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Reader’s Poll: Who Has the Best Rogues Gallery in Comics?

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What good is a hero without great villains? No matter how incredible or interesting the protagonist in a story may be, if he/she is not met by equally incredible or interesting antagonists, the story just feels flat. Aside from Star Wars‘ Darth Vader, who is without a doubt the coolest bad guy in pop culture, there’s no better place to find villains than comic books. So which hero has the best rogues gallery? You as the reader get to determine which ones I write about. Vote below and I’ll feature the top 5 vote-getters in a future post (might be a multi-parter).

 

100 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time – Part 15

Because I’m kind of just ready to move on to other things, instead of just giving a 5 character entry with descriptions, I’m just going to list the Top 30 with a picture. Sorry if you were enjoying it in the original format. Maybe one day I’ll go back and finish it that way. But until then, here goes:

 

30. Jesse Custer

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29. Dr. Strange

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28. Green Goblin

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27. Darkseid

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26. Thor

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25. Nightcrawler

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24. Rorschach

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23. The Thing

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22. Martian Manhunter

 

 

21. Jean Grey

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20. Cyclops

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19. Deadpool

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18. Lex Luthor

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17. Mr. Fantastic

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16. Catwoman

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15. Daredevil

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14. Nightwing

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13. The Flash (Barry Allen)

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12. The Hulk

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11. Wolverine

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10. Iron Man

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9. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

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8. Magneto

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7. The Joker

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6. Dr. Doom

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5. Superman

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4. Captain America

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3. Wonder Woman

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2. Batman

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1. Spider-Man

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100 Greatest Comic Characters of All Time – Part 13

40. Sinestro

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Nemesis to the Green Lantern. Sinestro is a former member of the Green Lantern Corps himself, but after abusing his power, he was excommunicated and vowed vengeance. To achieve that end, he took up a yellow power ring fueled by fear instead of courage like the green counterparts. He has been the constant thorn in the Corps side for the last 50 years of its history.

39. Green Arrow

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DC Comics’ resident archer. While his mastery of a bow and arrow, and quiver full of gimmick arrows are practically identical to Marvel’s Hawkeye (though to  be fair, Green Arrow came first), their personalities are extremely different. Oliver Queen has made himself a crime fighter with a hard political edge, reminiscent of Robin Hood after whom his costume is fashioned. His political views border on pure anarchy, but is typically tempered by his more centered friends like Batman and Black Canary.

38. The Human Torch

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The youngest member of comics’ “First Family”, the Fantastic Four. Since his first appearance, Johnny Storm has been one of the more popular characters in Marvel. His friendships with Spider-Man and Daredevil helped add to his popularity as he was featured fighting along side of them multiple times. His care-free attitude and cool (well, not so much) powers have made him an exciting and endearing character.

37. Optimus Prime

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The fearless leader of the Autobots and by far the most popular of the Transformers. Aided by the success of the movie franchise, Optimus Prime has become arguably the most iconic robot in all of pop culture. A courageous heart, a brilliant strategic mind, and a fighting prowess matched only by his sage-like wisdom are what make him such a truly compelling character.

36. Mystique

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One of the X-Men’s most formidable enemies, and the mother of Rogue (through adoption) and Nightcrawler. With the ability to shapeshift into literally anyone, down to voice, fingerprints, and retina , she is almost impossible to track. Add in her incredible skill with firearms and hand-to-hand combat, along with her willingness to do just about anything to ensure the preservation of mutant-kind, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the greatest villains in comics.

Rocket Raccoon Proves DC’s Ineptitude

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“DC doesn’t think Wonder Woman can carry her own movie, but Marvel is going to make a movie about a talking raccoon.”

I couldn’t help but laugh when my friend and fellow comic enthusiast Justen uttered this quip in a conversation a few weeks ago. While terribly funny, it is also a pretty accurate indictment on DC’s philosophy when it comes to making movies. Unless it’s about Superman or Batman, or the occasional graphic novel, DC doesn’t seem interested in making movies about their properties. Though I can’t completely blame them. They tried with a couple and both bombed horribly.

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There in lies the difference. DC is gun shy about releasing movies about their lesser-known characters because a couple of them failed, while Marvel, despite a few bombs of their own, continues to pump out films about any property that someone is willing to write a script for. Outside of Green Lantern and Jonah Hex, no secondary DC characters have been given the opportunity to make an impact on the silver screen. On the flip side, Marvel created the most successful comic movie franchise of all-time (The Avengers) on the foundation of perceived “B-List” super heroes. On top of that, characters like Daredevil, Elektra, The Punisher, Ghost Rider, and soon to be The Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, have all had the chance to carry a movie.

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Even the franchise that really started the comic boom in Hollywood, Blade, is based on a Marvel character that wouldn’t even qualify for the B-List. But Marvel had faith that their characters were marketable, and in turn knew how to market them. They were rewarded for their faith. It’s just a shame that DC doesn’t have the same faith in their characters or their abilities to market them.

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With the announcement that the third installment in the Captain America franchise will be going head-to-head its opening weekend against the currently unnamed Superman/Batman team-up movie, it will be an interesting showdown between the biggest comic publishers in the world. Even more interesting is the fact that while DC is teaming up their favorite sons for their project, Marvel is content to march out The Star Spangled Avenger on his own.

 

You Will Never Find a More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy (Part 4)

“The 25 Greatest Comic Book Villains of All-Time” continues with #15-#11.

15. Sinestro (Green Lantern)

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Once considered one of the greatest members of the Green Lantern Corps, and Hal Jordan’s mentor, when it was discovered that he was using his power as a means to rule over his home planet, he was banished to the Antimatter Universe. Feelingly wronged by the Green Lanterns, he grew to hate them and vowed revenge. The inhabitants of the Antimatter Universe, who also hated the Corps, created a yellow power ring that granted him the same abilities as a Green Lantern, but powered by fear instead of courage. He managed to escape and began his campaign against the Lanterns. He is completely demented, having wiped out entire planets just to display his power. He is also responsible for the freeing of the Corps other nemesis: the embodiment of fear, Parallax.

14. Mystique (X-Men)

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With the ability to look and sound like anyone, Mystique is the ultimate spy and infiltrator. This power alone makes her a formidable opponent, but she’s also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and a skilled marksman. When Magneto left the Brotherhood of Mutants, Mystique picked up the reigns of the X-Men’s evil counterpart. She is a violent defender of mutantkind and views any opposition to them as a direct threat. In the “Days of Future Past” story arc, her penchant for assassinating political figures who campaigned against mutants lead to mutants and all other super powered beings being hunted down. Her history with several of the X-Men runs very deep and personal. She is Nightcrawler’s biological mother, and the adoptive mother of Rogue. Her relationship with the latter is particularly tumultuous due to Mystique forcing her as a child to use her lifeforce-absorbing ability to nearly kill the super hero Ms. Marvel.

13. Two-Face (Batman)

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When half of his face was horribly disfigured during a failed mob hit, district attorney Harvey Dent went mad and developed a dual personality and began calling himself Two-Face. He also became obsessed with the number 2 and duality in general. Using his iconic double-sided coin to make decisions, he believes that chance is the only thing true in the world. While he doesn’t have the long track record of mayhem against the Bat-family and their allies like The Joker or the singular defining moment like Bane, his relationship with Batman is just as intriguing because while Two-Face is one of the most deadly and violent men in Gotham, there is a part of him that is still the old Harvey Dent. Because of this, Batman is torn between wanting to stop Two-Face’s criminal operations and hopes that one day he can be rehabilitated.

12. The Red Skull (Captain America)

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The battle between Johann Schmidt and Captain America dates all the way back to World War II when Schmidt was a high-ranking Nazi officer. Originally an ordinary man, he was no match for the abilities of the Star Spangled Avenger. He had to rely on his mastery of strategy to combat Steve Rogers. However, he eventually had his mind placed into a body that had been cloned from Captain America. Now on the same physical level as his nemesis, The Red Skull became even more dangerous an adversary. Even though he has died multiple times, due to the technology of the criminal organization HYDRA, Schmidt can never really be considered dead. Whenever one body dies, his mind is simply placed into another cloned body, making him for all intents and purposes immortal. Following the events of the Marvel Civil War, with Captain America arrested and in chains, Schmidt seized the opportunity to deal a final blow to his long-time foe: under Red Skull’s employ, fellow Cap enemy Crossbones assassinates Steve Rogers on the steps of the Capital. A battle that had spanned nearly seven decades was over…that is of course until Marvel brought Captain America back to life…

11. Loki (Thor)

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The God of Mischief and Chaos from Norse mythology. Loki is the constant fly in the ointment of his adoptive brother Thor. He grew jealous of the adulation that his brother received from his feats of strength and courage in battle, and blames Thor for “stealing” the affection and respect of their father Odin. Convinced that he should be the heir to the throne of Asgard, he will do anything to humiliate, shame, and/or kill the God of Thunder. Due to Thor’s love of its people, Loki began causing trouble in Midgard (Earth). So dangerous were his schemes that they eventually lead to the formation of The Avengers when several of Earth’s heroes banded together to stop him.

Up next: #10-6…