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Post by Hourglass on Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:26 am

Who do you think is the most utterly pointless hero ever to appear in any comic?

For me I'd have to go with Aqua man who just seems utterly useless in any real situation I can possibly think of. I mean if I was held up in town the only place he'd be of any use is the fish pond by town hall or the fish and chip shop if the fish arnt dead yet.

There's also Muto Yugi from the comic Yu-gi-oh (which I adore) who defeats people using games, predominately a children's trading card game of all things Shocked

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Spiff_B on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:39 pm

[quote="Hourglass"]Who do you think is the most utterly pointless hero ever to appear in any comic?

For me I'd have to go with Aqua man who just seems utterly useless in any real situation I can possibly think of. I mean if I was held up in town the only place he'd be of any use is the fish pond by town hall or the fish and chip shop if the fish arnt dead yet./quote]
But two-thirds (or something) of the Earth is covered in water!

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Hourglass on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:47 pm

True but unless the crime is committed at sea he's still pointless.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Spiff_B on Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:32 pm

Hourglass wrote:True but unless the crime is committed at sea he's still pointless.
Haven't read the comics to know: are there nasty aquatic people for Aquaman to battle?
'Cos Marvel's Sub-Mariner would be pointless if not for his fellow water-dwellers.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:08 pm

Spiff_B wrote:
Hourglass wrote:True but unless the crime is committed at sea he's still pointless.
Haven't read the comics to know: are there nasty aquatic people for Aquaman to battle?
'Cos Marvel's Sub-Mariner would be pointless if not for his fellow water-dwellers.
Aquaman's rogues gallery includes such unforgettable characters as the Fisherman and the Scavenger. His arch foe, though, is Ocean Master, a modern day pirate who is coincidentally his half brother. Ocean Master once made a deal with the Devil which gave him super powers as long as he was holding his trident. Unfortunately, he forgot to read the small print, which left him in unbearable agony if his hand was physically separated from his trident. Which must have been awkward when changing his shirt, or eating. He really was that dumb.

The single most pointless superhero though, in my opinion, would have to be Matter eater Lad of the Legion of Superheroes. As his name implies, his was the super ability to...ummm...eat things. Anything, in fact. As long as it was inorganic. So, not including actual food.

The LSH also gave us Stone Boy (who could turn into a statue but was totally immobile in that form), Infectious Lass (who made people sick) and the unforgettable Arm-Fall-Off Boy.

Another contender would be Marvel's the Thin Man, who had the power to become super thin.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Hourglass on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:15 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Spiff_B wrote:
Hourglass wrote:True but unless the crime is committed at sea he's still pointless.
Haven't read the comics to know: are there nasty aquatic people for Aquaman to battle?
'Cos Marvel's Sub-Mariner would be pointless if not for his fellow water-dwellers.
Aquaman's rogues gallery includes such unforgettable characters as the Fisherman and the Scavenger. His arch foe, though, is Ocean Master, a modern day pirate who is coincidentally his half brother. Ocean Master once made a deal with the Devil which gave him super powers as long as he was holding his trident. Unfortunately, he forgot to read the small print, which left him in unbearable agony if his hand was physically separated from his trident. Which must have been awkward when changing his shirt, or eating. He really was that dumb.

The single most pointless superhero though, in my opinion, would have to be Matter eater Lad of the Legion of Superheroes. As his name implies, his was the super ability to...ummm...eat things. Anything, in fact. As long as it was inorganic. So, not including actual food.

The LSH also gave us Stone Boy (who could turn into a statue but was totally immobile in that form), Infectious Lass (who made people sick) and the unforgettable Arm-Fall-Off Boy.

Another contender would be Marvel's the Thin Man, who had the power to become super thin.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! my sides are splitter >< these are truly terrible super powers.
reminds me of that spoof superhero film I saw, cant remember what it's called.
One of them throws c utterly mainly spoons and has god awful catchprases like "nice to see you so spoon"
There's then the Shuffler who hits people with a spade an then a bloke whose power is he just gets easily angry.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:21 pm

Mystery Men. The guy with the spoons was 'the Blue Rasjah', who spoke in an affected English accent and called himself the zen master of cutlery. The other guy was Mr Furious, played by Ben Stiller. Great movie. It was based on the comic book which introduced yet another of the lamest superheroes ever, the Flaming Carrot. But the Carrot was deemed too lame to actually be in the film..

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Hourglass on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:24 pm

What was the name of the person who could turn invisible but only when no one was looking at him? Very Happy

I do love that movie, much watch it again sometime, utterly brilliant.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:26 pm

Hourglass wrote:What was the name of the person who could turn invisible but only when no one was looking at him? Very Happy

I do love that movie, much watch it again sometime, utterly brilliant.
Invisible Boy. He would immediately become visible if anyone looked at him, including himself. Not the most useful of powers...

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:40 pm

Not a superhero, but possibly the most pointless villain was the Stilt Man, a thief whose gimmick was stealing things from high buildings while wearing a suit of high tech armour with telescopic stilts attached. He had a long and unmemorable career which saw him beaten up by everyone from Daredevil to Black Goliath, before the Punisher took one look at him and blew his legs off.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Spiff_B on Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:34 am

Team-wise, Section 8 are useless, although that's they were created to be. Their classic character has to be Dog Welder! With Bueno Excellente a close second.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:27 am

Spiff_B wrote:Team-wise, Section 8 are useless, although that's they were created to be. Their classic character has to be Dog Welder! With Bueno Excellente a close second.
From Garth Ennis's Hitman series, yes? I'd forgotten them...

Similarly odd but rather more heroic was another DC character, Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery, a reimagining of the guy who featured in the long running Charles Atlas ads. Whatever happened to him, I wonder?

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Spiff_B on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:22 am

tony ingram wrote:
Spiff_B wrote:Team-wise, Section 8 are useless, although that's they were created to be. Their classic character has to be Dog Welder! With Bueno Excellente a close second.
From Garth Ennis's Hitman series, yes? I'd forgotten them...
Yeah from Hitman. I found Dog Welder unforgettable!

tony ingram wrote:Similarly odd but rather more heroic was another DC character, Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery, a reimagining of the guy who featured in the long running Charles Atlas ads. Whatever happened to him, I wonder?
I read one modern issue of it -- Frank Quitely artwork? -- and it was pretty odd.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:41 am

Spiff_B wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
Spiff_B wrote:Team-wise, Section 8 are useless, although that's they were created to be. Their classic character has to be Dog Welder! With Bueno Excellente a close second.
From Garth Ennis's Hitman series, yes? I'd forgotten them...
Yeah from Hitman. I found Dog Welder unforgettable!

tony ingram wrote:Similarly odd but rather more heroic was another DC character, Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery, a reimagining of the guy who featured in the long running Charles Atlas ads. Whatever happened to him, I wonder?
I read one modern issue of it -- Frank Quitely artwork? -- and it was pretty odd.
One of Grant Morrison's stranger ideas from an already pretty bizarre run on Doom Patrol. Flex's supporting cast included the evil Waxworker, the heroic Green Cigarette (who later turned up as a villain in Animal Man) and The Fact ('he is').

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by happyhooker on Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:14 pm

All of them?

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by GBF on Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:19 pm

That's the best answer I've heard...ever!

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:26 pm

GBF wrote:That's the best answer I've heard...ever!
OK, now I know one of you is Marshal Law-but which one? Twisted Evil

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by 3hZ on Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:48 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:What was the name of the person who could turn invisible but only when no one was looking at him? Very Happy

I do love that movie, much watch it again sometime, utterly brilliant.
Invisible Boy. He would immediately become visible if anyone looked at him, including himself. Not the most useful of powers...

If he was already invisible, how would you/he know if you were looking at him?? in order to come visible, if that makes sense?


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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:53 pm

3hZ wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:What was the name of the person who could turn invisible but only when no one was looking at him? Very Happy

I do love that movie, much watch it again sometime, utterly brilliant.
Invisible Boy. He would immediately become visible if anyone looked at him, including himself. Not the most useful of powers...

If he was already invisible, how would you know if you were looking at him?? in order to come visible, if that makes sense?
I don't think that was ever addressed-though it was established that he could remain invisible if only being looked at by security cameras. I think the implication was that if he knew he was being observed, he'd become visible. But I could be wrong.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Hourglass on Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:38 pm

I must watch this film again. Its a shame we wont get a sequel

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:48 pm

Hourglass wrote:I must watch this film again. Its a shame we wont get a sequel
I often think that about Howard The Duck...

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:45 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:I must watch this film again. Its a shame we wont get a sequel
I often think that about Howard The Duck...
Great comic book . . . but oh my lord, that movie was AWFUL!  Shocked 

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:47 pm

I liked it. And not even just for the delectable Lea Thompson as Beverley.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:39 pm

tony ingram wrote:I liked it. And not even just for the delectable Lea Thompson as Beverley.

I liked it too! Of course, I was a little boy when I saw it and I've never read the comics, so that might have to be taken into account.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:45 pm

Sam_Vimes wrote:
tony ingram wrote:I liked it. And not even just for the delectable Lea Thompson as Beverley.

I liked it too! Of course, I was a little boy when I saw it and I've never read the comics, so that might have to be taken into account.
How old were you?

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:20 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Sam_Vimes wrote:
tony ingram wrote:I liked it. And not even just for the delectable Lea Thompson as Beverley.
I liked it too! Of course, I was a little boy when I saw it and I've never read the comics, so that might have to be taken into account.
How old were you?
And did you pay/waste good money to see it in a movie theater?



Oh, the awful fashions back then!

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:22 pm

As I think I've said before, I love eighties fashions. I now have a compulsion to go and dig out some old eighties music videos...

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:46 pm

tony ingram wrote:As I think I've said before, I love eighties fashions. I now have a compulsion to go and dig out some old eighties music videos...
And you can go right on and be dancing with yourself. . .

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:14 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:As I think I've said before, I love eighties fashions. I now have a compulsion to go and dig out some old eighties music videos...
And you can go right on and be dancing with yourself. . .
Ah, that takes me back! How can you say that decade didn't have style?

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:42 pm

Well, at least nobody was wearing skinny jeans. I'll give them that.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by MajorHoy on Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:49 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Well, at least nobody was wearing skinny jeans. I'll give them that.
Skinny jeans on the right person aren't bad . . . it's when the wrong person wears a pair that are too small that one must hide thy eyes for fear of going insane!


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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:10 pm

That poor woman must be awfully uncomfortable.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:05 am

Lucy McGough wrote:That poor woman must be awfully uncomfortable.
Maybe she's sending a text message to some place Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig in that picture . . . or maybe not.

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Re: The most pointless superhero

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:06 pm

Yeah, yeah, fat people are hilarious...

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