The heroes of the DC Universe have a tendency to be the embodiment of altruism, selflessness, and all that is good. The best of them are selfless and willing to give their lives to save others. They aren’t perfect, and many of them have a number of personal flaws and weaknesses, but that doesn’t stop DC’s do-gooders from doing their best.
Stopping the bad guy and saving the day may not be the only thing motivating some of DC’s heroes. They live stressful lives, and that can make them frustrated and seek ways to indulge themselves to blow off some steam. Giving in to their less-than-noble intentions can make them come across as selfish. Even though they are considered heroes, some of DC’s champions of justice are just plain greedy.
10 Damian Wayne Has A Immense Sense Of Entitlement
Created by Grant Morrison, and Andy Kubert
As the grandson of Ra’s Al Ghul and the son of Batman, Damian Wayne grew up assuming that he would stand to inherit all they had. He demanded to be made Robin despite Tim Drake having that role, and he even believed himself to be above Dick Grayson.
Damian studied the vulnerabilities of the Teen Titans and exploited them to prove that he deserved to be the team’s leader. Even when Damian has to defer to those with more experience, he continues to make it clear that he is expected to be Batman one day. Damian Wayne is the superhero embodiment of “Do you know who my father is?”
9 Booster Gold Combines Heroism With Endorsements
Created by Dan Jurgens
Booster Gold chose to become a superhero because of the glory it would get him. Coming from the 25th century, Booster stole a super suit and a time-traveling device to become a hero in the modern day in the hopes of becoming rich and famous.
Booster used his future knowledge to guide him into becoming a hero. He does perform heroic feats and even became a member of the Justice League, but Booster never turns down the chance to be the center of attention. At one point, things got so bad that Booster even allowed corporate sponsors to pay to advertise their brands on his suit.
8 Hitman Is All About Getting Paid
Created by Garth Ennis and John McCrea
The world of hired guns is more complicated when superpowers are added to the equation. Superheroes fight super-powered assassins all the time, but in the case of Tommy Monaghan, he isn’t that bad. He was once a contract killer, and when he gained superpowers he decided he could use those powers to make even more money.
Monaghan would stop threats of the metahuman variety, but getting paid was always his top priority. His relationship with the superhero community was good enough that he was considered for JLA membership. He decided not to go through with it because they wouldn’t pay him enough.
7 Beast Boy Was Spoiled Greedy
Created by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown
Shortly after Beast Boy got his powers, his parents died and he was taken in by the Doom Patrol. While on that team, Beast Boy often talked back to the adults. Being raised in a mansion, he became accustomed to wealth and all that comes with it. Beast Boy then became an actor and lived the life of a celebrity.
By the time Beast Boy joined the Teen Titans, he had become a selfish and greedy teenager who was used to people catering to him. While his greedy tendencies have subsided over the years, Beast Boy still has a reputation for being selfish.
6 Hal Jordan Is Susceptible To The Lure Of Power
Created by John Broome and Gil Kane
As Green Lantern, Hal Jordan wields one of the most powerful objects in the DC Universe, but on more than one occasion, being a mere Green Lantern hasn’t been enough for Hal. After he lost Coast City, Hal attacked the Guardians on Oa, fought other Green Lanterns, and absorbed the energy of the Central Power Battery so that he would have the power needed to recreate the universe to fit his wants.
After he redeemed himself, Hal rejoined the Green Lanterns. On a mission to talk to the Orange Lantern Larfleeze, Hal faced a new challenge. Faced with the orange power ring, which represents avarice, Hal succumbed to the temptation and stole it for himself. For a hero who relies on willpower, Hal has shown an inability to control himself.
5 Hawkman Needs To Control Everything
Created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville
Greed can manifest in different ways. Hawkman has a love for collecting exotic weapons and items, but his greed comes out when he works with others. Hawkman likes taking control of a situation, and it doesn’t matter if he’s with just Hawkgirl or the entire Justice League.
In battle, Hawkman makes quick decisions and expects others to follow. The JSA had a large roster, and there was debate as to who should be chairman until Mr. Terrific was elected. When Black Adam took over Khandaq, Hawkman demanded the team obey his orders, ignoring Mr. Terrific’s authority. Hawkman’s need to be the one in power likely comes from him being the reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian prince and expecting others to follow him without question.
4 Superboy Loves The Spotlight
Superboy created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Don Cameron. Conner Kent created by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett
Superman’s death left a hole in the world that many people were eager to fill. One such hero was Superboy, who initially called himself Superman. Superboy wasn’t shy around the press and admitted to being a clone.
Superboy wanted to escape the shadow of Superman, so he moved to Hawaii. Superboy was greedy for attention, wanting to impress Cadmus and any woman who would catch his eye. He was a founding member of Young Justice and, while working alongside his peers, Superboy would often brag about his powers and proclaim that he was the strongest member of the team.
3 Plastic Man Struggles With His Criminal Past
Created by Jack Cole
Before he became Plastic Man, Eel O’Brian was a common crook. He became a hero to make up for the mistakes of his past, but he is constantly reminded of how selfish he used to be.
The JLA once confronted the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man, and the representations of sin ended up claiming members of the League. Plastic Man fell victim to the embodiment of Greed. Plastic Man was with the JLA when they were split into their heroic and non-heroic identities. His non-hero persona had to fight his criminal urges.
2 Catwoman Can’t Help But Steal
Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane
Catwoman has long walked the line between hero and villain. She will just as soon rob a museum as she will stand up for those who can’t fight for themselves. Catwoman has fought Batman just as often as she has worked alongside him.
Catwoman has a good heart, but she also loves to steal. Selina Kyle has a weakness for money, jewels, and the finer things in life. She enjoys stealing just for the challenge of it, and she has even gone so far as to travel internationally and put her life in serious jeopardy to satisfy her urge for thievery.
1 Martian Manhunter’s Sweet Tooth Gets The Better Of Him
Created by Joseph Samachson and Joe Certa
Born and raised on Mars, J’onn J’onzz learned Earth culture from watching television. He would watch TV for hours and practice his shape-shifting. J’onn became so influenced by human customs that he became a heavy snacker.
Martian Manhunter may be a focused and serious hero, especially when he had to deal with the sillier members of the Justice League, but he has his indulgences. J’onn and his favorite snack food, Chocos, are nearly inseparable. He would munch on them in team meetings and while on monitor duty, consuming the cookies by the boxful and hoarding more boxes all over the Justice League’s headquarters.
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