On the face of it, many of our favorite superheros are…  just a little bit odd.  Superman dressed like a carnival strongman from the 1930s, Spider-Man is pretty clearly a scrawny teenager for much of his history, and even the Dark Knight himself looks mighty strange with his pointy helmet and scalloped cape.  There isn’t that much real estate between Underdog in his pajamas and Cyclops in his blue and yellow tights, to be honest, which is part of why I love the most inexplicable heroes the most: Goofy as Super-Goof, Grover as Super-Grover, Barbie as… whatever Barbie becomes, leading us to today’s caped query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that it’s pretty wonderful that Donald Duck is known as the mysterious Paperinik in Europe, asking: What character is the most inexplicable hero ever, in your eyes?

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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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  1. Robbie
    March 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm — Reply


  2. March 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    Probably Super-Goof to me. He even wears woolen grandpa pajamas from early 20th century. Donald’s super hero persona was actually pretty cool, he was very competent crimefighter, quite the opposite of his every day self.

    • March 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm — Reply

      Those aren’t pajamas… those are his longjohn underwear… see he’s a superhero who wears his underwear on the outside.

  3. March 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    Gotta be Doop for me! Inexplicable with a name to match.

  4. Loudmouth Takashi Miike
    March 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    Fat Fury aka Herbie Popnecker. Try explaining that to your neighbor. They’ll move by the end of the month.

  5. March 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    As I often do, I fall back to the past, which in this case is 30th Century Earth. The Legion has often had an odd assortment of Heroes, but Quislet was by far one of my favorites and the oddest ever.

  6. DamienR
    March 14, 2016 at 7:18 am — Reply

    Dag Wentim – Stone Boy of the Subs.

    And yes, I’m specifically thinking of the time Ambush Bug dropped by!

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