We all know what a villain is. There are forces of good and evil in the movies and comic books, and the villains are obviously the mean ones. But while all villains are evil, not all villains have a well thought out plan, nor do they possess the amazing and devastating powers that other bad guys have. So what is it that makes one villain better, or worse, than another? Perhaps it’s the lack of ability, or maybe the writers of the comics simply ran out of ideas and started pitching lame ones. Maybe it was a joke to pitch these lesser villains, but whatever the reason, they do exist, and a lot of them have their place in the world of the famed hero Spider-Man.
Spider-Man has given us a great run for so many years, and most of the villains throughout his history have been rather intense. However, step just a few years back into the past and you will find comics with villains that have seen better days, along with a few current bad guys running around that have yet to spark any interest. To keep you up to date, here are the fifteen worst Spider-Man villains.
Unfortunately referred to as the vibrator, Shocker is possibly the villain that most will recognize when it comes to terrible abilities. Shocker ended up creating a super battle suit that could work through vibrations, creating shock-waves that would serve as a shield as well as offensive tendencies. While he did end his first fight with Spider-Man by defeating him, the benefit of the doubt had to be given on Spider-Man’s part, considering he was injured during the battle. However, shortly after their first fight, they battled again, leaving Spider-Man as the initial winner. While Shocker isn’t exactly one of the best villains to come out of the Spider-Man universe, he has certainly left his mark by blacking out most of New York with his abilities, along with fighting alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy at one point in time. But because of the way his suit works, he has inadvertently been named The Vibrator and known as such by many people.
Mindworm is actually a man known as William Turner who was born a mutant. His mutation includes a very enlarged cranium along with absolutely superb intelligence. His back story is actually quite sad, making him a melancholy villain to say the least. When he was young, Turner accidentally killed his own mother by his unintentional use of psionic feeding, leaving his father distraught. The father was so enthralled he ran out into the street and got hit by a car. Turner was eventually put into a foster home where he was bullied, and stamped with the nickname, Mindworm. Eventually, Turner moved back to New York, into an apartment complex, where the tenants in the building became his victims, for he would feed off of them without the people knowing. When Peter Parker moves into the complex, Turner tries to feed off of Parker’s mind, but is met with opposition. Parker quickly defeats Turner because his mind is stronger and eventually Mindworm is taken care of. Sadly though, he is released from his confinement, and Mindworm is left homeless and eventually is killed by a gang.
13. The Spot
When the villain, The Spot, is first introduced to Spider-Man, he falls down laughing because of his terrible name. The Spot’s actual name is Dr. Johnathan Ohnn, a very intrigued scientist who was asked by the Kingpin to research various aspects of the Cloak’s abilities. At first, it seemed as though Ohnn had successfully completed his research regarding what the Cloak could do, however, doctor Ohnn finds himself sucked into a dimension which exists between other dimensions. Eventually when the doctor returns to our dimension, he has been changed, with black spots covering his white body. Spider-Man unfortunately fails at the first attempt of defeating the masked hero, but Spider-Man quickly figures out how to defeat him, by making The Spot throw each and every one of the dimensions off his body, leaving him vulnerable to attack. It’s certainly one of the shortest battles that Spider-Man has ever had, but not one of the most appealing.
Basically one of the most confusing villains to ever come out of Marvel’s imagination, Spidercide was originally introduced as Spider-Man. He was a clone of Peter Parker, who was created by the villain Jackal. The duplicate of Spider-Man believed he was truly Peter Parker, the original who had been implanted with various memories. Originally presented as one of the worst and confusing villains, Spidercide came through with one goal in mind and that was the death of Spider-Man which was eventually termed, Spidercide. It was a terrible name to begin with, but what was even worse was the outfit designed for Spidercide. His ridiculously long high heel boots with a very interesting color scheme left much to be desired involving his entire character. It seems as though the creators of the character were more focused on Spidercide’s stretching abilities rather than his story line and motivation in the world of Spider-Man.
11. Styx and Stone
While the names sounds more like a knockoff brand that you would find in a store, Styx and Stone are considered terrible disappointments in the Marvel universe. Gerald Stone was once a scientist who was searching for a cure for the terrible disease known as cancer. He believed that constant exposure to the disease would somehow lead to the curing of the disease. He needed volunteers, so Stone resorted to experimenting on homeless people. One of the volunteers was known as Jacob Eichorn, who was actually a highly unstable person. However, Eichorn was eventually cured and his cancer was gone. Unfortunately, he became a living disease, and any organic matter which he touched would rot and die. Eichorn became Styx and eventually he found that the only pleasure he found himself immersed in was killing innocent people. Stone, who felt completely responsible for the monstrosity he had made, decided to join Styx in order to protect him. The dastardly duo took to the streets and attempted to capture Mary Jane, however, Spider-Man was quick to the chase and defeated the two before any real harm could be done.
Vincent Stegron was a very interesting character, as he had many strange and unusual ideas for his villainous plans. He was once a scientist who worked under the order of Curt Conners, for S.H.I.E.L.D. Stegron was a man who was obsessed with the Lizard Formula. Due to his obsession, Stegron stole a vial of the formula along with a sample of Stegosaurus DNA. Stegron eventually became the dinosaur man, who had a plan to take over the world with the extinct dinosaurs at his side. After breaking into the Natural History Museum in New York, Stegron used a ray gun to bring the dinosaur skeletons back to life. He was intent on using them along with his new found strength to take over the world, however, the harsh, cold weather of New York proved too much for Stegron, sending him into hibernation. He later awoke in his human form, left to wander Central Park as a homeless man.
Aaron Nicholson who was originally the go to hitman for the Kingpin, always seemed to have the answer to any question or problem that came to his attention. Eventually, when Fisk decided to start granting people with super human abilities, Nicholson stepped up to the plate. At first, it seemed as though the experiment was a failure. But then, with time, Nicholson soon learned that his power was the ability to come up with the answer for any problem that would present itself to him. When the situation called for it, he would take on any superpower he needed, giving him the means of destruction he truly wanted. Nicholson then assumed his new name, The Answer. After the Kingpin instructs the Answer to go forth and defeat Spider-Man, he does just that. During their fight, Nicholson quickly picks up on Spider-Man’s fighting style, becomes immune to his webbing and eventually ends up defeating the webbed hero. However, instead of killing Spider-Man, Nicholson simply escapes, saying he got all that he needed.
Some would say that since Spider-Man is of the arachnid family, he should face a villain who also has some insect-like abilities. While Swarm was an attempt at this, it wasn’t much of a triumph. Swarm started off as a Nazi scientist who was eventually killed by a colony of South American killer bees. His name was Fritz von Meyer, and at the end of World War II, he ran from Germany. His expertise was on the keeping and preservation of bees; in other words, bee keeping. Meyer quickly began his search for a group of bees he could ultimately gain control over. Eventually, Meyer discovers a colony of meteorite-mutated bees which he experiments with. These experiments continue to seem successful until one day, his experiments take a turn for the worst. His calculations had proved to be wrong, which resulted in the bees ripping him apart until nothing but bone was left. Somehow, Meyer’s consciousness formed with the bees, allowing him to control them and face off against Spider-Man, but he was prepared. Spider-Man coated himself in a particular bug repellent which simply drove the bees away.
The best part about villains is their ability to push through most obstacles, but when it comes to Slyde, he simply slides right through them. And while this may seem like an appealing way to fight the good guys, it’s actually a rather disappointing villainous ability. Jalome Beacher was once a scientist who worked for the company Beemont Manufacturing. He was a well known scientist and was working on a chemical that eliminated friction between objects. Beacher was set and ready to reveal his findings to the rest of the company, until the entire company was bought out, leaving Beacher without a job and without a lab. Due to his circumstances, he coated a suit with his chemical and started gaining money through criminal endeavors. Eventually, Spider-Man caught on to his act and with their first encounter, Slyde bested Spider-Man. However, the next time they would see each other, Spider-Man would have the upper hand. Beacher ended up in jail, and that is pretty much the end to his reign as a villain.
Typeface, which resembles the Punisher in many different ways was actually a very dull and lackluster character. Gordon Thomas, who was once a US soldier, comes back home to a sudden realization that his wife has left along with their son. He ended up with a job as a sign smith, but unfortunately, was laid off due to the company he worked for, switching up owners. Thomas was so over run with rage for America that he decided to take justice into his own hands and made himself a costume using his word smith skills. But, in reality, all he truly did was take letters he had formed, and stuck them to his face, calling himself Typeface. In a sudden attempt to murder his former boss of the company, Spider-Man intervenes, eventually subduing him. Really the only threat that Typeface posed for Spider-Man was the explosive letters he would throw at Spider-Man. Other than his explosive ability, it can be said that Typeface never really did have a chance at the life of a villain.
Australia is known for its many interesting animals, aboriginal culture and nocturnal creatures that we have learned so much about. Apparently, however, Stan Lee was thinking very deeply about Australia when he decided to create his character Kangaroo. Frank Oliver was a boxer who happened to grow up in the outbacks of Australia alongside some very peculiar creatures. Kangaroos were his companions for the longest time, until his move to the United States. He quickly found his way into a fugitive lifestyle, drawing attention to Spider-Man. His heightened abilities include a strong ability to kick stronger and to jump higher than the normal human being. Fortunately, the first time around, Spider-Man won the fight. But a character known as Kangaroo? It almost sounds like someone was running out of ideas and fast. Maybe they could have tried just a little harder with this character, giving him more abilities and such.
While there isn’t much of a back story with this one, Hypno-Hustler is certainly a villain with a plan, and tries not to lack in style and his music. However, it’s very difficult to look at a villain in a lavender outfit and take him seriously. His name was Antoine Delsoin, and he was once the lead singer of a band known as The Mercy Killers. The band played with instruments that could hypnotize people and even take control of full audiences. Peter Parker catches him in the act whenever he is out with his friends at a club that the band happens to be playing at. Whenever Delsoin starts to hypnotize everyone, he tells them all to give him their wallets and money, and send it up to the stage. Peter quickly realizes what is happening and stops Delsoin, pulling headphones out of his ears. Apparently, Delsoin drowned out his own music to avoid being hypnotized himself.
3. The Iguana
Pretty much everyone knows about The Lizard, one of Spider-Man’s most formidable foes. His real name was Curt Conners, a man who was overcome with figuring out how to fix his own monstrosity of an appearance. Mr. Conners worked hard to try and find a solution, even experimenting on an iguana rather than himself. However, that same iguana changed and mutated, turning into a monster and enemy of Spider-Man. The iguana ended up having the same memories as Conners but not the same life or humanity. Eventually, when Spider-Man learns of The Iguana’s existence he sets out to fight the creature, however, it turns out that the iguana is so easy to beat, he becomes somewhat bored with fighting it that he even paused in the middle of the fight to talk with his Aunt May. Compared to The Lizard, The Iguana was a very weak enemy to say the least, not to mention, kind of sad.
2. The Big Wheel
Considered to be one of the shortest lived villains in Spider-Man’s world, The Wheel didn’t exactly make a comeback like other terrible villains on the list. To put it simply, the villain drove a large wheel. His name was Jackson Axel Weele, and he was a young worker who stole money from the business he worked for in order to a very large and gaudy wheel from the Tinkerer. To be fair, the wheel does end up having a lot of fancy gadgets and gizmos that give Spider-Man a slight run for his money, but the sad story of it all is really that he is simply a guy who rides around in a big, fancy wheel. Eventually, Spider-Man does end up defeating him, and it doesn’t take very long. Weele, along with his giant wheel, eventually end up at the bottom of the Hudson River, never to be seen again by anyone. He is one of the few villains who never get another appearance, possibly because he was such a terrible one.
Here we have the number one worst Spider-Man villain to ever grace us with his presence. Buchanan Mitty, who was once a student of Empire State University, studied Entomology, which is a study of insects. He loved and was completely obsessed with all insects. Unfortunately, he was discouraged, and quit the study once his funding was closed. Not longer after the cut off of his funding for research, Mitty started dealing in things such as petty crime, in order to receive the proper funding for him to further his research. Unfortunately, his methods weren’t exactly the best. Every time Mitty would try to best Spider-Man, the webbed hero would always win. Mitty did have a special exo suit which allowed to do pretty amazing things, but because he was so unsuccessful and unfit for crime, he failed continuously, making him the absolute worst villain in the entire Spider-Man universe to date.
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