9) VIBE


A stalwart of “Ten Lamest” lists for years, Paco Ramone is admittedly an unusual character.  A fad super tied to the early 80s breakdancing fad, Vibe was saddled with a troubling Puerto Rican accent and a cocky attitude that can be off-putting to readers.  Most of the derisive remarks also reference his original costume, with the lemon-yellow parachute pants, ignoring its historical stylishness.  (Look up 1984 fashions sometime.  I was there and I’m still stunned.)  None of the snarky listicles ever bothers to reference Vibe’s intelligence, the final arc where he started to mature or the fact that the story makes it clear his accent is intentional code-switching to fit in with his tough gang-ridden neighborhood, but at least the CW and recent DC New 52 iterations of the character have been better received.

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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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