Lesser-Known Superhero Mottos
One of the more baffling ideas in “The Cape” – the one that makes everyone assume the creators have probably not read a comic ever – is that the hero of the fictional comic has a motto: “One man, one fight, one right.”Which doesn’t actually mean anything, but…hey, “The Cape,” everybody.
I sat on the couch racking my brains trying to think of other heroes who had a well-known motto, let alone a catchphrase encapsulating their views (even as obtusely as The Cape’s). But while it’s not exactly a staple of superhero comics, it’s actually more common than I’d initially thought.
Superman’s got “Fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way.” And I suppose you could make a case for Batman’s “Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot.”
The DC trinity motto is unfortunately rounded out by Wonder Woman’s battle cry…
…“Hey buddy, eyes up here.”
Green Lantern has a great big wordy (“In brightest day, in blackest night” and so on) oath, though I’m pretty certain that now that Braak and I have said it multiple times, GL’s current motto is, “If I was at a restaurant and a waiter brought me a plate of fear, I’d say, ‘No thank you,’ and send it back.”
Spider-Man’s got the most clear-cut motto – “With great power comes great responsibility” – which he’s actually said to people! So he’s covered.
Captain America seems like he should have an oath – but the Pledge of Allegiance is both too long, and strangely hard to remember once you’re an adult (it always turns into the lord’s prayer midway through when I think of it). On the other hand, the more succinct “America: Fuck Yeah” isn’t really Cap’s style, since he doesn’t want to hear that sailor speak coming out of your mouth, son. There are ladies present!
After that, it gets a bit more murky.
Thanks to the 60’s theme song, Iron Man has a pretty awesome motto, but not necessarily one that others will be able to relate to. Still, “Tony Stark! Makes you feel! He’s a cool exec with a heart of steel!” might be something to aspire to, I guess?
Aquaman’s motto: “Quit making fun of me. Seriously. I’m king of the damn seas, what have YOU done lately?”
I think we can all get behind that one.