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In Chris's room in Family Guy we see some posters of superheroes. I could identify one of them as Triton from Marvel comics

green Triton

But I'm not able to recognize the three other characters (marked in red boxes in images below)

three unknown Characters

Are these actual fictional characters that appear somewhere? If yes, who are they?


Some closer-up pictures:

Poster #1:
Poster #1

Poster #2:
Poster #2

Poster #3:
Poster #3

Bonus, Triton poster:
Triton poster

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The creators of Family Guy probably didn't invest too much money and effort into small pieces of background props like these. Therefore, I'd assume that they didn't use any actual characters, for which they would have needed to pay licensing fees, negotiate how the characters may and may be not be used and so forth.

I'd assume they rather drew up some "superhero-y" figures who have the typical attributes many "real" superheros have. The first one seems to pick up the "bird prototype" like for example Hawk Man or the Winged Bird-Men from Flash Gordon.

The second one goes for the "animalistic/force of nature plus muscles, and more muscles" variant, like Beast (especially how he looked in the 90s), Hulk or Thing. The third one is probably a Silver Surfer with a different color scheme. The one you connected to Triton might also have a bit of Swamp Thing in its line of ancestors.

So, they're probably no actual characters, but generic figures that transport the idea "Chris is into superheroes".

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1) Follows the general appearance of a sea creature that appears in various media. I'm not aware if that is a specific character. e.g. Creature from the Black Lagoon, Scooby Doo - Sea Demon

Sea Demon

2) Could be a Birdman costume variant. Although there are other similar heroes like Hawkman, as commented by Valorum.

Birdman

3) Appears to be Beast, from the X-men. Definitely not with the close up picture. Keeping for posterity. Beast

4) Seems familiar, but I can't place them.

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    Uh, never noticed that Beast and Machoke had the same outline: purple-blue, all muscle, black briefs and gold belt. In hindsight I guess it's tropey though – Jenayah Aug 10 at 15:02
  • @Jenayah Indeed. My first gut reaction was actually Panthro from Thundercats, who also looks similar. – M_the_C Aug 10 at 15:08
  • 4) Looks very much like Space Ghost riding a surfboard SilverSurfer style. – Bjorn Eriksson Aug 10 at 15:33
  • Either Beast or a blue Hulk, yes. – Mast Aug 11 at 12:48
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Partial answer: the second one certainly looks like the Pokémon Machoke. Bulky, purple skin, black underwear with golden belt.

Machoke

  • Is it underwear if it's worn that way? – Peter M Aug 11 at 22:47
  • @PeterM that's the underwear paradox: you never know what color it is until it's not "under"wear anymore. – Jenayah Aug 11 at 22:51
  • But has Machoke ever been seen wearing pants or a dress or anything?!?!?! – Peter M Aug 11 at 22:53
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    @PeterM so I googled "Machoke pants" and found out that... My premise is flawed. Machoke doesn't wear underwear/pants, those are skin color patterns. No, really, it's official. You learn something new everyday... – Jenayah Aug 11 at 23:01
  • LOL which also makes my question flawed! – Peter M Aug 11 at 23:24

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