I'm so cool, too bad I'm a loser.
—Barenaked Ladies, 'Falling for the First Time'
Just go ahead and hate on me and run your mouth
So everyone can hear
Hit me with the worst you got and knock me down
Baby I don't care
Keep it up and soon enough you'll figure out
You wanna be
You wanna be
A loser like me
—New Directions original song, 'Loser Like Me'
Peter Parker was just an attractive, intelligent, likable, athletic, well-dressed teenage loser.
For those of you who might be new, the dope with the glasses up there is Les Moore, who has gradually taken over the role of default protagonist from the strip's title character over the past forty years. This was pretty much cemented during a long-running, fan-favorite storyline where his wife, Lisa, died of cancer. Les would later write a book about the experience called Lisa's Story that would become his first and only success, almost making up for his first book, a complete flop about the murder of TV host John Darling, during which he actually solved the murder himself and revealed that it was a local plant-themed vigilante killing. You can see why nobody would want to read about that, I'm sure.
After arriving at NERV headquarters, Shinji is told he must pilot a giant robot, and he refuses outright. I refuse to believe that there is anyone in Japan under the age of 30 who wouldn't want to pilot a giant robot.
The Brigadier is a bit rubbish with the ladies, it’s not really his thing but at least people will be shooting at him soon.
I love that Clark thinks nobody would be able to understand why Lois would be interested in a big, strapping, handsome, shy guy who was completely nonaggressive and agreed with everything she said.
"Moffat writes the Doctor discovering girls, but Tennant plays the Doctor getting laid."
"So, you should know the story by now: 'Peter Parker-Uncle Ben-BANG BANG Dead-Power and Responsibility-Shitty Villains-Whine Whine Woe is Me-I'm Beating the Pussy Off With a Stick' et cetera."
After two movies, I think I have a good idea of what my issue is with Andrew Garfield: he’s actually a pretty decent Spider-Man, but he’s an awful Peter Parker. Tobey Maguire, who’s gotten a lot of unfair flack since his series ended, had kind of the opposite problem, in that he was a great Peter Parker but only an okay Spider-Man. If you can only nail one of these, being a great Peter Parker is far more vital in the long run.
Sam is still an annoying prick of a main character. This is a man who has the Transformers as best friends, has an underwear model as a girlfriend, and has been involved in several battles with an alien race. Yet in this movie he feels like he is owed more from everyone else and does nothing but bitch and moan about his oh so horrible life.
They've always booked John Cena the wrong way. They've always booked John Cena as the plucky underdog. And he's NOT. He's indestructible. He's got a healing factor like fuckin' Weapon X. They always push as the underdog when he's beaten everybody. He could easily beat everybody. He doesn't sell anything. But every single title match, every single main event, they always go one about how "the odds are stacked against him", how he's gonna "rise about the odds". Seriously. Every single one. He's gonna rise above these ker-razy odds, and somehow he does.
"You're not a nerd, you're just — coolness-challenged."
— Clover, Totally Spies!