Money makes the world go round.  (Offer not valid in the United Federation Of Planets.)  After years of nearly everyone being independently wealthy (Did you know that Doctor Strange was a millionaire?  Or Ben Grimm?  Or Jimmy Olsen?), writers in recent years have made great hay of characters not being able to make ends meet.  Would Han Solo make the same bad decisions if he didn’t have  a Hutt price tag on his head?  Would Peter Parker have dealt with J. Jonah Jameson’s unpleasantness if he didn’t need the paycheck?  Would the adventures of the Serenity crew have been as exciting if the didn’t have to do dumb things for cash?  That’s not even counting that likes of Jonah Hex, whose adventures as a bounty hunter are all about making a little scratch (and whose movie was nearly as blatant a money grab) leading us to today’s filthy lucrative query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that Luke Cage pursuing Doctor Doom all the way to Latveria over $200 bucks probably gives him the crown, which will be hard to wear over his tiara, asking: Which pop-culture character had the worst money trouble of all?

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  1. Jason
    September 19, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Wouldn’t Billy Baston have the least?

  2. September 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    Donald Duck. Hes constantly poor and even if he gets money, hes bound to lose it in the end of story.

  3. AmFan15
    September 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    Magica De’Spell…all that mystical power, yet she could never get her hands on a single dime.

  4. Dan Langsdale
    September 19, 2015 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Walter White’s money troubles led to some pretty poor decision making and horrific consequences.

  5. Robbie
    September 20, 2015 at 11:06 am — Reply

    How about Wally West, post-Legends, post-crisis?

  6. Luis Dantas
    September 21, 2015 at 3:20 am — Reply

    Doctor Strange, Ben Grimm and Jimmy Olsen were millionaires? Really? Jimmy I can see… all kinds of freaky situations happened to him for very brief periods before status quo was restored in the 1940s to 1980s. But Doctor Strange hires Sara Wolfe to deal with his money matters, and Ben is a pilot. I must have missed some significant stories.

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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!

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