Obscure Marvel Character or Totally Made Up? Guess!

Arcade Marvel CharacterThis week’s quiz focuses on a fundamental fact of geeky life: Comics are weird. Can you guess if these 29 characters are actual Marvel creations, or totally made up?

Nimble Commando

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Captain America's pretty nimble, but he already has a name.

Doctor Bong

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REAL! He's called Doctor Bong because he has a bell on his head. You know, bing bong? What did you think it was? Real name: Lester Verde. Not helping.

Karkas

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REAL! He's a creation of Jack Kirby, who did a lot of the weirder stuff in old-school Marvel. Karkas was a gladiator who eventually fought at Thor's side.

Professor Surfboard

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Silver Surfer is quite knowledgeable, but he is NOT a Professor.

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Dum Dum Dugan

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REAL! He's been Nick Fury's second in command since their debut in 1963.

Instigator

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Nice name for a villain, though, isn't it?

Psyklop

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REAL! Psyklop is a Lovecraftian villain who was created by legendary author Harlan Ellison. He's an alien insect who worships the Dark Gods! Yay!

Thunderhawk

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There is a Thunderbird. There is a Warhawk. There is no Thunderhawk.

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Demolition Man

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REAL! No relation to the movie. He looks like Wolverine and hangs out with Captain America.

Ox-Man

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Ox-Man? Seriously?

Blitzfire

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Sounds like a good name, doesn't it? But no.

Absorbing Man

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REAL! This villain has had a slew of origin stories, but he always has the power to absorb the properties of anything he touches.

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3-D Man

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REAL! 3-D Man's a weird one. He's trapped in the lenses of a pair of glasses. When his brother wears them, 3-D Man projects out… with super strength!

Boy Detective

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Although there are some characters who would fit this description, none carry this name.

Spectacular Steve

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STEVE!!! Is not a Marvel hero.

Awesome Android

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REAL! Also known as Awesome Andy, the 15-foot android is a minor villain who pops up every so often in the comics and cartoons.

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Killer Fist

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Nope, not an Iron Fist villain.

Beta Ray Bill

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REAL! You see, Beta Ray Bill is sort of an alien lizard-horse who sometimes takes over for Thor. Comics are weird.

Captain Britain

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REAL! There's actually a whole set of UK-themed Captain America types called the Captain Britain Corps.

Owlboy

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Owlboy is a game, not a superhero!

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Prestidigitator

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A prestidigitator is a kind of magician, and would be a cool name for a superhero. But nobody's done it yet.

Hamsterbomb

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The most dangerous foe of all… if he had appeared in any comics.

Yellow Claw

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REAL! He's a Chinese crime boss AND a powerful sorcerer. Zombie triads, anyone?

Venombite

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Nope, it's not Venom's full name.

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Duchess Mollusk

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Now that's just silly.

Doctor Decibel

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REAL! This obscure villain-turned-hero is the surgeon who created Lady Lark, a member of Squadron Supreme.

Puck

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REAL! There are actually two Pucks, a father and daughter. Both are short, broad, and deadly in hand-to-hand combat.

Transcannon

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This could totally be an X-Men mutant name, but it's not.

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Squirrel Girl

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REAL! Squirrel Girl debuted in 1992 as a way to inject some humor back into the Marvel Universe, which was very dark and grim at the time.

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