Ursa.  Non.  Zod.  Three names that will send a chill up the spine of anyone old enough to have visited a movie theater in the early 1980s, a troika of unpleasantness that covers all bases.  While there are a lot of nasty fellows and gals in the annals of adventure fiction, few have so many angles on evil, with Ursa’s cunning, Non’s brute strength, Zod’s tactical prowess (not to mention the super-mod New Wave haircut and jumpsuit action.)  One has to think hard to find a comparable coterie of calumny: The Legion Of Doom.  The Fearsome Five.  The Gecko Brothers.  The scary sisters from ‘Charmed’.  Each fills me with dread (though the one with Shannen Doherty has an edge), and the chills up my spine spur today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds great fear in the thought of Clooney and Tarentino working together on anything, however, asking: What’s the most terrifying combination of villainy 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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Zombie Fantastic Four with Ultimate Doctor Doom, in the Ultimate Fantastic Four series.
    The very existence of the Zombie Fantastic Four still chills me. Teaming them up with a rasher, younger, more spiteful Doom was.. scary.

  2. The Spice Girls. Thank the gods they split before they could torture us all further and take over the world.

    I can’t really think of anything, so I’m just going to say Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. They may have been incompetent at defeating a group of teenagers, but they were certainly disturbing in their own way. Plus, their “love” created this thing:

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