The Ten Biggest Liars In Comics

By Melissa Molina in Comics, Daily Lists
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

5. PJ Maybe (2000 AD)

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The character PJ Maybe has been a person who's been deceiving anybody who's crossed his path since his childhood. He's murdered many, therefore being one of the few unlucky people to be on Judge Dredd's really bad side (as opposed to the moderately bad side that everybody else in the world is on). But being on the wrong side of the law doesn't stop PJ Maybe from assuming other people's identities as he lies and kills his way into some form of sanctuary from the many crimes he's committed over the years.

One of his largest dishonest moments happened when he not only pretended to be Pedro Julio Montez, but faked his own death and did that in order to do a wave of revenge killings. For a while, Dredd and company had a hard time pinning down PJ Maybe as he took over the identities of a couple more people in order to avoid jail time, a scheme which included switching out real and artificial hearts. That's got to hurt.

4. Mastermind (X-Men)

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Why don't we go ahead and give Mastermind a crown for being one of the best deceivers in comics? Because he totally is, thanks to his mutant ability to create telepathic illusions. His biggest moment happened when he mentally warped Jean Grey's mind, putting her under the illusion that she was in the Victorian ages. Not only did she believe she was married to Mastermind, but she was also manipulated into battling against the X-Men. When Jean finally discovered that she had been under Mastermind's illusion the whole time, she mentally destroyed him. The moral of this story is to never dupe a telepath, especially when she's possessed by the Phoenix Force.

3. Ava Lord (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)

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Don't believe a single thing this lady says, especially if you're a colossal sucker for femme fatales like poor Dwight McCarthy. Ava is one of the biggest fibbers in all of Basin City, as she uses her rocking body and cunning mind in order to climb to the top of the corrupt town. She's such a smart little liar that she can make any man do her bidding. Dwight unfortunately caves in and kills her husband, not finding out until later that Ava made him do that so she could gain more power over the city.

Ava. Damn.

2. Light Yagami/Kira (Death Note)

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If you've read Tsugumi Ohba's manga Death Note, then you would know to never mess with Light Yagami if he existed in the real world. The highly intelligent student not only excels at every subject taught to him in school, but also in killing many under the pseudonym Kira. When he's not claiming his next victim through the use of the Death Note, he's deceiving many by constantly lying about his knowledge of Kira in order to avoid the punishment for his numerous crimes.

Light's greatest accomplishment through the art of deception had to be the carefully conceived string of lies he used in order to keep the genius police detective L from gaining evidence to put him away forever. Not only does Light/Kira crush most of the Japanese police force but single-handedly finishes L. While the conclusion of the series shows that manipulation does not always prevail, Light is still one of the most cunning little liars out there.

1. Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias (Watchmen)

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Being the smartest man on the planet means you could lie your way through basically anything. In this case, Adrian Veidt decided to put on a humanitarian public persona in order to work on his twisted plot to slaughter millions in order to bring the world together. Like a beauty pageant contestant who wants world peace, he found what was definitely the most sinister way to achieve that. His plan came to fruition and the world was brought to its knees, forced to unite in order to save themselves from an unknown threat that Veidt created himself. Okay, so sometimes deception does conquer all, but we don't encourage you to do the same. Say no to killing millions in order to obtain peace.

Honorable Mention: Aristides Silk (Tintin)

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Now, Aristides Silk isn't necessarily as bad as some of the villains put on this list, but what he does isn't good either. He's a notorious pickpocket thief, but denies up and down that what he's doing is stealing from others. While this offense isn't as serious as the lies that some super villains have spread over time, Silk shouldn't be fibbing about this. Stop being a kleptomaniac and return those wallets already, you silly man.


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