The 6 Most Bizarrely Offensive Comic Book Supervillains

If "reading comics" and "being terrible" were among your hobbies as a teenager, there was probably a point where you wondered, "Wouldn't it be hilarious if there was a supervillain whose power was being GAY? Or, like, being DISABLED?" Then you high-fived in the mirror and cried yourself to sleep.

Well, it turns out actual comic book writers were way ahead of you -- in the face of relentless pressure to keep coming up with new supervillains, publishers wound up greenlighting ideas that really should have screamed "bad idea" at the doodle stage. Like ...

#6. Armless Tiger Man -- Making the Most of His Disability (in Terrifying Ways)

Marvel Comics

Armless Tiger Man is the name of an honest-to-goodness Marvel Comics villain from the 1940s and not something we just made up to mess with you. He recently appeared in the same comic as Captain America. And he looks pretty much like you'd expect an Armless Tiger Man to look:

Marvel Comics
"Surrender, villain! I could beat you with both han- ... um ... never mind."

In his first appearance, we learn that Armless Tiger Man was once a regular German guy working in a factory until he lost both his arms in an accident with a machine. Now he hates all machines with a burning passion, so the Nazis ship him over to America to fuck shit up as part of a plan to sabotage the war effort (and also as part of a plan to never see that guy again, because he creeps the Gestapo out). Once he's in the States, Armie finds the location of the factories he has to destroy and makes do with what he has, namely his feet:

Marvel Comics
In case you can't read German, he's saying, "FUCK! YOU! MACHINES!"

And his sharp, man-eating teeth (hence the "tiger" part):

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Being the '40s, he was required to don a fedora and top coat before kicking a man to death.

So, despite his disability (disabilities, if you count his face), Armless Tiger Man is actually quite resourceful -- he single-footedly manages to sabotage at least one factory and knock out several people using the limited gifts God saw fit to bestow upon him. He truly is an inspiration to cannibalistic double amputees everywhere.

Marvel Comics
They were all so moved by his spirit of perseverance that they just let him knock them out and eat them.

Armless Tiger Man is eventually arrested by the Angel, an obscure superhero whose only notable superpower, for the purposes of this story, is having arms. Since then, he has only been used in a handful of other comics. Ironic that a character about making the most of what you have should end up as a wasted opportunity.

Marvel Comics
"Enjoy turning the pages."

#5. He-She -- The Power of Hermaphroditism

Lev Gleason Publications

A popular formula for creating a superhero or supervillain is to just grab two different things and combine them: bats and men, ghosts and riders, daring and deviling. Guess what two things the villain He-She was a combination of. Go on, guess.

Lev Gleason Publications
"Hipster hair" and "bold choice in belts"?

Yes, He-She is a half-man, half-woman hybrid who uses the power of having both boy and girl parts in deviously criminal ways. How the fuck does that even work, you ask? Well, first the "She" half seduces people using her feminine charms, and then the "He" half kills them with his manly strength and steals their money.

Lev Gleason Publications
Which then gets spent on bizarre custom-made suits.

In other words, He-She's entire strategy depends on being seen only from the right angle and adopting a high-pitched voice -- like when he manages to trick Crimebuster after the teenage superhero was just talking to the other side of his face:

Lev Gleason Publications
"At least you'll be popular in prison."

Crimebuster realizes what's going on and tries to apprehend He-She but keeps getting hindered by dudes who will do anything that half a pretty face and a single boob will tell them to do.

Lev Gleason Publications
"Of course she's a woman! She's right the- oh, hey, mister, have you seen my girlfriend?"

After a series of wacky misunderstandings, He-She is finally arrested by the happy-go-lucky Crimebuster and his pet monkey Squeeks, and then immediately fried in the electric chair, because that was the only way comics were allowed to end in the '40s. Don't feel bad for him/her, though: The narration to this comic explains that He-She had no soul.

#4. Egg Fu -- Every Asian Stereotype in Giant Egg Form

DC Comics

Most people probably can't name a single Wonder Woman villain off the top of their heads, but if Egg Fu is indicative of her rogues' gallery, that's probably a good thing. For you see, Egg Fu is an Asian egg who sports a handlebar mustache (which is also a whip) and is the size of a stadium for no goddamn reason. If that's not bad enough, he speaks in broken "Engrish" that sounds like Chow from The Hangover if you read it out loud.

DC Comics
"Bewale my casuar wacism!"

In his first 1960s story, Egg Fu, a not-very-discreet communist agent, attempts to take down a U.S. Navy fleet by blowing it up with a missile. Wonder Woman redirects the missile, but she is blown to bits. Luckily, the good people of the Caribbean restore her with a magic atomic beam that they had handy just for the occasion. Wonder Woman comes back to life and defeats him by, um, cracking him with her whip.

DC Comics
"You've discovered my only weakness: My extremely fragile body!"

But clearly Egg Fu was too good an idea to waste on a single issue, so after Wonder Woman defeats him, he comes back a couple issues later as Egg Fu the Fifth.

DC Comics
Which means that at some point Egg Fu got laid. Feel free to contemplate the logistics of that.

This time, the always ingenious Wonder Woman defeats Egg Fu by performing a slave dance for him and then clashing her bracelets together, thus cracking him again with the resulting sonic boom. It was apparently at this point that the Wonder Woman writers took a hard look at their own lives and decided to stop using the character (or, more likely, they just ran out of ways to crack a giant egg villain).

Of course, that didn't stop Egg Fu from later returning in another comic as a metal robot named Dr. Yes, who bears a striking resemblance to Rob Schneider's character from I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Dc Comics, Universal Pictures
That's uncanny.

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