As a comic fan of several decades tenure, there are few fictional characters that I am more annoyed by than Edna Mode.  With one throwaway joke, she has given some of the worst people what they think is an unassailable argument against the cape.  If you ask me, capes are one of the basic building blocks of the superhero archetype, right up there with a tragic backstory and complete lack of respect for physics.  Some characters absolutely NEED a cape, whether it be for balance purposes, for hiding their flaws or just plain to LOOK cooooool, leading to today’s towel-around-the-neck query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that “None of them” is pretty much the ONLY invalid MS-QOTD response, as it’s just no fun, asking: What superhero or villain character who doesn’t have one absolutely NEEDS a cape?


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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. Daniel S. Taylor on

    Batman Beyond looks incomplete without a cape.

    Now I’m picturing a side-market in the Incredibles world where novice superheroes are trained in the proper, safe wearing of capes.

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