In the legendar(ily bad) movie, ‘Space Mutiny’, memorable mostly for the endless riffing on its square-jawed hero Blast Hardcheese David Ryder, Mike and the ‘Bots were heard to say “We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese.”  Given that they were trapped in a secret bunker by sadistic science types and forced to watch…  Well, ‘Space Mutiny’, it’s an interesting point.  Yes, they certainly weren’t serious about it, but the question of which of our pop culture heroes is worthy of our trust is a good one, leading to today’s safekeeping query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also follow any instruction or request from Wonder Woman without question or suspicion, asking: What fictional character do you trust implicitly?


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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.


  1. Well, Superman is probably the most obvious choice. He’s the archetypal superhero for a reason. I’d also trust Doc Savage implicitly. He always knows what he’s doing. Getting a little further afield, the Red Panda of the titular podcast is someone else worthy of faith.

  2. There are couple of choices I will always use in these kind of situations. They are Superman and Captain America. Some modern stories have tried their best to blemish both of the characters, but my Superman has never been an evil tyrant (except maybe briefly because of weird Kryptonite), nor has my Cap been a Nazi. Those are rubbish stories that don’t belong in my head canon. My Superman was portrayed perfectly in All-Star Superman and Cap in Secret Wars.

  3. Sarah Jane Smith, and not just because I had a crush on her my entire life, even when she returned to the Doctor Who universe at an older age (R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen, I miss you!).

    Otherwise, Marika “Jasmine” Reimon, also known as DekaYellow. For the most part, she’s sensible, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s got those nifty ESPer powers to help out in tight situations.

    And the final option is Master Splinter from very nearly any incarnation of the TMNT.

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