El, are you there? El? It's me, it's Mike. It's day 352, 7:40 pm, I am still here. If you're out there, say something... or give me a sign, I won't, I won't even say anything, I just... I want to know if you're okay.

–Mike Wheeler, October 30, 1984

Michael "Mike" Wheeler, portrayed by Finn Wolfhard, is a major protagonist in the first and second seasons of Stranger Things.

When Mike's best friend, Will Byers, mysteriously went missing, he and his other friends, Lucas and Dustin, made it their mission to find him. However, while searching for Will, they stumbled upon an escaped girl named Eleven instead. Mike soon discovered that she knew something about Will's disappearance and enlisted her help in finding him. During their time together, Mike and Eleven formed a strong bond and fell in love. Once Will was found, Mike was happy that he had returned home safely; however, he was greatly devastated by Eleven's sacrifice to defeat the Demogorgon.

Still devastated by Eleven's disappearance one year later, Mike assisted Will with a new supernatural issue and eventually reunited with Eleven. He, along with his friends (including newcomer Max), then worked on burning the external core of another inter-dimensional threat, using it as a distraction for Eleven to close the Gate for good. Mike later attended the Snow Ball dance with Eleven, which he had promised her the previous year.



Mike is a member of the Wheeler family, living in Hawkins, Indiana with his mother Karen, his father Ted, and his two sisters Nancy and Holly. Nancy suspected their parents never truly loved one another and that they married solely to have a "perfect nuclear family."

While in kindergarten, Mike met and befriended Will Byers. Later, they became friends with Lucas Sinclair. In the fourth grade, Dustin Henderson arrived at their school and joined their friend group. The four boys would often gather at Mike's house to play Dungeons & Dragons; this hobby was developed as early as 1979. They had a great relationship with their science teacher Mr. Clarke, and they were members of the AV Club he ran. They would take part in the annual science fair, winning almost every year.


On the evening of November 6th, 1983, Lucas, Dustin, Mike, and Will played Dungeons & Dragons in Mike's basement. Mike, acting as Dungeon Master, summoned a Demogorgon, which ultimately defeated Will's character, although Will did not reveal this to Mike until afterward. While they looked for a missing die, Karen insisted it was time for his friends to leave; shortly after this, Dustin, Lucas, and Will cycled home.

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The boys try out the Heathkit

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The boys search for Will

The next day, Will did not show up to school, which perplexed Mike, Lucas, and Dustin. As they played with Mr Clarke's newly delivered Heathkit, they were summoned by Principal Coleman to talk with Chief Hopper who confirmed to the boys that Will was missing. He asked the boys about Will's way home the previous night, and they told him Will had took the road where Cornwallis and Kerley met. The boys casually referred to this road and the surrounding forestry as Mirkwood.

The boys investigated their friend's disappearance that evening, searching through Mirkwood as heavy rain fell; This is where they accidentally encountered an escaped Eleven. The boys brought Eleven to Mike's basement where Mike provided her clean clothes. After some argument among themselves, the boys allowed her to stay in Mike's basement. Mike made a pillow fort for Eleven to sleep in and nicknamed her "El".

Mike skipped school the next day to accommodate El, providing her breakfast as well as showing her his house. El recognized Will from a photograph and suggested to
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Mike accommodates Eleven to his house

Mike that bad people were looking for her. After school, Dustin and Lucas came to Mike's house; They discussed Eleven and what could have happened to Will. Lucas said that they should tell Karen about Eleven, but El used her telekinesis to prevent him from opening the door to leave. Later that evening, El attempted to explain Will's situation; she flipped their Dungeons & Dragons board upside down and then placed Will's player piece on top followed by the Demogorgon piece. This gave Mike, Lucas, and Dustin a vital clue as they continued to theorize about what happened to Will.
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The kids witness something being dragged out of the water

Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and El commenced "Operation Mirkwood" where El led them through the woods to find evidence relating to Will.

They eventually arrived outside the Byers house, where El said Will was hiding. This statement confused the three boys because, logically, Will could not be there. After seeing police cars race by, they followed in pursuit on their bikes. They saw what appeared to be Will's corpse being dragged out of the local quarry; this lead the boys to feel distraught and angry with Eleven, who they believed was lying.
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The kids bike to school, passing through downtown Hawkins

Back at his house, Mike grieved the loss of his friend. However, El tampered with his radio to project the sound of Will quietly singing, proving Mike that he was still alive. The next day, Mike showed this to Dustin and Lucas, who wondered if Will had become a ghost. After further discussion the boys decided to bring El to their school so she could use the Heathkit to communicate with Will, which was much more powerful than the boy's portable radios.

After dressing Eleven in a pink dress and blonde wig to help her blend in, the boys brought her to Hawkins Middle School. Mr. Clarke told the group that they had to attend an assembly for Will's death before they could use the radio. During the assembly, the bully Troy made crude jokes about Will, which angered Mike and lead him to confront him after the assembly. Troy attempted to hit Mike, but Eleven froze him in place and made him urinate on himself using biokinesis, much to the amusement of the boys and their classmates. They continued to the Heathkit. With El tapping into the device, they overheard Will talking to his mother through a temporary portal to the Upside Down; however, the radio overheated and caught on fire before anything else could be heard. After returning to Mike's basement, the boys theorized that Will was stuck in the Vale of Shadows, a "dark echo" dimension of death and decay, which El labeled the Upside Down.

At Will's funeral, the boys discussed the possibility of alternate dimensions with Mr. Clarke. He described scientific ideas and concepts, utilizing the metaphor of the flea and the acrobat. He mentioned that a gate between dimensions would have adverse affects on the electromagnetic field in their dimension. Later that day, Dustin experimented with a compass, noticing that the needle did not point towards true north, and the boys guessed that there must be a gate nearby influencing the electromagnetic field, like Mr. Clarke had said.

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The kids search for the Gate

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Dustin, Troy and James watch in wonder as Mike is levitated to safety

The group followed their compasses believing if they went "North" they would be lead to the Gate. However, Eleven was manipulating the compasses for the boys' safety because she considered it too dangerous to enter the Upside Down. When the boys realized that El had been doing this, they argued about her; Mike was more sympathetic and trusted her, while Lucas was critical of her manipulation. The two boys ended up fighting; Eleven used her powers to push Lucas off Mike and into the air, injuring him. This angered Mike and left El upset; she vanished from the scene. A rift grew between Lucas and the two other boys as they continued to argue about Eleven. Mike and Dustin went in search of El, while Lucas attempted to once again find the Gate.

While Mike and Dustin continued searching for El, they were ambushed by a revenge-seeking Troy and his friend James, who both brandished knives. They were chased to the cliff-side overlooking the quarry. Troy threatened Mike by telling him he would cut out Dustin's teeth unless Mike jumped from the cliff.

Finding no other alternative, Mike decided to jump. But as he did, Eleven returned and intervened. Using her telekinesis, she levitated Mike back to the cliff-side before injuring the bullies who then fled in terror. As El fell to the ground due to over-exertion, Mike reached her and asked if she was okay. El acknowledged, claiming she was the monster for having opened the Gate. But Mike comforted her, saying she wasn't the monster because she saved him. Mike, Eleven and Dustin then reconciled sharing an embrace together before returning to Mike's house.

The three had to leave Mike's house quickly when Lucas informed them over radio that the 'bad men' where coming. They reunited with Lucas as they cycled away. However, as the agents were closing in on them, Eleven used her powers to throw a van, letting the group escape and evading Dr. Martin Brenner and the agents of the Hawkins National Laboratory. The group hid from agents in an abandoned bus in the Junkyard. Chief Hopper found them, taking them to the Byers household to meet with Joyce, Jonathan Byers, and Nancy. Together they broke into the middle school and created a makeshift sensory deprivation tank for El to use to enhance her psychic abilities. They learned that Will was alive but barely surviving in the Upside Down.

While Hopper and Joyce infiltrated the laboratory and Nancy and Jonathan set a trap for the Demogorgon, the four
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Mike reveals his feelings for Eleven.

remained at the school. Mike talked to El about their future life together. He invited El to be his date to the Snow Ball school dance. When he explained the Snow Ball, El didn't understand that people go with "someone that you like". In order to help her understand, Mike kissed her, revealing his feelings for her, and El accepted his invitation.
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The kids running from agents

As part of an agreement with Dr. Brenner to gain passage through the Gate, Hopper revealed El and the boys' location to laboratory officials. Agents broke into the school, capturing El and the boys. Eleven killed most of the agents using biokinesis to crush their brains; however, this drained her of energy and strength and caused her to collapse. Without her protection, they were recaptured, but the Demogorgon, attracted by pools of blood spilling from dead bodies, burst through the school wall via a temporary portal. The surviving agents were distracted and were forced

Mike cries bitterly as Eleven vanishes.

to release El and the boys.

The four took Eleven and ran in panic to Mr Clarke's classroom, where Mike tried to comfort her by promising that he would go to the Snow Ball with her. The Demogorgon broke in and attempted to kill them. El intervened using telekinesis to pin the Demogorgon against a wall while also immobilizing Mike to prevent his intervention. El looked back at her friends and told Mike goodbye before turning to face the Demogorgon. She used the last of her remaining power to disintegrate the Demogorgon, disappearing to the Upside Down in the process. Mike was left in tears as the boys frantically looked for her in the classroom.

When Eleven awoke, she stumbled along the hallways of the Middle School to find Mike. Eventually, she found a portal to the real world. Once she was back in the real world, Eleven found her way to the Wheeler residence. She saw Mike being interrogated by the police through a window, catching his attention and making the officers suspect she was nearby. Eleven was forced to remain and hide in the woods.
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The boys visit Will in hospital

Mike, Dustin, and Lucas were the first visitors aside from Jonathan and Joyce to see Will in the hospital. They caught up with Will, telling him about all the events which transpired in his absence.

One month later on Christmas Eve, the four boys once again played Dungeons & Dragons. Mike summoned the Thessalhydra, but this time his friends' characters triumphed over the enemy. As Will was picked up by his brother Jonathan and Lucas and Dustin play-fought, Mike missed Eleven and looked back longingly at her old pillow fort, which he had kept in perfect condition in her memory.


On the evening of October 29, 1984, Mike was sitting in Eleven's blanket fort when Dustin contacted him asking how much money he had for the arcade. After stealing money from Nancy's piggy bank, he, along with Lucas and Dustin, went to the Palace, with Will joining them soon after. When Dustin lost a game of Dragon's Lair, Lucas gloated about still having the top score. Dustin countered that he still had the top score in Centipede and Dig Dug, but Keith, an arcade employee, informed him that was no longer the case. Checking the scores, the boys discovered that an unknown person using the alias “MADMAX” had beaten Dustin's scores on both. Keith stated he would tell them the identity of MADMAX in exchange for a date with Nancy, though Mike refused these conditions. As they were arguing, Will began having an episode, being in an abandoned version of the arcade in the Upside Down. Mike noticed, and was able to snap Will out of it by calling his name. He then led Will back inside.


Mike tries to communicate with Eleven for the 352nd day.

In Mr. Clarke's class the next morning, the boys witnessed a new student, named Max, arrive. Because of her name's similarity to the alias used at the arcade, they suspected she was MADMAX. As they were spying on her, they noticed her drop something in a trashcan. After retrieving the note, they discovered it had “Quit spying on me creeps” written on it, indicating she knew they were watching her. Will was called out as Joyce had come to take him for checkup, which prompted Mike, Dustin and Lucas to speculate about his health. That night, Mike tried contacting Eleven from the pillow fort for the 352nd day in a row since her disappearance. As he was about to give up, he heard what he believed to be Eleven, however, the voice faded as Dustin began talking. He told Mike that their assumption of Max being MADMAX was correct, but Mike, who was disappointed upon realizing it wasn't Eleven calling him, disregarded the information and turned the Supercom off.

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Will explains Mike about his episode.

The next day, the boys went to school dressed in their Ghostbusters costumes, only to discover that no one else had dressed up for Halloween. That night, as the boys were trick-or-treating, Max jumped out and scared them with her Michael Myers costume. She then joined them in their trick-or-treating. Mike wasn't happy about this, and reluctantly walked ahead, leaving Will behind as he began having another episode. Mike eventually found him, again snapping him out of the episode and taking him back to his house.

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Eleven visits Mike in the Void, but he is unaware of her presence.

Back in the Wheelers' basement, Will told Mike about his vision, detailing how he saw a huge shadow-like creature in the sky. Mike promised that he won't tell it to anyone about Will's vision. Later, Mike tried contacting Eleven again for the 353rd day, revealing that he wished she was there. Eleven, who was simultaneously visiting him in her mental void, was about to make contact. But before she could do so, Mike, unaware of her presence, left.

Dustin brought a strange creature, which he had named D'Artagnan, to school the following day, showing it to Mike, Lucas, Will, and Max. He explained he had found it in his trashcan and that he believed the creature to be some sort of pollywog. When Dustin concluded that he had discovered a new species, Lucas suggested that he show the creature to Mr. Clarke. However, after noticing it resembled a slug he had thrown up the year before, Will realized Dart originated from the Upside Down and informed Mike.


Mike prepared to attack Dart.

Before Dustin could show Mr. Clarke, Mike took Dart and urged everyone to meet again in the AV club room, excluding Max. When Dart started to emit a screeching sound, the boys tried to open the proton pack, but Dart broke free and they witnessed it growing a pair of hind legs. Mike then tried to attack Dart, which caused it to flee and run loose throughout the school.

As Mike was looking for the creature, he encountered Max in the boys' locker room. She followed him to the gym, where she tried to convince him to let her join the party as their “zoomer” by performing some skateboard tricks. While this was happening, Eleven, who was at the school in order to see Mike, witnessed them together. Jealous, she used her powers to pull Max's skateboard out from under her, causing her to fall. As Mike helped her up, Max explained that it felt like a magnet had pulled her board. Suspecting Eleven to be the cause, he quickly ran through the gym's doors, however, Eleven was gone.

Will eventually found Dart in a bathroom; it screeched, causing Will to run away. Soon after, Dustin arrived to retrieve Dart. When the others arrived, Dustin hid Dart under his hat and lied saying he had not seen it or Will. Mike found Will out in the field as he was having another episode. However, this time he did not snap out of the vision, even as Joyce tried to pull him out of it. While everyone watched on helplessly, Will was being overwhelmed by the shadow monster. After the creature had finished its attack, Will finally woke up.

The following morning, Lucas, Mike, and Max – who had no knowledge of the creature's location -- searched for Dart in a dumpster behind the school. Later, Mike grew worried upon noticing Will's absence and tried calling the Byers' residence in order to check up on him, but received no response. He then told everyone, sans Max, to meet in the AV room. There, he explained to Dustin and Lucas that, on Halloween night, Will had a vision of a shadow-like creature. He then decided that he would go to Will's house to acquire more knowledge while Dustin and Lucas would look for Dart, since catching him could provide a vital clue on what was going on with Will.

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Mike tries to calm Will.

After school, Mike went to the Byers' house to check on Will where Joyce initially didn't allow him inside. When Mike mentioned the shadow monster, however, she let him in. Will explained his connection with the shadow monster, saying he was able to see what the monster saw. Mike tried to make the best of the situation, saying that it was a good thing because Will's connection to the shadow monster could lead to them figuring out how to stop him. He also assured Will that they wouldn't let the monster spy back on him.

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Mike & Will surprised to see the agents.

Mike was awoken the next morning by Will, who had witnessed Hopper trapped beneath Hawkins through his connection with the shadow monster. While they were able to figure out where Hopper was in Will's drawings, they did not know the actual location. Just then, Bob arrived, and because of his talent in solving puzzles, Joyce enlisted his help. Bob realized that the drawings were a map of Hawkins, and was able to pinpoint Hopper's location. Arriving at the location, Joyce and Bob descended into the tunnels while Mike and Will waited above ground, who witnessed the agents arriving. Eventually, Hopper was found entangled in a mass of vines. After freeing him, soldiers from the lab arrived and urged them to leave shortly before burning the tunnels. Suddenly, Will collapsed and as Mike tried to ask him what was wrong, Will began convulsing on the ground.

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Will was asked by Dr. Owens if he recognized Mike

Mike went along with Joyce, Bob, and Hopper to Hawkins Lab, where Will was quickly treated. When Will awoke, he could not remember Dr. Owens, Bob, or Hopper, and was barely able to remember Mike. In a test involving a severed vine from the Upside Down, Owens asked if Will could feel anything as another scientist used a blowtorch to burn the vine. Through this, they determined that Will had some sort of “virus” that connected him to all other infected hosts in a hive intelligence.

Back in the infirmary, Will informed Mike of a way they could possibly stop the shadow monster. Using images that the lab personnel had taken of the map, Will directed the scientists to an area, stating “he doesn't want me to see there.”

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Trapped by the Demodogs in Hawkins Lab, Mike, Hopper, Joyce & Owens witness Bob restoring the power system

As soldiers traversed the tunnels, Will revealed that the shadow monster made him deceive the soldiers. Realizing it was a trap, Mike tried to warn the scientists, but it was too late; the soldiers were ambushed and killed by a pack of Demodogs. Shortly after, Demodogs began invading the lab. To prevent the shadow monster from knowing their location, Mike urged them to sedate Will.

Once Will was unconscious, the group took refuge in a surveillance room, where they witnessed the lab being
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Hopper, carrying Will, guides the Mike and Joyce out of the lab.

overrun by Demodogs before the power went out. To restore the power and allow them a way out, Bob volunteered to go down to the basement and reset the breakers. Once the power was restored and the doors unlocked, Mike, Joyce, Hopper, and Will made it to safety while Owens stayed behind to guide Bob. Just when it seemed Bob was safe, he was tackled and killed by several Demodogs. Outside, the group met up with Nancy, Jonathan, Steve, Dustin, Lucas, and Max. Together, they escaped the lab.

At the Byers' house, Mike was unwilling to just sit and wait for help, and started speculating with Lucas, Dustin, and Max about the shadow monster's weakness. When they realized that the shadow monster controlled everything in a hive mind, they compared it to the Mind Flayer, a monster from Dungeons & Dragons that similarly controls the minds of its victims. They also speculated that, if they killed the Mind Flayer, they would kill everything it controlled.

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Mike and the others plan to interrogate Will.

Mike then proposed that, in order to discover the Mind Flayer's weakness, they'd have to take Will someplace he couldn't recognize and try to get through to him. After making the backyard shed unrecognizable, they attempted to interrogate Will. While the Mind Flayer had taken over a majority of Will's mind and body, a part of Will managed to subconsciously signal to them in Morse code. Deciphering his message, they discovered the way to stop the Mind Flayer; closing the Gate. Soon after, the phone in the Byers' kitchen rang, giving away their location.


Mike finally reunites with Eleven

As the house was being surrounded by a pack of Demodogs, the group armed themselves. Before the pack could attack, however to everyone's surprise, Eleven arrived and eradicated them. Mike became surprised and relieved to see her alive and the
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Eleven promises Mike that he will not lose her again.

two embraced each other. After an emotional reunion with Eleven, Mike discovered that Hopper had been hiding her the whole time and angrily blamed him; though they quickly reconciled.

When Eleven assured that she could close the Mind Flayer's Gate, Mike pointed out that it might also kill Will. So, together, the group came up with a plan: Joyce, Jonathan, and Nancy would exorcise the Mind Flayer from Will's body while Eleven and Hopper would go to the lab and close the Gate. Before leaving, Eleven promised Mike that he will not lose her again.

While waiting at the house, Mike, who was concerned about Eleven, planned with Lucas, Dustin, and Max and decided they'd distract the Demodogs by burning the tunnels so Eleven and Hopper could safely reach the Gate. Before they could begin their plan, Billy arrived looking for Max. Steve tried to intervene, but the two ended up in a fist fight. With one of the syringes used to sedate Will, Max was able to puncture Billy's neck, making him lose consciousness. Using Billy's car, Max drove the group to the pumpkin patch where the entrance to the tunnels was located. Making their way to the hub, they doused the entire area in gasoline and set it ablaze.

On their way out of the tunnels, Mike was caught up by the vines. As Steve helped him out, the group encountered Dart. Recognizing Dustin, Dart did not attack and was easily distracted by Dustin giving it another Three Musketeers bar, allowing the group to escape. Since the tunnels were blazed, the group hurried to escape, but Steve and Dustin fell behind. Surprisingly, instead of attacking them, the Demodogs were relocating somewhere else. Mike and the others presumed that they were going for Eleven. As the group reached out of the tunnels, they witnessed the lights glowing brightly, indicating that Eleven managed to close the Gate.


Mike and Eleven dance together at the Snow Ball.

On December 15, Mike attended the Snow Ball with his friends for the first time and waited for Eleven who arrived shortly after. When Mike and Eleven reunited again, Mike stated Eleven that she looked beautiful and asked if she wanted to dance. Eleven agreed, and they danced together and shared a kiss.

Personality and Traits

Mike is shown to be an optimist, morally compassionate and highly committed to his friends, usually going to great lengths to help them. His D&D role as Dungeon Master suggests that he, like Will, is a creative thinker. Out of the four boys, he is the most emotionally open and willing to accept fantastical explanations behind complex situations. After Will disappeared, he quickly drew a parallel to Will’s defeat at the hands of the Demogorgon. After witnessing Eleven's psychic powers, Mike became faithful to the idea that she could help find Will. While his friends were initially skeptical about Eleven, Mike wholeheartedly trusted her to guide them and even developed a close relationship with her. Mike's slightly unorthodox approach led him to connect some of the dots explaining the mysterious Upside Down.

Mike's sheer resolve to helping his friends was so much that at one point, he jumped off the cliff to protect Dustin, before Eleven came to rescue him. Additionally, Mike displayed strong morale and courage when he confronted Troy about his joke of Will's presumed death, showing just how much he cares for his friends. Even after Will was saved, Mike perceived that Will was struggling due to his connection with the Upside Down and tried to help him. Mike was also the only one out of his friends to stay with Will in the lab when he was suffering from memory loss and was manipulated by the Mind Flayer to kill them, proving that he was always ready to put himself in harm's way to protect his friends.

Moreover, when Eleven disintegrated the Demogorgon and vanished away, Mike was severely traumatized by her disappearance and struggled. Yet he still believed that she was alive and continued to try contacting her for 353 consecutive days, until his determination was rewarded when he finally reunites with Eleven after almost a year. His undying love and concern for her was also explicit when he endeavored to convince the group to distract the Demodogs from Eleven, defying Steve's orders, as well as keeping his promise to her by attending the Snow Ball.


Mike and Nancy were hinted to have been closer when they were younger; Nancy would dress up for some of Mike's early D&D campaigns. However, the two drifted apart, likely due to the large age gap between them and the fact that they attended different schools. Nancy was often dismissive of her brother, calling him "gross" and a "douchebag", and in turn Mike was dismissive of her relationship with Steve Harrington​. However, when Mike briefly went missing, Nancy was genuinely worried about him. After he was found, he and his sister agreed to stop lying to each other and to always tell the truth. However, this was short-lived, as both siblings immediately started lying to each other again.

Mike had a healthy but somewhat strained relationship with his mother. He knew that Karen was always there to comfort and protect him. However, he disobeyed her orders to not go looking for Will and frequently lied to her. He also did not trust her to handle the situation surrounding Eleven. Karen appeared frustrated that both Mike and Nancy seemed unwilling to be honest and open with her. After being unable to accept Eleven's presumed disappearance, Mike started behaving peculiarly which caused Karen, unbeknownst to it, to compel him to pack a major portion of his toys, frustrating Mike even more.

Mike and Ted did not appear to have the strongest relationship. Ted was often at work and so had less time to spend with his son. Ted's tactless nature could sometimes annoy his family, Mike included.

Mike and Eleven developed a special relationship in the six days they knew each other. He allowed her to stay at his house, provided meals for her everyday and also built a pillow fort for her in his basement. Mike was the first of his friends to develop trust for El, even falling in love with her. Eleven, in turn, was clearly at her most relaxed while alone in the company of Mike. Unlike Dustin and Lucas, Mike understood right away that, despite her powers and strange appearance, she was ultimately just another kid. His respect for her deepened when she aided and defended him and his friends in the search for Will.

While in the cafeteria, Mike invites Eleven to be his date to the Snow Ball, an offer which she happily accepted. He then explains to Eleven that he liked her more than friends and kisses her to explain his love for her. Eleven then sacrifices herself to the Demogorgon leaving Mike and his friends in safety. Watching her apparent death devastates Mike as he mourns her loss. However, he never gave up hope for her, calling for her on his Supercom for 353 days in a row as well as keeping the pillow fort in perfect condition in regards to her memory, unaware that she was actually alive and was attempting to communicate back. When they finally reunited after nearly a year, they shared a long awaited hug just to be separated again. Mike tells Eleven that he “can’t lose her” and she promises he will not. Eleven leans in to kiss Mike but is interrupted by Hopper calling her name. Concerned about her, Mike convinces the group and goes with them to burn the tunnels to distract the Demodogs from Eleven. With their help, Eleven manages to close the Gate. Afterwards, on the night of the annual Snow Ball' 84, Eleven shows up at the Snow Ball, keeping her promise to Mike. Mike and Eleven then shared their second known kiss as they danced to the song “Every Breath You Take”.

Mike and Lucas lived next door to each other for most of their childhoods and quickly became best friends. However, this friendship was tested following the disappearance of Will and the arrival of Eleven. Mike was sympathetic towards Eleven and believed she could help find Will while Lucas suspected that she was manipulating them in order to gain food and a bed. Mike and Lucas began to occasionally argue about Will and Eleven due to their differing opinions. This even broke out into a full-fledged fight, though Eleven brought the scuffle to an abrupt end. Mike and Lucas were on bad terms for a time, each refusing to apologize to the other. Dustin suspected that Lucas was jealous that Mike's attention was primarily going towards Eleven. However, after Lucas realized that Eleven had good intentions and saved them from the agents of Hawkins Lab, he apologized and made up with both her and Mike.

Mike met Dustin in the fourth grade, long after meeting Lucas and Will. Despite this, Mike very much considered Dustin to be his best friend too. Dustin was level-headed with Mike, being supportive of him and Eleven while also willing to call him out on any questionable behavior.

Mike and Will met each other on their first day of kindergarten. Mike approached Will while he was on a swing set and asked to be his friend, which Will agreed to. When Will vanished, Mike and his friends quickly decided to search for him. Mike became very upset during the brief period he believed Will was dead, morosely looking back through an old collection of his friend's illustrations. However, after Eleven proved Will was still alive, Mike became more determined than ever to find him. Upon being eventually reunited with Will, Mike was overjoyed to have his best friend home safe. A year later, when Will was having visions and was overwhelmed by the Mind Flayer, Mike became even more committed to helping him, trying his best to comfort him and was the only one among his best friends to remain with him at his side at Hawkins Lab when he suffered from memory loss.

Mike and his friends had a great relationship with their school science teacher, Mr. Clarke. He was more than willing to help the boys further their interest in science, even purchasing a ham radio for them.

Mike had a great deal of respect for Bob, given his significant contribution to the funding and raising of Hawkins Middle AV Club from the grounds up, along with his close friendship with Will. After Bob's heroism saved their lives, Mike grew inspired by his efforts and urged the group to find a way to avenge him by defeating the shadow monster, reminding that they couldn't let him die in vain.


Season One appearances
The Vanishing of Will Byers The Weirdo on Maple Street Holly, Jolly The Body
The Flea and the Acrobat The Monster The Bathtub The Upside Down
Season Two appearances
MADMAX Trick or Treat Freak The Pollywog
Will the Wise Dig Dug The Spy
The Lost Sister The Mind Flayer The Gate

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Memorable Quotes


  • "What was your test on again? Human anatomy?"
  • "It's a trap!"
  • "You want her? You have to kill us first!"

Mike to Dustin, Lucas & Will:

  • "Something is coming... something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here..."

Mike to his mother:

  • "If anyone asks where I am, I've left the country."

Mike to Lucas:

  • "We're no use to Will if we're dead."

Mike to Max:

  • "I'm our paladin, Will's our cleric, Dustin's our bard, Lucas is our ranger, and El is our mage."

Mike to Hopper:

  • "You're just a stupid lying piece of shit!"

Mike to Steve:

  • "First of all, this isn't some stupid sports game. And second of all, we are not even in the game. We're on the bench."

Mike to Eleven:

  • "Maybe we can call you El, short for Eleven."
  • "Friends don't lie."
  • "No, El, you're not the monster. You saved me, do you understand? You saved me."
  • "I was thinking, maybe we can go to the Snow Ball together."
  • "It's day 353. I had a bad day. I don't know, I guess I wish you were here. We all do. If you're out there, just please, give me a sign....Eleven?"

Mike & Eleven:

During Mike and Eleven's reunion-

  • Mike: "I never gave up on you. I called you every night. Every night! for-"
  • Eleven: "Three hundred and fifty three days.....I heard."

Mike & Will:

Following a discussion about Will's vision-

  • Mike: "Well, if we're both going crazy, then we'll go crazy together, right?"
  • Will: "Yeah, Crazy Together."


  • When playing Dungeons & Dragons, Mike usually plays as the Dungeon Master.[1] However, his DMPC is a Paladin.
  • The clothes he gave Eleven to change into the first night she stayed with him were the same clothes he was wearing the day before.
  • The blonde wig that Eleven wore was given a backstory; it originally belonged to Mike's grandmother, who passed away due to cancer.[2]
  • In the original pilot script, he had a crush on Jennifer Hayes.
  • He has a poster of The Dark Crystal on his bedroom wall. Additionally, he has a poster of The Thing on the wall in the basement.
  • Mike is the first character to refer to the show's alternate dimension as "the Upside Down".
  • His first name is a reference to Michael "Mikey" Walsh from the 1985 film The Goonies, who his character was originally based on.[3]
  • Mike possesses toys from the Star Wars film series: a Yoda figure and a model of the Millennium Falcon.
  • Mike Wheeler and Jim Hopper are the only characters to appear in all episodes of season 1 and season 2.
  • In early development, Mike was referred to as Elliot.[4]
  • At the Hawkins Middle school in the Season 1 finale, Mike asked Eleven if they could go to the Snow Ball dance together. In the Season 2 finale, they got their chance to dance together, at the same place.


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  1. "Behind The Scenes Of Stranger Things - Lully Of Truth 293"
  2. Confessions From The Set Of Stranger Things Season 2Refinery29. December 14, 2016.
  3. "Interview: The Duffer Brothers & Shawn Levy of "Stranger Things"" Cut Print Film. August 3, 2016.
  4. "'STRANGER THINGS' Duffer Brothers Have Proof THEY DIDN'T STEAL THE SHOW!!!"TMZ. April 6, 2018