Animal heroes and villains are all over the place. Some work amazingly, like Batman, some work terribly, like the completely bonkers Batman villain who was an orca whale. But then there are the rest of the animal-themed supers — the weirdos. Here are the weirdest animal-themed heroes and villains from the superhero worlds.
Ant-Man caught on pretty well for a character who was even rejected by his creator. The kind of comic creators, Jack Kirby, always felt his Ant-Man character was a terrible superhero — what kind of kid would want to be smaller? Still, Ant Man stuck around, and the current version — Scott Lang, as played by Paul Rudd — recognizes just how ridiculous this entire concept is.
Of course, there are insects much worse than ants. Maggott a mutant who travels the world with two maggots on each shoulder, has a sentient digestive system. Truly, he is a role model to anyone who thought they were too disgusting to leave the house — Maggott does, and with gusto!
Hippo the Hippo
A character who is not yet even a decade old, and has already had a healthy handful of ridiculous appearances, Hippo the Hippo is a hippo turned half human by the High Evolutionary. Unfortunately, all he does with his new mind is get his feelings hurt, feel flustered, and rob banks. Hey, he’s just like me, more or less! I love him!
Squirrel Girl is maybe the patron saint of weird animal characters, because a) her animal is the oddest of any on this list, and b) she absolutely embraces it. From her first appearance, Squirrel Girl has never been ashamed of having an army of squirrels to help her fight crime, and she even defeats Dr. Doom to start things off. She’s excited to be who she is — a teenager who talks to squirrels. And that’s infectious.
Based on a softcore porno written by an SNL writer, Professor Pyg was a deranged man who wore a pig mask and fused peoples’ faces together to create demented doll-o-trons. The pig mask was a reflection of his deep self hatred, as Pyg thought he was ugly, and hiding behind a porky visage would certainly do the trick.
The Terrible Trio
They’re three millionaires who dress up as animals and rob banks and somehow– somehow– pose a threat to Batman. That’s the biggest mystery of The Terrible Trio. The three disgusting millionaires who dress badly. Get outta here Trio!
Howard the Duck
Somehow, over the last few years, Howard the Duck has became a popular Marvel character, despite his heinously received movie from the ’80s. He has no powers. Hell, he has no skill set, outside of quack-fu (which is Kung Fu but worse). Basically, Howard the Duck is a grump and that’s fun to read.
Like with Squirrel Girl, it’s Leap-Frog’s ridiculous exuberance that makes him fun. But unlike Squirrel Girl, Leap-Frog is NOT good at what he does! Leap on outta here, Leap-Frog! You’re too goofy for this cruel world!
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