I’m just gonna put this out there: Orko is terrifying.  Blue skin, terrifying feral yellow eyes, Lou Scheimer’s unnerving Bat-Mite voice…  Add it all together with the fact that he seems to HAVE NO HEAD, and you have one freaky character.  When I was younger, I wondered if his scary hat was some sort of terrible creature that ate his head, but left his eyes and ears and accursed consciousness to float in a horrific void, a monstrous fate for even someone as utterly obnoxious as Orko.  Of course, at least his hat didn’t define his entire life and personality with a five second song as happened to Harry Potter or doom him to a life of defending the planet from all comers like poor Rich Rider, leading to today’s haberdashery query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has also found Loki’s giant horned helm to be a little intimidating as well, asking: Which fictional character best wears your definition of a Scary Hat?

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  1. September 24, 2017 at 11:58 am — Reply

    Matthew, I love Orco but you’ve now made me look at him in a totally different way…You have to love the “scarf” though.

  2. September 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Without a doubt, General Kael from Willow, with his skull helmet. That is the ultimate example of an evil looking hat, to my mind. It immediately tells you everything you need to know about the character.:

  3. September 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    You gotta love Sauron’s spiky helm of doom!

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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!

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