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100 Greatest Comic Book Villains Of All Time
Spider-Man's dark, violent and murderous counterpart, Venom came to be when Eddie Brock, a reporter with a vendetta against Spider-Man, found the alien symbiote costume Spider-Man had picked up during Secret Wars , only to discard it when he discovered its true nature. Once upon a time he was a 19th century scientist named Nathaniel Essex, who had no quibbles experimenting on the homeless and those he saw as societies and humanities refuse. He pretty much thwarted those business efforts after that. And Sinestro would at least crack the top ten. No, he plotted to do something much grander. Also our member's 1 choice!

IGN's 100 Top Comic Book Villains

IGN Top 100 Comic Book Villains

Ok so let's all be honest Or for Magneto to get one up over Xavier? Even if you always want the good guy to win, you love to hate the villain. Fin Fang Foom Mastermind Jason Wyngarde Saint of Killers Kang the Conqueror Kraven the Hunter Talia Al Ghul Baron Zero II Doctor Octupus Doc Ock Ra's Al Ghul 6.

Magneto Now my fellow Droppers, how about you tell us your top 5 villains? Do you agree with IGN's list? Come on let your dark side out? I was once compared to Thanos so there's my number one! I think my bud only did so because of the Greek sounding name. I'm not a villian. IGN sucks big time and always have. Ra's Al Ghul and Darkseid shoulnd't be anywhere near the top ten.

God I hate IGN. How could you think Darkseid and Ra's al Ghul don't deserve to be in the top 10?! I really don't think of Kingpin as that good of a villain as to be in the top ten he's good, but not that good and I think Dark Phoenix is more so a tragic hero than she is a villain, so she shouldn't even be on the list. Jean Grey is a superhero who was overcome by a cosmic power for a while, went crazy from it and then died. Even though she did go crazy and attack a bunch of people, I still consider her situation being closer to Oedipus, Macbeth, or some other tragic hero than it is to actual villains like Joker or Magneto.

If I were to rewrite the list, I'd switch Joker and Magneto. I mean, how could they not put Joker in the 1 spot.

And Sinestro would at least crack the top ten. Marko can form his hands into weapons, such as a hammer or mace, form a near-impenetrable wall of sand or create a dust storm. He has long been a fan-favorite foe of Spider-Man. Lots of people don't get along with their father-in-laws. But when that father-in-law is partly responsible for turning you into a giant green monster where every time you stub your toe or someone cuts you off in traffic and you get really mad, things could become a little strained at Thanksgiving.

Bruce Banner, who sometimes goes by The Incredible Hulk. Ross was the head of the Gamma Bomb Project, which turned Banner into the hero that he is today. He has committed treason chasing the Hulk and has even been discharged from the military. At one point, S. In the aftermath, the former General was fatally wounded.

He realized his longtime foe was actually a force for good, and gave his blessing to Bruce and Betsy on his deathbed. Over the last several years, Thunderbolt has been resurrected and is once again leading the crusade against the Hulk. His popularity has led to his inclusion in both Hulk films and he is currently involved somehow in the Red Hulk case in monthly comic books. Few villains are scarier than those who truly believe they are doing God's work.

Such is the case with William Stryker, a televangelist who uses his position of influence to turn as many as he can against Mutants, a species he believes is an abomination that should be wiped off the face of the Earth.

The film took the general framework from that graphic novel - in which Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attempts to use him to unwittingly help set off a machine that can kill all mutants on Earth. Thanks to X2 's hype and success, Stryker has played a major part in modern X-Men comics, where he's proved to be just as dedicated to his cause as ever, targeting every last mutant on Earth as his "holy crusade" continues.

As is the case with so many longtime DC characters, the Cheetah has undergone many revisions throughout her seven decades of existence. This classic Wonder Woman villain has seen no less than four incarnations, including one where the furry bombshell babe was replaced by a man.

The third, and current, Cheetah is British anthropologist Dr. Heiress to a vast fortune, Minerva was selfish and raised by her parents' servants. Throughout her childhood she grew to be very neurotic.

At seventeen her parents were killed in a car accident, which permanently disabled Ann as well. She decided to visit Africa to search for the powers of the cheetah to heal herself. Ingesting a combination of human blood and berries of the plant-god Urzkartaga, she became Cheetah, but not without a catch.

The Cheetah host was supposed to be a virgin, and Minerva wasn't. Her transformation was part curse and part blessing, as she experienced severe pain in her human form and bloodthirsty elation in her cat form.

As one of the most iconic and oldest Wonder Woman villains, Cheetah was an absolute must for our villains list. Neil Gaiman is responsible for creating one of the more complex and, dare we say, sympathetic portrayals of the devil is quite some time.

Lucifer's adventures on Earth following his exit from Hell are methodical and patient, poetic in their simplicity and always underlined with a sense of menace. Part of Lucifer's appeal as a villain is that he doesn't brow beat readers over the head with his villainy.

His intellect is matched by his ability to manipulate creation into what he imagines. Any being that can marshal demons to battle angels and still find time to stir humanity from indifference is a threat no one can ignore. Yet somehow, Lucifer's ability to stay below the radar and simultaneously impact mankind is both a gift and a curse.

Being mostly confined to the Sandman universe has not stopped this character from making an impact, but it has prevented Lucifer Morningstar from making the epic one he deserves. But we like his less is more approach. Lucifer doesn't have to lie to make you do what he wants. Worse, he tells the truth and allows people to find their own way to Hell. Victor Fries had an obsession with freezing things even as a small child, which led him into the field of cryogenics.

When his wife Nora fell seriously ill, he discovered a way to cryogenically freeze her body until a cure could be found. Fries' colleague attempted to stop the process, and the ensuing struggle doused Fries with hazardous chemicals.

These chemicals induced strange physical changes in his body: Fries created a containment suit that served to protect his body and augment his strength, as well as a gun capable of flash-freezing anything in its sights. With his wife gone and his grip on humanity shattered, the newly dubbed Mr.

Freeze began terrorizing the citizens of Gotham City. His gun became a way of inflicting on others the pain he feels in his own heart. Though his crimes typically serve little purpose, Mr. Freeze is still coldly ruthless and one of Batman's most deadly foes. Pathos is a key ingredient in any great villain, and Freeze has tons of it. This man dedicated his life's work to curing his cryogenically-frozen wife's cancer, and just happened to fall victim to one of those unfortunate accidents that seems to always befall comic book characters.

Who can't relate to that? More importantly, Victor Fries' loss is as deep as Bruce Wayne's, which makes him such a dynamic antagonist. To up the stakes even further, the comics have progressed Mr. Freeze into a truly deranged lunatic, one who has given up all hope of reviving his dead wife and accepted a career of unadulterated murder. Writer Garth Ennis created one of the most colorful comic book villains of all time when he conjured up Herr Starr, foe of Preacher protagonist Jesse Custer.

A former German special forces solider, Starr is recruited by the Grail and tasked with recovering Custer - but he has plans of his own. He intends to use Custer in his own scheme to overthrow the leadership of the Grail. Starr's countenance is marred by a series of scars around his right eye that form star shape - they were put there by bullies in his youth whom he has long since dispatched with.

He is a skilled marksman, despite not having sight in one eye, but is not especially adept at unarmed combat - his justification for this is that he has "no intention of being unarmed. Through a bizarre string of punishment that is meted out to Starr, a running gag in the series, the character becomes even more disfigured. He loses a leg after being attacked by three hillbillies, he has his right ear shot off, and Jesse cuts a penis-shaped gash in his forehead.

Oh, and to add insult to injury a Rottweiler bites off his genitals. Although he has no superpowers, Kang is a genius, history scholar, physicist and engineer. Due to his expertise in time travel, he is trained in 40th century combat and has battle armor that has sweet hologram and force field capabilities. With the help of his time ship, he also has access to technology of any century. Bored with his time, he travels back to ancient Egypt and becomes Pharaoh Rama-Tut.

Luckily, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange just so happened to be time traveling as well, and stopped him.

Calling himself the Scarlet Centurion, he somehow manages to manipulate the original Avengers into fighting the Avengers of the actual time. After he is thwarted, he goes back to his home century and becomes Kang the Conqueror and starts his own empire. Most of his problems seem to stem from women though, as he tries to impress Princess Ravonna by defeating the Avengers.

He also tries to woo Celestial Madonna, which leads to the death of Avenger the Swordman. Kang later battles Hawkeye and Thor in the Old West.

He ends up drawing too much energy, and destroys himself. But Kang somehow returns. Even though the original was dead, a number of flawed Kangs were created due to his constant time travel, The more-stable Kangs form a council to stop the stupider ones. Her blood is quite literally toxic, but her pheromone scent is absolutely intoxicating.

It takes true sex appeal to have a name reminiscent of uncomfortable itching but to still have men falling all over you. Some villains strike at Batman's loved ones, some at his partner, but Poison Ivy goes straight for the Bat. Coy, sexy and very deadly, we can see why so many men fall under her spell. All of Batman's foes wield a certain advantage over the Dark Knight that makes them a formidable opponent. For the Scarecrow, that advantage is fear. For Two-Face, it's the feelings of guilt he inspiress.

Pamela Isley lands on this list because she employs two deadly weapons that are as old and primitive as time itself: Sex and mind-control or are they the same thing?

We can never be sure. Ivy adds some much needed estrogen to Batman's rogues' gallery, proving that terrorizing Batman and Gotham City isn't a job for men alone. With her hypnotic powers and her ability to control plant life, she's also one of Bats' few super-powered foes. Whether she's turning Gotham's version of Central Park into her own twisted jungle playground, tearing up the town with Harley Quinn, or terrorizing Gotham's elite industrialists or brain-washing Superman to kill Batman, Ivy always proves a worthy adversary.

The point is that a relatable, sympathetic person exists deep within the Poison Ivy character, and that's the most essential ingredient for any great antagonist.

Plus, she's deadly, ruthless and sexy as all hell. Once known as Samuel Sterns, a chemical plant employee of Boise, Idaho, he was moving radioactive materials one day.

Somehow they exploded and Sterns was subjected to gamma radiation. After recovering, he became a green-skinned giant-brained genius who called himself The Leader, due apparently to his subconscious desire to be as smart as his physicist brother Philip. After the radiation, The Leader could predict outcomes of things in advance, had a perfect memory, superhuman intelligence and could control normal humans by only touching them.

He is sophisticated in weaponry, computers, humanoids physics and genetics. He also has an army of plastic Humanoids, which he used to try and rewrite Earth's history, overthrow the US government and capture the Hulk to study him and steal Bruce Banner's Absorbatron to absorb the energy of a nuclear explosion.

At one point, The Leader rescues the Hulk from a battle and operated on him to save his life. Indebted, The Hulk goes to the home world of The Watcher and raids his "Ultimate Machine, which contains all the knowledge in the universe. This ends up being too much knowledge for The Leader and he collapses.

He has created android duplicates of the President and Vice President while trying to kidnap them and he even gamma-radiated Manhattan's water supply to mutate the human race into being like him.

He even bombed Middletown, Arizona, killing thousands and built his own society called Freehold in the Arctic which was populated only with people dying from radiation poisoning.

Curt Connors was once a skilled surgeon who enlisted in the army to help wounded GIs. After a blast injured his arm, it had to be amputated. When he got back to the states as a research technologist, he became obsessed with the secrets of reptiles and their limb regenerating abilities. Connors created an experimental serum from reptile DNA and made himself the guinea pig. His arm did grow back but not without side effects-the main one being turning into a giant human lizard. Connors has superhuman strength, speed and agility.

He can scale walls, regenerate limbs and whip his tail at high speeds. The Lizard can also mentally command all reptiles within a one-mile radius. What makes Lizard so hard to deal with is the man inside the monster. Peter Parker continually uses his own scientific prowess to change him back into his friend Curt Connors. But with stress or chemical reactions, he always seems to go back into remission. Even though he shows no love for humans, you can also still tell that Dr.

Connors is inside there somewhere, as he never seems to harm his wife Martha or their son Billy. As Connors, he's sacrificed turning back into Lizard to help Spider-Man many a time.

He's saved Aunt May's life, developing a formula to dissolve the Rhino's costume and etc. He also let Parker be his teaching assistant at Empire State University for a time, and you know how unreliable Parker can be. Parasite has taken several forms in the Superman comics. This DC supervillain, as his name suggests, has the ability absorb energy, knowledge, and superpowers simply by touching another being. As you can imagine, that makes him a formidable adversary to the Man of Steel.

The character's original Silver Age origin introduced him as a simple plant worker who became exposed to hazardous material -- junk that was brought back from space by Superman -- that transformed him into a purple-hued parasitic entity who rocks sweet green briefs.

Parasite's Modern Age revamp introduced the character in a similar manner, but an epic lunar battle with Superman resulted in the new Parasite being mutated into a grotesque monster with a gaping leech-like maw. He later absorbed a shapeshifting being, granting him the ability to mimic any of his victims. Superman defeated Parasite once and for all after he kidnapped Lois Lane. In the Kingdom Come graphic novel, it is Parasite who is responsible for the cataclysmic events that destroy much of the American Midwest.

In a battle with Magog and his Justice Battalion, Parasite rips apart Captain Atom, unleashing a devastating nuclear explosion. She may not possess the dangerous feminine charms or impressive superpowers of a villain like Poison Ivy, but Amanda "The Wall" Waller is as deadly a foe as any in the DC pantheon. Waller, who first appeared in Legends 1, is a widow from Chicago who used her bright mind to escape a hard life in the Cabrini-Green housing projects -- her daughters and her husband were murdered there.

She studied political science, and became a congressional aide. Waller saw an opportunity to improve the program, made a pitch to the White House, and was placed in charge of the Squad.

She is soon released, however, and becomes involved in the covert-ops Checkmate organization -- first as Black King, and then as White Queen. She is later implanted with nanotechnology which allows her to control Chemo during missions.

Some comic book villains are motivated by greed, or the need for revenge, or pure and simple insanity. The Riddler is a little different - you might say he embarked on a career in crime for the fun of it, at least in a very specific way. Obsessed with puzzles, mind-games, and elaborate death traps, he's compelled to commit crimes that involve some form of complex mental challenge.

What compels him to dress in bright green, though, is anybody's guess. In his early days, Edward Nygma was a bright young boy who enjoyed showing off his mental acuity. This led him to a career as a carnival con-man, where he could easily dupe fair-goers out of their money with his schemes. Eventually, this proved far too easy to satisfy his boundless ego. He embarked on an escalating series of crimes in search of a more worthy opponent - of course, he found exactly that in Batman.

The Riddler is a classic example of the "talking killer. Proving the worth of his superior brainpower is his real goal, which is why he's occasionally taken on less legally questionable challenges as well. For instance, he offered his services as a consultant to Carmine Falcone, when the mob boss sought to determine the identity of the Holiday killer. While his stock as a villain may have dropped in recent times, Riddler has had more than his fair share of greatest hits over the years - the most noteworthy being his deduction of Batman's secret identity which he has since forgotten after a head injury.

When it comes down to it, the Riddler is one of the few rogues capable of rivaling Batman's knack for detection and deduction. If only he'd drop the whole legit lifestyle and get back to wreaking havoc on Gotham City. Few villains have done more with less. How many other villains have routinely made Batman afraid? Crane's downfall is his own shortsightedness.

But as the creepy figure in the night, he helps open up interesting avenues into the Dark Knight's psyche. Jonathan Crane is one of the most formidable and thematically intriguing Batman villains of all time. As a child, he was bullied and tormented, so he decided to research the human psyche and how people dealt with fear. After being fired from a teaching position, Crane decided to use his knowledge to literally scare people to death for the supposed trauma he suffered in his life.

Scarecrow wants nothing less than everyone in Gotham to be as afraid as he once was. The Dark Knight's single greatest weapon in his war on crime is fear, and the Scarecrow is the only villain truly capable of taking that advantage away from him. The sole fact that the Scarecrow is often capable of bringing the Dark Knight to his knees by inducing hallucinations of his greatest tragedies - his parents' murder, Jason Todd's death at the hands of the Joker, etc.

That he also happened to play such a huge role in revitalizing the Batman film franchise makes him rank even higher on our evaluation of best comic baddies. Created because they wanted the Green Goblin back but didn't want Norman Osborn or Bart Hamilton involved, or have Harry Osborn become him again, creators instead decided to make a new character in the Goblin heritage. With a secret identity as convoluted behind the scenes as it was on the comic pages, Roderick Kingsley ended up being the first incarnation of Hobgoblin.

A billionaire fashion designer with underworld connections, he came into his riches rather unethically. After Kingsley was almost murdered by fashion rival Narda Ravanna aka Belladonna, he decided to protect himself a little better. Luckily, one of his thugs stumbled across Norman Osborn's Green Goblin lair.

Kingsley then killed him so he wouldn't tell anyone. He perfected Osborn's strength potion since he was a whiz at chemistry and biology. None of those pesky side effects Osborn had like blacking out for long periods of time. And he updated Greeny's gadgets, like the glider and the Jack O'Lantern bombs. He was also a huge narcissist. Kingsley ended up wanting to leave the Hobgoblin behind, so he decided to frame Spider-Man advocate Flash Thompson. But Jason Philip Macendale Jr.

Macendale paid Foreigner to take him out. People believed he was the Hobgoblin for years after his murder.

You couldn't miss Dormammu if you saw him. Flames coming out of his head, he and his sister Umar were part of the energy-based extra-dimensional Faltine race.

Their greed got the best of them, though, and they began bonding matter to themselves to further gain power. Dormammu is composed of pure energy and his raw magical power as a sorcerer is basically unmatched. He can replenish these powers by worship in different dimensions. He can also transmutate matter, teleport through those dimensions, time travel, and he is said to be even more powerful than Mephisto. He's a genius too and also has mystical strength and speed. He also looks like Ghost Rider if Ghost Rider would be caught dead in something purple and red.

Being a representative of Lord Chaos, he battled Odin in cosmic chess to a draw. Odin wanted the draw, mind you. Dormammu would have kept playing.

He even once beat Eternity in chess. Eternity, like the time and space eternity. His biggest nemesis is Dr. Strange, and he has allied himself with Baron Mordo against the good doctor. Strange is the love interest of Dormammu's sister's daughter, Clea, so maybe that has something to do with it.

He's just being a good uncle! Dormammu has also allied with Loki in a war with the Avengers. He's taken possession of Doctor Strange's body, he along with his sister once beat Eternity and remade the universe and he also is the demon behind the powers of The Hood.

Sebastian Hiram Shaw is the leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, an exclusive secret society bent on world domination. Although to the public, he is a legitimate businessman and ordinary human.

Shaw created Shaw Industries and was a billionaire by 40, after being a successful engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University. He used some of his billions to fund the mutant-hunting Sentinel program. She is so evil that his own son, Shinobi Shaw, who can alter his body's density, phased his hand into his father's chest to try and induce a coronary.

Not happy with that outcome, Shinobi then set off a bomb in Shaw's mountain chalet. Shaw is also partly responsible for Phoenix becoming Dark Phoenix. After Professor X was "outed" as a mutant, Shaw apparently returned to his capitalist roots and converted the New York branch of the Hellfire Club into a strip club. Said to be a safe haven for mutants, he used telepathic strippers to gain secrets from his patrons.

Shaw's mutant powers include the ability to absorb kinetic energy, which thusly increases his strength. So if you hit him, he gets more powerful. You can even shoot him or stab him and he still gets more powerful.

Shaw also doesn't need to sleep if he gets punched enough. Just don't touch him, how about that? When you have a character built up to be as incredibly forgive the term strong as the Hulk, it becomes nearly impossible to give him a credible threat.

Enter the Abomination - created, for all intents and purposes, as the evil version of the Hulk. Emil Blonsky might have begun as a Cold War era Russian spy, but after he was exposed to Gamma Rays, he became the same kind of huge, green, impossibly strong creature as the Hulk, giving the Hulk his first true equal in battle. More so, Blonsky had a couple of notable apparent advantages the Hulk didn't have, including keeping his own intelligence and personality while transformed, and a "normal" strength level that was even greater than the Hulk.

Still, thanks to the old "madder the Hulk gets, the stronger the Hulk gets" rule, Abomination was on the losing side of most fights. But in recent years, his approach became more psychological and cunning.

In one of the more direct and scarring attacks a comic book arch enemy has achieved in comics, Abomination killed Bruce Banner's wife, Betty - and framed Bruce in the process.

While Bruce's innocence would eventually be revealed, Abomination's actions would have longtime repercussions. Also known as Sergei Kravinoff, Kraven was a big game hunter who set his eyes on Spider-Man to prove to the world that he was the best hunter around.

Instead of using guns, he chose to take his prey down with his bare hands. That sounds like an even fight and al,l but he definitely had preparation and a magic jungle potion for strength, speed and game tracking on his side. He also has a great knowledge of pressure points and knows how to create poisons and tranquilizers better than the average bear. And sweet leopard pants. Despite being over 70 years of age, he has the physical appearance of a year-old man.

It's probably the sweet leopard pants. At one point, Kraven actually does end up defeating Spider-Man. He shoots the wall crawler with a tranquilizer dart and then buries him alive, even though he thinks he's dead.

Kraven, who then puts on an outfit similar to Spider-Man's costume, ventures into New York to, ironically, attack criminals. Spider-Man revives himself, digs out of the grave and attacks Kraven. Once confronted, Kraven doesn't fight back since he already accomplished what he set out to do. Kraven releases Vermin, who defeats a weak Spider-Man to the point of death before Kraven intervenes and separates the two.

Kraven then tells Spider-Man his hunting days are over, retires to his home finally at peace with his work and commits suicide by a self-induced shotgun wound. Hopefully he didn't get any blood on his sweet leopard pants. Superman could rip a cyborg into tiny pieces and use its fingers as a toothpick, unless that cyborg is powered by kryptonite. A human brain with a cyborg body and a kryptonite heart, he has super strength and agility and can absorb any mechanical or metal object and make it an extension of his exoskeleton.

The first incarnation was George Grant. Then came journalist John Corben, who doubled as a thief and murderer. He suffered an accident while running from the scene of a crime and his body was mangled because of it. A professor by the name of Vale took Corben's brain and put it into a robotic body with fleshlike skin. Corben, or "Corben's brain in a robot with fake skin on it," got a job at the Daily Planet, tried to "get" with Lois Lane and then decided to try and kill Superman as a hobby.

He created a kryptonite trap for Superman but accidentally put the wrong metal in his power supply. He died because of that. Corben's brother Roger then decided to avenge his brother's death by going through the same process, since it worked out so well the first time.

A "gentleman of crime," The Penguin is one of the few Batman villains that is actually in complete control of his actions - he's mostly sane, but we think he'd still do better on some meds. Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot was born into a wealthy family and tormented throughout his childhood due to his freakish appearance - his paunchy belly, short stature, and elongated nose earned him the Penguin nickname. And his overbearing widowed mother forced him to always carry an umbrella - convinced he would die of pneumonia like his father were he caught in an unexpected downpour.

Cobblepot's oddball nature caused him to be rejected by his upper-crust family, an experience which turned him to a life of crime -- one that suits him just fine. A master strategist, Penguin uses his considerable intellect, wit, and wealth to manipulate every situation to his advantage.

And he executes it with a hoity toity style all his own. The Penguin is not universally appreciated by Bat-fans, but his place in the pantheon of great comic villains is secured by pop cultural impact alone. Cassandra Nova was born without a body. So to fix this problem, she decided to copy Charles Xavier's DNA, effectively becoming his twin sister. They grew together all happy-like in the womb until X sensed her evil thoughts. He tried to kill her, but she survived as cell matter and clung to a sewer wall for years, rebuilding herself physically and imitating humans.

Cassandra Nova basically has the powers of Professor X like telekinesis and telepathy. Another more important tool in her arsenal is her ability to block his thoughts from entering her mind. She can mimic the voice and DNA of others, which comes in handy when she pretends to be Donald Trask and gets the Sentinels to kill 16 million mutants on Genosha.

She is so powerful that she once took over Professor X's body through the help of Cerebra an updated version of Cerebro. Then she shot him. She was so powerful, Jean Grey had to split X's conscience into pieces and store them into every mutant's mind. Villains come in all shapes and sizes, Anti-Monitor comes in one: Before playing a key role in the threat posed by Sinestro's Corps, his unique brand of evil made a permanent mark on the DCU during the Crisis on Infinite Earths , a storyline considered to be a classic.

The science of Anti-Monitor's villainy makes even die-hard comics fans go cross-eyed - weaponized antimatter waves, absorbing the energies of positive matter universes - but the consequences of his actions leave us understandably in awe of his effect on the brave heroes who set out to stop him. Some of which, like Barry Allen Flash and Supergirl, gave their lives to save this world from his menace. Unfortunately, Anti-Monitor has only appeared in two major story lines.

But when he does show up, it is an Event. He changes things, forever. Which may explain why, unfortunately or fortunately , he is used so sparingly.

Besides moonlighting as a Marvel villain, Mephisto is also the ruler of Hell and the comic book version of Satan. He can shape shift, change time and has superhuman strength. You can try to kill him, but he will regenerate, so don't waste your time. His strongest ability though is his power of manipulation. He is also buddies with Death.

The two made a pact where Mephisto would be allowed to keep the souls of the dead. He can also keep the souls of the living but only with their permission. He is not buddies though with Silver Surfer or Thor, seeing as they're sort of opposing examples of what mankind could become if positivity and good cheer got its way. He pissed off Doctor Doom by holding the soul of his mother, Cynthia von Doom, captive. He took the soul and brains of Mister Fantastic, his wife Invisible Woman and even their son Franklin Richards when they screwed up an exorcism.

That's not even the good stuff. When the Scarlet Witch tried to use magic to have babies with her husband Vision, she accidentally summons two shards of Mephisto's soul, which then became her infant twins. When she finds their true origin, Mephisto sucks them back into his body. Scarlet Witch then goes nuts because of it.

Clearly, Mephisto is not one with whom to mess with. Thanos, who made his debut on Iron Man 55 Feb. Building a base on Earth, he has an army of alien mercenaries with a quest to find the Cosmic Cube, which has the power to grant any wish.

Thanos also has a thing for "bad girls" since he fell in love with the "mistress" Death. And to prove his love, instead of roses or writing her a poem, he was going to destroy all the life in the universe.

At one point, Thanos finds the Cosmic Cube and wishes to be in control of everything. Obviously, Captain Marvel takes some issue with this and destroys the Cube, thus taking away his newfound power. Then, since he isn't powerful anymore, Death dumps him.

Born on Titan, a moon of Saturn, Thanos comes from the race of the Eternals. But he had a Deviant gene in him somewhere and started to resemble them more. Like many odd-looking youngsters, Thanos distances himself from his society and becomes a recluse.

He's so much of an outsider, that he starts his own nuclear attack and kills millions of his race. Oh and he once kidnapped his mother and dissected her. He also even trained his daughter to become an assassin.

He has the power of telekinesis and matter manipulation, has superhuman intellect, can master any technology, time travel and even teleport.

He also looks like a gorilla. One has to admire how Doomsday rolls. If we were genetically engineered to be murdered repeatedly, in an attempt to become immune to death and destruction, just so we could kill Superman, then we would phone it in for the rest of our days, too. It's not like he has anything left to prove, it's not like Lex Luthor and company can give him a whole lot of static. All he has to do is ask the room to raise their hands if you've killed a superhero and count his as the only one showing.

The character arguably peaked way too early in his villainous career, and hasn't done anything as epic since, hence his ranking here at number He delivered a devastating blow to DC's most iconic hero, in one of the most well-known comics of all time. But the powers at be have yet to drop him in a story as memorable or worthwhile as the Death of Superman arc.

Despite his crowning achievement coming at the beginning of his infamous career, attention must be paid to this miracle of evolution. He can adapt to anything that comes at him in the field, from sound guns to plasma swords. The more others try to stop him the more unstoppable he becomes Darkseid and his Omega Beams learned that one the hard way. He does not eat or sleep and his body is made out of bone protrusions he can use as weapons.

On the surface, he may seem like a one-trick pony. But we wouldn't recommend saying that to the face of the thing that murdered the Last Son of Krypton. Despite being a character born from the classic Batman: A testament to Harley's villainy and appeal is the fact that she turned what was a solid supporting role on a TV series into a canon-worthy DC mainstay. Her upcoming role in Gotham City Sirens , alongside Poison Ivy, is further proof of our welcomed investment in Harley.

She is not the strongest of rogues in Batman's gallery, and she is not necessarily the most malevolent. But she is quick to turn on the crazy, and even quicker to please her Mr. That combination alone makes her a constant threat, and an integral part of Batman's series, which more than any other original character from TAS can say. Harley Quinn is unpredictable yet most comfortable in the role of Joker's misunderstood number two, despite certain storylines trying to put more responsibility upon the character.

Harley works best in small to moderate amounts, yet we never tire of her antics and conflict. That's saying a lot for a character who didn't start out as a Batman staple, but will forever be one going forward.

Talia's origin has never been all too important in regards to her vital role in the Batman mythos. What's important is that she's Ra's Al Ghul's daughter, and she's madly in love with the Dark Knight. She may be the head of the infamous League of Assassins, but Talia al Ghul is a little more complicated than your average villain.

Her motives are usually pure, even when her methods are not, and she's been of great help to Batman and other heroes from time to time. Her mother having died when she was very young and Talia was raised by her father, who trained her to become his assistant in the running of his vast operation. She's a talented martial artist, capable of defending herself with or without a weapon, and like her father she can be resurrected in his network of hidden Lazarus Pits.

Talia first encountered Batman when her father sought to determine whether Bruce Wayne would prove a fitting match for his daughter, and thus inherit his empire. Batman refused to have any part of the deal, but not before Talia fell in love with him. Since then, the two have had several run-ins, both direct and indirect.

In particular, it was Talia who used a Lazarus Pit to revive Jason Todd, the second Robin, and helped him embark on a campaign of vengeance as the Red Hood. More to her credit, Talia happens to be one of the few people who've successfully double-crossed Lex Luthor - installed as the head of LexCorp after Luthor was elected president of the United States, she used the opportunity to reveal Luthor's crimes to the world.

Don't let the purple and awkward yellow attire fool you, Mongul is someone to tread very lightly around. He is also one whose brute strength is only rivaled by his brooding ego. Always trying to get his hands on a super weapon of sorts, whether it be Warworld or a planet destroying death ray, Mongul has fought with Superman and murdered his way to detente rather than absolute victory.

In his efforts to best those he deems beneath him, Superman has routinely become a frequent opponent. There, he decided to end Kal-El's life on ironically his birthday, using a plant-like device to put Superman in a permanent dream state - one where the victim's vision of their ideal desires traps them in a prison of illusion. But the fact that he even tried it, let alone came this close to succeeding, is why the DCU should always fear him… even ranking at Zemo, the son of Baron Heinrich Zemo, followed in his father's footsteps to become a supervillain.

How proud he must be. Beginning his career as an engineer, he was livid when he heard the news that Captain America was coming out of retirement. Why was he so mad? America sort of killed his father. He started out under the moniker The Phoenix, not to be confused with Jean Grey, and quickly captured Captain America. He then accidentally fell into a vat of boiling Adhesive X the most powerful bonding agent invented and was thought to be dead.

He just looked like a wax figure. Years later, he appeared again, allied with Primus, and kidnapped Captain America's friend Arnold Roth to lure the hero into a trap. Apparently he has a thing for kidnapping Captain America's friends since his buddy David Cox was next. This time, he brainwashed Cox and got him to battle the Captain. Zemo even once formed an updated version of the group Masters of Evil.

He then subsequently fell off the roof. He also fell into a volcano once. Excluding all the falling, Zemo is known for being a genius, skilled in combat and is an excellent marksman. The Moonstones even granted Helmut superhuman powers including but not limited to light and gravity manipulation, molecular phasing, flight and the ability to create spatial warps. In recent years, his plans grew more diabolical, including his formation of the Thunderbolts - in actuality all members of the Masters of Evil, whom Zemo had pose as superheroes in order to conquer from within the system.

While that plan ultimately failed, the Thunderbolts have continued on, in various incarnations - some seemingly noble, others extremely dangerous. A master in the art of Ninjutsu, Shredder is the leader of the Foot Clan, a fearsome group of warriors and assassins involved in organized crime. In the original Mirage Comics, revered ninja Hamato Yoshi, once owner of Splinter pre-mutation , played a key role in Shredder's corruption when he killed his brother in a feud over a woman.

Hellbent on revenge, Shredder rose up through the ranks of the Foot Clan and ultimately travelled to New York where he destroyed the powerful Yoshi. What Shredder didn't count on we don't really blame him , is that Yoshi's pet rat would mutate into anthropomorphic form and become Sensei to a group of highly-skilled turtle ninjas also anthropomorphic and seek to avenge his death.

The Turtles' actually defeated Shredder during their first encounter with him, but a Foot Clan mystic brought the villain back to life using the worms that fed on his body. And lest you forget, the reanimated worm-Shredder's defeat was only short-lived, as he was brought back to life yet again as a Shark-like monster. Shredder's classic look is samurai-inspired armor, with metal plaques on his shoulders, forearms, hands, and shins.

The armor, creator Kevin Eastman says, was inspired by cheese graters. He sports a cape. And Shredder's face, except for his eyes, is obscured by a metal mask. The Archie Comics version of Shredder, whom most children of the '80s would have come to know before discovering Eastman and Peter Laird's early work, is more of a goofball bad guy.

These issues were initially based on the animated series which saw Shredder take on several different wacky incarnations, including the Ch'rell Utrom version a gooey stomach-brain creature who lived inside a fighting robot , in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series. Shredder has appeared in all of the original TMNT videogames, often as the "boss" of the final level. The X-Men have faced a lot of enemies who fear them simply for being different, but most of these foes have some sort of humanity that can be appealed to or reasoned with.

Not so for the Sentinels. Giant, powerful robots, the Sentinels are perhaps the most frightening symbol of hatred against Mutants - machines created to hunt down those born different.

In their very first appearance, the Sentinels decided that the best way to protect humanity was to rule over it and that inclination was taken to its limit in the classic "Days of Future Past" story. There, we saw a future where the Sentinels are essentially the masters of humans and the scourge of Mutants, keeping them locked up in internment camps or simply murdering them outright. Who can forget the visual of a Sentinel disintegrating Wolverine himself?

Though they're mostly known for their uniformity and lack of individuality, there have been a couple of notable Sentinels, including their leader Master Mold and one particularly nasty version from the "Days of Future Past" timeline, Nimrod, who followed Rachel Summers back through time. Eventually, Master Mold and Nimrod would bizarrely be fused into another great X-Men threat, Bastian, whose seemingly human guise allowed him to spearhead Operation: Zero Tolerance, one of the most vicious government programs aimed against Mutants.

The X-Men version of the Terminators, the Sentinels are highly symbolic of the fear and hate Mutants must face. Hunter Zolomon's turn from troubled youth, to friend and colleague of Wally West, to Zoom is both tragic and inevitable. With his pride getting his way, and the desk he sat behind, it only took a very violent, very breaking, push from Gorilla Grodd to help him become Zoom.

Paralyzed from the waste down, an accident with ahem the cosmic treadmill gave Hunter the ability to defy his physical limits and make up his own. He celebrated his newfound powers by extracting revenge on Wally West for refusing to help him when he needed Wally most.

Rather, he took his anger out on Wally's wife and tried to murder her. Wally West saved Linda's life, but Zoom's attack caused Linda to miscarry. This event forever paved the way of what our heroes could expect from Zoom, as did his ability to wield Personal Time Manipulation, which is just a fancy way of saying do evil things, faster than the Flash can maybe move to stop them. His speed is fueled by an ability to bend time itself, something only the fastest of Scarlet Speedsters can do is hope that they can keep up.

With a name like Vandal Savage, this guy isn't cut out for being anything else but a villain. Or in his case, a supervillain whose crimes date back, well, before we even wrote dates down. An equal-opportunity offender to a range of superheroes Flash, the JSA and Martian Manhunter to name a few , Savage's immortality has allowed him to become quite the foe in the DC Universe. His violence is only matched by his brilliance; a tactician who comes close to matching Luthor's superior intellect.

In between becoming a founding member of the Injustice Society and the events of Final Crisis , Savage found time to travel through time, and target the legacies and blood ties of several Golden Age superheroes. Vandal Savage's genius is a product of a millennia of combat and warfare; a life spent defying boundaries and redefining what a threat really is. In short, he is a very bad man whose only limit is that he has none.

He might not be as tall as King Kong, or as talented a stage performer as Mighty Joe Young, but Flash comic villain Gorilla Grodd has one over on his big-screen cousins. This would-be world-conquering ape was granted extraordinary intellect and powerful psionic abilities after he and his tribe were exposed to a space-rock an alien spacecraft in the character's retconned origin that crashed into the African jungle. Grodd's lust for power pits him against Solovar, ape-leader of the utopian Gorilla City.

When Solovar is captured by humans, Grodd tracks him to Central City with sinister intentions, of course where he runs afoul of The Flash. He was once a leader in the short-lived Secret Society of Super-Villains, and is one of the few baddies to have nearly incapacitated Superman. Much of Grodd's existence has been spent imprisoned in Gorilla City, but he's had little trouble breaking out at will -- seeking freedom each time he formulates another sinister plan to destroy humankind and take over the world.

On numerous occasions, Grodd has sought out his old foe, The Flash, in hopes of killing him before he could foil his plans. Over the years, Grodd has become more and more savage. In an especially gruesome incident, he ravages the African city of Kinshasa see JLA Classified and eats many of the inhabitants. He broke the Batman's back. That's why he is here, but like Doomsday, he also achieved true villainy very early in his career. Bane has yet to match his Knightfall efforts, which lead to shattering Bruce Wayne.

But DC still continues to view him as a valuable player, a character they seem to be quite interested in expanding upon, if his reported role in Sinister Six is any indication. A hulking figure fueled by Venom, a drug pumped directly to his brain for all his hulking, super-strength needs, Bane seems like a feckless thug on the surface. However, unlike Doomsday, Bane emerged as one of Batman's most intelligent foes.

His plan to break the Bat was methodical, and worst of all, patient. Bane realized something his fellow Rogues did not: A full frontal assault against Batman is futile.

Instead, Bane takes the long way around to weakening the Bat, by breaking down Arkham's walls, letting its prisoners infect Gothamn once again and leave Batman on an exhausting three-month mission to lock them back up. During that time -- and here's where "being patient" comes in -- Bane manages to find the Batcave and wait there to administer the final blow, whose impact still echoes today.

Suffering from a cosmic accident that left Hank cursed with immortality, and drove his wife to madness, The Cyborg is a tragic figure who elicits our sympathies to a point. And then we realize just how evil he truly is.

Hank made his first appearance in Reign of the Supermen , soon after Kal-El's death by Doomsday's hands. If Hank wanted people to really believe he was Supes resurrected…ish, then he should have came up with a better look than half Last Son and half T But in the end, convincing the President that he was Supes' heir was just one step toward his end game, which climaxed with his role in the destruction of Coast City, Hal Jordan's hometown.

Downloading his consciousness into a device planted on Doomsday is just one of the reasons why Hank is still alive and plaguing Superman; he may not have Anti-Monitor epic consequences for his villainy, but he is consistent.

Which means he's most likely not going anywhere. Like he said himself during the Sinestro Corps campaign against the GL corps: Yet I continue to survive.

Assassin and mercenary Slade Wilson, born of humble New Teen Titans beginnings, has proven to be a force to reckon with. Family man and assassin by day, the Teen Titans' threat and sometimes anti-hero fighting on the side of quasi-good proves to be a fascinating character -- one made of darker parts fans of DC don't usually get such generous helpings of.

Deathstroke's appearances in both Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis are quick and to the point, providing further evidence that his popularity can only get better with age. Any guy who can go hand-to-hand with Batman, and leave the Dark Knight with a stalemate and not a victory, is clearly not a force to take lightly. The character's appeal stretches into the animated series realm as well, and one day, we hope, onto the big screen.

Super speed for Reverse Flash Eobard Thawne may be his only superpower, but Zoom has not let that slow him down. Obsession drove him quickly to developing a plot to "become" and replace Barry Allen. He was so committed to taking over Allen's duties as Flash, he decided to play house with Allen's wife, Iris. When she didn't take to it, Zoom did what any man in his situation would have done: Vibrate his hand into her head, killing her. Subtlety is not one of Zoom's strong suits he is a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains, after all , but he does get results.

Also, his time traveling ways help him get around certain things like schemes not going according to plan, or even his own death.

Zoom may be a villain too localized for his own good, but his murdering of Iris is an event people still talk about. We can see him getting an arc just as good as his turn as Barry Allen's nemesis, and we hope it happens sooner rather than later. Let's get this out of the way: Terrance Stamp is Zod. His interpretation of the Phantom Zone's most repeat offender in Superman II is an underlining force for folks giving a damn about the General.

But outside of the Donner-directed sequel and an inspired rebirth of sorts in Last Son , Zod remains a character with some potential still left untapped. Whatever your thoughts on his new look the goggles and such , there is no denying that Zod's offensive upon Metropolis and its hero was one for the books. It gave Superman something to do other than, well, whatever it is he does when not engaging in yellow-sun fueled CQC with Zod, Ursa and Non. Zod even used his own son as a pawn in his campaign to turn Earth into New Krypton - we're not even sure Stampy could pull that one off.

Luthor, Zod and Bizarro are what it boils down to when trying to figure out a serious triple threat for Superman, and Zod's contribution is one that seems on target to receive its due.

Zod's arc in the "New Krypton" books continues where "Last Son" left off, furthering the notion that this Zod is welcomed thorn in Superman's side. Kneel before Zod, indeed. Like Apocalypse, who made him into the super powered menace he is, Mr.

Sinister is obsessed with the Darwinian idea of survival of the fittest - but this genetic manipulator goes to some extremely dark and cruel places to further his beliefs and experiments, sometimes outdoing Apocalypse himself when it comes to truly evil acts. Once upon a time he was a 19th century scientist named Nathaniel Essex, who had no quibbles experimenting on the homeless and those he saw as societies and humanities refuse.

Transformed by Apocalypse and now known as Sinister, he's now lived decades past what should have been the end of his life, continuing to manipulate and destroy mutants and humans as he sees fit.

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