If there's one thing that every great superhero needs it's a great super-villain- pitting their wits against each other as they battle across the universe, usually with the fate of humanity in the balance. Without a villain threatening to take over the world, the hero would have nothing to do and no one to fight against.
So a good villain is just as important as the heroes themselves. Unfortunately, however, the villains that are created don't always live up to their promise and often leave us with a distinct taste of failure in our mouths. For every Magneto, Doctor Doom and Loki there's a Slug, Leap Frog and Peepers. The only crimes these villains are guilty of is being conceived in the first place! Although that responsibility should be held by the writers, who could possibly stand trial for their crimes against humanity.
With that in mind, take a look at the 20 worst villains Marvel has ever come up with. After this list, Marvel may well feel the need to write a long apology for their mistakes.
19 Turner D Century
We start our list off with a villain so bad and so completely useless, that it's a wonder how he managed to come into existence at all. Born Clifford Michaels, Turner D Century was the son of a chauffeur who was later adopted by his dad's boss. That's his origin story.
18 Pink Pearl
There is one truly annoying trait that really lame villains have and that's to refer to themselves in the third person. Pink Pearl does this more than most. The giant fat lady is a terrorist that hides out in a circus. She has been known to try and bomb the President of America as well as Canada's Prime Minister. Her giant frame means she's pretty good at clobbering people as well as her extra layer of blubber making her almost bullet and stab proof.
17 The Slug
As you will see from many other entries on this list, big, fat masses equals a bad guy. This guy is probably the lamest of the bunch. So lame in fact that he shouldn't really be mentioned in case the creators of Marvel think we're talking about him and therefore bring him back. This can never happen.
This comic book villain is what happens when pop culture, comics and music all come together in a big ball of psychedelic nonsense. In the mid '70s, disco funk was riding high on the charts, so it wouldn't be long before the funky sounds penetrated the comic book stories.
There are some villain's origin stories that make you wonder why they have such a problem with humanity and want to destroy everything. Then there are some which are understandable; Mandrill falls into the latter. Born Jerome Beechman, he was a mutant that looked a little different than everyone else. With his overly hairy and freakish appearance, Beechman was shunned by everyone, including his father, who abandoned him in the desert. That's enough to make anyone take revenge on the world. For which he did. Changing his name to Mandrill, he went on a rampage coming up against several heroes such as Daredevil, Black Panther, The Thing and S.H.I.E.L.D.
An interesting and freakish coincidence in which real life and comic book life meet. Only a few days before the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, Marvel introduced this new villain. Although Jihad was not a bomb-carrying terrorist, the similarities of the name and an entity wanting world domination was a bit hard to stomach.
13 White Rabbit
Lorina Dodson grew up a rich spoiled girl. Her only outlet was in her imagination and the books she read. Becoming obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, she would later use the 'White Rabbit' as her alias. Before that, Lorina married an old guy, but soon got bored of being a trophy wife and she killed him off in order to make her life more exciting.
12 Critical Mass
Maybe it's a case of comic books going overly P.C. But there seems to be an array of obese characters. Not only are comic books filling their quota of fat guys, they inevitably end up on team villain.
11 Leap Frog
There isn't a lack of 'mad' scientists in the Marvel universe with each of them using their intellect to create things in order to take down the hero. But for every Doc Ock and Dr. Doom, there's a Leap frog.
His real name was Peter Quinn. Peepers isn't just lame, he's downright pathetic. He was born with the ability of X-Ray vision as well as telescopic and microscopic vision. (That's right, all the powers of the eye. Hence the name peepers!) That's about the only clever thing about him. After being recruited by Magneto and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Peepers's terrorist career didn't exactly go with a bang. He soon found himself in The Cage; a prison for superhumans. In prison, Peepers allied himself with anyone and everyone he could in order to survive. Once out of prison, and away from all his new found friends, both good and evil, Peepers decided against the life of crime and went to wait tables at a bar instead.
9 Asbestos Lady
This villain is certainly a product of a different time. Before the dangers of Asbestos was known to us, everyone was using it in their buildings. The main reason was because Asbestos is incredibly resistant to heat and fire. So when Marvel wanted an opposite to The Human Torch, it seemed natural to have someone covered in Asbestos.
8 Paste Pot Pete
A good costume can make a real difference for any hero or villain. It can show their patriotism or even make them look menacing and scary. So what happens when a villain dresses like a homeless french painter? It's not exactly going to strike fear into the hearts of people.
7 The Hood
This is an example of when you have a great character idea but then give that character no depth whatsoever. The fact is that The Hood could be a really cool character. He dresses in a costume that makes him look menacing; not many people would want to meet this hooded figure down a dark alley. He also picked up some great magical powers, like being able to melt people's faces as well as fly and become invisible when he holds his breath.
6 Lifeform / Hunger
The first thing that must be addressed when looking at this villain is what the heck is it? It looks like a giant zit with mouths than anything else; Lifeform is more blob than man.
Another 'Fat' villain from the Marvel universe. This time it's a mutant villain that can shrink down her considerable body mass to engage in all sorts of mutant espionage.
When Marvel comes up with new heroes, they then have to come up with an equally good nemesis for that hero to battle. Unfortunately, they often seem to use all their creativity on the hero and then the villains are forgotten about. So they put all the cliches together they can think of and give us a subpar villain. This is the case with Egghead.
The trademark of a truly great super-villain is their power. Some can defeat entire armies with a flick of their finger, some can even destroy whole planets. There are some, however, who have no power whatsoever. This is the case with the Matador. Not only does he not have any superpowers, he doesn't have the criminal mind to plan great crimes either.
2 Stilt Man
Daredevil does seem to attract the lamest villains out there. Maybe because he's blind and therefore the villains think they don't have to try too much? Whatever the reason, another ridiculous villain to grace Hell's Kitchen is Stilt Man.
Comic books have been going for generations, with many great characters and storylines filling all those comic books. With that in mind, it's no wonder that sometimes the writers just run out of ideas. This definitely seems to be the case with Sugar Man.
There is a rule about great storytelling and that's to keep it simple. If you have great characters then there's no need to over complicate the plot as the characters will tell the story for you. Marvel is often very guilty of overcomplicating its plots in order to make the comic books more exciting. They've done this in particular with the X-Men franchise. Forgetting the fact that they already have time-traveling and parallel-world hopping mutants such as Cable, Madeline Pryor and Rachel Summers, they also created an equally confusing villain in Stryfe.
Stryfe is a clone of another character from the future who himself is the child of a clone of another character. Confused? You should be! Not only is the character complicated he's also dressed as a reject from Dynasty. With spikes, razors and shoulder pads everywhere, Stryfe is over the top, overblown and a complete disappointment to the X-Men universe.
Sources: wikipedia, marvel, wikia
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