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14 Surprisingly Dark Moments in Captain America Comics

List RulesVote up the times comics about America's Boy Scout went to a surprisingly dark place.

It’s a well-known fact that violence in comic books has long been a controversial topic. Brutal vigilantes like The Punisher blur the line between good and evil, spreading gore and carnage across the page. However, there remain a few superheroes who can still be described as wholesome. Chief among them is Captain America, the personification of an eagle draped in an American flag carrying an apple pie.

Cap is the greatest of the good guys, always standing up for what’s right and what’s honorable. Sure, he may have killed some Nazis and punched Hitler, but nobody should have a problem with that. There just aren't that many times when Captain America went crazy in his comics. He’s generally as civil as a professional villain fighter can be. The guy carries a shield into battle, how much more peaceful can someone get? No one would suspect Captain America of committing the same sort of acts that Frank Castle regularly does, but the truth is there are some really dark moments in Captain America comics. Keep reading below to learn more about them. 

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    198 VOTES

    Hooked on Meth and Living on the Streets

    To be fair, Captain America did not get hooked on methamphetimines by choice in this story. However, anytime you’ve got Captain America and meth rampage in the same sentence, you have to take note. Cap was tricked into a methamphetamine addiction that was somehow made even stronger due to his super-soldier serum, which led him on a path of reckless abandon in Captain America #380. Cap fought fellow heroes, hung out with street toughs, and performed unsettling chicken impersonations in this very uncharacteristic story arc. Worst of all, Captain America also grew a scuzzy beard. Truly chilling stuff.

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    186 VOTES

    The Grim Reaper Kills Cap

    In Uncanny Avengers #17, a C-list villain bad guy brings Captain America to an unceremonious end. The Grim Reaper is a ridiculously-costumed super villain who almost never claims any actual victims. Here, he manages to evade Cap’s defenses and finally uses his scythe to shed some blood. This gruesome death was quickly overwritten thanks to time-traveling shenanigans in classic Marvel fashion.

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    250 VOTES

    Super-Apes Don't Stand a Chance

    For whatever reason, violence against animals always tugs at the heartstrings in ways that other violence just can't match. This makes Captain America’s brutal slaughter of the super-powered and super-intelligent Soviet Super-Apes particularly uncomfortable. This was an act committed by the recently revealed Hydra-following version of Captain America from Captain America: Steve Rogers #4, so it’s a bit more understandable that he would commit such villainous deeds. However, it’s still really difficult to watch the Sentinel of Liberty bash an orangutan’s head. 

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    221 VOTES

    Trashing a World War II Ally

    This one is brutal for reasons other than violence. In Ultimates #12, Captain America fought alongside French allies in World War II, but the Ultimate-version of Cap sees nothing wrong with throwing the entire nation under the bus. While battling the shape-shifting Chitauri, Ultimate Cap is asked to surrender, and bellows his now famous response of “You think this letter on my head stands for France?!” Way to honor the French resistance, Mr. Sentinel of Liberty!  

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