We often ignore the obvious wrongs of our favorite superhero idols. But sometimes their actions demand introspection and judgment. Take a look yourself.
He is mostly associated with his iron clad ideals of honesty, liberty, and justice. So much so that people seem to forget that in World War Two, Steve Rogers had one job – kill soldiers of the Axis powers. he killed Nazis and Fascists in Europe and the Japanese in the Eastern Front. As a Super Soldier, he killed countless lives but his adventures have always been glorified.
The friendly neighborhood superhero is supposed to be a walking ray of sunshine. Spider-Man is an idol to many. But in the comic books, he has had enough kills to rival that of a notorious biker gang leader. Marvel Comics has confirmed Spidey has at least 18 confirmed kills. Granted some of them were accidents but a majority weren’t.
This one would obviously be a no-brainer. Wolverine has had a dark and grim history before he joined the X-Men and started mending his ways. An ultra-violent creature, Logan has worked as a soldier and mercenary throughout many eras. And he was certainly not inviting his foes over for supper. As far as clod blooded mass murderers go, Wolverine ranks the highest.
The Jade Giant has a massive anger management issue. And it has led to numerous rampages that have destroyed entire neighborhoods and left whole cities in ruins. The Hulk has had at least 126 confirmed kills throughout the multiverse. Some of them were done by alternate reality Hulks but even when you take those numbers out, Hulk still remains a mass murderer on loose.
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Hal Jordan is supposed to be one of the good ones. But he too is tainted with blood on his hands. Jordan was in an emotionally vulnerable state when the fear entity Parallax possessed him. He then murdered the many Green Lantern Corps members and almost all the Guardians after going rogue.
In the comics, the Nova Corps registers Peter Quill’s kill count to be somewhere north of 35,000. Some of his most infamous adventures include destroying a Kree colony ship while fighting a Herald of Galactus. As a former criminal. Quill has taken part in countless conflicts that have killed thousands of innocent lives.
Remember the God of Thunder is at least 4000 years old in the comics. That leaves him plenty of room to be a bloodthirsty maniac before he became a more ‘docile’ Avenger. In ancient times, Thor has killed many magical creatures including swathes of Frost Giants. He has even killed many superheroes like Sentry, Wolverine, the Wasp, and Captain America.
The Spectre may be bound to a human host but he has no qualms about taking human lives. He turns people into non-living objects and then smashes them. At times he terminates an entire dimension or strips people of their flesh and bones if he deems them unworthy of life. And that’s when he is in a good mood.
Norrin Radd volunteered to become Galactus‘ Herald if he spared his worlds’ life. In return, Radd became the Silver Surfer. As the Surfer, he found many fertile, plump worlds ripe with life. For more than a thousand years, the Silver Surfer killed entire civilizations he saw fit to be harvested by Galactus. In his quest to save one world, he took down an infinite more.
This list would not make any sense without Jean grey. After losing control to the Phoenix Force, Grey goes AWOL. Her hunger as the Dark Phoenix grows so much she absorbs an entire star. The D’Bari star system was home to at least 5 billion inhabitants at the time, all of them perishing in an instant.