Most pointless/useless superheroes of all comic history?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Auzzie-Phoenix, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. No poll for this one, as there are WAY too many choices to put on a poll. Post your top choice up for debate. Keep it civil.
  2. tie....raphael, donatello, michaelangelo, leonardo

    man, i can't stand me some turtles!...:D

  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Brillo Man.

    I mean, sure, he's great to have around if your oven needs cleaning, but the rest of the time?
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Of course there's a whole history of writers spoofing superheroes by creating useless ones, like the Mystery Men, Dr. Horrible's moist sidekick, and that crew on SNL where one of them was a human stapler. :)

    But my non-spoof vote goes to Green Lantern.
  5. Ant man
  6. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Matter Eater Lad.
  7. Gonna have to come out and say my personal vote is for Aquaman. Potentially useful for search and rescue, or private industry... but pretty much worthless otherwise.
  8. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    ...he would be pretty useful in Malaysia right about now...
  9. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Pointless or useless? No

    Boring as hell? Yeah.

    Even the critically well received GL runs I just can't get into.

    and Ant Man is not useless. Turns out theres a lot of situations where being tiny helps. Let's not forget he later became Goliath/Giant-Man, which suddenly made Pym seem a lot less useless and then basically the Wasp took over as the tiny hero (I love the Wasp, and by love, I mean I might actually have a crush on her) Being able to change your size at will from tiny to gigantic would be pretty cool. And useful.

    Also imagine if you could control all the ants on the could **** some serious **** up. Probably without anyone even noticing. Though to be fair, in the comcis I dotn think he could only ever control more than ants in an immediate vicinity.

    Also, Aquaman is unfairly maligned. He, more or less, controls the goddam ocean sea life and owns the whole thing. That's most of the earth. And not many can stand toe to toe against him in terms of strength. His problem is he just looked really lame, the name wasn't that great, and the Super Friends (the main thing responsible for his bad rep) insisted on making him even more stupid then the other guys. I mean, Namor at Marvel is essentially the same character and nobody makes fun of him. Of course, they also gave him a serious attitude... which they gave Aquaman at some point about 15 years ago, taking some cues from Marvel. They also gave him a beard and a harpoon for a forearm.... that still didn't help his comic's sale though.
  11. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Captain Barfo.
  12. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    OK, OK, for real this time: Aquaman.
  13. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Aquaman sucks

    But Matter Eater Lad is still more useless.
  14. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Plastic Man and Silver Surfer. If they're supposed to be comic relief, they're not succeeding.

    MAD magazine did a Plastic Man parody (drawn by the very talented Russ Heath) back in the late, THAT was funny.
  15. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Wonder Woman. Magic lasso? Invisible jet? Lame.
  16. Amazing rack. Win.
  17. edpal

    edpal Banned

    Oct 3, 2007
    Handi(cap) MAn from the old Living Color show.
  18. Danomo

    Danomo Guest

    Apr 25, 2013
  19. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Mighty Mouse. He's a cat-abusing rodent.

    Great theme song, though.
  20. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Pretty much all of them.