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!

One thought on “The Greatest Comic Book Villains of All Time

  1. At first, I thought you were crazy for having a human with no powers at #1, but the more I think of it, just the fact that he is such a sociopath makes him that more intriguing.

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