In our post-modern world of pop culture, it’s often hard to tell the difference between the characters designated hero and the characters designated villain.  Even Golden Age paragons virtue aren’t safe, as much has been made of movie Superman’s willingness to kill.  Add in the massive collateral damage of the movie Avengers and the distressing number of fatalities in the CW’s Flash show, and it’s clear that being a fictional hero is a much different game than it was in the past.  It’s easy to blame the plethora of awful heroes on Wolverine, but the truth is, the transition from square-jawed stalwart to loose cannon is a cultural shift, leading us to today’s anti-heroic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) really enjoyed much of The Authority, even though they were often brutal, antagonistic thugs who literally took over the world like old-school villains, asking: Which protagonists (whose adventures are still enjoyable) are the most awful heroes of all?

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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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5 Comments

  1. August 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm — Reply

    Without a doubt it has to be The Punisher, especially when it was written by Garth Ennis

  2. OverMaster
    August 28, 2016 at 8:19 am — Reply

    Does Lobo count?

  3. August 28, 2016 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Henry Pym and Punisher are pretty bad. Iron Man doesn’t count because he’s not been enjoyable after Civil War. Pretty much any Seinen (adult oriented) manga hero is also terrible.

    • OverMaster
      August 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm — Reply

      Belldandy and Keiichi, who were published in a seinen magazine, feel so wounded.

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