The Best Comic Book Super Villains

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10. Bane

Bane is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan. Bane has been one of Batman’s more physically powerful foes. A virtually unstoppable juggernaut, he is best known for breaking Batman’s back in the “Knightfall” story arc. IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Bane as #34. -Wikipedia.org

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9. Dr. Doom

Victor von Doom is a fictional character that appears in publications published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962). A recurring supervillain, he is the archenemy of the Fantastic Four and also the leader of the nation of Latveria.

Doom is both a genius inventor and a sorcerer, and has fought numerous other superheroes in his various plots for power and/or revenge over the years such as The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Punisher, Blade, Iron Man, and even Superman in the crossover comic Superman & Spider-Man #2. A frequent plot device is to reveal at a story’s end that the heroes were actually fighting one of Doom’s many robot doubles, either working on his behalf, or a Doombot gone rogue impersonating him. -Wikipedia.org

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8. Green Goblin

The Green Goblin is a fictional character, a supervillain who appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (July 1964). Although many characters have taken up this identity, the most well-known is the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn. Norman Osborn was originally an industrialist that took a serum which enhanced his physical abilities and intellect but also drove him to insanity.

He adopted a Halloween-themed appearance, dressing in a goblin costume, riding on a bat-shaped “Goblin Glider”, and using an arsenal of high-tech weapons, notably grenade-like “Pumpkin Bombs”, to terrorize New York City. He is one of Spider-Man’s most persistent foes, and many consider him to be one of the archenemies of Spider-Man, being directly responsible for numerous tragedies in Spider-Man’s life, such as the death of Gwen Stacy and the Clone Saga. He is also the lead protagonist of the company-wide “Dark Reign” storyline. -Wikipedia.org

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7. The Riddler

The Riddler (Edward Nigma, Nygma, or Nashton) is a fictional character, a comic book character and supervillain published by DC Comics, and an enemy of Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang, the character first appeared in Detective Comics #140 (1948). The character has appeared in many Batman media. In live action, he was portrayed by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s television series, as well as by Jim Carrey in the 1995 film Batman Forever. In animation, he has been portrayed by Michael Bell, John Glover, and Robert Englund. In 2009, the Riddler was ranked as IGN’s 59th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. -Wikipedia.org

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6. Lex Luther

Alexander Joseph “Lex” Luthor is a fictional character, a supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He is the archenemy of Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, he first appeared in Action Comics #23 (April 1940). Luthor is described as “a power-mad, evil scientist” of high intelligence and incredible technological prowess. His goals typically center on killing Superman, usually as a stepping stone to world domination. Though he periodically wears a powered exoskeleton, Luthor has traditionally lacked superpowers or a dual identity.

The character was originally depicted as a mad scientist who, in the vein of pulp novels, wreaks havoc on the world with his futuristic weaponry. In his earliest appearances, Luthor is shown with a full head of red hair; despite this, the character later became hairless as the result of an artist’s mistake. A 1960 story by Jerry Siegel expanded upon Luthor’s origin and motivations, revealing him to be a childhood friend of Superboy’s who lost his hair when Superboy accidentally destroyed his laboratory; Luthor vowed revenge. -Wikipedia.org

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5. Dooms Day

Doomsday is a fictional character, a supervillain that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appears in Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (Nov. 1992), and was created by writer-artist Dan Jurgens. Doomsday is best known as Superman’s murderer in the 1992 storyline, “The Death of Superman”. He is a nearly mindless, berserk killing machine, with no feelings apart from unfocused hatred, murderous rage, and the sheer malicious joy of destruction. -Wikipedia.org

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4. Carnage

Carnage (Cletus Kasady) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe. The character first appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #344 (March 1991), and was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley. The character is frequently depicted as an enemy of Spider-Man. In 2009, Carnage was ranked as IGN’s 90th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. The alien symbiote endows Cletus Kasady with enhanced physical strength greater than that of Spider-Man and Venom combined and shapeshifting abilities, allows him to project a web-like substance from any part of his body including the formation of weapons, and enables him to plant thoughts into a person’s head using a symbiote tendril.

Much like Spider-Man, Kasady has the ability to cling to virtually any surface, and has a version of Spider-Man’s spider-sense, as the symbiote can relay information to him from any angle and grants Kasady the ability to “see” in any direction, warning him of incoming threats. He can rapidly crawl, walk, or run across even slick surfaces. He is able to rapidly regenerate damaged body tissues much faster and more extensively than an ordinary human. It isn’t known, however, if he can fully regenerate severed limbs or missing internal organs. Kasady is also immune to the effects of all Earthly diseases and infections as long as he remains bonded with the symbiote.

Like Venom, the symbiote is vulnerable to sound, and is undetectable to Spider-Man’s spider-sense. Unlike Venom, Carnage can launch parts of his symbiote at enemies in the form of weapons such as spears, knives, axes, etc., although they disintegrate into dust within ten seconds of leaving Carnage’s body. Though not originally seen, the Carnage symbiote has become vampiric, feeding on and thus endangering his victims by mere touch. -Wikipedia.org

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3. Catwoman

Catwoman is a fictional character associated with DC Comics’ Batman franchise. Historically a supervillain, the character was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, partially inspired by Kane’s second cousin by marriage, Ruth Steel. The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she is known as The Cat. She is a sometimes-adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate (often romantic) relationship with him. In her first appearance, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high-stake thefts.

For many years Catwoman thrived, but from September 1954 to November 1966 she took an extended hiatus due to the newly developing Comics Code Authority in 1954. These issues involved the rules regarding the development and portrayal of female characters that were in violation with the Comic Code. Since the 1990s, Catwoman has been featured in an eponymous series that cast her as an antihero rather than a supervillain. The character has been one of Batman’s most enduring love interests. Many modern writers have also interpreted her activities and costumed identity as a response to a history of abuse. -Wikipedia.org

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2. Venom

Venom, or the Venom Symbiote, is a Symbiote, an extraterrestrial life form in the Marvel Comics universe. The creature is a sentient alien with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. It requires a host, usually human, to bond around for its survival. In return the Venom creature gives its host enhanced powers. In effect, when the Venom Symbiote bonds with a human to form a supervillain, that new dual-life form itself is also often called Venom.

Its second host Eddie Brock, after bonding with the Symbiote to become the first Venom, is one of Spider-Man’s archenemies. Spider-Man was the first host it merged with before its evil motives were clear. After Spider-Man rejected it, the Symbiote went on to merge with other hosts and so began its reign as the villain known as Venom. Comics journalist and historian Mike Conroy writes of the character: “What started out as a replacement costume for Spider-Man turned into one of the Marvel web-slinger’s greatest nightmares.” -Wikipedia.org

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1. The Joker

The Joker is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain published by DC Comics. He is the archenemy of Batman, having been directly responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon and the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin. Created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the character first appeared in Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Throughout his comic book appearances, the Joker is portrayed as a master criminal whose characterization has varied.

The original and currently dominant image is of a highly intelligent psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor, while other writers have portrayed him as an eccentric prankster. Similarly, throughout the character’s long history, there have been several different origin tales; they most commonly depict him as falling into a tank of chemical waste, which bleaches his skin and turns his hair green and his lips bright red, giving him the appearance of a clown. -Wikipedia.org

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