I’m from the Midwest, a strange place where you can usually find at least one person in your field of vision dressed as a cowboy.  Admittedly, a few are employed as such, but most times not.  Just once, I’d like to see another mythic figure walkin’ around, like a samurai, La Llorona or Babe Ruth, but at least the ten-gallon hats and pearl buttons lead us to a qualitative assessment of the fictional cowboy and also today’s train to San Antone query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t remember the guy’s name, but some people call him Maurice, asking: Which fictional cowboy best embodies the perfect cowboy mystique?

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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. vixynwolfe
    February 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    My initial thought when I read this question was the character of Jason McCullough, played by James Garner in the hilarious “Support Your Local Sherriff.” Then I thought, no, there’s no mystique to him, the movie is almost a farce. But, then I realized this is Matthew asking the question and perhaps he’ll appreciate the logic behind picking Jason. If you watch the movie, yes it is full of laughs, but also a great deal of mystique. After all, he keeps an accused murderer in a jail with no bars! He MacGyver’s his way through that entire movie, earning him the title of ‘perfect cowboy mystique.’

  2. Daniel Langsdale
    February 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    In the TV show Longmire, Sheriff Walt Longmire has the modern cowboy mystique — by which I mean strong, short-spoken, with a perhaps misplaced sense of masculine responsibility, down quite nicely.

    • Kegen
      February 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm — Reply

      That’s a good one. I didn’t even think about Walt!

  3. Kegen
    February 10, 2017 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    I didn’t realize it until you asked the question, but mine has got to be Roland Deschain of Gilead. Spooky fast, laconic to a fault, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, always on the move, and has a posse ready to shoot. See you in hell lobstrosities!!!

  4. February 11, 2017 at 3:02 am — Reply

    Tex Willer. He’s like everything Italians think cowboys should be like and as we know from Eastwood films, its the best vision.

  5. February 11, 2017 at 6:07 am — Reply

    Rooster Cogburn
    Gray past, gambler, drunk, tracker, hero, lawman

  6. Doug Connors
    February 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    John Wayne in Liberty Valance.

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