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Nancy, you are going to get some sleep tonight if it kills me.

Marge Thompson is a character in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

She was a resident of Springwood, Ohio. The ex-wife of Donald Thompson, she was part of the cover-up regarding the murder of Freddy Krueger, and became one of dozens of victims in his revenge on the residents of Elm Street.


A Nightmare on Elm Street[]

Marge probably married Donald Thompson in the late 1950s. In 1966, Marge gave birth to her daughter, Nancy, and treated her like royalty. However, in 1968 she saw how child-murderer, Freddy Krueger, was released on a technicality and participated with other parents in killing him without a trial. In the early 1970s she and her husband Donald got divorced, and Nancy Thompson stayed with her mother.

In 1981, Tina Grey, her daughter's friend, was murdered. Tina's boyfriend Rod Lane was arrested because the police thought he killed Tina. Soon, however, he was strangled to death by his own bed sheets while he was still in jail. Nancy kept on telling her that it was Freddy Krueger who was responsible and that he lived in the dreams of the teenagers. Marge eventually ended up taking Nancy to a dream clinic, where everything went


"What's wrong with my daughter?" Marge finds Nancy upset after Rod's death

downhill after that. She bought bars that she put up on the windows and locked the doors to keep Nancy in. Later, Marge, apparently drunk, takes Nancy down to the basement, where she reveals the truth about Freddy Krueger to her. (In a deleted scene, Marge reveals to Nancy that she wasn't always an only child. She, along with Tina, Rod, and Glen, each had an older brother or sister that was killed by Freddy when he was alive). She assures her that he cannot hurt her because she, along with the other parents, had burned him alive. After the death of her boyfriend Glen Lantz, Nancy takes matters into her own hands and goes into her dreams one last time in an attempt to bring Freddy Krueger out into the real world and defeat him.


Marge strangled and burned to death

The battle between Nancy and Freddy begins and he falls into some booby traps that Nancy had set up before she fell asleep. After luring him into the basement, she covers him in flammable liquid and sets him on fire. She locks him down in the basement long enough to call her father over to help her.

Unfortunately, Krueger had gotten away and both rush upstairs to discover that Krueger had killed Marge. After killing her, he absorbed her soul and it was released in the 4th movie along with other souls of Freddy's victims.


Come in! Marge Thompson's demise in original Nightmare's ending

When Nancy turns her back on him, taking away his energy and defeating him, she walks out of the bedroom and is suddenly outside her home. She discovers her mother and friends, who are all alive and well. She then concludes that it was all just one big nightmare. She gets trapped in the car with her friends when the roof, (which is red and green), slams down and locks them in. Her mother stands, waving and smiling, as Nancy screams for help while the car drives off. Then Freddy's arm bursts through the window on the door and pulls her through it.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge[]

Jesse Walsh claims that Marge committed suicide in the living room of the house at 1428 Elm Street.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors[]

Nancy mentions that her mother died in her sleep.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master[]

Marge's soul like that of all of Freddy's victims is released when Alice Johnson beats Freddy.


Marge Thompson is introduced to the story as a vulnerable woman who tries at all costs to hide her past, reveling in alcohol to silence her insecurities. However, Marge becomes strong and very aggressive when it comes to saving the life of her daughter, her most precious being.

Physical appearance[]

Marge is introduced to the story as a young, honey-haired woman of average height, with an oval-shaped face and small lips. It could be said that she is a woman who cared about her image since she used makeup to highlight her lips, her eyelids and her eyelashes.


Donald Thompson[]

Little is known of the relationship with Donald, however, it is assumed that both were married in the late 50's or early 60's, had Nancy in 1966 and divorced in 1970, leaving Marge with custody of their daughter. It is likely that Marge fell into a terrible depression over the murder of Freddy Krueger, unable to deal with what happened or the secret. According to some of Nancy's diary entries, the arguments between the two were too frequent and therefore they broke up.

Despite all this, Donald falls back into the same vice as his ex-wife once Marge is killed by Freddy, he takes refuge in alcohol and loses his job as a sergeant and becomes a security personnel. Donald has probably never stopped loving her.

Nancy Thompson[]

Despite her addiction to alcohol, Marge was always concerned about her daughter Nancy's well-being, so she tried to be the best mother for her. When Nancy tells her about her nightmares, Marge tries to calm her down by telling her that they are just nightmares and that none of what she dreams about is real, however, deep inside, she felt anguished that Nancy would not look at her and treat her the same a once she knew the secret.

Finally she chooses to tell Nancy the whole truth, plunging further into her addiction, she asks to lock all the doors and put bars on all the windows in the house, all in order to protect her daughter from a murderer who until that moment, Marge didn't think it was Freddy.


  • Because Marge's death has impacted on Donald greatly, had him became decadent and alcoholic and could hardly do his police duty, it is possible that he was still in love with Marge.


  • (To Nancy): "Oh, I feel like a million bucks. They say you've bottomed out when you can't remember the night before."
  • (To Samuel King): "Doctor, what's she doing now? Is she asleep or awake?"
  • (To Nancy): "Well, all the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but someone forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free just like that."
  • (To Nancy): "A bunch of us parents got together and tracked him down. We found him in old abandoned boiler room, where he used to take his kids."
  • (To Nancy): "We took gasoline and poured it all around the place and made a trail of it out the door. We lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. He's dead now. He's dead because Mommy killed him."