The beauty of comic book characters is that writers have a wealth of history and innate abilities to exploit, resulting in story lines that transcend logic or standard formats. This is partly why superhero movies are all the craze these days. Even with decades of content in print, writers still take liberties with source material because, well, it’s fiction.
Comic books are captivating because they are, at their best, a form of escapism that eliminates the need for any borders or guidelines. This, of course, doesn’t apply to all comic book narratives, but it’s partly why we find them so thrilling. And this applies to the super villains inhabiting these fictional universes as well, as they have a blank canvas of possibilities to push the protagonists to their limits. Whether they originate from real world locations and events or from distant and alien universes, there are literally endless amounts of potential origin stories to create a memorable villain.
Staying true to the promise of this list, we’ve trimmed the fat and compiled the 10 most badass villains in comic books. These villains are the cream of the crop and originate from various backstories that never fail to capture the reader’s attention. A hero is only as strong as the villain, and that concept will be supported here as you scroll down this list. It’s not easy task choosing from a seemingly endless gallery of villains, but we hope you’re content with our selections. If not, sound off in the comments below and give us your own top 10!
10 Red Skull
8 Dr. Doom
7 Green Goblin
3 The Joker
Carnage has always been my favourite villain, mainly because he seems uncommonly dark for a Spider-Man villain. Sure, Green Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy, but Cletus Kasady is a serial killer, plain and simple. He manipulates the symbiote to form a number of deadly weapons such as axes and swords, showing no regard for human life. Carnage is a loose cannon who will murder anyone, and that makes him Spider-Man’s most dangerous villain by a wide margin. If Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have any stones, they’ll finally introduced Carnage to the big screen in Spider-Man’s new film franchise. We’re licking our chops at the thought of Venom and the wall-crawler teaming up to battle Carnage.
Sources: dccomics.com, marvelcomics.com
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