One of the best part of the ‘Star Wars’ prequels was in seeing how many additional tricks, gimmicks, gadgets and tools they could stuff into R2-D2, from rocket boosters to force-field generators to a built-in microwave, making him a true all-purpose hero.  It’s one of the reasons I love V.I.N.Cent, the cute robot from ‘The Black Hole’, as well, with his extensible limbs, hidden blades and lasers and additional arms and such, and one of the reasons that Rumblebee (from the Modern City arc of our own Critical Hit podcast) was so much fun.  I like a character who thinks and builds and creates her way out of a situation, leading to today’s Swiss Army query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) used to love Iron Man for exactly that reason, as many adventures forced him to build or adapt new tools for the task at hand, asking: Which all-purpose hero is the most versatile adventurer of them 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. Adam
    September 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I’ll be that guy and say McGyver.

  2. September 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Buckaroo Banzai covers the gamut from neurosurgery to quantum physics, and even if he had other experts on hand, he was the one who had the smarts to assemble them as a team. Along with cool names and instruments.

  3. Daniel Langsdale
    September 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    I _was_ thinking to say “Batman,” but I think I’ll rather call Christopher Chance, the Human Target the “most versatile,’ because that’s pretty much the core concept of the character: he can be anybody in any profession so perfectly that their own friends & family wouldn’t know the difference.

  4. September 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    Anyone with Green Lantern ring and some imagination can do pretty much everything you could, ahem, imagine. MacGyver with Green Lantern ring could do anything you even couldn’t imagine.

  5. September 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm — Reply

    Almost any of the various DC Lanterns because “Hey, I need a spaceship/socket wrench/air bubble/giant boxing glove/life size hard light replica of Ayumi Kinoshita/giant bear trap/etc.! Oh wait, I can think one up with the ring!”. But I say “almost” because a few seem to only use it for flight, protection, language translation and shooting light beams and never really take advantage of the true versatility of the power rings.

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