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The Top 30 Times Superheroes Went Bad

Updated November 26, 2019 24.9k votes 4.1k voters 1.4m views30 items

List RulesVote up the evilest superhero transformation!

"With great power comes great responsibility." Yeah, that's all well and good but no one is perfect. Ranker Comics has gathered thirty different times the good guys crossed the line and became the bad guys! Sometimes it's a lapse in judgement and other times it's just flat out insanity. No one said being a hero was going to be easy!

Which comic book characters and superheroes became the most evil? Make sure you vote up the most evil superhero transformations below! These heroes have all had a long day and are a little cranky - so make sure you show them so love.

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    Jean Grey

    It's not hard to argue that The Dark Phoenix Saga is Jean Grey's most memorable moment in X-Men history. 

    It started in X-Men #129, when Mastermind started seducing Jean into becoming the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club. After Mastermind's hold on Jean fails, she succumbs to the full power of the Phoenix and becomes Dark Phoenix. While on her rampage, she flies into space and kills an entire planet full of sentient life. While Jean's human side is temporary in control, she opts to disintegrate herself instead of continuing her madness. 

    Don't worry. She got better. 
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    Archangel

    While Angel was with X-Factor, his wings were crippled by the Marauder Harpoon during the Mutant Massacre. After the wings developed gangrene, Warren's business-enemy signed the documents to have them amputated. Grief stricken, decides to travel in his private jet. However, before the Jet explodes, Warren is whisked away by Apocalypse. 

    Apocalypse offers Angel the chance to get his wings back if he will serve as his Horseman of Death (noticing a trend yet?). Warren agrees and is outfitted with metal wings that can shoot razor sharp feathers and undergoes mental conditioning to make him all the more evil. 
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    Superman

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    "What if Superman, instead of being a nice guy, was the world's biggest dick?" is a popular question to ask when doing alternate versions of Big Blue. It's been done before, like in Superman: Red Son, Earth 2, or the end of the first season of Justice League. 

    But one of the most popular versions of "Superman is a Super Jerk" is in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The Joker nukes Metropolis and then tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane. After running his hand through the Joker's chest, Supes sets himself up as world leader and kind of runs everything like you would expect an insane, super powered, dictator would. 
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    Robin

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    Jason Todd was always a cranky kid. Being the second Robin, he had to live in the shadow of Dick Grayson and also had a crummy home life before becoming Bruce Wayne's ward. Fans were sick of his attitude and voted to have him killed in Death in the Family

    When Superboy punched reality (we know, bear with us - it's comics), Jason was brought back to life. Ticked off at Batman for not avenging his death, he donned the Red Hood persona and started cleaning up Gotham with a pair of Glocks. Now less murderous, Red Hood is more of an anti-hero and works with Batman in current continuity.
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