There’s an old adage that I’ve just made up: “The best spy is the one you’ve never heard of.”  As much fun as the James Bond archetype is, expensive cars, exquisite suits and high-profile power plays would make him a terrible intelligence agent.  His catchphrase is actually telling you his REAL NAME, the worst idea an undercover operative could come up with.  In many ways, though his success rate is lower (and his colleague’s blood pressure MUCH higher), Sterling Archer is actually a better spy than Bond, as at least he occasionally puts on a fake mustache and experiments with a cover identity.  Of course, MCU Nick Fury, with his long leather coat and unmistakable cadence is probably questionable as well, leading to today’s black ops query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Mirage of the Autobots has promise, aside from the whole “fifteen feet tall and made of alien steel” bit, asking: Which fictional spy is actually the worst undercover agent of all?

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  1. April 7, 2016 at 1:37 pm — Reply

    Maxwell Smart is the worst I’ve seen, if someone can top him, them I’m amazed.

  2. April 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    Archer is so good he even has a second TV series, Bob’s Burgers, based on one of his undercover amnesia aliases!

    As for worst… I think Malone Hasco got it in one. I love Maxwell Smart, but… He is a terrible, terrible spy.

  3. Clubberlang6
    April 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm — Reply

    Inspector gadget or the spies from spies like us.

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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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