Fellow Listal user GruntLogic's favorite: Bullseye!
I had always thought of Bullseye as being kind of a lame supervillain. That is, until I got a hold of the Punisher MAX: Bullseye comic/graphic novel. Overnight, I became a HUGE fan of Bullseye.
Bullseye is completely psychotic. On the surface, he's an assassin for hire. But he doesn't kill because he needs the money. He's long since made enough money to retire on comfortably, if he felt so inclined. He doesn't desire fame, actually, he prefers a certain amount of anonymity. No, Bullseye kills because he enjoys killing. He loves the challenge of it. He takes the jobs that no one else wants to touch. Example, a group of school children witnessed a crime, and the suspect needed the children not to testify. Bullseye gassed the entire school, killing everyone, and for good measure, he planted bombs in all the childrens coffins, and killed everyone who went to the funeral. Only the most deranged psychopath could even think of that. Which is to say, only Bullseye.
Bullseye is obsessive about getting into the mind of the person that he's going to kill. He studies their every move, researches their background, their childhood, their relationships, everything.
In the case of the Punisher, Bullseye tried to recreate the event that is supposed to have caused Frank Castle to become the Punisher; the murder of his wife and child. To this end, Bullseye proceeded to kidnap families and try to become "a part" of the family, and then kill them off, to see just how Frank must have felt. Psychotic? ABSOLUTELY.
After learning just how crazy and dangerous Bullseye is, every other supervillain seemed kinda vanilla by comparison. Oh yeah, Bullseye doesn't even have any superpowers. He's just that good at what he does.
Herr Starr (from The Preacher)
The Saint of Killers (also from The Preacher)
The Governor (from The Walking Dead)
I've never been a fan of characters who just suddenly appear and are immediately the most powerful thing in existence (a trope used by writers who for whatever reason can't create a truly interesting character), but I do like DC's Superman-killing Doomsday.
My fondness for the character has more to do with its backstory: A vulnerable, defenseless specimen is tossed out into the cold void of space and is again and again killed by vicious predators, in each successive return invulnerable to the previous fatal affliction. What a luxury it would be to have: "What does kill us also makes us stronger." It's a particularly desirable form of evolution--the ability to enthusiastically fail (like our hero from Shadowgate, who enjoys swimming in lava) knowing that you're soon to return having learned what it takes to overcome the obstacle while entirely immune to its defenses.
In a way, you'd be the extremely lumpy version of Rocky Balboa, getting knocked down again and again but eventually conquering increasingly invincible foes and without any sense of fear. Is that cheating? Would someone who possessed such a power represent the polar opposite of everything I admired about Batman? "Yes," I'd say. "If the power were free." But no--it would still require a level of bravery insofar that the subject would have to embrace fear, death and the growing mental anguish entailed, earning the power by rejecting current limitations and status-quo apathy (and by taking the occasional chainsaw to the face). Why would you need to be the typical comic-book deity (a titan, a god, or an ultimate supreme being) when you could start as a mere mortal with an inborn power to eventually become the conqueror of them all?
It'd be worth the journey, I think. Too, it would raise an interesting question: Would you use this ability to enlighten your fellow man--to allow us to grow as a species--or would you keep the knowledge to yourself--to perpetuate your own power and use it to destroy?
1. Dr. Doom
2. The Joker
4. Green Goblin
5. Doc Ock
Granted, the silver-screen adaptation of such a villianous character wasn't very appealing but amist the not-so-exicting cast, Julian McMahon delivered just about everything but with less force!
Anyways, I got introduced to the Doctor is quite a strange way: For my 8th (or was it 9th?) birthday, my Dad bought me 3 toy cars. You know, the die-cast models. They had pictures of Marvel characters: Spider-Man, Venom & Dr. Doom! Since I already knew the former two, I suddenly became very interested in the newcomer!
I went to Wikipedia and must've read everything & anything there was written about Dr. Doom and his powers, his backstory and everything. I admit that his backstory wasn't as exciting as, let's say, Wolverine, Magneto, Hulk etc... but It was noble & realistic!
Then I started watching the Amazing Spider-Man series featuring Dr. Doom on Youtube and my respect just grew & grew. So cold, so menacing and none of those witty, stupid one-liners!
I saw him as the 'very one' villain in Marvel. I saw him as the Genghis-Khan of Marvel. I saw him as The Joker of Marvel: Eternally feared, hardly forgiving & seldom matched!
I was so hooked, I wanted more & more of the (bad) Doctor and as if they understood my yearning, Ravensoft created probably the best Marvel-themed game ever: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance which has many colourful and not-so-colourful characters!
The thing that impressed me most was that Doctor Doom was the one pulling the strings. He was the genius behind the whole Masters Of Evil thingy and boy o boy, the cutscene where It shows several X-Men characters + The Hulk lying all broken, bruised & bloody earned several points from me. How bad-ass can you get? He kidnapped a God, defeated The Hulk, made several demented versions of beloved heroes and actually outwitted Loki!
Whether we are talking Marvel, DC, Image, Horse etc..., there truly cannot be a villain as bad-ass, yet dignified, as Dr. Doom!
1. The Joker
2. Green Goblin
3. The Penguin
4. Doctor Octopus
8. The Riddler
9. Ra's Al Ghul
10. Black Mask
(Batman dominated, I know. But they got the most awesome villains!)
How can you not like The Joker? Particularly after Heath Ledgers amazing portrayal of the insane clown. I've always liked how random The Jokers really is. While he certainly got everything planned down to the smallest details, he just comes of as being pure random. And that's just awesome. He IS anarchy. He is the most deliciously wicked character ever(?), and works perfectly well against his arch nemesis, Batman. When you think Batman is the greatest superhero, The Joker is undoubtfully, the greatest supervillain.
While he certainly is best as the agent of chaos in The Dark Knight, he is still awesome in every way he has been portrayed. From slightly comedian in the old animated series, to the cackling lunatic in Tim Burton's Batman, to the agent of chaos. He is awesome and menacing in every way possible. A sadistic basterd. And those are the best villains.
I got into Magneto by reading the X-Men comic books. It seemed like every time he showed up he'd give the X-Men their hardest-fought battles, and his schemes were always clever. Not to mention that any dude who can rip Wolverine's adamantium skeleton out of his body (which he's done) deserves the utmost respect. Of all their enemies Magneto was by far the most interesting. His worldview was shaped by his survival of the WWII Holocaust, which makes him a sympathetic villain as well. I completely understand his distrust and hatred of humans. Also intriguing is his friendship with Professor X, which endures no matter how many fights he gets into with the X-Men. They remain friends mostly out of a mutual respect despite their having opposing worldviews. I also dig that he's one of the few villains to also be a hero at times. When a character can pull off both good and evil successfully it only serves to make them more realistic.
3. The Joker
4. Doomsday (mostly for killing Superman...too bad Supes came back)
5. Mr. Gone (from The Maxx)
6. Dark Phoenix
10. Handy (from The Tick animated series...a parody of Batman villain Scarface, he longs to be a real boy & yells at people to "Read a book!" This spot may be interchangeable with all of the Tick's enemies since they're all hilarious.)
Honorable mention: Gary "The Smiler" Callahan from Transmetropolitan, my favorite comic-book villain of all time. Too bad he has no superpowers, or he'd top my list.
Fellow Listal user Kami-chan's favorite: Who has a green suit, a question mark on his tie and a knack for coming up with riddles like this one (except better)?
My all-time-favourite comic villain is The Riddler. The next 9 that come to my mind are:
8.Ra's Al Ghul
I know, almost everyone’s from Batman but that’s where the majority of complex villains originates from. Plus I don’t have that much comic knowledge. ;)
Actually my first favourite villain was the Joker but then I accidentally stumbled upon the Riddler in one of the comics (I have no idea which one that was though, must have been a newer one...) and that guy was just so appealing.
Smooth and elegant, with an admirable huge IQ and the ability to come up with the most clever riddles in world history. I couldn’t help but be fond of him.
And although the lunacy and cruelty are what I like about the Joker I eventually prefer the more “kind” villain. Edward Nigma is not one of the insane villains, he just feels the extreme need to leave riddles and thinks very highly of himself.
Also sometimes he’s behaving almost like a gentleman and then again like a small child which adds a comical aspect to his character.
A lot of times I found myself empathizing with him and seriously trying to understand him. (Which is way easier than trying to understand the Joker or the like o.O)
Like with the majority of the Batman villains I have that strong urge to find out about the source of their mental disorders and their past in general. So that also the thing that interested me as soon as I had learned about The Riddler and I’m always curious about finding some new information.
Furthermore I love his costume in this refreshing shade of green. :)
Oh, and not to forget: In Arkham Asylum he got a really nice voice. I was so impressed, now it’s stuck in my head.
I’m still looking forward to Edward’s film version that will completely convince me as well...
So it seems to me The Riddler is just more taking than any other witty lunatic. Sounds weird but I would totally like to have him as my best friend. *walks off to dream of the impossible*
This is a sister list to Who's Your Favorite Superhero? I thank all who contributed to that list, and encourage them to continue their work over here. Basically, I've asked for three criteria...
Criteria #1: Give a list of your favorite supervillains - try for about ten. Identify one in particular as your top pick.
Criteria #2: Write a paragraph on your history with your number one choice. How did you get into him or her?
Criteria #3: Write a paragraph on why you like your favorite supervillain so much.
(The last two can be merged, if necessary.)
So here's my proposal to all you Listal-ers: Can you come up with these three criteria as they pertain to you? If you can, I'll be happy to add it to this list. =]
(Editor's Note: Entries are ordered by name of supervillain)