When we think of superheroes, we picture strong, courageous beings who are larger than life. They fight for truth and justice, and charge selflessly into combat. In essence, these heroic do-gooders embody the highest qualities mere mortals can only hope to attain. However, occasionally, the good guys make a wrong turn on the path of righteousness and find themselves squarely in the camp of the villains. Whether by tragic circumstances or willful choice, these powerful heroes turned from their morals to a darker path. Let’s take a look through comics history at Powerful Superheroes Who Turned Evil!
Hawk (Hank Hall)
Given powers by the Lords of Chaos and Order, Hawk fought crime alongside his teammate, Dove. However, Hank Hall’s volatile temper made him dangerous and unpredictable as a superhero, and when Dove died at the hands of a time-traveling tyrant called Monarch, it drove Hawk over the edge. He killed Monarch then unmasked the villain to reveal a future-version of himself! Hawk donned the armor of Monarch and teamed up with the renegade Green Lantern, Parallax, to wage a time-altering campaign against the heroes of earth.
Daredevil is one of few superheroes who’s suffered numerous trials–the death of his true love, betrayals of loyal friends, and threats to his loved ones from his nemesis the Kingpin. When the Man Without Fear became the leader of the mystical ninja organization, the Hand, he became possessed by a demon known as the Beast. Erecting a large fortress in Hell’s Kitchen as a headquarters for the Hand, Daredevil began a systematic war against crime in his city. He confronted his archenemy Bullseye and killed him in cold-blood then waged an all-out war against friends and foes in the Shadowland miniseries.
Jason Todd (Red Hood)
When Dick Grayson abandoned his role as Robin, Batman recruited a troubled youth named Jason Todd. The new protege to the Dark Knight had an impulsive streak and decided to track down the Joker on his own. Unfortunately, Todd fell into a trap set by the Joker and suffered an agonizing death which haunted Batman for years.
After Superboy-Prime escaped a paradise dimension and altered reality, Jason Todd was inadvertently restored to life and cared for by Talia al Ghul. An amnesiac with impaired cognitive abilities, Todd was a shell of his former self until Talia submerged him into a Lazarus Pit. Jason Todd emerged with his abilities intact, but his personality took on a darker tone. He donned the persona of Red Hood and vowed vengeance against Batman.
Wanda Maximoff grew up on the wrong side of the law, joining the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with her brother Quicksilver. Years later she reformed and joined the Avengers as a loyal member. But after facing tragedy when she lost her twin sons, Wanda suffered a mental breakdown that caused her to lash out against her teammates. Using her reality-altering chaos magic, Scarlet Witch brought calamity on the Avengers and even caused the death of Hawkeye.
Professor Xavier sought to help the wayward Avenger, but concluded that she could not be trusted with so much power and advocated for euthanasia. Unable to accept this result, Quicksilver convinced his sister to alter reality once more. Scarlet Witch created a dystopian world where mutants ruled over mankind. In the end, Wanda committed mass genocide by eliminating a majority of the mutant population when she uttered the words, “no more mutants.”
Mary Batson underwent a dark chapter in her superhero career when the anti-hero, Black Adam, granter her all of his powers after she’d lost her own. Under the morally ambiguous influence of her former enemy, Mary begins a campaign of twisted justice, punishing her enemies in an excessive manner. Her cruel actions gained the attention of villainess, Eclipso, who agrees to mentor the wayward heroine. Later on, she is corrupted further by Darkseid who recruits her as a Female Fury in the events of Final Crisis, where she helps spread the Anti-Life Equation worldwide.