When it comes to the sweet science of super-heroing, there are a few old chestnuts that pretty much tell you all you need to know:  Great power, great responsibility yadda yadda.  Superstitious and cowardly lot blah blah blah fishcakes.  Bald, fat or ugly people will always turn evil, especially if they have a funny or humiliating name.  (Please remember: I don’t makes the rules, I just explains ’em.)  But the one that has been getting the most mileage in the modern storytelling oeuvre is the theory that ‘the villain is the hero of her own story.’  Indeed, protagonists such as Walter White, Gail Simone’s Secret Six and even Godzilla have captured imaginations and made it cool to be bad (or at least a little bit morally compromised.)  I’ve never actually wished I was a villain, but it’s sometimes fun to imagine your roaring rampage of revenge against all those who have wronged you in your life, leading us to today’s nefarious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that even Bugs Bunny had moments of Luthorian brilliance and evil, even getting the army to come out in force after he sawed Florida off the continent as a prank, asking: If you were to embark on a career of villainy tomorrow, who would you want for your heroic nemesis 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. G’nort and/or Plastic Man. I like humor and, lets be honest, I’m not exactly a resident of this little place we like to call reality. It seems only fitting that my heroic nemesis would be someone similar.

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