Is Superman the most hated superhero?

#1 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio

There is little to no denying that Superman has the biggest fanbase in all of comicdom. But is it just me or does he get the most hatred of them all? I mean how many of these "Superman overpowered", "Superman overdone", "Hate Superman" kind of threads should come out? And I'm talking just CV. On other forums I see so much disrespect in Superman respect threads.  
 
Being hated is not directly proportional to the popularity of the character, ain't it? Look at Batman or Spiderman. They rival Superman's popularity but I see only miniscule hatred towards them (not that I want them hated, I love Batman). What is it with Supes and hatred?

#2 Posted by The_Martian (36984 posts) - - Show Bio

It's popular to hate what is popular.

#3 Posted by Sexy Merc (42072 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny thing is Spawn, J'onn, Green Lanterns and other characters have more powers than him. He might very well be the most hated hero though, which is absurd if you think about it.

#4 Posted by Amegashita (3601 posts) - - Show Bio

  I wouldn't go so far as to say it's hatred, merely lack of understanding of a character and when you don't understand a character you seem to gain a reason to hate said character.  Ignorance essentially equals hatred.

#5 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

What's with all the Superman hate? He's cool.  
 
I could definitely see Captain America being the most hated by the general public. 

#6 Posted by caesarsghost (559 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nobody:
Agreed. Also, for some reason, there is this idea that because something is classic (i.e. pre-1960s Marvel renaissance) that means it is somehow outdated, irrelevant and less valuable- a fallacious idea.
Those who hate on Superman have no respect for comic history, and I, in turn, have difficulty finding respect for their opinions.  
 I mean, it is okay to have some issues with Superman. He is my favorite and I have some issues with him, but to go so far as to hate on him is another thing. You at least have to respect the legacy and what he stands for.
#7 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Amegashita said:
"   I wouldn't go so far as to say it's hatred, merely lack of understanding of a character and when you don't understand a character you seem to gain a reason to hate said character.  Ignorance essentially equals hatred. "
QFT! 
 
@Gambit1024 said:
" What's with all the Superman hate? He's cool.   I could definitely see Captain America being the most hated by the general public.  "
I picture people in Iran saying "Death to Captain America!" Ehehehehe!
#8 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@ssejllenrad:  
 
Not just them, I think just about anyone who isn't from America doesn't like the character, lol. Aren't we (I'm from the US)  still the most hated country like ever?
#9 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
" @ssejllenrad:   Not just them, I think just about anyone who isn't from America doesn't like the character, lol. Aren't we (I'm from the US)  still the most hated country like ever? "
Well I'm Filipino so I love the U.S. like a big brother. I wish we're still a U.S. Colony. Things were much better then.
 
Here in Australia however, the U.S. hate is astonishing. Would you believe Aussie's mock at your "accents"? And we're just talking bout a democratic western-inclined country. How much more hate in openly anti-American countries. 
 
I think there have always been hatred towards you cause of the U.S.'s unparalleled success. Plus the hate skyrocketed during the W.Bush-era.
#10 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@ssejllenrad:  
 
Aw man, the Australians hate us? Damn, and I really like them.  
 
And Bush is just... Ugh, he really screwed us. One of my teachers went to Thailand and they love us. There's Obama stuff EVERYWHERE over there. 
#11 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
" @ssejllenrad:   Aw man, the Australians hate us? Damn, and I really like them.   And Bush is just... Ugh, he really screwed us. One of my teachers went to Thailand and they love us. There's Obama stuff EVERYWHERE over there.  "
Australians have "mild-hate" like "Americans = cholesterol (as if they're not fatties themselves)" or "NFL sucks, Americans are P*ssies for wearing paddings. Rugby is the way" or "US pollutes the world!" or "What's the deal with the baseball diamond? Cricket rules!!!" kind of stuff. Basically ignorant rants. Not really serious matters. 
 
And if you want Obama-love? Thailand is nothing compared to Indonesia! They love him so much over there, it's as if his Indonesia's president. 
 
I'm off-topic for so long now so I'd best shut-up already.
#12 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio
@ssejllenrad:  
 
Lol, I gotcha.  
 
So what's the deal with the Superman hate?
#13 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
" @ssejllenrad:   Lol, I gotcha.   So what's the deal with the Superman hate? "
I honestly don't know. That's why I made this thread. I wanted to know what's the deal with the hatred. I'm sick of it. Being a Superman fanboy, it's not easy to take all this hate.
#14 Posted by ForbushBug (496 posts) - - Show Bio
@caesarsghost said:
" @Nobody: Agreed. Also, for some reason, there is this idea that because something is classic (i.e. pre-1960s Marvel renaissance) that means it is somehow outdated, irrelevant and less valuable- a fallacious idea. Those who hate on Superman have no respect for comic history, and I, in turn, have difficulty finding respect for their opinions. "
And that's why Action Comics #775 owned so much. It took that criticism head on.
#15 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

I personally don't know HOW he can be hated. He's what a superhero IS. Plain and simple. He was the first of his breed, people should respect that. Not hate it. 

#16 Posted by WW-Fan (2738 posts) - - Show Bio

i dont think so! but i am getting tierd of these hate superman threads :/

#17 Posted by conformist21 (413 posts) - - Show Bio

i think it's his "disguise" and the fact he does alotta crap including ice breath and heat beam eyes thus leading to being overpowered,
and don't get mad at me, i'm not saying i hate him, i'm just putting the opinions of the haters forward.

#18 Posted by caesarsghost (559 posts) - - Show Bio
@ForbushBug:
ha! I had no idea that even existed, but you are absolutely right. Just the title is awesome!
#19 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@ForbushBug said:
" @caesarsghost said:
" @Nobody: Agreed. Also, for some reason, there is this idea that because something is classic (i.e. pre-1960s Marvel renaissance) that means it is somehow outdated, irrelevant and less valuable- a fallacious idea. Those who hate on Superman have no respect for comic history, and I, in turn, have difficulty finding respect for their opinions. "
And that's why Action Comics #775 owned so much. It took that criticism head on. "
You're right! I love Action Comics 775!
#20 Posted by daken_2513 (416 posts) - - Show Bio

why so much hate for Supes
#21 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@daken_2513 said:
" why so much hate for Supes "
Exactly what I'm asking as an OP.... Do people think I made the thread as a Superman-hate thing?!?
#22 Posted by mavfan626 (4125 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nobody said:
" It's popular to hate what is popular. "
#23 Posted by DH69 (4258 posts) - - Show Bio

i hate wonderwoman10x more that i hate superman.

#24 Posted by daken_2513 (416 posts) - - Show Bio
@DH69 said:
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i hate wonderwoman10x more that i hate superman.

"


 
 
Whats to hate
#25 Posted by ComicMan24 (147090 posts) - - Show Bio

They hate Superman because they say he is overpowered. The funny thing is that there are a lot of characters who can do a lot more.

#26 Posted by Zoom (14668 posts) - - Show Bio

The most hated superheroes are Sentry (for being a Mary Sue and causing the entire marvel universe to be downgraded to a supporting role in his story), Vibe (for being a racist stereotype), Robin II (for being a brat and not being half as awesome as Robin I), and Triathlon (for lots of reasons but mainly just for sucking really hard). 
 
Yes, you hear more people say "I hate Superman/Wolverine/anybody popular" because those characters are the ones they are most often exposed to so if they don't like them, its gonna bug them more and they're more likely to rant about it. 
 
Still, Sentry, Vibe, Robin II and Triathalon are the characters most universaly hated in my experience.  You'll rarely find a comics guru that likes any of those four.
#27 Posted by Son_of_Magnus (15258 posts) - - Show Bio
@Zoom said:
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The most hated superheroes are Sentry (for being a Mary Sue and causing the entire marvel universe to be downgraded to a supporting role in his story), Vibe (for being a racist stereotype), Robin II (for being a brat and not being half as awesome as Robin I), and Triathlon (for lots of reasons but mainly just for sucking really hard).  Yes, you hear more people say "I hate Superman/Wolverine/anybody popular" because those characters are the ones they are most often exposed to so if they don't like them, its gonna bug them more and they're more likely to rant about it.  Still, Sentry, Vibe, Robin II and Triathalon are the characters most universaly hated in my experience.  You'll rarely find a comics guru that likes any of those four. "
Why not just say Jason Todd? But I do agree with everything stated 
#28 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@daken_2513 said:
" @DH69 said:
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i hate wonderwoman10x more that i hate superman.

"


 Whats to hate "
Yeah! What's to hate is the question!
#29 Posted by tensor (4315 posts) - - Show Bio

i can't hate on a icon superman is like the father of comics everybody know him an love him so rock on superman i give you credit where it is due no hate here an yes he is the most hated superhero example  death of superman no other comic character who dies will be a big a deal as that alot of ppl where happy for that fans were loving it

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#30 Posted by MrDirector786 (43552 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest, he probably does. I've never seen as many hate threads for anyone else and it really annoys me to constantly see them.

#31 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
" I personally don't know HOW he can be hated. He's what a superhero IS. Plain and simple. He was the first of his breed, people should respect that. Not hate it.  "
Exactamundo
#32 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64 said:
" @Gambit1024 said:
" I personally don't know HOW he can be hated. He's what a superhero IS. Plain and simple. He was the first of his breed, people should respect that. Not hate it.  "
Exactamundo "
QFT!
#33 Posted by joshmightbe (24885 posts) - - Show Bio

No Hank Pym is more hated cause he hit his wife once in the 60s despite the fact that many beloved super heros like Mr. Fantastic have a much longer track record of abuse and neglect for their spouses

#34 Posted by ~The Wanderer~ (34406 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambit1024 said:
" @ssejllenrad:   Not just them, I think just about anyone who isn't from America doesn't like the character, lol. Aren't we (I'm from the US)  still the most hated country like ever? "
I'm Swedish, and I like Captain America.  IMO, he doesn't stand for America as much as he stands for what America is supposed to be, and I don't really recall having anything against the ideals he represents.  Plus, Steve is just awesome.
 As for the topic, yeah, Supes get an absurd amount of hate for little to no reason.  I can see how a lot of people aren't into his type of character (being thoroughly good, and far above street-level), but hating him is..redundant.  He practically set the standard for superheroes.
#35 Posted by Lvenger (19839 posts) - - Show Bio

How can Superman be the most hated superhero? I know I'm mad because he's my favourite but all the "Superman's so overpowered" argument is rubbish. There are plenty of superheroes with more powers than him. Martian Manhunter, Black Adam, Mister 
Mxyzptlk, Superboy Prime... the list goes on and on. Modern age Superman is significantly depowered compared to Silver Age Superman. And as for Superman being a "goodie two shoes in some people's eyes" is because he represents the best of humanity. He is the greatest of superheroes and if it wasn't for him, superhero comic books would never have taken off.

#36 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7828 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Aquaman is the most hated super hero.

#37 Posted by csimon (2110 posts) - - Show Bio

He is up there thats for sure. It's funny he is one of the most hated and loved all at the same time...lol
#38 Posted by pinchpaker29 (470 posts) - - Show Bio

I always thought Sentry was THE most hated hero... :D Lotsa Love here for Superman! hehe

#39 Posted by caesarsghost (559 posts) - - Show Bio

gotta tell ya, I am loving this thread! I agree with everything that has been said here, it is nice to finally see cogent pro-Supes arguments.
#40 Posted by ChristopherWilliams (79 posts) - - Show Bio

I  pretty much see like this its either you hate him or love him you gotta respect that man for what he done for the comic book community.

#41 Edited by CrimsonAlchemist (410 posts) - - Show Bio
@daken_2513: Because he is a goody two shoes who can do anything.... at least that is my reason for hating Supes and that fact noone can see threw his disguise it's ridiculous..
#42 Posted by joshmightbe (24885 posts) - - Show Bio
@BiteMe-Fanboy: no aqua man is pitied not hated
#43 Posted by Precise (22886 posts) - - Show Bio

He's one of my favourites since I grew up, and still is, and always will be.

#44 Posted by ~The Wanderer~ (34406 posts) - - Show Bio
@CrimsonAlchemist: The disguise is explained in more detail in Superman: Birthright.  It may still not be entirely plausible in reality, but I found the way they talked about it made enough sense to stop being bothered about it.
 
 




#45 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

Supes IS the GREATEST SUPERHERO EVER!!!!

#46 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio
@Primmaster64 said:
" Supes IS the GREATEST SUPERHERO EVER!!!! "
QFT!
#47 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio
@ssejllenrad: Told ya bro
#48 Posted by Jodin20723 (80 posts) - - Show Bio

Typically I think that most Hate stems from Fictional V.S. Debates. Most "Superman haters" are typically HARDCORE Hulk, Silver Surfer, Sentry, Thor, and yes Goku supporters. most hate comes from fictional debates that then leads to hardcore venom towards superman. I honestly do not get why people hate on superman, But it makes perfect sence when thinking about it. ALOT of HATE spews towards superman directly due to hardcore fan support of superman when compared to other characters. if you look down the line most superman "Haters" are huge fans of the heros I listed above. thats what i think though.  
#49 Edited by Realpolitix (22 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay, I'll explain my Superman hate, but this is only on a shallow level, but I hope it will speak for some other people. 
 
First, I'm a Marvel fan. I like, as most people describe, "their realistic personalities and the flaws that come with them". This is disregarding the fact that D.C. might have those type of heroes as well. The difference is, Superman, a leading hero of D.C., seems to have that flawless, unrealistic personality that seems like it isn't obstructed by evil at all. That, combined with the fact that he has an incredible array of powers makes me dislike the character. 
 
Sure, Marvel has that similar personality with Captain America, but the thing is, Captain America is very close to human in superhero terms, so he fights that evil with only leadership, tactics, and bravery, but rarely by his own powers. Superman seems to take on all that by himself. Thor, Silver Surfer, and Sentry all have their passive moments, because they usually they put their own race before others. 
 
Honestly, the thing that probably makes me hate him the most is his costume. Yeah, I know, it's classic, legendary, and iconic. I'll be honest, Superman could totally be likable, but if he's fighting crime in spandex with the colors blue, red, and yellow, it becomes too surreal
 
I'm not a fan of D.C., so naturally I'll be inaccurate with a lot of things, but I hope this clears it up for you guys a bit more.

#50 Posted by Jodin20723 (80 posts) - - Show Bio

"Thor, Silver Surfer, and Sentry all have their passive moments, because they usually they put their own race before others." obviously you did not Read Superman New Krypton and War of the Supermen. "the thing that probably makes me hate him the most is his costume. Yeah, I know, it's classic, legendary, and iconic. I'll be honest, Superman could totally be likable, but if he's fighting crime in spandex " ahhh really? and the X-men, Spiderman, Thor, etc did not fight in spandex? hell Silver Surfer is naked for crying out loud.. lol just saying :) i do respect you opinion though even though i disagree. 
   

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