The Joker is the greatest super villain of all-time. He is the epitome of an evil character. Created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane in 1940 for DC Comics, The Joker is an unpredictable criminal mastermind with a warped, sadistic sense of humor. Famous for being Batman’s number one nemesis, the Joker was responsible for the murder of Jason Todd—the second Robin and Batman’s ward—and the paralysis of Batman’s ally, Barbara Gordon. Joker’s desire to watch the world burn in destruction is so appealing to readers that they do not get enough of his madness. The Joker’s wild money-green hair, permanent grin, bone-white skin, and purple apparel are one of the most iconic looks in popular culture. The Joker is arguably my favorite super villain in the comic book genre.
Magneto is my favorite super villain in the Marvel Universe. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963, Max Eisenhardt a.k.a. Magneto is the mutant master of magnetism and the primary villain of the legendary mutant team of superheroes X-Men. His objective is protecting the mutant race by any means necessary even if it means enslaving humanity. Magneto’s philosophy has been compared with the iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X. Magneto resents the pacifist attitude of Professor X, the founder of the X-Men, and pushes for a more aggressive approach to achieving civil rights. Magneto is very intelligent and a master strategist and tactician with extensive combat experience.
Dr. Doom is one of the most beloved super villains to have ever grace the pages of comic books. The leader of the fictional nation of Latveria, Dr. Doom is both a genius inventor and a sorcerer. He has had epic battles with the Fantastic 4, Spider-Man, and countless superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby in 1962, Dr. Doom’s armor and hood is one of the most iconic looks in the comic book genre. Dr. Doom’s imperfection (his twisted face) triggers his vengeance against the world, which makes him one of the most compelling and complicated characters in Marvel.
Thanos is the ultimate super villain in the Marvel Universe. Armed with the all-encompassing power of the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos was one of the most feared villains in the cosmos. Born on Saturn’s moon Titan, Thanos has a fascination with nihilism and death, worshiping and eventually falling in love with the physical embodiment of death, Mistress Death (a woman in a hooded robe with a skull for a head). He impressed her in the Infinity Gauntlet miniseries by killing Earth’s mightiest superheroes and most cosmic beings. Thanos enjoyed what he does best, which is kill living beings. As he quote, “The heavens will run red with blood. But in the end, as always, Thanos will stand triumphant.”
Apocalypse is the original mutant in the Marvel Universe. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice, he was the principal adversary of X-Factor. Born En Sabah Nur (“The First One”) in Egypt 5,000 years ago, Apocalypse’s powers cover the spectrum of mutantkind: shape shifting, telekinesis, telepathy, super healing, projecting and absorbing energy, and molecular control over his body. He deems that only the strongest mutants shall survive to join forces with him and the weakest mutants shall perish. Then he plans to utilize his army of the most powerful mutants to conquer Earth and enslave both humankind and mutantkind.
By Shamarie Knight, 26th Feb 2015