The fictional trope of the protagonist having an evil sibling is a time-honored tradition - and superhero siblings are no exception to the rule. With most caped crusaders having at least a half-century of published history behind them, most have experienced the old “secret and sinister sibling” reveal a time or two - even if a lot of those rogue relatives go on to be ignored by subsequent creative teams.
Whether an individual crimefighter plies their trade for DC or Marvel Comics, they’re likely to have at least one family member somewhere in their list of archenemies. Whether they share one parent or two, or whether they’re born at the same time or years apart, siblings have a tendency to move toward opposite moral poles when it comes to the world of comic books. Oftentimes, the draw of inserting some familial drama into a superheroic plot is just too strong for a writer to resist.
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