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The Hound
09-23-2009, 01:25 AM
What do you think?

100. Modok

99. Fin Fang Foom
98. Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde)
97. Violator (Spawn)
96. Despero
95. Omega Red
94. Annihilus
93. Omni Man
92. Parallax
91. The Adversary
90. Carnage

89. Shade
88. Hunter Rose
87. Electro
86. The Governor
85. Mysterio
84. Doctor Light
83. Grigori Rasputin
82. Doctor Sivana
81. Mandarin
80. Prometheus

79. Mirror Master
78. Lady Deathstrike
77. Proteus
76. Mister Mxyptlk
75. Magog
74. Saint of Killers
73. Clayface
72. Sandman
71. Thunderbolt Ross
70. William Stryker

69. Cheetah
68. Lucifer
67. Mr. Freeze
66. Herr Starr
65. Kang the Conqueror
64. Poison Ivy
63. The Leader
62. Lizard
61. Parasite
60. Amanda Waller

59. Riddler
58. Scarecrow
57. Hobgoblin
56. Dormammu
55. Sebastian Shaw
54. Abomination
53. Kraven the Hunter
52. Metallo
51. Penguin
50. Cassandra Nova

49. Anti-Monitor
48. Mephisto
47. Thanos
46. Doomsday
45. Harley Quinn
44. Sabretooth
43. Deadshot
42. Talia Al Ghul
41. Mongul
40. Baron Zemo II

39. Shredder
38. Sentinel
37. Zoom
36. Vandal Savage
35. Gorilla Grodd
34. Bane
33. Cyborg Superman
32. Deathstroke
31. Professor Zoom
30. General Zod

29. Sinister
28. Doctor Octopus
27. Captain Cold
26. Kid Miracleman
25. Bizarro
24. Apocalypse
23. Ultron
22. Venom
21. Ozymandias
20. Bullseye

19. Juggernaut
18. Mystique
17. Braniac
16. Black Adam
15. Sinestro
14. Red Skull
13. Norman Osborn
12. Two-Face
11. Catwoman

Wilson Fisk has no powers. He has no immense global influence when compared to some of his rivals on this list. He barely ranks as a blip on the radar of some of the most powerful heroes. But the Kingpin of Crime is in many ways indicative of what makes Marvel characters so appealing. He's grounded. He's realistic. Most of all, in some ways, you can understand what made this man and what drives him to this day.
Fisk grew up poor and picked on. He never seemed the type to rise through the ranks of any organization let along the criminal underworld. Yet rise he did, eventually lording over New York City with an iron fist, using assassins like Elektra and Bullseye with ruthless efficiency. Over the years Fisk has attempted to back out of his dark role in the world, but is continuously dragged back. He's lost multiple families due to his connections and poor dealings over the years, and these tragic events only seek to remind readers that underneath his muscular exterior is the heart of a man who might have been good were it not for the brutal events in his life.
And now, despite first appearing in a Spider-Man comic book, Fisk is the darkness to Daredevil's light. In fact if he's not somehow involved in Matt Murdock's life or superhero antics, we feel like something is missing from his series. You'll see us say it again later on, but that's the truest sign of a brilliant villain, one that has benefited from years and years of excellent storytelling.9.
Dark Phoenix
Quite honestly, the combined efforts of a half dozen villains on this list aren't likely to surpass what the Dark Phoenix accomplished in a brief moment. While most evildoers scheme and contemplate the destruction of the world, the Phoenix Force, through Jean Grey and in its most savage state, has simply acted and destroyed billions of lives.
As one of the most powerful entities on this list, the Dark Phoenix has immense telepathy and telekinetic abilities, but more importantly control over matter itself. This power level, combined with the classic nature of the original "Phoenix Saga" storyline, has largely prevented Marvel from revisiting the concept, despite teasing it in a limited capacity on numerous occasions through Jean Grey's resurrection or various mini-series that explored the nature of the Phoenix Force itself.
Despite having limited exposure when compared to many of the other villains in the upper ranks of our list, the Dark Phoenix is still one of the most accomplished and legendary. To this day, the Phoenix Saga is regarded as one of the best X-Men stories ever created. That accomplishment alone was a huge factor in our rankings.8.
The God of Mischief has been around far longer than Marvel Comics, but we can't help but love the incarnation that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby conjured up several decades ago. Since that time, Thor's half-brother has become a pivotal character in comic books, and is actually the villain that caused the creation of the Avengers. If that isn't an important event, we're not sure what is.
Important moments aside, Loki is a character that writers must simply love to write as he's been involved in some fantastic stories, the current run of Thor just being the latest of those. His hatred and jealousy of Thor runs so deep that Loki will stop at nothing, including the corruption and destruction of Asgard itself. Loki has even recently inhabited the body of Sif in order to deny the God of Thunder his love.
Loki has never been more important than he is now. As a member of Norman Osborn's villainous cabal, the Asgardian god is now in a position of influence, one that he is exploiting in numerous ways. Osborn's own agreement with Loki is to return Asgard to the heavens. An alliance with fellow Cabal member Victor Von Doom is yielding new control over Asgard. Manipulation of a sect of Avengers is even proving useful as a way to keep Osborn's personal interests under watch and influence.
There are many master manipulators, but this god has proven he has no equal. Marvel's Dark Reign may prove in the end to be the reign of one wicked Norse god.7.
Ra's Al Ghul
You'd expect an immortal, international terrorist to want many things, but perfecting the Earth isn't one of them. And yet that's been Ra's Al Ghul's goal during his many lifetimes. He tears down societies to have them rebuilt in a more ideal fashion, bent on crafting his version of a utopia. "The Demon's Head" has spent centuries slaving away at this vision, and even he has lost track of his exact age. Fueled by the life-giving Lazarus Pits, which have the side effect of driving a person mad, Ra's will likely haunt the DC Universe for centuries to come.
Though Ra's has taken on the entire Justice League of America in the past - and beaten them - his principle opponent throughout his decades of tales has been Batman. Ra's considers the Dark Knight to be his only worthy opponent, and in an ironic twist is actually the grandfather of Bruce Wayne's son, Damien. Best of all is that the Demon Head's ultimate goal, the betterment of the world, is one that speaks to Batman and strikes a bit close to home.
Ra's Al Ghul is easily one of the most unique villains ever crafted. By taking a desire that all of us have and warping it, he is truly a character we love to hate.6.
The DC Universe is packed with powerful entities that could destroy worlds at a time, but none are as feared or brilliantly executed as Darkseid, Lord of the war planet Apokolips. The evil god has had quite a legacy crafted for himself since being created by Jack Kirby. Not too shabby for a character that first appeared in a Jimmy Olsen book, eh?
Darkseid's motivations are rather simple - conquer and control all life by unlocking and solving the Anti-Life Equation, something DC fans saw him achieve in last summer's Final Crisis event. Though the storyline technically took the New God's life, it's hard to imagine the heroes of DC won't find themselves face to face with the ultimate embodiment of evil at some point down the road.
Perhaps the most appealing trait of Darkseid is his lack of interest in direct, physical confrontation. The being formerly known as Prince Uxas has immense strength, endurance and eye beams that can disintegrate, teleport or torture opponents, yet he chooses to manipulate events from the shadows, allowing his minions to act on his behalf. Darkseid's involvement with the New Gods, including his rivalry with the Highfather, the planet New Genesis and the diplomatic exchanges of sons Orion and Mister Miracle add multiple layers to a being that might otherwise be yet another generic worldwide threat. We're certainly glad DC wouldn't allow Kirby to kill off this fantastic villain as he originally planned. Decades of spectacular tales would have been left on the table otherwise.5.
Death. Eternity. The origins of the universe. These concepts and beings are fundamental to the existence of the Marvel Universe. Equal to these, however, is the next member of our Top Villains list - Galactus. Despite his rather garish appearance, the being formerly known as Galan lived before the birth of the modern cosmos, and is as fundamentally important to it as entities responsible for the creation and elimination of life. Galactus, in his destruction of planets, brings balance to the universe, just as life is given and taken every day on Earth.
It's this larger than life presence which makes Galactus one of the more important villains ever created, but it's his ties to Earth and its heroes that make him one of the greats. Through the creation of his heralds, destruction of the Skrull Empire and attempts to devour the Earth, this being is one of the greatest threats ever known to our beloved heroes. Most other villains pale in comparison.
Lastly, though it seems like something small, we can't overlook it. Galactus is one of the few villains on our list to really defy the definition of an evil-doer. He's compelled to destroy worlds because of one simple fact - he's hungry. Can't blame a guy for wanting a little snacků can you?4.
Lex Luthor
Superman is arguably the greatest superhero ever created. He is the personification of all that is good in our world, the one beacon of light when all else is dark. He is the one hero that cannot falter in the face of evil.
Such an entity of peace and justice needs an equivalent response. In Lex Luthor, the Man of Steel has that perfect match, and best of all, Luthor isn't just a simple creature of darkness (hello, Doomsday!). What makes Lex such a fantastic character becomes evident when you look at the world from his point of view. He's not necessarily trying to rule the world; in his eyes he's saving it. Think about that for a second - Luthor is trying to save the world from the unwieldy, crushing rule of an alien from Krypton. This man craves to be the world's savior, yearns to have "his" people worship the ground he walks on and refuses to see that birthright seized by another.
Like many villains on our roster, Luthor is a man physically outmatched by his foe. Rather he must conjure up ways to outsmart his opponent, relying on his resources to attempt to reshape the world to his satisfaction. One can only wonder what the world would be like if Lex actually applied his knowledge to making the world a truly better place rather than obsessing over one man. Would he be the great savior he claims to be? The mere fact that we ask that question is a sign of a well-written, deeply layered villain.3.
Doctor Doom
Victor Von Doom is, above all odds, a star in his own right. We don't know about the rest of you, but we consider him to be the fifth member of the Fantastic Four - a member of the series so integral that when he's not involved, we're decidedly less interested.
Doom boasts neither powers nor inherent abilities - a rarity for any being in his genre of comic books. Victim of a troubled past, Victor's mother was taken from him early in life. Seemingly since that time, Doom has sought to prove himself to his peers. Chief among those is Reed Richards, the one man who has proved equal and better to Victor's astonishing intellect. Doom's irrational obsession and animosity towards Mr. Fantastic and his family might be his only fault, the one obstacle keeping his from truly achieving his larger desires - the conquest of all his surveys. The Latverian monarch's ambition might be kept in check by the Fantastic Four and their friends, but if anything, his lust for power grows every day, becoming more and more brazen.
If his depth, characterization and legacy in the Marvel Universe weren't enough, Doom has one other accomplishment that few in the industry have managed - he's one of the inspirations for one of the most infamous characters in pop culture - Darth Vader.2.
There was never any doubt in our minds the enigmatic, psychopathic Clown Prince of Crime would yield the top spot amongst DC Comics' villains. The Joker is the definition of a scene-stealing, deliciously wicked character, one that is quite possibly more interesting than his superhero counterpart.
A year ago we argued Joker wasn't necessarily Batman's greatest enemy, a fact which would clearly make his high rank here a bit of a mystery. Over the past year, however, three high profile projects reminded us why this character is absolutely one of the best ever created and developed throughout the history of superhero comic books. The Dark Knight, Joker and Batman R.I.P. are not only three of the greatest Batman stories ever created, but perfect examples of why the Joker is the quintessential comic book villain. He exists because of his enemy, and without creatures like the Joker, there would be no Batman. More importantly, this villain is capable of reinventing himself in various iterations, whether it's the savage, sadistic one in R.I.P., the chaos agent in Knight or even the light-hearted comedian from the animated series some 15 years ago.
A great villain isn't just capable of wicked deeds or murder. Depth and layer matter. Heroes and villains are inextricably linked, and just as the sign of a great hero is a great villain, the opposite is true. The Joker must stand up to and alongside the Caped Crusader. This is one of the rare villains to possibly do even more than that. As his movie role last summer proved, he can even surpass one of the greatest heroes of all time. That takes a special something.1.
Like many characters of his era, Magneto did not immediately stand out as someone who would endure the test of time. His powers were relatively unimpressive, his motivations and depth were weak and his costume designů let's face it - the guy wears a bucket on his head. But the archenemy of Charles Xavier has proven over the decades that he's not only worthy of his infamous status, but worthy of a much greater accolade - being the greatest villain ever created. The Master of Magnetism doesn't just operate well along stereotypical bad guy parameters, but can actually sustain engaging, masterful storylines of his own.
As a Jewish child in Germany during the height of Adolf Hitler's reign, Max Eisenhardt discovered humanity was capable of the worst crimes and actions. What's remarkable is despite seeing genocide first hand and enduring the terror of concentration camps, Max has matured into exactly what took his family and loved ones from him. To protect his kind from the fate of a similar Holocaust, Eisenhardt persecutes any and all humans who dare cross his path.
Magneto has become bigger than his peers and virtually all of his enemies. It's the sign of a great character when his presence dominates a story and his absence creates a vacuum that cannot be filled by any other. Through his legendary role in Marvel Comics over the years as well as fantastic portrayals in film and animation, it's hard to argue that there has ever been a villain more complex, nuanced, sympathetic and yet irrevocably evil.http://au.comics.ign.com/top-100-villains/index.html


09-23-2009, 03:34 AM
Joker & Doom are my favs

09-23-2009, 06:50 AM
Joker, Doom and Luthor are my favs

09-23-2009, 07:13 AM
Nice List overall. Magneto is bad ass. Dont mind seeing him @ the number 1 spot.

09-23-2009, 10:12 AM
Dope list

I always liked Galactus, he eats planets and is older than the cosmos

I think the Joker is the best villain ever, Magneto is cool but he needs his special powers to be a badass, the Joker is just sadistic and clever

Dr. Simon Hurt
09-23-2009, 11:05 AM
this list is pretty much garbage until you get to the top 10 (thanos lower than harley quinn and doomsday? wtf...talia al ghul being on the list at all is a headscratcher imo)....for me it has to be joker, he's just implacable, unbridled madness...doom and magneto are almost anti-heroes to me, they have acceptable motivations and justifications for what they do...galactus is beyond being a villain, great concept and character, but he is a cosmic force of nature, not a baddy.

dark phoenix being in the top 10 is also a weird choice imo, considering she was only in one storyline, classic though it is...it's a hero twisted by a cosmic force into committing atrocities...not really seeing it as a top 10 villain...she should've been replaced with green goblin/norman osborn.

09-23-2009, 02:25 PM
I don't know about Magneto being number 1.

Dr. Simon Hurt
09-23-2009, 02:44 PM
it's weird that loki is given credit based on his role in the dark reign story that's unfolding, but norman osborn isn't even in the top 10, as overexposed as he is, he's a top villain just for the green goblin shit let alone the role he's playing now. magneto at 1 is weirder the more i think about it, and i'm a fan of the character and the x-men in general...but what was the last good magneto story really? ultimatum? lmfao...and i doubt he'll be used well the next time he comes back.


joker should've been no.1 and doom as no.2

09-23-2009, 03:09 PM
Nah Magneto wasn't anything special, he didn't have a innovative backstory or direction, he was just a holocaust survivor who bends metal.

The best marvel/DC villain hmmmmm.

I would have to go with Thanos. The silver surfer animated series is the shit.

I used to blaze and watch that shit, theres nothing better then marvel set in the cosmos, and you really get to see how godamn diabolical and calculated thanos actually is.

Dr. Simon Hurt
09-23-2009, 03:47 PM
i hope you were being sarcastic on that first point...which reminds me, one of his best stories did come out recently, magneto: testament, which is set in his childhood. still, as far as villains, i would say joker or doom.

huge fan of thanos too btw, currently he's dead and has been for about 3 years. drax ripped his heart out so he's chilling with death lol

09-23-2009, 08:31 PM
top 10 villains...actually no order

Ra's al Ghul
Doctor Doom

lmao..random list.

09-23-2009, 08:33 PM
lmao at Superman being the best hero ever created.

Poetic Wun
09-23-2009, 09:16 PM
magneto as #1?
nah that's wack.. and they ssaying it's based off him having an interesting background story?

that's retarded. give it to joker for 1) not even having a real story... can't go wrong with being a mysterious villian.

and 2) he can kick Batys ass in hand to hand.

Luther has made his place but i sure as hell ain't guna be afraid of him right next to me as i would Darkseid. GTFOH...

why is Phoenix even in the top 10?

i can go on and on about this. some of it's aight and some of this is just ridiculous.

this is a popularity contest

The Hound
09-24-2009, 12:32 AM
Catwoman at 11 sucks, imo, she is wack but Two-Face should have made top 10 - he went from being a righteous man to a vengeful psychopath who leaves everything up to chance which makes him wildly unpredictable.

I always thought The Riddler deserved more credit than he is given, he is the only Batman villain to have ever found out the identity of Batman and if it weren't for the fact that he makes his schemes so elaborate that they become too complex because he needs to show off his intellect he would probably get away with everything (but, ofcourse, he needs to have a flaw.) I like what Jim Carrey said about him, "he won't beat you with his fists but he will pick up a rock."

lmao at Superman being the best hero ever created.

They did arguably, not definately, and, to be fair, you could make a case for Superman being the best.


Dr. Simon Hurt
09-24-2009, 08:01 AM
top 10 villains...actually no order

Ra's al Ghul
Doctor Doom

lmao..random list.

which clayface? there's like 4 or 5 of them lol

lmao at Superman being the best hero ever created.

superman pretty much gave birth to the superhero genre...there were characters before him but he was the first massively successful superhero, and just about every aspect of his character has been emulated. i would put spider-man at #1 myself though, even above batman lol

Two-Face should have made top 10 - he went from being a righteous man to a vengeful psychopath who leaves everything up to chance which makes him wildly unpredictable.


good point

poetic wun, you're right about it being a garbo list...look through the whole thing and there are legions of nobodies and fucked up choices. no way should thanos be near 50 lol.

9th Chamber
09-24-2009, 09:44 AM
My Top ten would be :
10) Shredder
9) Doc Oc
8) Lex Luthor
7) Two Face
6) Green Goblin
5) Venom
4) Magneto
3) Doom
2) Kingpin
1) Joker

Poetic Wun
09-24-2009, 07:30 PM
^lol shredder

poetic wun, you're right about it being a garbo list...look through the whole thing and there are legions of nobodies and fucked up choices. no way should thanos be near 50 lol.
thats what i'm sayin... i just only commented on the top 10.
they got Talia within 3 spots of Harley and both WAAAY the fuck above Omega Red.

They put Doomsday above Abomination... no fuckin way.
and now that i see it, Cassie Nova is only 1 spot ahead of Penguin??

09-27-2009, 08:49 PM
the ramones are believed to be the fathers of punk...but they are probably my least favorite punk band.

09-28-2009, 07:13 AM
Marvel <<<<<<<<< DC

that said, Two face should've been in the top10. He must be, no excuse.

Where was Megatron tho?

09-28-2009, 07:16 AM
oh it's only for comic book villians....

09-28-2009, 02:38 PM
Marvel>DC...not by alot, and in some aspects DC is certainly superior. alot of DC hate is arbitrary...they deserve alot of respect.

09-29-2009, 12:43 AM
magneto is a pretty good number 1. you cant please everybody obviously. magneto's longevity should be noted...he's been around for 46 years now this month haha

(side note, i think ian mckellen did an amazing job with magneto)

i think i would have put Bane a little higher on the list. that one batman movie wrongfully made him look like a mindless ape but he was a pretty damn interesting villain. and plus he broke batman's back haha

09-29-2009, 09:44 AM
that he did^^

Dr. Simon Hurt
09-29-2009, 09:49 AM
^^which is a huge deal, but the problem is he hasn't done anything significant since then, which is also doomsday's problem...now he's in secret six, dc's answer to the thunderbolts

dark phoenix being in the top 10 still confuses me.

Poetic Wun
09-29-2009, 06:55 PM
i never thought of that... Bane & Doomsday made a pretty big mark then just... went gay

Dr. Simon Hurt
09-29-2009, 08:25 PM
^^i would guess that subsequent writers, who probably were weaned on 70s and 80s books, found them both to be lame, gimmicky, and one dimensional so wrote them in such a way as to marginalize their badassness...kind of like how gambit and psylocke have been shitted on by writers for the last few years. once more writers who actually have an affection for 90s comics started helming superman and batman, bane and doomsday will probably make a resurgence.