Sometimes, your humble MS-QOTD likes to delve into the finer points of nerd history and the metaphysical manifestations of our shared obsessions in the real world.  Sometimes we just like to pretend to be super-villains, because…  Super-Villains!  C’mon!  Who doesn’t want to be Lex Luthor?  For my part, I’ve always thought my Twitter handle would make for a great super-hero alias, but Mighty King Cobra works even better as a big-time pulp-type bad guy, perhaps one with a pit full of venomous reptiles to dispatch my foes.  Indeed, many of the best villains have that whole animal thing going on, from Catwoman to the Cheetah and back, which leads us to today’s taxonomical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that, since we’ll all have animal-type naming conventions, we’ll be contractually obligated to fight Spider-Man along with the Lizard, the Rhino, the Ox, the Iguana, the Kangaroo, the Squid, the Lobo Brothers, the Tarantula, the Vulture, the Fly, Silver Sable, the Gator, the other Vulture, the Beetle, the Chameleon, the Grizzly, the Jackal, Man-Wolf, the Scorpion, the White Rabbit, the Black Fox, the other other Vulture, Puma, Vermin, Swarm and Doctor Octopus, asking: We’re all going to be animal-themed super-villains tomorrow; What creature are you gonna choose for your villainous motif?


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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. The sloth. Nobody will see it coming. Actually, I guess they will see me coming very slowly from a long way off… But I can use the element of surprise.

    • Damn it! You stole it from me. Sloths are weirdly cool, as power goes, probably super speed (so like a normal animal)

  2. Malone_hasco on

    I’ve always liked wolves, so I guess thats the one Im gonna choose. Then I could choose kind of noble, misunderstood role.. Guess I dont want to be pure villain.

  3. Starks Scraps on

    Platypus all the way. Swimming? Check. Venom? Check. Monotreme? Check. Electrolocation? Check. Any number of jokes where the punch line is “Just put it on my bill?” Check.

    Plus, I already have the amorphous body plan.

  4. I am thinking that I am the one the only the TRUE Mighty King Cobra!!!!
    But seeing as how those snakes are really not Cobras and only pretenders to begin with as well as being a huge scaredy cat, I will choose something with a greater pedigree. I will be the most vicious man killer in Africa. A creature the lions keep away from. A creature that the Elephants won’t bother. I choose the Hippopotamus.

  5. If I can choose a fictional animal, then I’ll take a Chimera. I almost went with dragon (because everything is better with dragons), but then I thought a Chimera is a mixture of creatures so I could kinda cheat and have multiple animals, complete with a trenchcoat that looks like a cross between a bad@$$ leather coat and a pimp coat.

    If it has to be a real animal, then a rabbit. I have no logic behind this, I just like bunnies.

  6. Hannah Jones on

    Spiders and Snakes are the way to go! This could have something to do with my fascination with the D&D Serpent Folk and Driders, but in all honest creepy critters are always the coolest.

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