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Psychopathic Manchildren in comic books.


  • Sergeant Crumb, the largest man to serve in the British armed forces, in Adventures in the Rifle Brigade. Possessing strength that is rather unnatural even for a man his size (at one point he punched a man's head clean off his shoulders), and constantly sporting a mindless, toothy smile, he seems incapable of actual speech and only ever says "Ey-oop!" The conclusion reached by his superiors in his official dossier (which mentions several events where he's implied to have killed dozens of people) is: "Mummy, I'm frightened."
    • Similarly, Corporal Geezer only says "Yer aht of ordah!" and is one of the most prolific murderers in British history, being tried for over 413 murders before evidence was waived when he was assigned to the Rifle Brigade, which desperately needed a maniac like him to tie it together.
  • Gloo from Astro City is a Clone Degeneration Blob Monster. Its preferred method of combat is to subject its targets to distorted and deranged pranks and jokes, such as jamming two dozen people into a small car (like a Clown Car) or spraying acidic "seltzer" at victims.
  • The DCU:
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    • Superman:
      • Superboy-Prime: An alternate Clark Kent/Kal-El from a world where he was the only superhuman, which was destroyed. After helping to save the universe he spent years in a pocket dimension, (and didn't age or mature past his early teens), which drives him Axe-Crazy. A dose of The Punishment from the Guardians Of Oa gave him the power to traverse dimensions at will and destroy whole planets. To make things worse, he has the power level of the Silver Age Superman (only with a seriously warped morality), almost none of his weaknesses (only red solar energy will keep him in check), and a suit that ensures he is constantly charged with yellow sun energy.
      • Supergirl adversary/ally Bizarrogirl has the intellect and personality of a scared, angry little girl and the full power of a Kryptonian.
      • The 90's version of the Toyman certainly counts.
        "You're a bad mommy, I'm glad I killed your son!"
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    • It's a bit of a stretch, but technically you can call most of Batman's Rogues Gallery this. Two-Face, Riddler, Calendar Man, Scarecrow (kinda), Firefly, Maxie Zeus... seeing as how psychology-driven Batman is, it makes sense that all of his villains would be so simply motivated. Most of them are just trying to prove something to Bats, making them the "Childish Motivations" breed.
      • Specifically, TRY to deny that Joker's motivations are... arbitrary. You will fail in this.
      • The Joker is arguably one of the more fitting examples in the Batman Rogues Gallery. For starters, when Batman is telling Joker to stay away from the Gordons after he apparently hurt Gordon's wife (it was actually his son, Gordon Jr. who did the deed), Joker commented that he didn't do anything to "the old bitch", and starts commenting to Batman that he misses the old Batman, and commented that he "doesn't want to go to bed yet" and that he "wants to play."
      • The original Blockbuster.
      • Humpty Dumpty, a minor villain, is something of a subversion. He's enormously obese and strong, and clearly insane—but not in a way that makes him want to harm anyone. Rather, Humpty is obsessed with making things "better" by taking them apart and putting them back together again, but because he doesn't have any of the skills necessary to do this correctly, he ends up causing destruction and a few deaths instead. However, he doesn't do this maliciously: he sincerely can't tell that what he's doing is wrong, and helps Batgirl when she apprehends him by putting her dislocated arms back into her sockets, proving that he's not evil in any way. He's not in Arkham because he's a mass-murdering psychopath, he's in Arkham because he's actually crazy, and his doctors even view him as a model patient.
      • The Mad Hatter is probably the straightest example in all of comicbooks. His delusional obsession with a children's book and his kidnapping and murder tendencies come to mind.
      • The Goddamn Batman could easily count as one, between his sadism and his petulance when people aren't impressed by his toys.
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    • Validus, from the Legion of Super-Heroes. A mindless powerhouse, easily controlled by his teammates in the Fatal Five. In the original continuity, he turned to actually be the child of Legion founders Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad (time travel was involved).
    • The Flash villain (and later member of the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains and Terrible Trio Injustice League) Big Sir is extremely large and powerful, but mentally deficient and easily exploited. He was eventually killed by a bio-engineered bomb designed to look like a small child while he was trying to hug it.
    • Larfleeze from Green Lantern has been living alone in a cave for billions of years with everything he's ever wanted being brought to him by his mindless constructs. This has given him the temperament of a spoiled three-year-old. And, as seen in his Christmas Special, he believes in Santa Claus.
    • The Question villain Baby Gun. He looked like an giant toddler and used an air gun at close range to kill people.
      Baby Gun: Got'nee cake? Got'nee candy? Got'nee ice cream? Ahm'na kill yew!
    • Swamp Thing has napalm specialist Paulie Skinner, one of the D. D. I. goons who shot the Swamp Thing with a bioelectrical pattern-jamming device and then napalmed his body in an attempt to permanently kill the group's longtime enemy. The middle-aged Skinner is shown still living with his mom in a boyishly-decorated bedroom, with his mom tucking him into bed and bringing him hot cocoa. His happy dream in that scene shows him as a five-year-old (with his balding, mustached, wrinkled head on the dream's toddler body) contentedly waving a rattle on his mother's lap — though the dream suddenly turns into a nightmare of his mother smothering him as the Swamp Thing, newly returned from space and seeking vengeance for being separated for months from his home and wife, suffocates Skinner under a massive pile of peach blossoms.
  • Bobby in the opening "Euthanized" story of Hack/Slash. A lot of people think Vlad is a rare good example because he talks funny, but he's cleverer than he likes people to think.
  • Though a Serial Killer and not a Psycho for Hire, Johnny from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac fits the trope perfectly, mostly due to unfathomable mental instability.
    • And coming to Squee for a band-aide after cutting his hand on a "Skettie-Os" can probably clinches it.
  • Marvel Universe:
  • Loki, in nearly all of his incarnations, is an ages-old Physical God with incredible intellect, cunning, magical might...and the emotional maturity of a spoiled toddler. His entire motivation for everything he has ever done can be summed up as "Waah, waah, Daddy likes my big brother Thor more than me!" and lashing out in response. In a conversation between his child incarnation and a copy of his former self, the child Loki actually comes across as the wiser and more mature of the two. Teen!Loki also has a bit more maturity due to his guilt over replacing child Loki. It's sort of inevitable that a self-proclaimed God of Mischief isn't a paragon of maturity.
  • Alfie O'Meagan from Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja is stuck at a mental age of ten. He's also a powerful Reality Warper who casually neutralized the world's nuclear arsenal and thinks nothing of turning into Godzilla or Galactus when he rampages against the armies sent to stop him.
  • Funland from The Sandman. A Serial Killer who preyed on children at an amusement park, wore Mickey Mouse ears and a Big Bad Wolf T-Shirt and liked "playing" with other kids.
    Not "fun", Funland.
    • To be clear, he's huge and pretty fat, and probably in his mid-thirties.
    • When Dream kills him causes him to fall into a magical slumber, he kindly lets him go having a dream that all the (dead) children come back and forgive him, and don't laugh at "the funny big giant," and they all play together forever and ever.
    • And then a panel of pink flowers is shown.
  • Gideon Gordon Graves, the Big Bad of the Scott Pilgrim series, a Type C with some Type B qualities thrown in there just for fun. He's a wealthy and successful entertainment mogul, and the epitome of a Villain with Good Publicity. However, he seems to have the emotional intelligence of a seven-year-old—he's petty, vindictive, possessive, can't handle rejection, and just wants people to adore him, even if he has to make them adore him against their will.
  • Billy Kincaid of Spawn. While the comic version is more Freddy Krueger-ish, the version portrayed in the HBO animated series definitely had the mind of a child. A child that liked to kill things. Mainly real children. With a paedophilia subtext.
  • The Ten-Seconders: Damage is a super-strong super-durable rampaging beast, but he's actually very childlike. When he confronts The Scientist, he simply slaps Damage, puts him into time-out, then has him march into the sea on a fool's errand.
  • Dirty Ron from the Warren Ellis series Two Step. Just a simple, giant lad that likes to shag stuff - till it goes boom. He prefers cars to people, but when he wears his VR rig, everyone look to him like a purdy, purdy minicooper.


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