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The Nerd Boner Alert: The Top Ten Bad Boys of Comics and Why We Love Them

Who says that male comic characters can't be sexy too?  Outhouse Contributor Katie Hutchison runs down her top ten list of sexy bad boys in the latest edition of Nerd Boner Alert!


I realized the other day when I was reading Dark Avengers, that I like bad boys.  At least in my comics.  So below is my top ten list of bad boys, based off of several factors: bad ass-ittude (a.k.a. a lack of empathy or recognizable moral code, and desire to break the rules but still with a need to help others), all around sexiness, and ability to kick major ass.  Each guy will be ranked in all three categories on a scale of one to ten in each (1 being lowest and 10 being highest, meaning that a score of 30 would be a perfect bad boy).  So without further ado...

10. Number 5

No._5Number 5 is a nameless superhero (his adoptive father even calls him Number 5 or "The Boy") from The Umbrella Academy who looks like a child but is really quite old. His power is time travel, and when he traveled back in time to stop one of his sisters from destroying the world his age regressed giving him the appearance of perhaps a 9 year old. Number 5 is brutal, slaughters those in his way without remorse, works as a hit man (which is hilarious since he looks like a kid), and according to author Gerard Way, is very difficult to cast (a possible movie may be on the way). He earns major bad ass points for his brutal treatment of those who annoy him, but loses major points for looking like a kid for most of the series.

Bad Ass-ittude: 8/10
Sexiness: 1/10
Kick ass-ness: 5/10

Total: 14/30


9. Britt Reid

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The Green Hornet has always been a fun bad boy.  He fights crime as a vigilante with sidekick Kato, has an awesome car, and never cared that the police thought he was a bad guy.  Like Batman he's rich and has an unlimited supply of cool gadgets.  What's not to love?  He's our average bad boy on the list.

Bad ass-ittude: 5/10
Sexiness: 5/10
Kick ass-ness: 5/10

Total: 15/30   

8. Lex Luthor

lexI've never been one to like bald guys, but Lex Luthor has always had a strange charisma I have found appealing.  As the archnemesis of Superman he is a power hungry, evil scientist, with a high intelligence (conquering nearly every type of scientific endeavor) and a megalomaniac desire to rule the world.  In the new Action Comics #1 he's a science aid for the government, and I am interested to see how his character development plays out. 

Bad Ass-ittude: 8/10
Sexiness: 4/10
Kick ass-ness: 4/10

Total: 16/30

7. Deadpool

Ah, Wade Winston Wilson, you alliteratively named, cancer-ridden mercenary, how you amuse and annoy me.  Deadpool can take major damage due to his healing power given to him from the Weapon X program, which makes him a pretty tough opponent.  He has enhanced strength, reflexes, stamina.  He's a skilled marksman and can take you down with swords as well.  He also never shuts up (something he can do in at least 4 languages).  He loses some bad ass points for being more villain than "bad boy", but gains points for his amusing schizophrenic-like ramblings and his love of chimichangas, which are always fun to read.      

deadpoolBad Ass-ittude: 6/10
Sexiness: 3/10 (OK, he's hideously bumpy and riddled with cancer, but I did like watching Ryan Reynolds play a cancer-free version in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.)
Kick ass-ness: 7/10

Total: 16/30


6. Daredevil

daredevilcomics1Blinded by a radioactive substance from an incoming vehicle, Matt Murdock's other senses have become heightened beyond the normal limit.  He has chosen a life of revenge against his father's killers and the occasional crime fighting (sometimes with or without Elektra) against people like Bullseye and mobsters.  Also, he battled Hitler.  How awesome is that?  I'd give him a higher sexiness rating, but Ben Affleck played him in the movie adaptation. 

Bad Ass-ittude: 6/10
Sexiness: 6/10
Kick ass-ness: 6/10

Total: 18/30

5. Chase Stein

chase-steinTalkback from Runaways may only be 18 (which creeps me out that I am giving him such a high sexiness rating, but I suppose he is "legal" so it's ok) is the son of mad scientists, is the most unpredictable and rebellious of the runaways and breaks the most rules, has a bit of an anger issue, but is fiercely loyal to his friends and has proven to be a tremendously useful team member.  Plus he has a pet dinosaur.  Weird, but pretty neat. 

Bad Ass-ittude: 7/10
Sexiness: 8/10
Kick ass-ness: 5/10

Total: 20/30

4. Gambit

gambit-5Remy LeBeau has always been the "sexy bad boy" of Marvel's X-Men universe.  He has the ability to manipulate kinetic energy, he kicks everyone's ass at cards, he's a ladies' man (even managing an on-and-off again relationship with Rogue), and is a skilled thief.  He is constantly breaking Charles Xavier's (and Scott's and everyone else's rules)and running away when things got a little tough, but always had the heart to come back and do what was right. He also wins top stop as our "sexiest" bad boy on this list.

Bad Ass-ittude: 7/10
Sexiness: 9/10
Kick ass-ness: 7/10

Total: 23/30

3. Batman        

batmanBatman/Bruce Wayne is almost the quintessential "bad boy". He is a billionaire playboy, has awesome gadgets and a kick ass car (and butler), and he started fighting crime as revenge against the murder of his parents. He has a high intellect, physical prowess, good detective skills, hangs out with superheroes like Superman though he possesses no superpowers himself, and is rarely bested by any foes. Although he helps out Police Commissioner Gordon when Gotham needs it, Batman routinely disregards the law and does what needs to be done in a given situation.

Bad Ass-ittude: 9/10
Sexiness: 7/10
Kick ass-ness: 8/10

Total: 24/30

2. Wolverine

wolverineOf course Wolverine has to be on this list. Logan always seems to jump back and forth between following Charles Xavier's teaching of not killing to killing everyone in his path (usually to save someone at least). Even when he is telling someone like Shadowcat not to kill, he's still doing it putting his death count pretty high. (His total number of kills, when combined with the fact that he's been around since the late 19th century, has got be astronomical.) His major weakness is when Magneto shows up. Wolverine is major muscle-y and looks like he'd be fun to snuggle with (but he'd have to be in a REALLY good mood) and was especially delicious when played by Hugh Jackman. He's always been the X-Men's "bad boy", and that's why time and time again he's picked as one the most loved Marvel characters.

[Editor's Note: If anything, this ranking proves thatWolverine'is the Casey Anthony of mutants.]

Bad Ass-ittude: 9/10
Sexiness: 7/10
Kick ass-ness: 9/10

Total: 25/30

1. Daken

dakenOh Daken. What can you even say about him? He's a younger, more ruthless version of Wolverine who has proven time and time again that he's pretty unstoppable and can kick major ass. Plus, he swings both ways to use people and get whatever he wants, which has always made me smile (I loved Hawkeye's reaction to his kiss!) and makes him a total bad boy. So he's killed a lot of innocent people (but he was brainwashed by Romulus!) and might be more asshole than "good" (especially recently...) but not everyone can be a boy scout like Superman. Anyway, I know a lot of people hate on Wolverine and Daken (Bluestreak, I'm talking about you) but there will always be a sigh in my heart when that blue eyed, tattooed, half Japanese mercenary shows up. And that's why he wins our number one spot on our top ten.

Bad Ass-ittude: 9/10
Sexiness: 8/10
Kick ass-ness: 9/10

Total: 27/30

So what do you think of the top ten most awesome bad boys? Who else should I have included? Should I have really put Daken in the number one spot? (Or on the list at all)? Leave interesting and creative comments in the section below!


 

 

Written or Contributed by: Katie Hutchison, Outhouse Contributor
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