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Top 10 Weirdest Superhero/Villain Weaknesses

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Script Written by Christopher Ulaski. Really? This is all it takes to take you down?! Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 superhero and supervillain weaknesses. For this list, we’re picking superhero and villain vulnerabilities that are ridiculous, silly and just plain strange. These weaknesses have at one time or another been the downfall of a superhero or villain, and we don’t know how based on how silly they are. Special thanks to our users Deathmatch1959, GreenGriffin126, Andy Ho, Hideo Deo Schwartz, JDWheezy and Theorist Lad for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Christopher Ulaski.

Top 10 Superhero and Supervillain Weaknesses

Really? This is all it takes to take you down?! Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 superhero and supervillain weaknesses.

For this list, we’re picking superhero and villain vulnerabilities that are ridiculous, silly and just plain strange.

#10: Saying His Own Name
Captain Marvel Jr.

Imagine if Superman introduced himself to a villain by saying “I’m Superman,” then suddenly all his powers and abilities disappeared in an instant. Hard to believe? Well, Captain Marvel Jr. is in that exact situation! Saying his name grants him a marvellous set of abilities, but if he were to repeat those very same words, he would turn back into little Freddy Freeman. While he might be able to make it work on the battlefield, this does make superhero mixers a bit awkward.

#9: Coming Into Contact with Pollution
Captain Planet

When the evil forces that seek to pollute our planet become too much for the Planeteers, they combine their elemental powers to summon Captain Planet. Sounds great on paper, but there’s one small problem. His only weakness, aside from his choice of wardrobe of course, is coming into contact with pollution. That’s right; the one thing he was created to fight is the very thing that can destroy him. It’s also unclear why the Planeteers don’t just call him at the first sign of trouble since they end up having to do it eventually every time, but hey, it was the '90s.

#8: Saying His Name Backwards
Mister Mxyzptlk

This omnipotent little imp from the fifth dimension has powers that exceed your wildest imagination, but he chooses to use these abilities to pull pranks on heroes like Superman. Though he’s one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe, he has quite the unusual weakness. If you get to him say or spell his own name backwards, he’s immediately sent back to where he came from You heard that right, getting him to say Kltpzyxm will make him go away. We enjoy a good prank, but this is ridiculous.

#7: Red Kryptonite

Can you imagine Superman becoming fat, being turned into a human with an ant-like head or just suddenly super clumsy? I’m sure it’s hard to even fathom, but these are exactly the sorts of effects red kryptonite can have on the man of steel. There’s seemingly no limit to the strange and ridiculous side effects. If you thought one of the most powerful superheroes crumbling in the presence of a lump of green rock was absurd, then you haven’t seen nothing yet.

#6: Running Too Fast
The Flash

The Flash is without a doubt, one of the fastest dudes in comics. He’s so fast that his gift also allows him to create vortexes, temporarily fly and even break the time barrier. Unfortunately, if he moves too fast, it can actually kill him. Such is the case in the famous “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline, where Barry Allen’s powers are the source of his undoing as exceeding his limits proved too much for him. Man, as if the Flash didn’t suck enough already.

#5: One Minute Without His Hammer

Thor is one of the most powerful heroes around. Forged in the heart of a dying star, his trademark hammer Mjolnir is a weapon of equal strength. When paired together, Thor is truly a force to be reckoned with. However, in one storyline, Thor was stripped of all his powers when he was separated from his hammer for just one minute. Though he’s completely capable of performing heroic acts in his Donald Blake form, it isn’t exactly the stuff of legend that the echoes throughout the halls of Valhalla.

#4: Noise and Odor Pollution

The man without fear doesn’t let his blindness hold him back as he was gifted with the ability of heightened senses, allowing to really take it to the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil’s radar sense allows him to perform high risk feats with superhuman precision. However, his tremendous gifts can also work against him as powerful sounds and extremely potent odors can weaken his enhanced senses, temporarily immobilizing him. So technically, the man without fear is powerless against a room full of crying babies with dirty diapers.

#3: Subconsciously Wanting to Lose

Thanos is, without a doubt, one of the baddest and most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. Almost every hero that has had to take him on has had to team up with other heroes in order to even stand a chance. What’s the catch? He has a subconscious desire to lose. Despite all his diabolical schemes and unrelenting desire to conquer the universe, deep down inside he’s secretly undermining himself unbeknownst to his own knowledge. We can all be our own worst enemy sometimes and in Thanos’ case, this is most definitely true.

#2: The Color Yellow and Wood
The Green Lantern

Talk about heroes with strange problems. The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott’s powers stem from the living world and can deflected by something as simple as a piece of wood or plant matter. That’s right: wood. For the most popular lantern, Hal Jordan, his powers are weakened in a similar fashion when he comes across the color yellow, which represents “impurity” of the rings central battery. Long story. Anyway, it’s ironic that a character whose powers are limited only by his own creativity has such an unimaginative weakness.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

The Human Torch

99 Minute Time Limit

Cure for Legs Nullifies His Powers
Professor X

#1: Getting Tied Up by a Man
Wonder Woman

Of all the weaknesses that exist in the super human community, this one is most certainly the weirdest. In one of her earlier incarnations, Wonder Woman would be completely stripped of her powers if she had her bracelets bound together by man. Yes, you heard that right, getting tied up by a man would make her an “ordinary woman.” Before you ask, yes, this was decades before "50 Shades of Grey." Wrong on so many levels, it’s no surprise that this imposed weakness was later removed from the pages of later comics.

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