It’s a widely accepted fact that superpeople lead pretty stressful lives. If they’re not trying to save the world, they’re probably under the influence of an alien symbiote or supervillain brainwashing that has them trying to destroy the world. In any case, it’s easy to see why they’d need to blow off some steam here and there — especially since a few of the entries on this list waited literal decades to seal the deal. That’s not surprising considering so many comics are meant to appeal to a broad range of ages, so it’s not always easy to insert some steamy love scenes between characters, despite the fact that said characters are usually dancing around each other in skin-tight outfits that accentuate their particular bulges.
However, for those same reasons we just mentioned, when supes DO get down, it’s usually pretty intense. Superman and Wonder Woman literally cause natural disasters when they finally consummate their attraction to one another, and that’s just the beginning! We’ve cobbled together some of the most gratuitously and shamelessly over-the-top images of superheroes enjoying some respite in the arms of another gifted human, or simply that gifted human’s suit (you’ll see).
15. BATMAN AND CATWOMAN DON’T WASTE ANY TIME
Ah, Batman and Catwoman… is there a more frustrating “will they, won’t they” ship in comics? These two have been around for the better part of a century, and they JUST RECENTLY sealed the deal (though we’re still waiting to see whwther Selina will say yes to Bruce’s popped… question). Yeah, yeah, she’s a criminal, he’s a crime fighter, but those are semantics. These two weirdos were meant for each other, especially considering Catwoman’s evolved into everyone’s favorite antihero.
So, what was standing in their way? Well, costumes, but as this panel above shows us, there are ways around that. In Catwoman #1, part of DC’s New 52 series, the very first scene is the bat meeting the cat in an abandoned penthouse and her jumping his bones before he can get a word in edgewise. This wins our award for steamiest shot, mostly because she’s clearly tweaking a bat-nip. Good things come to those who wait!
14. WONDER WOMAN AND SUPERMAN BREAK THE PLANET
We’ve all heard about (or experienced) times where getting physical got… intense. Maybe you “know someone” who broke a bed or got a noise complaint from a nagging neighbor. Well, that person shouldn’t feel too badly after reading this. This shot of Superman and Wonder Woman is from that time they got so crazy, they broke the Earth.
In “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” the two come together only to shoot into the stratosphere, then cause catastrophic earthquakes and other disasters as they come crashing down. Leave it to Frank Miller to take two of the most wholesome characters in comics and show us what they’re like at their most animalistic. It’s titillating on that premise alone, despite the clear look of pleasure on Wonder Woman’s face.
13. HARLEY AND DEADSHOT… MAKE UP?
Despite her (weirdly) unwavering loyalty to the Joker, Harleen Quinzel has dabbled with other partners here and there. Deadshot, one of her Suicide Squad teammates, was just such a diversion. The pair typically stick with a purely physical relationship (it’d be hard to have anything else with someone you’ve lovingly called “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs”), but it’s important enough that Harley does use it to make the Joker jealous.
In one panel, however, Harley’s just returned to the Suicide Squad after betraying everyone for the sake of her puddin’ and getting a gutshot for her trouble… from Deadshot. Honestly though, that’s not something you do to someone like Harley if you want her to stay away. She certainly didn’t seem to harbor any hard feelings, though, if her tongue bath was any indication.
12. KITTY PRYDE AND COLOSSUS. FINALLY.
Kitty Pryde and Colossus’ fraught relationship has lasted for decades. Kitty Pryde joined the X-Men on the pages of Uncanny X-Men #129 in 1963, and she was immediately into Piotr Rasputin. No surprise there — he cuts a pretty impressive figure. But so many things got in their way (namely the fact that Kitty was 14 and Colossus was 19, and that didn’t sit super well with Marvel) — the couple didn’t act upon their love until 2004 in Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men. Leave it to Joss, man.
Kitty doesn’t waste any time — until Astonishing X-Men, she thought Colossus was dead, so when he reappeared, she immediately gets down to business the first free second they have. The lesson here? Carpe that diem. Especially if the diem includes good times with your recently resurrected strongman.
11. BUFFY AND SPIKE REDEFINE WALLFLOWERS
Even if you’re a ride-or-die Buffy/Angel fan, there’s no denying Buffy and Spike had serious chemistry. Their entire relationship was basically predicated on hate-love (and the physical manifestation thereof). Heck, the first time they were together, they broke a building. It was so wrong on so many levels, but so right on a bunch of others. The show also went out of its way to distance the couple from the treacly puppy love of Buffy’s first relationship and did so by putting Buffy and Spike into seriously adult situations.
In one particularly racy scene, Buffy’s moping about coming back to life, so she’s watching her friends have fun from the balcony. Spike seizes the day and decides it’s the perfect time for some public displays of affection. Don’t ask us how Joss Whedon convinced the station airing the episode to let him get away with it, but the episode actually shows Spike… shall we say… “get to home plate.”
10. MEDUSA AND BLACK BOLT’S… SUIT
Medusa and Black Bolt serve as the leaders of the Inhumans, a race of superhumans created when mankind was young by some enterprising aliens skilled in genetic modification. Ousted from power by their own people, the Inhumans came to Earth and joined the rest of the Marvel Universe (don’t worry, it’s only temporary). Medusa and her cousin Black Bolt have been an item for quite some time, so when he died, Medusa understandably took it pretty hard.
In “The War of Kings,” Black Bolt dies while fighting Emperor Vulcan, the victim of a bomb that takes them both out. This shot is of her and her super-sweet prehensile hair cradling Black Bolt’s suit. It’s the hottest representation of grief we’ve ever seen, and it also manages to be really touching.
9. LOGAN AND STORM, SITTING IN A TREE
Wolverine’s love life is generally defined by his tragically (annoyingly) one-sided love affair with Jean Grey. Luckily, the guy gets around a bit and doesn’t waste away waiting for Jean to get her act together. One of his most popular pairings is with Ororo Munroe/Storm. The two get together a few times and in a few different universes where Wolverine is less burdened by his feelings for Jean.
In Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1, the two seem to go on a date, and despite Wolverine’s hesitance at getting into anything romantic (Storm’s hella young in this universe), she manages to convince him to get down. They make out on a rooftop and it looks like they’re both excited to be at the start of a beautiful friendship.
8. BLACK CANARY AND GREEN ARROW ENJOY PILLOW TALK
Green Arrow and Black Canary are one of the most enduring couples in DC comics. The pairing has a long history, and is experiencing a renewal of sorts in the DC Rebirth series. The course of their relationship has been nothing if not exciting. The two met working in the Justice League together, and would go on to get married and forge Team Arrow.
This was all despite the Green Arrow messing around here and there and neglecting to tell her he’d fathered a son. This is a shot of happier times (clearly) where the couple defines what really makes their relationship work — getting busy. In one panel from the classic story, “Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters,” Queen’s just asked Canary to marry him, and she’s a little hesitant. Ironically, she winds up using her feminine wiles to avoid making a commitment, instead of trying to get him to make one.
7. NITE OWL AND SILK SPECTRE II
In Watchmen, a comic long-thought to have been unadaptable, Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II starts out the movie dating Dr. Manhattan. But, as is so often the case in relationships between people on different planes of existence, things aren’t going well. Dr. Manhattan actually uses his ability to clone himself to staff out their lovemaking. Jupiter is less than pleased, as we all would be. It’s not surprising that she finds herself in the arms of the nerdy, but sweet, Nite Owl.
When the two go out crimefighting for the first time in the eight years since the Keene Act, which forced them to stop being vigilantes, they have some pretty epic celebrations. Okay, the love scene is a little cheesy, but if you turn the sound off, it’s pretty hot. It’s also pretty gratifying to see Nite Owl loosen the heck up for once and start being a hawt nerd instead of just a nerd.
6. TULIP AND JESSE GET BIBLICAL
Tulip and Jesse don’t do anything in half measures. It makes sense that they’d need to blow off steam, and, handily, they have each other for that! In one panel from Preacher’s “Came a Pale Rider,” Tulip’s just come back to life after having been shot in the head by Jesse’s evil grandmother (she met God and talked him into bringing her back to life). The couple also had recently gotten back together after meeting up again after a long absence.
So naturally, they break a hotel room when it comes time to… reunite. It wasn’t enough to show the bellhop timidly telling Jesse to keep it down. No, no, we get to see full Jessebutt and a serious close-up of Tulip’s O-face. It’s not that dirty, though — when it comes to Preacher, wanton acts of physicality are pretty much the tamest things on offer.
5. WILLOW AND ALLUWYN ASTRAL PROJECT
In Buffy Season Eight, the comic continuation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow goes on an astral projection journey to find herself. In that realm, she encounters a demon, Alluwyn who, though kind of a tricky gal, becomes Willow’s mentor… in more ways than one. Alluwyn and Willow become partners and eventually lovers. We’d imagine getting down with a sorceress on a plane of existence where physics doesn’t exist would be fun.
Unfortunately, Alluwyn enjoyed deception too much for anything to work between them. When Willow is trapped in an alternate dimension, Alluwyn “helps” by distracting Willow from her lost friends with a set of new ones who claim to be working on a solution. Spoiler Alert: they aren’t, and Willow leaves. Shame, too. Alluwyn was pretty dope.
4. SPIDER SMOOCH
Ah, the upside-down kiss that rocked the world. This clever shot from the original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man Franchise actually won an MTV Movie Award. Despite their many, many, MANY attempts, the Spiderman reboots have yet to capture the sheer excitement that the kiss in the rain sparked 15 years ago. The film was a commercial and critical success and was Dunst’s biggest mainstream success to date — despite the fact that she only auditioned when she learned Tobey Maguire would play Peter Parker, thus giving the movie a more “indie” feel.
The success of the film was in no small part due to the successful portrayal of the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson that’s so central to the Spider-Man mythology. That very wet kiss graduated Parker and Watson from teenage puppy love to young adult passion.
3. HARLEY AND POISON IVY CONFIRM WHAT WE’VE ALWAYS KNOWN
The Gotham City Sirens are comprised of a few enterprising ladies of fluid morality — Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. The trio debuted in 2009, and fans clamored for a more serious romance between Harley and Ivy, instead of slick double-entendres. For years, DC hinted at the prospect (or current existence) of a romantic relationship between the two women, but they took their time making it clear.
In DC Bombshells (a WWII story based on some very, very popular dolls), Harley and Ivy finally make it official. This photo is the first kiss the two characters shared since they met in Batman: The Animated Series. Well, their first romantic kiss. In this alternate universe plot, Ivy actually manages to distract Harley from the Joker for longer than anyone else has. Harley should think about adjusting her OTP.
2. MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO
Midnighter and Apollo are comics’ longest-running gay couple. Drawing comparisons to Superman and Batman in their individual characterizations, their most recent writer, Steve Orlando, has also been committed to portraying a realistic queer, superhero relationship. To wit, they’ve been together, broken up, gotten married and thrown dinner parties. It’s after one such party they get up to some seriously steamy mischief doing dishes.
One panel is from the first issue of the Midnighter and Apollo miniseries, and it’s a good thing they got in some nookie at the beginning. The series sees Midnighter hunted by an assassin who actually kills Apollo and sends the poor guys soul to Hell. Hey, all relationships have their ups and downs, right? It wouldn’t be realistic if it was all wine and roses and saving children.
1. BATMAN AND CATWOMAN RETURN
When Batman Returns unveiled Michelle Pfeiffer’s Selina Kyle… People. Were. Shooketh. While not the first time Catwoman had appeared on the big screen, Pfeiffer’s performance is the gold standard by which all others are judged. She’s got epic chemistry with Keaton’s Batman, and by the halfway point of the sequel, everyone was no doubt thinking, “Vicki who?”
The funny thing is, the two don’t actually get that physical with each other. They never sleep together, instead only making out for a second on a short date. But their FIRST kiss is pretty memorable, kind of because it’s untraditional. She climbs on top of him and manages to reduce the Dark Knight to a stuttering nerd spouting botany facts at her. When he tells her mistletoe’s poisonous, she smiles, and tells him kisses can be worse and licks him right across the face. Somehow… it’s really hot.
Can you think of any other steamy superhero scenes? Let us know in the comments!
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