#1 Edited by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

A friend of mine (Marvel enthusiast btw) said one of the reasons he didn't like DC was because of all the "-Man" characters they have, i.e. Superman, Batman, Aquaman. But as I thought about it, Marvel has several as well, Spider-man, Iron Man, Iceman, Ant-Man...

So does anyone know who has the most? If not, start listing and I'll keep a tally. No -girl or -woman or -boy, just -man.

Here is the count so far:

Marvel 26

  • Iron Man
  • Iceman
  • Ant-Man
  • Spider-Man
  • Molecule Man
  • Multiple Man
  • D-Man/Demolition Man
  • Mole Man
  • Absorbing Man
  • Wonder Man
  • Machine Man
  • 3-D Man
  • Purple Man
  • Sandman
  • Stilt Man
  • Titanium Man
  • Impossible Man
  • Tattooed Man
  • Radioactive Man
  • Hydro-Man
  • Dragon Man
  • Molten Man
  • Psycho-Man
  • Master Man
  • Sugar Man
  • X-Man

DC 20

  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Aquaman
  • Hawkman
  • Deadman
  • Animal Man
  • Plastic Man
  • Elongated Man
  • Catman
  • Robotman
  • Negative Man
  • Animal Vegetable Mineral Man
  • Cyborg Superman
  • Floronic Man
  • Doll Man
  • Ragman
  • Sandman
  • Green Man
  • Tattooed Man
  • Garbage Man

I know I must be missing several though for each publisher

#2 Posted by SmashBrawler (5732 posts) - - Show Bio

If you count "boys", "lads", "girls", "lasses" and "kids", the Legion of Super Heroes takes this.

#3 Posted by TheCannon (18721 posts) - - Show Bio

What the heck is a "-man" character?

#4 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4530 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol! Good question.

#5 Posted by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCannon: You can't make a reasonable conjecture to that question based on the list alone?

#6 Posted by jeanroygrant (20191 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCannon said:

What the heck is a "-man" character?

#7 Posted by Eternal19 (2076 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do people always have to come up with dumb reasons to dislike other companies

#8 Edited by The_Tree (7464 posts) - - Show Bio

DC's also got:

  • Elongated Man
  • Catman
  • Robotman
  • Negative Man
  • Animal Vegetable Mineral Man
  • Cyborg Superman
  • Floronic Man
  • Doll Man
  • Ragman
  • Sandman
  • Green Man
  • Tattooed Man

Marvel also has:

  • Multiple Man
  • D-Man/Demolition Man
  • Mole Man
  • Absorbing Man
  • Wonder Man
  • Machine Man
  • 3-D Man
  • Purple Man
  • Sandman
  • Stilt Man
  • Titanium Man
  • Impossible Man
  • Tattooed Man
  • Radioactive Man
  • Hydro-Man
  • Dragon Man
  • Molten Man
  • Psycho-Man
  • Master Man
  • Sugar Man
  • X-Man
#9 Posted by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow ok then I was not expecting this. I was thinking of exactly where I needed to start to explain this simple concept...maybe start with how a * represents something unknown in a word and can be replaced with multiple things, how quotation marks can be used to explain something is an abstract thought, but I honestly couldn't simplify it enough to get to a point where it could be easily explained to someone who can't grasp the concept in the first place, and began to think maybe the concept was simply too far fetched for anyone but myself to comprehend. To make sure I am wasn't crazy, I read this post to my 8 year old niece. When I was done, I asked the question you have all been so quizzically struggling with:

What do you think I mean by a "*-man" character?

Well, I'll let her answer your question with all of her 8 years of accrued intellect and wisdom:

"Umm....a guy with "man" in his name?"

Well there you have it folks, what the heck is a "-man" character? A HERO WITH "MAN" IN HIS NAME.

Still confused? I have a 4 year old cousin I can go ask for you all

#10 Posted by The Stegman (24384 posts) - - Show Bio

This has got to be one of the dumbest reasons to dislike a character and a company.

#11 Posted by guttridgeb (4832 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman said:

This has got to be one of the dumbest reasons to dislike a character and a company.
#12 Posted by Twentyfive (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, I will say this; None of them have more -man characters than Capcom.

#13 Posted by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel

Marvel 18

Iron Man

Iceman

Ant-Man

Spider-Man

Molecule Man

Multiple Man,

D-Man/Demolition Man,

Mole Man,

Absorbing Man,

Wonder Man,

Machine Man,

3-D Man,

Sandman,

Tattooed Man,

Radioactive Man,

Hydro-Man,

Dragon Man,

X-Man.

DC 16

Elongated Man,

Catman,

Robotman,

Negative Man,

Animal Vegatable Mineral Man,

Doll Man,

Ragman,

Sandman,

Tattooed Man.

Superman

Batman

Aquaman

Hawkman

Deadman

Animal Man

Plastic Man

#14 Posted by cameron83 (7303 posts) - - Show Bio

@edictzero: I also think garbage man,(and I think we should do heroes first,and I think tattooed man is a villain)

#15 Posted by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

@cameron83: is garbageman marvel or dc?

#16 Edited by The_Tree (7464 posts) - - Show Bio

@edictzero: Garbage Man is DC.

#17 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (5416 posts) - - Show Bio

DC by far, the LSH alone outs them over the top.

#18 Posted by edictzero (41 posts) - - Show Bio

@WaveMotionCannon: I just read through a painfully long list of LSH members and didn't find a single character with "man" in his name except Superman. I have been trolled, well played sir

#19 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio

@edictzero said:

@WaveMotionCannon: I just read through a painfully long list of LSH members and didn't find a single character with "man" in his name except Superman. I have been trolled, well played sir

I was just about to say that, there is no -Man in the Legion, most are just -Lad

#20 Posted by Blood1991 (8098 posts) - - Show Bio

@Eternal19 said:

Why do people always have to come up with dumb reasons to dislike other companies

Good question. Why not just say you prefer the characters and stories of one side over the other? That should be the reason to choose sides if you are going to.

#21 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like your friend was wrong lol