When a child thinks of what a hero is, they will most likely envision a person or character who will always strive to do what is right. As adults, we realize that people are complicated and even the best of us will sometimes fall short of their lofty ideals. At one time, comics were thought to be a medium that was designed strictly to appeal to children. As time passed and people began to recognize that wasn’t the case, lines of good guys and bad guys started to blur.
As fans of storytelling, we love the introduction of more nuanced characters and storylines but sometimes feel shocked at the deeds writers have had protagonists commit. We’re here to introduce our readers to some of the crazier examples of former champions of the right going off the radar.
10 Thor Drops the Equivalent of a Nuke On China
One of three characters who’ve grown to become the core of The Avengers as we know it, the Asgardian God of Thunder is one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes. During one story published in 1963, Thor easily defeats a Chinese army single-handedly. The next morning at the Communist headquarters, a lowly scientist is ordered to kill Odin’s son or face death himself. So he turns himself into the super-powered Radioactive Man and sets out to fulfill his task.
9 Supergirl & Comet
Comet the Superhorse served as Supergirl's companion for quite a while before a strange story forever altered their relationship to those who were paying attention. The pair travelled to another planet at Superman's request to aid a friend of his, who was in danger. Once they saved the day, the alien being, they saved revealed to Comet that he had superpowers and wanted to reward him for his rescue. The trusty horse wishes to become human and his wish is granted.
8 Starfox, Mind Manipulator
If this Avenger and Eternal was more famous, this entry could have taken the top spot on our list. An alien being gifted with the ability to “psionically stimulate the pleasure centers in nearby people's brains”, he is accused of using that ability to have his way with those he desires.
7 Ant-Man’s Treatment of The Wasp
Arguably the most fun superhero movie ever, Ant-Man featured Hank Pym, the original person to take on the mantle, in a major role. A founding Avenger in the comic books, he also happens to be an incredibly flawed individual. At one time married to The Wasp, Janet van Dyne, he should have had the storybook ending that all true heroes deserve.
6 Human Torch Likes Them Young
Known as a ladies man in practically every medium he has appeared in, Johnny Storm’s greatest love may be an Inhuman named Crystal. He was dating another woman when they first met and clearly had the hots for her older sister but those barriers fell away quickly and the two began to see one another.
5 The Thing, Skull-Crusher
For many superhero fans, Ben Grimm may be the most lovable long-lasting character ever. A sensitive man with a hard exterior, The Thing is known as one of the most honorable characters in comics history. Fiercely loyal to his teammates, he was actually transformed into the creature we know today because he had his friend Reed’s back, at great risk to himself, with nothing to really gain himself.
4 Lois Lane Seduces Superman’s Dad
Lois may not typically be thought of as a superhero, but her deeds are often heroic which qualifies her for our list. Way back, in 1965, she managed to travel back in time and through space, to a still intact, Krypton, where she comes into contact with Supes’ folks. Stranded on a planet that she knows is destined to be destroyed; she does what any reasonable person would do, pretends to be her boyfriend’s mom and seduces his father. Wait, what?
3 Cyclops, Wife Deserter, Cheater and Murderer
Cyclops has been the de facto field leader of the X-Men since the beginning. Scott “Cyclops” Summers is supposed to be the embodiment of the morally upstanding mutant. He is supposed to be the perfect example of the Charles Xavier's dream of mutants and humans living together in harmony.
2 Reed Richards, Mass Murderer
In the Ultimate Universe, Reed Richards is an egomaniac who led a group that committed a full-fledged genocide. As in the movies, Reed was a founding member of The Fantastic Four, but in the Ultimate line of comic books, he was driven crazy when the team broke up and his love Sue, rejected his proposal. After faking his death, the former hero had Spider-Man’s home, the Baxter Building and Shield’s headquarters attacked by alien creatures.
1 Charles Xavier
A powerful telepath, he travelled the world finding mutants he believed would follow him and trained them to use their abilities. He also taught his new followers that humans and mutants should live together peacefully. Then some of his more despicable deeds came to light.
For instance, there was a team of mutants, he brought together to save some of his other students. Believing he’d sent them to their doom, instead of taking responsibility for their fate, he erased them from the memories of the world. One of those people, Gabriel Summers, was the brother of two of his followers, Havok and Cyclops. On top of that, it came to light that he’d enslaved the will of the physical manifestation of his much-heralded training facility, The Danger Room. Danger, as the being came to be known spent years doing the bidding of Charles while he ignored its telepathic screams for relief. Then, of course, there is his manipulation of Wolverine and love for an underage Jean Grey. In short, no hero has a longer rap sheet we can think of.
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