The nearly-omniscient Old One is a good Lovecraftian addition to the wider Marvel Universe. His ability to manipulate magic on a planetary scale would be enough to make him formidable but his telepathy is what makes him nearly invincible.
Among the best depictions of a mentat in a non-Dune setting.
I think her verbal sparring with Annika makes for great comedy.
Scrooge is my favorite Disney character because of his high intelligence, adaptability to situations and learning skills allowing him to eventually beat opponents at their own game. Add a complex backstory and involved relationships with multiple characters and there is enough material for limitless stories there.
Montgomery has enough wit and skills to stay ahead of the business game for quite a long time, combined with a wicked sense of humor. He is excellent.
Lisa seems to be a rare brilliant mind in a frustratingly ignorant world. I think the Simpsons work best as a tragicomedy seen through her eyes.
I didn't care much for Pinky but Brain is always reliable to find the most over-the-top ways to reach power and have the most frustrating defeats imaginable. The guy is the true comedian of the duo.
A charming appearance and amorous passion brought down by his blindness to his one flaw, his smell. Pepe is the Looney Tune you could best sympathize with.
The main romantic lead in Pepe's films, Penelope has rarely returned his passion. But when she does, see sparks fly.
Flintheart shares most of Scrooge's strengths as a character while maintaining no emotional attachments. He is quite a good reflection of what Scrooge could be if he had no family to interact with.
Has survived thousands of years even if her original body died long. She has faced Elder Gods, sorcerers, heroes and given them a good fight. I think she is easily among the best of the Marvel magical characters.
Through the years she has developed from the mere stereotype of a femme fatale to one of the most reliably competent fighters of the mainstream Marvel Earth. I thing the idea of a nearly immortal secret agent has found its best example with her.
My favorite enemy of Scrooge McDuck because she keeps improving and forces him to improve and adapt as well. Also the enemy whose personality is best explored. She has gained her own supporting cast over the years.
I have long thought the elementalist to be easily among the most powerful Avengers and tend to enjoy seeing her in action more than the likes of Captain America and Luke Cage.
The teenaged Avenger was a pretty good addition to the cast of Avengers. Her emotional development and search for her own identity gave us some good stories. Wish there were more coming. I hated her meaningless death.
I mostly enjoyed her depiction in Daredevil. Not only a martial artist but an actual artist. All the abilities of Taskmaster and some much-needed creativity as well. I think her depiction in New Avengers misses part of her charm.
Emma's relations with her students have been the basis of good storylines for over two decades now. Villain or hero, I like the idea of a teacher truly dedicated to the task. Her intellect also really suits her to positions of authority.
From her first mini-series when she granted a humiliating defeat to her own mentor Emma Frost, I thought Angelica could easily develop to a formidable character. Her control of her powers was easily better than most depictions of either Human Torch. I still think she has untapped potential.
The most human of the Avengers. He has all the powers and the intellect but self-doubt is always gnawing at the mind of this genius. He is easily the one Avenger whose worst enemy is himself. When written right this guy is a great combination of powerhouse with recognizable human frailties.
Martial arts able to get her through most battles with minimal wounds, largely unexplored mental powers, resistance to magical attacks and a sharp wit. I am surprised that Patsy is often dismissed as a comic relief. I think there is more to her than meets the eye.
For decades Marvel has treated this guy as a loudmouth with drinking problems. I am glad than in recent years they have taken the time to explore the tragedies of his past and what makes him tick in the present. Behind the face of the jesting adventurer lies a grizzled soldier who has seen too many wars.
Her powers are based on sheer force of will and her own creativity allows for their best adaptation to any situation. She is arguably the most formidable member of the Fantastic Four. How many opponents can fight while unable to breathe?
The technomage of the Avengers could probably work out solutions for any situation when given a moment to think about. His intellect has few rivals. Meanwhile his less than charming personality time and again alienates friends, lovers and business associates. Ever noticed how many of his enemies are disgruntled former employees? I think it makes an interesting situation when Tony Stark and his behavior become the main weaknesses for the knight-in-shinging-armor.
Effectively a younger version of Nick Fury, Maria has all the intellect and the skills to lead but little of the experience and the connections. Her reaction to each new world-threatening crisis makes for some great reading.
Finally a superhero who relies less on her actual powers and more on her intellect and deductive skills. Jessica is quite a change from all the heroes who rush in battle head first.
The lady robot has the same intellect and much of the personality of the Wasp but little of her apparent popularity. Her peers tend to keep her at a distance even when she reaches for their support. If there was one Avenger who exemplified the less pleasant sides of the group, Jocasta was it. On the other hand she was a dedicated trooper of an Avenger, placing herself at the most difficult situations. I always thought her durable body and technological resources should make her as formidable a fighter as Ulthon himself/herself.
Constantly self-evolving, relentless and manipulative, Ultron tends to find himself/herself topping most lists of favorite Avengers' villains. I guess it helps that Pym Junior is a one-robot-army at his best moments. Yet the supposedly unemotional machine has created companion after companion to serve as his family. I guess Ultron is more human than he/she would like to admit.
The intellect of Mockingbird, most of Ultron's powers and a greater capacity for patient and subtle planning than her consort ever achieved. War Toy is an extremely tough lady to keep down. I thing she is overdue for a return performance.
Possibly the best legacy Chuck Austen left to the Avengers, Captain Britain had all the makings of an Avengers mainstay. Her potential has mostly been wasted but I still thing the warrior who chose the sword over the amulance makes for good reading.
Whitney is among the few Iron Man villains who can rival his intellect and organizational skills. Not surprising he wants to bed her. I think she is a woefully underused Marvel powerhouse.
The nihilist with the tormented past and the constant struggle for a future. A little girl who survived a massacre and lived to take over the command of formidable organizations. I always thought she was a better villain than the Red Skull ever could be. She has the skills to face the best in combat and endure while her scheming mind remains one step ahead. Her often conflicting motivations are often more complex and therefore more interesting that those of most of her allies and opponents. With Viper the battle is never over.
Magdalene is easily among the strongest female Avengers ever introduced and her identity as a warrior seems more firmly established than quite a few other characters introduced in the 1990s. I would really like to see her being able to demonstrate her skills on a regular basis.
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