Say what you will about Captain Planet, the man was an effective superhero.  Sure, he had to bail the Planeteers out on a regular basis, and teach Ma-Ti that his power is okay six or ten times per month, but all in all, he kept us safe from bad dudes.  Indeed, most of the goofy cartoon heroes of the past are remarkably good at their jobs, even the Chipmunks, a testament to the power of marketing, but it does beg an important question: Is Darkwing Duck actually better at his job than Christopher Nolan’s Batman?

The answer to that one is “Yes, absolutely and completely,” which leads us to today’s limited-animation query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would probably pick G.I. Joe, if only to see what wacky way they have to avoid injury in their endless storm of explosions and RGB laserfire, asking: What 1980s/1990s cartoon characters would you choose to be the defenders of the earth?

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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!

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  1. December 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    If I can choose an alliance, I’ll go with Thundercats, Silverhawks and Tigersharks. Between the three groups, you are guaranteed to have specialized groups for missions on land, at sea and in air/space.

    Otherwise, I’ll choose the Central Organization of Police Specialists, better known as C.O.P.S. Police might not seem as ready to fight for the Earth as G.I. Joe or the Autobots, but these are futuristic cops with a lot of high tech equipment at their disposal.

  2. December 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    I’d go with Masters of the Universe. Never seen anyone beat He-Man.

    • stellarleader
      December 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Reply

      “I’d go with Masters of the Universe. Never seen anyone beat He-Man.”

      She-Ra was way as strong and fast as her brother He-Man and she also could communicate with animals, heal small wounds and she had a shapeshifting sword and a flying steed. What I’m saying is that She-Ra could easily kick He-Man’s butt any day.

  3. Luis Dantas
    December 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    Come to think of it, the Autobots are a very good choice.

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