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Some superhero origins are just lame. Not all heroes get bitten by radioactive spiders, were the last survivor on a destroyed planet, or survived a science experiment gone wrong to get crime-fighting, world-saving powers. Some heroes enter the vigilante game without any pizzazz, without a modicum of sense, or with a just plain lame origin story.

This list is a compilation of the lamest superhero origin stories of all time. Keep in mind, the focus is on lame origins, not necessarily lame heroes.

Many of these heroes would earn respect over time or be rebooted to become the greatest superheroes of all time. However, whenever these comic book heroes tell their origin story, they probably have a hard time not blushing.
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Wonder Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories
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First Appearance: Avengers #9 (October 1964)

While Simon Williams has been an established mainstay of the Avengers, his origin was anything but wonderful. Williams would get his ion-based superpowers after Baron Zemo and the Enchantress bailed him out of prison and transformed him. Essentially, he was blackmailed into becoming a hero/spy on the Avengers.

Also, check out the panel. Even he hates his own name.

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories
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First Appearance: Batman #1 (Spring 1940)

Catwoman has turned into one of the longest-lasting leading ladies in comics as both a hero and a villain, but her origin was pretty declawed. Her original origin wasn't shared until 1950's Batman #62, where it was revealed that she was a flight attendant with amnesia that turned to crime after getting hit on the head during a plane crash. So why the obsession with cats? Her father owned a pet store.

Yeah, so you see why they retconned all of this in 1983.

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Elongated Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories
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First Appearance: Flash #112 (May 12, 1960)

Ralph Dibny was enamored with contortionists and discovered that all of his favorite ones drank "Gingold," a popular soda. After further research, Dibny created and drank a super-concentrated version of the stuff, which gave him insanely stretchy powers.

So wait, anyone could get stretchy powers if they drank enough of this soda? Then what makes him special? Oh, wait, some writer years and years later explained that the soda "triggered latent meta-human abilities," a catch-all to explain any silly origin.

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Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories
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First Appearance: Batman #357 (March 1983)

Jason Todd was the second Robin and was so popular that the fans literally voted to kill him off. His first origin was a carbon copy of Dick Grayson's: Todd's parents were circus acrobats that were killed by a criminal. The only difference between Todd and Grayson was that Todd had red hair... which he dyed black to look like Grayson!

His revamped origin isn't much better. Batman discovered Todd when he tried to steal the tires off the Batmobile. While the resurrected Todd has been popularized by his current stint as the Red Hood, he never really took off until decades after the Joker killed him.

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