ByAndrew Newman-Anderson, writer at Creators.co
I read Marvel, some DC, Cosplay, love movies, play video games and go to cons. Oh and I'm black.
Andrew Newman-Anderson

Let me start with this will be mostly about Daredevil and Spider-man because they have the best dating lives. I don’t mean just the best examples (I mean that also) but the best dating lives in general. I’m literally jeally about it. That’s right: jeally. In fact if Harry Osborn was reading this while hanging out with Peter Parker he would say:

Pretty much yeah.
Pretty much yeah.

In fact harry himself have had some dime pieces…

Yeah yeah
Yeah yeah

Annnny way the point of this is on April 10th Netflix came out with a Daredevil series and in it Franklin P. "Foggy" Nelson mention that Matt Murdock aka daredevil dates a lot. This got me thinking about the many times he dated in the comics. That then got me thinking of the many times it did not go well which is pretty much every time. This in turn got me thinking of the general end up of all superhero relationships and that most of the time they don’t end well. So lets jump into it.

DEATH!!!!!!! Wow…starting with the big one… ok. Here we go. They die. A lot. Like a real lot. Like all the time. So much They made a term for it. The term "Women in Refrigerators" used to describe a common trope where a woman is brutally murdered in order to progress the male protagonist's story line. This actually was expanding on to as well mean comic book women who have been depowered, raped, murdered and/or had their lives ruined specifically in order to fuel the stories of men. A term that was created by Gail Simone. If you don’t known her, she is the writer of such DC titles Wonder Woman and The All-New(now old) Atom. She penned Wildstorm's Gen13 reboot and Welcome To Tranquility, did Birds Of Prey and my favorite Secret Six, and is currently on New 52's Secret Six (which I’m currently following and enjoying), Dynamite's Red Sonja, & Dark Horse's Tomb Raider. She. Is. Awesome.

Seen here posing for about her awesomness
Seen here posing for about her awesomness

The reason we call it that and not “writers being horrible to women” is because in Green Lantern #54 (1994), written by Ron Marz, Kyle Rayner, the title hero, comes home to his apartment to find that his girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, had been killed by the villain Major Force and stuffed in a refrigerator.

Also his sandwich was missing
Also his sandwich was missing

And that’s just an example of how it goes down when the hero just exist. He didn't even do anything yet. Let’s take a look at an hero whose decisions directly cause the misfortune of his ladies. Enter Daredevil. If you have to go to the bathroom or may want a snack now is the time to go. This will take a while.

Bad dresser and bad boyfreind
Bad dresser and bad boyfreind

Matt Murdock/Daredevil, a lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night, and bad boyfriend a year long. Let’s start with Glorianna O'Breen. Glorianna was a romantic interest of Matt Murdock and was usually his damsel in distress, who he had to rescue on a number of occasions. She was imperiled more than once by the assassin known as the Gael.

In her first appearance she was kidnapped by the Gael, who tied her to a chair and gagged her. Daredevil eventually rescued her and was quite protective of this young lady for some time. Its weird that this person does not automatically come to mind when you think of daredevil relationships seeing as she is around for more than hundred issues. But to be fair when three of your ex’s have been assassins trying to kill you damsel in distress is harder to remember.

The thing that’s crazy about this one is her death doesn’t even have to do with Daredevil. But daredevil being daredevil just assumed it did. Which is kind of odd because at this point she is dated his best friend foggy. This then leads to a confrontation with the kingpin and an odd twist of the two having to work together. Well I guess if her death was able to mend the differences between the two and start a better future for hell’s kitchen and next the world then I guess it was worth it.-

What’s that? They still hate each other? It’s only gotten more heated as the years go by? Others have died? Well at least she doesn't have to see it.

Next player on the board! Heather Glenn is the daughter of a wealthy industrialist Maxwell Glenn first met Matt Murdock when he returned to New York City after living in San Francisco. They began dating, and she helped Matt open a law clinic. She was a flighty fun loving socialite who again you may have not of heard of, though to be fair the end of the relationship was when Elektra showed up and how do you beat a Greek ninja? The bad parts of this one? Pretty much all of it for her: Their relationship was stormy at best; especially after Heather learned Matt was Daredevil (swinging around town looking for guys at night tends to do that). Murdock uncovered a criminal conspiracy involving her father, who was under the control of the Purple Man and went on a mission to shut it down. She then blamed Matt for her father's suicide, unaware of the Purple Man's involvement. Murdock had feelings of guilt and failure, but he eventually tired of Heather's partying ways. Guess if you don’t deal with your parents death by punching dudes in the ally Matty don’t play that way.

Matt and Heather eventually resolved their differences, but trouble arose when Matt took down Heather's business after her inexperience caused it to be controlled by criminals. She agreed to marry him, but still blamed him for causing the business to crash. She even believed that he did it, so she wouldn't have another commitment to interfere in their relationship. I don’t know why she would think that since he kind of asked her to quit a few times… and was taken down her company while she was running it. What was funny about this time is he was spending all this time doing “For her” he was not spending ANY time with her at all. In fact he was ignoring her so much while she was in pain (probably has to do with attacking her company and dead dad.) that Foggy and Black Widow, believing her relationship with Matt to be the cause of their stress, wrote fake break up notes to each her and Matt. You know how bad your relationship has to be that a Russian spy feels the need to help you out? Turns out the Parent Trap idea did not turn out well, since Heather committed suicide after realizing they would never again be romantically involved. But Matt wasn't hung up to long thanks to the next girl on this list.

Elektra Natchios. She was the daughter of a powerful Greek diplomat however, her father's assassination, left her emotionally shattered, and she withdrew from the world. Elektra, Matt's old college girlfriend whom he had dated for a year has become a freelance assassin (after she left him following her father's death and thus getting disillusioned in the law and the future she had planned for herself) and came into conflict with Daredevil many times until she learned his secret identity. Matt tries to convince Elektra to change her ways and love him again but Elektra merely rejects him. Elektra would later become the Kingpin's top assassin after Bullseye was taken out of the business by Daredevil. She was contracted to kill his best friend and law partner, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. When Foggy recognized her, Elektra realized she could not carry out the contract and spared his life. It doesn’t go well after

Bullseye escapes from jail and challenges Elektra in combat which ends with Bullseye killing Elektra by stabbing her in the heart with her own Sai after incapacitating her by cutting her neck with a playing card. As she is dying, she managed to gather enough strength to reach Matt's home where she died in his arms.

That's not how I remember it
That's not how I remember it

And last on the list of DD bad relationships that end in death and this on is the big one: Karen Page! Karen is the secretary for the law firm of Daredevil’s alter ego Matt Murdock, and the love interest of Murdock. Eventually, Karen’s dad became a super villain, died saving his daughter from his own death trap. Her relationship with Murdock hits a downward spiral when he reveals his secret identity to, setting off a long break-up which concluded with her departure from the. Within these final stories, she trades her profession of secretary to become a film actress. She then becomes a big movie star and retires and lives happily ever after…wait I spelled that wrong. I meant quickly becomes a drug-addicted prostitute, starts making pornographic movies, where she’s forced to trade Daredevil’s real name to her dealer for heroin, and the dealer eventually passed the information to Daredevil’s nemesis the Kingpin, who uses the info to freeze Murdock’s bank accounts, get his apartment foreclosed on, and then uses one of his minions on the police force to frame Murdock for bribing a witness, causing him to lose his law license… oh and his girlfriend at the time dumps him for his best friend. Darn auto-correct.

But wait there’s more! They get back to together until she discovers that Matt has been having an affair with Typhoid Mary. These combined blows leave her psychologically lost, and she runs away. Moves back to L.A. where The supervillain Mysterio - as part of his plan to psychologically destroy Daredevil for his last scheme- disguises himself as a doctor, performs the blood test, and tells her that she is HIV positive. Devastated, Karen returns to New York and tells Matt that she is HIV positive. Later, during a fight between Daredevil and Bullseye, Karen is murdered by Bullseye when she moves to intercept a billy-club thrown at Daredevil's head.

I don't have anything funny to say
I don't have anything funny to say

DD is not the only person to have people die due to being with them. Ol’ Peter Parker has maybe the well known deaths of a girlfriend in comic book history: The death of Gwen Stacy.

DD is not the only person to have people die due to being with them. Ol’ Peter Parker has maybe the well known deaths of a girlfriend in comic book history: The death of Gwen Stacy. It looked a little like this:

BUT this story actually this one has a twist. In 2004 we find out Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin's alter ego, fathered twins, a boy and a girl, with Gwen Stacy, to whom she gave birth while in France shortly before her death. In fact we find out that this leads directly to why he kidnapped her in the first place. She vowed she would raise them with Peter (despite the fact that he was not aware of Gwen's infidelity) and refused to allow Norman access to them. Seeing her as a threat to his potential heirs, the Green Goblin killed Gwen. So technically it is not the fault of the superheroes but still a super-person that caused it.I'm sure spidey took the death well.

Your probably thinking “well don’t date guy superheroes! That’s the problem. Stick to the ladies.”. Well YOU WOULD BE WRONG SIR/MADAM! ..And you would be dead. Let me tell you about Dr. Michael Barnett. “Who is that?” you ask. This guy:

Yes that clears it up
Yes that clears it up

Still not ringing any bells? Then let me tell you a short story about Ms. Marvel now know as Captain Marvel. Dr. Michael Barnett was a young but respected psychologist with an office in Manhattan. His most notable patient was Carol Danvers, back when she was still having trouble adjusting to her dual identity as Ms. Marvel. Barnett helped Carol come to terms with being a superhero, and the relationship between the two eventually became more than platonic. Their romance was tragically cut short when Ms. Marvel's shape-shifting nemesis, Mystique, disguised herself as Carol and murdered Barnett in his office. Two things: First imagine being murder by the love of your life and you having no idea why. Horrifying. Second Mystique used to be Ms. Marvel’s archenemy!?!?! The 70’s were a wild time.

“Well these are all people just dating. What about people who are in a more committed relationship?” Well first when did you get so chatty? And second your right, lets talk about the ones who put a ring on it.

Sue Dibny was the wife of Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man. If you don’t know much about the Elongated Man, picture plastic man with the detective skills of batman and the emotional upbringing of superman. The two were always the happy couple of the superhero set, with Sue often acting as den mother to the Justice League, and the pair did detective work on the side. Fans of the characters often referred to Ralph and Sue as the "Nick and Nora Charles of the super-hero set" (a reference to The Thin Man movies). In fact they were together so long it still hard to picture one without the other.

Now this one is a rough one, so if you want to skip this part and move on I wouldn't be offended. In fact ill put a random picture to give you a second to decide. Completely random picture that will not be in anyway a warning for what is about to be talk about.

Nailed it
Nailed it

…. Wow. Well I tried…Annnywho in 2004(again?) DC had a mini series called Identity Crisis which began with the death of sue who when was found looked like she was brunt to death.

…. Wow. Well I tried…Annnywho in 2004(again?) DC had a mini series called Identity Crisis which began with the death of sue who when was found looked like she was brunt to death.

The series follows Elongated Man and a crew of justice leaguers who go on a man hunt for the killer, their first stop being doctor light. The reason being was that Light once raped Sue Dibny in the JLA satellite headquarters.

Now pay attention because the next part really brings home why being involved with a superhero no matter what connection really can be damaging: as the heroes are on the search for the killer. The Atom finds his ex-wife, Jean Loring, hanging from a door, bound, blindfolded and gagged, and revives her just in time. A death threat is then sent to Superman's wife, Lois Lane. Flash Rogues gallery villain Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness) is hired by third-rate(soon to be first ra- well second rate) villain the Calculator (on behalf of the real killer) to assassinate Jack Drake, father of Robin, Tim Drake. Jack finds a gun and a note warning him of the impending attempt on his life, and fatally shoots Boomerang who also kills him.

The autopsy of Sue Dibny's body by Doctor Mid-Nite and Mister Terrific, members of the Justice Society, reveals Dibny was killed by an infarction in her brain. A microscopic scan of Dibny's brain reveals tiny footprints as a clue to the cause of the infarction which they realize that Dibny was murdered by an assassin with access to the shrinking technology of the Atom; the ability to shrink to subatomic size. The atom learns that his estranged wife, Jean Loring, is aware of the note sent to Jack Drake (which had been kept secret) and deduces she is the killer. It turns out that all of this including faking the attempt on her own life) in order to bring Ray back into her life and that no one was supposed to die (well maybe Captain Boomerang).

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