In the superhero world, a lot of bad stuff happens—things can be rather grim in comic books. There’s usually some sort of villain who’s trying to take over the world (or destroy it).
However, some superheroes don’t let the terrible circumstances of the world get them down. Instead, they bring much-needed comic relief to the comic book issues in which they appear.
Whether it’s by breaking the fourth wall, cracking snarky jokes, or just mocking the enemy, these comic book characters and superheroes are guaranteed to make you laugh!
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When it comes to funny superheroes, Deadpool is generally the first one that comes to mind. And with good reason! He’s constantly cracking wise, breaking the fourth wall, and embarrassing his enemies with a bevy of insults.
He’s called the “Merc with a Mouth” after all. You don’t get a name like that without the jokes to back it up!
While not quite as in-your-face as Deadpool, Spider-Man is certainly known for his ability to make fun of his enemies while he strikes them down with his incredible suite of powers.
Spider-Man actually uses his insults strategically, often getting his opponents all riled up so they make a mistake. It’s hilarity with a purpose! No wonder he’s one of the most popular fan favorite superheroes of any comic book franchise.
Whether in the comics or the movies, Rocket Raccoon and his relationship with Groot is always funny.
Not even including the specific things he says—just the fact that he’s a talking anthropomorphic raccoon! Add in the hilarious one-liners, and you have a recipe for hilarity.
Star-Lord is also pretty hilarious, and the relationship between the two of them is great. If you haven’t seen or read Guardians of the Galaxy yet, do yourself a favor and do it now!
4. Iron Man
Tony Stark is basically a walking quote machine. His attitude is a huge part of what makes him so funny.
His confidence to drop one-liners while in the middle of an epic battle provide a sense of comic relief. Is the world in danger? Yes? Will Tony Stark still find the humor in the situation? Absolutely.
5. The Tick
The Tick is basically an attempt at superhero satire. Some of the jokes can be hit or miss, but the premise alone is quite hilarious.
His drama power makes him blurt out random lines during a battle, and some of them are quite funny. Add in the intense violence in some The Tick’s fight scene, and you have interesting contrast.
And did you know there’s a live-action TV series adaptation of The Tick? You can stream it on Amazon Prime Video.
Shazam is easily one of the funniest superheroes out there. Just the premise of a young child who shouts the word “Shazam!” to turn into a muscular adult superhero is funny.
The fact that he retains the maturity level of a young person makes things even more hilarious. If you weren’t sure how hilarious Shazam is, the recent movie serves as a pretty serious reminder!
When you see the name Hellboy, comedy probably isn’t the first thing you’d expect—but as comics have often shown us, you need to expect the unexpected.
The humor in the comics, movies, and video games featuring Hellboy is definitely a bit dark, which makes it stand out from the other characters on the list.
Ant-Man is a tiny superhero who can communicate with insects. That alone is funny enough as a concept…
But Ant-Man takes it further with his pop culture references, self-deprecating jokes, and overall levity of spirit that makes him worthy of a place on this list.
Whether you’re familiar with Ant-Man through the comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you know how funny he can be!
More Great Comic Books to Read
The very idea behind superhero comics is serious. You have a bunch of powerful individuals attempting to save the world from villainous individuals who want to destroy the world.
But some of the best comic books feature characters who are able to break the tension with some comic relief—and instead of undermining the gravity, they draw attention to it.
Must-Know Comic Book Terms
Like most hobbies, the world of comic books and graphic novels has its own language full of jargon, phrases, and acronyms.
Most people can get by without learning those terms. But if you want to be a comic book enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to understand what CGC, TPB, and gutter loss mean.
We've compiled the most essential comic book terms to know, both industry terms and collector's terms. Download the printable PDF below and keep it on hand for whenever you forget!