Mikey Way

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Name: Michael James Way
Also Known As: Mikey Way; Mikeyway
Occupation: Musician (bassist My Chemical Romance)
Medium: Music
Works: My Chemical Romance Discography
Official Website(s): Twitter account
Fan Website(s):
On Fanlore: Related pages

Mikey Way is best known as the bassist of American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance, one of the core three bands constituting the Bandom canon. He is the brother of Gerard Way.

See Wikipedia for more detail.


As of Sept 12, 2014, there are 3639 works tagged 'Mikey Way' on AO3.[1] Ships in order of popularity, according to AO3 pairing tag use:

Various OT3 pairings such as Pete/Mikey/Alicia and Frank/Mikey/Gerard, and MCR GSF also exist.

Depiction in Fanon

Mental health issues

Mikey has talked in interviews and on social media about his struggles with substance abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts and being eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[9] It follows that a number of fanworks mention or even center on his struggles. See for example stories set at the Paramour.

Facial expression

From early days fans noted that Mikey never seemed to smile in photographs. As a result, Mikey is often depicted in fanfic as being very self-contained to the point where he never makes any observable facial expression and other characters have trouble determining his mood.

In This Never Happened by Bexless, a not!fic, this fanon has been translated into one particular emoticon:

Mikey is going :||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| because he totally TOLD GERARD FRANK WAS COMING, and now what if Frank is some kind of douchebag who gives Gerard shit and then Mikey won’t be able to be his BFF anymore, this is EXACTLY THE KIND OF SHIT GERARD ALWAYS PULLS, WHY COULDN’T HE BE WEARING AN ENTIRE SET OF CLOTHES IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASKKKKKKKK.

In the podfic of the fic, klb translated this emoticon into a long, low-volume unhappy guttural sound that a very undemonstrative person might make with their mouth closed.

Mikey and technology

In a 2004 interview the band was asked who was most likely to stick a fork in the toaster, and everyone answered Mikey. Gerard also mentioned Mikey taking a heater into the shower.[10] This interview is probably responsible for all the fanart on Deviantart of Mikey with toasters and forks[11], plus the frequent mention in fanfic that Mikey has an odd relationship with technology. From Heart Wrapped in Clover by Sena:

Mikey sticks his head into Frank's room. "I think our apartment's broken."

Frank props himself up on his elbows. He's pretty sure that their TV had still been in the living room, and he can still see his Dell desktop out of the corner of his eye. "What did they take?" he asks.

"Not broken into," says Mikey. "Just broken. It won't go."

Frank sighs wearily and sits up. Mikey's relationship with the things in their apartment is strange. Whenever there's a problem, he just says that things are broken and Frank actually has to play twenty questions to find out what the specific problem is. It's easier just to get up and let Mikey show him.

Mikey and unicorns

Due to a number of unicorn references, (he used to wear a unicorn pin, once made a unicorn-related joke, was pictured with a toy resembling a rainbow-maned unicorn etc) there is a lot of fanart of Mikey with unicorns and fanfic in which he liked unicorns.[12]

For example: In the Unholyverse:

"Not much." Gerard pulled his unicorn notebook – actually, it was Mikey's unicorn notebook, but he knew by now he was never getting it back – out of his pocket and flipped through.[13]

In Nightswimming:

Then he feels kind of petty and also ridiculous for getting all wound up over a custom My Little Pony that no one but Mikeyway could love. And also really amused because it really is something only Mikey could love and he will love it.

"He'll fucking shit himself, man," he says, and Gerard nods gravely and turns the pony around to show Frank the stumpy little horn on its forehead.

"The unicorn ones are actually kind of hard to find," he says. "Or, like, always out of stock. People collect these things like they're action figures, man. I had to overpay like hell on eBay for this one. I think it's vintage from like... whenever. It was almost sad to paint on it. You know, defacing a mint condition vintage figure."

"Anything for Mikey," Frank says.

"Yeah," Gerard says softly and puts the pony back in the drawer.[14]

In Ten Rules For Looking After Mikey Way by turps33:

(6) Unicorns are real – Do not attempt to convince Mikeyway otherwise.

“Look.” Mikey points at the screen of his laptop. “I’ve just bought that pin.”

Frank looks, unsurprised when he sees the unicorn. Curious, he asks, “why?”

Mikey looks up, the light from the screen casting shadows across his face. “Why what?”

“Why unicorns? I can see dragons or demons, but unicorns?”

“Unicorns are awesome; they represent purity but could rip you apart with that horn.” Mikey looks away, types, minimises the page and then says, “And Gerard told me a story about Unie the magical unicorn when I was kid. He keeps people safe.”

Which is so perfectly Mikey, unashamed of what and who he loves that Frank impulsively says, “order me one too.”

The fandom ran with it so much that Mikey and the whole band started actively discouraging/hating the association.[15][16] To no avail: as of September 2015, fans are still posting Mikey/unicorn art on deviantart.[17]

Example Fanworks




  • mikey way by ptitehooligan, digital portrait posted to Deviantart May 16, 2005.
  • Mikey Way by xXThornesXx, digital art of Mikey about to destroy a toaster, posted to Deviantart June 30, 2007.
  • mikeymikeymikey by 021, digital art of three versions of Mikey, each from a different tour. Posted to Deviantart March 4, 2011 (also on tumblr[3])
  • Kobra Kid by ihni, traditional portrait in crayons posted to DeviantArt April 25, 2011.
  • MIKEY by nezumi-zumi, digital art posted to DeviantArt September 9, 2012.
  • So Fluffy! by tigerli-ly, digital art of Revenge-Era Mikey holding the giant stuffed unicorn from Despicable Me, posted to DeviantArt August 7, 2014.
  • Happy Birthday Mikey Fuckin Way![4] by tcustodisart, posted to tumblr September 10, 2015




  1. ^ Mikey Way AO3 tag
  2. ^ AO3 Pete/Mikey tag
  3. ^ Gerard/Mikey AO3 tag
  4. ^ Frank/Mikey AO3 tag
  5. ^ AO3 Ray/Mikey tag
  6. ^ Mikey/Alicia AO3 tag
  7. ^ Bob/Mikey AO3 tag
  8. ^ AO3 Gabe/Mikey tag
  9. ^ See for example his 2008 Kerrang interview, transcribed on Tumblr by mychemquotes
  10. ^ Three Cheers For Warped's Little Darlings! interview transcript at troublebunchmusic.com. reposted to chemicalromance 3 November 2004 by arizonagal: hahah mcr <3.
  11. ^ Mikey Way by xXThornesXx; Mikey: stuckFORKinTOASTER by Chocoreaper; Mikey Way by teabean; Mikey May by rhymeswithway
  12. ^ Mikey Loves Unicorns digital drawing by KwalalaFalconwing, posted to DeviantArt in 2010
  13. ^ Staring Through the Demons, by bexless, published to AO3 2011-07-30
  14. ^ Nightswimming by wax jism, published to AO3 2008-02-2012
  15. ^ My Chemical Romance - Gerard talking about unicorns posted to YouTube by DariinkkT on March 5, 2011: Gerard announcing on stage on 26-02-2011: "You guys know what we do with unicorns, right? [crowd cheers] We cut off their heads, bathe in the blood, and urinate on the body."
  16. ^ June 5 2013 Tweet by @mikeyway: @klljoysnevrdie I hate unicorns
  17. ^ Unicorn And Mikey by Lizlemay. Posted to deviantart September 19, 2015. archived
  18. ^ photos posted to chemicalromance 8 September 2004, with show anecdote. archived. Mary later created a Gerard plushie and gave it to him at the Helena shoot.[1][2]