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  • Nextwave's Aaron Stack. "My robot brain needs beer."
    • Honestly, everyone in Nextwave, which is the point.
  • Deadpool being crazy awesome was key in defeating the Taskmaster in hand-to-hand comba- *rghk!* Whoa, whoa, whoa! Nobody but me gets to talk about me! It's just too fun! Now I don't mean to brag, but beating Tasky's no small feat, considering that his powers allow him to copy and second-guess anyone's fighting style, including, but not limited to, Captain America, Daredevil, and any other fighter in the entire Marvel Universe. However, I am so crazy sexy, I don't need a recognizable fighting style. My brain having exploded from my sheer, goddamn handsomeness also makes me near-impossible to mind-read or mind-control, and let it be known that I was once (FYI, this "once" I'm talking about started when Joe Kelly adopted me, and it's still going) the only person who could save humanity by a combination of this and my willingness to kick Captain America inna nerts to do so.
  • Rorschach of Watchmen generally switched between crazy and awesome, but occasionally both at the same time, such as when he ambushed a guy by hiding in his fridge, and ambushed him again by hiding near the fridge and jumping out when the guy reads the note in the fridge saying to turn around.
    "No. You do not understand. None of you understand. I am not locked up in here with you. You are locked up in here with me."
    • The first examples might only seem crazy since he was ambushing an innocent man. But it was a full grown man inside of a fridge for what we can assume was possibly hours just waiting. Crazy. Awesome.
  • Quinton Zempfester, the wizard from Thieves & Kings, acts like an utter Cloud Cuckoo Lander 90% of the time. This is the remaining 10%.
  • The Joker, especially in "The Long Halloween" which involves the Joker attempting to steal Christmas. While reciting a certain Dr. Seuss book, no less.
    • Also Batman himself, at times.
      • Note that the "crazy" here is completely literal: the man at one point had an entire backup personality!
    • The Creeper definitely fits the bill. Imagine a Chaotic Good (sometimes) guy with bad jokes, exchanging Joker Immunity for Nigh-Invulnerability, and the hots for Harley Quinn, and you get the man the Joker considers, with no irony whatsoever, "a LUNATIC!!!"
    • Basically everyone inside Arkham Asylum counts.
  • Transmetropolitan's protagonist Spider Jerusalem. After beating the snot out of a thinly-veiled grown-up Charlie Brown to get to a source of information, he throws another of her bodyguards out a barroom window... and onto a dog who is a dead ringer for Snoopy. (This being Transmetropolitan, it might even be an intelligent dog.) Whose corpse he claims as his dinner.
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  • Snowflame from New Guardians #2 is a supervillain whose powers come from snorting massive amounts of cocaine, worships cocaine, and is basically the religious leader of a cult that also worships cocaine.
  • The Awesome Slapstick, the living cartoon. Defeats a rampaging vigilante at the mall by kissing him on the lips. Foils a five-year-old Mad Scientist with a spanking. Stops a rampaging irradiated nuclear bum (no, that's not a typo) with a cup of coffee. And tops it all off by dumping a bucket of water on Ghost Rider's flaming head.
  • Green Lantern: Larfleeze, the only member of the Orange Corps of Greed. He had an I'm Taking Her Home with Me! moment with Scar, a corrupted, demonic Guardian who serves Nekron because.... she was evil, so she was different than other Guardians, so she was worth more. And he really wanted his own Guardian.
    • There's also the fact that his defining character trait, greed, leads to his power being more effective. Unlike the lights of the other Corps, the Orange light of greed is best when wielded by only one person.
    • Then there's Dex-Starr, an extremely dangerous member of the Red Lantern Corps... who also happens to be a cat. (His origin is almost Tear Jerker, too.)
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  • Both leads in Sam & Max: Freelance Police fit the bill, but their private-eye neighbor Flint Paper tops them.
  • Ben Templesmith's (of 30 Days of Night fame) Welcome to Hoxford, about a private prison run by werewolves, brings us delusional serial killer Ray Delgado, whose first reaction to a werewolf snarling in his face is to bite off its tongue. Of course, he did believe himself to be Kronos, Lord of the Titans at the time. He later decides he's a werewolf too, challenges the ten foot tall alpha, and successfully chews out its throat.
  • Newman Xeno from Matt Fraction's Casanova, the Affably Evil Head of W.A.S.T.E deadly, decadent and deranged.
    Casanova: You talk like a comic book man.
    Xeno: And I live like one, Mr. Quinn!
  • Fantastic Four: Franklin Richards has called the Impossible Man crazy awesome. Considering he's a Trickster Archetype with limitless shapeshifting capabilities, it's not far off the mark.
  • Brute Force, a Marvel miniseries about two opposing teams of cyborg animals with increased intelligence. Issue one alone features Robo-bear vs. Cyber-gorilla.
  • Mike Allred's Madman is, well, a madman. In the first few pages of his first appearance, he knocks a guy out with a lead-filled yo-yo before prying one of his eyes out and eating it. He was doing this to psych out another malcontent, you see. "Now... be quiet. I'm going to touch you." To be fair to Madman, he threw the eye up when the coast was clear. The point is that he's crazy enough to try anything to get what he wants.
    • Although this is somewhat of a case of Early Installment Weirdness. Allred didn't even like that scene right after he wrote it. For the rest of the series, Madman was much more childlike.
  • Rex The Wonder Dog is made of this. Initially, he was simply an ordinary, non-talking non-magical dog that could fish using a rod and reel, drive cars and boats, had a successful career as a newspaper photographer, and once killed a T. rex using a nuclear bomb. Then it was revealed that he was an decorated war hero from World War II, and a Super Soldier with a similar origin to Captain America. Then, after all the newspaper photography career and T. rex killing, he drank from the fountain of youth, gaining the ability to speak the language of every thing that lives on planet Earth, as well as eternal youth and unspecified magical powers noted to be among the strongest on Earth.
  • Practically every protagonist in Sin City. They may be violent and crazy but they're also fun as hell.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: "I HAVE HEAD-EXPLODEY!"
  • Lex Luthor, especially in the Silver Age. He once cured cancer just to trick Superman into believing he'd reformed. Plus he's a normal human who is the greatest enemy of one of the most powerful superheroes ever created.
  • The Simping Detective, Jack Point. The man is essentially Philip Marlowe crossed with Krusty The Klown.
  • Issue 23 of IDW's Transformers Ongoing gives us crazy awesome Orion Pax (Optimus Prime before he had the Matrix), a tough no-nonsense police captain who, when his subordinates are murdered by senate goons trying to free Whirl (a bullying officer under Prime who himself was jailed for beating on a wrongfully-incarcerated pre-evil Megatron), ends up having to use the corpse of his lieutenant Springarm in motorcycle mode to dispatch of the two goons... one of them by tearing one of his smokestacks off his shoulder and stabbing it in said goon's face. He bought the time to even come up with this plan by grabbing his stacks of Autobot badge awards off the shelf and using them as improvised throwing weapons; why they were given such sharp edges is anyone's guess.
    • And after this, his immediate reaction is to march over to the Senate building, wade through their army of paranoid and heavily-armed security guards, just so he can scold the Senate for being a bunch of dicks. His reaction to two goons trying to drag him out is to just get irritated and demand he be allowed to finish asking how the Cybertronian people can get rid of the Senate.
    • And speaking of Whirl, Whirl. It's mentioned in More Than Meets The Eye that he punched himself in the fact to prove that he's super invincible. He also has a habit of introducing himself by saying he has "no known weaknesses". When he and Rung were once held hostage by Fortress Maximus, he defuses the situation by straight-up telling Fort Max to shoot him.
    • Pretty much all of the Wreckers are crazy awesome in one way or another.
    • Hot Rod / Rodimus proves himself no slouch in the first issue he appears in, back in Spotlight: Hot Rod, when he manages to infiltrate the most secure and brutal prison the Decepticons have by surfing on a meteor.
    • Brainstorm; one of the Autobot's most prevalent weapons makers and also holds the record for creating the most unethical and deadly inventions ever, a fact which he is proud of. There's a fight about to happen? Well he'll be sure to give you some sort of morally dubious gun to do some damage. Such inventions include a gun designed like a children's toy that says catch-phrases when fired, a bomb that demoralizes enemies by thinking they're in a comic, and a devise that "allegedly" accidentally snuffed out a sun. Whirl admits that he could listen to Brainstorm for hours going on about whatever murder machine he's cooked up.
      • And because Brainstorm wasn't mad enough, it eventually turns out he'd been pretending to be a mole for the Decepticons for centuries, if not more, just to scam them into giving him the parts he needed to build a time machine. And he gets away with it.
  • Moon Knight, especially when they play up the multiple personalities. He's considered insane by the other superheroes, regularly fights werewolves and ghosts, and is known to fly around in a moon-shaped helicopter. He's also a Badass Normal who once took on Count Nefaria in a one-on-one battle armed only with his fists, a set of wrist blades, and a fake Captain America shield. And he actually held his own.
  • On the very literal end of things: Crazy Jane of the Doom Patrol.
  • Secret Six: Bane, dressed as Conan the Barbarian...riding an Tyrannosurus Rex, which is equally armored into battle. Move over Harry Dresden!
  • 30 Days of Night brings us Lex Nova, the deranged vampiric detective. He monologues out loud to himself without knowing it, and seems to truly believe that he's in some kind of insane detective novel. He still somehow manages to be effective, and really, one of the nicest vampires in the series.
  • The Boys has The Frenchman, who might not be legally insane, but certainly acts like he is. While he has his moments of lucidity, and he certainly displays competence in the more cerebral parts of The Boys' line of work, he also often goes into non-sequiturs, is friends with The Female, and his main contribution to the team is as muscle, AKA putting on his goggles and going apeshit, despite his otherwise genial and mild-mannered nature. While the origins of each other member of The Boys, past and present, have been told during the series, The Frenchman's past as he tells it is not even remotely believable, and the other characters clearly state at the end of his story that he might not be entirely there.
  • Mike Baron's The Badger is entirely about this trope... he would be absolutely nothing without his multiple personality disorder, and its associated powers. One enemy even said it straight out: "You are WORSE than sorcerous! You are completely insane!"
  • Scud the Disposable Assassin is a comic series that runs on Crazy Awesome. The first issue has the titular Scud, a robot assassin bought out of a vending machine, fighting a monster with mousetraps for hands, a three-pronged plug for a head, and mouths on it's knees. And it only gets weirder from there, including a cult that worships manliness and unnecessary explosions, an immortal voodoo priest Benjamin Franklin controlling zombie dinosaurs, and a werewolf astronaut looking to gain power from standing on the moon.
  • Rat-Man is usually just a moron, but has moments of pure awesomeness. For example, the second time he was confronted by a robot made specifically to kill superheroes he opened a book and summoned Chuck Norris (he had never managed to read a book in his life because every time he opened one Chuck would show up and bring him on an adventure out of Walker, Texas Ranger, and weaponized it).
  • "Donald Duck laughs in the face of Death! Didn't you know?"
  • The Walking Dead's second long-term villain, Negan is a whirlwind of insanity and awesomeness. His witty dialogue, filled with dark humor and (many) swear words, wacky behavior such as deciding whose skull to bash in with a baseball bat with a kid's nursery rhyme, to loving his signature weapon a little too much are just some examples of why he's one of the most beloved characters of the series.
  • Really superhero comics in general could be considered this.
  • Groucho from Dylan Dog looks identical to Groucho Marx and makes puns with pretty much every phrase he says, often causing groans and rage in the listeners. Said puns have sometimes saved the day, with such things as keeping up the morale of people blinded by a mysterious illness, taming the gremlins that had taken control of the British nuclear arsenal, and bringing Bloch out of a coma (Bloch had been shot, and the doctors expected him not to pass the night. Then Groucho entered his room and started telling him puns until Bloch woke up screaming that someone dragged the punster out, exactly as Groucho was planning).
  • Sgt. Savage from Revolutionaries: originally a soldier from the 1940’s, he was transported to the future and proceeded to go totally insane and fall in love with 90’s pop culture. Now he’s an ultra-upbeat Liefeld-style Badass Normal Cloudcuckoolander who speaks entirely in Totally Radical dialogue and spends his days fighting ninjas and skateboarders.
  • Bart Allen, who treats life like a video game, once defeated the Joker by annoying him, and is the only person that Superboy Prime fears.


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