There is a phenomenon that happens with long-running series wherein the main character changes into something entirely different then when the series began.  When that turns out to be something terrible, it’s called ‘Flanderization’, after Ned Flanders on The Simpsons.  Perhaps the worst example (for me personally, anyway) is Dr. John Dorian on ‘Scrubs,’ who went from relatively normal guy to completely ineffectual, spineless moron in the space of five seasons, leading us to today’s titular query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also like to name check ‘How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Evelyn Mosby, for reasons which should be obvious, asking: Who is the worst protagonist in all fiction?

The Author

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. July 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    I can’t say in all fiction but Marvel’s Civil War managed to change Iron Man from alright character to absolutely insufferable.

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