from her friend. This time her friend was right in front of her. This time she could save her friend. So she jumps in head first, hoping this time she's not too late.'
  5. @bike-wheeler on Tumblr - 'watching stranger things is not enough i need to sit down with joe keery in the flesh and ask him why he made the creative acting decision to stare at eddie munson’s lips while he was telling him about how nancy wheeler jumping into the water after him was a sign of true love '
  6. @yellenabelova on Tumblr
  7. @genyasglockk on Tumblr - 'eddie actually was gonna say some deep shit when he called steve back but then that beautiful mf turned around looking like this and eddie's brain got scrambled and all that came out was "make him pay 👍"'
  8. @stevesbipanic on Tumblr - 'The pause between Eddie saying “Hey Steve?” and “Make him pay.” Was Joseph Quinn deciding if kissing Joe Keery would be making the improvised Steddie too obvious.'
  9. a single mom who works two jobs and loves her kids and never stops
  10. yes it's edde
  11. Wajib Tonton! Gaten, Priah Ferguson & Sadie Sink Jawab Alasan Harus Tonton Stranger Things 4 | Ep145
  12. did he improvise the "don't you, big boy?" at steve in the camper van too? just asking for a friend
  13. @strangerwriters on Twitter
  14. @steddielations on Tumblr

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