Recently, I was amused to find a meme that read “The older I get, the more I identify with Red Foreman.”  Indeed, the antics of the Point Place teens, once entertaining, are more and more annoying with each passing year, and I agree with Ashley, who says that the real measure of age is feeling more kinship with Benny than with the bohemian heroes of ‘Rent.’  Indeed, it’s the kind of thing that could launch today’s evolutionary query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always,”misquoted”) isn’t quite to the point where I identify with Rusty Venture, but I can say that I’m starting to empathize with his plight, asking: What pop-culture characters do you find yourself identifying with more as your perspective changes?

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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!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. April 6, 2016 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but… classic 80s/90s Cyclops (before they decided to turn him into an ill-defined villain/revolutionary/whatever). My line of work has made me appreciate how being the serious, stick-by-the-rules strategist in one’s field can be (a) taxing and (b) absolutely necessary to getting anything meaningful done. It’s a shame that trait has kind of been lost recently.

  2. April 6, 2016 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Cyclops for me as well, and level headed leader types in general. I find brash “tough guys” juvenile, while quiet strength is admirable. It can be physical too, like in X-Men context Colossus would often be. Hes tough, but he doesnt brag about it and fights only when he has to.

    I could totally get behind mutant revolutionary “Che” Cyclops too, if they had balls to make him real political radical, standing by his species rights. Its a shame they never really did that.

  3. April 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Ham, the weather wizard from The Badger comic series. Just trying to succeed in business while associating with lunatics – and occasionally surfing tsunamis.

  4. April 7, 2016 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Sophia Petrillo. I’m not even joking, she’s making more and more sense the older I get. Of course, I do realize that could mean I’m getting senile.

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