Writer Kaitlyn Plyley came up with the wild theory that Eleven grows up to be Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Seems too far-fetched? Maybe, but Plyley does a pretty good job of connecting some important dots.
In her published piece of fan fiction, Plyley explains that Elle Woods’ infatuation with beauty, fashion and the color pink trace back to the moment when Eleven first put on her blonde wig. For the first time, Eleven felt pretty and “powerful in a way she never had before.”
That blonde wig, according to Plyley, became a source of Eleven’s strength — and later Elle Woods’ strength. Once Eleven discovered how good it felt to “look pretty,” she began heading down the path toward makeup and manicures.
So if we’re buying into this wild fan theory (which, for the moment, we are), we need to know why Eleven changed her name to “Elle Woods.” Plyley explained that the beloved Stranger Things character decided to shorten her name to “Elle” in order to fit in with society. And she chose the last name “Woods, for the place where she had found Mike and Lucas and Dustin.”
In season one of Stranger Things, it became quite apparent that Eleven felt an inkling of guilt for hurting others with her special powers. Plyley explains that it was Eleven’s need to “prove she wasn’t the monster” that drove her to surround herself with “soft, pink things — fluffy pillows, sweet fragrances.”
So Eleven grew up to be an ambitious, pink-skirt-suit-wearing Harvard law student. It’s definitely a stretch, but hey, we appreciate the creativity (and the hardcore dedication to the Stranger Things fandom).
Whether you choose to buy into the idea that Eleven grows up to be Elle Woods or you prefer to keep these two worlds and characters separate, you can’t deny that Plyley did a pretty good job of backing up her argument. Maybe the Duffer Brothers will throw in some Elle Woods references in Stranger Things season two just to send the online fandom into a frenzy (doubtful, but that would be pretty cool).