Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Why We Hate Scrappy Edition


Stephen and I have, once or twice on our various podcasts, referred to the Scooby-Doo cartoons, and the fact that there is a point where you can safely stop watching them because they’re not good anymore.  We argue about WHERE that point is, mind you, but we both agree that by the time Scrappy Doo is in the cast, you can walk away without fear.  The idea of adding a new character to “freshen up” a show, specifically a young character, is as old as stories themselves (notably, Sir Lancelot was added to the stories of the round table by later authors who wanted to use the trope of the cuckolded lover, then in vogue.)  Some are excellent ideas that stand the test of time, as with the late addition of Captain America to the founding Avengers, while other new kids end up being poor Jason Todd, beaten to death then blown to smithereens because the callow youths of 1988 voted him out (itszelf a frighteningly accurate premonition of the internet.)  While your humble MS-QOTD tries to remain positive in our daily ruminations, sometimes you have to address the Cousin Olivers in the room, which leads us to our query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always enjoyed the character of Triathlon in the Avengers comics, but was also a fan of the 3-D Man from which he originated, asking: Who’s the most odious added cast member of all time?