How Well Do You Know Marvel’s Minor Characters?



By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When you think about the Marvel Universe, names like Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Dark Phoenix might come to mind. Still, there are plenty of other minor characters that fill out the world, giving the various story arcs much more depth and fans more Marvel action to stick their teeth into. A few of these characters even received titles to increase their popularity, though these were mostly short-run series. 

When Marvel began in 1939 as Timely Comics, the original publisher, Mark Goodman, had no idea the franchise would develop into the multi-billion dollar industry that it is today, a vast world of characters that have moved from the pages of comic books to both the big screen and television. The company can thank its development to the many creators, most notably Stan Lee, for adding so many character entries into the Marvel database.

You now have the opportunity to challenge yourself with this quiz, where you can try to identify the Marvel characters that aren't as well known as the usual cast. This quiz dives deep into various titles to find some of the most intriguing personalities Marvel has to offer. 

So prepare yourself, and give this quiz a go. By the time it's over, you might have a new favorite hero.

What's the name of this character who's modeled after a tree?

Groot's extraterrestrial bark is much different than the bark found on earth. His outward shelling provides him with a defense against human-made weapons, like axes, and protects him against fire.


Revenge is the leading motivator of which character shown here?

Unlike in "Guardians of the Galaxy" where Drax the Destroyer is depicted as an alien, Drax in the comics was a human who was killed by Thanos when the Mad Titan came to Earth. Drax was raised from the dead by the father of Thanos, Mentor, to combat his evil son.


Can you identify this Inhuman who's the brother of Black Bolt?

Black Bolt might be the brother of Maximus, but that doesn't mean the two Inhumans are on friendly terms. Instead, Maximus has spent most of his existence using his brilliant mind to try to capture the throne of Attilan from his brother.


Born in Russia during the Chernobyl tragedy, how well do you know this Marvel character?

Colossus, who has the ability to cover his body with a metallic metal, immigrated to the United States from Russia in his youth. When he arrived, Colossus joined Xavier's School for Gifted Youngers, later becoming a fulltime member of the X-Men.


Are you familiar with this character who's based on a god from Greek mythology?

Hercules stands above all the Olympians when it comes to pure strength, showing the ability to smash boulders into powder. However, he lost his strength along with his other powers after saving the world in the events of the "Chaos War."


Three different people have carried the name of this British superhero. Who is he?

The first person to don the superhero persona of Union Jack was James Montgomery Falsworth. He was recruited by the British army to serve in the role during WWI. Their hope was for Union Jack to strike fear in the hearts of their enemies.


Do you know this deadly assassin who is in love with Daredevil?

Jennifer Garner played the character of Elektra in the 2003 movie, "Daredevil," and got her own spin-off movie in 2005 titled "Elektra." Neither movie received much fanfare, and the character was eventually dropped from the big screen.


How familiar are you with this master martial artist?

Though it's not considered a superpower, Karnak has the ability to see the weakness in any obstacle around him. He then uses either his critical thinking skills or his mastery of martial arts to overcome that obstacle.


She is the secretary in Matt Murdock's law firm. Who is this?

Karen Page appeared as a cast member in the "Daredevil" series that ran on Netflix, where she was played by Deborah Ann Woll. The character was so well-liked, she was carried over to "The Punisher" and "The Defenders."


To get a break from the action, Spider-Man needed a love interest like which minor character depicted here?

Gwen Stacy is killed by accident by the man she loves, Peter Parker, when he tries to save her after she's thrown off a bridge by the Green Goblin. Parker, in his Spider-Man outfit, shoots out a web to catch her, but the whiplash snaps her neck.


Is this private investigator a character you're familiar with?

Misty Knight served her community as a police officer before an explosion tore off her arm. She was given a bionic arm as a replacement, though the accident forced her to leave the police department as she set about defending the people of New York City in her own way.


Are you familiar with this character who was turned into a cat by an ancient race of humanoids?

A lab assistant to Dr. Joanne Tumolo, Greer Nelson gained powers after taking part in an experiment that allowed a human to reach their full potential. However, the experiment was only the beginning for the heroine who would become Tigra, as she was later healed from radioactive poison by attaining a cat-soul.


A mutant whose abilities rely on sound vibrations, is this a character you're familiar with?

Born into a broken family, Alison Blaire had dreams of being a singer, but her father forced her to pursue a life of academics. Eventually, she abandoned her father's wishes and started a career as a singer known as Dazzler, and she used her ability to emit colors as part of her performance.


Few Marvel characters have spent as much time on both sides of the law as which one depicted here?

Before he became the Constrictor, Frank Payne was an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who had infiltrated the Chicago mob. However, he defected from the organization after he was forced to shoot members of a rival gang.


Do you recognize this lawyer who serves as a law partner of Matt Murdock?

In the series, "Daredevil" Foggy Nelson is played by Elden Henson. Throughout the series, Nelson serves not only as Matt Murdock's law partner but also as his best friend and eventual confidant to Murdock's alternate persona, Daredevil.


How well do you know this warrior who was once a combatant in the arenas of Mojo World?

After escaping from the arenas of Mojo World, Shatterstar went back in time to find the X-Men, who he hoped could help him defeat Mojo. However, he ran into Cable and the New Mutants instead, eventually joining them to form the X-Force after they promised to help him bring down his former captor.


What's the name of this character who made his first appearance in "Thor"?

After the death of his parents, Dwayne Taylor was trained by a former sergeant of the military named Chord, who helped him form his new identity as Night Thrasher. With the help of his parent's Taylor Foundation, Night Thrasher formed a superhero group known as the New Warriors.


A villain turned friend of Spider-Man, who is this minor character?

Puma gained his powers from a combination of mysticism and controlled breeding from the Indian tribe he was part of in New Mexico. The tribe's goal was to create the ultimate warrior to protect them against outside threats.


Select the name of this time traveling anti-hero who comes from a desolate future?

Played by Josh Brolin, Cable makes his first film appearance in "Deadpool 2." In the film, Cable travels back in time to assassinate Russell Collins, who killed Cable's family during the events of the future.


Is this Canadian warrior a character you're familiar with?

Aurora has a mental illness that provides her with two distinct personalities. The first personality is her non-heroic persona as Jeanne-Marie, while her other personality as Aurora is much more outgoing.


A mutant who doesn't fully understand her powers until they are released by Mesmero, is this a character you recognize?

Polaris is one of the mutants who loses her powers when the Scarlet Witch casts a reality-warping spell after going insane. Those powers are given back to her by Apocalypse when he names her one of his new Horsemen.


Name this character who is known for bringing down corrupt individuals within several organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D.?

After her work with S.H.I.E.L.D., Mockingbird investigated corruption in Cross Technological Enterprises. During the investigation, she discovered that the villain Crossfire was trying to brainwash mutants into killing one another, eventually stopping him with the help of Hawkeye.


Identify this character who was exposed to the Terrigen Mists when she was young?

Medusa serves as the queen of the Inhuman royal family alongside her husband, Black Bolt. She has a unique relationship with Black Bolt that started when Black Bolt was held in quarantine due to his power, which forces him to remain silent unless he wants to release a destructive shockwave.


This character gained her powers the same way as Peter Parker. Who is she?

Silk is a relatively new character in the Marvel Universe, first introduced in "The Amazing Spider-Man" during the relaunch in 2014. Her initial appearance in the first issue was only a cameo, but she made a full appearance in the fourth issue.


Name this character who comes from a family of mutants?

Part of a failed experiment as a child, Sam Guthrie didn't realize he had powers until he was trapped in a coal mine with another worker later in life. His latent powers helped the two of them escape and would eventually launch him in the direction of becoming the hero, Cannonball.


Who is this villain who controls an entire world through television?

Mojo comes from the race of people called Spineless Ones. These creatures have no spines, instead using exoskeletons and mechanical devices to move around. As television came to dominate culture and politics on his planet, Mojo gained power by taking control of the industry.


Renamed Penance during the "Civil War" storyline, are you familiar with the original name of this Marvel character?

Robbie Baldwin, who would eventually become Speedball, obtained his powers from an experiment gone wrong while he was interning at a research laboratory in Connecticut. The powers he gained allowed him to use a kinetic energy field and bounce around like a ball of kinetic energy.


Known across the Marvel Universe for his bowler hat, who is this Marvel character?

Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan was a WWII soldier known for his strength, eventually teaming up with Nick Fury as part of his Howling Commandos. Later, he followed Fury to S.H.I.E.L.D., where he was one of the top marksmen in the organization.


A priest turned assassin, can you name this lethal villain?

After gaining a cybernetic arm, Bushwacker took it upon himself to start a war with all mutants. He killed several of them before Wolverine took it upon himself to stop the murderous assassin, eventually defeating Bushwacker with the help of Daredevil.


Death isn't always the end, evident by which reanimated hero shown here?

Deathlok came into existence after Colonel Luther Manning was killed and reanimated in a post-apocalyptic world. After he realizes his situation, he starts fighting the various forces that are trying to take over the United States.


Using various codenames, like Meltdown, which minor character do you see here?

Tabitha Smith was one of the original members of X-Force when the first volume was released in 1991. As a member of X Force, she had to put aside many of her morals because her new superhero team wasn't afraid to use unconventional methods to get what they wanted.


First appearing in the "Daredevil" comic in 1989, how well do you know this minor antagonist?

Blackheart is the son of Mephisto, the Hell-lord, who was created from the energy obtained from centuries of murder in Christ's Crown. At first, he served his father, but later, after seeing humanity's free will, Blackheart launched a rebellion against Mephisto, who stripped his powers.


Few minor characters are as ferocious as which villain depicted here?

In his early life, Sabretooth lived in a small frontier community in Canada. It was in this community that he met Wolverine for the first time. Jealous of Wolverine's abilities, Sabretooth attacked and almost killed his girlfriend, Silver Fox, setting up a showdown between the two.


Do you know this Asgardian adventurer who was a member of the Warriors Three?

After Ragnarok was started by Thor, Volstagg perished during the event, but he didn't die. Instead, his soul was trapped in the body of a human, which Thor later located, freeing his friend and bringing him to the new Asgard in Oklahoma.


Sporting an outfit modeled from the Canadian flag, what's the name of this Marvel character?

Prior to taking on the persona of Guardian, James Hudson was an inventor who worked for the American-Canadian Petro-Chemical Company. While working for the company, he created an armored suit that he would eventually use when he became Guardian.


Identify this villain who was a successful financial investor?

Leland Owlsley received his name from his time as an investor on Wall Street, where he was known as "The Owl of Wall Street." However, he was eventually taken down by the IRS for tax evasion and fully turned to a life of crime.


Do you recognize this character who received his powers from Loki?

Carl "Crusher" Creel became the Absorbing Man after drinking a magical potion given to him by Loki while he was in prison. His abilities allow him to absorb the properties of anything he touches, which doesn't always work out in his favor.


Can you identify this minor villain who has been a thorn in the side of the Fantastic Four?

Using radioactive clay, the Puppet Master controls people by turning the clay into the person he wants to control. He has tried several times to take out the Fantastic Four with this ability, but the four heroes have always prevailed.


Are you familiar with this character who was once a villain with the Hellions before becoming a member of the X-Force?

Warpath is the brother of Thunderbird, who was killed during one of his first missions with the X-Men. Rather than allow his brother a normal funeral, he stole Thunderbird's body and buried him according to Apache tradition, as both brothers are decedents of the tribe.


A superhero born on Titan, you might recognize which minor character shown here as the brother of Thanos?

When Starfox was first born as Eros, he had the unique ability to excite pleasure in those around him, which caused everyone to like him. The one person his ability did not work on was Thanos, who would later turn against his family and destroy their home planet.


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