I admit it: I’m starting to weary of clever-clever filmmakers counting Joseph Campbell’s monomyth to do their story heavy-lifting for them.  That said, I do like the idea of having a wise and powerful mentor step in and help me to channel my powers (which are not inborn as a special chosen one, because enough with the frickin’ special chosen one already) and become the hero I need to be.  Having a mysterious ninja Stick or a time-traveling Rufus to point me down the correct path sounds great (especially if they’re George Carlin), and knowing that he or she will be struck down by my Kurrgan should motivate me to be the best Highlander/Jedi/Iron Eagle I can be, leading to today’s mentor-riffic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is likely to vote for ADAA (American Dodgeball Association Of America) champion Patches O’Houlihan, who provided his wisdom and wrenches to Peter LeFleur’s band of misfits, asking: Which pop-culture mentor would you want to lead you into your heroic journey?


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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.


  1. I was going to say Roy Fokker from Macross/Robotech, but as I scrolled past the “related posts” section and saw the image from yesterdays MSQOTD, I realized there’s only one correct answer to this question.

    *queue All MIght’s theme music*

    “It’s fine now. Why? Because I AM HERE!”

    I’m with that guy.

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