The 20th Anniversary Super Sentai, Carranger, is notable for a lot of things, most of them goofy.  Being simultaneously a celebration and a deconstruction of the Japanese color-coded super-team genre, the Carranger production team went nuts all over the place, throwing in anything and everything that would be awesome and/or funny, including a cute alien princess.  Possessed of a transforming robot that essentially became ‘Hello, Kitty’, said princess served as a temporary ersatz Sixth Ranger and had a truly wonderful costume to boot.  Oh, you wanna know her name?

Fanbelt.  Radietta Fanbelt.

If you can’t find the utter brilliance in that most epic of naming conventions (what with the season being about racing machines and having an automotive theme), then I don’t know if I trust your judgement anymore, which begs a query.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) probably has a Top 5 including Otto Octavious, Captain Marvelous and Joe Dirt, asking: If you had to take on the name of an existing fictional character for the rest of your life, who would you choose and why?


  1. M. Walsh
    August 15, 2013 at 11:30 am — Reply

    Victor Von Doom or Zap Rowsdower.

  2. August 15, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I have no real witty answer to the MSQOTD, but I just wanna say I am severely disappointed that Radietta Fanbelt & her awesome cat-bot never made it to our shores.

    • August 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm — Reply

      I’m almost convinced the only reason they didn’t add her into Power Rangers Turbo was because it was also when they had the little boy become the blue ranger and they probably thought having two kid rangers was too much.

      • August 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm — Reply

        Turbo was trying to get more serious just as Carranger went El Bonzo Seco. They may have not used her for that reason (and/or dubbing issues).

  3. August 15, 2013 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Zack Woolf. I’m still not convinced he’s real but that is a badass name.

  4. August 15, 2013 at 11:57 am — Reply

    Best Carranger moment ever wasn’t even in their own series, but in Gokaiger when the spirit/shadow of Red Racer appeared over Kyosuke Jinnai and he slapped it away.

    Back on topic, I think I’d have to go with Sarah Jane Smith for the elegant simplicity.

    • August 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm — Reply

      Alternately, if I want to take an almost hippie route, I’d go with Radietta’s older sister’s true name, Vanity Mirror Fanbelt.

  5. Goofball814
    August 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    Crane. Denny Crane.

  6. Gary
    August 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Lionel Essrog, the Human Freakshow Tourettic detective.

  7. August 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Max Power! Or Snake Plissken…cuz everyone would’ve heard I was dead.

  8. Dino
    August 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Vandal Savage. People would think twice about messing with a guy with that name. Unfortunately, I don’t really look the part.

  9. Hannah Jones
    August 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Saffron Reynolds, I choose a fictitious name for my fictitious name! Natasha Romanova would be pretty awesome too, or perhaps something simple and concise. The Doctor, perhaps?

  10. Ryan
    August 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Shadow from American Gods

  11. Kirby
    August 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    Jason Blood, because sometimes you just want an over the top Satanist name.

    • Kirby
      August 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      Alternatively: Jet Black

  12. Kevin
    August 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    Hiro Protagonist from Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.

  13. Jim Lahey
    August 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    Michael Knight. He had a cool car and a tight fro. I hear they love him in Germany too…

  14. August 16, 2013 at 7:05 am — Reply

    Scott Free, just to see the look on an officer’s face if i ever got pulled for speeding.

  15. Ron
    August 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    Brek Bannin. Who knew this former 2nd tier character had such a cool name?

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