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Which Food Allergy Villain is your NEMESIS?
Lex was popular as a youngster, and quickly gathered other children around him. Unfortunately, as he grew older, his desire to be surrounded by friends changed into a desire to be surrounded by people who worshiped him. His lust for power didn’t stop at his peers, and soon he was hoarding money as well.
Lex became quite successful and popular, but he was disturbed by the fact that he was not loved by everyone. Then one day he discovered that a whole subset of the population was allergic to him. The discovery that he would never be liked by everyone sent him over the edge (he was a little nutty anyway.) He closed his businesses and turned to a life of crime, figuring that with all the peanut allergies, few would dare approach to stop him.
To this day, Lex is an illegal business overlord. He’s quirky and a bit of a germophobe, as evidenced by the black gloves that he refuses to take off.
Nutzilla was created when a radioactive explosion caught a poor, helpless lizard in the middle of a nut farm. The resulting DNA-scrambling mutation grew at immense speed until she reached a height of 35 feet tall.
Nutzilla is still an animal, so her main goals are to survive. She primarily eats nuts, though she will settle for animals when nuts aren’t in season. She prefers to shelter underneath walnut or pecan trees when the weather gets bad. She generally remains in the country except when conditions force her to search for food elsewhere.
Already a menace due to her large size and ability to eat people in a single bite, Nutzilla is particularly dangerous to those with nut allergies because her scales are made of tree nuts. And because she scatters nut residue over an area the size of a football field when feeding.
The Milkotaur took up residence in the legen-dairy labyrinth after Theseus killed the famed Minotaur. For thousands of years, he demanded sacrifices of goat milk and goat cheese, which changed into cow milk and cheese as dairy farming evolved. But as time passed and legends died out, his sacrifices were forgotten. Enraged, the Milkotaur finally emerged from the labyrinth (it took him a while to find his way out) and he has been haunting the human race ever since.
Professor Egg-stein was the result of an unfortunate accident involving his mother, his father, and a crowded henhouse. While otherwise a human, Egg-stein’s head is genuinely an egg, and by sacrificing a little brain fluid, he has been known to threaten people with egg allergies.
The term “egg head” has been widely used as an insult against smart people, usually used by those who don’t study against the person who wrecks the grade curve. Few people know that this term originated with Egg-stein. While growing up, Egg-stein was teased relentlessly, not only for looking different but also for being smarter than everybody else.
Feeling that he would never fit in, Egg-stein became a criminal mastermind, and is widely believed to be the smartest criminal in the world.
The Celihawk is a genetic mutation, the unfortunate result of birds of prey feeding on rodents fattened with GMO crops. Celihawks are still birds of prey, but they contain gluten in their DNA. Another mutation is that the Celihawk’s eyes tend to be bigger than its stomach, so it is known to attack rodents and large mammals alike. One Celihawk isn’t too big of a threat, but when a cast of them (that means a group of hawks) arrives, it’s best to take cover.
Celihawks have a fear of jelly, Sunbutter, honey, and many other substances commonly spread on bread, so if caught in the open and facing a cast, grabbing one of these foods and preparing to turn the predator into prey is your best defense.
CLAWS started out life as an ordinary crab in the Bering Sea, until an encounter with a fishing boat changed her life. She lost her left claw in a narrow escape, and the experience made her into an enemy of humankind. She studied people, studied our ships, and learned how to escape us dozens of times over.
Time passed, and despite her disability she never succumbed to a crab pot or a predator. Living such a long life caused her to grow to an unnatural size, and she’s still growing. CLAWS learned from our technology, and made herself a replacement claw from scrap metal in sunken ships.
Crews on the fishing boats began telling stories about her, and when these legends reached her ears, she decided it was time to venture into the land of men. She is the worst enemy of those with shellfish allergies. If you chase her with a vat of melted butter, she may retreat, but whatever you do, you need to stay out of range of those sharp claws!
Medusoy is the fabled Medusa’s lesser-known little sister. One look at her can’t turn you into stone, but she has been known to paralyze soy-allergic victims with fear.
Medusoy has a severe case of stage fright, which has kept her out of the spotlight for centuries. However, the recent increase in soy allergies got her thinking that she could claim some of the glory usually attributed to her sister. However, Medusoy is too timid for a direct attack, preferring to lurk in unsuspecting corners in order to catch people by surprise.
Fishazoid doesn’t know where his power came from. All he knows is that first he was content to swim with the school, but there was something fishy about that patch of murky water he swam through one day, and the ocean just didn’t seem big enough anymore.
The world above the water seemed ripe for the taking, so Fishazoid used his newfound brainpower to construct a Mecha-suit out of parts scavenged from sunken boats and submarines.
The world of land had bigger fish to fry than he’d anticipated, but he still wanted it all. Right at this moment he is making plans for world domination, encouraged by the fact that people with fish allergies, in particular, are intimidated by him. But the Allergy Superheroes have no intention of letting this freaky fish harm anyone with a fish allergy. Or take over the world.
There was once a magician who also worked a side job as a cook. He wanted his magic to pay his bills but it didn’t, so he was angry a lot. One day he decided to put magic into a black top hat. He tried spell after spell, but all the magic went into the chef hat the magician wore at his restaurant job.
He wore this newly-magical hat to work, where he spent the evening fuming about all of the “special requests” from the diners. He didn’t really believe that simply touching one food to another would hurt a customer with food allergies, and he resented all the extra steps he had to take every time an “allergy order” came in. Chef Cross, the hat who had just been magicked to life, quickly shared the magician’s anger about food allergies and longed to cross contaminate a plate, just to see what would happen.
The next day, the magician threw Chef Cross away--but being alive he set off on his own. Chef Cross learned, as he searched for another home, that he had a psychic power over anyone whose head he sat upon; particularly over the foods they ate or touched.
The Allergy Superheroes are constantly working to educate other about the dangers of cross contact, in order to counteract the influence of Chef Cross and others who don’t understand the dangers of food allergies.