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Comic Book Question of the Week RESULTS: Favorite Captain America Villain

Over the years, Steve Rogers has hit countless people with his durable shield. But which one of those punching bags did the Comic Vine crowd vote as their favorite villain? Come see who won and why!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just three weeks away and you can bet we're counting down every second until we get to purchase a ticket. To boost the hype even more, there's been nothing but positive buzz from early screenings and it's of course inspired by Ed Brubaker's exceptional story arc. This week, we wanted to celebrate the upcoming movie and asked the Comic Vine crowd to think about who their favorite Captain America foe is. So, who'd the Comic Vine community pick as their favorite Steve Rogers villain? Well, they went with the obvious answer: Batroc the Red Skull!

Long story short, Red Skull is the polar opposite of Captain America. While Cap stands for doing what's morally right and fighting for freedom, Johann Schmidt is disputably one of the most evil men in the Marvel Universe and wants to oppress -- or even destroy -- those who don't follow him. There's obviously quite a few stories where Red Skull makes a power play and squares off with the super-soldier, but if you want to see where it all began for the bad guy, we recommend checking out Greg Pak and Mirko Colak's limited series, RED SKULL: INCARNATE. And based on the way Captain America: The First Avenger ended, I wouldn't be too surprised if we saw the evil dude appear down the road in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

During the two day voting period, dozens of people shared their thoughts on why a certain character earned their top spot. However, Comic Viner DCWarFan73 concisely explains why Johann Schmidt deserved to be the poll's winner.

"I would say Red Skull is the best adversary of Cap. He is the embodiment of pure evil and is unrelenting in his attempt to destroy Cap and all he holds dear."

The Red Skull took a fair majority over the competition, but a few individuals didn't trail too far behind him. Check out the complete poll results below.

Did the Red Skull earn your vote or did another terrible person receive your love? Also, if you did vote for the Red Skull, feel free to share your favorite image or cover of the character. Don't be shy, join the discussion below.

Do you enjoy voting in a new question every week? Well, feel free to suggest a question for the segment below or send it via twitter. Seriously, it may be used one day! Anyway, be sure to check the homepage next Tuesday for an all-new question.

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Posted by Overlander

I can understand why people chose the Red Skull, but he wasn't my pick.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I started out thinking Red Skull but after reading all the comments I changed my mind to Zemo

Edited by SoA

how is it i voted grand director and i see 0% by his name? did i fall in the vast minority by vote didn't count?

Posted by Rev_Sulphur

Had to be Red Skull who better for Captain America to battle with but a nazi.

Posted by ReDKiNG

@soa: the numbers add up to 98 so most likely 0% is actually 0.##%

Posted by k4tzm4n

I can understand why people chose the Red Skull, but he wasn't my pick.

Well, who did you pick?

@soa said:

how is it i voted grand director and i see 0% by his name? did i fall in the vast minority by vote didn't count?

The character didn't receive enough votes for it to warrant a complete 1%. It's probably 0.something %.

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Posted by manwithoutshame

Can't believe Zola only got 2%, I've always thought his design was amazing, and his stereotypical "bad guy" voice has always entertained.

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Edited by longbowhunter

I figured Red Skull would take the title. I voted Crossbones. Guess I always like to back a lackey.

Posted by cmaprice

@soa said:

how is it i voted grand director and i see 0% by his name? did i fall in the vast minority by vote didn't count?

The numbers only come up to 97%. If less than 1% of people voted for a given character, it's listed as 0%. They only worked with full integers in displaying the results. So, yes. Grand Director got somewhere between 0 and 1 percent of the vote.

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Posted by fil123

100 bucks says hes im winter solider

Posted by Mucklefluga

I voted WS because developing Bucky that way was genius, he was a fantastic for for Cap.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I voted WS because the way bucky was developed was genius, he became a great for for Cap.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

He'll be back. It's so obvious he's not dead.

Edited by MaccyD

Bah! Forgot to vote for Zola, not that it would have done much :(

Posted by Cap10nate

I voted for Zemo. I really liked the character in Brubaker's, but mostly in his Masters of Evil and Thunderbolts appearances.

Posted by AustinCY

Red Skull is the obvious choice and of course he deserves the #1 spot. But I'm absolutely excited for Crossbones and Batroc The Leaper to appear in the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie. If they had Taskmaster in that movie, that would be incredible!

Posted by Erik

I am honestly surprised with the results. Red Skull may be the most well known, but how many people actually think of him as their favorite villain? Personally, I think Crossbones got shafted.

Edited by MaryRFava

ZEEJOB.ℭom

Edited by MisterNefarious

Cap actually has better villains than I think people give him credit for, so there's any number that could have won...

But let's be honest, this is like asking "who's the best Batman villain?" and expecting the Joker to not win.

Posted by mak13131313

Red Skull got my vote.

Posted by FearTheLiving

Red Skull, I mean when I think Cap he's the first villain to come to mind.

Posted by Erik

Red Skull, I mean when I think Cap he's the first villain to come to mind.

Why? He's as inept as classic Megatron or classic Cobra Commander. If he had a mustache, he would twist it when thinking up his overly-complex plans.

Edited by FearTheLiving

@erik: I never said he was the strongest or most capable I said he's the first to come to mind, like the ones you mentioned when you think of one you can't help but think of the other. Also to be clear I'm not saying he's my favorite either, I don't really have a favorite.

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Posted by flashburst

Baron zemo is the first villain that comes to MY mind when i think of the cap

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Batroc was cheated! Incarnate sounds cool though.

Posted by Teerack

Zemo>Skull

Posted by gunmetalgrey

Seriously? How did Batroc lose to Hitler?

It's a conspiracy!

Posted by ComicStooge

I patiently await the day the Question "Who's your favourite Robin?" is asked.

Edited by k4tzm4n

I patiently await the day the Question "Who's your favourite Robin?" is asked.

I could have sworn we did that... or maybe it was who should be Robin after Damian died... hmmm.

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Posted by ComicStooge

@k4tzm4n said:

@comicstooge said:

I patiently await the day the Question "Who's your favourite Robin?" is asked.

I could have sworn we did that... or maybe it was who should be Robin after Damian died... hmmm.

It was "Who should be Robin after Damian?" not "Who's the greatest Robin of all time?".

The question of the best Robin is as definitive and divisive as Batman vs Captain America, so I thought it might be an interesting (if not exactly original) suggestion.

Food for thought.

Edited by vandinejd_1991

I am so glad the Red Skull won. He is not only my favorite Captain America villain, but he is my favorite villain of all time for some weird reason I can't really describe. I hope that not only does he return for Captain America 3, but that he teams up with Baron Zemo and Baron Strucker as well. That would be a true Axis of Evil.