I admit it: I’m starting to weary of clever-clever filmmakers counting Joseph Campbell’s monomyth to do their story heavy-lifting for them.  That said, I do like the idea of having a wise and powerful mentor step in and help me to channel my powers (which are not inborn as a special chosen one, because enough with the frickin’ special chosen one already) and become the hero I need to be.  Having a mysterious ninja Stick or a time-traveling Rufus to point me down the correct path sounds great (especially if they’re George Carlin), and knowing that he or she will be struck down by my Kurrgan should motivate me to be the best Highlander/Jedi/Iron Eagle I can be, leading to today’s mentor-riffic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is likely to vote for ADAA (American Dodgeball Association Of America) champion Patches O’Houlihan, who provided his wisdom and wrenches to Peter LeFleur’s band of misfits, asking: Which pop-culture mentor would you want to lead you into your heroic journey?


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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. Tommy Oliver. Before anyone says “He isn’t a mentor!”, he became one in “Power Rangers Dino Thunder” as well as becoming the Dino Thunder Black Ranger. And as of the gawd awful “Power Rangers Super Megaforce”, he once again had access to his older powers as well as he was shown with a Legend Shift as the MMPR White Ranger and used Saba to help a little boy escape a car hanging over the edge of a bridge, as well as seen in the MMPR Green Ranger suit when all the past Rangers teamed up. Even before that, he was shown morphing into Zeo Ranger V in the team-up special “Forever Red”.

    My alternate choice is Yoda. The only thing that seems to be able to beat him is old age, and even that took a while. Besides, if a wrinkled green Muppet starts giving me orders, I’m going to follow them. I’ll either grow powerful or end up in the mental ward. Or both.

  2. I’m going to have to go with Ford Prefect. Now, wait, I can hear you say “But Ray! Ford isn’t a mentor! He barely knows what he’s doing half the time! Also, how are you reading my mind! I’m not thinking about Zooey Deschannel as Trillian, I swear! (and why would you want to, that adaptation was TERRIBLE.)”

    But think of it like this: who leads Arthur off Earth and gets him into the hand of the Heart of Gold crew? Ford.
    Who does Zaphod come to for advice (besides his grandfather, Zaphod Beeblebrox the third)? Ford
    Who keeps Arthur alive through every single happenstance? Ford.
    Who can cross the galaxy for less than Altarian Dollars a day, consistently, without ever panicking or seeming the least bit affected? Ford.

    If he can stare down the dangers of Infinidim, whilst keeping Arthur alive, Zaphod on task, and Marvin from wandering off forever to wallow in despair, I feel like that’s the kind of guy who you should be hitchhiking with? Not to mention he’s the only one who keeps track of his towel.

  3. My favorite mentor is a crazy old hermit who has had little contact with the outside world after having mentored a student who has since, far surpassed his master in skill and power to become one of the most influential figures in the galaxy. I am of course talking about Alan Moore in his role in shepherding a young Neil Gaiman into the comics world and blessing us with his gifts for many, many years following. Thank you, sir, my hat is off!

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