There are a lot of fictional worlds that are just terrible: The Marvel Universe; the authoritarian future world of ‘Firefly’; wherever those ponies live…  Dystopian fictional worlds are a staple of storytelling dating back to the earliest cavemen days, where at least one cave painting depicted how much the people on the other side of the veldt’s lives suck.  Still, some characters thrive in such terrible settings; Judge Dredd, for instance, makes Mega-City One seem almost tolerable, leading to today’s wastelandery query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is always a little bit bemused by those who don’t realize that Judge Dredd IS the problem, not the solution, asking: What fictional character makes the best of their terrible, dystopian world?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Nothing is as dystopian as Warhammer 40K. Winner goes to Imperium of Man. They got it all. Inquistion, technocarcy, Emperor worshipped as a god. Million genetically engineered SS-troo..erm Space marines. You got the idea.

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