The Greatest Comic Book Villains of All Time

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, so sorry it took so long to get this out. This is the fourth and final installment of villain month (well, month and a half now), and all that’s left to do is comic book villains!

And in case you missed it, here are the links to the other entries:

Top 10 Book Villains
Top 10 Movie Villains
Top 10 Video Game Villains

So, without further ado, let the games begin!

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Let the games begin!

10. Apocalypse

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The original Mutant, Apocalypse is over 5000 years old and extremely powerful. Over the ages he has been revered as a warlord as well as a god by a multitude of civilizations. And of course they would as he is immensely powerful! He can teleport, manipulate energy, absorb machines to enhance himself, enhance other people in the same way and make them into his servants, is a genius, and is, most of all, immortal. Power isn’t everything, though. This guy’s got vision. He doesn’t want to just rule the world, he wants to transform it into his own twisted empire of mutants!

9. Venom

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Goo. That’s all he is. Or parasitic alien goo, to be more precise. In fact, he’s not really even that evil. All he wants is to survive, and to do that, he needs a host body. Being the goo’s host isn’t all bad, though. The host gets enhanced strength, speed, sight, and Spiderman-like web-slinging abilities. The only downside is that whatever negative personality traits the host has are amplified as well, meaning that if you are a bad guy, you’ll become really bad. Even Spiderman, who wore the parasite for a while, became a pretty nasty person. After Spiderman ditched the goo, it bonded with a much more evil person and Venom was born. Venom is Spiderman’s antithesis. The same but evil, and that’s why he’s such great villain.

8. Thanos

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Thanos is one super baddy. He is fascinated with death, and is in love with its physical embodiment, Mistress Death, for whom he killed his own family. Already extremely powerful, thanos seeks the infinity gems, which together would make him omnipotent. Once he does actually gather them, he destroys half of all living things in the universe just to prove his love to Death. That’s one messed up super villain!

7. Green Goblin

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Probably Spiderman’s most successful villain in terms of pushing Spiderman to the brink, green Goblin, aka Norman Osborne, is another example of what happens to crooked people when they are given super strength. In Norman’s case, it made him insane. Equipped with a combat ready glider and an assortment of Halloween themed weapons and explosives, the Green Goblin is one lethal psychopath. I mean, how many villains can claim to have killed the hero’s girlfriend? Actually, let me rephrase that. How many villains can claim to have killed the hero’s girlfriend by the hero’s own hand?

6. Darkseid

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Essentially the equivalent of a dark space god, Darkseid is every bit as powerful as Superman, if not more so, and as evil as the devil himself. His ultimate goal is to eliminate all free will in the universe and reshape it in his image. The scary thing is that he nearly did it, almost destroying all of existence in the process. Perhaps one of his most terrifying traits is the fact that he can survive the destruction of his body. When his body is destroyed, he can transport his spirit into another body and continue his reign of terror.

5. Lex Luthor

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One of the smartest and most driven characters comic book history, Lex Luthor is the arch-enemy of Superman. The thing is, he has no super powers. Using only his brains and meticulous personality, he has brought the Man of Steel to his knees more than once. He is an industrialist and a corporate power, and has even been the President of the United States at one point. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like to get his hands dirty, though. He also occasionally uses a robotic exoskeleton to fight superheroes.

4. Dr. Doom

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One of Marvel’s original baddies and one all around messed up guy. Dressed in a cloak and armor, Dr. Doom imitates the personification of Death. He is obsessed with his own superiority and wears an iron mask to hide a small scar on his cheek, as he believes that the scar proves that he is not as perfect as he’d like to be. He can manipulate electricity, is telepathic, is a sorcerer, and his armor grants him superhuman strength and flight. Like most good comic book villains, he wants to rule the world, and he’s got the resources to do it, too.

3. Loki

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Loki, foster brother to the mighty Thor, is the god of mischief and one of the most dangerous villains in the Marvel universe. Though he looks like an Asgardian, Loki is a Frost Giant, and he resents his adopted father, Odin, for treating him as if he were inferior to Thor. Loki was directly responsible for assembling the first team of Avengers when he plotted to take over Earth, and has caused more problems than just about any other supervillain. Though not as strong as Thor, he is incredibly powerful in other ways. He can fly, shape shift, teleport between dimensions, knows black magic, can shoot energy from his body, and can control people’s minds through hypnosis.

2. Magneto

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Magneto isn’t exactly the most powerful mutant. In fact, he’s not even close. But then again, he doesn’t need to be. That’s not to say he’s not powerful, but I’d be willing to bet that he wouldn’t need any power at all to be as formidable as he is. No, what makes him great is his vision. He can inspire people far more powerful than himself to follow him, amassing an army of super powered mutants. And the thing is, he really isn’t evil. All he wants is to make the world a better place for mutants to live in. The only problem with that is that he has no problem with eliminating all of the non-mutants to do it.

1. Joker

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How can you top the Joker? Sure, he’s not very strong or powerful, but he makes up for it in pure madness. In fact, what makes Joker great is that he can do enormous amounts of damage and bring even the greatest of heroes to their knees without powers. He is wholly unpredictable and often manipulates people through their darkest fears. And he doesn’t even do it for anything in return. He doesn’t want power or wealth or revenge. All he wants is chaos. He wants the world to be as crazy as he is. It also doesn’t hurt that he looks like a sadistic clown, which would honestly make him a great villain in itself.

That’s what I think, anyway. Be sure to cast your vote below!

Songs For The Gym Or The Treadmill

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Working out isn’t always easy to do. Problem is, in a society obsessed with physical perfection, it’s something that most of us feel like we have to do. And the worst part isn’t even the workout itself. You have to make time for it in your day, usually early in the morning or right after you get home from work or school. More specifically, you have to change into your workout clothes, drive/run/ride to the gym (some people have everything they need in their home – lucky bastards), drive/run/ride back home, take a shower, and change your clothes again! It’s really pretty time consuming.

Believe me, as a certified personal trainer, I know how hard making that time can be.

But there’s an upside to it all. Once you finally get to the gym, you get to zone out to your favorite tunes. I’m a huge music lover, but unless I’m in the car, I rarely listen. That’s why I covet my workout time so much. Of course, feeling and looking better is not a bad perk to working out either.

So, to honor that rare hour or so of uninterrupted music listening, I thought I’d list my favorite workout tracks. Now, of course, we tend to listen to different things depending on the type of workout (or at least I do), so I’ll break it down into several playlists. Also, when I work out, I tend to work out hard, so some of these songs are pretty loud and, uh, intense.

Intense Cardio (running, sprints, plyometrics, interval training, etc.)
I like to listen to electronic music when I work out, and as you’ll notice, I’ve got a TON of Daft Punk on here. Half their songs sound like they were made for the gym. Don’t believe me? Listen to the lyrics. The heavy bass and repetitive nature of their music helps me zone out, too. It’s a bit like hypnosis, I guess. There are some other obvious choices on here as well.

Better Off Alone – Alice Deejay
Cinema (Skrillex Remix) – Benny Benassi
One More Time – Daft Punk
Aerodynamic – Daft Punk
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk
High Life – Daft Punk
Da Funk – Daft Punk
Around the World – Daft Punk
Rollin’ ’n Scratchin’ – Daft Punk
Robot Rock – Daft Punk
Technologic – Daft Punk
Musique – Daft Punk
Derezzed – Daft Punk
The entire Alive 2007 album – Daft Punk
Sandstorm – Darude
Moar Ghosts ’n’ Stuff – Deadmou5
Ghosts ’n’ Stuff (feat. Rob Swire) – Deadmou5
I Remember (feat. Kaskade) – Deadmou5
Strobe – Deadmou5
Bootleg Fireworks (The Rebirth) – Dillon Francis
Latch (feat. Sam Smith) – Disclosure
Bird Machine (feat. Alesia) – DJ Snake
Death By Robot – Feed Me
Hold Me Close – Flux Pavilion
Pardon My French – Gramatik
You Don’t Understand – Gramatik
Prime Time – Gramatik
It’s Just a Ride – Gramatik
Genesis – Justice
D.A.N.C.E. – Justice
Room for Happiness (feat. Skylar Grey) – Kaskade
4 AM (Adam K & Soha Mix) – Kaskade
Move for Me – Kaskade & Deadmou5
Lick It – Kaskade & Skrillex
Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette
My Eyes – Nero
Must Be the Feeling – Nero
Doomsday – Nero
Me and You – Nero
Wildfire – SBTRKT
Pharaohs – SBTRKT
Right In – Skrillex
Bangarang (feat. Sirah) – Skrillex
First of the Year (Equinox) – Skrillex
Reptile’s Theme – Skrillex
Rock ’n’ Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain) – Skrillex
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Kill Everybody – Skrillex
Love & War – Wolfgang Gartner

Weightlifting (or cardio if I get tired of the first list)
There’s a lot of metal and alternative on this list. I actually don’t listen to it very often, but when I need an extra push, this list does it.

Falling Down – Breaking Point
Prayer – Disturbed
Indestructible – Disturbed
Perfect Insanity – Disturbed
Inside the Fire – Disturbed
Voices – Disturbed
The Game – Disturbed
Stupify – Disturbed
Down With the Sickness – Disturbed
Fear – Disturbed
Bodies – Drowning Pool
Reminded – Drowning Pool
Mute – Drowning Pool
Told You So – Drowning Pool
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Dirt Off Your Shoulder / Lying From You – Jay-Z & Linkin Park
Jigga What / Faint – Jay-Z & Linkin Park
Points of Authority / 99 Problems / One Step Closer – Jay-Z & Linkin Park
Papercut – Linkin Park
Figure.09 – Linkin Park
Bleed It Out – Linkin Park
This Is the New Sh#t – Marilyn Manson
Battery – Metallica
Master of Puppets – Metallica
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Sad But True – Metallica
All Nightmare Long – Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Metallica
Follow You Home – Nickelback
Side of a Bullet – Nickelback
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
I Don’t Wanna Stop – Ozzy Osbourne
Let Me Hear You Scream – Ozzy Osborne
Even Flow – Pearl Jam
Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine
Killing In the Name – Rage Against the Machine
Dragula – Rob Zombie
Demon Speeding – Rob Zombie
Remedy – Seether
Headstrong – Trapt

Alternate Weightlifting or Light Cardio
If you crave heavy bass (and I know I do!), and you don’t like Electronic music, then you’ll like this list. The only problem is most of these songs don’t have a very high BPM, so this list isn’t very good for cardio. I actually had to leave out some great songs because of that.

Pop Bottles – Birdman
Stuntin’ Like My Daddy – Birdman
Bet I – B.o.B
Out of My Mind – B.o.B
Strange Clouds – B.o.B
Look At Me Now – Chris Brown
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
I’m Goin In – Drake
The Motto – Drake
Forever – Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem
Low – Flo Rida
How We Do – Game
Blame It – Jamie Foxx
The New Workout Plan – Kanye West
Stronger – Kanye West
Gold Digger – Kanye West
Flashing Lights – Kanye West
On Sight – Kanye West
Black Skinhead – Kanye West
Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean
M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
Swimming Pools – Kendrick Lamar
Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi
Bring It Back – Lil Wayne
Got Money – Lil Wayne
A Milli – Lil Wayne
Lollipop – Lil Wayne
Blunt Blowin – Lil Wayne
MegaMan – Lil Wayne
6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne
John – Lil Wayne
Everybody Drunk – Ludacris
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Hot in Herre – Nelly
Grillz – Nelly
ATLiens – OutKast
The Way You Move – OutKast
Hey Ya! – OutKast
B.O.B. – OutKast
Freek-A-Leek – Petey Pablo
Wildfire (OVO Remix) – SBTRKT
What Up, What’s Haapnin’ -T.I.
Worldwide Choppers – Tech N9ne
Riot Maker – Tech N9ne
Caribou Lou – Tech N9ne
Like Yeah – Tech N9ne
Let’s Go – Tech N9ne
Sickology 101 – Tech N9ne
Yeah! – Usher
In Da Club – 50 Cent
Candy Shop – 50 Cent
What about you guys? What do you like to listen to when you work out?