The naming business is a tricky one.  For every Firestorm, The Nuclear Man, there are three Speedball, The Masked Marvels.  Even if you’re in the prosaic territory of Something-Man, that something is important, and you can’t be awesome if your doctorate is in gravy.  Heck, Mal Reynolds wouldn’t be the cool leather pants pirate fellow that we all know and love if he was named Sidney Snotpockets. leading us to today’s nomenclatural query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Top 10’s Officer Slipstream Phoenix takes the cake for me, even though I don’t like him much, and X-Factor’s Butterfly (who knows stuff) is pretty top-notch as well, asking: What fictional character has the BEST codename of them all?

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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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