As someone who enjoys the adventures of The Tick, I can tell you it’s a lot of fun reading about made-up stupid people.  For one thing, characters with a head full of rainbows and Cheez Whiz (known to some nerds as ‘the CloudCuckooLander’) tend to be happier, and if done right, their goofy mindset can brighten a dull day.  With Deadpool’s movie making a skrabillion dollars, it’s hard to argue that there’s great stories that can be told when your main character is a little bit nuts, and the original Dodo Bird cartoons are (in my mind) the best animated short features in the history of the world, leading us to today’s marmalade query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants to stress the word “FICTIONAL”, as there are more than enough places for name-calling of real folk online already, asking: Which of the many fictional CloudCuckooLander archetypes in fiction is the most entertaining big ol’ dorkis in your eyes?


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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. Daniel Langsdale on

    I’ve a soft spot for a classic: Winnie the Pooh, which is full of characters who fill this archetype in one way or another, and of which Pooh himself is my favorite. Particularly when paired with Piglet, because they magnify each other’s tendencies to wonderful levels.

  2. The Tick, Ambush Bug, Plastic Man, Slapstick… There are just too many good choices in comics. Hard to pick a favorite because some of my favorite characters in general from different publishers and even some from the same fit the trope. But The Tick will always be special to me because he was one of the first goofy superheroes that I was exposed to, and helped loosely inspire one of my oldest and favorite original creations.

    I think my favorite from TV would have to be Homer Simpson.

  3. Loudmouth Takashi Miike on

    Hajime no Ippo, a long-running Japanese manga, has only(?) CloudCuckooLander characters. My favorite is Takamura. So immature, so insightful, so embarrassingly immodest. We need a Takamura hard-R movie.

    Another favorite CloudCuckooLander that more people will be familiar with is Abed from Community. Absolutely crazy that that was on prime-time network TV.

  4. There are many good ones but the best to me is Finnish comedy film character Uuno Turhapuro. Hes a rugged looking bum who happened to marry in filthy rich family by accident. His billionaire father-in-law hates him above anything else and tries to get him kicked out of the family, without any luck. Hes lazy, loves eating, hangs with his friends in shady car repair shop (with whom hes already agreed to split the money he gets when his father-in-law kicks the bucket) and likes to make his father-in-laws life miserable.

    Despite all this, hes very clever, charming in an unique way and super talented at surprising things. Hes also very lucky with pretty ladies, although at the end of the day, he still loves his wife. Ultimate happy go lucky underdog.

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