As a child of the 1980s, I’m a huge fan of Power Pack, The New Mutants and other young heroes-in-training, especially ones who are clearly out of their depth, but still manage to be awesome and heroic.  The idea of cool kids and even the occasional nerd fighting against aliens or superhuman villains can be difficult to process, but even when they’re combating foes their own age (as Encyclopedia Brown did in his endless rivalry with the nefarious Bugs Meaney) it’s fun to see kids as the driving force of a story.  After all, the only reason anybody tolerates Jerry O’Connell anymore is due to leftover goodwill from his chubby kid days in ‘Stand By Me’, leading to today’s juvenile query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will allow for the Peter Parker exception on today’s MS-QOTD, i.e., characters who started youthful but later aged past 18 in their stories, asking: What fictional character under 18 years of age is the coolest of the cool kids?


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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 can’t decide on one, so here’s my top 3:
    – Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not only was she one of the most badass demon fighters in recent history, but she looked incredible while doing it. Also, Joss Whedon’s writing was a big plus in her corner.

    – Kim Possible…Need I say more?

    – Gosalyn Mallard from Darkwing Duck. Not only was she the adopted daughter of the greatest Disney hero ever, but she later adopted not one, but TWO (at least) different superhero personas of her own: Quiverwing Quack and Gozmoduck.

  2. Jaime Reyes, his original run as Blue Beetle still stands as an influential part of my comic canon. A fun and smart hero, who might have been overwhelmed at times, but could always come out ahead.

  3. I’m having a difficult time choosing one out of several. Aqualad Kaldur’ahm of the animated Young Justice, Terry McGinnis of the animated Batman Beyond, Gwen Tennyson of the Ben 10 franchise, and of course Peter Parker and Miles Morales.

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