Recently, while ruminating on the inspiring leadership of the Supreme Autobot Commander Optimus Prime, it seemed natural to consider the inverse property, or as I like to refer to it, “The Ultra Magnus Principle.”  Our man truck Magnus seems to be a fine Autobot warrior, and a trusted advisor to Rodimus Prime in many situations, but repeatedly proves himself not ready for the overall job of field commander.  (Hint: When half your fighting force has seemingly just died, “I can’t deal with that right now!” is bad for morale, no matter how stressed you are.)  Still, there are worse folk to follow in fiction, from the erratic, chaotic-evil madness of Randall Flagg to “Whomever Is In Command Of Any Given Death Star”, leading us to today’s literally misguided query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn between Cobra Commander and Starscream, and so will probably just vote Chris Latta, asking: Which fictional commander is the leader you WOULD NOT follow, even down the street to the hot dog cart?


About Author

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. Malone_hasco on

    All of above are pretty high on my list but probably Skeletor. He doesn’t even try to hide his disdain for his minions.

  2. I think you could apply that to pretty much any cartoon made in the 70’s or 80’s. Transformers, He-Man, Flash Gordon, ect… The main villain spends more time berating his underlings than leading.
    No wonder Starscream was leading so many mutinies.

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.