In the 1940s, every superhero had a sidekick that followed him around.  By the 1960s, it seemed everyone had a utility belt, and by the end of the Bronze Age, every bad guy worth his salt had an arch-nemesis whose evil was a perfect counterpart for their heroism.  Really good heroes, like Superman and Spider-Man, got more than one, balancing different aspects of their character, while Batman had at least five, depending how you count.  Regular podcast listeners will recall me complaining about overuse of the “Dark Mirror” trope, as it not only leads to overexposure of the likes of Venom, The Joker and Magneto, it makes certain fans see stories WITHOUT them as somehow insignificant.  After all, if Batman isn’t fighting his most terrible foe, how bad can things really be?  Still, there are a number of such characters whom I really enjoy, not the least of which being Darkwing Duck’s nemesis, the eeeeevil Negaduck, proving that even the most hackneyed bit of storytelling can be awesome with enough Jim Cummings, and leading us to today’s Earth-3 query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) felt the need to balance out yeterday’s Carnage hatred, asking: Who is the best example of the evil twin /dark mirror archetype in fiction?

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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. Daniel Langsdale on

    Tyler Durden in Fight Club is probably the best twist on the trope. For the best straightforward use in modern times, I’ll go with Killmonger as portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther.

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