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For the character from the 1994 film, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, see Heather Langenkamp Porter.
For the character from the 2010 remake, see Nancy Holbrook.
Nancy Thompson
Nancy Thompson
Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson in Dream Warriors
Nancy Thompson

16 (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
22 (Dream Warriors; At the time of her death)

Glen Lantz (ex-boyfriend;deceased)
Neil Gordon (colleague and friend)
Marge Thompson (mother;deceased)
Donald Thompson (father;deceased)

Westin Hills Psychologist
Springwood High School Student (former)

First Appearance:
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Last Appearance:
Dream Warriors

Nancy  Thompson (c. 1965 - 1987) was the main protagonist of A Nightmare on Elm Street and the main deuteragonist of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.  She was the daughter of alcoholic mother, Marge Thompson, and police lieutenant, Donald Thompson.

In the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Nancy was the heroine whose her life was put into jeopardy by a dream stalker who killed her friends.

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Nancy began working as a dream researcher at Westin Hills, trying to help the last of the Elm Street children from being killed by Freddy Krueger. Freddy finally killed her at the end of the movie.

Nancy was portrayed by actress Heather Langenkamp and was a "girl next door" type with brown hair and blue eyes. Nancy was the sixth and the final falling victim of the third killing spree by Freddy.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

Nancy Tina

The Same Nightmare that we all had Nancy describes the dream she had to Tina

Nancy was told by her friend Tina Gray that she had been having terrible nightmares. Since Tina was scared to be alone, Nancy and her boyfriend Glen Lantz agreed to spend the night at Tina's house so she didn't have to be alone. Tina then described the man she had been dreaming about and to Nancy's shock, the description of the man matched a man she had been dreaming about.

That night, Tina was murdered in her sleep while Nancy is sleeping in the next room with her boyfriend Rod Lane. Although Rod was blamed, Nancy seemed to have her doubts that Rod killed Tina. On her way to school the morning after, Nancy was pulled into the bushes by Rod, who insisted he did not kill Tina. Nancy's father confronted Rod, who ran off. Rod is soon captured by the police, and Nancy accused her father of using her as a pawn to capture Rod. At school, Nancy fell asleep in history class and wandered into the boiler room of the high school. She was then confronted by Freddy and burned her arm on a pipe to make herself wake up. Screaming, Nancy woke up with a burn on her arm and left school.

Nancy asked her boyfriend Glen to stand guard while she entered her dreams to find Freddy. In the dream she watched Freddy enter the jail cell and attempt to kill Rod. Afterwards, Freddy attacked Nancy and she eventually woke up. After telling her mom she was going back to bed, Nancy and Glen went to the police station to check on Rod. Right before they entered the cell, Freddy killed Rod by hanging him.
Nancy Nightmare 1

Better stay awake Nancy tells Glen that she needs him to keep her awake

At Rod's funeral, Nancy revealed that she knew Rod didn't kill Tina. She described the killer to her father and mother and her father appeared shocked at the description. Marge took Nancy to a sleep clinic where she was again attacked by Freddy Krueger. This time, however, Nancy pulled Freddy's hat out of her dream.

Later, Marge revealed to Nancy that Fred Krueger was a child murderer that was released from arrest due to a search warrant being signed in the wrong place. She told Nancy that her, Donald and other parents burned him to death. She then showed Nancy that she had Freddy's glove and that Freddy could not hurt her anymore. Marge also had bars put up on the windows.

Freddy's Revenge

Nancy Thompson never appears in Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, but she is mentioned when Lisa Webber finds her journal in Jesse Walsh's bedroom. While reading it, they find out about Freddy Krueger and the events that surrounded Nancy.

In Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Nancy is considered by the teenagers as a young girl who saw her boyfriend get butchered before losing her mind.

Dream Warriors

Nancy Dream Warriors

Nancy as seen in Dream Warriors Her Grey streak has not left her

In Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Nancy is estranged from her father and is now working as a staff member at the Westin Hills Asylum, trying to help people through their pattern nightmares. While working there, she comes across interred teens who are being haunted in their dreams by Freddy Krueger. Their parents had banded with Nancy's to kill him.

Nancy knows of dream powers and tells them they need to go into their dreams to defeat him. Unfortunately, during an unauthorized session, a young kid by the name of Joey is kidnapped and held hostage by Freddy. In reality, he becomes comatose and the administration at Westin Hills fire both Nancy and Dr. Neil Gordon.

After obtaining information from her father, Nancy goes back to Westin Hills to help the teenagers battle Freddy one last time.

New Nightmare

At the climax on 'New Nightmare", Heather again becomes Nancy. John Saxon suddenly starts calling her Nancy, to which she asks why. She then notices he is now dressed as he was in the original movie. He leaves, telling her to look after herself and Dylan. Heather finally acknowledges herself as Nancy again and says "I love you too, daddy".

She finds her son and together they battle Freddy. Eventually, they lock him in a furnace, killing him. They escape back to the real world, where they find the script, with a thank you note from Wes.


Freddy tricks Nancy when he appears to her as her father, Donald, and stabs her in the ribs and stomach with his clawed glove. He yells "Die!" and stabs her in the same area much deeper. After rising a final time to stab Freddy with his own glove before he can kill Kristen, Nancy dies, and Krueger disappears as Neil covers Freddy's remains in holy water and a crucifix, and buries them. Kristen then states that she intends to place Nancy into a
Nancy Death

Double Crossed Freddy, killing Nancy by stabbing her in the stomach twice

"beautiful dream." Her soul is then absorbed by Freddy. Her soul and the souls of other Freddy's victims were released in the 4th movie.

According to the script by Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner First Draft: June 16, 1986, Nancy was always intended to die in NOES 3. Some controversy has come up as to whether this was always the case.


  • Heather Langenkamp beat over 200 actresses for the role of Nancy Thompson. Notable other actresses who auditioned were Demi Moore, Jennifer Grey, Marisa Tomei, Courteney Cox, Winona Ryder, Carrie Anne-Moss, Claudia Wells and Tracey Gold.
  • She is the first Nightmare heroine that survived in her first film, but dies in the third film.
  • She is the second Nightmare heroine that lived in 1428 Elm Street, the first was Maggie Burroughs.
  • During the scene where Nancy was running towards her home, away from Freddy, she cut her foot and needed stitches.
  • In the 2011 Mortal Kombat video game, a woman that Freddy kills resembles Nancy appears in Freddy's ending and looks the way she did in the original film's poster.
  • She, Glen, Tina, and Rod each had on older sibling that were killed by Krueger when he was alive.
  • In the original screenplay, before Nancy goes to sleep in the dream research clinic, the doctor makes a comment about Nancy not being like the Bride of Frankenstein. This foreshadows the gray streak that appears in her hair when she wakes up.

Other Appearances

Nancy is a playable character in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1989 DOS/C64 Video Game) alongside the other Dream Warriors Kristen, Kincaid, Will and Taryn. Her power is the ability to freeze time.


  • "Whatever you do...don't fall asleep." (To Glen through the phone)
  • "Oh, God; I look 20 years old." (To herself)
  • "Screw your pass!" (To hall monitor at school during her dream)
  • "His name is Freddy Krueger." (To every kids that sit beside her)
  • "Daddy, I love you." (Right before Freddy stabs her to death)

See also


Nancy Thompson has a Photo Gallery.

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