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Top Ten Most Evil Movie Villains Based On Comic Book Characters.

Updated on September 12, 2016

Movie Villains from Comics and Graphic Novels

Any TOP TEN type list is bound to be subjective but here is my own personal list of the baddest of the bad to go from the four color page to the movie screen.


Leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, intent on the destruction of mankind for the benefit of Homo Superior ( mutants ), born Max Eisenhardt he is sometimes known as Magnus but also goes by the name of Erik Lensherr, he was raised in a Nazi Concentration Camp where he witnessed the death of his parents, he later became friends with Charles Xavier leader of the X-Men although they would later fall out having a vast difference of opinion on the role of mutants in the world.

Magneto has the ability to control metal and magnetic fields, as a holocaust survivor he is determined that a similar fate never falls on the mutants of the world and world domination by a mutant society is his ultimate aim.

Magneto appears in the movies X-men 1, 2, and 3 played by Ian Mckellen and X-Men First Class played by Michael Fassbender.


A thoroughly nasty piece of work , D'Amico is a mob boss, drug dealer, Karate black belt and cold blooded killer, being a loyal family man his one redeeming feature. Seen in the film Kick Ass portrayed by Mark Strong, D'Amico at one point holds two of his enemies captive ( Big Daddy and Kick Ass ) and brutally tortures them live on TV and the Internet, he murders a Children's entertainer who he mistakes for Kick Ass and has a suspected informer cooked in a giant microwave, D'Amico meets his deserved end by being blasted out of his office by a bazooka fired by Kick Ass. In the comic book Kick Ass , D'Amico is known as John Genovese , to avoid any bad feeling with the alleged mob family of the same name Genovese was changed to D'Amico, as an aside to this in The Simpsons the Springfield mob boss is Anthony D'Amico.


Bullseye is the nemesis of Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, although Bullseye possesses no super powers he is able to aim with deadly accuracy everyday objects such as pens or pencils and even playing cards become deadly projectiles in his hands, during the early 1980s the writer Frank Miller had a very successful time writing this character including the classic storyline where Bullseye murders fellow assassin and lover of Daredevil, Elektra Natchios in Daredevil # 181. Played by Colin Farrell in the movie "Daredevil", Bullseye is one of the meanest characters in comic books.


Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias is a character that appears in what is probably regarded as the greatest graphic novel ever published, Watchmen by Alan Moore. Classed as the smartest man on the planet Veidt is originally a good guy a costumed vigilante member of the Crimebusters or "Watchmen", Veidt a super powerful mega rich industrialist obsessed with the achievements of Alexander the Great and Ramesses 11 hatches an evil plan to orchestrate a catastrophic event to deceive the nations of the world to unite together against a common enemy, in the book this is a biologically engineered telepathic creature designed so it would look like the Earth was under attack from an alien invader, in the film a nuclear attack is used to destroy New York, with the Americans realizing that the attack had not come from any of the nations on Earth, Veidts plan is sort of vindicated but at a terrible cost as the nations of Earth come together to unite against an attack from another world.

NUMBER 6 Ra's Al Ghul

Liam Neeson as Ra's al ghul
Liam Neeson as Ra's al ghul

As seen in Batman Begins played by Liam Neeson, Ra's al Ghul also known as the Demons Head is a character who first appears in the comic book Batman # 232 written and drawn by Denny O'neil and Neal Adams. Ra's al Ghul is a Super-villain intent on saving the environment from mankind's damage even if that means wiping most of mankind from the Earth, previously he has used biological weapons and a genetically engineered virus to help his cause, Ra's al Ghul has lived for several centuries thanks to bathing in the Lazarus Pits ( a reservoir of rejuvenating chemicals that can bring the dead back to life ). A very popular villain amongst comic book fans.


Marlow appears in the comic book 30 Days of Night written by Steve Niles and the movie of the same name, Marlow is the leader of a group of vampires that enter an Alaskan town just at the time of the calendar when the town is plunged into darkness for thirty days, Marlow is particularly memorable for the lack of empathy he shows to any of his victims showing real menace as he devours human flesh and virtually wipes out the whole town.


As seen in Frank Millers Sin City, Kevin is a serial killer hired by the Roark family as a bodyguard. A mute, a cannibal, a martial arts expert and an assassin, Kevin is usually accompanied by his pet wolf to whom he feeds the leftovers from his cannibalistic habit, with lightening fast reflexes and seemingly no feeling for pain Kevin is one of the more memorable and unusual comic book villains.


Recently seen in the movie The Dark Knight Rises played by Tom Hardy, Bane is an immensely powerful villain, powered by a super serum ( Venom ) that gives him super strength, his aim is the wholesale destruction of Gotham City, in the comic book version of Batman, Bane breaks Batman's back which puts Bruce Wayne out of action for a long while. Banes childhood years were spent in a hellish prison on the South American island of Santa Prisca, it was here where he became a victim of cruel medical experiments and thus began his addiction to the Venom formula, Bane is one of Batman's most intelligent and complex foes.


A personal favorite of mine, Johann Schmidt is a former Nazi and close confidant of Adolph Hitler himself, being a personal favorite of the Fuehrer enabled Schmidt to procure funding to construct secret bases around the world which he could equip with all sorts of advanced technological and biological equipment to forward his aims towards world domination.

The Red Skull has been around in comic books for a very long time, first featuring in Captain America #1 ( March 1941 ) and since that debut has been the traditional enemy of Steve Rogers ( Captain America ), he has miraculously died and returned from the dead on numerous occasions and has become one of the most enduring comic book villains of all time.


Just has to be the number 1 on any list of comic book villains. The Joker is a criminal mastermind who is a psychopathic mass murderer, originally a struggling stand up comedian with a wife and child, the Joker becomes embroiled with some notorious hoods in a plot to rob the chemical factory where he was employed, during the robbery which is foiled by Batman the Joker falls into a vat of chemicals which horribly disfigure his face leaving him with pale skin, green hair and an awful permanent rictus grin, in Alan Moore's (Batman the Killing Joke ) which recounts the Jokers origin , his wife and unborn child are also killed in a household accident just before the Joker is forced to take part in the chemical plant robbery, this goes someway in explaining his insanity and his pathological hatred for Batman.

The Joker has been played on film by Caesar Romero in the 1960s TV series Batman, by Jack Nicholson in the movie Batman ( probably the portrayal closest to the comic book Joker ) and by the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and is sometimes known as Jack Napier in some versions of his origin.


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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      3 years ago from Ljubljana

      Interesting bunch of characters although none of them would be included in the list of my drinking buddies ... All, right, maybe Frank Miller could have different opinion;)

      By the way - Kevin reminds me of Harry Potter. Agree?

    • nuffsaidstan profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi, i was going to include the yellow bloke from Sin City but due to the things he had done i think hubpages might have marked it up as being not suitable content.

    • Geekdom profile image


      5 years ago

      Great List!

      I like the inclusion of lesser known villains. Also, Elijah Wood was so creepy in Sin City.


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