Total Nerd Superheroes Who Started Out as Villains  

Coy Jandreau
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List Rules Vote up the heroes you're most surprised to learn were once bad guys

Super villains become heroes all the time. In comic books, it can be hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys in the first place. Nearly everyone wears masks and brightly colored spandex, after all. Even Spider-Man is a MENACE according to at least one New York newspapers. In such a strange world of cosmic happenings and super shenanigans, of course there are many villains who turned into superheroes.

These superheroes who started out bad range from the obscure, like Pied Piper, to the mainstream, like the Merc with a Mouth. Heck, a plenty of core X-Men have changed sides, as any fan of Gambit, Emma Frost, or Rogue could tell you. These comic book bad guys who became good guys are everywhere. You're favorite hero might have debuted as a villain. Don't think so? Would it surprise you to learn that Hawkeye tried to rob the Avengers before becoming one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?

More surprises await you in this list of supervillains turned superheroes.These are the comic book heroes who started out as villains! Vote up your favorite reformed bad guy below!
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Rogue


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Rogue initially started out as an Avengers villain. She even took out Captain America! If you think about her powerset, it totally makes sense that she'd square off against Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Still, she's far more interesting as a tortured hero, which her decades with the X-Men have proven.

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Deadpool


Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Superheroes Who Started Out as Villains
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Deadpool started out as 100% villain. In fact, he's jokingly based on a DC villain, Deathstroke (Slade Wilson/Wade Wilson, get it?). But he rapidly gained popularity, along with his own title, and a more flexible morality.

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Gambit


Gambit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Superheroes Who Started Out as Villains
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Gambit is one of those heroes that always seems to be up to something. That's because he started as a villain, albeit a charming man-about-town thief of a villain. It was later revealed he was partially responsible for the massacre of the Morlocks. He's made up for as a member of Xavier's crew, though.

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Venom


Venom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Superheroes Who Started Out as Villains
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Venom started as a villain specifically out to get Spider-Man. Eddie Brock knew all Spidey's secrets, had all his abilities, and firmly believed that Peter Parker was responsible for everything that had gone wrong in his life. Eventually, he came to see that Spidey was just trying to make the world better, and he even fought alongside his former enemy. Nowadays venom is on Flash Thompson and is a full fledged government issued hero.

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