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10 Awesome Super Villains

Updated on May 8, 2013


It seems to me that the only people getting all the attention is super heroes. You don't really see movies about all of the great super villains. I think a lot of people would line up in the movie theaters to see movies where the plot is centered around the villain and the super hero being almost shown as a villain. I think it would be an interesting take on a film. It would also give more character to each of the super villains which in turn would add more story to a movie that would later show this super villain in the right place. Either way, this list will compile 10 of some of the greatest super villains. Not all of them are from the Marvel and DC universe however. There are no rules in this post. I am on a quest to present to you 100 amazing super villains, let us get started.

1. Magneto

Max Eisenhardt, AKA Magneto, was a Jewish child in Germany during the height of Hitler's reign. He saw first hand the terrible capabilities of mankind. He lost his mother in a concentration camp and his anger and sorrow triggered a new found ability that would forever shape the foundation of his world. Magneto has become one of the most famous super villains the world has ever known. When you think X-Men, even if you aren't a fan, the two people you already know is Wolverine, and Magneto, The Master of Magnetism. His powers at first glance don't really portray him as a "super" villain. I mean the ability to move and bend metal is pretty awesome considering that Wolverine's claws are indeed made of metal. The aspect that makes Magneto truly great is his ability to manipulate and control others to do his bidding. He is able to cover up his trail and make up for his weaknesses. He might be the greatest super villain of all time.

2. Catwoman

The great thing about Catwoman is that she doesn't always appear to be a villain. To be honest, Catwoman is the closest thing Batman has ever had to love. What makes Catwoman stand the test of time is her ability to play both sides of the fence to get what she wants. Consistently manipulating both the villain and the hero. Catwoman is also one of the few people alive that knows Batman is in fact Bruce Wayne. This is a huge chess piece in this massive game of chess that Batman has to consider. There aren't a lot of women in the comic book world, well at least not a lot that are very well known. Catwoman is probably the most infamous female villains ever made. I honestly can't think of another one on top of my head, which means that the average population doesn't either. Most of the population doesn't even know she is a villain. I guess she is manipulating them too!

3. Doctor Doom

Victor Von Doom is often considered the 5th member of the Fantastic Four, because if Doctor Doom didn't exist, I wouldn't be interested. Doctor Doom's obsession with Mr. Fantastic goes all the way back before Mr. Fantastic was a super hero and Doom a villain. He was extremely envious of Fantastic and his family. One thing you will notice, which is kind of odd to the comic book world is that Doctor Doom doesn't really flaunt special abilities or super powers, he instead attempts, and successfully steals the powers of other things, including the Silver Surfer and cosmic stars. The cool part about Doctor Doom is that he inspired the creators of Star Wars to create Darth Vader, another great super villain.

4. The Green Goblin

The Green Goblin is one of the most notorious villains associated with Spiderman. Green Goblin has a strange connection to his hero. He is the father of Peter Parker (Spiderman's) best friend, whose corruption is starting to seep into his son. The Green Goblin eventually seized control of a lot of United States resources to include Tony Stark's Shield and the Avengers team. The main thing that appears to be the Green Goblin's weakness is his inability to keep his own sanity. It seems that the more and more the story unfolds, the less likely this will be to happen. He is still one of the hardest and most clever villains Spiderman has ever faced.

5. The Joker

The twisted psychotic clown of crime that is The Joker is possibly even more interesting than his hero counterpart. The Joker wasn't even always considered Batman's greatest foe. It wasn't until recently that this became obvious. The part about the Joker that really makes me adore his character is the fact that Batman exists to stop the Joker, and the Joker exists to allow Batman to exist. This is a cool little twist on a comic book series. Joker only commits crimes because he know Batman will chase him. As long as Batman exists in the world, so will the Joker. He is the comic book version of Hannibal Lector in my opinion. Tactical and amazing escape plans with very thought out crimes. The Joker is also unique in the fact that he doesn't possess and superhuman abilities. But I suppose a lot of villains in Gotham City don't. This is what makes the Batman series to amazing to me.

6. Lex Luthor

With a hero like Superman, arguably the greatest superhero ever made, there has to be a counterpart. The strange thing about Lex Luthor is that he doesn't want to rule the world, or have any evil objectives. He merely seeks to be the worlds hero that Superman is. With threats from aliens of Crypton at bay, Lex Luther has to find ways to outsmart his foe Superman who obviously out strengths him. One thing that he doesn't realize is that maybe a world where society "worships" one person as their savior isn't the ideal world to live in. Maybe he won't be as great as a superhero as he thinks he will be.

7. Megatron

Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons, the arch nemesis of the Autobots. With him being the leader of such a group, he is obviously the most hardcore, tough and brutal bot of the bunch. That is not saying that the rest of the Decepticons are a bunch of wimps, its just that the comparison is staggering. With this in mind, he is the greatest threat to the Autobots and one of the only challenges for Optimus Prime. What else needs to be said here? He is the probably the most powerful evil robot the world has ever known. That is good enough to be on anyone's list.

8. Mr. Freeze

Mr. Fries, or more commonly known as Mr. Freeze was always obsessed with freezing things, even as a child. This led to his study of cryogenics later on in life. After his wife became very ill and developed cancer, he cryogenically froze her until a cure was later to be found. One of Mr. Fries' colleagues attempted to stop this process and ended up dousing Mr. Fries in hazardous chemicals. This caused Mr. Fries to have strange physical changes until he became, Mr. Freeze. His skin grew pale and he could only survive in subzero temperatures. With his wife gone, he began terrorizing citizens of Gotham City. He created a suit to increase his strength and developed a gun that would instantly freeze things. He became a psychotic villain that was one of Batman's most difficult villains to face.

9. Majin Buu

Majin Buu, in his various forms, is by far the most dynamic villain to ever enter the Dragon Ball Z world. Bibidi and Babidi, the creaters of Buu, initially created Buu from the energy given off by Majin Goku and Vegeta. It seems at first that no one is a match for Majin Buu. Supreme Kai and Gohan initially try to stop him but are defeated easily. Then Vegeta attempts to defeat him and turns to ash. Goku tries to stop him but ends up destroying a few cities and gets nothing done. Mr. Satan, a mere human, attempts to poison him, explode him etc. but Buu doesn't even realize that these are murderous threats. After becoming Buu's butler, he finally tells Buu that killing is wrong, which Buu didn't initially know. Buu heals a dog and befriends it, showing it true love. Some gunmen attempting to kill Buu shoot Buu's dog and put him into a rage, then they shoot Mr. Satan. After healing Mr. Satan, Buu realizes the only way to get rid of all of his evil is to expel it into a cloud. This cloud becomes evil Buu, then Kid Buu, then Super Buu and eventually is destroyed leaving only the good Buu. He was overall one of the most difficult villains the Z Fighters have ever dealt with.

10. Venom

When it comes to stories about super heroes, they often explore the heroes alter egos. A super villain that explores this alter ego doesn't get any more direct than when Spiderman encounters Venom, his dark, evil counterpart. Venom has all of the powers that Spiderman has except that he is freakishly large. Like Catwoman, he is one of the few villains to know the heroes true identity. Venom originated from a alien-like suit that Spiderman found during Secret Wars that he instantly discarded and ended up in the hands of Eddie Brock, a reported with a vendetta against Spiderman. Venom's popularity was instant when he first came out and is still one of the most notable and popular villains in the whole comic book world.

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    • cperuzzi profile image

      Christopher Peruzzi 

      2 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      Shadow Thief is probably it. He's an enemy of Hawkman.

    • David Trujillo profile image

      David Trujillo Uribe 

      2 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      There is one minor super villain from the Justice League, some guy that can cast shadows. Don´t know his name, probably Dr. Shadow

    • Taranwanderer profile image


      2 years ago

      Dr. Doom and Magneto are my favorites from this great list of supervillains that you've compiled. Of course, if you count the Incredible Hulk from Marvel as a villain, then I'd probably have to go with him.

    • ironangel89 profile image


      4 years ago from United States

      There were so many choices in that poll to choose from, it was difficult. I voted Joker in the end, but I love Venom and Magneto as well.

    • David Trujillo profile image

      David Trujillo Uribe 

      5 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Joker´s freudian wisdom is amazing in animation films like "Batman Under The Red Hood".

    • MountainManJake profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks willsummerdreamer! Cell was extremely dynamic, but didn't pose the "destroy the planet with ease" aspect that Buu did. Gohan was able to defeat cell solo while Goku and Vegeta had to fuse together just to pose a threat to Buu. Good point though!

    • Willsummerdreamer profile image

      Will English. 

      5 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      I personally think that Cell was a better villain, but its still cool to see Buu on here. I'm also surprised that the Antimonitor and Ozymandias are missing but whatever. And Magneto rules. Great list.

    • MountainManJake profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Seattle

      I didn't intend for this to be a list of the best... Just a lot that I enjoy. Thanks for the edit on lex luthor. I was typing fast and missed that edit. Great feedback guys!

    • cperuzzi profile image

      Christopher Peruzzi 

      5 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      It's Lex "Luthor" with an "o". I only mention this as there are several stories where Luthor is in disguise and uses an anagram typically of his own name.

      What makes these villains cool? Yes, they are popular and some are quite powerful - but cool? Granted, some of these villains are cool. I think the Normal Osborn version of the Green Goblin is cool. Spider-man's archenemy is as rich as Donald Trump - and is an evil mastermind. Oh, and he's Spider-man's best friend's father. That's cool.

      Luthor, a man so brilliant that he can get elected President of the US and still have time to give Superman crap.

      Cool does not equal popular.

      Do you want cool villains? How about Prometheus? He's a reverse Batman. How about Mr. Zsasz? He's a villain so demented that he gave himself an alias of the sound a knife makes over flesh. How about Thanos? A villain that made geeks around the world have to explain who he was to every non-comic book person who saw the Avengers Movie - a villain that became God, not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES!

      This was a good hub, but you need to widen your gaze to characters that are more obscure.

    • profile image

      5 years ago

      What about Poison Ivy? She's probably my favorite...

    • Geekdom profile image


      5 years ago

      There are some great villains on this list. I never watched Dragon Ball, so had no idea who Majin Buu was.

      Also, I had no idea Darth Vader was inspired by Doctor Doom. Is that why Vader did not make this list?

    • CrazedNovelist profile image

      A.E. Williams 

      6 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Great list, Jake. I could definitely see some of these villains becoming powerful in the movie world. I think the first catwoman movie turned people off, but a revamping of that could be great. I know little about all of these villains but would love to see them in movies to learn more about them. Thanks a lot for this. Useful, interesting, voted up!

    • MountainManJake profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle

      @Mr Tindle

      You are absolutely right. I know everyone who watched Batman would go to see a movie called Joker. Or even Dr. Doom for Fantastic Four like your said. Overall, I think X-Men Origins: Magneto would be great. From his perspective.

    • Mr Tindle profile image

      Mr Tindle 

      6 years ago


      This was a good article. I think you are right about the point you make at the beginning were you say that a super villain movie could have just as much potential as the super hero movies. Catwoman is the only one that I can think of were its been tried, although, she is really more of an anti-hero these days, instead of a 100% villain. I think movies about Lex Luther, Magneto, or Dr. Doom would be very interesting.

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Highly deserving tribute to the supervillais. As you say if not for the bad guys what will the good guys ever do? they are the yang for the good guys yin, dark for the light. Without them the world would be drab place. There's so many to choose from here., but I love the Jokers sheer psychosis. voted up, my friend.

    • Juan Enfuego profile image

      Juan Enfuego 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Nice surprise with majin buu. I agree he was one bad momba jamba. Very cool article

    • MountainManJake profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Seattle

      Don't worry. More are on the way.

    • Alma Cabase profile image

      Alma Cabase 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      OMG! Where's Deadpool? hahaha


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