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Top 10 Marvel Superheroes With Mental Illnesses

February 8, 2020


When it comes to mental illness and it’s explorations
in comics, there are two paths we can go down. One is the darker paths, the struggles of
the supervillain which ultimately leads to an exploration of what mental illness can
do when it is left to run rampant when it is unrecognized, untreated and when you admit
defeat to illness. The path of the superhero is a bit brighter
but often still bleak. It allows us to examine not the moments of
surrender when it comes to our exploration of mental illness but the moments of struggle,
of battle. In some cases our heroes win out and for some
heroes their battle seems to be continuously on going. Today we are going to take a look at the some
of these heroes as we count down our top 10 Marvel superheroes with mental illness. Marvel is a comic book company who has been
known for the complexity of their characters, which often gives them an intense sense of
realness in a world otherwise fraught with fiction such as alien invasions and magic. What are some of your favourite heroes in
the Marvelverse and what do you like about them? What do they struggle with that you find relatable? Let us know in the comments below. But before you do, let’s get counting. Captain Ultra Phobias are not explicitly considered a mental
illness or mental disorder. We are all human, we all have fears and often
our fears are good, they help us to survive, almost a byproduct of self-preservation. However these phobias can cause your to have
an anxiety disorder if they are severe like with Captain Ultra. A superhero who literally cannot perform is
he is exposed to flames and I’m not talking, giant terrifying flames either. When we first see him in the comics, he faints
at the sight of someone lighting a cigarette. A phobia that severe requires treatment. Captain Ultra wisely does seek treatment and
with the help of Doc Samson another hero who also happens to be a psychologist with a PHD
in psychology, is cured of his fear of fire. She-Hulk Addiction is a dangerous illness. It can consume you and cause you to change
your perception of yourself. You got from being a well rounded person with
many interests to an addict, seeking out one thing and one thing only. Addiction can take over your life and cause
you to become alienated from others, lose your friends and family. When you love something so much as you do
when you are experiencing addiction, there is nothing you won’t give up. For She-Hulk that addiction comes in the form
of her powers. She won’t give them up for anyone. In fact She-Hulk becomes so addicted to her
powers that she also has an identity crisis. Wrestling with the perception of herself. She once made a pros and cons style list when
it came to her, Jennifer Walter, the lawyer vs. her superpowered She-Hulk self. Ultimately she has come to terms with the
fact that She-Hulk is just a part of who she, almost surrendering to her addiction, unable
to separate her own identity from it. Unfortunately for Jen this continues to lead
her to wrestle with the way others see her. When she starts a romance with Thor she ponders
if he just wants to be with her because of She-Hulk or if he really loves her? Obviously she still has some work to do. Daredevil One of the best iterations of depression I
have yet to see in the comics comes to us from Matt Murdock. Depression is an illness that can make you
feel as though just breathing is exhausting, just existing feels laborious. It is an illness that Matt has dealt with
almost his whole life and unsurprisingly so. This is a character who has lost multiple
loves. Both Karen Page and Elektra being murdered
by his nemesis Bullseye. He also lost everything when Kingpin went
after him, his home, his reputation, and the secret of his true identity. Still they keep his depression grounded in
reality in the comics and show that Matt refuses to give in to it working very hard every time
he feels trapped in his illness which he likens to a demon to rise about it. Jessica Jones After having her mind controlled by the Purple
Man, aka Kilgrave, Jessica suffers from severe post traumatic stress disorder. In the series Alias, we see her character
struggling to deal with what happened to her. Jessica has been so severely traumatized by
the actions she was forced into that she feels as though she lost a part of herself. The lines between her own feelings and choices
and what Kilgrave had her do become blurred to her. And she feels as though she is constantly
questioning her own decisions as a result. Is this something I actually want to do for
myself? Did Kilgrave make me do that or did I actually
want to do that? She disappears within her trauma. For survivors of sexual assault especially
this is commonplace, losing yourself in your trauma. You question everything as though your trauma
is actually the thing in control of your life. This reflection of trauma and PTSD is beautifully
articulated through Jessica in Alias when she explains, “In my mind I can’t tell the
difference between what he made me do or say and what I do or say on my own. The only reason I know I wasn’t in love with
him is that I say to myself: How could I be? I hate him. That’s it. That’s what my sanity is holding onto: ‘How
could I be?'” Wolverine In order to understand Wolverine’s battle
with mental illness you need to start at the beginning. His origins is enough to mess anyone up about
one hundred times over. We could make a list of top 10 tragic Wolverine
origins stories. From the killing of his dog by his half brother,
to eventually the death of almost his entire family right as his mutation kicked in, to
the death of his childhood love by his own hands, and the death of almost every other
woman he’s ever truly loved… he has a really messed up past. One that would give anyone PTSD, which is
what he most likely suffers from. Like Logan, people suffering from post traumatic
stress disorder often withdraw from others, feeling as though they are alone in the world
and often turn to substance abuse to numb their pain, like Logan with alcohol. Hank Pym A brilliant man who simply let his own insecurities
manifest themselves in willful ways, creating multiple personas, Hank suffers from bipolar
disorder and dissociative identity disorder. Most recently in the comics, he has been working
towards healing and redemption for himself, choosing to reconcile with his problems and
even self-diagnosing him as bipolar. This is an important first step for anyone
who is suffering and is particularly important for Hank whose illness when it ran rampant
made him into an almost villain as Yellowjacket. And was not even something he could understand
at the time. He expressed remorse for his actions but would
continue to let his illness get the best of him while unable to recognize what was causing
this change within him. Recognizing that you have a problem and addressing
it’s source is one of my most meaningful steps you can take when it comes to overcoming your
illness. Scarlet Witch Wanda’s issues stem from an interpretation
by Brain Michael Bendis on how powers this strong could affect someone like her. He was the writer behind the Disassembled
storyline where we really first saw a glimpse into Scarlet Witch’s seemingly fragile mental
state. Scarlet Witch experiences a psychotic break
based around a seemingly insignificant comment. But this is also in the face of everything
she has experienced. Whatever origins story you choose for Wanda
and her brother, they always seem to have grown up poor, hungry and usually cold. This manifested in Wanda in terms of her seeking
love and approval from others and in looking for someone to take care of her emotionally
and help her to feel worthy of love. She continues to pursue this in the comics
and while she has never been diagnosed with any specific, it has been shown that her lack
of self-worth has often led her to being overprotective of others, worried that she’ll make a mistake
and cause them harm. It has also led to her being depressed as
we find out when we discover that Wanda is on antidepressants. The sad thing is while Wanda works to get
her better, her story illustrates the lack of responsibility on anyone else’s part to
help. The people around her more seem to blame and
condemn her then help her towards rehabilitation. A wary lesson for those who suffer from mental
illness. Surround yourself with those who support your
journey to get better, not enable you to the point that you become even worse. Moon Knight Marc Spectre is a good example of what can
happen when one compartmentalizes their feelings as a result of a traumatic experience. He suffers from a rare but real disorder called
dissociative identity disorder or as many people call it, multiple personality disorder. He found out a trusted family friend was a
serial killer, has served in the military and has also been a mercenary. In summary, he’s seen a lot of shit. Marc deals with his fears and trauma by hiding
in alternate personas. He has a slew of them in fact and even goes
so far to live in them long term. He has also been seen adopting fellow superheroes
personas and calling on them in times of need when he feel inadequate, weak or afraid of
what faces him. Eventually Marc is forced to reconcile with
the fact that Khonshu may even be a delusion, something he has created to mask his problems
and help him avoid dealing with the reality of his mental illness. Deadpool Wade Wilson often acknowledges his own mental
instability in the comics. He is a man who suffers from a slew of different
issues. He has often been presented as suffering from
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He’s experience psychotic breaks, PTSD, depression
and addiction. He’s basically Marvel’s main post-boy for
superhero mental illness. The part where this kind of goes sideways
for us the audience is that Deadpool is almost a characterization of mental illness. Making him not a great spokesperson for his
issues but a great example of how hard it is to deal with your illness when you can’t
seem to see it. And it is this inability to reconcile with
his problems that probably makes him lean more toward the anti-hero than outright hero. If you want to explore the long list of Wade’s
mental health issues more check out Foolkiller issue 4, which shows him visiting Greg Salinger
for a therapy session. Sentry Another hero who embodies the struggle between
light and dark, much like Wade Wilson but more serious. Robert Reynolds is both the Sentry and the
Void, the Void is like an alternate dark persona or Reynolds. A villain who is capable of destroying Asgard
single-handedly and tearing Ares, God of War apart. The Void became a personality of Robert immediately
after he transformed and accidentally destroyed the lab he’d broken into and everything in
it. Not wanting to face this dark part of him
it created a split in Robert and his alternate dark persona, the Void. This form of dissociative identity disorder
stands to represent exactly the importance of therapy in regards to helping you reconcile
with your darker side and not letting it consume you. The Sentry is the epitome of a hero who wrestles
with fully accepting himself and forgiving himself and as such this makes him one of
the most tragic and also the most real. Thank you so much for watching, nerd squad. I hope you found this list as enlightening
to hear as I found it enlightening to write. Mental illness remains a huge issue not just
for our favourite Marvel heroes in the comics but for many real-life readers of comics ever
day. But it is a battle we can win if we stay informed
and keep assessing ourselves and listening to those around us who might be suffering. And remember there is always a way to win
the day. Excelsior! Are there any Marvel super heroes who you
feel struggle with mental illness and who we should have included? How have comics helped you through trying
times or helped you personally deal with real world issues? Let us know in the comments below. And while you are on your way down there,
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McKnight, reminding you to keep the conversation going strong in regards to mental illness
and as always you stay nerdy, YouTube.

62 Comments

  • Reply Vivek Govender September 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Please make: "Scarlet Witch Vs Zatanna" Video

  • Reply Top 10 Nerd September 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Who of these heroes is your favourite?

  • Reply Vivek Govender September 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Please make: "Top Ten Wiccan Surprising Facts" Video

  • Reply beyonder gaming September 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Where is roya

  • Reply Karate Karotte September 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Scarlet witch vs zatanna

  • Reply trex advent September 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Can you do top 10 facts about these characters on this list?

  • Reply trex advent September 19, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    How would it be if these characters on this list appeared on the big screen or TV shows?

  • Reply trex advent September 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Who would win between these characters on this list?

  • Reply trex advent September 19, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    How would it be if Magus was the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy if he was split up from Adam Warlock? How would it be Baron Mordo unleashed Nightmare on Doctor Strange in his sequel movie? Could the main villain of the Black Panther sequel be either Nightshade or Namor? How do you think that Mjolnir is going to come back in Thor 4: Love and Thunder for Jane Foster to wield, Is Eitri going to make another one? How would it be if Beta Ray Bill wielded Thunderstrike in the MCU since Thor has Stormbreaker? How would it be if Spider-Man stayed as Night Monkey in the third movie till he takes care of Jameson and Mysterio's cohorts in order to clear his name? Is Morgan Stark going to become Iron Girl in the MCU? How would it be if she was an Ally and tech support for the young Avengers? How do you think black widow is going to stop Taskmaster who can copy your moves even with the help of Hawkeye and Yelena Belova? Who do you think should be Nova in the MCU between Richard Rider and Sam Alexander, How would it be if Zorr was the main villain of the Nova movie? How would it be if Quicksilver came back to the MCU since the X-Men Franchise is over so there can be one Quicksilver now? How would it be if Dracula appeared in the MCU alongside Blade? Is Blade going to be a team player with the other MCU heroes? How would it be if we saw one of the Eternals appear in the present time in the MCU and are their powers genetic which can be passed from Parent to child? How would it be if we saw Tony Stark from another dimension come to the main Marvel Universe wearing the God Killer Armor in the MCU? How do you think Shang-Chi is going to be portrayed in the MCU? How will be fight against the Mandarin with just his martial arts skills since he has the power of the Ten Cosmic Rings which makes him as powerful as Thanos, Are both of them going to be Makluans disguised as humans? How would it be if Shang-Chi had magical Nunchucks in the MCU?

  • Reply Alice Dubois September 19, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Hey everyone!! What is your best advice for fending off an anxiety attack? I have been fighting one for a couple of days and advice right now would be very epic… Thanks in advance!! 😘

  • Reply Near Winter September 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Legion not on here ?

  • Reply Nemanja Kesic September 19, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Can say as some one who is adict on alchohol, i can say tnx for this video

  • Reply Zachary Gonzalez September 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    You forgot Lorna Dane/Polaris

  • Reply Michael Ross September 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Top 10 static shock facts

  • Reply Michael Ross September 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Top 10 Aquaman villains

  • Reply Michael Ross September 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Top 10 Shazam villains

  • Reply Sunstar September 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    If there is a part 2 perhaps you can include Storm and her severe claustrophobia?

  • Reply elene fiala September 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I most relate to the hulk and the wolverine. I understand the whole beast within, and that everyone thinks you are a monster and nothing more than that

  • Reply FMJake September 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Top 10 overpowered teamups

  • Reply Michael Ross September 19, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I find this list very enlightening.

  • Reply FMJake September 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Top ten overpowered team ups. (Example Jean Grey and Scarlett Witch)

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    This was an interesting video to watch. I thought it was just a repeat of the first video of Mental illnesses. Until I saw that it had the name Marvel in it. So I think it's okay.

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Top 10 Nerd—Where is Roya Destroyaa? You said she would return by summer. So where is she?

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Please make one video on Top 10 Characters with Animal Abilities.

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Please make one video on Top 10 Worst Superhero Movies of all time.

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Please make one video on Top 10 Superhero's from DC's Earth-32.

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Please make one video on Top 10 Mutants with a Secondary Mutation.

  • Reply jablackjam September 19, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Keep the conversation going Amanda good on you girl 💯👌🏾👍🏾🙏🏾

  • Reply Broken Bridge September 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Amanda McKnight—I love it when you host any video. I suffer from a mental disorder called Hyper Activity Deficit Disorder. Just imagine the hyper activity of a child combined with one's mind changing channels all the time. I have to focus a bit more than usual.

  • Reply whats a name September 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    u forgot legion ? why he should be number one

  • Reply rodert Goemaere September 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I think you should’ve included Laura Kinney x-23 Because of her struggle with depression and cutting.

  • Reply carl charleston September 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Every time I see Professor X bald head, I get a headache

  • Reply spideyXkenshin September 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Video log 87….its 2036 and top 10 nerd still hasn't done a top 10 characters with animal based abilities… If they don't do it soon…. This it will all end… If you see this I'm probably gone know…😆😣😧😦😲😱

  • Reply hazrd Kush September 19, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Didn't u guys do this list years ag0?

  • Reply Eseosa Erhunse September 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Majority of guys suffers from metal illness called Masturba……… Addiction.

  • Reply James Meritt September 19, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    You left out the most famous DID: Bruce Banner. I am not sure what to call Rogue’s almost deliberate identity assumption. And how about Xavier’s son Legion? There are a few narrow ones ( Storm’s claustrophobia comes to mind, Iron man and captain Marvel’s alcoholism) and quite reasonable messed up self images, DID seems really popular with Marvel.

  • Reply Tiana Pi Tesr September 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I have PTSD from living in Florida!

  • Reply Ace Mace September 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Good stuff !!!

  • Reply Insane Makaioshin September 19, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Imagine if a rich character that didn't blame Scarlet Witch for all that she did, or the hulk, created a mental hospital for heroes. It could be a medical drama of heroes visiting loved ones, while the doctors have to deal with threats to their life from the more unstable patients. Quicksilver visiting Wanda & him & Doc Samson helping her realise her self worth, while the doc also treats Moon knight & the others

  • Reply Story Writer September 19, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I love moon night and Batman 😍

  • Reply Eddie White September 20, 2019 at 12:10 am

    A psychologist with a Phd in psychology huh? Ya dont say.

  • Reply Nikolas Mace September 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Can you do a top 10 alternate versions of Mega Man 🤖

  • Reply Nikolas Mace September 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Can you do a top 10 alternate versions of Ultraman👽👾

  • Reply Jack Muad'Dib September 20, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I'm starting to think these list are starting to overlap. I'm pretty sure many of the heroes on this were on another list for the same reason. Which, and what list? Don't know, way too lazy to rewatch them to find out, but tell me if you think so too!

  • Reply bahlders September 20, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I am always so amazed when Superhero Movies or TV shows depict Heroes suffering from depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD, they are the only thing in this world, that doesn’t make me feel alone

  • Reply Dt Comic September 20, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Number 1 should have been batman

  • Reply Bob Greenwade September 20, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Bruce Banner has also been shown to suffer from DID (as well as the mental problems you explored in a previous video). In fact, of all the comics characters with DID — and I'm pretty sure I could list enough to make a Top 10 list just for that — he's the one I find the most interesting and compelling.

    And I thank you again, Amanda, for doing this set of videos. It's highly informative regarding both comics and mental illness. The set also lets your own awesomeness shine through like none of your others ever have.

  • Reply The T Gamer Guy September 20, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Daredevil is blind, my gosh

  • Reply Arthur E. Pierce II September 20, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I can relate to some of these as I suffer from depression. I have also been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder & on the autism spectrum with asbergers.

  • Reply 209CALI* * September 20, 2019 at 3:50 am

    I remember reading a story that said Bruce created the Hulk persona as a child that would manifest when his father would abuse him

  • Reply Aaron Rehmat September 20, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Can you do a video on 10 people who tried to destroy the multiverse

  • Reply John Bzn September 20, 2019 at 6:37 am

    I find myself relieving to Dr. doom and moon and kight

  • Reply Kyle Connors September 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    The Maxx

  • Reply Kobe Ryan September 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Well with characters i relate to i like wiccan cuz he gay 😂

  • Reply wade Vermeulen September 20, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    for me its deadpool all the pain no healing i miss that part of him

  • Reply Jeff Haywood September 20, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I think the main problem with this is tht Disassociative Identity Disorder, aka "Multiple Personalities", has never existed. It was a fad back in the 1970s-1980s, but these days everybody knows that it never really existed. So the writer of this video is very far behind the times.

  • Reply Silver Star September 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Poison Ivy

  • Reply Black Phoenix September 21, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I should probably go into therapy, to be honest.

  • Reply Slayerthecrow September 21, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    2:44 really not that fan of that design, it looks like Hulk with a wig

  • Reply Robert Wilmot September 27, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Should do a video on Logan's orgin stories

  • Reply Mateja Savic September 28, 2019 at 11:13 am

    This is exactly the reason why I can't see Scarlet Witch as powerful as people make her out to be. Yes she has freaking crazy ammount of raw power, but she's always been represented as not being able to control it well. She lets her emotions control her powers instead of her head and I just can't see someone who's not in control as powerful. She's seems unstable and I just see her as a ticking bomb instead of an actual powerful individual.

  • Reply pranish maharjan September 30, 2019 at 5:28 am

    tony=alcoholism
    peter=nerd teen n bullied
    hulk=anger issues
    clint=ptsd

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