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Comic Book 'Naughty & Nice' List: 2012

It's been a busy year and Santa has tried keeping track of who's been good and bad.

We all know that Santa Claus likes to keep tabs on anyone. Pretty much his only job during the year is to watch over (spy) on everyone and make a note of the good and bad things people have done. You do have to wonder if he has any sort of algorithm because when it comes to comic book characters, they sometimes do both good and bad things. How many good deeds can outweigh a bad one?

As a way to look back at some of the things we've seen this year, we were able to glimpse a small portion of Santa's list. We did our best to try to get the entire list but those pesky elves are pretty quick and it really hurts when they punch you in the shins.

This list is by far from complete. Feel free to add any naughty or nice moments you can recall from this past year.

Nice

Hawkeye

Hawkeye is becoming a hero for the people. In the first issue of his series, we saw Clint confront the evil landlord Ivan. He offered poor conditions to the tenants and had it written in the lease that he could triple the rent if he wanted to. To those unable to pay their rent, he threatened to "keel" them, even in front of their kids. After confronting Ivan and his "tracksuit mafia," Clint ended up paying everyone's rent and bought the entire building.

== TEASER ==

He even help save a dog that got kicked into traffic and took him home as his own.

Deadpool

Deadpool may be a mercenary and has killed many times. This year we've seen a different side to Wade Wilson.

In UNCANNY X-FORCE, Wade was almost the glue for the team towards the end. When the Shadow King, Sabretooth and Daken were trying to get Evan to turn into Apocalypse, Deadpool stuck to his side. He took some beatings for him. He even gave him some reading material at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to help educate him in a different area.

Deadpool also performed a civic duty in saving the world from a bunch of dead presidents.

Larfleeze

A couple years ago, Larfleeze actually had his own Christmas special. It was pretty much what you expected from the guy with the Lantern of Avarice. In this month's GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, we see Larfleeze is willing to share.

Kyle Rayner is training to master all the different Lanterns and that meant he'd need Larfleeze's help. It took a little persuading on Carol Ferris' part but Kyle's mission continues.

Captain America

How many times has Cap made sacrifices for others. After ending up in a trap set by Arnim Zola, Cap found himself at the mercy of his enemy in the strange Dimension Z. He woke up to find a giant needle being plunged into his chest in order to take his blood and Super Soldier Serum. Cap escapes but doesn't leave alone.

He took the child being experimented on next to him. While he needs to focus on his own survival, he is doing everything he can to protect the "son" of his enemy. That means changing diapers in a world that doesn't actually have diapers. Protecting children is a noble thing to do and Cap will give his life for a child he didn't even know. That is pretty nice indeed.

Naughty

Joker

You would think that Joker would always be on the naughty list. Since he hadn't really been seen in the New 52 until now, he's making up for it. Deep down he might think he has good intentions. He believes Batman isn't living up to his full potential as a crime fighter. He feels Batman's struggle with the Court of Owls shouldn't have been such a problem. He blames Batman's extended family for distracting him. As he constantly has to worry, train and keep tabs on the others, he's losing the edge that he used to have. Joker misses the Batman he used to know from their early days.

Good intentions or not, Joker has killed multiple civilians and police officers, terrorized several and beat up poor Alfred.

Negan (THE WALKING DEAD)

Remember when we saw the Governor as the biggest and most evil person in the THE WALKING DEAD universe? Turns out we now have someone giving him a run for his money. Negan is a vicious man that feels he is entitled to whatever he wants. He had been preying on a nearby community demanding half of any and all supplies they have and come by. Soon Rick's group ended up against them.

If you know Rick Grimes, you know he isn't a man to roll over for anyone. Unleashing his brand of justice against Negan's men resulted in some serious repercussions.

When Rick and a few others were captured, Negan said he was going to be beat one of them to death with his barbed baseball bat he calls "Lucille."

It was a brutal killing. It was what you would come to expect in this series. Negan has been very naughty.

Doctor Octopus

(There are no spoilers from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 below)

Otto Octavius always wanted to be taken seriously for his intellect. We saw before in an issue of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN that Tony Stark even gave him a hard time before they both became part of the world of superheroes. With all the beatings Otto has taken, his body was giving out. He was dying.

Panel from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699.

The desire to live is understandable but his solution is to take over the body of another. He didn't ask for permission. He simply swapped bodies and is stealing someone else's life, including trying to hook up with their hot ex-girlfriend. Otto is being naughty, bad and just creepy. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699, we saw Peter run through some scenarios that Ock could accomplish while using his body.

Without any mention of what may or may not result in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700, on sale this week, we can definitely say that wanting to take another person's body is very naughty. You could also blame him for the end of the series.

Clearly this is not all of the naughty and nice people in comics this year. This was all we could see for sure on Santa's list. Who else do you think should be on there. Hopefully you did not end up on the Naughty part.

Have a safe and happy holiday from everyone at Comic Vine.

48 Comments
Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

i allways like it, if wade shows his other sides than the comedic one.

Posted by comicace3

What no batman?

Posted by Trodorne

We need a Glomulus Holiday Special comic.

Id also like to mention Hordak as Honorable mention for Naughty: We learned recently in a Digital Download of Masters of the universe #8 - She-ra that he kidnapped an infant, as well as raised it to be a killing machine while conquering other peoples and places even planning to kill her if she were to remember her past.

Posted by Namor1987

Havok should be on the nice list

Posted by Mucklefluga

Haha. This was a cool feature! Happy Christmas Comic Vine !!!

Posted by Mucklefluga

Haha. This was a cool feature! Happy Christmas Comic Vine !!!

Posted by JonSmith

@DarklyDreamingDeadpool said:

i allways like it, if wade shows his other sides than the comedic one.

I liked that he knew he was on a timer: He only can hold out for so long before he has to compulsively crack a joke, and thus he leaves before that happens and ruins the moment.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Remender has been reading two much of The Road or the Dark Tower

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Posted by iaconpoint

@comicace3 said:

What no batman?

Bruce would be on the naughty list for ignoring the threat of the Court of Owls and not telling at least Alfred and Dick about Joker breaking into the Cave.

Posted by Outside_85

Phantom Stranger should have been on the naughty list.

Posted by Or35ti

I love the Hawkeye and Deadpool sections of the article! :) Merry Christmas!

Posted by Med

cyclops should go on the naughty list for killing xavier and almost destroying the world.

Posted by guttridgeb

Bruce Banner should be on the nice list for creating a machine that removes water-borne pathogens (or something along those lines, I'll have to check that)

Posted by thespideyguy

@Med said:

cyclops should go on the naughty list for killing xavier and almost destroying the world.

That mutant activist was a thorn in our side.

Posted by JLDoom

Ha ha, I love this

Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

@JonSmith: i miss the old wade from the nineties when he was a bit more serious......

Posted by Cavemold

has been naughty !

Posted by jwalser3

Shocker! Joker is on the naughty list.

Posted by Fantasgasmic
Posted by lifeboy

Thanks for the holiday entertainment gman:-) gave a nice xmas

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Jay Garrick should be on the nice list! He has tried his hardest in being a father figure for: Bart Allen, J.J. Thunder, Wally West, and pretty much every member of the J.S.A.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

+1 for Hawkeye. I became a huge fan of his this year. Thank you Matt Fraction

Deadpool was great

+1 Respcet for Cap

Neegan is more twisted than the Joker by farrr I hate Him sooo much.

Posted by AmazingSpidey_707

Ahhhh....G-Man you still believe in Santa. Just kidding..... i just felt like throwing that in there.

Posted by CrashLanden

Merry Christmas Comic Vine!

Posted by Mbecks14

Cyclops should be all over that naughty list

Posted by Trevel8182

"Merry Christmas" God bless everyone!

Posted by Barubal10

I hate Otto.

Posted by Mia26

Is it just me or is Hawkeye starting to become more and more like Green Arrow ?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! ^_^ This sure made my evening...

Posted by The Mast

It's so crazy to me that people think Remender has given Deadpool some kind of incredible depth.

Read the Joe Kelly run and you'll see he was always a character with depth. Marvel MADE him a joke. Way MADE him a joke. It's like saying someone is healthy because they quit smoking. Don't smoke in the first place and you're better off.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

He even gave him some reading material at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to help educate him in a different area.

What was the reading material in a different area? Curious, didn't read the comic.

Posted by DJ1107

@ArtisticNeedham:

Playboy's or the Marvel equivalent of Playboy's

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@Fantasgasmic said:

what issue is that

and negan is just an overpowered governor rip off, he just a stupid man child overusing the F word to look cool but i like him anyway

Posted by Timotheus316

I like Hawkeye but he's actually naughty. He cheats on his superpowered sexy girlfriend with an equally hot red head. Some call it a win/win, I call it cheating. Moral ambiguity is not cool, saving pizza dog or not. NAUGHTY.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@Med: Seconded!

Posted by Billy Batson

I don't know, Cap was pretty naughty in AvX.
BB

Posted by UlquiorraSchiffer

@Trodorne: I would totally read a glomulus x-mas special.

And yeah, I still can't forgive Larfleeze for what he did over in DCU online this year.

Posted by UltraBiel

@Billy Batson said:

I don't know, Cap was pretty naughty in AvX.
BB

THIS!

Posted by TheCommissar

@Timotheus316 said:

I like Hawkeye but he's actually naughty. He cheats on his superpowered sexy girlfriend with an equally hot red head. Some call it a win/win, I call it cheating. Moral ambiguity is not cool, saving pizza dog or not. NAUGHTY.

Pretty sure Clint and Jessica broke up before that.

Posted by Med

@thespideyguy: and he doesn't look to be stopping.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@Miss_Garrick said:

Jay Garrick should be on the nice list! He has tried his hardest in being a father figure for: Bart Allen, J.J. Thunder, Wally West, and pretty much every member of the J.S.A.

most of which he hasnt known this year due to the reboot.

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Posted by PurpleCandy

Its funny how sometimes batman comics make fun of themselves

Posted by Queso6p4

@Mucklefluga: Much agreed.

Posted by Grey56

@Med said:

cyclops should go on the naughty list for killing xavier and almost destroying the world.

Really, Marvel should be on that list for having used that idea to frame Scott as a villain. Not that your idea was bad - just that I'd rather see the anger properly placed.

Posted by Med

i see what you mean, but then we'd have to judge every single comic company and make a list just for them. not a bad idea actually.

Posted by Lvenger

Why isn't Cyclops on the naughty list this year?

Posted by Wiggi

@Lvenger: Because he should be on the awesome list with his new, younger self chasing him around, crazy phoenix-amplified psycho optic blasts, and secret canadian lair. Come on!

Posted by Lvenger

@Wiggi: Yeah no he should still be on the naughty list. Risking billions of lives on a far fetched gamble, not regretting his actions as well as his performance throughout the year. Definitely naughty list material.