By GraniteSoldier 9 Comments
It's that time. That bored, nothing really happening on the Vine so I'll make a stupid list to pass the time. Previously, for those that read it, remember, or care (or all of the above?) I made a list of my top ten favorite comic book heroes. Well, I decided to do the flip of the coin and do my top ten favorite villains.
Just like last time, this is villains strictly from comics. No manga or comic based games or TV shows.
On with the show!
10. Dr. Doom
The good doctor (or bad I guess) is awesome to me for very different reasons than to most people I'd guess. Some people might like his great genius, or his magical prowess, the awesome way he talks; it could be any number of things. For me, it's because he embodies a saying personally love to tell people: "you can be cocky if you can back it up". And Doom does. He's been a thorn in the side of the Fantastic Four, but I guess he got bored with them and has moved on to bigger and better. The leader of Latervia has been a threat to the Avengers, and even a bit of an anti-hero at times to those who would threaten his kingdom or even the Earth in general. Quite simply: he's a badass.
The Mad Titan is a threat to everyone and everything in Marvel. His favorite whipping planet always seems to be Earth, however (don't we beat ourselves up enough? we need narcissistic aliens to do it too?). His frequent punching bags are the Avengers, and he has been their greatest threat for decades. Although he seemed to be quiet for awhile, the events of Infinity have thrust Thanos into the forefront of Marvel once more, and once again his actions have started to re-shape Marvel Earth. Personally, I typically don't find much interest in heroes and villains of his level of power, but Thanos is just such an engaging villain he had to earn a spot on this list.
Bane burst onto the scene doing the impossible: he broke the Batman. Knightfall was one of the earliest collections of comics I consistently followed in order (hey, when you're a kid you don't really have much money to buy new books all the time!) and to this day it is still one of my favorite Batman story arcs. Looking back, it may have been obvious that Bruce Wayne would return as Batman but at the time I truly believed he was done. Bane had won, succeeded where so many others failed. Unfortunately, since Knightfall Bane has had ups and downs. Sometimes he appears to be a legitimate threat to the Bat, a martial mind and body equal to Bruce's own. Others, he's been a borderline jobber who is just muscle for hire. I've always respected Bane for his keen mind and great patience; a hunter willing to draw out a conflict to gain the upper hand. He's been treated fairly well in the New 52 so far, and I'm hoping he only gets better.
7. Lex Luthor
It's odd to have a Superman-centric villain on the list, when I am not even a fan of Superman. However, Lex is just too awesome not to make this list. A genius (I'm sensing a pattern) with vast wealth and resources (evil Batman perhaps?) Lex Luthor is a megalomaniac who knows how to use both force and manipulation to get to where he needs to be and to get to who he needs to get to. The only reason he really despises Superman so much is because Superman's heroic deeds blind the people of Earth from seeing who the true greatest man on Earth is: Lex Luthor (who did you expect?)! Before the New 52 reboot, he even became President of the United States! In the New 52, he's been able to build battlesuits to square off against Superman, and is currently leading the resistance against the Crime Syndicate in the Forever Evil storyline. By all accounts, it seems he will be joining the Justice League as a member, but one can't help but wonder what Lex's true intentions are. He always has something up his sleeve...
The Clown Prince of Crime and Batman's greatest nemesis is a deranged, evil, manipulative, merciless, psychotic killer and complete headcase. Despite all that, he somehow remains one of comics most charismatic and beloved villains. No one really knows who he was before he put on the clown makeup (although there are stories that theorize it) or why he does the things he does (besides being crazy) but we do know his favorite pastime is putting Batman through the emotional ringer. No one has pushed Batman to the limits of his morality more than the Joker and he has been the Bat's antagonist in some of the greatest Batman stories ever written.
I've heard some call The Riddler, aka Edward Nygma, to be simply a second-rate Riddler. Personally, I couldn't agree less. As stated already, Joker challenges Batman emotionally and morally. Nygma doesn't deal with emotions. He prefers mental prowess; cold, hard logic. Edward Nygma is a genius who loves wordplay, every sentence and word he speaks seemingly has a double meaning. His goal is simple: to prove to Batman that his intellect is paltry compared to The Riddler's own and that the people of Gotham will pay for Batman's arrogance in believe himself to be the "World's Greatest Detective". He may not have the renown and popularity of The Joker, but I prefer him personally.
Deathstroke is like an evil Captain America. He was a US Army soldier who volunteered to be a part of a secret "super soldier" project. It succeeded, boosting not only all of Slade's physical attributes but his mental ones as well. It also made him highly aggressive. Slade is a master of guerrilla warfare (I'm a fan of it myself) and a tactical genius. Using his military and martial training, Slade Wilson donned the guise of Deathstroke and filled the void only combat could by becoming the world's greatest mercenary. He's cold and calculating, nearly devoid of emotion. There's no job he won't take, and once he accepts a contract there's no lengths he won't go to complete it. Deathstroke's tactical and guerrilla capabilities are so great he has been a threat to the Justice League and Teen Titans, and his martial prowess is near that of Batman's. The most interesting part of Slade, however, is the question I see in him that others may not: what becomes of a man who dedicated his life to battle, when there are no more battles to be fought? I've asked myself this very question, and promise myself I won't become one of those real-life Deathstroke's who take what they've learned and use it for profit.
Those who know me have probably been wondering "for such a big Spider-Man fan, where are all the Spidey villains"? Well, here you go, so shut it! Dr. Curt Connors only wanted to help the world by using the power of reptilian DNA to help amputees to regain their lost limbs, making them whole once again. When he finally believed he achieved his scientific breakthrough he tested it upon himself. He succeeded in regrowing his lost arm, but didn't expect the side effect of being transformed into a primal, humanoid Lizard. The Lizard has always been one of Spider-Man's greatest foes, being physically superior to him in every way, and Curt Connors being a friend of Peter Parker. Recently, Spider-Man attempted a cure on the Lizard, to cure Connors of this affliction. Spidey believed it failed, but he was only partially correct. Although Connors still has the body of the Lizard, he has regained his mind and consciousness. Personally, I am very interested and hopeful that Marvel will move forward to this. Perhaps a new hero in the making?
Eddie Brock was a lot like Peter Parker. A bright young mind working to make ends meet as a freelance photographer. However, Eddie's reputation and future were (according to him) ruined when Spider-Man uncovered the true identity of the Sin Eater, and that Brock had falsely reported his identity. Eddie swore he'd get revenge, but didn't know how. That is, until he bonded with the alien symbiote Spider-Man rejected. The suit copied all of Peter's powers, granting them to Eddie. Thus, Venom was born. Venom is the anti-Spider-Man. He is everything Peter could have been had he not taken to heart Uncle Ben's teaching of "great power comes great responsibility". Venom is psychologically unbalanced, and while he hates Spider-Man he actually perceives himself as the hero and Spidey as the villain. He tormented Peter by stalking him and even kidnapping members of his family. Eventually, Peter and Eddie would could to a mutual agreement and Eddie would leave New York for the west coast. He would don the guise of the "Lethal Protector", still viewing himself as the hero, but his brutal and deadly form of justice would keep him on the wrong side of the law. These days, Eddie parades around as Toxin, bonded to the grandson symbiote of Venom, but his best work has always been as the antithesis to Spider-Man.
1. Green Goblin
Spider-Man has had so many great villains, it was so hard to maximize it to three for this list. It was even harder to decide who gets the #1 spot. I was very tempted to put Venom here, but in the end I had to go with Green Goblin. Norman Osborne was one of Spider-Man's first rogues, and has arguably been his greatest nemesis. Physically enhanced with a super serum (again, like Captain America) and possessing a genius intellect, Norman Osborne could have done some good in the world. If only he wasn't completely insane. Still, his insanity doesn't get in the way of him using that vast intellect and using it to torment Spider-Man. Norman Osborne may be most famous as a Spidey rogue, but like Dr. Doom he had grown to be an Avengers level threat. Still, his best work was as Spider-Man's greatest nemesis. He is responsible for one of Peter's earliest and most tragic experiences as Spider-Man: the death of Gwen Stacey, and is constantly unpredictable even to the brilliant wall-crawler. Norman has been bed-ridden with a coma for some time now, but has seemingly made a recovery and is bound for a collision course with the new "Superior" Spider-Man. At least, we currently suspect it is Norman. Only time will tell...
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