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Mike and Eleven meet at the beginning of the series. When Mike, Luke, and Dustin sneak out to the woods to search for their missing friend Will Byers. Mike shows an immediate attraction to Eleven, which Eleven eventually reciprocates. The two become an official couple at the end of season 1 and continue their relationship into season 2.
- In 2017 Eleven/Mike Wheeler was the most popular Stranger Things ship on Tumblr, with 55% fan engagement
- In 2018 Eleven/Mike Wheeler is the number one Stranger Things pairing on Archive of Our Own, having over 1800 fics about their relationship.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Fluff: Mike and Eleven sharing tender, middle school appropriate affection towards one another.
- Aged Up: Eleven and Mike are written as high schoolers or adults and explore their relationship at an older age.
- Post-Canon: Focusing on what happens to their relationship after the events of each season.