Special Sub-Topic: Comic's Bad Guys
|Eric Magnus Lensherr, who's mutant ability to control magnetic fields manifested in a Nazi concentration camp as his family was murdered. Since then, he has attempted to make the world safe for mutantkind by subjugating the rest of humanity:|
Magneto. Often times, the Master of Magnetism has lead numerous groups of evil mutants on his quest, but been bested by former friend Charles Xavier and his followers, the X-Men. He has been portrayed in the 'X-Men' films by veteran actor Sir Ian McKellan.
|Victor, an exchange student from Latveria and former collegiate rival of scientist Reed Richards, until a chemical explosion brought about by his miscalculations disfigured his face and got him expelled back to his native land, which he has since taken over as ruler. He eyes the world, through an iron mask, as his next conquest:|
Dr. Doom. In truth, the accident he blames on Reed resulted in only a small scar, which he considered hideous to his handsome features. It was when a group of monks bestowed his mask upon him and he put on his face before it was sufficiently cooled that mangled his features. Doom continues to oppose Richards and the rest of the Fantastic Four.
|Selina Kyle, raised in a brutal environment before escaping to a life on the streets of Gotham City. Vowing never to want or be dependent on anyone, she uses her skills in burglary, martial arts and feminine wiles to her own ends:|
Catwoman. Kipling's prime example of 'the Cat who walks by herself', she has constantly eluded Gotham's finest as well as the Batman. She has been portrayed on TV and in movies by such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Michelle Pheiffer.
|Norman Osborne, a failed business man who chose crime as a means of fast income, using a Halloween costume and various related weapons, including pumpkin bombs, to achieve his goals:|
The Green Goblin. Osborne knew Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man. After he murdered Peter's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, the Goblin was killed in battle with Spider-Man when he was impaled by his own rocket-sled. Since then, the Goblin costume was revised by Jason Macendale, the villain Jack-O-Lantern, who has since been known as the Hobgoblin.
|Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips and avowed enemy of New Genesis, he murdered his own brother to claim the Omega Force as his own:|
Darkseid. The Omega Force gives Darkseid the power of the Omega Effect, to pass between dimensions, disintegrate his enemies and resurrect the dead. Despite all this, he has been thwarted on several occasions by the likes of the New Gods and Superman.
|While his real name is unknown (suspected to be petty criminal Jack Napier), he reportedly began his crime career as the masked Red Hood until he fell into a chemical vat being chased by the Batman. The results of the bath gave him chalk-white skin, green hair and an insidious permanant grin:|
The Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime has been a thorn in the Batman's side for many years. It was Joker that paralyzed Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and killed the second Robin, Jason Todd. Incidentally, in the 1989 film, 'Batman', the Joker (Jack Nicholson) was given the name Jack Napier, but it does not appear in any comic issue.
|Wilson Fisk, a rather imposing self-professed 'private businessman' who, in fact, heads most, if not all, of the crime cartels that are known to authorities:|
The Kingpin. While most people think of the Kingpin as grossly overweight, he is, in fact, solid muscle. As far as opponents go, he likes to divide his time between Daredevil and Spider-Man. In 2003's 'Daredevil' movie, he was portrayed by Michael Clark Duncan, and in the Spiderman cartoon series, he was voiced by Roscoe Lee Browne.
|He is, and always has been, the arch-nemesis of Superman, but in recent years, he has undergone a transformation from a mad scientist to a corporate mogul:|
Lex Luthor. I'm sorry, but for such a criminal mastermind, to not be able to see past a pair of glasses...
|He's not so much a world-beater as he is a world-EATER. He is an enormous cosmic vampire who lives off the lifeforce of entire planets:|
Galactus. Uncounted billions of years ago, he was a scientist named Galen who survived the Big Bang and became an eternal being. While not really evil, he is a primary force in the Universe who has been both assisted and opposed by the Fantastic Four and former herald the Silver Surfer. In a recent mini-series, he was seemingly destroyed on the Shi'ar homeworld by the concerted efforts of most of Earth's heroes along with help from other worlds, but one can never be too sure with an eternal.
|During WWII, Adolph Hitler hand-picked a thief-beggar named Johann Schmidt to be the antithesis of all who oppose the Nazi dream, particularly the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America:|
The Red Skull. It was the Skull that formed the underworld terrorist organization known as Hydra.
|Free-lance mercenery Victor Creed is a mutant with super-human strength and endurance, razor-sharp fingernails and teeth and a phenominal healing factor that cures most any injury short of molecular disintegration...and no conscience:|
Sabertooth. Sabertooth initially began his career opposite Iron Fist and former partner Maverick, but moved on to someone who has a lot in common with him, including a mutant healing factor and claws...the mutant Wolverine. Also, he shares a child with the mutant Mystique. He was portrayed in the 'X-Men' movies by pro wrestler Tyler Mane.
|This villain is not so much a 'who', but an 'it', created by aliens as the ultimate living weapon of destruction. A famous comic series had this mindless monstrosity kill the Man of Steel:|
Doomsday. At last report, Doomsday is stranded at the end of the Dimension of Time after having been chased there by the not-so-dead Superman...but don't count him out.
|Renegade scientist Vril Dox tried to take over his homeworld and, as punishment, was atomically dispersed, but retained enough mental power to take over a carnival mentalist. He has the ability to mindlink with computers, using this power to take over LexCorp:|
Brainiac. A far-off descendent, known as Brainiac-5, attempts to make up for his ancestors misdeeds as a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
|Archaeologist and treasure seeker Barbara Minerva discovered a strange blood-drinking plant that grants her superhuman agility, strength and razor-keen senses to rival that of her nemesis, Wonder Woman:|
The Cheetah. Cheetah needs an endless supply of the plant to keep her powers.
|Ernest Fairchild, a teenager with telepathic powers, died after a failed experiment, was reborn undead and is currently embarking on a quest of Megadeath...the destruction of all life on Earth.|
Evil Ernie. Not many villains merit their own comic series, but Ernie was a change of pace for many comic readers. Ernie follows the dictates of a beautiful demon named Lady Death.
|A Victorian-era doctor, Nathan Essex, became obsessed with genetics to the point he was able to extend his own life into the present. He has shown a particular interest in the genetic structure of the family of Scott (Cyclops) Summers of the X-Men:|
Mr. Sinister. Through Sinister's machinations, the Summers family line is rather frayed...Scott has a son by a clone of Jean Grey, Nathan Summers, a.k.a the mutant Cable who, through a quirk in time travel, is older than his father.
|Ben Poindexter is the name this psychotic hitman uses most, but even he doesn't know what his real name is. He does know that he has uncanny marksmanship using guns, knives...anything he touches becomes a deadly weapon:|
Bullseye. Thanks to Daredevil nearly breaking every bone in his body, Bullseye now has a skeleton laced with adamantium, an extremely tough metal, through an experimental process used on only one other person...Wolverine. He was portrayed in 2003's 'Daredevil' by Colin Farrell.
|Otto Octavius was a promising scientist experimenting use of a harness with mechanical appendages to handle hazardous materials from a safe distance, until an explosion fused the arms to his body and deranging his mind:|
Dr. Octopus. Despite his fearsome reputation, Octopus was enamored by May Parker, the elderly aunt of Peter (Spider-Man) Parker.
|This megalomaniacal villain was actually created around the turn of the century by author Sax Rohmer, but was revived by Marvel as the father of the Master of Kung-Fu, Shang Chi:|
Fu Manchu. He was portrayed on the silver screen by such legends as Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee.
|Last name McKenzie, this sometimes-hero-sometimes-villain has helped the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, but has also periodically declared war on the surface world from his dominion of Atlantis:|
Namor. Namor, the Submariner, has been around since the 1940's as a member of the All-Winner's squad. In the Marvel Golden Age, he had an unrequited love for Sue Storm Richards, the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman.
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