Top Ten Most Hated Comic Book Characters

After watching my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers lose to those unfavorable, no-good, grey-area-living New England Patriots 28-21 on Thursday night, I was reminded how much I truly despise that organization. It wasn’t because they beat us (let’s face it our defense lost us that game) nor was it because of the recent radio headset scandal. No, I hate the New England Patriots because of the countless times the Patriots have been linked to cheating or some immoral practices towards game preparation and their actions on game day (take a look at this ESPN story released Tuesday) that force me to hate the most successful franchise of the last decade. They are to put it nicely – classless.

Yet, I digress. All my pent up disdain for the Pats has got me thinking about some other things that repulse me in this world. So, with all the extra time I have had sulking about the Steelers’ opening night loss, I’ve decided to compile a list of my ten most-hated comic book characters of all-time.

10) Deadpool (Marvel)

First Appearance: New Mutants #98 (1990)

Deadpool - Credit: Deadpool Marvel via Flickr

Deadpool – Credit: Deadpool Marvel via Flickr

I’ll be honest; when Wade Wilson first appeared on the scene I loved him. To be honest, I still love the ‘Merc with the mouth,’ but over recent years my affinity towards him has lessened. I remember him being a wisecracking, ass-kicking badass in his original mini-series, yet as time waged on he started to become a running gag rather than an off-the-cuff anti-hero. Similar, to some Patriots’ players who I use to love and then suddenly find myself cheering against (looking at you Mike Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, and LeGarrette Blount). The likable Deadpool has shifted towards my bad side ever since writers decided he was a comedy routine rather than a respectable anti-hero.

9) Superboy (DC)

First Appearance: Adventure Comics Featuring Superboy #5 (1949)

**Note the modern version of character first appeared in Adventures Of Superman #500 (1993)

Never been a fan of cloned characters let alone a Kryptonian clone. To me, Superboy was never cool. Even though he was supposed to have this edge, this ‘bad boy’ image that his predecessor (and who he is cloned after) Superman, did not. In the end, Superboy just looked like a super gimmick. Although, to his credit it is awfully tough to be a badass when you’re biggest rival is, Bizarro.

8) Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

I’ve never been a big fan of the Fantastic Four especially their leader Reed Richards. For starters having elastic skin and the ability to stretch yourself out is a ridiculously absurd power. Second, having an extremely attractive wife who you ignore is equally absurd. For a guy who is supposedly one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe he can never seem to figure out why his wife is constantly visiting Sub-Mariner. He can barely keep his superhero team together and he can’t even figure out how to be a better pilot than the Thing – he’s an utter waste.

7) Captain Cold (DC)

First Appearance: Showcase #8 (1957)

Leonard Snart aka the most fearsome Eskimo ever. How an old man with a cyro-gun manages to strike fear into any one is beyond me. How the heck he can even go toe-to-toe with my man, The Flash, is beyond comprehension.

6) Sub-Mariner (Marvel)

First Appearance: Motion Picture Funnies #1 (1939)

Namor is one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He is also one of the first characters I immediately came to loathe. Being an Aquaman fan (I know that’s mind bogglingly to some) I could never get myself to rally support behind Marvel’s Atlantean King. He always came off as arrogant and overpowered. Plus, he never actually had any compelling storylines of his own. Instead, he was always a lackluster add-on to The Avengers comic plots.  His greatest claim to fame is stealing (#8 on the list) Reed Richard’s wife.

5) Mrs. Fantastic (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Fantastic Four Fan Art - Credit: Ape Lad via Flickr

Fantastic Four Fan Art – Credit: Ape Lad via Flickr

Does the Invisible Woman’s placement on this list need any more explanation? I don’t like the superhero team she’s a part of, I don’t respect her husband as a comic character, and I don’t care for her underwater Sancho – why the hell would I like her?

4) Mole Man (Marvel)

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

I don’t have a single clue how Mole Man has survived as a human being let alone a super villain. His powers are creepy to say the least and he is the only character I’ve ever seen receive all level-one official power votes on his Marvel Wiki page. He is an old man, who has the senses of a mole – a freaking mole! How the heck does he outwit the Fantastic Four? The fact this blind, decrepit senior citizen manages to give them a hard time is a huge reason why both Reed and Susan Richards landed on this list.

3) Martian Manhunter (DC)

First Appearance: Detective Comics #225 (1955)

Arguably one of the strongest members of The Justice League and maybe even the DC Universe, yet J’onn J’onzz never actually uses the full extent of his power. It is because of his beliefs as a pacifist that I can’t respect him. He could literally crush opponents with his strength or heat vision yet he consistently gets worked over by significantly weaker opponents. The Martian needs to learn that scared money, don’t make no money and man up.

2) Superman (DC)

First Appearance: Action Comics #1 (1938)

Credit: Michael Studt via Flickr

Credit: Michael Studt via Flickr

You either love or hate The Man of Steel. Personally, I can’t stand the boy scout. He’s overpowered, uncharismatic, and I hate to sound like Donald Trump here, but the guy is an illegal immigrant and should be deported. Interestingly enough, Superman is only a superhero because he feels that the human race needs his protection. The guy treats heroism as a mundane day job, a chore – how the heck can anyone respect a character like that? Not to mention, his greatest nemesis, Lex Luthor is an ordinary human being without any superpowers. He simply continues to outsmart the Kryptonian ensuring us all that Superman is more successful as the journalist, Clark Kent rather than his super powered self.

1) Jubilee (Marvel)

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #244 (1989)

Probably the weakest and lamest X-Men to ever cross the pages of the Marvel publication, Jubilee is just a poorly designed character. Her mutant powers allow her to create energy plasmas that she has cheerfully deemed ‘fireworks.’ Yes, fireworks. There is literally a comic book character that can produce grand, opulent displays of visual excitement for your nieces and nephews. Yet, instead of working at Disney World she was a mainstay fixture in the 1990s X-Men lineup. Kind of like how the Patriots ability to avoid NFL fines/penalties – despite their clear obstruction of fair-play – is inane, Jubilee’s creation as a comic book character is just as cockamamie.



One thought on “Top Ten Most Hated Comic Book Characters

  1. I don’t believe you’ve read what Gerry Duggan has done for Deadpool since 2012. He isn’t just the comedy act anymore. He has gone through some serious character development in last half a decade. Don’t just claim stuff without reading any of the last 5 years of comics he’s been in. Heck in issue #20 of Deadpool (2016) he helped a person who was gonna kill himself.


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