Mike Wheeler has polarised viewers of Stranger Things from the show’s beginning. The character of Finn Wolfhard and his connection with El and the rest of our Hawkins favorites are beloved by many people. But not everyone likes him as much because of his current dynamic with Will. When it comes to Will and Mike’s friendship, Mike has remained mostly oblivious about Will’s sexuality in recent seasons.
While there are a lot of haters, Mike Wheeler has some supporters too. And they have a lot to say in his support.
Mike’s side of the story
Mike is finding it difficult to express his emotions in season 4. Eventually, Eleven confronts him about their relationship and the lack of love confessions he gives her. Many fans claim that Mike’s issue is that he takes it extremely seriously and works hard to be a better boyfriend, putting all of his attention on Eleven and their relationship.
While everyone is okay with Mike falling in love with Eleven, it is not well received because he frequently ignores and sidelines his friends, especially Will. And yet, this is not completely his fault. He is struggling with a long-distance relationship already, and then suddenly, El goes missing.
Many Will Byers fans were prepared to shatter their TVs when Mike began talking about how his life began the day he met El in the woods. Since Will vanished on that day, Mike may not have been able to say anything less sane in front of his buddy.
Mike has a fanbase in support
Fans appear to be mourning Mike from the first two seasons. He watched out for Will while he was being plagued by the Upside Down. He stayed by his side in the hospital until his friend woke up. Fans contend that Mike was able to successfully reconcile his loyalty to his friends with his affections for El.
“you say mike wheeler is a bad character if your ship doesn’t become canon” no it’s because we’ve gotten no explanation for his treatment towards any of his friends (dustin, lucas, will) from s3 & s4 beyond him being a “teenage boy in love”. he’s been sidelined so much. catch up
— jules ⭐️ (@headovrhls) July 28, 2022
i love will byers and mike wheeler, but in opposite ways. i want nothing more for will than for him to be happy, i want to see him smile. but i want to see mike on the floor shaking sobbing
— ven/vinnie 🔥🍓 (@sentientsilence) July 28, 2022
Mike Wheeler in between S3 and S4 pic.twitter.com/ZwtVbInICH
— Mags | ST S5 in late 2023 believer (@OwlQueen1010) July 30, 2022
we love and miss you every single day, mike wheeler from season one pic.twitter.com/QiRnFaILfB
— ً (@bestofwheeler) July 29, 2022
Yea he was the best. Sad that they changed his character
— Abby 🍰 (@Dumythicpegasus) July 29, 2022
Season 2 Mike will be missed. Anyways ever notice Will calling for Mike on his way to the Hospital after the burn? 😊
— ObsivX (@obsiv_x) July 29, 2022
Yo Mile Wheeler season 2 as well pic.twitter.com/0fY0PnteCv
— Elliott (@daby_fin) July 30, 2022
“See how you’re leading us here? You’re guiding the whole party. Inspiring us. That’s what you do.”
(someone tell the Duffers to give Mike Wheeler some of his pre-boyfriend insecurities personality back because…this little wheeler deserved that compliment. 😭 LOOK AT HIM) pic.twitter.com/p8RARIupSX
— Jo(anna) (@joannimal) July 23, 2022
Naturally, Mike’s supporters instantly sprang to his defense in response to the flood of criticism.
I am once again thinking about the emotional journey Mike Wheeler went on as he was told (for the first time) that he 1) is a good leader who unifies people, 2) inspires others & encourages them fight their own battles, and 3) is both necessary & wanted by the people in his life pic.twitter.com/flvcyQsUlC
— Jo(anna) (@joannimal) July 29, 2022
maturing is realizing mike wheeler was never a bad guy
— ً (@mikepropagand) July 29, 2022
“Mike wheeler needs to be protective”
Literally he’s protective to el all the time pic.twitter.com/gxSncxLhkg
— 1# Mike wheeler defender (@mike_wheeler47) July 30, 2022
you could never make me hate this dork, like that is my son. that is my child. i will protect him with my life. mike wheeler has never done a single thing wrong, ever. pic.twitter.com/m0f44ghtHm
— 𝐉𝐨 • 𝒔𝒚𝒏𝒄𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚 (@dcbicki) July 24, 2022
I WOULD GO TO WAR FOR MIKE WHEELER
— ruby (@luvermunson) July 30, 2022
Well, fans are clearly divided about their feelings towards Mike. What about you? Share your thoughts with us. Meanwhile, watch Stranger Things season 4 only on Netflix.