What makes a good villain?
Some readers would say that you have to know that they’re the bad guy from the first panel, others that you believe they should start with some good in them. My answer is motive, it’s whether or not you can understand why a villain does what they do, but you know that it’s just wrong. Another feature of good villain is the excitement when you turn the page and find our heroes are going to be doing battle with this bad guy.
Here are my top 10 favourites (in no order) with a little about their motivations:
The Joker (Batman) – Next level of human evolution
Ozymandias (Watchmen) – It was only logical
Carnage (Spider-man) – Somethings were never right
Apocalypse (X-Men) – A force of nature so far above humanity
Sinister (X-Men) – Twisted science
Lex Luthor (Superman) – Envy leads to hate
Black Adam (Captain Marvel/Shazam)- Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Darkseid (Justice League/Earth 2) – Leader of the world to end all worlds
Norman Osborn (Spider-man) – Sometimes human isn’t enough
Deathstroke (Teen Titans (originally)) – Anything goes for the right price
Tell me what you think! Who’s your favourite? Tell in comments!
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