This recent answer reminded me of a quote from the anime Mawaru Penguindrum:

You who are surely unable to become somebody (literal TL)

Is there any significant difference between this and きっと誰にもなれないお前たち?

I'm trying to get a better feel for how 何 works in these kind of constructs. Grammatically, what things can I put 何 in front of?

I'm guessing it works with counter words. For example could I make something like 何{なん}時{じ}にもよくない for "it's not good at any hour"?

I'm not sure if 者 actually works as a counter though. What about adding 何 to nouns in general?

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    You're off track here since 何者 is a word unto itself and not prefix 何 + 者
    – Angelos
    Commented Jul 10 at 22:00
  • 何者【なにもの】 has more in common with 裏切【うらぎ】り者【もの】 or 化【ば】け物【もの】 than it does with 何人.
    – YKa
    Commented Jul 12 at 12:45

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何者” in “何者にもなれない” carries the nuance of being a person who has achieved something, or sometimes someone socially important or recognized.

きっと何者にもなれないお前たち。 You guys who surely never become anyone of significance.

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