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The Worst Superhero Day Jobs

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By night, superheroes run the city. Be it New York, Gotham, or Metropolis, caped crusaders take out the trash while civilians sleep. But by day, a superhero has to do something to normal. We're not talking about Bruce Wayne or Mr. Fantastic, because who wouldn’t want to be a billionaire playboy or super scientist by day, and savior of the city by night? Some superhero day jobs aren’t as glamorous; they're just jobs. Those are the ones we're listing today. Whether it’s Peter Parker and his gig as a freelance photographer or his clone working in a coffee shop, these are the worst day jobs that have ever been held by a superhero’s alter ego.

When you become a superhero they probably don’t tell you that you still have to work for a living. So not only are you dealing with some mad scientist throwing robot dogs at you all night, but then you have to turn around and make coffee for a bunch of jerks for the next eight hours. Superhero jobs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. From florist to sign spinner in a fuzzy mammoth costume, this list of the worst superhero day jobs has all of them.

Vote up the worst superhero day job imaginable, and remember that even Earth's Mightiest Heroes need to earn paychecks every few weeks.
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  • In order to help pay the rent while living with his sidekick Arthur, The Tick gets a job at the Weekly World Planet newspaper as a crossword puzzle writer. Maybe that sounds fun some all the linguists reading this, but imagine if you were a musclebound doofus in a skin tight blue leotard.
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    Spider-Man - Barista

    Spider-Man - Barista
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    Peter Parker's a freelance photographer, but when his clone, Ben Reilly, briefly enjoys great power as Spider-Man, he has significantly less responsible as as a barista at the Daily Grind, a coffee shop, and later as a waiter at Club Noir, a swanky restaurant.
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  • After retiring from the superhero racket, Bob Parr became an insurance claims adjuster, which might be the least sexy and most demoralizing job in the history of jobs. Plus, his cubicle had a huge load-bearing column cutting right through it, stuffing Mr. Incredible into an even smaller space.
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  • Professor Xavier might be one of the most powerful mutants of all time, but during the day he runs a school for gifted mutants. Even if the kids are gifted, they're still kids and that means his job totally sucks. He's saved the world many times over, yet he's still a high school administrator.
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