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10 Worst Superheroes in Comic Books

From wishy-washy whiners to heroes who just don't have cool powers, the worst superheroes to exist in comics make us appreciate the heavy-hitters so much more.

Comic books are known for creating characters that are meant to be role models. They are heroes in every sense of the word. They live to save the day and make things better, and they dedicate their lives to it, too. 

Everyone yearns to be like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman. They are strong, intelligent people who always find a way to use their abilities for the greater good. 

For the most part, superheroes are awesome. Once in a while though, you'll end up with a hero that just doesn't really cut it for one reason or another. Maybe it's because his powers are lame, or because she just is too damned whiny.

Either way, you're probably never going to see a movie based on the worst superheroes that made it through publication.

Leather Boy

Gene Lorrene might be one of the worst superheroes to grace comic book pages for a multitude of reasons. First off, he has no real superpowers, which could be forgivable if he was Batman. He is not though. He's a guy who was looking for BDSM flings on a newspaper and answered a classified ad for superheroes.

He's a straight guy who dresses as a leather man "bear." So like, there's some weird cultural appropriation going on with LGBTQ lifestyle there, just in case you weren't aware. Between the appropriation of gay culture and the BDSM bullshit, it's hard to like him.

Really, who adds BDSM into a comic book series that probably is going to be read by kids?! But wait, there's more.

Leather Boy also turned evil and tried to kill a tiny squirrel called Tippy Toe, the newest partner in crime to Squirrel Girl (who, admittedly, also has one of the worst super powers out there to date). Deadpool saved Tippy from getting pulverized by Gene, which is pretty awesome. What's not awesome is that someone actually thought this character was a good idea.

Big Bertha

Marvel comics are usually pretty good about being body positive, so we honestly don't know what happened when they decided to make a character like Big Bertha.

This character is basically the walking embodiment of fat shaming, and well, that's really what makes her one of the worst superheroes out there. It's hard to ignore the message she sends to people. 

Big Bertha was a supermodel who gained the superpower of being able to grow to any size while having super strength. Every comic she has with her involves fat jokes, including the one where she caught Leather Boy by sitting on him. Ugh. Just...ugh.

Krypto the Super Dog

To be fair, all of Superman's pets are kind of lame, but there's something extra lame about Krypto. The longer that Krypto existed, the more you kind of end up growing to hate him. It's as if he's been neutered halfway through his existence... and then re-neutered today. 

We don't know, we're not experts in what constitutes a lame superhero. Even though we're not experts in the subject, we can honestly say that this is one of the few superheroes that evolved to be lamer and lamer as years passed.

Comet the Super Horse

You know what's the only superhero that manages to make people feel worse than Krypto? Comet, the goddamned Super Horse. Seriously, this is one of the few superheroes that gives people the heebie jeebies. 

The reason why is because Comet is kind of a creepy stalker who has been watching Supergirl for ages and has a really weird crush on her. He was a human being who was turned into a horse by a god, so it's totally okay. (No, it's not.)

So, if Supergirl is your new kryptonite, don't be shocked to find out that you're not alone in that sense.

Supergirl is very fond of Comet, even though she doesn't know where he came from. This is even creepier when you hear about Supergirl having what are basically wet dreams about a white horse that looks like Comet.

Being a horse, he realizes he can't get it with Supergirl unless he changes into a person. So, he does a bunch of stuff so he can finally seduce the teenage girl of his dreams. That's creeptastic material designed to create one of the worst comic book couples of all time.

Aquaman

To a point, Aquaman had to be on this list. He's a superhero that was given powers that are just plain outdated and retro. Talking to fish isn't cool, after all.

Back in the Golden Age of comic books, where his book showing him being a doctor to fish was considered cool, this worked. Nowadays, Aquaman is kind of an ongoing joke among comic book fans because he's just pretty powerless. 

Aquaman would be better if you could take him out of water, but even that manages to be awkward for him. So, despite having idiotic powers of talking to fish, he can't even really be salvaged via a Bruce Wayne type of transformation. 

Even Family Guy riffed on Aquaman's powers. That should tell you volumes about why he's now one of the worst superheroes on the comic book scene.

Dazzler

The X-Men have a ton of awesome superheroes among their ranks—Jean Grey, Dr. Xavier, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, just to name a few. Dazzler, though, isn't one of them. 

This mutant had the awesome power of being able to make bright lights appear. That's about it. If she was a raver, she'd be super popular for her light shows, but since she's on a team that fights people like the Juggernaut, pretty lights aren't going to do jack shit. 

Even so, she had her run in 90s comic book cartoons. Maybe. We just really don't care enough to know.

Starfox

Some comic book heroes have all the luck—and if you're a hero that doesn't get laid often, you'd be apt to feel jealous of this guy. Starfox, whose real name is Eros, is Thanos's brother.

He's way hotter than Thanos, and he also comes with the ability to spark pleasure in peoples' brains. As in, Eros's main power is being a ladies' man and being able to pretty much force women to fall for him. 

Holy sexual assault, Batman!

The sexual assault issue doesn't seem to really show up on Marvel's radar, but you know what else does? The fact that he's a total Mary Sue. It makes for a lame, chauvinistic superhero... and that's what makes him one of the worst superheroes in the Marvel Comics Universe.

Color Kid

Somehow, Color Kid became a real superhero in the DC Comics world. We don't really know what possessed writers to think this would be a good idea, but here we are. It's Color Kid! A guy whose powers are showing up with colors and looking like Klaus Nomi.

Writers acknowledged that he sucked, and even put him in the Legion of Substitute Heroes, which is where all superhero rejects go in that universe.

Ironically, most of the people in the Legion of Substitute Heroes actually ended up becoming well-liked, with Polar Kid actually joining the Legion of Super-Heroes later on. Color Kid did not. He just sucked that much.

Cyclops

Cyclops? One of the worst superheroes around, you say? Yes, it's true. What makes him terrible isn't his superpower. It's his godawful, whiny personality and really unheroic behavior. 

Think about it. Every time Cyclops has been asked to step up as a leader, he's failed. Horribly. Then, he whines about it. There has not been one time he's been really fearless. He's not even good at thinking logically!

Then, there's the whole way he treats women. 

He cheated on Jean Grey because he wasn't man enough to actually do right by her and break it off. He then immediately goes out with Emma after Jean dies. When he meets a Jean lookalike, he unceremoniously dumps Emma for her.

Oh, and he also kissed Emma on Jean's grave. Cyclops needs a new visor and a new personality, because everything about him sucks.

Buddy Brown
Buddy Brown

Detroit-born Buddy Brown is a 80s hair metal fan who loves cars, games, and sports. When he’s not drinking PBR while listening to Downtown Brown, he’s playing Grand Theft Auto or working on his El Camino.

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