My Top 10 Favorite Comic Villains

May 15, 2007

As a kid, I liked the heroes, but the villains always seemed so much cooler. They had the best costumes, they were the bad asses, and they appealed more to me than the “do-gooder” super heroes.

Here are my top 10 favorite villains…

mystique_xmen1.jpg10. Mystique

Wikipedia: Mystique is a mutant shapeshifter whose natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. She is over 100 years old, stating in her solo series (issue #17): “I wasn’t born last night, or even last century, for that matter…” Mystique is also the biological mother of Nightcrawler and foster mother of Rogue. She was forced to abandon Nightcrawler, but raised Rogue for a number of years.

Mystique was one of the main “bad guys” in what was my favorite comic group, The X-Men. Her ability to change into the shape of anyone she wanted was different, and made for some good storylines. Then, after being played by the beautiful Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men films… well, how could you not like her?

yellowbastard.jpg9. The Yellow Bastard

Wikipedia: Roark Junior, aka That Yellow Bastard, was the son of Senator Roark. He was handsome, young, and rich; he was also a sadistic child molester and serial killer who raped and murdered pre-pubescent girls, a pastime that was covered up by his father and the Basin City police.

‘The Yellow Bastard’ is about as evil as it gets. He’s also a completely original character, and one of the most interesting from the Sin City series.

apocalypse.jpg8. Apocalypse

Wikipedia: Apocalypse is a virtually immortal mutant bonded with extraterrestrial technology. He is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe, possessing a multitude of superhuman abilities, including almost unsurpassed strength, invulnerability and the ability to both shift and alter his mass and form. He has a longstanding association with many X-Men characters.

Apocalypse always interested me, mostly because it was rare to ever see him talked about, and because he was probably the most powerful of all the Marvel characters. He was practically a God and could do whatever he wanted. How do you beat someone like that?

carnage.jpg7. Carnage

Wikipedia: Carnage is a character in the Marvel Comics Universe, a supervillain and adversary of Spider-Man and Venom. Carnage is the result of a spawning of a separate extraterrestrial symbiote by Venom. This symbiote bonded with serial killer Cletus Kasady, creating one of Spider-Man’s most murderous adversaries.

I’ll be honest and say that I never really knew anything about Carnage. I still don’t, besides what I’ve read in his Wikipedia bio. The reason I’ve always liked Carnage was he simply looked cool. He looked like Venom, and as Venom was one of my favorites, Carnage became one as well.

chapel.jpg6. Chapel

WeirdSpace Bio: Chapel was trying to do some good in the neighborhood, beating the gangs in the area. While doing this he was recruited for Operation: Knightstrike. During his time in Knightstrike he was ordered to kill friend Al Simmons (aka Spawn) by the director Jason Wynn.

Chapel was the guy that killed my favorite superhero, Spawn. He didn’t last long in the Spawn comics, but he had a cool look to him, and during his short time, was an interesting character. I always hoped he would have been focused on more, but after a few issues he was taken out of the picture.

juggernaut2.jpg5. Juggernaut

Wikipedia: The Juggernaut, also known as Cain Marko, is X-Men founder Charles Xavier’s step-brother and bullied Xavier when they were children. Granted superhuman strength and invulnerability, Juggernaut then embarked on a lengthy criminal career, often tangling with his step-brother’s superhero team.

Juggernaut is one of the more popular X-Men villains and I’ve always liked him. He is usually quite humorous and his whole method of attack is just to smash through anything and everything.

onslaught_01.jpg4. Onslaught

Wikipedia: Although his nature was initially unclear, Onslaught was a composite lifeform made up of Professor Xavier’s repressed mental characteristics and influenced by psychic contact with Magneto. Using Xavier’s vast psionic powers and Magneto’s control over the electromagnetic spectrum, he transmuted himself into the physical world and was defeated through the combined efforts of the entire Marvel superhero community.

As what seems to be the case among my favorite villains, I initially was interested in Onslaught because he looked cool. I actually drew a large poster-sized picture of him for an art class once. I did read the entire Onslaught storyline and it was actually interesting.

azrael.jpg3. Azrael/Batman

Wikipedia: Valley plays a pivotal role in the “Knightfall” story arc, in which he stands in as Batman after Bruce Wayne is defeated and paralyzed at the hands of Bane. Against Bruce Wayne’s orders, Valley fights and defeats Bane. His performance as Batman is influenced by his Azrael conditioning; he grows increasingly violent. Valley also refuses to recognize Robin as his partner. After he recovers, Wayne is forced to fight the technologically enhanced Valley to reclaim his identity.

The ‘Knightfall’ series was one of my favorites as a kid. The timelessly cool Batman was actually defeated and knocked out the storylines for quite a while. The reckless and crazy Azrael took his place. Azrael donned a very different, although awesome, looking costume.

magneto.jpg2. Magneto

Wikipedia: Magneto is depicted as one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe, possessing the ability to control magnetism. He is also one of the most morally complex characters in American comic books. A Jewish Holocaust survivor, his actions are driven by the purpose of protecting the mutant race from suffering a similar fate.

Magneto is arguably the most well known villains around. He is also one most interesting. How many comic book characters are holocaust survivors? I’m looking forward to the Magneto spin-off film that is coming out in the near future.

venom.jpg1. Venom

Wikipedia: The characters and their superhuman abilities are derived from the bonding between the human host and an extraterrestrial parasite known as the Venom symbiote. The symbiote came to Earth with Spider-Man, at the end of the Marvel Secret Wars. Soon, the symbiote began to take over Spider-Man. It was rejected, and later found and bonded with Eddie Brock, a journalist at the Daily Bugle.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Venom has always been my favorite comic villain. He looks cool and the character is interesting and simply insane. I even dressed up as Villain for Halloween when I was 11. He easily takes the #1 spot on my list of comic book villains.

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  1. I was suprized to see the yellow bastard on here, but he is a very good pick. I own the movie, and is one of my favorites. I have been meaning to pick up some of the graphic novels, they look good.

  2. Yeah I’ve bought the first three, and haven’t gotten to them yet, but I’ve read some of it in the past, and it’s amazing.

  3. nice list, if only there were cool villains in spiderman 3.

  4. I totally agree with venom as the top pick. He looks fantastic in spidey 3, but hardly gets any air time. They easily could have done a movie with just him. I heard they’re planning 3 more, and it would be easy to work venom back in – the alien symbiote anyway.

  5. Yea the best 2 i think were carnage and venom htough they should have carnage in the next spiderman movie he looks wicked and i cant beilieve venom died in spiderman3 he should have survived and some back in the next movie with carnage.

  6. Yellow Bastard was a surprise, but it is YOUR list so what the hey. I published a list as well that has stirred up some controversy. See what you think: http://www.toptenz.net/top-ten-comic-book-villains.php

  7. wtf no joker?!?!?

  8. Nice to see someone giving Azrael some love. One of the coolest characters ever. He would fit nicely in some upcoming Batman films

  9. i like that azrael is here. my favorite villain is lex luthor, hands down, “normal” person who aims to defeat the man of steel. followed closely by the joker.

  10. VENOM! finally someone sensible who thinks venom is just simply the best villian. He’s just amazing, creepy and fantasticly looking. The is just the overall best villian out there. He is the counterpart of the best superhero too. SPIDERMAN! Carnage is amazing too. I love how they are counterparts of Spiderman. I love this list.

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