A recent Ten Things topic involved ‘Battle Of The Planets’, one of the greatest cartoons of my lifetime.  It also referenced 7-Zark-7, the cute robot whose narration was used to gloss over sex and violence in the original source material.  He was the worst narrator ever, by design, and even as a child I remember being annoyed that Zark was clearly hiding things from us and as such, I consider him even worse than the sarcasm of Lemony Snicket or the outright lies of Future Ted Mosby, leading to today’s third-person query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also remembers the narrator of ‘The Westing Game’, who intentionally withheld information from the readers for dramatic effect, though that worked out pretty well, asking: Who is the WORST narrator in your favorite pop culture?

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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.

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  1. I love the trope of the unreliable narrator, so in that sense, for me the worst narrator is the best narrator.

    I’m going to award a tie to the protagonist-narrators of Fight Club and Mr. Robot

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