Small Reference Pools: Comic Books

  • Superheroes will be Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man.
    • Or superheroes that were filmed into a huge blockbuster movie adaptation.
    • For that matter, the only comic books are superhero comic books and possibly manga.
  • Supervillains?
    • For Superman there's Lex Luthor and...uhhh, maybe Brainiac? (And, briefly in the 1990s, Doomsday.) General Zod (from the second movie), or rarely some other Phantom Zone villain, might get the odd mention.
    • Batman has The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy. (The Scarecrow might get mentioned.) Before 1990, bet heavily on it being one of the first four.
    • The only enemy of the Green Lantern corp is Sinestro
    • The only Spider-Man villains are the Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, and Venom, (and maybe the Lizard).
    • The only X-Men villains are Magneto, Mysteque, Sabretooth, and Juggernaut
    • The only enemy of the Fantastic Four is Dr. Doom. Maybe Galactus, because of the movie, but movie!Galactus is a lot different from comic!Galactus.
  • Spawn and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the only comic book characters not created by either DC Comics or Marvel Comics.
    • The only Ninja Turtles characters you can count on most people knowing are either the ones who appeared in the movies (the Turtles themselves, Master Splinter, April O'Neil, The Shredder, Casey Jones, Baxter Stockman) or those who had prominent roles in the animated series (all of the above characters plus Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady). Only diehard fans remember the Triceratons, even though they featured prominently in the comics.
    • All of this is assuming people even realize the Turtles were originally comic book characters. People are likely only familiar with the cartoon versions and would be surprised how brutal the comics can be.
  • The only female superhero is apparently Wonder Woman. Sometimes Storm or Jean Grey might get a nod too. Conversed Trope on the The Powerpuff Girls.
  • European comics will consist of nobody but Tintin and Astérix
  • What about The Smurfs? It helps there was a cartoon based on them and a piece of classical music that's mentioned above is used as the theme song for said cartoon. (Trouble is, most Americans don't seem to realize it was originally a comic strip.)
  • Underground comics are all drawn by Robert Crumb.
  • In the UK, comics are generally considered to be American, Belgian, French or The Beano and The Dandy, and always Exclusively for Kids
  • The only American newspaper comics are Garfield, Peanuts and Dilbert. If it's a single panel strip, then it's The Family Circus or The Far Side''. If the setting is the earlier half of the 20th Century, swap out all three for Dick Tracy.
    • Dick Tracy villains: Big Boy Caprice (and just because he got an adaptational upgrade in the movie), Flattop, Pruneface, a handful of others (maybe The Brow and/or Littleface), and The Blank (who was not Breathless Mahoney in the original strip)