KRisBack wrote:Be a man Mike and stop letting people call you Mike. You're not twelve anymore. Try Michael on for size. It worked when Graiman called you that.
I'm curious as to whether other people agree with this point, don't care one way or another or like the way he is referred to nas Mike.
For starters it's obvious that he was named Michael after his father and the creators/writers decided that he would be called Mike to differentiate him from his father in the many scenes they will hopefully share and with fans of the show.
The way i see (plot wise)it is that he doesn't like the name Michael because it's too formal. To me he seemed a bit uncomfortable being called Michael by Graiman which is my he replied by calling him Charles with a mocking tone.
I believe he was referred to as Michael when in the army. We don't know why he left but since we see he's into what i'm guessing is underground racing and gambling and sleeping around he probably wasn't a model soldier. Also he didn't seem to appreciate the 'guidance' KI3T was offering him in the Casino scene which suggests he has a problem with authority.
He also may have been called MIchael buy his mother constantly when he was in trouble, it was mentioned that he was no angel and he was sent a may, i'm guessing to a miltary school or brat camp so he may resent the name because the things he endured there.
Now i know his mum calls him Mike in the pilot but that maybe because she's doing to appease him since they haven't spoken in a while.
What irritates me a little is that right from the get go KI3T calls him Mike tracer when bringing up his file, then just Mike when he meets him. Yet he refers to Sarah and Charles as Sarah Graiman and Charles Graiman a number of times. I would have liked to have seen KI3T call him Michael and the Mike telling him to call him Mike not Michael. Stupid as it maybe i think that would have made more sense.
I quite like him being called Mike instead of Michael as it makes the relationship between car and Driver in each case a little more individual, which is why i would have preferred KI3T to have learnt to call Mr tracer Mike from the man himself as it would be the humble beginnings of what should be an epic friendship.