As vehicles go, the van kind of gets a bad rap.  The full-size edition is mostly used for punchlines about hippies and/or criminals, while the mini-version is maligned as the purview of suburban ladies in mom jeans.  It’s a sad Catch-22, given the sheer cool cats and ladies who have vans of their own in fiction.  Would you tell Fred Jones his van is uncool?  Or B.A. Baracus?  Or Inspector Gadget?  Okay, really only one of those guys is in any way intimidating, but the other two are still pretty cool, and even if Greg Universe’s ride doubles as his house for some reason, it’s both iconic and a really cool-looking ride, leading us to today’s multi-passenger query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced as always, “misquoted”) has considered getting “Mr. Universe” painted on the side of my Ford minivan, mostly because the existing paint is peeling anyway, asking: What’s the coolest van in all the worlds 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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5 Comments

  1. DamienR
    April 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    Does the SPV from Captain Scarlet count as a ‘van’? :)

  2. Alisha
    April 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    One of my dream vehicles has always been a replica of The Mystery Machine, so that definitely makes it cool to me.

    And the Star Wars decorated van from the movie “Fanboys”.
    http://www.film.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/26004349-26004351-large.jpg

  3. April 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    I say Ratchet from G1 Transformers.

  4. Dan
    April 20, 2015 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    the A-Team van.

  5. Ron
    April 20, 2015 at 11:55 pm — Reply

    The Chan Clan Van.

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