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March 5, 2013 at 3:27 PMComments: 4 Faves: 0

Top Ten Comic Book Villains Part Two

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

Greeting my fellow vibrantly valiant vagabonds! Once again we gather to speak in hushed whispers of those evil beings who plot and scheme in the shadows to destroy the gallant heroes. Once again we firmly grasp our dewy drinks and uber-cool ranchy snacks to worship the underhanded, back-stabbing, gloriously fiendish peace plunderers!

Welcome to the age of the villain! I would love to call it a renaissance of sorts, but that would be a bit of a stretch, would it not? Never before has our society been as morally low as it is right now. This utter lack of virtuous fortitude is an open playground for creating complex and interesting villains. Not only creating, but allowing preexisting characters to have their way with their counterparts, seemingly blowing the proverbial lid off of the worlds we walked 50 years ago.

The first portion of my list was indicative of characters that make varied appearances in story lines of major heroes, or hero groups. They were characters that may not always take the main stage, but when they do, they leave an indelible mark upon the hero.

Villains #1-5 represent a much more permanent staple in lore we have come to love. These five characters are not so easily cast aside. When they make an appearance, they do so in the hopes of destruction and death. They do so to permanently damage the hero in a way from which he or she will never recover. These villains have left such a mark on the heroes that the very dynamic of villain/hero no longer applies. Instead, these relationships carry a very real weight, and our characters are emotionally invested, whether they desire said investment or not.

On to the list!


Ultron is not just one of my favorite all-time baddies, but he is a great piece of technological commentary. Ultron was created by arguably the greatest mind in the Marvel universe, Dr. Henry Pym (a.k.a. Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Yellowjacket). Doc Pym created Ultron as an experiment in combining human consciousness with technological infrastructure (traditionally a terrible idea). To make matters even more awesome, Pym decided he would use his fantastic intellect as the neural template for Ultron!

Naturally, Ultron turned villain and went all rebellious robot on the world, and here is where the commentary sits. Ultron actually makes a logical argument for the extinction of humanity, but the more he uses his massive intellect and power, the more human megalomaniac he becomes! Take heed all ye A.I. developers!

Ultron gets his butt kicked early in his villainous career, but he always uploads his consciousness into another piece of tech, making him immortal...technically (get it?). Each time he comes back he is more advanced and a helluva lot more crazy. I do believe we are around the 13th iteration as of right now.


  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Flight
  • Concussion Blasters
  • Tractor Beams
  • Radiation Emitters
  • Encephalo Beam
  • Energy Absorption
  • Program Transmitter
  • Complete Tech Control


In the beginning, Sinestro was the mightiest warrior in the Green Lantern Corps. Hand picked by the Guardians of the Universe, Sinestro kept sector 1417 peaceful with the help of his green power ring. Not only was Sinestro a great warrior, but he was an excellent mentor to the Green Lantern recruits. His prize pupil? None other than Hal Jordan, the original Green Lantern. Hal and Sinestro quickly became brothers through many battles and fierce training sessions.

Sinestro eventually fell prey to his own might and an increasing doubt in the power held within the Green Lantern Corps, the power of will as it were. His methods turned heavy-handed as he became more obsessed with maintaining peace and order in his sector. This obsession soon led to him being conquered by the fear of not having enough power to maintain the peace he desired. This fear led him to being exiled from the Corps to Qward, in the anti-matter universe.

On Qward, Sinestro met the Weaponers of Qward, who forged him a yellow power ring, drawn directly from the power of fear. This yellow power exists in direct contrast to the green power of will. From this point onward, Sinestro acts as the direct antagonist of the Green Lantern. Every major conflict the Green Lantern faces has Sinestro's imprint somewhere upon it, either mentally or physically.


  • Fear Attunement
  • Indomitable Will
  • Intimidation
  • Hand to Hand Expertise
  • Qwardian Ring
  • Green Lantern Ring


The God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson, actually molded his own origin story. Loki travels back in time to the epic war between the Frost Giants and the Asgardians for dominance over the nine realms. During the battle, Loki draws away Bor (the father of Odin), under the guise of an ancient wizard. Thinking the wizard an ally of the Frost Giants, Bor goes on the attack, but is quickly turned into the driven snow by Loki, an extremely powerful wizard in his own right.

Loki then puts into play his master psychological scheme, having the ghost of Bor haunt his son Odin, who has the power to bring Bor back from the great beyond. Odin refuses to do this initially, claiming the old ways dead and buried. Eventually, the guilt consumes Odin and he agrees to hear his father out. Disguised as Bor's spectre, Loki convinces Odin that in order to pay his penance, he must steal and raise the son of a great king as his own.

Not very long after this, the Asgardians once again go to war with the Frost Giants, who are now led by King Laufey. Laufey has a runt son (infant Loki) whom he hides away out of shame. After slaying King Laufey, Odin finds the child in the chambers of the dead king and thinks this to be the child his father spoke of. He takes the child and raises him as his own, along side his son Thor.

Most excellent, right?! These complex schemes of awesomely righteous evil are Loki's trademark, and set him up as one the greatest villains of all time.


  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhumanly Dense Tissue
  • Superhuman Durability
  • Regenerative Healing Factor
  • Superhuman Stamina
  • Superhuman Longevity
  • Sorcery
    • Psionics
    • Shape-shifting
  • Genius Level Intellect
  • Master Combatant


Max Eisenhart (Magneto) is a villain born of extreme tragedy. Born a pre-WWII German citizen, little Max attended school just like all the other kiddies. It wasn't until he one day found his uncle Erich beaten to a bloody pulp for abusing a German woman, that Max's life took a severe turn for the worst.

Mas was infatuated with a girl named Magda, and did much to impress her, including winning a javelin throw competition put on by his school. The school accused the young Jewish boy of cheating (twice) and expelled him, giving young Magneto his first true look into human discrimination and cruelty.

After years of moving around, as the turmoil in Germany continued to rise, Max's family finally landed in Warsaw. When the Germans set up the Ghetto, Max made a living as a street thief, further glimpsing the cruelty mankind had to offer. Eventually, his family again escaped the German line of fire and was on the run.

The Nazi hordes finally caught up with the band of refugees and forced them into a firing line. Just before the trigger was pulled Max's father, Jakob, pushed him into their future mass grave. Max lay underneath his dead family and friends for some time before crawling his way out, only to be caught again and taken to a concentration camp.

In this concentration camp, Max was forced to help operate the many torturous apparatus' contained within. This, yet again, would give the young Magneto a violent glare into human cruelty. In this camp, Max is reunited with his long lost love Magda, with whom he eventually escapes and starts a family with in Russia.

The final straw (as if it was needed) drops when, one day, Erik Magnus Lehnsherr (he changed his name in an attempt to escape his past) accuses his boss of shorting him pay. In his anger, Magnus impales the man with a crowbar, revealing his power for the first time. Magnus then flees home only to find the apartment in which he, his wife, and his child were living, ablaze with both wife and child interred within. He attempts to use his new found abilities to rescue them, but is only able to save Magda before the KGB arrive and start pounding on him. His daughter falls and burns right in front of him. Enraged, Magnus destroys the guards in an extreme display of power. Seeing this power, Magda flees without telling him she is pregnant with twins.

Yea, I'd hate humans as well.


  • Magnetokinesis
    • Magnetic Force-Fields
    • Magnetic Flight
    • Geomagnetic Link
    • Metal Manipulation
    • Metallic Bonding
    • Organic Iron Manipulation
    • Electromagnetic Sight
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Superhuman Stamina
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Reflexes
    • Superhuman Speed
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Manipulation
  • Astral Projection
  • Telepathic Resistance
  • Genius-level Intellect
  • Military Training
  • Master Strategist


"Here's the cold hard truth Bats...I don't hate you 'cause I'm crazy...I'm crazy 'cause I hate you."

There is no real origin story for the Joker, as he "prefers it to be multiple choice." All we are really told is that he fell into chemicals that stained his skin white, hair green, and made his smile massive.

The Joker is Batman's antithesis, a being completely bent on the destruction of Batman and any life he attempts to build around himself. Through massive schemes and pure evil genius, the Joker has either killed, maimed, or mentally scarred every person Batman has chosen to reveal himself to, or trust.

The Joker stands as one of the only villains that exists purely to defeat the protagonist, nothing more. He cares not for anything else but Batman. All his schemes revolve around the idea of breaking the man that hides behind the cape and cowl.

The Joker is #1 on this list because of that singular purpose and the lengths he is willing to go in order to achieve that end. With a list of deaths numbering in the thousands, the Joker shows no signs of slowing. Every time he is caught he merely views it as a rest/planning period, completely confident in his destiny.

There are no two characters as closely linked as Batman and Joker, and this fact alone tears apart Bruce Wayne. The Joker fights him even when he isn't present, a constant reminder how far he would have to fall in order to achieve victory over his foe.

This is what makes Joker the ultimate villain, his death by his greatest enemy would be his greatest victory.


  • Unique Physiology
    • Pain Resistance
    • Tainted Blood
    • Joker Venom Immunity
  • Cheating Death
  • Cosmic Awareness
  • Indomitable Will
  • Genius-level Intellect
    • Inventive Skill
    • Escapology
    • Tactical Analysis
  • Disguise
  • Advanced Hand to Hand Combat

Not-So-Honorable Mention

Lex Luthor - Doctor Doom - Prometheus - The Leader


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  • Mags is so great! I always loved the depth of that character. He is always the leader of the villainy. He would stop it when it was gratuitous, he would promote it when it was necessary. He led the troops, the immature, the unreliable, the unstable, keeping them all in check. He could bring the craziest villain back to his senses when he had stepped out of line. He feared almost nothing (dark phoenix comes to mind, but I'm not sure exactly how he felt about her). He is, if this world could see past good and evil, and see necessary and unnecessary, the best leader of the mutants into their new world. Charles always had too much faith in mankind. Mankind would hurt them, imprison them, ban them, just because of their own fear. Work along side them, see the good they could do. But no, humans just became afraid and caged them. Magnus was right. As wonderful as pure utopia between humans and mutants would be, the only chance of that happening is by getting rid of the humans that won't work with that. And Erik's plan to eradicate them was the only reasonable end. There will always be extremists that will not reason. They will need to be removed for a true utopia.

  • I couldn't agree more Rex, Magnus is an excellent character. He is also an extremely difficult character. When you delve into his origin story, it becomes really hard not to root for him when he speaks of ridding the world of humanity. He may be one the noblest villains that exist in comic book lore.

  • The most scariest Villains are not the ones that have physical powers but the ones that get into the mind of the hero or even tap inside the evil side of humanity. They do the worst damage.

    To quote a character in a movie (not a comic book movie):

    "I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong.
    ....I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... *evil*. "

    -Dr. Loomis (Halloween 1978 version)

  • Excellent quote...pure evil provides great purpose in comic story lines.

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