Down Into the Dark: Top 5 Villains of All Time
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 13:09
To follow up the top five superheroes, I decided that it is only fitting to look at the flip side. So I looked at the villains and ranked them, making a list of the top five. I took it account their success, characteristics and sheer villainy. So without further ado, I present my top five villains of all time.
No. 5 Loki
The story of the Asgardian that went bad: Loki. What makes a better villain than the scorned son of a Norse god? Loki’s notoriety has grown dramatically with the release of the Avengers film last year. He started out making trouble in Asgard before he took his schemes to earth. His trickery and manipulation of magic has made Loki a formidable enemy for his brother, Thor, and many of earth’s heroes.
No. 4 Venom
If you were to take Spiderman and essentially make him a villain, you would have Venom. The villain, Venom, has all the abilities of Spiderman such as wall climbing, web shooting, super strength and “spidey-sense.” What makes Venom intimidating is that the suit he wears is actually a symbiotic alien that enhances the host’s strength. The alien was first attached to Spiderman and thus when it became attached to Eddie Brock who became Venom, he had all of Spiderman’s powers. Venom became one of Spidey’s most challenging foes as he was, in a sense, fighting himself.
No. 3 Doomsday
Doomsday makes the list because he is one of the only villains that had power equivalent to Superman. The hulking foe gained his name after raining destruction upon Metropolis. He and Superman slug out a grueling battle in which eventually Superman rises victorious but at the cost of his own life. Doomsday is the only villain to have ever achieved true victory over the Man of Steel, placing him at number three on the list.
No. 2 Magneto
Nothing creates a good villain like the path of vengeance. Yes, Magneto takes number two. As a boy, he was placed in a Nazi concentration camp. This cultivated a grim view of humans in the young Magneto. He swore to protect the mutants at any cost. His ability to manipulate metal makes his an extraordinary villain. He can stop bullets and raze buildings to the ground. What makes Magneto such a good villain is that he started out more so as a tragic hero and eventually let his hate and lust for power consume him. The X-Men have their hands full with him.
No. 1 The Joker
Finally, we reach number one, of course the Joker. Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime blends sinister satire with pure psychotics. The Joker has proven time and time again to be Batman’s most challenging rival. The Joker makes such a perfect villain because he is so dimensional. He can go from hilarious to crazy in a matter of seconds. Plus, you have to take into account his signature evil laugh. Few villains ever gain a fraction of the fame that the Joker has gained. His villainous antics and unpredictability make the Joker, in my opinion, the greatest villain of all time. Remember, the joker is a wildcard.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.