Have you ever wanted to know just a little bit more than your “better half” when it came to comics? Have you ever sat in a theatre asking your partner a million questions about what was going on or who that was? Do they make you feel like an idiot with their knowledge versus yours? I wonder, have you ever wanted to show that person up in front of their friends?
I have great news for you. If you feel like you have 5 minutes to waste and you want to learn a thing or two about heroes you will never talk about, here are the top unknown superheroes!
Krypto, aside from being annoying to type on a computer (try it if you don’t believe me) was the family dog in Jor-El’s household. Originally used to test the rocket that would take young Kal-El to Earth, his rocket was taken off course and drifted in space for years. Eventually, the signal from his rocket would pick up the signal from Kal-El’s and find its way to Earth.
In a shocking turn of events, the two would get along extremely well. Much like Superman, Krypto possesses super strength. Unfortunately, his brain is no different from normal dogs. Because of this, he has been known to take chunks out of a door or two when wanting outside. To sum it up, yes, Superman has a dog.
What hasn’t been written about Squirrel Girl yet? As her name implies, she has Squirrel-like powers, allowing her enhanced strength, speed, agility, and reflexes. She possesses small, retractable spikes that come from her knuckles, a semi-prehensile tail, and most importantly, can communicate with…SQUIRRELS.
Much like most of the Top Tier Heroes, she has a sidekick and as you probably have guessed, her sidekick is a Squirrel and yes, it has a name. Monkey Joe
Don’t think for a second that she should be taken lightly. She has taken down some of the Heavyweights of the Marvel Universe. These include Doctor Doom, M.O.D.O.K., Thanos (kind of), Deadpool, and Wolverine.
While being the poster child for characters that nobody cares about, she has quietly built up a following. Don’t be surprised if she makes her way to the Small or Big Screen sooner than later.
If you have ever looked at the powers of Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic and thought “what a useless power” you’d be saddened to know that the DC Universe has its own version of it. Originally created in 1941, Plastic Man, or Patrick O’Brien has been a “valuable” member of the Justice League as well as the All-Star Squadron and Freedom Fighters. Similar to Mr. Fantastic in that he can form his body into any shape he needs, Plastic Man, can also change his size and possesses superhuman agility, strength, and a form of invulnerability.
If you were wondering Plastic Man has been around longer than Mr. Fantastic. Why would Marvel copy a character like this? I will give it to DC and Plastic Man for one thing over Marvel and Mr. Fantastic. Unlike Mr. Fantastic, who is a stuck-up, no-nonsense character, Plastic Man has a great sense of humor and has used it to his advantage. Believe it or not, the world’s most serious detective, Batman has even befriended him.
When you analyze the fall of the Soviet Union, what do you think of it? Gorbachev? Bush? All 12 Independent Republics?
How about Doop? Doop was the product of a Cold War, U.S. Military experiment, and was instrumental in the fall of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, little is known about exactly how. According to Captain America, the U.S. Government created him in a secret weapons project.
Doop’s body contains a nightmare dimension known as Doop Land and he is able to access it by turning inside-out. He is also able to fire energy blasts from his brain and can prevent psychic intrusion through a short-range energy pulse that he can emit. Obviously, he has no legs. He floats.
For reasons that I can’t understand and more popular than you or I can imagine, Doop remains a fan favorite among comic book fans.
Ahhh, yes. A Canadian Hero. What do you do when an entire country feels left out? You rip off one of your own characters and give it to that country.
Seeing the amazing characters the rest of the world has and knowing that it could only ride the coattails of Wolverine for so long, the creators at Marvel decided that Canada needed not only one new character but a whole group of them. From this thought, we got Alpha Flight and Sasquatch.
Almost exactly like the Hulk, Dr. Walter Langkowski was conducting Gamma Radiation Research when something went horribly wrong. As the research continued, he found himself under the bombardment of massive amounts of Gamma Rays. Sadly, for the rest of his life, he would need to get his back waxed every week.
The other dog. Lockjaw is a member of the Inhumans Royal Family and is the primary pet of Crystal and her cousin and leader of the Inhumans, Black Bolt.
After walking through the Terrigen Mist Lockjaw was able to do a number of things. Teleport himself and others over long distances. Increased sense of smell and strength. He is a dog after all. Possibly lost his humanoid form and became canine-like
Because of his ability to teleport, Lockjaw continuously finds himself being used more than toilet paper. If you ever have the opportunity to meet him, give him a pat, throw him a bone and ask him to transport you to somewhere tropical.
Kyle Richmond, much like Elektra, came from a privileged life. Due to his privileges, he became spoiled, irresponsible, and unwilling to listen to authority. The life he was leading came to an abrupt stop when, while driving drunk, he and his girlfriend wound up in an accident. As a result of the accident, she was killed.
Looking to turn his life around, he enlisted in the army. Unfortunately, at this time, a heart murmur would be found and he would be deemed unfit for service. Unlike Steve Rogers, who would be chosen for the Super Soldier Program, he was forced to find another way.
While spending some time researching, he uncovered a mysterious formula in an ancient book. He then created the formula, drank it, and was bestowed superhuman powers. This all sounds pretty amazing until you realize that like a gigolo, his powers only come out at night.
Other than the above information you don’t need to know anything else. If you have been around for 47 years and the only legacy you leave is your night abilities, you probably aren’t worthwhile knowing about.
If you didn’t have the chance to see the Ant-Man movie or know nothing about his powers, would you want the ability to shrink down to the size of an ant so that you could fight crime? If the answer is “No”, welcome to the majority.
Here we have The Atom or DC’s version of Ant-Man. Granted, DC did bring him out first, so I guess we can call him the original, but why Marvel would want to mimic this useless character is beyond me.
I will say, that the Ant-Man movie as well as his appearance in Captain America, and Civil War was pretty spectacular, however, it doesn’t change the fact that his power is he can shrink. I mean, what man wants to be known as someone that shrinks under pressure?
By the way, if you didn’t think that Marvel copied DC enough, you’d be surprised to know that The Atom is also one of the world’s top scientific minds.
Have you ever wondered why Batman is so good at what he does? Argus or Nick Kovac has. I can’t confirm the next statement, however, I would like to assume that he thought that Batman was successful because he was able to lurk in the shadows.
Nick Kovac was attacked by a Bloodlines Parasite named Vanev. This attack left him totally invisible in the shadows as well as being able to see beyond the normal spectrum of light.
Unfortunately, what he failed to realize is that Batman has been successful not only because of his ability to lurk in the shadows but because he is ridiculously rich, smart, and inventive. Shame on you Nick Kovac. Instead of becoming a cool hero, you look like a sexual predator.
Friendly Fire is our friend in the image above all dressed in red. The team he belongs to consists of a bunch of rag-tag misfits who don’t belong anywhere else. You would think that on a team of losers, anyone, including Friendly Fire would have the opportunity to rise above the rest and be the best the team has to offer.
You’d think wrong. Friendly Fire has the ability to shoot powerful bolts of energy from his hands. This sounds pretty awesome, right?…he can only hit his own allies. Despite continual efforts to change this, Friendly Fire has not been able to hit anything but his friends.
Actually, I stand corrected. Friendly Fire holds the distinction of being the only comic book character to die by his own hands. Yes, you read that right. He struck himself with an energy bolt while attempting to hit a target. With all this newfound information in hand, go out there and show up your friends, spouse, or that bully who won’t leave you alone.