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Encyclopedia > Supervillian
The Green Goblin, a supervillain and enemy of Spider-Man. Art by Sal Buscema
The Green Goblin, a supervillain and enemy of Spider-Man. Art by Sal Buscema

A supervillain is a variant of the villain character type common, often found in comic books and action and science fiction films. Supervillains often have colorful names, costumes, and/or other eccentricities, and most concoct complex and ambitious schemes to accumulate vast power and suppress their adversaries. The Green Goblin Fair use for Green Goblin the photo is only being used for informational purposes. ... The Green Goblin Fair use for Green Goblin the photo is only being used for informational purposes. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Silvio Sal Buscema (January 26, 1936 - ) also known as Our Pal Sal to the Marvel Comics bullpen is an American comic book artist, primarily for Marvel Comics. ... A stereotypical villain. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Movie poster for Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond movie. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ...


Supervillains are often used as foils to superheroes and other fictional heroes. Their extraordinary brainpower and/or superhuman abilities make them viable antagonists for even the most gifted heroes. A foil character is either one who is in most ways opposite to the main character or nearly the same as the main character. ... Superman (left) and Batman, two of the most recognizable and influential superheroes. ... Sir Galahad, a hero of Arthurian legend In many myths and folk tales, a hero is a man or woman (the latter often called a heroine), traditionally the protagonist of a story, legend or saga, who commonly possesses abilities or character far greater than that of a typical person, which... The antagonist is the character (or group of characters) of a story who represents the opposition against which the heroes and/or protagonists must contend. ...


By most definitions, the first supervillain was Professor Moriarty, the arch enemy of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes, introduced in 1891. Although Moriarty was the original criminal mastermind, Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu, introduced in 1913, can be credited for popularizing many of the typical characteristics of the modern supervillain, including his sadistic personality, his desire for world domination, and his use of sinister lairs and themed crimes and henchmen. Rohmer's work would later play a strong influence on the writings of Ian Fleming, whose James Bond novels and films have further popularized the image of the supervillain in popular culture. Professor Moriarty, illustration by Sidney Paget which accompanied the original publication of The Final Problem Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character who is the best known antagonist of the detective Sherlock Holmes. ... Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930) is the British author most famously known for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction. ... Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes (1854-1957, according to William S. Baring-Gould) is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created by British author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ... 1891 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (February 15, 1883 - June 1, 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. ... This article is about the fictional literature character. ... Link title1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Global domination, global conquest or world domination is an ambitious goal in which one government, one ideology or belief system, or even one person, seeks to secure complete political control of the entire planet Earth. ... Ian Fleming Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908–August 12, 1964) is an English author, best remembered for writing the James Bond series of novels as well as the childrens story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. ... James Bond is best known from the EON Productions film series. ...


The first supervillain who wore a bizarre costume was The Lightning, from the 1938 film Fighting Devil Dogs, which preceded the first superhero, Superman. 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938 and eventually became the most popular and well-known comic book icon of all time. ...


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Common Traits

Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypical supervillains. Art by Erik Larsen
Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypical supervillains. Art by Erik Larsen

While supervillains vary greatly, there are a number of attributes that define the character. Most supervillains have at least a few of the following traits: Doctor Doom, in a last-panel appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #349. ... Doctor Doom, in a last-panel appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #349. ... Erik Larsen (born 1962) is a comic book writer, artist and publisher. ...

  • A desire to commit spectacular crimes and/or rule the world through whatever means necessary
  • A generally irritable and spiteful disposition
  • A sadistic nature and tendency to revel in their sociopathic behavior
  • A brilliant scientific mind that he or she chooses to use for evil (see also mad scientist and evil genius).
  • A tendency to speak in proper English with an extremely controlled, formal manner to demonstrate their intellect and superiority (a trait parodied by Family Guy's Stewie the Baby).
  • Superhuman abilities or some special skill, similar to those of superheroes
  • An enemy or group of enemies that he or she repeatedly fights
  • A desire for revenge against said enemies. The method of their revenge often goes beyond simply killing them to making them suffer before death such as using deathtraps. This tendency to prolong their enemies' deaths is often an instrumental part of why the supervillain fails to kill their foes.
  • A dark and threatening-looking headquarters or lair, the location of which is usually kept secret from police, superheroes and the general public. However, some supervillains, who feel secure from prosecution for their crimes live and work in palatial buildings. Examples include Doctor Doom's castles in his country of Latveria and Lex Luthor's LexCorp office buildings.
  • A theme by which he or she plots his crimes. For example, Two-Face plots his crimes around the concept of duality and Mysterio plots his around movie special effects.
  • Although super villain “team-ups” occasionally occur and some supervillain teams exist (such as the Legion of Doom and Sinister Six), most supervillains do not collaborate with one another but employ a team of simple-minded and expendable henchmen to assist them.
  • A strong commitment to their criminal profession to the point where they will quickly resume their activities in their favourite area immediately after escaping prison.
  • A back story or origin story that explains how the character transformed from an ordinary person into a supervillain. The story usually involves some great tragedy that marked the change. In the case of many supervillains, including Dr. Doom, Magneto and, in some incarnations including the television series Smallville, Lex Luthor, this story involves a one-time friendship with their future foe.
  • A general contempt for ordinary civilians, lackeys, and basically anyone who gets in their way.
The criminally insane Joker from Batman #253. Art by Neal Adams
The criminally insane Joker from Batman #253. Art by Neal Adams

One thing that supervillains do not share is motivation; characters choose to become supervillains for many different reasons: Global domination, global conquest, world conquest, or world domination is an ambitious goal in which one government, one ideology or belief system, or even one person, seeks to secure complete political control of the entire planet Earth. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! A mad scientist is a stock character of popular fiction, either villainous, or benign and scatterbrained. ... Dr. Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. ... A cheap Simpsons clone, enough said. ... A superhuman is something exceeding normal human standards. ... A deathtrap is a literary and dramatic plot device in which a villain, who has captured the hero or another sympathetic character, attempts to use an elaborate and usually sadistic method of murdering him/her. ... Latveria is a fictional nation in the Marvel Universe. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ... Two-Face is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ... Cover to Spider-Man Unlimited #4. ... Special effects (abbreviated SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. ... The Legion of Doom was a group of supervillains led by Lex Luthor that appeared in Super Friends, an animated series that starred superheroes from DC Comics. ... The Sinister Six are a group of supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe, who serve as a collection of Spider-Mans greatest foes. ... The word Henchman referred originally to one who attended on a horse, that is, a groom. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... This article refers to the literary work. ... Magneto (real name unknown, alias Erik Magnus Lehnsherr) is a comic book fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Smallville is the fictional town in the United States which Superboy protects and in which most of his crime-fighting adventures take place. ... Batman #251. ... Batman #251. ... Cover to Green Lantern #76, April 1970. ...


Some, such as the Red Skull and Professor Moriarty, are portrayed as outright evil. Some, such as Darth Vader and the Green Goblin, have fallen under some corrupting influence. Some, such as The Joker and Sabretooth, are criminally insane and incapable of controlling their murderous urges. Some, such as Sandman and Juggernaut, are simply thugs with superhuman abilities. Some, such as Mr. Mxyzptlk and Q, are tricksters, who torment heroes for their own pleasure. A few, like the X-Men’s enemy Magneto, have laudable goals, such as Magneto’s desire to protect his people, mutants, from persecution, but use extreme and violent methods. Red Skull is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is the principal enemy of Captain America. ... Professor Moriarty, illustration by Sidney Paget which accompanied the original publication of The Final Problem Professor James Moriarty is a fictional character who is the best known antagonist of the detective Sherlock Holmes. ... Darth Vader (41 BBY–4 ABY) is a fictional character from Star Wars. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is the arch-enemy of Spider-Man. ... The Joker is a DC Comics supervillain, widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... Sabretooth (Victor Creed) is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe, and an arch-enemy of Wolverine. ... For other comic book series and characters called The Sandman, see The Sandman (comics). ... For other uses, see Juggernaut (disambiguation). ... A former incarnation of Mr. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Q are a race of near-omnipotent, immortal and near-omniscient god-like beings from a parallel existence called the Q Continuum. ... In the study of mythology, folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human hero or anthropomorphic animal who breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously (for example, Loki) but usually with ultimately positive effects. ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ... // Marvel Comics In Marvel comic books, particularly those of the X-Men franchise, a mutant is a human being who is born with genetic modifications that allow for abilities not possessed by regular humans. ...


Many supervillains are portrayed as an inversion of their foe. For example, Wolverine constantly tries to contain his animalistic urges, while Sabretooth fully embraces his. Batman is a humorless character with a foreboding appearance, but who is dedicated to good. The Joker, on the other hand, is a comical character with a colorful appearance, who is actually evil. Both Spider-Man and the Green Goblin are accidents of science, but while Spider-Man is an underdog who uses his gifts to help and protect the innocent, the Goblin is an elitist who uses his powers to try to disrupt and dominate society. These contrasts help build-up the mythic grandeur of superhero and villain relationships and allows the villain to serve as a foil for the hero. Wolverine (Logan, later revealed to have been born James Howlett) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero, and member of the X-Men. ... The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, (and occasionally as The Bat-Man), is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Mythology. ... A foil character is either one who is in most ways opposite to the main character or nearly the same as the main character. ...


Well-known supervillains

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Parodies of supervillains

Because the supervillain is such a common but distinct character type in modern fiction, several parodies have been created. Some of the most well-known include: In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ...

  • Charles Montgomery Burns, Mr. Burns on The Simpsons, in various episodes, as when he builds a device to block out the sun: "He's gone from regular villainy to cartoonish super-villainy!" At least one episode featured a shot of Mr. Burns with the Darth Vader theme playing.
  • Dr. Evil, adversary of the comedic spy Austin Powers
  • The Brain, from the cartoon series Animaniacs, a diminutive lab mouse bent on global conquest.
  • Stewie, a malevolent baby from the animated series Family Guy
  • Syndrome, the hyperactive evil genius and superhero-wannabe from the computer animated film The Incredibles
  • Christopher Hobson, the incredibly brilliant yet relatively young Mad scientist with remarkably little common sense from the Nevonia series of books.
  • Il Palazzo, from Excel Saga, is a stereotypical, self-important anime Evil Overlord who wishes to conquer the world, even though his evil organization consists solely of himself and a rather spastic, incompetent teenage girl.
  • Dr.Colossus, who appears briefly in an episode of The Simpsons. A generic supervillain who once dated Stacy Lavelle (creator of Malibu Stacy) and is forbidden to go near Death Mountain (where he keeps all his stuff) as part of his parole. His main tools are his 'Collosso Boots'.
  • The Evil Dr. Skull, from obscure underground cult hit Genero Man, is a parody of the typical mad scientist.
  • O'Malley, the main villain and common adversary of both sides in the machinima series Red vs Blue, is an over-the-top supervillain caricature who wants to "crush every living soul into dust", and who frequently uses cliche and ridiculous dialogue such as "You foolish fools will never defeat me! You're far too busy being foolish!" and "Prepare for an oblivion, for which there is no preparation!".
  • Professor Chaos, the recurring alterego of South Park 4th grader Butters, seeks to spread fear and chaos as revenge upon the world that has forsaken him, i.e., made him socially unpopular, but has a problem with scale. Exploits include attempting to destroy the ozone layer by spraying regular aerosol cans, and flooding the planet by leaving the backyard hose on.

Mr. ... The Simpsons is a long-running animated television series, with 17 seasons and 358 episodes since it debuted on December 17, 1989 on FOX, and is a spinoff of The Tracey Ullman Show. ... The Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme)   sample? is a musical theme recurring in the Star Wars movies. ... Dr. Evil (played by Mike Myers), is the chief villain of the Austin Powers series of films. ... Austin Powers. ... Pinky (right) and the Brain (left) Pinky and the Brain are cartoon characters from the animated television series Animaniacs. ... This article is about the television show. ... Stewie, an infant evil genius, has concocted yet another diabolical machine. ... A cheap Simpsons clone, enough said. ... Syndrome and his electrified hand Syndrome (Buddy Pine) is a fictional character, the main supervillain featured in the film The Incredibles, produced by Pixar and Disney, first released on November 5, 2004. ... Dr. Evil in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. ... The Incredibles is Pixar Animation Studios sixth animated feature film, released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 5, 2004 and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on November 26, 2004. ... Chris Hobson is a fictional character, the main supervillain featured in the Nevonia series of books. ... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! A mad scientist is a stock character of popular fiction, either villainous, or benign and scatterbrained. ... Il Palazzo is a fictional character in the Excel Saga animated series, and the manga upon which it is based. ... Excel Saga is an animated Japanese comedy television series, directed by Shinichi Watanabe and based on a manga series written by Rikudo Koshi. ... The Simpsons is a long-running animated television series, with 17 seasons and 358 episodes since it debuted on December 17, 1989 on FOX, and is a spinoff of The Tracey Ullman Show. ... Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or machine animation) is both a collection of associated production techniques and a film genre (film created by such production techniques). ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: Red vs Blue This article is about the video webcomic. ... Caricature of Alan Greenspan by Jan Op De Beeck. ... Leopold Butters Stotch, voiced by Matt Stone, is a fictional character in the animated TV series South Park. ... South Park is a comedy animated series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. ...

The supervillain stereotype applied to real life

The supervillain is a common archetype in Western culture. Thus many media outlets portray real-life terrorist Osama bin Laden, the terrorist groups Japanese Red Army and PIRA, and dictators Kim Jong-il,Kim Il-Sung,Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Hideki Tojo, Idi Amin, Benito Mussolini, Ho Chi Minh, Manuel Noriega, Augusto Pinochet, Fidel Castro, Ferdinand Marcos,Sani Abacha,Francisco Franco,Muamar Khaddafi, Hirohito,Mao Zedong,Pol Pot, and Josef Stalin in the way fiction writers often portray supervillains. The Nazis and the Japs are also depicted as supervillains in a range of fictional works, including the Indiana Jones films. Archetype is defined as the original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of the changes of the Western culture during the Renaissance Western culture refers to the culture that has developed in the Western world. ... Look up terrorist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Osama bin Laden Usāmah bin Muhammad bin `Awad bin Lādin (born March 10, 1957) (Arabic: ), commonly known as Osama bin Laden, or Usama bin Laden, (Arabic: ), is the founder of al-Qaeda, a Sunni Islamist terrorist network that has been involved in attacks against civilians and military targets... Look up terrorist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Japanese Red Army (日本赤軍, Nihon Sekigun) (JRA) is an international organisation founded by Ms. ... The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA; more commonly referred to as the IRA, the Provos, or by some of its supporters as the army or the Ra) is an Irish republican paramilitary organisation. ... Kim Jong-il (born February 16, 1942) has ruled North Korea since 1994. ... Kim Il-sung (April 15, 1912–July 8, 1994) was a Korean Communist politician and the ruler of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) from 1948 until his death. ...   Adolf Hitler? (April 20, 1889–April 30, 1945) was the Chancellor of Germany from 1933, and Führer und Reichskanzler (Leader and Chancellor) of Germany from 1934, to his death. ... Saddam Hussein Saddām Hussein Ê»Abd al-MajÄ«d al-TikrÄ«t, sometimes spelled Husayn or Hussain; (Arabic صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي; born April 28, 1937 ) was President of Iraq from 1979 until his removal and capture during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... Hideki Tojo Hideki Tojo (東條 英機   Tōjō Hideki?) (December 30, 1884 – December 23, 1948) was a General in the Imperial Japanese Army and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 18, 1941 to July 22, 1944. ... Idi Amin Dada Idi Amin Dada Oumee (c. ... Benito Mussolini created a fascist state through the use of propaganda, total control of the media and disassembly of the working democratic government. ... Hồ Chí Minh Hồ Chí Minh (meaning Ho, Enlightened Will) (Chữ nôm: 胡志明)   listen? (May 19, 1890 – September 2, 1969) was a Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman, who later became Prime Minister (1954) and President (1954 - 1969) of North Vietnam. ... Date of birth February 11, 1938 Place of birth Panama City, Panama Occupation Career soldier Education Military School of Chorrillos Lima, Peru School of the Americas Panama Remarks Allegedly a participant in the military coup détat to overthrow Arnulfo Arias. ... General Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte[1] (born November 25, 1915) was head of the military government that ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990. ... Fidel Castro Fidel Castro Ruz (born August 13, 1926) has led Cuba since 1959, when, leading the 26th of July Movement, he overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista, and transformed Cuba into the first Socialist state in the Western Hemisphere. ... Ferdinand Marcos Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (September 11, 1917–September 28, 1989) was the tenth President of the Philippines, serving from 1965 to 1986. ... Sani Abacha General Sani Abacha (20 September 1943 - 8 June 1998) was the military dictator of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. ... Francisco Franco Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde Salgado Pardo de Andrade (December 4, 1892 – November 20, 1975), abbreviated Francisco Franco Bahamonde and sometimes known as Generalísimo Francisco Franco, was Head of State of Spain from 1936 until his death in 1975. ... Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qaddafi 1 (Arabic: معمر القذافي Mu`ammar al-QadhdhāfÄ«) (born circa 1942 near Sirte, Libya), has been the leader of Libya since 1969. ... Infamous war criminal Hirohito (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1926 to 1989. ...   Mao Zedong? (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976; Mao Tse-tung in Wade-Giles) was the chairman of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China from 1943 and the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China from 1945 until his death. ... Pol Pot Saloth Sar (May 19, 1925 – April 15, 1998), better known as Pol Pot, was the ruler of the Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia (officially Democratic Kampuchea during his rule) from 1976 to 1979, having been de facto leader since mid-1975. ... Joseph Stalin Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Stalin (Russian: Иосиф Виссарионович Сталин), original name Ioseb Jughashvili (Georgian: იოსებ ჯუღაშვილი; see Other names section) (December 21, 18791 – March 5, 1953) was a Bolshevik revolutionary and a political leader in the Soviet Union. ... Look up Nazi in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Imperial Japanese Army (大日本帝国陸軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun) was in existence from the Meiji Reformation to the end of World War II. It was created to replace the traditional Japanese samurai with a modern Western-style conscript army. ... Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones Indiana Jones is a fictional bullwhip-toting archaeologist with an overdeveloped ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) played by Harrison Ford in a series of films by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. ...


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