Total Nerd

Marvel Superheroes With The Most Harrowing Origin Stories

List Rules
Vote up the most traumatizing origin stories.

The adventures of comic book superheroes are our modern mythology - fantastical sagas filled with moral lessons that are shared across cultures. Where these heroes come from, however, is not always widely known.

When it comes to Marvel Comics, the clean and easy superhero origin stories are familiar to moviegoing audiences. They translate well to the silver screen. But there are countless comic book characters whose backstories remain the exclusive domain of diehard readers. Some of these lesser-known tales are downright harrowing. Their origin stories are rife with pain, tragedy, and horror - and sometimes, all three! They can’t all be radioactive bites and WWII-era government serums. Some heroes get their powers the ugly way.