Rocket and Groot (Marvel)
Groot, a tree-like creature that can only utter a single sentence, and Rocket, a genetically altered raccoon with a massive bloodlust, are two of the weirdest characters Marvel has ever put on screen. But the publisher's decades worth of comic book continuity has produced characters that are several times more peculiar. Before you check out the galactic freak show that is Guardians of the Galaxy, Take a look at the weirdest characters ever created from both Marvel and DC.
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Arm-Fall-Off Boy (DC)
In what could be taken as an extreme case of making lemons out of lemonade, Floyd Belkin, a resident of the planet Lallor, has the ability to detach his limbs with a quick pop. The character decides to use his body part shedding abilities for good, and repurposes his appendages as blunt weapons to fight crime.
Brother Power the Geek (DC)
In order to infuse hippie counter culture into comics, DC did the only logical thing they could do: create a superhero mannequin. In what sounds like a twisted take on Jack Frost, Brother Power the Geek was originally created when a couple of hippies dressed up an abandoned mannequin that was struck by lightning and brought to life. While Brother Power's adventures originally only lasted two issues, they included being kidnapped by a circus, becoming a model factory worker at J.P Acme Corporation, and being shot into space by then Governor of California Ronald Reagan. We can't wait for the gritty re-imagining of the character from Warner Bros.
Big Bertha (Marvel)
In the 1980s, seemingly oblivious to the touchy subject of eating disorders, Marvel created Big Bertha. Ashley Crawford is a supermodel by day... but when she suits up as a member of the Great Lakes Avengers, a Midwestern off shoot of the classic Marvel superhero team, she becomes Big Bertha: a mutant with the ability to add hundreds of pounds of fat to her frame, making her super-strong and near invulnerable. To return to her normal state, Bertha has to throw up. Yes, you read that right. Despite the obvious issues with the character's powers, she remains an active member of the Avengers canon.
Matter-Eater Lad (DC)
A member of the Legion of Super Heroes, Matter-Eater Lad (a.k.a. Tenzil Kem), hails from the planet Bismoll (like Pepto Bismol?), where microbes have rendered all food on his planet inedible. In order to survive, the population evolved to be able to ingest any type of matter. The character is often seen munching on wrenches and other normally inedible objects as if they were candy. His powers have proved themselves quite useful since he can bite and consume previously indestructible forms of matter, which the DC comic book universe if filled with. Charles Darwin would be so proud.
Multiple Man (Marvel)
The power to duplicate yourself instantaneously could be mighty useful for a superhero, especially when facing off against an army of foes. But it's a little less useful, and a little more bizarre, when your clones tend to disobey your commands and just do their own thing.
The Green Lantern corps are the galaxy’s most fearless and valiant protectors, and their ranks are made up of aliens of all shapes and sizes, but Green Lanterns usually aren't as big as Mogo. Mogo is a sentient planet that took the oath of the Green lantern and fights alongside Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and other human-sized members of the corps. Despite the oddity of the character, Mogo is well-loved by fans and remains a very prominent part of Green Lantern comic book story lines.
Though his comic book life is mercifully short (only one issue), the mutant super villain Eye-Scream has the ability to turn into any flavor of ice-cream he wants. That’s it. That’s all he does. His biggest foes include the sun, hungry babies, and lactose-free diets.
During the space race of the '50s and '60s, the Soviet Union spent most of its time flinging animals into space and hoping for the best, but I bet they didn't expect to create a superhero. Originally a test animal for the Soviet space program, Cosmo is sent into space in the 1960s and drifts to the alien space station Knowhere, where he gains telekinetic and telepathic abilities as well as a supreme intellect. Did we mention that Cosmo is a dog? The character has fought alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, and believes in truth, justice, and chew toys.
Danny the Street (DC)
Bumping up the weird factor to a level of about eleven, Danny the Street is a thinking piece of pavement. Like, an actual roadway with thoughts. The character, created by kooky comics creator Grant Morrison, is a play on the legendary drag performer Danny La Rue. The character can integrate himself into the geography of any city without people noticing, and speaks via window signs of shops that line his… erm… body. Danny isn’t just an odd locale in the DC universe, but an actual superhero of sorts, being a full fledged member of the Teen Titans, and possessing superpowers such as teleportation. Oh, and did we mention he was a transvestite? We can't even imagine how that works.