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    Mr Clarke Is The Most Underrated Character In "Stranger Things"

    SPOILER ALERT. Do not read this until you have finished Stranger Things.

    YES, BARB IS AN AMAZING CHARACTER. WE KNOW. But we have to give so much more credit to Mr Clarke.

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    Let me explain why. And if you have not finished Stranger Things, please leave this post and immediately finish watching Stranger Things.

    The first reason is simple: He listens. No question is unacceptable. He's essentially what we wanted our teachers to be growing up – not condescending.

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    But so he's much more than that.

    Without him the plot would have been so different and more people would have been killed. He's also integral to every breakthrough the kids have.

    For example, he ran the AV club and gave the kids access to the Heathkit ham shack...

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    The ham shack was what was used to contact Will.

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    Without Mr Clarke's kit, Joyce would never have been able to talk to her son in her house and wouldn't have been as aware that Will was still alive.

    Mr Clarke explained in the simplest way to Dustin, Mike, and Lucas how alternative dimensions work.

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    Without his explanation the kids would have had far less knowledge about the Upside Down.

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    God, that place was terrifying.

    He also clearly explained how a gateway to another dimension would be easily detectable if one opened.

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    This helped Dustin to discover where the gate was.

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    IT TURNED OUT TO BE...

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    Mr Clarke is also responsible for what I think is one of the best moments in the entire season.

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    Without Mr Clarke's knowledge of sensory deprivation pools, they never would have been able to build one...

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    And El wouldn't have been able to get to the other side.

    If he was like some other teachers, he would have not bothered to tell them. Mr Clarke wasn't like other teachers.

    Remember he was also on a date that night. He still took the call.

    BONUS: He's not too smart. He wasn't able to work out that El wasn't a second cousin, but this was actually a good thing because it helped everyone.

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    But you get the feeling that if Mr Clarke had blown El's cover, he would have protected her. Although he wasn't around when everyone was in grave peril, you always felt that he was still on your side.

    He's the teacher we all wanted. He also deserves so much credit for what he did. What a goddamn hero.

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