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Strong Guy

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Strong Guy is the alias of Guido Carosella, a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. Skinny and shy, Guido’s mutant powers were triggered in childhood when an incident with schoolyard bullies and being hit by a bus ended in his body becoming disproportionately large and over-muscled, separating the already withdrawn boy even further from his peers.

Toad

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Toad (Mortimer Toynbee) is a Marvel Comics supervillain, an enemy of the X-Men. Toad was originally a weak, hunchbacked mutant, with a superhuman leaping ability. He was Magneto’s sniveling servant in the 1960s line-up of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He eventually led his own version of the Brotherhood, which was more involved in petty crime than mutant liberation.

Martian Manhunter

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he Martian Manhunter debuted in the back-up story “The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel” in Detective Comics #225, written by Joseph Samachson.The Martian Manhunter possesses a wide variety of superhuman powers and abilities, which have been shown inconsistently throughout the years. In the current DC continuity, many of his powers are similar to those of Superman, including super strength close to that of Superman (though as shown in the Death of Superman crossovers, he was no match for Doomsday), flight, invulnerability, super-breath, and “Martian vision”.

Captain

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Captain America is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor. An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. Captain America uses several shields throughout his history, the most recognizable of which is a nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of vibranium and steel. At least Captain America was i the military and had the actual rank of Captain.

Ferro Lad

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Ferro Lad (Andrew Nolan) is known in later continuity simply as Ferro. Andrew Nolan is a metahuman with the power to transform himself into living iron. He has a twin brother named Douglas who has the same power. Both twins have deformed faces as a side effect of the mutation that gave them their powers, so both wear iron masks.

Robin

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The name “Robin the Boy Wonder” and the medieval look of the original costume were inspired by The Adventures of Robin Hood. Robinson noted he “came up with Robin Hood because The Adventures of Robin Hood were boyhood favorites of mine. Although Robin is best known as Batman’s sidekick, the Robins have also been members of the superhero group the Teen Titans with the original Robin, Dick Grayson, being a founding member and the group’s leader and with Tim Drake being the current team leader.

Nightcrawler

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He has been associated with both the X-Men and Excalibur, originally appearing in graphic novels published by Marvel Comics. Kurt Wagner is an X-Men favorite. A mutant, Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, invisibility in deep shadows, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include blue fur, two-toed and -fingered feet and hands (not including thumbs), yellow eyes, and a prehensile tail. Nightcrawler has had a regular presence in Marvel-related comic books and video games. He has featured in a small number of the 1990s X-Men animated series episodes and was a regular on its successor, X-Men: Evolution.

Human Torch

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he Human Torch (Jonathan Lowell Spencer “Johnny” Storm) is a member of the Fantastic Four, making his first appearance in Fantastic Four #1. Like the rest of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch gained his powers on a spacecraft bombarded by cosmic rays. He can engulf his entire body in flames, is able to fly, can absorb fire harmlessly into his own body, and can control any nearby fire by sheer force of will. “Flame on!”, which the Torch customarily shouts when activating his full-body flame effect, has become his catchphrase.

Mr. Fantastic

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Mr. Fantastic ( as Reed Richards), he first appeared in Fantastic Four #1. Richards possesses a mastery of mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering, chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology. According to BusinessWeek, Mr. Fantastic is listed as one of the top ten most intelligent fictional characters in American comics. He is the inventor of the spacecraft which was bombarded by cosmic radiation on its maiden voyage, granting the Fantastic Four their powers. Richards gained the ability to stretch his body into any shape he desires.

Catman

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Catman was originally Thomas Blake, a world-famous trapper of jungle cats who turned to crime because he had grown bored with hunting and had squandered most of his fortune as a millionaire. He became a burglar who committed his crimes in a catsuit made out of an ancient African cloth. His costume was modeled after Catwoman’s disguise. Catman’s crimes at least once and initially helped Batman. As with many Batman villains in their first appearances, Catman was originally a gimmicked villain who stole items along a “cat” theme, such as cat statues, “cat’s eyes” emeralds, etc. His weapon of choice was a pair of steel clawtipped gloves and the razor edged “catarang”.

Ant-Man

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After discovering a size-altering chemical substance, biophysicist and nanotechnology expert Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym decided to become a superhero. Armed with a helmet that could control ants, Pym would shrink down to the size of an insect to become the unconventionally heroic Ant-Man. He soon shared his discovery with his girlfriend, Janet Van Dyne, who became his crime-fighting partner as the Wasp. The duo would become founding members of the Avengers, and found recurring enemies in the villainous Egghead and Pym’s own robotic creation, Ultron.

3-D Man

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The Chandler brothers received their superhuman abilities through exposure to an unknown radiation in the explosion of a Skrull starship. Hal Chandler could, by concentrating on the image of his brother Chuck imprinted on his glasses, summon a super-powered version of his brother: 3-D Man. Chuck had a telepathic link with Hal, who would lose consciousness and become comatose when the 3-D Man is active; the 3-D Man’s consciousness is apparently a synthesis of Chuck and Hal’s mind’s, with Chuck’s usually dominant. 3-D Man, in turn, could only remain in a three-dimensional reality for three hours at a time before Hal would wake up, causing 3-D Man to subsequently disappear and return to his two-dimensional existence.

Power Man

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Powerman is a British comic book series written by Don Avenall (aka Donne Avenell) and Norman Worker, and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland that was initially distributed in Nigeria. The series starred a superhero named Powerman. When the comics were re-published in the United Kingdom the character’s name became Powerbolt.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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Ellie Phimister was a Genoshan teenager and a student of Emma Frost’s telepathy class. During a tutoring session, Ellie reported having a recurring nightmare fifteen times the previous night wherein all people in Genosha were exterminated. She then pointed out that she had experienced the same vision during the class This is one of the worst names ever for a comic book character.

Marvel Girl

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She has been known under the aliases Marvel Girl and later, Phoenix and Dark Phoenix, and is best known as one of five original members of the X-Men, for her relationship with Cyclops, and for her central role and transformation in the classic X-Men storyline, “The Dark Phoenix Saga”. Jean Grey-Summers is a mutant born with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Her powers first manifested when she saw her childhood friend being hit by a car. She is a caring, nurturing figure, but she also must deal with being an Omega-level mutant and the physical manifestation of the cosmic Phoenix Force.

Aqualad

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The first Aqualad Garth debuted in Adventure Comics #269 (February 1960), and was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon. The second Aqualad Jackson Hyde was originally created for the Young Justice animated series by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa. Several months prior to the launch of the cartoon, the character was brought into the comic books (in a manner similar to Harley Quinn, Terry McGinnis, and X-23) by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.

Matter Eater Lad

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Matter-Eater Lad is the fifteenth member inducted into the Legion of Super-Heroes, joining soon after Bouncing Boy. In his first appearance, Matter-Eater Lad explains his origins, saying that the natives of Bismoll found that microbes had made all their food inedible, and that the populace evolved their ability to eat all matter as a survival mechanism.

Squirrel Girl

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Squirrel Girl was created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray, making her debut appearance in “The Coming of Squirrel Girl” in Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2, #8 (Jan. 1992). She ambushes the superhero Iron Man, teams up with him, and, after Iron Man is captured, defeats the villainous Doctor Doom. The story introduces her squirrel sidekick, Monkey Joe. Her ability to control squirrels is surprisingly powerful, and has allowed her to defeat major supervillains. She later became a member of the Great Lakes Avengers.

Jubilee

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Jubilee had the mutant power to generate bright bursts of multi-colored energy plasmoids from her fingertips. She referred to these globules as “fireworks.” The globules obeyed her mental control, traveling where she directed them, arranging themselves in balls, streamers, and other shapes, and exploding when she wished. The strength of the energy varies in degrees of power and intensity, and could range from a multitude of colorful sparkles capable of temporarily blinding a person to a powerful detonation capable of smashing objects and destroying property, or a precision burst inside a human brain, simulating the effects of a massive stroke. Jubilee could absorb the fireworks back into her own body without harm. Jubilee often referred to her powers as “pafs.” “Paf” appears in many instances as onomatopoeia for her powers.

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21 Comments »

  • Tankgirl says:

    Shadowcat’s earlier names were actually really apt but like feros perhaps a little too cerebral!

    Ariel was a sprite or spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, he could turn himself invisible and walk/fly through things like walls, trees etc.

    Hope that helps!

  • Harold Lloyd says:

    Captain Marvel’s real name was Mar’Vell (I think). And he really was a captain, specifically in the Kree military. He was sent to Earth during a war with the Shi’arr.

    Nightcrawler was named for two things. First, like Spiderman, he can cling to walls and ceilings. Second, little known power, he blends into / turns invisible in shadows.

    Johnny Storm couldn’t be called Torch because prior to the creation of the Fantastic 4 there was a character named “The Torch” in the 50′s. As that one was an android, Johnny became the Human Torch as separate from the android Torch. Further, Firestorm wasn’t created until something like 15 or 20 years later than the FF.

    As for Matter-Eater Lad, yeah, the name’s bad. What’s worse is that everybody on his home world of Bismol has the same powers that he has. That’s actually true for several members of the LSH, such as Chameleon Boy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, et cetera; everybody on their home world has the powers that they have.

    The real joke about Jubilee is that… some history. There used to be a group of kids (the Power Pack), about 6-8 years old, who had powers from an alien unicorn (or something similar). One of those kids had the ability to generate fireworks. If I remember correctly, at one point, the kids temporarily got aged into adults. At that point she used the name Jubilee to hide her identity. A few years later they added a new kid to the X-Men roster and… (Note, not the same kid; the Power Pack were all thoroughly middle-class white bread kids.)

  • Vinnie Morocco says:

    Luke Cage, Power Man is a reference to Black Power. He was devised in the late 60s/early 70s as a response to race politics, the ‘Cage’ and the chains he wears are references to slavery.

  • dave says:

    1. A number of the names listed are from the 60′s when comics were supposedly for kids only. Most names were therefore very simple: (word kinda describing powers)+(girl/boy/lad).

    2. Human Torch. He’a a legacy character (in name and powers) from the 40′s. Also, your Firestorm comment is incorrect. The FF started in 1961. The first Firestorm was made by DC in 1978, so the name wasn’t “taken”.

    3. Squirrel Girl’s name isn’t supposed to inspire fear. She’s a humorous idea: A cute little girl with a name and powers based on a cute little furry animal, who encounters mega-villains like Dr. Doom and Thanos and kicks their butts.

  • Campbell says:

    Captain Atom is a Captain in the military. That’s one of his defining character traits.

  • Tyciol says:

    Sick of Squirrel Girl getting a bad rap. Do people forget, she defeated both Dr. Doom and Deadpool?

    Campbell’s right about Atom too.

  • Wolf says:

    Robin wasn’t named after the bird, he was named after Robin Hood. Dick originally wanted his name to be the Hood, and his costume had a hood, but after Batman pointed out that the hood could be cumbersome in fights, he decided to go with the Robin half of the name instead.

    Also not only was the post crisis Captain Atom a US Air Force pilot in Vietnam, but the original Captain Atom from the 60′s was also a military official.

  • savage says:

    I really enjoy the fact that you have taken the time to Research and Publish a top 20 list of What you consider to be “Bad Names”. POWER MAN is the ONE, in the Age of Black Panthers, Civil Rights, Afros, Black theme Movies and When most of the Characters Look all shaded in Lighter skinned color, There was Luke Cage The Power Man. Who’s Only Power was Steel Hard Skin and Jive talking. Despite his Limitations..This was my favorite Hero of all time (WAS), I think his name fit for the times we were living in. Especially being a person living in South Central Los Angeles, He was one of the Main Reasons I bought Comic Books. So Please don’t Clown the NAME. POWER MAN 2011 is Alive and Well.

  • mototagz.com says:

    Matter Eater Lad is my favorite to worst name.

  • Des says:

    Actually, Captain Atom did hold the rank of Captain during his time in the military.

  • jroar says:

    squirrels do not have prehensile tails.

  • Zaoo says:

    Dude i disagree with you on so many topics… or well some of them, human torch for example, i believe that is a pretty cool name, same with mr.fantastic… Why not? Instead of choosing them you could have taken well invisible girl…. stupid name

  • dlanod esor says:

    All the superhero names were cool in their day, but I’d forgotten about Matter Eater Lad. I wonder if he ever gets constipated. Just visualze that.

  • dlanod esor says:

    Robin should’ve been a super villan. He should’ve had some undisclosed cosmic ability to steal anything and elude capture by moving back and forth into time. It would’ve been better if he had an obcession with practical jokes. Like filling Batman’s underwear with red pepper.

  • Joe says:

    Captain Atom is a Captain in the Air Force. Captain Nataniel Adam.

  • lincoln says:

    What no one mentioned, however, was that Captain America, was never a captain at all, and never technically joined the military: both elements that have never changed in his origin story(ies).

  • Steve says:

    Actually Captain America was NOT a captain in the army! he held the rank of Private before being given the Super soldier serum and made into Captain America.

    Not a bad list but probably should have done a lil homework on it first

  • Swartz says:

    While “Marvel Girl” is not a good name I doubt anyone with and education would wonder what a “Marvel” is.
    Marvel is in the dictionary. People still refer to grand and wondrous things as marvels.
    You hear the adjective “marvelous” more often.
    One marvels at the idea that this word would be obscure even in this day and age when we have modern marvels such as the internet.

    It is ridiculous the number of Captain Marvels out there. Check Wikipedia on that one.

  • JG says:

    I don’t think Captain America ever actually held the rank of Captain (I believe he says this in a recent issue of one of those Avengers titles). Also ditto the Captain Atom comments.

  • Twitchy says:

    These are the worst names you could find? Really?

    What about “Dogwelder”? Guess what his super power is!

  • Devilbob says:

    @ Twitchy- you beat me to it; I was sure no one else on this thread would remember Dog Welder.

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