Weapons are a big part of comic stories. Heroes and villains alike rely on them for victory over their foes.
The standard weapons in DC Comics can run pretty strange on their own. Power rings, deadly joy buzzers, and bat-shaped boomerangs are all considered standard issue. It's fun to see how silly things are on the surface, but it's only when we start to dig that we get to the real fun.
Weapons that make no sense, weapons with absurd powers, or that are wildly misused are not unusual. To their credit, they vary between the perplexing, the thought-provoking, and the hilarious. We've ranked the 10 weirdest the DC Universe has to offer.
Superman's imperfect duplicate Bizarro has a lot of different origins. Sometimes he's a naturally occurring phenomenon from another universe or a counter-earth like Htrae or Bizarro World. Sometimes he's a clone with brain damage. Usually, Lex Luthor is to blame for this development, his quest to destroy the Man of Steel having once again driven him to extremely weird lengths.
It makes sense that Luthor wants a Luthor-dominated Superman to use as a weapon against the original. It's Bizarro's unpredictable nature that makes him a bad choice. Bizarro's inverted logic could easily mean that a command for Bizarro to save Luthor could lead to Bizarro incinerating him with his fire breath. He'd feel bad later, but he's still a horrible weapon-of-choice for a genius.
9 Superman's Superman Robots
Since the Silver Age, Superman has had an army of robots cooped up in the Fortress of Solitude. They all look just like him, which is super cool, wait no, super creepy.
In times past he mostly used them to protect his identity from Lois Lane and other snoops. In the modern era, they still make occasional appearances as well. Because Grant Morrison loves comics history they were prominently featured in Multiplicity and All-Star Superman. Their weapon status is interesting, though, because they're chronically underutilized. They may not be as powerful as Supes, but they're an army of super-strong, super fast, flying robots. Why does Superman need the Justice League again?
8 Green Arrow and the Gun Arrows
Green Arrow's sanity defying trick arrows could and have been their own article. However, the gun arrows are not his. Back in the Silver Age, Oliver Queen once trained a rich man in exchange for a large donation to charity. His student, of course, had bad intentions and used his new skills to try to replace the Emerald Archer.
He tried to kill Ollie with a series of trick arrows that Green Arrow was easily able to counteract. However, even Queen's bizarre mind didn't see the Gun Arrows coming. Arrows that, when fired, shoot bullets. It's like the elementary school joke about a gun that shoots guns.
7 Riddler's Riddle Suit
Alex Ross' and Jim Krueger's 2005 Justice mini-series is a beautifully painted love letter to superhero comics. However, it doesn't always make sense.
The story involves an intricate "destroy all heroes" plot from the Legion of Doom, led by Lex Luthor. In the middle of this story is The Riddler. Luthor needs his help and bribes him with membership in the Legion and "new technology." It's never clear what the Riddle Suit he wears does. It's there to make him a credible threat in physical fights, but readers can never be sure if the holographic question marks shooting out of it are creating a force field, giving him super speed, or just blinding and confusing his opponents. It looks great, though!
6 Blue Beetle's BB Gun
Ted Kord, the original Blue Beetle, had a horde of crime-fighting gadgets. One of his stand-by weapons was the BB Gun. It didn't shoot ball-bearings but instead weaponized light and pneumatic blasts. Its light flashes could blind his opponents and the air blasts were supposed to knock out a rhinoceros.
Again, this looked great on a comic page, but it's at best a very powerful flashlight/hairdryer combo. He was also using it on people, most of whom would be killed by anything that knocks out a rhino, so it's unclear why he didn't just carry a gun of the bullet-shooting kind. However, the BB Gun was solar-powered, which is great for reloads. Unless the sun goes down.
5 Persuader's Atomic Axe
A member of the Fatal Five, Persuader's a key enemy of the Legion of Super Heroes. Most of his power lies in his Atomic Axe, which cuts the atoms of anything it touches. At this point in the description, it's a scary weapon, if really hard to put down, but things get weird real quick.
The Atomic Axe can also cut through fundamental forces like gravity and electromagnetism making its victims... float? It's even been used to "cut off" enemies' air supplies, somehow stopping fresh air from flowing. Maybe the Axe weaponizes sharpness-related puns?
4 Luthor's Cosmic Doorknob
In the 2018 Justice League series Lex Luthor led the Legion of Doom to the Source Wall, the barrier that separates the DC Universe from... something else.
The New Gods have long been concerned with The Source and the Wall, and in this story, Luthor finally managed to access it in some respects. The key to his success was a doorknob he seized from the wall. The knob focused cosmic energy, directing the Legion's quest for power and also firing unstoppable blasts of energy that really should have killed Batman. How's that for an epithet? "Killed in deep space by a doorknob."
3 Bright Marshall
The Viking Prince was a Silver Age hero featured in The Brave and the Bold during the 1950s. He was a medieval hero, a setting where swords and axes made perfect sense. However, the vigilante Viking Judge makes a lot less sense.
Turid Goldenaxe is an unironically-named descendant of the Prince. Her axe, Bright Marshall, is supposed to be a goddess' weapon and it has all of the standard "magic weapon" features. It's strangest power, though, is its reflection. Bad people can see their worst sins reflected in the axe's mirror-polished edges. This somehow makes them more vulnerable to a giant magic axe, presumably because it's weird to see yourself stealing your mom's wallet when you're in the middle of being beheaded.
Grant Morrison's The Invisibles is chock full of weaponized concepts. Whether it's "magic matter" nanites devouring the future or imaginary friends kidnapped and pressed into Order's service, this series has it all. It also has an indestructible Big Bad in the form of The King of All Tears, a darkly angelic/cthonic Archon bent on oppressing Earth's inhabitants for several eternities.
Logoplasm is an idea that gets developed over time. A drug that makes written words appear real, it's used to torture the team's leader King Mob. This gives KM a notion, though, and long after he swears off guns he figures out how to defeat the other King. The Archons are ideas given form, and when King Mob doses it with logoplasm it's perceptions of reality also control its form. He fires a toy gun at it. A flag comes out with the word "Pop!" and that's exactly what the Archon does.
1 Dog Welder's Arc Welder (For Dogs)
Dog Welder's a staple of lists like this, but it's no wonder. He welds dogs to criminals' faces! An even bigger question than why is how does that work?
Dog Welder's a member of Section 8, a superhumanly unheroic team of misfits formed to assist Tommy Monaghan, Garth Ennis' assassin-with-a-heart-of-gold. As incoherent as he is inexplicable, Dog Welder uses his portable arc welder to do exactly what his name implies. The welding equipment itself isn't weird, but the horrible uses he puts it to certainly are.