Poll Position: BSFF

Our Poll Position for the week involves Best Super Friends Forever:

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Discussion after the jump.

The key to the super-hero friendship is that the other buddy can’t also be super. Granted, Jimmy Olsen found himself with every power from Superman’s own to Elastic Lad stuff, but those weren’t the norm. I can’t think of another relationship quite like it in comics, except for Rick Jones and The Incredible Hulk, so let’s take a look at the various possibilities for being a super-guy’s super-friend withOUT having to strap on tights yourself.

  • Batman: Being friends with Bruce Wayne would rock, because he’s a) rich and b) a playboy. Both key elements when considering a buddy. Being friends with BATMAN, however, would suck. As a non-super buddy, you’d be in constant danger from your pal’s enemies. When you’re talking about the inept Lex Luthor (“I’m bald and that makes me grumpy!”) or Toy Man, big deal. When you’re dealing with psychopaths like The Joker and Scarecrow, though, that starts getting a little spooky. Odds are you’d end up Buddy Kabobs before too long. Highly risky.
  • Captain America: I’m sure Steve Rogers is a nice enough guy, but his Cap identity has completely bled into his “normal” persona. He’s the kind of “friend” who would totally turn you into the cops for jaywalking, and really, who needs that?
  • Han Solo: Granted Han isn’t a classic “super hero”, but he hangs out with a Jedi, a Wookie, and a Princess, so he’s darn close. Han’s a guy you could really hang out with, drinking ale and swapping lies while you hit on the waitresses at the cantina. Of course he’d stick you with the bill and probably get you arrested on multiple occasions, so you have to weigh the options here.
  • Harry Potter: On the one hand, totally cool magical powers. On the other hand, hunted by evil guys with magical powers. Plus he has a girlfriend now, so odds are he’d not even let you come over to play with his Wii any more.
  • Hellboy: Now we’re talking! No regular chicks to get in the way most of the time, unlimited government budget for toys and gizmos, the ability to kick the ass of anyone who messes with you and a complete lack of concern about doing it. Loves beer and cigars and would be an absolute kick in the pants to hang out with.
  • Iron Man: Rich and a playboy like Bruce Wayne, but — bonus! — it’s not just an act. He really LIKES being a playboy. Plus he has all those marvelous TOYS.
  • Spider-Man: Perpetually broke, constantly in trouble, everlasting loser. Why would I want one of those kind of guys as a friend when I already have all that covered on my own?
  • Wolverine: Logan would be a strong and true friend, but he strikes me as the type who’s a loner because most of his friends end up dead. Urk.
  • Wonder Woman: Let’s be honest, she’s the kind of friend we’ve all had way too many times in the past — we love her, we want her, but she just wants to be friends. Pass.

For me it comes down to Han Solo or Hellboy. And since I like the idea of zooming around the galaxy in a starship better than being chased through the sewers by Cthulu, I’ll go with the smuggler.

What about you, who would you choose?

About Jeff Hebert

Jeff is a 45 year old city boy who has somehow found himself located in Colorado, fulfilling his lifetime dream of making a living drawing super-heroes all day.

16 Responses to Poll Position: BSFF

  1. Did you mean the double-entendre with Harry Potter and the Wii?

  2. Ironman – More money than most countries, but without that Obsessive Compulsive behavior that Bruce Wayne has…. Plus he drinks a lot, so he’d probably be pretty easy to talk into buying you all kinds of expensive crap…

  3. Iron Man all the way. Parties, cars aaaand POWER ARMOR! I bet he could build me one if I was a great friend (he gave one to Rhodes).

  4. Iron Man. His friends tend to get suits of armor that kick ass and takes name.

    That or Harry Potter. All his friends are magical.

  5. I have to go with Iron Man as well.

  6. I’d say Wonder Woman, but only if it came with benefits.

  7. Hellboy. Fun to hang out with, loves cats, won’t steal my girlfriend–bases covered.

  8. Han Solo All the way. Who else can you count on to do the really stupid things for a friend? A good friend bails you out of jail. A great friend will be in the cell next door. We all need a friend like that.

  9. iron man, with solo as a close second. however, i’d also LOVE to be friends with deadpool because he’s fucking hilarious

  10. yeah the only problem with deadpool is he’d kill you for a laugh

  11. nate, Deadpool IS hilarious, but i think he’d be likely to stab you because you took the last soda. He talks about stabbing Weasel over a cheesy poof in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance…now that I think about it he would probably slit your throat for a soda if he stabs for a cheesy poof…
    Moral of the story: Deadpool is hilarious but completely crazy.

    As for who I’d like to be friends with…Well Batman is my favorite of the lot, but like Jeff pointed out, you’d quickly become the #2 target on Joker’s list (Batman ever occupying the #1). Iron Man might be nice, but I’m not a fan of the party and beer thing. Han would be fun for a while, but might get old.

    I really don’t know…I’ll have to figure it out later

  12. You shallow, shallow people! What about spidey? Yeah, he’s a loser, but that’s where people relate to him the most. You get to be friends with someone just like yourself. He’s funnier than most guys on the list, anyway.
    And if you’re really best buddies, MJ might fix you up with one of her model friends.

  13. Excellent point on MJ’s model friends, TheJay. Nicely played.

    However, it’s ALSO possible he might fix you up with one of AUNT MAY’s friends.

    ::shudder::

  14. spidey cause if I’m his friend, he might give me some spare web shooters and that would be useful for when I’m too dam lazy to get something 4 feet in front of me, shut a door, web people I don’t like to walls (muhahahahahahhahahahahaha), and get around more easily.

    Yeah….I could get used to that. Plus spidey’s funny and cool and knows other superheroes I could meet, has tons of available exes *coughblackcatcough*

  15. LOL at the aunt may comment.

  16. Even still, I’d rather look at Wonder Woman all the time instead of Iron Man! And he probably won’t let you put your hands on any of his techno toys.