Favorite Underappreciated Fictional Characters – Damone

Welcome to another edition of “Favorite Underappreciated Fictional Characters.” In this series, Gord and I will discuss fictional characters we loved in the 80s and 90s who, for whatever reason, didn’t get the cred they deserved for being awesome. Sometimes they were too obscure for the public eye, sometimes they were simply overshadowed by a fellow character, etc. Here at GordTep.com, we are happy and proud to give them the praise they deserve. This week, we have…


When people talk about Fast Times at Ridgemont High it’s typically about one of three things: either Jeff Spicoli or Phoebe Cates’ tatas. Discussing the movie further, you might hear mentions of the great Mr Hand, Brad Hamlilton, Forest Whitaker, or Stacy’s promiscuity (was Jennifer Jason Leigh even legal when this movie was shot?). Only after all that will people bring up Mike Damone–and that’s just not fair. Damone (Robert Romanus) is the highlight of Ridgemont High–bar none–and shines brighter than the rest of the students put together.

Sure, stealing Rat’s crush is a dick move. Lasting approximately 4 thrusts inside of her ain’t something to look up to either. Showing up at Stacy’s pool uninvited and towel-in-hand is classic douchebaggery. And obviously, insinuations of small-statured genitalia was certainly embarrassing.

But none of it matters! Why? Because Mike Damone can appreciate an iced tea without even tasting it. Because Mike Damone comes for the strudel. And, of course, because Mike Damone knows what he looks like. I would gladly risk his “prick” behavior and hang out with Damone every day of the week, as every other thing that comes out of his mouth is unintentionally hysterical. Things like, among others:

“Usze ya face. Usze ya body!”
“Came over to help ya with your math HOMEwork.”
“Isn’t this GREAT?”
“See my moustache comin in, Rat?”
“Came this close to workin at 7-11, y’know.”
“Hey Rat, you gotta ace that jacket!”
“Rat, show ‘em how you can stand up underwater!”
“When you have that… then you have the attitude.”
“Hey Linda, I’ll teach ya to dive. I used to be a champion myself, y’know.”
“I woke up in a good mood, what happened?”
“What a guy.”

What a guy, indeed. Mike Damone, I salute you. So do these guys in this AWESOME NSFW VIDEO!!!

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