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The Dirtiest Characters In The MCU 

Jonathan H. Kantor
Updated January 29, 2020 193 votes 37 voters 2.3k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the MCU characters who definitely need a bath.

When you think of superheroes in the MCU, your mind probably goes to Thor, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers, but do you ever think about the dirtiest superheroes? Did you ever notice how dirty some of these guys got through the course of Phases I through III? Dirty goes hand-in-hand with unkempt or poor personal grooming standards. Some superheroes put a lot of work into beating up the bad guys, but not enough attention is paid to getting a nice, clean shave.

Granted, they can't be magazine cover ready at all times, but that doesn't mean they should leave the compound without a healthy application of deodorant. Check out this list of the dirtiest characters in the MCU and find the ones you think let themselves go a little too much.

Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dirtiest Characters In The MCU
Photo: Iron Man 2/Paramount Pictures

Who He Is: Ivan Antonovich Vanko was a Russian physicist who was the son of a disgraced scientist. He believed his father was screwed over by Howard Stark, so he decided to take his rage out against his son, Tony, which is also when he picked up the moniker, Whiplash. Justin Hammer broke him out of prison after a failed attempt to take out Tony landed him there, and he took over Hammer's drones to attempt a strike on Stark once more.

Why Is He So Dirty? He only cares about vengeance and has little to no interest in keeping himself clean. He is often wearing dirty and tattered clothing, and it doesn't appear to bother him at all.

His Dirtiest Moment: While he was imprisoned, he let himself go even further.


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Taserface is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dirtiest Characters In The MCU
Photo: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Who He Is: Taserface was a Ravager who mutinied against his captain alongside a large portion of the crew. He took command of the situation and executed any of the crewmembers still loyal to Yondu. Ultimately, Yondu managed to get a hold of his arrow, and with it, he slew the crew and blew up the ship, leaving Taserface to perish as it blew.

Why Is He So Dirty? Ravagers aren't necessarily the cleanest people in the galaxy, but Taserface seemed to take it a step or two further. He's never shown to be clean, and his nasty disposition doesn't help him look any better.

His Dirtiest Moment: Right up to the end, he got dirtier and dirtier. Of course, the fire probably cleansed him of germs as it incinerated his body, so he cleaned himself up in the end.

Ulysses Klaue
Ulysses Klaue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dirtiest Characters In The MCU
Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Who He Is: Ulysses Klaue was an international black-market arms dealer who specialized in whatever he could get his hands on out of Wakanda. His connections to Wakanda aided him in taking a stockpile of vibranium, which later brought him to the attention of Ultron (who accidentally ripped off his arm). 

Why Is He So Dirty? Klaue is not a clean person, and he clearly doesn't care much about his appearance. He's almost always sweaty and dirty. 

His Dirtiest Moment: It's hard to pick a dirtiest moment for Klau, but if there's one that's a fraction of a point higher than the rest, it's the scene where Ultron rips off his arm. He probably got an infection just from how nasty he was at the time.

Professor Erik Selvig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dirtiest Characters In The MCU
Photo: The Avengers/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Who He Is: Dr. Erik Selvig is an astrophysicist, and for a time, he was the Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Culver University. He had a close mentoring relationship with Jane Foster, and his knowledge of Norse mythology, coupled with the appearance of Thor via Asgardian technology, made him a central figure in the first Thor film.

Why Is He So Dirty? On the surface, Dr. Selvig isn't necessarily a dirty person, but his close contact with Thor put him into a ton of dirty situations, making it difficult for him to keep clean.

His Dirtiest Moment: After Loki took control of his mind with the Soul Stone, Dr. Selvig abandoned any pretense of personal hygiene or maintenance. He remained pretty dirty through most of The Avengers as a result.


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