While I’m not going to pretend that the movie ‘Ted’ is a great film worthy of respect, (it’s a potty-mouthed lowest-common-denominator joke-fest, with a rather bland, love-conquers-all ending) but I’ll admit to finding great amusement in a scene where a sixty-year-old Sam J. Jones crashed a party and did an extensive riff on his most recognizable role, that of Flash Gordon.  Though the jokes were pretty much low-hanging fruit (mostly drug humor and a bit with an angry Asian man, unfortunately named “Ming”), the scene is one of the more memorable of the movie, and sort of makes me wish I could hang out with my childhood heroes.  Unfortunately, Manimal has since passed away, Snake-Eyes is a cartoon and though I always loved Knight Rider, David Hasselhoff is, sadly, also a cartoon.  Still, the idea of being able to hang out with the heroes of your pop culture is a powerful one, and the whole thought process spurred today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is really torn between Matter-Eater Lad and Ted Mosby’s ex-girlfriend (the cute one), asking: What one fictional character would you most like to have liven up your next party?


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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.


  1. I always thought Magik from the New Mutants would be fun to hang around with. She can teleport where ever you want to go, and she has a pretty wicked sense of humor.

    On the down side though, she has a pretty bad temper. And I imagine she’s hard to entertain. If she gets bored she’ll probably teleport away. Or turn you into a newt.


  2. The Skull Kickers. If they don’t liven up a party, I don’t know that will.
    My other choice would be a character from Robert Heinlein’s books: Lazarus Long. He’s a long-lived homespun philosopher that travels from world to world when things get to ‘civilized’ for him.

  3. Hey, I liked “Ted”… But to be fair, I am on some pretty strong painkillers and other meds, so that might explain why.

    I think I’d be pretty content with the Greek god Dionysus (also known in Roman mythology as Bacchus) showing up.

  4. Darren from Bewitched (Either Sargeant or York, your pick). He put up with so much BS and was such a doormat that I reckon he’d be a fun whipping boy at a party; plus I’d make him spill the dirt on Elizabeth Montgomery.

  5. I liked Ted, it was no American Dad, but hey. In answer to your question, I’d really like to have Mike, Joel, and the Bots for some good ol’, we’re drunk and making fun of a bad movie party.

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