Draft for 2011 Comic Vine Top 100 Super-Villain List (with nomination reasons)
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This hugely popular Marvel Villain was the lead character for most of Volume 2 of the Ultraverse's Exiles.
Though de-powered a bit, It was nice to see him lead a team as a hero. Marvel would go on to publish a more well known third and fourth Volume.
Personally I (The Poet) would not have chosen this character, but I thought I should nominate some that Turoksonofstone would have nominated if he didn't disappear. We've seem several devils on this list, but we have not seen any female demons. Purgatori was at one point the misstress of Lucifer and she tormented Lady Death several times. Her greed and self service are always the basis of her character, which make her the perfect villain for the list.
If we are talking about super-villains, then we should also talk about the first supervillain! Ultra-Humanite first fought Superman in Action Comics #13 (thats exactly 10 issues BEFORE the red haired Lex Luthor came along). He has also fought in his long history the JSA, the JLA, the time masters and even recently Power Girl (among others). Lex Luthor might be the most popular of Superman's rogues, but it is Ultra-Humanite who takes the cake for villainy!
This is a personal favorite of mine (this is Poet, btw). If you know Star Trek, then you also know about Q. This character is just plane awsome! When the whole Star Trek series was rebooted in Star Trek Next Generation, the very first adversary Picard and the crew of the Enterpirse faced was the being called Q (who is part of the Q continueum). He is playful spirit and has tormented almost everyone one in the Star Trek Universe.
She is from an alternate dimension and her powers are similar to Captain Paragon; Super Strength, Flight, Speed, Invulnerability. She comes from a society where the women dominate society and is a dictator in her world, essentially ruling it. She desires to rule the Earth as well. Although Fem Force have trapped her before she will return again until she is able to conquer Fem Force and the Earth.
Civilian name Joan Wayne. She is the daughter of Ms. Victory and was temporarily the leader of Fem Force, replacing her mother. She interpreted her position as being manipulated into serving the Government and after the death of her son, Jason, she went insane with grief and power and has used her knowledge of the Fem Force team against them in various battles. She has Invulnerability, Super Strength, Speed, but can not fly. She is the second most powerful foe due to her powers as well as knowledge of Fem Force and the fact Fem Force are doing what they can to help her because she was a team member.
An alien team of sentient creatures whose existence is centered around a rigid Military caste system. They are not above using their own comrades as cannon fodder in order to defeat any and all enemies, and have knowledge of space travel and advanced weaponry. They are from the same dimension as Commando D, and are intent on destroying Commando D as well as his Earth friends, the Sentinels of Justice and Fem Force.
Possibly Nightveil's greatest enemy and is also a major threat to Fem Force. She is a ardent wielder of Black Magic and even Nightveil and her magic wielding contemporaries find it difficult to defeat her. Her major downfall is her own arrogance which often blinds her own efforts to defeat Fem Force and Nightveil but her goal is their eventual destruction.
Using subterfuge to disguise herself as a heroine from Denmark, Valkyra is actually a villain working for Lady Luger. She has been able to trave through time from the World War II era and has been a threat to Fem Force, using her Super Strength, Endurance and Invulnerability.
Having been a threat to Captain Paragon since World War II, the Black Shroud has been defeated by him several times through the course of time. However, as time has progressed, Black Shroud has grown in knowledge and power of Dark Sorcery and Magic and has many minions under his command. He was a major threat to Nightveil, her magic tutor Azagoth and several magic wielding heroes during the Shroud Wars many years later.
Civilian name Vanessa Cord. She has very potent mind control and is a power hungry villain. In her quest for more power she was able to construct a "Mento Helmet" amplifying her mind control abilities. She was also leader of a group of assassins known as The Valkyries. Despite having had a life of privilege and wealth, she is not satisfied with her life and yearns to control all who stand in her way, especially Fem Force.
Like Doom, he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals and will cross the very cosmos to do it to please his "love" Death.
Ever since Benjamin Franklin first experimented with electricity, humans have been using that energy for many great and terrible things. One of those terrible things was the flip of a switch which set off a chain reaction that even its creators, Doctor Frankenstein and Mary Shelly, could not foresee. In that motion, the heavens’ power was stolen to create one of the world’s most feared and iconic villains. In that motion, the “Modern Promethius” was born. There have been many forms of the creature, but none come close to the being first created in 1818. Through not gifted with the mind of a genius (it was actually “Abby-Normal”), this creature, with a bolt of lightening, has become a universal villain (and not just because of who distributed the Boris Karloff picture).
The idea of the fusion of man and wolf as a werewolf is not new. Men have turned into wolves in legends since the time of the ancient greeks. However, It was not until 1935 that the beings we know as werewolf appeared on the silver screen. In 1941, the most famous of all werewolfs appeared. Played by Lon Chaney, Jr., Larry Talbot is not nessarily evil. Not unlike Dr.Jekle within Mr. Hyde, Larry is not able to control what the beast does. The Larry part of the being is not evil, but the werewolf within him is, which is why he should be on this list. To quote the movie, "Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright."
In the 1920s, archaeology brought a new kind of monster into the hall of pop culture villain icons and that monster was the Mummy. Powered by rumored curses and the newly found completely intact remains of Tutankhamen, the Mummy sweept Hollyword and the world by storm. Although such creatures have evolved into creatures which are more comical than scarry, anyone must admit this creature (with the help of Monster movie master Boris Karloff) is a classic villain that deserves to be on this list.
The clear and sometimes mucky waters of the Amazon (or Wakulla Springs if you are a Floridian) hold many secrets. For example, they held a giant mammoth, but it is not a real thing which is the most important thing which surfaced in those waters. Ever since it first appeared in 1954, the Creature from the Black Lagoon has fascinated movie goers. This "Gill-man" is indeed an iconic character and really should be on this list!
Recently revived in Project Superpowers he is the Arch-enemy of Shock Gibson.
As children, how many of us enisioned we were invisible? Probably a lot of us did. Hawley Griffin continued that childhood fancy into adulthood when he developed a process to make a person invisible. However, there was a price to this achievement: he lost his sanity. Since H.G. Wells' 1897 novel by the same name, this villain has been adapted into several medias including a 1933 movie where he was played by Claude Rains. More recently, he was adapted for the comic series "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", where he betrayed all humanity for his own safety when the Martians (from another H.G. Wells novel) invaded.
Jack the Ripper is a real life serial killer who operated in London in 1888. He killed five women between late August and early November of that year. While his body count is relatively low, Jack the Ripper has made an indelible mark on pop culture, and is the definitive example of a serial killer in the minds of most people. He has appeared in numerous comics, most notably From Hell, many of which seek to uncover the identity of the Ripper. To this day, the true identity of the Ripper remains unknown, making his one of the greatest and most well-known unsolved cases in modern history.
Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, was a notorious pirate who sailed around Eastern America and the West Indies in the early 1700s. His reign as a pirate captain was fairly short and he was not particularly successful as a pirate, but his name has come to be synonymous in the minds of many with the concept of 18th century piracy. Like many historical rogues, his tale has been heavily romanticised in the centuries following his death.
Elektra is now depicted as a hero in the Marvel Universe, but she had a much darker past working for the the Hand and Kingpin after her resurrection. Nowhere was this more evident that in the Epic line where he work as a bloodthirsty assassin was portrayed in vivid detail
Dracula is the same character as from legend and fiction but was reinvented in the 1970s as the diabolical antagonist of the Tomb of Dracula series. Once this move to the no holds barred Epic line he became a little more fearsome than before
Saker is a resurrected wizard whose second chance at life revealed to him that he couldn't die. Using this and his magical knowledge he set out to rule the world with only the Elementals standing in his way.
Maxinor is an enemy of the Justice Machine and an interplanetary criminal and terrorist. He is an enemy of the state of Georwell though later he becomes allied with the Justice Machine
Lord High Papal is an enemy of the Vance Dreadstar and his crewmates. He is a tyrannical planetary dictator with no concern for his citizens
One of the villains with the longest publication history of any villain having first appeared in 1943, only trailing other such big names such as Lex Luthor and the Joker by three years. Throughout that time the character has undergone massive changes as have all characters from that era. Under the Perez reboot of Wonder Woman in the 1980s she finally achieved the status of main villain to Wonder Woman. She has been conflicted ever since over her role as a villain but still has criminal tendencies.
Another representation of the king of the underworld and lord of darkness, Marvel mixes up it diabolic creatures so that there are many instead of one. Mephisto has been responsible for great evil over the ages, and created his son Blackheart to further the spread of darkness on Earth.
Coming from a different era when comics were mostly read by a different demographic, she was nonetheless representative of the trend at the time at DC for female villains to be at least partially motivated by love (for instance also Catwoman or Golden Glider.) The inner turmoil of the character, in love with Hal Jordan when not possessed and even more so under the control of the Star Sapphire was a constant for her character. In the modern age she has been portrayed less as a lovestruck individual and more as a strong female character role, even to the point where she controls the Star Sapphire now and not vice versa. She still has a lot of stories of the years featuring her as a villain though and her role as the second most prominent Green Lantern villain of all time (after Sinestro) is recognized by most.
Jonathan Bates really established his place as a villain when Alan Moore aged him into a corrupt adult in the reimaging of Britain’s Marvel Man. While Mike Moran (Miracleman) maintained his virtue for the series, Bates was used as the polar opposite. During Moore’s run Bates would commit horrific acts of murder and genocide. Neil Gaiman’s run he would be physically dead, but immortalized as a cult icon for anarchy and chaos.
The classic Villain of the Marvelman/Miracleman franchise. During Alan Moore’s run on Miracleman he would become the villain who created Miracleman. He created Miracleman because he wanted to live forever and realized he could not steal Miracleman’s body by wiping out his mind, so he tried to steal the body of Miracleman’s unborn child Winter. Dr. Garganza is the classic villain driven by power which leads to his corruption.
A shadowy character who belongs to a black-ops group who tries to silence the “Miracle” monsters, which are Miracleman and those like him. Evelyn Cream played both sides and that is what made him dangerous. He would play against those who hired him so he could benefit first hand with an alliance which Miracleman. Alan Moore would at times write a “tick tock” noise when Cream walked, almost an allusion to the Crocodile in Peter Pan.
Friend of Max and was once a Human. He became a robot because he body was ruined by Cancer. Dekko is interesting because he justifies his crimes to himself, so he does not see them as crimes.
The original Much Monster. He’s origin was of a Nazi pilot who arose from the mud as a monster. For a period of time he would fight for the Nazi party until he turned on his own people. He can be very violent and dangerous. The Original Heap would also lead to a re-image of him as a garbage monster that fights Spawn.
He was a hero seen because heroes write history and Moore knew this. Olympus was the book written in the winner's prospective, brilliant if you think about it. The climate was the battle with Kid Miracleman, Moore almost uses it as a metaphor for Hitler's blond hair blue eye's perfect beings winning the war and the normal looking man being the loser. So if it is a winner's history it doesn't matter who was villain or not, both are evil or both are good, how can we truly know since it is winner's who write history. Sorry for the spoiler, but Moore knows that their is a grey area he crosses with Miracleman, much like he did with Watchmen. "The good of the masses out weigh the good of the few" some would call it. Rorschach verses Ozzy if you will. Miracleman wins because he kills an innocent child. Yes the child holds the key to great power, which is a locked up Kid Miracleman, but it is a kid. Killing an innocent should make him a villain by most people's views, but the book is told by the winner, so we are lead to believe Miracleman is right. I wanted Eclipse as a reason to explain how brilliant Moore's work really is and how over looked a lot of it is.
Mr. Gone is an insane serial rapist who becomes the main villain to The Maxx. Mr. Gone also is the master of dark evil versions of Sam Kieth's Isz. Mr. Gone is a great psychoanalysis over the nature and nurture argument because of his childhood abuse. Mr. Gone would grow up to hate women and with two failed marriages becomes the magician serial rapist who would have to have his head cut off to stop his rape and killing. Even his head separated from his body became problems for The Maxx.
He was created so Ennis could write "The Devil" without worrying about conflict to Neil Gaiman's Lucifer. The First of the Fallen is more of a classical Devil compared to Lucifer because the First is never in a gray area, he is always the bad guy, while Lucifer can be seen in gray areas. The First of the Fallen also becomes a major conflict with John Constantine from the deal they made to cure John of Cancer to The First ownership over some souls, such as innocent Astra Logue.
Black Adam has a 'classical' relationship with Captain Marvel. At least, he's a classical villain in manner in which the concept of his character is exactly the opposite of Captain Marvel. While Captain Marvel is blessed with virtues, Teth-Adam is blessed with Sin. He is exactly the opposite of Captain Marvel -- He is the original champion of SHAZAM, gifted by the Egyptian gods to give him an unparalleled powers. However he was soon corrupted by this power, which makes him so great. While Batman and the Joker are two complete opposites, Captain Marvel and Black Adam are two sides of the same coin, which makes them such a great combination.
Captain Nazi is a stereotype. Not necessarily a bad thing, Captain Nazi basically stands for everything that Captain Marvel doesn't. While one fights for freedom and the general good, Captain Nazi, as a fascist believer of Hitler's teachings, stands for evil and plans world domination. He is a twisted character, perhaps the complete opposite of what Captain America is. He is what a super powered patriot under the Nazi regime would be and as thus, he feels no compassion for anyone else.
Captain Marvel and Superman are parallels to each other, and thus, Dr. Sivanna and Lex Luthor are parallels in their own right. Sivanna is a intelligent scientist, with a big multi-national company that has attributed him a large sum of money. Because of the failure of the Egyptian expedition that created Captain Marvel and the fact that Captain Marvel impedes his many corrupt schemes, Sivanna is obsessed with getting rid of Captain Marvel. This makes him a character, who even though he is completely human, he manages to compete toe-to-toe with a hero like Captain Marvel. His unique personality and stubborn traits, make him a villain who people like to dislike.
Mr. Atom has a fascinating quality which differentiates him from the midst of other villains. It his inhumanity. The fact that the character feels no tinge of human qualities that touch all characters at some point, even characters that are insane like the Joker -- or unfeeling like Lex Luthor, makes him a character that displays an interesting interaction with every other character in comic books. As an immensely intelligent being, Mr. Atom wants to conquer the earth because he deems humans as weak and thus wants to rule the planet. What makes him more unique is his indifference to the population. He doesn't care whether humans live or perish, all he wants is an outcome. All "World Conquering"-esque villains understand the point of there not being a point to being a king with no kingdom, but Atom truly doesn't care and thus the lengths which he goes through give a slight angle to the overused world conquering attitude that has been seen in characters time and time again.
Mr Mind is an alien trying to take over the world. Simple. How he does it is interesting. Physically, Mr. Mind poses little threat, in most cases, however that problem that he poses to the world lays instead in his psychic power which allow him to bypass the great powers of Captain Marvel as he doesn't have to deal with the hero physically. The Uniqueness of the character's design is also impressive, he is a simple creature who can hide in plain sight and still wreak havoc.
Criminal mastermind who's left both Daredevil and Spider-Man in fits of rage.
Kang is one of the greatest Avengers villains ever, and definitely my favorite against that team. Being a time traveler makes him especially nasty to battle.
Kraven gets respect for killing the spider (well as close to killing as you can of a major character) and being a long time classic foe to him. Of all Spidey's rogues Kravens appearances have always made for excellent stories.
The primary nemesis of The Spirit. The Octopus runs his various criminal enterprises from the shadows. An artful master of disguise, the Octopus can only ever be identified by distinctive gloves. In all his many appearances, Eisner never reveals the true face of the Octopus. He is always obscured, either by the environment or the shadows of the city. He is only ever seen... "on camera"... when he is completely disguised as someone else. His greatest triumph over the Spirit came when he successfully blinded his adversary... though, of course, this being comics, it wouldn't last
The classic femme fatale archetype. Eisner gives her the greatest introductory line ever... " I am P'Gell... & this is not a story for little boys!" When P'Gell's not trying to entice the Spirit over to the dark side with her seductive ways, she's marrying wealthy men, who all have the strange misfortune of dying soon thereafter. Always under mysterious circumstances. All that inherited money has to go somewhere, & P'Gell puts it to bad use, funding her criminal empire.
Kid Eternity's opposite number. Master Man was a Nazi, who worked directly for Satan( I'm not altogether sure it's even possible to be more evil than that). When he wasn't out collecting lost souls for the Devil, Master Man was summoning up the worst villains from the whole of recorded history. Simply by uttering the word "Stygia", Master Man could put a gang together, consisting of the likes of Jack The Ripper, Torquemada, Vlad The Impaler, Rasputin, Blackbeard, & Billy The Kid. Complete access to the worst souls in Hell meant that Master Man was never without truly nightmarish back- up.
Borrowing elements from both The Phantom of The Opera & The Man in The Iron Mask, Cadava begins as a wealthy socialite who suffers a horrible disfigurement, just prior to marrying a beautiful, & quite wealthy, woman. Masking his ruined face beneath a knight's helm, Cadava sets up shop in the sewers. Then, the true horror begins. Kidnapping his lady love, he drags her to his domain beneath the streets, taking time out to beat down the Ray. Nothing left to do now, but blow up the city. No demands. No ultimatums. No bargaining. Just mass death & destruction in a rage & pain fueled rampage. The Ray, eventually, puts this mad dog down... with extreme prejudice. Everyone knows, though, that the villain can never truly die.
Another femme fatale, but this one lacking in P"Gell's subtlety. Lady Serpent wasn't shy about her murders. Whether it was through hypnosis, or venomous snakes, she all but guaranteed her victims a gruesome death. She had an obsessive love of gemstones, which would prove to be her downfall on more than one occasion, as the Black Terror was able to use that weakness against her. Still, she was as slippery as her deadly pets, & was once able to roll right back out of jail, a mere two hours after the Black Terror had put her away. Hopefully, Dynamite will bring her back in one of their Project: Super-Powers books. Comics just have too few live snake wearing murderesses running around.
The insane intellectual that best defines Batman's role as detective. Every crime is a labyrinth of clues, red herrings, taunts, & peril. The gains are superfluous. The end goal arbitrary. The Riddler is in it for the game. To match wits with the only adversary in Gotham worth his brilliance. That the Riddler knows Batman will solve his clues, is a given. In many cases, it's the manipulative layer to his puzzles. It's not about stumping his foe. It's about drawing him out, leading him down the primrose path, & doing it in such a way that Batman is unaware of the Riddler's true motive. One of the four most recognizable villains in Batman's Rogues Gallery, The Riddler has burst from the comic page to occupy our television, our cartoons, our toy stores & our films. He's a very well merchandised malcontent, & an entrenched piece of our pop culture.
The Deadliest Man Alive. That's the phrase that described Kobra, on the covers of his short lived series in the 70's. He more than lived up to that sobriquet. Sitting at the top of the Cult of the Kobra, this international terrorist & his followers are devoted to bringing about the Kali Yuga, or Age of Chaos. To that end, he built his own Lazarus Pits, only his were tweaked so that thevictims he resurrected would be his loyal slaves. He's the only man to ever decipher the formula for creating Lazarus pits. He's a master tactician, an unparalleled genius, & a phenomenal combatant, who once defeated the Batman, himself, in hand-to-hand combat. Kobra's schemes have brought him into conflict with a virtual who's who of DC's heroes. Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Suicide Squad, The Justice League, The Justice Society,& the Outsiders have all come into conflict with Kobra. 90% of the time, all they can do is thwart a particular plan. The man himself has only been brought to justice a couple of times, & neither were successful for long. Kobra is, by far, the biggest villain in DC's stable, who is also, inexplicably, the most underrated. Hopefully, that will change in the future.
He kept the world from nuclear annihilation, & he only had to kill millions of innocent civilians to do it. If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, than surely Adrian Veidt has come to the end of it. Saving the world may have been his agenda, but his methods are horrific, & in the ambiguous world of the Watchmen, his "success" is by no means absolute, or even certain. In his hubris, Veidt has not accounted for all factors, one of which, teased at the end of the novel, has the potential to undo all his "good deeds". Despite the nobility of his goal, for who can argue against stopping a nuclear war, Veidt plays the villain to the hilt in achieving it. He murders anyone who could reveal his scheme, whether it's the Comedian, who just stumbled onto what was happening, or trusted aides, who helped him in carrying out his plan. Still, it's hard to distinguish a few drops in an ocean of blood. While he may have aspired to be the hero the world needed, he had to be the villain to get there.
Taladge was a judge who would disguise himself as a little old lady and called himself the Countess Belladonna. He would literally knit the name of the victims into his scarf. With the disguise of an old lady he was not seen as being a danger to anyone. He used this to kill young woman who would befriend him. He would then stab them in the neck with the very knitting needles he knit their name with.
Doc is a madman bent on creating the perfect woman. This alone is not the problem however. It is the fact that he wants to make this perfect woman from the parts of other living woman. He once kidnapped five woman he intended to cut up and patch together a one perfect woman. He would go down the line and say things like I'll take her head, and her torso and her legs and so on. To make fist perfect Frankensteinish monster woman. Hot right? Even though he was a Doctor, this process involved a butches knife and was lacking in anesthesia
Black Tarantula is evil. He delights in it. He can conger up a monster to destroy a whole town...and did of course. He can also turn into a giant Spider the size of car tire. He can raise the undead and hypnotize woman. Lastly, he really cannot be fully killed but blinding him will kill him for a while. I became a Black Tarantula fan dur to a Turoksonofstone review. It really should be read to understand the character (check it out!)
Spider Queen not only shares the same name as a porno star ( Sharon Kane) but she is an interesting villain. She anger at the death of her husband by Russians drew her to help the Nazis. Talk about a woman scorned.
What can I say about Satan that hasn't been said for thousands of years. Some say the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist. If most people believed he did he wouldn't have qualified for this list. I would say the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was convincing the world he was a hero. Don't believe me? Just look at the hero list and see where Lucifer ranks. I was really upset over the last list as murders and evil characters were allowed to be admitted. Has anyone read the screwtape letters? (Most probably haven't as there are no pictures or boobs.) The book is a correspondence of letters to a minor deamon Wormword and the greater deamon Screwtape. Screwtape tries to show Wormwood how to turn the "Patient" (a living man) he is suppose to corrupt. The letters sum up the greatest evil of Satan or as Screwtape would call him the "Father Below". He is insidious! Yes, he can convince the naive that he doesn't exist or that he is even a hero. Just like Screwtape told Wormwood "The fact that “devils” are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of some¬thing in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you." Satan moves slowly he has his victims in his hand without them even knowing it. As Screwtape says "the safest path to hell is the gradual one."
Some may think this is incorrect but I really believe him to be the worst kind of villain. For starters Hal has had questionable relationships with a very young woman. Hal has a serious relationship with Arisia. Arisia was a young teenager who willed herself to look older. Hal himself said that he still thought of her as a child and then a very short time later had his "relationship" with the young girl. Tell the judge "she looked 18" and see how far it gets you. Later, even after the age reboot of Arisia he is seen hitting on an underage Supergirl. All the while reminding himself that he has food in his refrigerator that is older Next, Hal went to prison for drunk driving. Anyone is capable of mistakes and this doesn't make him a villain, but it is definitely not heroic. Hal went mad with the loss of Coast City and then went and killed all the remaining Green lanterns and became Parallax. Hal Jordan is also prejudice. Hal had a friend Tom who he referred to by the racist name "Pieface" or "Pie". Now in his defense Hal seemed to treat Tom with respect in most cases but calling him Pieface is not that respectable. Hal also had weak relationships with people of color and was called on it. Hal has to be rebooted every ten years or so because of these types of things. This is what makes him the worst kind of villain. He is suppose to be a hero and convinces characters and fans that he is but he will turn the tables again. It is in the characters nature.
The General's first story was about a really young kid who gathered all the gangs of Gotham to take over the city. Being a military genius he went through a process treating gangs like separate nations. He started with the weakest gang and instantly kills there leader to become leader himself. He then takes that gang and give them confidence by taking them on successful raids. He then uses that success and power to pull more gangs under his control. He let's them keep their colors referring to them as their "national flags" He is eventually successful and only has one obstetrical in his way. BATMAN! He turns all the gangs of Gotham on Batman and nearly killed him. He was the first step in what became Batman's Knightfall. He came as close to taking over Gotham as any villain and closer than most as a boy. Lastly, because I loved the charatcer and that three issue story so much I made him my avatar and he has been it ever since.
Guys just love Harley, but don't want to admit why. When it comes down to it they love the idea of a beautiful and intelligent woman falling for a 'em and loving 'em to the point of obsession. Even if he is a homicidal maniac and looking like a clown. Harley is also fun, charming, bubbly and sweat... unless she decides to kill you. That is just the point. She can seem so nonthreatening but, she can kill with no more thought than she would after slapping a mosquito. Most important Harley is my favorite villain to read about, and isn't that what it is all about?
Though he is primarily a villain to the X-Men, Apocalypse is and has been a threat to many major players in the Marvel Universe. Believed to be the first mutant to ever have existed, he has been described as a metamorph (That means he can make his body into whatever he wants. His costume, for example, is actually a part of his skin!). Apocalypse should be included on this list, not only for being an evil piece of filth, but because in the 90's the writers at Marvel decided that he should get his own alternate future where he basically becomes the king of everything. In that series, Age of Apocalypse, it showed just how powerful Apocalypse can become and just how terrible the world would be under his mighty rule. Apocalypse is one of Marvel's greatest villains not only because of the reasons already listed, but because of his ideology: Only the strong shall survive. If you're not "strong" enough under the judgement of the almighty Apocalypse, than consider yourself a dead man.
One of the most interesting Superman villains of all time, Brainiac is almost the quintessential villain in all of comics. He is incredibly smart, he has hundreds of versions (which are all canon) of himself, and he has no regard for human, animal, or alien life. Not only that, but he is always the one that ends up being the big villain, sometimes he even outsmarts Lex Luthor and becomes center stage for top villain. This has happened in such classic and amazing stories as Superman: Red Son and Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow. This just proves my point that when it comes to villains who deserve the limelight, Brainiac comes to mention.
the most popular female villain comic character of Marvel Comics. Proof? Check her number of appearances in comics, video games and most especially, her exposure in the x-men films. She even got her own solo comics before. Raven Darkholme is a blue skinned, yellow-eyed mutant who uses her combat skills and shape-shifting ability to commit crimes. We've also seen her becoming a heroine and get to feel her more as the biological mother of Nightcrawler and foster mother of Rogue. But no matter which side she chooses, hero or villain, or mixed, that's what really makes her character very interesting.
Loki has existed far longer than comics (because he is a Norwegian god, obviously), and therefore, can`t be "copyrighted". Of course there is Marvels, DCs and various other companies versions of the character, but he will still exist, first of all, in epic myths. That is why he exists in pretty much every comic universe. And seems to be as evil in everyone. No matter if it is a dark comedy, a superhero comic or some kind of a poetic comic, Loki winds up being one really merciless god.
Lady Shiva is, arguably, the deadliest woman in the DC universe. An assassin-for-hire who specializes in killing her targets with her bare hands, Lady Shiva is considered to be one of the greatest martial artists in DC's pantheon of characters. Known to straddle the fence between good & evil, she has been both aid & adversary to the likes of Richard Dragon, The Question, Batman, and Black Canary
One of the most powerful enemies of the Green Lantern Corps, Larfleeze is the sole wielder of the Orange Lantern. His insatiable greed has made him a slave to his own power, which is so considerable that he is feared by even the Guardians.
He's Batman on crack. He has ridiculous plans to defeat superheroes, his technology is amazing and he killed Lian Harper.
Since 1959, Gorilla Grodd has been a threat to Flash. Even then, he was fiercest Rogue. He has at times controlled one of the most advanced cities, namely Gorilla City. He is super smart, has mind control powers and besides he's a gorilla. More recently, he has been a threat to not only Flash but the whole Justice League as well. Therefore, I can say with certainty: he really stands out of the pack!
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