They say that love makes the world go ’round, love lifts up where we belong, all you need is love.  But, for every Ollie and Dinah in the world, there’s a Juggernaut and She-Hulk, a Joey and Rachel, a Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl.  The bad pairings (while admittedly in the eye of the beholder) seem to outnumber the good ones, and sometimes, as Mal and Inara proved, the good pairings actually ARE the bad ones.  Given the depth of my pop culture experience, it’s natural to wonder whether Captain Kirk’s love of strangely hued ladies wouldn’t make Mystique his dream-girl, or how Barbara Gordon’s love of bad boys might fare were she embroiled in a long-term relationship with Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always “misquoted”) doesn’t think that the power of love should be bound by the surly bounds of intellectual property, asking: If you could pair up any two fictional characters from anywhere in pop culture, who would make the best/most interesting couple?

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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! And a nice red uniform.

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