Welcome to this week's Top 5 Friday! This week, I thought I've been much too positive in the past few Top 5's. I need to be a bit saltier, a bit grumpier..... just a bit meaner. This week we'll be going over the Top 5 Characters I HATE But People Love. As a constant reminder, this is my list and if you don't agree with it, you can make your own. Also this list contains major spoilers on certain storylines, including the Superman Truth storyline. Enough talk, lets begin!
What does Lois do? Let us compare her to the other love interests of the Man of Steel. Lana Lang is an engineer who is Superman's biggest supporter and now an actual hero of the Earth. Wonder Woman is the frigging God of War, Justice League member and protector of all humanity. Lois Lane...is a reporter. A reporter whose only point of existing is to be caught and get in Superman's way. She has been given this background of a military family, yet never actually is able to fight back unless given an alien power up. All she does is lay back and allow herself to be captured for the big blue boy scout to save.
Truthfully this hatred spawned mostly at her parts of the New 52. At every turn, she lost her humanity and became more and more like a press hungry reporter. She has turned the world against Superman in the Doomed storyline and in the most recent storyline, revealed the truth of Superman's identity to the entire world. Why did she do this? Because she's a reporter! A reporter that wanted to get the biggest story of her career. So what she put Clark's life in the crapper, causing everyone to go after him for one reason or another!
Now before everyone tries to find me and kill me, give me a chance to explain. It's not that I hate the Joker. I hate what he has become; An all powerful, unbeatable, spotlight sucker. Just like Batman, Joker can apparently commit any crime because he is the Joker. He can steal nuclear subs and cause cities to explode, because he's Joker. He can apparently survive getting his face cut off and come back stronger. He is apparently an Immortal who has haunted Gotham since it's origin, but not really. He can jokerize the entire Justice League and take down the entire Bat-Family and Rogues gallery without breaking a sweat. See my point yet? This isn't some god that can just smack the Justice League around, this is just a lunatic who is perfect for JUST the vigilante heroes such as Batman or Green Arrow. But of course when it comes to comics, popularity equals power and thanks to Heath Ledger's performance in the Dark Knight Returns, Mark Hamill's voice work in the Arkham games, the clown prince of crime has become the clown GOD of crime.
I liked this character, or at least the concept of it, when I first saw him in the DC animated movie Under The Red Hood. He was the Bat's biggest mistake. The Robin who was killed by his greatest enemy. Beaten to death as he hoped his father would come and save him. We reach the climax of the movie, asking out why didn't Batman kill the Joker?! This was great...for the first time. But every time, every part with him I've seen afterwards, he buts heads with his former father or his followers say, "You messed up," or "Why did you let me die!" It was even worse in Arkham Knight, when he then gets the whole, "I'm daddy's favorite! Not the new guy!" It has almost entirely pushed me off ever wanting seeing this guy in anything. The only exception with me being okay with the anti-hero is when he teams up with the rest of the Bat-Family, but other than that, its just hate.
If you know me, you knew this guy was going to be number 1. This Brit has always been on my nerves ever since I first read Justice League Dark. Every time I see him show up in any of the comics I read, I legitimately want to toss the issue. He abuses drugs and alcohol, hits women, betrays ANYONE with a pulse, hell anyone period!
If anything he causes more pain than he does help people. He sent a small girl to hell, bound a woman to a witch, allows Eclipso to invade Gem World in the present and trapped Parademons in it in the future, stole Shazam's power for himself, tried to swindle the Trinity of Sin into working for him, played both sides in Injustice to get out of a deal with Trigon (which lead to the voiding of the demon, Mxyzptlk, and most importantly Doctor Fate), KILLED HIS HAPPY ALTERNATE EARTH SELF RATHER THAN KILL HIMSELF FOR THEIR SAFETY AND THAT IS JUST THE PARTS I READ! There is so many worse things Constantine has done pre-new 52 it sickens me. This guy is not a hero, not even an anti-hero, he's a damn villain!
This makes me ask the question: WHY IS HE SO DAMN POPULAR?! He has no redeeming factors and steps on everyone so he can get on top. Yet he has had three series, lead a Justice League, and had his own TV show and movie! This makes me question the minds of comic readers to this day.
That's it for this week's Top 5 Friday! What did you think of the list? Leave a comment and I'll see you next week!