Recently, I had the odd experience of suddenly wanting to see a movie that I didn’t really want to see (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), based on the fleeting trailer appearance of a favorite character (The Falcon).  As he is one of my favorite mid-carders in the Marvel Universe, Sam Wilson’s first appearance in live-action has me super-psyched, as it raises the hope that he might end up a part of Avengers 2.  Most importantly, it adds more character options to the Marvel movie-verse both for crossovers and cameos and for future solo movie adventures, something I’m all for.  Though I do enjoy movie Iron Man, I’m secretly hoping to see The Defenders, Machine Man, Stingray and Nova making their way to the big screen, if only to infuriate and vex the people who whine about “second-stringers”, leading to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants to stem the tide of internet snark and hate-facery with a little positive energy for the “B-Listers” of the world, asking: Who’s your favorite secondary character in all of pop-culture?

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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!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. March 8, 2014 at 11:37 am — Reply

    I go with Lando Calrissian with this one. After his dubious debut that smooth talking swindler just hops in the Falcon’s cockpit and blows up the Death Star 2.

  2. foolsmask
    March 8, 2014 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Does Neville Longbottom count? He might be third banana but I loved his development as “The Almost Chosen One” and his final stand against the big bad.

    In my opinion he was the best character in the HP series.

    • GeorgeDubya
      March 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm — Reply

      I still think the series would have ended better had she done away with the stupid and superfluous Hallows and wand ownership BS, and instead simply focused on the Horcruxes with a final reveal that while Harry was the final Horcrux, Neville was actually the Chosen One.

    • March 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm — Reply

      Absolutely, and I love the fact that the actor they chose turned from awkward chubby teen into Adonis, proving that Neville should have been the hero all along… For some values of “proving”, anyways…

    • gary
      March 10, 2014 at 9:54 am — Reply


  3. GeorgeDubya
    March 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I’m going to go with Xander from Buffy. He’s the only normal person of the bunch. In a group that over the years included a werewolf, multiple witches, ex-demons, vampires, vampire slayers, trained demon hunters, and army specialists, Xander was the lone everyman.

    • Rob
      March 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm — Reply

      The Zeppo remains my favourite episode of Buffy.

  4. Kirby
    March 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    Most of my favorite characters: Elongated Man for the Justice League as a whole, Machine Man, Ted Kord, Power Girl, and many, many more.

  5. March 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    I’ve got several since I like different secondary characters in different settings for different reasons. There are too many to really list, but some of my favorites include Xander from Buffy, Lorne from Angel, the Droids from Star Wars, Gwen and Kevin from Ben 10 and Joxer from Xena.

  6. March 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    Matter-Eater Lad. or is he a c-lister :)

    • March 9, 2014 at 10:22 am — Reply

      Matter-Eater Lad is awesome, and thus beyond such rote categorization…

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