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After Sara... I saw her too. And I heard her. I didn't know what was real. And then I figured out that it was in my mind, and I had to pack all that away... otherwise I was gonna fall down a hole, that I couldn't get out of.
~ Jim Hopper, November 9, 1983
Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.
~ Jim Hopper.

Chief James "Jim" Hopper is the deuteragonist of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

He is the chief of Hawkins, Indiana, which remained a town that was quiet until a boy named Will Byers mysteriously vanished one night. Initially not taking it seriously, Hopper would find himself involved in a conspiracy of Hawkins' labs and saved the child from a dark dimension known as the Upside Down.

He is portrayed by David Harbour, who also portrays Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also played Hellboy in the 2019 film of the same name.


Early Life

James "Jim" Hopper was born in 1942 in Hawkins, Indiana to unnamed parents, and later attended Hawkins High School in 1957 with Joyce Byers and Bob Newby. Hopper hints that he wasn't exactly the model student, and once lied to his mother about his whereabouts so he could secretly hook up with girls, such as Chrissy Carpenter. Hopper also mentioned that he smoked with Joyce during sixth and seventh period, but sometimes got caught by the teachers. After graduating in 1960, Jim joined the United States military and served in the Vietnam War.


After his service, Hopper met and fell in love with a woman named Diane, and the two married in 1972. The couple moved to New York and had a daughter named Sara, but she was later diagnosed with cancer. Despite receiving chemotherapy treatment, Sara was unable to recover, and passed away. After Sara's passing, Jim and Diane divorced, and he moved back to Hawkins in 1979. Hopper became the Police Chief at the Hawkins Police Department, and started to rely on alcohol, prescription medication, and sleeping with women to get through his grief.

Season One

After Will's disappearance, Hopper was given the case to find the boy, but didn't take it seriously since he believed the boy was just playing hookie. When he realized the situation was more involved than he thought it would be, Hopper went to Hawkins Middle School and spoke to Will's best friends Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair and Dustin Henderson. Asking of Will's last whereabouts, they told him that Will rode his bicycle near Mirkwood, and advised the kids to go back home after school. Doing the search, Hopper and the officers found his bicycle, but no evidence that he went home. The police department then started a night to party to search for Will, but had to cut if off due to a storm. The following day, Hopper was called to Benny's diner where he learned that Hammond was dead, and spoke with Earl since he was at the diner the day before.

Speaking with him, he learned that there was a kid with a shave head, and when pondering whatever it was Will, Early simply replied that it could have been. After finding a piece of cloth near Hawkins laboratory, Hopper went there and searched their security cameras, where he noticed that was no storm there like it was the previous night. Once he read up on Dr. Martin Brenner and Hawkins lab's involvement with MKULtra, the chief started to believe that they were behind Will's disappearance. Notified to go to the local quarry, the department dragged out Will's "corpse". Jim comforted Joyce and refused to believe that Will was still alive and was being chased by a monster, believing that she was suffering from delusions since he did when he loss his own child.

He was later convinced that something was going on after the local corner was replaced, and cut through Will's "corpse" and saw cotton was filled in. Hopper then broke into the lab and saw a gate to a different dimension, but was knocked unconscious by Brenner's agents and taken back to his home. Despite awaking in his home, Hopper remembered the night and destroyed a hidden microphone planted by the agents. Traveling to Joyce's home, he explained the situation, apologized for not believing her, and also told his theory that he was searching for the daughter of Terry Ives. The two traveled to the Ives residence and spoke to Terry's sister Becky, learning that she was experimented on while pregnant and later miscarried.

Hopper was called back to the police station since Joyce's son Jonathan was arrested for fighting Steve Harrington, and the police discovering that his vehicle contained weapons. He learned that Jonathan and Nancy Wheeler were preparing to fight the monster, and decided to save Will before the agents could descend on the town. Jim contacted Mike, Dustin and Lucas at the junkyard, where he found the boys and Eleven hiding in an abandoned bus. Once Eleven managed to reach out to Will at Hawkins Middle School's makeshift tank, Hopper and Joyce traveled to the lab where he encountered Dr. Brenner. Hopper made an agreement with Brenner, to allow him and Joyce to save Will and he would reveal Eleven's location.

Entering the Upside Down with Joyce, Hopper rescued Will and the two escaped from the dimension as Eleven defeated the monster at the cost of entering the dimension. After taking Will to the hospital, Jim was picked up by agents and drove away. Knowing that Eleven was alive, Hopper went into the woods and placed eggos for her to eat.

Living with Eleven

In that same month, Jim was reunited with Eleven, who had escaped from the Upside Down and found his box of food. He took her to a cabin in the woods that became their new home, and rigged the outside for traps to alert them of intruders. In order for them to communicate safely, Hopper taught Eleven how to read and signal Morse Code, and also created a set of rules for Eleven's safety.

Season Two

While keeping Eleven a secret, Hopper was greeted by a private investigator named Murray Bauman, who knew of a little girl with psychic abilities and explained his conspiracy theories. While Murray was talking, Hopper was called in by the station to investigate a pumpkin patch that had rotten.

Season Three


Bike like this is like a Cadillac to these kids.
~ Jim Hopper.
I know you do experiments on kidnapped little kids, whose parents' brains you've turned to mush. And I know you went a little too far this time and you messed up in a big way.
~ Hopper to the agents and Brenner.
You wanna know the worst thing that’s ever happened here in the four years I’ve been working here? You wanna know the worst thing, was when an owl attacked Eleanor Gillespie's head because it thought that her hair was a nest.
~ Hopper to Joyce.


  • The name Jim Hopper could a reference to the 1987 film Predator, as the first person killed by the Predator was a man named Jim Hopper.
  • His character and appearance was inspired by Han Solo from Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the titular films.



Season 1
Joyce Byers | Mike Wheeler | Jim Hopper | Eleven | Dustin Henderson | Lucas Sinclair | Nancy Wheeler | Jonathan Byers | Will Byers | Steve Harrington

Season 2
Jim Hopper | Eleven | Will Byers | Joyce Byers | Mike Wheeler | Dustin Henderson | Lucas Sinclair | Max Mayfield | Nancy Wheeler | Jonathan Byers | Steve Harrington | Bob Newby | Sam Owens | Murray Bauman | Erica Sinclair

Season 3
Jim Hopper | Eleven | Joyce Byers | Mike Wheeler | Dustin Henderson | Lucas Sinclair | Will Byers | Max Mayfield | Nancy Wheeler | Jonathan Byers | Steve Harrington | Robin Buckley | Erica Sinclair | Murray Bauman | Alexei | Bob Newby | Sam Owens