It’s a sad fact of pop culture that many of our heroes have terrible fashion sense.  Moreover, many of the greatest names in the history of fictional awesome wear the same thing over and over with little or no variation.  Granted this is seen more often with cartoons (such as Fred Jones’ darling orange ascot), but even Peter Parker rocked the same navy-blue sweater vest until at least 1973 or so.  Thinking about that particular quandary, I realized today that it’d be best to be the Fifth Doctor, whose ensemble has a sweater and coat for warm temperatures, a rolled-up Trilby hat for brightly lit habitats, comfortable shoes and sufficiently rugged pants to survive tough terrain, while remaining relatively “normal” looking.  (This is one of the few situations where the Sixth Doctor’s heavy coat wouldn’t be a winning factor.)  In any case, this line of though begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wouldn’t mind the Kingpin, although purple pinstriped pants might leave me occasionally over-dressed, asking: If you had to choose one fictional character’s single-outfit-wardrboe to wear for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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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20 Comments

  1. October 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    If I had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of my life, it would need to be versatile and functional. For this reason I chose the Jedi robes. The cloak can shield you from the weather, and they are durable and easy to repair.

  2. October 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    The Tenth Doctor is a pretty snappy dresser. I like a sharp suit, so I’m going with that.

    • October 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm — Reply

      Doesn’t he technically have TWO outfits? :) Blue for one direction in time, brown for the other?

    • October 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm — Reply

      I’m going to have to go with the brownish suit of the 10th. Not only is the suit and coat a pretty timeless kind of thing, but also the Converse. Love those.

  3. October 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Depends on what I was expected to do for the rest of my life. The generic outfit of “The Dude” seems mighty comfortable…

  4. comicfan1974
    October 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    As much as I don’t care for this iteration of the doctor, I would pick the 11th doctor’s current outfit, purple frock coat with lighter purple waistcoat…a little off-beat but fashionable…and versatile

  5. October 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    Sean Connery in Zardoz

    • October 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm — Reply

      You, sir, are a brave genius soul.

      And I salute you.

  6. gary
    October 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    Inspector Gadget!

  7. October 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    Easy.

    I could boil my entire wardrobe down to one green ring, and the lantern needed to charge it.

    • comicfan1974
      October 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      Here, Here!

  8. Frank
    October 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm — Reply

    Harry Dresden’s ratty T-shirt, jeans, boots and duster. Comfortable and easy to maintain.

  9. Kirby
    October 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm — Reply

    Frank has a good point, but I think I’ll go with a nice full Judge Dredd outfit, as long as I get a motorcycle with it.

  10. Hannah Jones
    October 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    Could I go with Celestine from Warhammer 40K, because that’d be pretty Bad-Assed.

    If not, I’ll take Zoe Washburn’s outfit, I like practicality.

  11. October 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm — Reply

    Dejah Thoris.

    • October 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm — Reply

      Yowza!

  12. October 3, 2013 at 1:29 am — Reply

    I would take the Aquaman outfit anyday.
    “I will call this: The adventure of me taking over the fashion world!”

  13. October 3, 2013 at 8:18 am — Reply

    Jayne Cobb.

    Pretty cunning hat, isn’t it?

  14. October 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    I think I’d go with either the 7th Doctor or the 11th.

  15. October 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    Constantines outfit. Comfy and fits my style.

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