The Avengers are known as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” and who could question that description? After all, this is the superhero crew that has boasted members such as Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hercules, and The Hulk.
But with an all-time roster that has featured, literally, dozens of heroes of varying abilities and powers, it only stands to reason that there would be some real clunkers among the elite-level crime fighters.
With that in mind, here’s a subjective look at the five all-time worst Avengers:
Also known as Demolition Man , this one-time Avenger was a mess of a character right from the beginning. Intentionally dressed in Daredevil’s original costume with Wolverine’s mask, D-Man was often played for laughs as a smelly, emotionally needy basket case with super human strength and almost no really redeemable characteristics. His existence as a member of Marvel’s elite crime fighting team was utterly forgettable.
A ho-hum character with ho-hum powers, Triathlon was a former Olympic track medalist given the powers of the old 3-D Man (Three times the strength and speed of a normal human, three times the healing capacity, and three times the sensory perception ability). Brought into the Avengers in a misguided affirmative action storyline, Triathlon added pointless political complication without giving much in the way of entertainment.
A typical 13-year-old boy exposed to toxic waste on his way to a friend’s house, Rage found himself suddenly a full-grown adult with super strength. Convinced by his grandmother to become a masked super hero, he then somehow convinces the Avengers to make him a member. However, when the team finds out that he’s mentally and emotionally just a 13-year-old boy, they strip him of full membership and offer him trainee status instead.
A smug, nearly immortal playboy roaming the universe in search of romance and good times, Starfox is a member of the powerful Eternals race. Gifted with the power to stimulate the pleasure centers of brains, Starfox can make others feel at ease in his presence and, creepily, even make them fall in love with him. Over the years, he’s had several small runs with the Avengers, always eventually abandoning them to return to his privileged life of searching the cosmos for fun and adventure.
Looking like a cross between Doctor Strange and Doctor Phil, Doctor Druid possesses the mystical powers of the Druids-whatever that means. Mostly a guy with what appears to be a random set of poorly-defined magical and telepathic powers, Druid was actually somehow the leader of the Avengers at one point. Since moving on, though, this utterly forgettable character has pretty much faded away from the Marvel Universe.