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You want her? You have to kill us first!
~ Mike in The Upside Down.
I’m just trying to demonstrate how careless Max is with Eleven’s powers, in fact, how careless all of you are. You’re treating her like some kind of machine when she’s not a machine and I don’t want her to die looking for the Flayed when they’ve obviously vanished off of the face of the Earth, so can we please come up with a different plan because I love her and I can’t lose her again!
~ Mike to the Party.

Michael "Mike" Wheeler is one of the protagonists of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

He is the younger brother of Nancy Wheeler, the boyfriend of Eleven, and the best friend of Will Byers, Lucas Sinclair, Dustin Henderson and Max Mayfield. As their leader, he is the most proactive and unfailingly kind member of the Party by far.

He is portrayed by Finn Wolfhard, who also played young Richie Tozier in It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two, and Trevor Spengler in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and also voiced Player in the 2019 Carmen Sandigo series.

Biography

Background

Michael "Mike" Wheeler was born on April 1st, 1971 to Ted and Karen Wheeler, and is the younger brother to Nancy Wheeler and older brother to Holly Wheeler. During his early childhood, Mike was lonely until he befriended Will Byers and Lucas Sinclair, whom started to play Dungeons & Dragons in the Wheeler's basement. In the fourth grade, the trio befriended their new classmate Dustin Henderson, whom they invited into their D&D games. Mike also a close relationship with his older sister since she use to participate in their "campaigns", but she would stop once she got older.

Season One

The day after playing Dungeons & Dragons, Mike, Dustin and Lucas see that Will didn't come to school, and later learn from Jim Hopper that Byers was missing. The trio investigated their friend's disappearance, and traveled to Mirkwood to find him, but discovered a girl named Eleven. Taking her to the Wheeler residence, Mike decided to skip school to take care of Eleven, whom explained that bad people were looking for her. Once Lucas and Dustin arrived, Eleven used her telekinetic powers to prevent Sinclair from leaving, and later flipped their Dungeons & Dragons board to give a clue to Mike about Will's location. Starting "Operation Mirkwood", the group had Eleven locate him and brought them to the Byers residence, much to their confusion.

The group then saw police going to a quarry where they saw Will's "corpse" being dragged out, and Mike accused Eleven of lying to them. However, she gave him his supercom where Will could be heard singing, and realized that Will was somehow still alive despite seeing his "corpse". Mike then informed Dustin and Lucas of the revelation, and they decided to bring Eleven to school to use Mr. Clarke's heathkit so they could communicate with Will.

At a ceremonial for Will, Mike confronted Troy and James for making crude remarks about Byers, which led to Eleven using her powers to make one of them piss on themselves. The group then used the heathkit and overheard Will speak to his mother, but the device caught fire. Returning to Mike's basement, the kids deduced that Will was trapped in another dimension, which Eleven confirmed was the Upside Down.

After Will's funeral, the group spoke to Mr. Clarke on theories of other dimensions, and Scott explained that it's possible that a gate opened would effect electronics. Dustin used his compass and discovered that wasn't pointing north as a result of the gate, and had Eleven take them there. She tricked them as she didn't want to put them in danger, which culminated in Mike defending her and briefly fighting Lucas. After Eleven vanished due to being upset, Mike and Dustin went to search for her while Lucas used the compass to find the location of the gate. Wheeler and Henderson were ambushed by Troy and James, and the latter's threatened to cut Dustin's teeth if he didn't jump off the cliff overlooking the quarry. He did so, but was saved by Eleven, who broke Troy's arm, causing the bullies to run away as the trio reconciled.

Returning to Mike's home, the trio were informed by Lucas that "bad men" were coming, which allowed them to get on their bikes and evade them. Reuniting with Sinclair, whom apologized for his previous actions to Eleven, they hid in the junkyard until they were found by Hopper. Meeting with Joyce, Jonathan and Nancy, the group worked together to break into Hawkins Middle and place Eleven in a tank to locate Will. After finding that Will was barely alive in the Upside Down, Joyce and Hopper left to Hawkins laboratory as Jonathan and Nancy returned to the Byers residence to trap the Demogorgon. At the school, Mike revealed his feelings for Eleven by kissing her, and asking her to attend the snow ball with him. The kids were then pursued by Brenner's agents until Eleven killed several of them, allowing the Demogorgon to arrive through the dead agents' blood.

The kids were forced to fight the creature, but Eleven used her powers to vanquish the creature, but also disappeared in the process. A tearful Mike tried to find Eleven in the classroom to no avail, but was happy to reunite with Will at the Hawkins hospital. Following the incident, Mike started to use his supercom in an attempt to communicate with Eleven, as him and the others were forbidden to see Will after he was released from the hospital. Despite reuniting with Will and his friends during Christmas, Mike still missed Eleven, and kept his pillow fort he made for her.

Season Two

Mike continued in his attempts to communicate with Eleven, but also tried to reclaim normalcy with his friends despite Will having episodes. Byers would admit that he had been seeing thins from the Upside Down to Wheeler on Halloween night, but asked him to not tell anyone else.

Season Three

To be added.

Season Four

To be added.

Abilities

  • High Intellect: He used an example from Mr. Clarke about the outcome of mixing chemicals together to create a new substance to deduce the Flayed were creating something new in themselves by consuming them.
  • Master Strategist: Mike also stated that his experience playing Dungeons & Dragons helped him and his allies survive the events of the show.
  • Leadership: As being the Paladin, Mike has shown to be a reliable leader for many situations in danger when going up against threats either from the military and Upside Down.

Trivia

  • In early development of the series, the character name was "Elliot".

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The Party
Mike Wheeler | Eleven | Will Byers | Dustin Henderson | Lucas Sinclair | Max Mayfield

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Mike Wheeler | Nancy Wheeler

Byers Family
Will Byers | Joyce Byers | Jonathan Byers

Sinclair Family
Lucas Sinclair | Erica Sinclair

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