After yesterday’s ruminations about jerks, buttheads and assorted jackwagons in my pop culture, I started to think about how many of those selfsame jerkass characters are still a lot of fun to read/watch/listen to, and even how some were my FAVORITE characters of their particular oeuvre (see: Han Solo.)  In many cases, the character written to be the abrasive and awful one ends up being more fun than the earnest and occasionally-boring designated protagonist.  Would Fry’s life be nearly as cool without Bender’s selfish shenanigans?  Would Kirk and Spock be able to find balance without snarky McCoy to tell them how foolish and inhuman, respectively, they could be?  Would anybody want to watch Meredith Grey’s adventures if it weren’t for her abrasive pal Christina Yang?

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DARY, asking: Who’s the most LOVEABLE jerkass in all of pop culture?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. gary
    August 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada

  2. August 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    For me, it is once again a tie.

    One is Doctor Greg House, and I really hope I don’t have to explain why.

    The other is, of course, Han Solo, the man who definitely shot FIRST.

  3. B.V.K.
    August 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    I think you may have hit it in your question, Bender Bending Rodriguez.

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