Episode 78 – What’s in a Quirk?

A pencil, a ball point pen, and a quill sitting in lounge chairs drinking coffee; Title: Writers Drinking Coffee
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People with quirks are called eccentric, unusual, strange, or even bizarre, but the truth is bigger. Quirky people play weird games, wear different clothes, have unusual hobbies, or say what they mean in company. Quirky people have less fear. Jeannie submits the theory that all good protagonists need to be a little quirky. The committee pokes at her theory with examples from books, television, and movies.

Mentions from Episode 78:

  • Many random mentions and examples include:
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham
    • James Bond
  • TV Avengers – (Ignore the movie)
  • Indiana Jones – “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?”
  • M. Gustav
  • Snake Plisskin
  • The Dude in The Big Lebowski
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Star Wars Drinking Game (Clearly irresponsible and the hosts would never recommend repressing your feelings with alcohol more than once a month.)
  • Edna Mode – No capes “darling” – The Incredibles
  • Inspector Clouseau & Cato
  • The other Kato (Bruce Lee)
  • The movie Hero (Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia)
  • Local Hero – by Bill Forsythe – oil guy sent by Burt Lancaster to go buy a Scottish village
  • Hancock (Will Smith) quirky superhero
  • Terry Pratchett’ Lord Vetinari (and more)

Jeannie’s searches on Goodreads

“Quirky hero” 55 total entries
“Quirky heroine” 971 total entries

Working conclusion: Men are not allowed to use the word Quirky to describe a proper hero. Poor blighters!