In today’s pop culture climate, there is one huge fallacious argument that keeps popping up, over and over again: I call it “The One True Whatever.”  Rather than enjoy what they like, live and let live, people insist on taking sides and picking fights over points of pop culture.  Do you prefer Barry Allen or Wally West?  Cyborg or Martian Manhunter?  Sean Connery or Daniel Craig?  Whichever side you choose, it seems that the important part is that you argue that the other side is stupid, wrong, and a knee-biter whose mother never, ever loved them.  For my part, I often have conflict because I like multiple takes on characters.  “Space Ghost: Coast To Coast” and “Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law” are a lot of fun, but I still appreciate the straightforward ’60s square-jawed heroes in their retro glory.  Thus, when the sides get taken, I can’t be part of either group of cool kids, which leads us to today’s heavily-factionalized query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still can’t think about ‘The Brak Show’ rap episode without giggling like a lunatic, asking: What characters with multiple iterations do you like in *more than one* of those iterations?

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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. One of my favorite iterations of Batman was Dick Grayson. It was a different take on the dark, brooding Batman.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    The obvious one is Doctor Who, where I’ve liked all of the iterations that I’ve seen; typically even if I don’t like a particular story, I’ll still like the portrayal of the Doctor within that story.

    Possibly more controversial are Battlestar Galactica characters Boomer, Colonel Tigh, Baltar, Starbuck, Apollo, and Commander Adama. They were the right version of the characters for the story that was being told, in the era it was being told.

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