Ever since I threatened to do all the panels at Nerdtacular 2014 in a luchador mask, I’ve been considering how cool it might be to actually live la vida enmascarada, wearing my ceremonial mask at all times in public.  Of course, I wouldn’t want to be any old John Q. Public, I’d want to be at the top of the heap as El Santo, if only he weren’t currently deceased.  Now that I think of it, though, taking over anyone’s life would have such issues (though maybe not quite so terminal.)  I wouldn’t mind singing like Neil Patrick Harris, but couldn’t handle his rigorous diet and schedule, and while I wouldn’t mind having my own talk show like Dr. Oz, I am not a carnivorous alien robot powered by tears.  It’s a matter of balance and careful debate, which leads into today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would be really torn between Nathan Fillion, El Santo and Gail Simone, for various reasons, asking: If you were able to magically step into the life of a REAL personage, who might you choose and why?


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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 would choose to magically step into my own life (say age 3) with all of the knowledge I have attained. Since someone else’s life may “appear” to be ideal, I would prefer to go through my life making different choices from being better informed. I would have taken better care of my comics and be retired with that knowledge alone.

  2. Mine isn’t anyone in particular, just someone roughly my age with a decent credit score, similar education, self-sufficient and not drowning in debt. Too personal?

  3. Some random cute Japanese pop star or model, solely so I’d have a chance to possibly be on the main cast of a series like Super Sentai or Kamen Rider.

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