During this week’s MSP, we discussed an upcoming Hit-Monkey animated series, causing me to roll my eyes for about the thousandth time that Marvel is intent on making Fetch happen with a killer macaque.  (If you don’t get that reference, I recommend an emergency viewing of ‘Mean Girls’, which is totally worth the 97 minutes.)  It’s not the worst example of the House of Ideas shoving a sub-par character down our necks, that’s the use of Parker “The Hood” Robbins circa 2004, leading to today’s faux trendy query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also nominate the recent “Wonder Woman’s brother arrives and Poochies up her book for a year” arc at DC, asking: What character, plot point or repeated trope is the most egregious example of creators desperately trying to force audiences to LOVE it, aka making fetch happen?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Marvel’s spamming of the Inhumans across their line is probably the most egregious case in recent history.

    But you’ve got to give it to the example that names the trope: cousin Oliver of the Brady Bunch.

    • Oh, that Inhumans being shoved everywhere while killing off X-everything left and right was so blatant it was embarrassing.

  2. My son and I were just discussing this (not the exact wording, but close enough). He is a huge Big Bang Theory fan and I enjoy watching them with him. One of the characters, Stuart, is one that as the season’s have gone on, they’ve given him more and more lines/scenes in some attempt to make him a bigger character. But, it just doesn’t work. He’s just so whiny and annoying and we now comment on his irrelevance in the scenes he is in. However, if the point of the character is to annoy you, they nailed it!

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