It’s a truism of comics: The longer a character sticks around, the more nicknames she gathers.  Indeed, readers often know those names better than the official names: Witness The Merc With A Mouth, The Emerald Gladiator, The Fastest Man Alive or The Amazing Amazon.  In the 70s, all the Marvel heroes had them, even if there might have been a pattern (Winghead, Webhead, Shellhead, Hornhead, and The Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing, Attorneys At Law), leading to today’s pseudonymous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that Spider-Man is unique, in that he accrues adjectives rather than nicknames, asking: Who has the coolest nickname in all the world’s of pop-culture?


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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. Pro wrestlers have pretty much perfected the art of nicknames but the best one is King Of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura. There are few things I wish more than WWE lets him keep it and his gimmick.

  2. Well Remember a real man / woman chooses their own name / nickname. So I would have to go with mine The Great NateO!, but because I have never been considered a real man and Galactic President Superstar McAwesomeville does not roll of the tongue like one would hope. I would go with Gambit’s – The Ragin Cajun as being he coolest. Of course Captain is a close 2nd, Ahoy!

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