|“||I'm also kinda glad that he's your dad too 'cause that makes you my sister, and that's pretty cool.||”|
— Mike to Courtney in ""
Mike lived with his single father, Pat Dugan, in California with their dog. They moved around a lot when Mike was younger, but seemingly settled in California after Pat met Barbara Whitmore. When Pat and Barbara married, Mike gained a stepmother and new stepsister, Courtney. The blended family moved from California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. While he wasn't thrilled about the idea of moving to a nowhere town, he quickly adjusted to the small town lifestyle but throwing himself into gaming.
Pat Dugan arrives at the former house of the Whitmore's, his son Mike in the passenger seat and their dog Max in the backseat. Mike voices his disapproval about moving to a rural location that doesn't have several popular California food locations. Pat begs his son to stay positive, only to get a snarky reply that he's positive it'll blow ass. Mike tells his father he thought they were gonna stop moving around when he hooked up with Barbara, a term Pat rejects. Mike tries to pitch other ways of saying hooked up, but Pat ignores his son's snarkiness.
The blended family and their movers arrive at their new house, with Mike being awestruck by the size of his new home. Pat's attention is distracted as the movers begin to handle a mysteriously long trunk, exclaiming its delicate. He tells them he'll handle, and asks his family if they want to get a bite to eat. Mike is enthusiastic about the idea of getting food.
The four walk into the heart of the town, greeted by fellow residents. Mike is confused as to why the townspeople are talking to them, to which Pat explains that they're being nice. Mike initially doesn't like it until a cute girl walks past him, waving hello. He quickly changes his mind on the sentiment. The family stumbles upon Richie's, the diner where Pat and Barbara met two years ago. Mike mocks the story that he's heard a dozen times.
At dinner, Mike enthusiastically talks about his first day of school. He is excited about how quickly he met his new game design friends. He fills his family in on the game they are designing, dodging Pat's question about the violent game being approved. He asks if he can go over to his friend's house and skip dinner. Pat agrees but gives him a curfew that Mike doesn't appreciate. Courtney notices Mike microwaving marshmallows and rejects his offer to have some. As she is leaving the house, Pat can be heard scolding Mike for feeding the marshmallows to Max.
In the morning, the family comes together to eat breakfast together. Mike isn't thrilled about the healthy food and wants PopTarts, but Pat dismisses the idea. Barbara notices Courtney's injuries, and Courtney lies that she fell down the basement stairs. Pat comes to the table and gets asked where he got his injuries at. He comes up with the same excuse and elaborates that he fixed the problem as Courtney distracts Barbara and Mike with food. Mike and Barbara still take note of their weird behavior. Barbara leaves, and Courtney drops the good girl facade and announces she's not hungry. Mike then takes Courtney's pancakes.
The following morning, Pat reminds Courtney, Mike, and Barbara about family dinner with mandatory attendance for everyone. Mike asks Pat what he's making. Pat states that he is making real fish but Mike wants him to make fish sticks instead, even though they are notoriously unhealthy. Pat reminds Mike that he can't get everything he wants.
Pat's fixing up S.T.R.I.P.E. in his garage when he gets a phone call from Mike's school. Mike was caught playing video games during class and is being sent home early. At home, Mike complains about what he's going to do without his games and is lectured by Pat that back in his day, he played in the arcade, and his favorite game was Paperboy. Pat tells Mike, who rudely asks if the story has an ending or just goes on forever, that his father told him to stop feeding quarters into the machine and start earning his money. Thus, he made Pat into a paperboy, which Pat will make Mike as well.
Later that afternoon, Mike enters the kitchen to grab a snack where he interrupts a conversation between Pat and Courtney. Mike asks if he interrupted something, but Pat lies and says he isn't. He then gives him money to go to the store, claiming it's an advance on the paper route. Mike gleefully leaves to get whatever he wants from the store.
That night, Barbara arrives home for family dinner but finds no one but Mike. She asks him where everyone's at, but Mike doesn't know. She asks him if he ate dinner already, and he holds up a bag of chips. She asks if they fed the dog, to which he holds up another bag of chips. The following night, Mike notices Barbara's absence but is silenced by Pat who refuses to speak about it.
In the kitchen, Mike looks around for a Pop-Tart and asks Pat what he's making for dinner as he wants to invite his friend, Jakeem, over. He then comments on Courtney not having any friends. Pat states that he is making real fish but Mike wants him to make fish sticks instead, even though they are notoriously unhealthy. Pat reminds Mike that he can't get everything he wants, but Jakeem is still welcome to come over. He is later grossed out by Barbara and Pat's public display of affection in a kiss, commenting to please not do that around the children.
That night, Mike is excited to put his Pop-Tarts in the toaster, even singing a little Pop-Tart song he made up. He tries to push the lever down but is confused when it doesn't work. He tries a few times before turning the toaster. He is shocked to see three large claw marks on the side of the metal. He turns around slightly and shouts for his father to come to the kitchen.
Mike is placing the finishing touches on his candy volcano for the science fair that day. Albeit last minute, which annoys Pat but Mike claims he does his best work under pressure. Barbara enters a few moments later and is impressed by the project, earning positive feedback from Mike. He is using the leftover Halloween candy to construct the volcano, even planning to use the chocolate syrup as lava. She asks him when the fair starts and, even though it conflicts with a meeting, she states she will reschedule to be there. Especially since Pat isn't going. Mike appreciates the offer but tells her that he doesn't want to be the nerd visited by his parents.
Mike attends the Blue Valley Middle School science fair and stands by his volcanic booth, alone. He looks over to another booth where a girl is standing with both her parents, a dubious yet disappointed look on his face. He frowns but moments later Barbara rushes over, apologizing for being late and hopes she didn't miss anything. Mike is happily surprised that Barbara came to the fair and eagerly explains his project to her. His class learned about the different kinds of volcanos so he incorporated that into his candy volcano. She asks him what kind of volcano this one is to which he gives her a funny look and tells her that it's chocolate syrup. He holds up the bottle and then proceeds to empty the entire thing into the opening of the volcano. Moments later, it erupts causing chocolate syrup to run down the sides of the volcano and toward the screaming marshmallow men. Barbara exclaims happily and remarks on how cool it is. Mike smiles at her happily.
They return home that evening where they proceed to eat the volcano and watch an old black and white film. Barbara thinks he deserved better to win - or at least better than last, to which Mike tells her that it's okay. They learn they have similar tastes in film and food. Pat comes home and asks where Courtney is, to which Mike rolls his eyes and ignores his father. After Barbara answers Pat, he watches Mike and Barbara continue to laugh and bond.
Mike is an unctuous young boy in his early teens with a smug attitude. He doesn't hesitate to voice his, oftentimes, unfiltered opinions. He is intelligent and enjoys playing video games to the point where he designs them with his friends. Mike can often have a disregard for authority figures due to the generalized lack of discipline from his father. Despite Pat's attempts to curve Mike's abrasive tones, he still beats to the sound of his own drum and is independent for a boy his age. He adores sweets and all things sugar, a trait that annoys his father but Mike barely pays attention to his father's attempts to get him to eat healthier. As Mike notices Courtney and Pat beginning to hang out all the time, he increasingly more annoyed. He eventually lashes out at Courtney, emotionally stating that Pat is his father and not hers. He isn't hanging around Barbara all the time to make up for not having a mother and tells Courtney to deal with the absence of a parent like he does.
Mike is a young boy with thick brown hair, light brown eyes, tanned skin, and a slim build. He wears relaxed and casual graphic t-shirts with jeans. He is shorter than Courtney.
- Mike is unaware of his father's past as a member of the Justice Society of America.
- He placed last in the Blue Valley Middle School science fair for his chocolate syrup volcano.