Years ago, there was a fascinating study that suggested the concept of “genetic sexual attraction” exists. What that means is that you are inherently attracted to people who remind you of yourself. There have been a number of instances where siblings separated at birth run into each other years later and find themselves highly attracted to this mystery person who was actually their sibling. The same effect happens for parents and children if they were separated at birth and meet each other years later. These people find themselves sexually attracted to this other person, primarily because of the genetic similarities.
It’s the same basic idea of people marrying other people who remind them of their parents. In the world of comic books, there really aren’t very many long lost siblings who fall in love with each other, but instead what we have are instances of superheroes falling for other superheroes who are, in effect, the opposite sex version of themselves and sleeping with them. We’re not talking instances where heroes get their girlfriends to follow their superhero theme. These characters would have to meet their opposites after they already existed as their own independent hero (not counting clones).
15. BATMAN AND BAT-WOMAN
In the 1950s, one of the key elements of Fredric Wertham’s ridiculous book, Seduction of the Innocent, was that Batman and Robin were perpetuating a gay fantasy and that they were messing with the sexuality of young boys (“gay panic” at its finest). DC Comics certainly did not need the hassle, so Batman editor Jack Schiff introduced Bat-Woman and Bat-Girl, superhero love interests for Batman and Robin, respectively.
After falling out of favor when Julius Schwartz took over the Bat-titles in 1964 (and Bat-Woman was even killed off at one point), she showed up alive and well in Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc., where we see that she and Batman were lovers back in the day. There is also another new superhero named Batwoman who is unrelated to the original hero.
14. SILVER SURFER AND ARDINA
When Jack Kirby returned to Marvel Comics in the mid 1970s, one of the aspects of his deal was that he would be given nearly complete freedom to do whatever he wanted to on his titles, so long as they continued to sell. Naturally, then, that means that Kirby did not work with Stan Lee any more. They made one exception.
There was interest in turning the Silver Surfer into a rock opera, but since the Fantastic Four’s movie rights had been sold to someone else, Lee and Kirby had to come up with a new origin for the Surfer, which they did in the 1978 graphic novel, Silver Surfer. In it, Galactus woos Surfer by creating the female opposite of the Surfer, Ardina. Surfer and Ardina have sex, which is not what you expect to see from a Lee/Kirby comic book.
13. IMPOSSIBLE MAN/WOMAN
While he ostensibly debuted a super-villain foe of the Fantastic Four, it soon became apparent that the shapeshifting alien known as the Impossible Man was not really a malevolent being. He was basically just a prankster, who liked hanging out with the Fantastic Four, since they entertained him. The Impossible Man was the sole inhabitant of his home world, Poppup.
As you might imagine, being the only person of your entire race could be a very lonely enterprise. This became evident to the Impossible Man one night when he helped the Thing in the pages of Marvel Two-in-One fight off some old Silver Age villains (back when the Thing and the Human Torch starred in Strange Tales together). He saw the Thing with Alicia Masters and it made him so lonely that he cloned himself and created the Impossible Woman! They married and had kids.
The Miracleman Family was Alan Moore’s take on the Marvelman Family, which was, in turn, a continuation of the Captain Marvel Family. When Fawcett Comics decided to stop publishing the adventures of Captain Marvel and the other members of the Marvel Family, British comic book creator Mick Anglo was hired to continue the stories, just changing the names to Marvelman, Marvelwoman, Kid Marvelman, etc.
Years later, after the Anglo series had long been canceled, Moore brought them back, now revealing that their outlandish Anglo adventures were actually dreams from when they were being experimented on by an evil scientist. Miracleman (originally dubbed Marvelman before Marvel complained) found himself drawn to Miraclewoman, who was almost his twin. They had sex, slowly bringing him away from his human wife.
One of Firestorm’s earliest rogues was Tokamak, who was secretly a very successful businessman. He hired Multiplex, a villain who could make doubles of himself, to kidnap Lorraine Reilly, the daughter of a United States Senator, and then experiment on her to see if they could replicate the explosion that gave Firestorm and Multiplex their respective powers (Multiplex used to be the assistant to Professor Martin Stein, one half of the Firestorm matrix).
Reilly did, indeed, gain powers just like Firestorm and she took on the superhero name Firehawk. She began to date Firestorm, but specifically the young man, Ronnie Raymond, who merged with Stein to form the hero known as Firestorm. She eventually retired from being a superhero (after briefly dating, of all people, Booster Gold!).
After discovering that he could control his transformations between being Ben Grimm and the Thing while he lived on Battleworld (the setting of the epic Marvel event, Marvel Super Heroes’ Secret Wars), Ben decided to stay behind while all of his fellow heroes (including his teammates in the Fantastic Four) returned home. Eventually, Battleworld fell apart and Thing had to come back to Earth, but the Fantastic Four had moved on without him (plus, the Human Torch was now dating his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Masters).
Ben became a super-powered professional wrestler, where he met Sharon Ventura, a superpowered wrestler known as Ms. Marvel. When Thing rejoined the Fantastic Four after She-Hulk, Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman left, Sharon joined with him. The two heroes were then mutated, with Sharon becoming a She-Thing and Ben becoming more monstrous. This didn’t stop them from getting it on with each other.
9. THOR/DARK VALKYRIE
After being temporarily exiled due to seemingly killing his brother, Loki, Thor lost control of his own body to his friend, Earthling Eric Masterson. Thor eventually returned and took back control of his own life and proposed to Lady Sif. They would stay on Asgard while Eric would return to Earth with an enchanted mace and defend Earth in Thor’s stead.
However, Thor then contracted “Warrior’s Madness” and it manifested itself by having him create a beautiful Dark Valkyrie in his mind. The two repeatedly had sex and she guided him on his journey to madness. In a later fight with the Infinity Watch, Dark Valkyrie became a real person when Moondragon used her mental powers on her! She was eventually merged back into Thor’s psyche and he was cured.
In the original Hawkman origin story in the 1940s, archaeologist Carter Hall has a dream that caused him to realize that he was a reincarnated Egyptian prince. He had a lover named Shiera and sure enough, soon afterwards, Carter met a young woman named Shiera Saunders. After Carter discovered an ancient metal that allowed him to defy gravity and become Hawkman, he and Shiera began dating.
She eventually became Hawkgirl. That set-up doesn’t count for what we’re looking for, but decades later, in JSA, Kendra Saunders realizes that she is a reincarnated Shiera. She becomes a superhero with the Justice Society and eventually meets a reincarnated Carter Hall. As much as she fights her attraction to him, she can’t help it and the two became lovers.
After coming to our Earth from an alternate dimension, the shapeshifting alien known as Matrix eventually took on the superhero identity of Supergirl. After having a number of adventures, her life changed dramatically when she saved the life of a young woman named Linda Danvers. Danvers was badly wounded, as was Matrix. So they merged together to form a new being, an avenging angel known as Supergirl!
After a number of years, Supergirl ran into an alternate reality Supergirl, who came from a world similar to the Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Universe. Supergirl knew that this other Supergirl was destined to die in the Crisis, so she decided to take her place. When over there, she met that world’s Superman. Since they weren’t related, they ended up falling in love and getting married (much to Lois Lane and Lana Lang’s chagrin).
6. WOLVERINE/THE NATIVE
When Wolverine’s second ongoing series launched in 2003 (by Greg Rucka and Darick Robertson), he discovered one of the most annoying aspects of his lack of memories from earlier in his life. You see, when Wolverine was captured by the Weapon X project so many years ago, they also captured a female version of Wolverine who they dubbed Feral. When Wolverine famously escaped, he brought Feral with him. They lived together for a few years in the wilderness as a couple before separating somehow.
Years later, Weapon X discovered the Native and sent Sabretooth to find her. Sabretooth tricked Wolverine into finding her for him. Wolverine and Feral (now calling herself the Native) end up having sex and Native becomes pregnant. Sabretooth tragically then murders her and Wolverine’s unborn child.
5. FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER/LADY FRANKENSTEIN
What is sometimes hard to understand for modern comic book fans is that during the 1940s, the types of comic books being produced were much different than they are now. For years, superhero comics have been the dominant genre of comic book, but in the late 1940s, after World War II ended, escapist fare was less interesting to the public and most superhero series were canceled (like Green Lantern, Flash and Captain America). Westerns, romance, crime and horror were all genres that became big and DC Comics tried horror by introducing their version of the Frankenstein monster.
Years later, Len Wein worked the character into his Phantom Stranger series. Decades after that, Grant Morrison reworked the character, making him now evoke Geoff Darrow and Steve Skroce’s Doc Frankenstein. Morrison also introduced The Bride, or Lady Frankenstein, a woman created to be Frankenstein monster’s mate!
4. JONAH HEX/TALLULAH BLACK
The tragic tale of Tallulah Black began when she was living with her family on their family homestead. Men came claiming to be from the government and insisted on taking their land for themselves. The Blacks fought back and they were all slaughtered. Tallulah was repeatedly raped and mutilated and then shot in the eye and left for dead. Miraculously, she survived, although she was now badly scarred.
She sought out the famous scarred bounty hunter (not technically a superhero, but he’s close enough), Jonah Hex, to help train her to kill her enemies. He agreed to do so and along the way they became lovers. After successfully avenging her family, she became a successful bounty hunter, as well (often teaming up with Jonah Hex on bounties).
In the dystopian future of “Old Man Logan” (by writer Mark Millar and penciler Steve McNiven), almost all of the world’s superheroes are long gone and the United States is divvied up into sections controlled by different supervillains. As a prominent sign of just how far things have gone, one of the most powerful gangs in the country is the Banner Gang. The Banner Gang is made up of the children of the Incredible Hulk.
However, their mother just happened to be Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk! Yes, two of Marvel’s biggest heroes had an incestuous relationship and then formed a criminal gang. After killing Logan’s family, he then slaughtered the whole Banner Gang, including Bruce (who had grown stronger than ever).
The character of Fantomex was a clever attempt by Grant Morrison to essentially add the public domain hero/anti-hero Fantômas and Diabolik (different names in different European countries) to the pages of New X-Men. It worked really well. Eventually, though, Morrison revealed that Fantomex was part of the Weapon Plus program (Wolverine thought it was the letter X but it was really the plus sign). Fantomex was a super-sentinel designed to control the mutant population. He remarkably had three brains!
He broke free of his controlling and became a hero and eventually joined the hero group known as Uncanny X-Force, where he fell in love with his teammate, Psylocke. However, he was tragically killed. He was then cloned, but hilariously enough, each brain got its own body! The three Fantomexes had sex with each other (while continuing their relationship with Psylocke until it got too weird for her).
The Vision was famously created by a robot, the evil Ultron. However, the Vision broke free of his initial function and became a hero instead, serving with the Avengers for many years. After a number of years, the Vision got a job working in Washington D.C. as a liaison between the United States government and the Avengers. He decided to move to the suburbs.
That was not enough, though, as he decided to follow in the footsteps of his own “father” and create a whole family, son and daughter Vin and Viv and wife, Virginia. Surprisingly, Vision found himself having sex with Virginia, as the personalities of his creations evolved from what he originally intended (this became a problem with Virginia killed the Grim Reaper after the villain attacked Viv).
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