Superman has been around for over 80 years, and in that time he befriended the strangest characters in all of comic book history. Beyond that, Kal-El has also become a close companion to the most unlikely people fans could imagine, including characters who were previously the deadliest villains in Superman’s rogues gallery.
If these friendships prove anything, it’s that Superman is one of the most forgiving, lovable, and hopeful characters out there. All of these things definitely apply to Superman, although with some of the friendships he’s had over the years, even the Man of Steel may have had to think twice.
10 Lex luthor
Considering that Lex Luthor is often thought of as Superman’s greatest enemy, and the person who hates Superman more than anything else in existence, it’s hilarious how often the two ended up being friends. Throughout several reboots, including the ever-popular Smallville In the television series, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor are portrayed as if they grew up together in Smallville until their different personalities separated them. For a long time in recent New 52 comics, Lex Luthor became a full member of the Justice League, even if Superman didn’t always trust him. In the Injustice series of games and comics, the corrupt Superman and Lex have always been best friends, until Superman goes too far with his Regime and Lex tries to kill him. It is a friendship that is doomed from the start.
9 Quik Bunny
Of all the weirdest Superman crossovers in the comics, they are no stranger and more surprising than sharing a drink from the tasty Nesquik with the corporation’s rabbit mascot. Made as part of a promotional comic by DC and Nestlé, and written by “Death of Superman” writer Mike Carlin, “Superman Meets The Quik Bunny” features Superman, the Quik Bunny, and the Quik Qlub kids thwarting the enemy Flash. Weather assistant. After this, the friends challenge each other to a Nesquik drinking contest, though it’s hard to imagine any of them beating Superman.
8 Mr. Mxyzptlk
The trickster imp from the fifth dimension, Mr. Mxyzptlk is the very definition of a strange friendship. That’s even if fans dismiss the fact that Mxyzptlk is one of the most powerful beings in DC Comics history, capable of creating anything he wants out of nothing.
It’s more the point where Mxyzptlk seems to live to torment Superman, subjecting him to an extreme parade of terrible or mischievous events, yet still considers himself a friend of Superman. During the events of Injustice In the video game comics, for example, Mxyzptlk went out of his way to protect Superman, even if it meant condemning all of reality to do so.
7 Beppo the monkey
While Krypto the Superdog is Superman’s most famous animal friend, there are actually plenty of super-powered animal companions among the Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy comics. Of all these, Superman’s friend Beppo the Monkey is by far the most ridiculous. Created in 1959, Beppo is actually Kryptonian (since apparently Krypton has monkeys identical to Earth) and was kept aboard the Kal-El infant capsule when it was sent to Earth. Beppo has the same range of powers that Superman has, and they were great friends when he was a child, before Beppo joined the Legion of Super-Pets.
6 Lori lemaris
The Silver Age of comics in the 1960s is known for leaning more toward wacky children’s stories than the slightly more serious adventures that came before and after this time period. All of this explains why Superman had a friendship, and then a relationship, with a mermaid in 1959. Lori Lemaris (another in the long list of Superman characters with the initials ‘LL’) is a mermaid from the underwater city of Tritonis, which is part of Aquaman’s kingdom of Atlantis. Clark and Lori met at the University of Metropolis, where she appeared to be human, but after rejecting her marriage proposal, Clark discovered the truth that she was a mermaid. Lori has appeared a few times since then, where her status as Clark’s old girlfriend has put her relationship with Lois Lane to the test.
5 Bibbo Bibbowski
Considering himself Superman’s friend and best fan, Bibbo Bibbowski is a tough bartender who earned Superman’s respect after he tried to take the Man of Steel in a fight, which he obviously lost. He’s been one of Superman’s biggest supporters ever since, and has occasionally even helped Clark Kent with various stories. Bibbo even tries to help Superman in the fight with Doomsday who killed him, to no avail. Apart from being a recurring character in Superman: The Animated Series, Bibbo recently had a cameo in Iron Man where he was played by Bruce Bohne.
4 Ambush error
The dumbest and most intentionally absurd character in DC Comics is Ambush Bug, also known as Irwin Schwab. Ambush Bug is a character who breaks the fourth wall regularly and whose main superpower is the ability to transport himself to any part of the Multiverse.
Occasionally he tries to be a villain, but more often he defines himself as a hero and friend of Superman, all of which upset the Man of Steel as well. He also immediately saw through Clark Kent’s Superman costume and made fun of other people for not seeing that it’s just a pair of glasses.
3 Captain Strong
Captain Strong was featured in Action Comics 421 in February 1973, quickly becoming friends with Superman and Clark Kent, but not realizing that they were the same person. However, the main reason this friendship is so unusual is that Captain Strong is actually a veiled parody of Popeye, complete with versions of Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy, and Poopdeck Pappy. His “spinach” is actually an alien algae that gives him superhuman strength, and it also had damaging effects, prompting Superman to leave him and take him to the hospital. They became firm friends after that, even if he didn’t appear in many Superman comics after the ’70s.
two Space Paw Patrol Agents
Created as a parody of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the 31st century team of teenage heroes that both Superman and Supergirl have been a part of at one time or another, the Agents of the Space Paw Patrol met Kal-El in July 1966. Their list includes Paws Pooch (which can develop extra legs), Tail Terrier (which has an elastic, rope-like tail), Chameleon Collie (a shapeshifter), and Hot Dog (a pyrokinetic). While they’ve only made a few appearances, they were friends with Superman long before meeting his most natural ally, Krypto the Superdog.
While he always starts out as a villain for Superman, his faulty genetic mirror copy, Bizarro, regularly ends up as an antihero and an oddly close friend of Superman. After creating an entire world of Bizarros, he often sought Superman’s help with problems. On Superman: The Animated Series, Superman was the one who helped give Bizarro his own world, and Superman often tried to help him when people like Mxyzptlk lied to him. Despite being literally opposites in every way, Superman and Bizarro have a surprisingly close friendship, until someone ruins Bizarro and they start fighting each other again.
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