Most of the time, when I construct our MS-QOTD, I try to have multiple examples of the tropes or topics addressed.  Not so this time.  For me, any discussion of the incompetent leader tropes starts in Douglas Adams’ epic five-part trilogy, ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”, embodied in the three-armed two-headed form of Zaphod Beeblebrox.  Vain, arrogant, ignorant and cowardly, yet somehow the leader of the galaxy, the Z-man is the epitome of cool but utterly unfit for any type of leadership role, leading to today’s inexplicable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to point out that no real-world parallels are intended, but that’s not to say Faithful Spoilerites in the right parts of the world couldn’t make them anyway, asking: What *fictional* head honcho is the most incompetent leader of them all?


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  1. The thing you need to remember about Zaphod is he’s just this guy, you know?
    In terms of shear vitality Mayor Joe Quimby has to take the prize

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Strangely enough, most of them. I get it because of creating tension and drama but 9 out of 10 leaders are terrible. Its only about 50/50 in real life.

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