ByAshraf Siddique, writer at
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Ashraf Siddique

Comic books have created some of the greatest fictional and well known characters that we're always hearing about, like Batman or Superman. Comics have changed throughout the years, which allows them to take on new characters who may have not even originated from the world of comic books.

This comes as a surprise to a lot of people as it's weird to think that some characters didn't always start out in the comics because of them fitting so perfectly into place. Now don't be surprised if you see that many of these characters actually started from animated shows. Let's begin with the list.

8. Firestar

Firestar first made her appearance in the comics in 1985's Uncanny X-Men issue 193. But she wasn't originally a comic book character. She started on the animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends as a mutant.

We saw Spiderman team up with Firestar in the animated series, but then she went off to having her own mini comic series. She's been part of many teams in the comics like New Warriors, The Avengers and Amazing X-Men.

7. X-23

Like Firestar, X-23 also started on an animated show, but this show just so happened to be X-Men Evolution. Laura Kinney was introduced as a female clone of Wolverine and she is pretty awesome. She shares many abilities that Wolverine just so happens to have like healing factor, adamantium skeleton and so much more.

Laura Kinney only has two claws while Wolverine has three, but she also has claws on her feet. She starred in her own solo comic book series and soon became a member of the X-Men and X-Force 6.

6. Bebop and Rocksteady

The famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series ran for nine years, giving us 193 episodes of our favorite pizza loving Turtles. Now with it being off air for so long, it brings some new characters to the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The show introduced a lot of new characters, but Bepop and Rocksteady are the duo who we can't forget. Bebop and Rocksteady take orders from the leader of the Foot Clan, Shredder.

Now with the animated series being finished, they now appear in IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics playing the same old villains from the animated series.

5. Renee Montoya

Renee Montoya is a character many of us are familiar with. She actually started from the animated show Batman: The Animated Series and then moved on from there.

The detective patterned up with Harvey Bullock many times and we've all seen her as an ally of Batman on occasion. She was then bought into the comics and soon had her taste of being on a live action show as she is currently appearing on FOX's Gotham.

4. Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond was an animated series that first aired in 1999 and received three awesome seasons. It was set in a future where Bruce Wayne put down the suit and high schooler Terry McGinnis continued the legacy of Batman. With the supervision of Bruce Wayne, he goes down and tackles thugs in Gotham.

Batman Beyond had one of them theme songs that you can not forget so before we continue I urge you to watch the intro of Batman Beyond. I promise, it's fantastic.

With Batman Beyond being such a hit, it soon came to the comic book world for graphic novel readers to carry on the adventures of Batman Beyond. Many fans actually hope to see a Batman Beyond film, which I'm totally down for.

Don't forget that Terry McGinnis will be returning to the world of graphic novels in DC's Rebirth with his own series starting off with Batman Beyond Issue 1.

3. Agent Coulson

Agent Coulson: Right hand side
Agent Coulson: Right hand side

Now to think Agent Coulson did not start out in the comics comes as quite a surprise. When I first saw him making his cinematic debut in Iron Man I just thought he was one of them characters in the comics I never came across but I slowly put the pieces together only to realize he wasn't.

For many of us, we know him as the face of Shield and he started off in the MCU with seven cinematic performances and then slowly moved on to Marvels mini-series Battle Scars.

The series is now finished, but we do still see him lead a team of his own in ABCs show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the show is currently on it's third season and is coming close to the finale, so now'd be a really good time to catch up!

2. Jimmy Olsen

"I’m Jimmy Olsen – photojournalist for the Metropolis Daily Planet – and this is where I shine"
"I’m Jimmy Olsen – photojournalist for the Metropolis Daily Planet – and this is where I shine"

Jimmy Olsen, everyones favorite young bow tie kid who we always see alongside with Superman. We all know him for appearing mostly in Superman based stories as a photographer and writer for the daily planet, working alongside with Clark Kent and Lois Lane and at times the main man himself, Superman.

He plays such a big role in the world of Superman, its weird to think he didn't start from the comic books. He started of The Adventures of Superman radio show. He was added to the radio show to give Superman to talk to someone.

With his character being such a success he was then added into the comics and still continues to shine. Unfortunately, it looks like he won't be in the DCEU as fans where able to indicate that he died in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Click here to read more about it. The classic character still continues to have a taste of being in a live action show with him currently being played Mehcad Brooks in the series Supergirl which has now been moved to the CW.

1. Harley Quinn

Yes, you read that correctly! Harley Quinn, who is currently an icon to pop culture and one of the biggest and most popular female comic book character, did not originate from the comic books. This often comes as a shock for many because she just feels like them characters who are straight out of the comics.

Harley Quinn in fact started from the series, Batman: The Animated Series and was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. She was created to be a walk on role and wasn't expected to do much, but little did they know that they created one of a kind. Now to get a feel of how Harley Quinn was in Batman: The Animated Series watch this short clip down below.

She had characteristics which bought out the fun of the series and made it more enjoyable. Her character easily became a fan favorite on the show and they would be stupid not to continue her story and bring it on to the comics.

Her origin in Batman: The Animated Series was her being a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum treating some of Batman's villains who were considered insane. Now when treating Joker she fell madly in love (hence why Jokers and Harley Quinn's love story is titled Mad Love) with him and adopted the character of Harley Quinn. The world said go bye to Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel and was welcomed to the all new crazy sidekick of the Joker.

The comic Mad Love told the story of Harleys mad love for psychotic clown, Joker. When being introduced into the DC Universe she received her own series, which lasted for three whole years.

She still continues to play a vital part in Batman and Joker stories and we even see the character team up with other well known female comic book characters like Poison Ivy and Catwomen. This led her to having romantic connections to Poison Ivy and also lead her to be in the team, Gotham Sirens.

Let's not forget she always found in Batman games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins and plays quiet big roles in the games.

Her character is also heavily featured in the New 52 Suicide Squad and a series of her is in the works and it's expected to be titled Harley Quinn/Power Girl. As well as that she'll be tasting some live actions goodness when Magrot Robbie takes role on as Harley Quinn in the all new Suicide Squad movie which will come out this year in August, 4th.

Actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

You thought I stopped, haven't you? Well, no because Harley Quinn is just getting started. She's also going to be having her own movie with seven other female characters. There's so many, possibilities like the Gotham Sirens or Birds of Prey but we haven't got any new information to take a scoop at.

Clearly Harley Quinn has a lot of success behind the character and it's quite clear why would Warner Bros would want to give her a standalone movie. She has such a large fan base that will support her whatever she happens to be in.

So there you have it, eight characters who didn't exactly originate from the comics, but continued their journey through graphic novels and now even live action films and shows. It's pretty amazing how they all came so far.

Do you know anymore comic book characters who didn't start from comics? If so let me know in the comment section below or just write a quick post about it and don't forget to share it over here.


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