Comic books are home to heroes with all manner of wild abilities people in the real world can only ever dream of being able to use. Not only that but seeing how these characters have to grow with their powers and how they use them can make for incredibly interesting stories. But one of the aspects that makes comics so much fun to read (and consequently their movies so much fun to watch), are the reverse. Seeing the path of how characters go from normal people to villains is one of the more intriguing storytelling devices comics can choose to include.
And everyone loves a good villain, right? The following bad guys have arguably been cemented in pop culture history through a blend of otherworldly abilities, dark motivations, and captivating personalities. To many, they are so important that it is hard to imagine their heroes, or even the world, without them.
With comic book villains, creators and storytellers are given the chance to explore the depths of human depravity. These antagonists push heroes to their brinks while simultaneously exhilarating readers and viewers. For some, it can be hard to remember them beyond the powers they have. But for true fans, naming all of these villains should be no problem.
Who is this villain with the painted face?
Perhaps one of the most famous comic book villains of all time is the arch nemesis of Batman. Some of the most critically renowned stories of Batman's history revolve around this villain. And the same can be said of the live-action films. The first actor to portray this baddie was Cesar Romero in the 60s TV show and movie, but Jack Nicholson really brought the demented personality to life in Tim Burton's 1989 film. There is also Heath Ledger's performance of the character in 2008's "The Dark Knight," which won him a posthumous Oscar. What is the name of this villain?
What is the name of this Spider-Man villain?
Out of all the heroes Marvel has created over the years, Spider-Man may be the most popular. Which naturally means he has one of the most expansive rogues' galleries of any hero. Many of them are almost as well-known as he is, such as this man who uses an alien symbiote as a suit. This villain has been shown in live-action films twice: once in "Spider-Man 3," where he was played by Topher Grace, and once in a 2018 solo film named after the character. The symbiote is able to retain any powers of a hero it comes in contact with. What is this villain's name?
Who is this purple villain?
With 2008's "Iron Man," Marvel began building a shared cinematic universe unlike anything audiences had seen before. And with every movie released after that, the universe would build to the confrontation with this infamous Marvel villain. Born on Saturn's moon Titan, this alien sought to bring balance to the universe by wiping out half of existence. Going from planet to planet worked well enough, but with the power of the six Infinity Stones, he knew he could do it with the snap of his fingers. The conclusion of the saga with this villain will end with "Avengers: Endgame." What is his name?
What is the name of this classic Marvel villain?
One of Marvel's biggest properties is the X-Men, a team made up of people who were born with genetic mutations. These can sometimes change their outward appearance, but they also always give the mutant a useful ability. There are very vocal members of society that think mutantkind is wrong, which also leads to this villain wanting to war on humans. The X-Men believe in protecting everyone, but this mutant thinks mutants are above everyone else. He has the ability to control metal, making many weapons useless. He also wears metal to make himself fly. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this wealthy villain?
While there are many dastardly villains with powerful abilities, there are others who have proved they can be just as dangerous without powers. This Superman villain is one of them. He usually relies on his genius intellect (as well as his massive fortune) to get the best of his rivals. This villain was seen in the very first live-action Superman movie released in 1978 and was played by Gene Hackman. Most recently, he was played by Jesse Eisenberg in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016. He'll also be seen soon in the CW's "Supergirl," where he'll be played by Jon Cryer. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this powerful villain?
Strategic intelligence and massive strength make for one lethal combination when it comes to a villain. This character is always a thorn in Batman's side whenever he tries to terrorize Gotham. Though he is already strong and a capable fighter, he also uses a substance called Venom to enhance himself. It's a toxin that is pumped directly into his veins that increases the size of his muscles astronomically. However, when Tom Hardy played the character in "The Dark Knight Returns," the character didn't use Venom at all, instead relying on his already large size. What is the name of this Batman villain?
Who is this god-like villain?
Marvel has seen some pretty memorable villains, though there are many fans who think the Norse God of Mischief is the best one. His first live-action appearance was in 2011's "Thor," where he showed just how much of a trickster he could be. He always longed to rule over others and even tried to conquer Earth with an army of aliens in "The Avengers." He's gotten less villainous with each movie, even teaming up with his brother in "Thor: Ragnarok" and trying to save his life in "Avengers: Infinity War." What is the name of this complicated yet popular Marvel villain?
Who is this unpredictable villain?
The Joker has always shown himself to be unpredictable, often bringing chaos with him wherever he goes just because he wants to. His love interest and sidekick is just as wild as he is. An interesting fact about this character is that she appeared in "Batman: The Animated Series" in the 90s before she was ever shown in a comic book. She has become more popular over the years and was shown in live-action in 2016 where she was played by Margot Robbie. That character will return in 2020 for a "Birds of Prey" movie. What is the name of this villain?
What is the name of this mad scientist?
There's no villain quite like a mad scientist. Their stories can often tug at the heartstrings as they usually start off as a good person, driven mad with their pursuit of power or knowledge. That's what happened to this character, who turned to villainy after he had four robotic arms grafted onto his spine. The reasoning this made him mad has varied between adaptations, but in "Spider-Man 2" it was because the chip protecting his nervous system from the influence of the arms broke during an experiment. A gender-swapped version of this character was also seen in 2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." What is this villain's name?
Who is this DC villain?
Another character who was essentially forced into villainy by his damaged mind was this DC villain. He was once a respected District Attorney who sought to clean up Gotham and rid it of crime. But an accident that left half of his face badly damaged drove him to madness. He was played by Tommy Lee Jones in 1995's "Batman Forever," where the damage was caused by acid. He was also played by Aaron Eckhart in 2008's "The Dark Knight," where the damaged was caused by fire. This villain is known for flipping a coin to decide what he does. What is his name?
What is the name of this crime lord?
Though many of them don't have powers, crime lords can often be just as dangerous as villains with abilities, if not more so. They usually have amassed such a fortune that they can afford to hire goons and hide inside giant buildings they've turned into fortresses. This particular one has been a villain for both Daredevil and Spider-Man. In 2018, he was seen in the third season of Netflix's "Daredevil," the "Spider-Man" video game, and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." He's known for the fact that his body is bigger than the average human's and always wearing crisp, white suits. What is his name?
What is the name of this thief?
There are some villains who are easy to figure out: they want to bring pain and destruction to anyone who gets in the way of their quest for power. But there are some that are a bit more complicated than that. They may only look out for themselves, but they don't take pleasure in causing innocent people pain the way that other villains do. This villain is one of those, as she's a master thief who desires the most valuable items she can find. She's also a capable fighter as she usually carries a whip and has claws in her gloves. What is her name?
What is the name of the Fantastic Four's greatest villain?
While "Fantastic Four" is definitely a superhero comic, it is also an epic sci-fi that follows a team of explorers as they travel to different planets and dimensions. Their line of work naturally brings them into contact with many foes, but their greatest is perhaps one from their own planet. This megalomaniac rules over his own small country and has a wide variety of powers. His mother taught him the ways of magic and he was able to enhance those by traveling through time and learning dark magic that had been lost to time. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this Spider-Man villain?
Though Spider-Man has many foes, this one is without a doubt his arch-nemesis. Norman Osborn was the father of Spider-Man's best friend and owned his own company that performed all manner of experiments in the pursuit of furthering science. But one of those experiments made him lose his mind and gain super strength. Using a special suit and glider, Norman turned to villainy and is responsible for many tragedies in Spider-Man's life, like the demise of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy. He was the first live-action villain Peter Parker faced in 2002's "Spider-Man." What is the name of Spider-Man's greatest foe?
What is the name of this villain that likes to play games?
There are some villains who like to rush into any situation because they know they have the power to do so. This villain is different, however. He thinks EVERYTHING through. He loves to play games and he loves the chase, as he'll leave certain puzzles or clues to test if Batman is worthy enough to solve the crime or stop him from committing another. He was seen on the big screen in 1995's "Batman Forever," where he was played by Jim Carrey. More recently though is his inclusion on Fox's "Gotham," which shows how his life of crime began. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this villain of Thor?
"Thor: Ragnarok" was praised for changing up many things about the Thor formula, from including more comedic moments as well as Marvel's first female villain. This Goddess rules over the underworld in Niflheim, though this post was not of her choosing. Before Thor or Loki were born, Odin banished his daughter there when he saw how power-hungry and bloodthirsty she could be. But this was after the two of them waged war on the other realms in order to rule them. In the comics as well as Norse mythology, this character is actually Loki's daughter instead of Odin's. What is her name?
What is the name of this Captain America villain?
In the world of Marvel, there is a secret organization that grew within the Third Reich known as Hydra. And while Germany may have lost WWII, this organization never did disperse. They adapted with the world and learned how to hide until they were ready to strike. In the MCU, this villain was their leader during WWII. But he has remained one of Captain America's greatest villains throughout the comics. He was recently seen in the MCU again in "Avengers: Infinity War" showing what happened to him at the end of "Captain America: The First Avenger." What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this Gotham City crime lord?
This villain almost had no choice but to turn to a life of crime due to his upbringing. His origin is shown in 1992's "Batman Returns," where he was played by Danny Devito. After seeing his grotesque form, his parents decided to throw him in the sewer after keeping him locked in a cage. With an origin like that, it's only natural he would grow up to be a villain. Though he isn't big or strong enough to do his own fighting, he has been able to amass a criminal empire so that he can hire others to fight for him. What is his name?
Who is this mutant?
One of Magneto's most trusted partners in bringing down humankind is this shape-shifting mutant. Having the ability to change their appearance is something that could make a villain incredibly dangerous. Rebecca Romijn played the character in the original X-Men trilogy in the early 2000s, where she was a loyal second hand to Ian McKellan's Magneto. Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence took up the role in 2011's "X-Men: First Class," and has played her several times since. But this version of the character is much less villainous than she is in the comics. What is the name of this shape-shifting Marvel villain?
Who is this incredibly strong villain?
Many comic book villains are intelligent, disturbing, and will use anything at their disposal to gain the upper hand over the hero. But sometimes, having a big, angry brute as a villain does just the trick. This villain may not be a deep thinker, but his power and stamina means he doesn't have to be. Even if he is defeated, this alien can change his body to make it more durable so that it's more difficult to do again. In the comics, he was responsible for the demise of Superman. He was also seen in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." What is his name?
What is the name of this villainous robot?
In the world of comics, if a meddling scientist doesn't go mad, there's just as good of a chance that they'll create something that can decimate them. This happened in the sequel to "The Avengers" when Tony Stark tried to create an AI using the Infinity Stone in Loki's staff. The intentions behind this AI were to solve problems plaguing humanity. But it instead decided that humans were humanity's biggest problem and tried to wipe them out. In the comics, he was created by Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, instead of Tony Stark. What is the name of this villainous robot?
Who is this Black Panther villain?
2018's "Black Panther" was so adored by fans and critics alike that it was recently nominated for the Best Picture category at the Oscars. And one of the aspects that made the film so refreshing in terms of superhero movies was its layered and sympathetic villain. He and T'Challa are cousins, and he had to fight his way back to the hidden country of Wakanda years after T'Challa's father took the life of his. He sought not only revenge but to help other black people around the world with Wakanda's resources. What is the name of this Black Panther villain?
Who is this Wonder Woman villain?
DC's extended film universe didn't start off on the strongest note, with several scoring below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. But 2017's "Wonder Woman" was an entirely different story. Diana desired to bring peace to a world that was being torn apart by war and had to go up against a villain who wanted nothing more than to see the misery spread. He spent most of the movie hiding in plain sight but revealed his true self at the climax. The Greek God of War was played by David Thewlis, who is also famous for played Professor Lupin in the "Harry Potter" series. What is this villain's name?
Who is this villain who likes it cold?
Even though Batman can always find a way to stop him, this villain can usually cause a lot of damage before he does due to his various weapons with freezing properties. He must wear a special suit as an accident caused him to be completely frozen, mutating his genetic code so that he must always be kept below 0. This has also helped slow his aging and made him immune to most illnesses. He has only been seen in live-action once: in 1997's "Batman and Robin," where he was played by the same actor who played The Terminator. What is the name of this Batman villain?
Who is this powerful mutant?
The world of X-Men has showcased many powerful mutants that could bring many lives to an end if they wished it so. But one of the most dangerous they have ever faced is this ancient mutant with multiple powers. He was seen in live-action in the 2016 release and was played by Oscar Isaac. He's been around since ancient Egypt, where he was worshiped as some kind of God. He has the ability to absorb another mutant, making it so that he gets their power and doesn't age. This ability means he has a slew of abilities he can use. What is this villain's name?
Who is this Batman villain?
Not every villain starts out as an antagonist for the hero. In "Batman Begins," this villain trained Bruce Wayne in many forms of combat, essentially helping the man to become Batman. He is the leader of a secret group of assassins who intervene in world affairs to change certain outcomes as they see fit. In that movie, he would later invade Gotham City with his group of warriors because of how wretched and crime-ridden Gotham had grown. He was played by Liam Neeson, but the character has also shown up in the live-action "Arrow" on The CW. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this Kryptonian?
For a long time, Clark Kent believed he was one of a kind. But he actually comes from a planet full of others like him. Just before Krypton was destroyed, this general and his followers led a coup against the planet's government because he didn't like the decisions they were making in regards to the planet's safety. They were all imprisoned close by, so they weren't destroyed along with the rest of the Kryptonians, but they would eventually escape and head to Earth. In "Man of Steel," this character was played by Michael Shannon. What is the name of this villain?
What is the name of this aerial villain?
Many of Spider-Man's oldest villains took on names of animals that were similar to their appearance, such as Rhino and Scorpion. This character was another of those villains, but many others would be shown in live-action before he was given a chance to shine. He was played by Michael Keaton in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," who interestingly played Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films. This villain was a bit sympathetic since he only turned to a life of crime to provide for his family after Tony Stark unknowingly put him out of a job. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this villain new to the DCEU?
2018's "Aquaman" changed the dynamic between hero and villain a bit to make it more interesting. In the case of this movie, the hero was an outsider looking to help the underwater kingdom of Atlantis whereas a person living there was the villain. This character is the younger half-brother of Aquaman and seeks to control Atlantis, as well as the other underwater kingdoms. He schemes and back-stabs to reach his goal, which is to wage war on the surface world. He was played by Patrick Wilson and this was the fifth time he had worked with director James Wan after the "Insidious" and "The Conjuring" franchises. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of the villain from Guardians of the Galaxy?
Before "Guardians of the Galaxy" was released, most moviegoers had never heard of the team. But it's now hard to picture the MCU without them. The first film chronicled the ragtag team as they tried to stop this Kree warrior from declaring war on a planet after it and the one he comes from had just signed a peace treaty. He was actually working with Thanos, who was only helping him to secure an Infinity Stone. This villain was played by Lee Pace, who will return to the role in 2019's "Captain Marvel." What is the name of this villain?
What is the name of the villain who can control plants?
At first glance, the ability to control plants may sound a bit silly. But plants are everywhere and some of them can be incredibly dangerous. This villain gained her powers when she was poisoned by powerful herbs inside an ancient Egyptian artifact. Not only can she make plants do what she wants, but she is also immune to most toxins and diseases. She can also put others under her influence using her (literal) intoxicating charm. She was played by Uma Thurman in 1997's "Batman and Robin" and can be found on Fox's "Gotham.". What is the name of this villain?
Who is this powerful alien?
Whenever a powerful alien that rules over his own planet travels to Earth, the heroes know to expect trouble and a massive amount of damage. This villain is essentially a God and he betrayed his father in order to become the new ruler of the planet Apokolips. He's one of the most powerful villains the Justice League has ever faced. And while he hasn't been shown in live-action yet, he probably will soon as Steppenwolf spoke of serving him in 2017's "Justice League" movie. He could bring as much destruction to the DCEU as Thanos did to the MCU. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this electric villain?
Being electrocuted is incredibly painful for normal people, so it's a good thing that Spider-Man has super strength and stamina. This electric villain is one of Spider-Man's oldest as he first appeared in 1964 and was one of the founding members of the Sinister Six. He was played in live-action by Jamie Foxx in 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and was featured in the 2018 "Spider-Man" game. In the movie, he received his powers by falling into a tank filled with genetically altered electric eels while working as an electrical engineer at Oscorp. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this villain from Captain America: Civil War?
Most villains are excellent fighters or are rich enough to hire others to fight for them. The comic book version of this villain is one of the more capable fighters Captain America has gone up against, but the movie version knew he wouldn't be able to fight Cap and his Avenger friends. So instead, he found a way to turn them all against each other by using the trigger words to activate Winter Soldier, as well as taking the life of T'Challa's father while disguised as Bucky. The character's costume in the comics uses a purple hood to cover his face. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this Aquaman villain?
Some heroes create their villains. Tony Stark is responsible for several of his and Aquaman is responsible for this one. Although, this character was already a pretty bad person since he operated as a pirate, scavenging across the seas. But when Aquaman intervened in one of his missions and caused the character to lose his father, he became a true villain. Teaming up with Ocean Master, he was able to acquire and redesign his own armor so that he would be more properly equipped to fight him. He ended up surviving the encounter and the mid-credits scene teased his return. What is his name?
What is the name of this Spider-Man villain?
Since Spider-Man had already received several movies before Marvel reacquired the film rights to the character, they chose to adapt some of the villains who hadn't been seen on the big screen yet. While "Spider-Man: Homecoming" saw the first live-action appearance of Vulture, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" will focus on this villain. He was once a stuntman and special effects artist in Hollywood before he turned to crime. He uses those skills and many others to cast illusions on his enemies and trick them into thinking they are seeing something they aren't. What is the name of this Spider-Man villain?
Who is this Daredevil villain?
This villain is essentially if Hawkeye went bad as he has perfect aim and insists that he never misses. Though he's fought with other Marvel heroes, he is primarily a villain for Daredevil. He was seen in live-action in the 2003 "Daredevil" film where he was played by Colin Farrell. He was also seen in the third season of the Netflix show where he was played by Wilson Bethel. In the hands of this villain, anything can become extremely dangerous as he can throw it with pinpoint accuracy and incredibly hard. What is the name of this villain of Daredevil?
What is the name of this villain who's almost unstoppable?
Super strength is one thing. What this villain can do is on an entirely different level. Not only is he ridiculously strong, but he's so gigantic that he can charge through any group of heroes, destroying everything in his path. He also wears a special helmet so that no powerful psychic like Professor X or Jean Grey can read his mind. But this also means they won't be able to see him coming. He's been seen in live-action twice: in "X-Men: The Last Stand" where he was played by Vinnie Jones and in "Deadpool 2" where he was CGI but voiced by Ryan Reynolds. What is this villain's name?
What is the name of this super fast villain?
Barry Allen's speed can do a lot more than one might think. Yes, he can run super fast, but he can do it so quickly that he can feasibly travel through time. So any villain that possesses the same ability makes for a supremely dangerous bad guy. This villain is actually responsible for creating The Flash as he comes from the future but traveled back in time to take the life of Barry's mother and frame his father. His super speed means he can hit people hundreds of times per second and run on water. What is the name of this villain?
Who is this Marvel villain?
There are some powers that villains have, such as Poison Ivy's, that don't seem as powerful as they truly are. This Spider-Man villain can turn any part of his body into sand, which actually makes him a lot stronger than one might think. He can make the sand dense and deal an intense blow with what is essentially a ton of tiny rocks. Or he could make his body loose so that he could escape any situation through any size of exit. He was portrayed by Thomas Haden Church in 2007's "Spider-Man 3" and is an original Sinister Six member. What is his name?
What is the name of this Green Lantern ally turned villain?
It may surprise some casual fans, but there are nine different colored rings in the world of Green Lantern. And each of them has different properties and are used for different things. Where green is the color of willpower and is used to protect the universe, yellow is the color of fearfulness and the organization that uses these rings is seen as the villainous equivalent of Hal Jordan's organization. Wearers of yellow rings like to instill panic in others in order to rule. This villain was once a member of the Green Lanterns before he turned his back on them. What is his name?
What is the name of the villain that eats planets?
Though the MCU hasn't had as much time to explore the vast reaches of space, there are many villains out there that no one hero would be able to take down themselves. Many of these villains are so powerful that they would be able to stop Thanos without a problem. And one of the most dangerous is the one who devours planets in order to sustain himself. He was seen briefly in 2007's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," but was shown as more of a cloud than in his solid form. What is the name of this almighty Marvel villain?
What is the name of this mercenary?
Mercenaries and bounty hunters are already dangerous in worlds without superheroes, so they're even more fatal in the world of comic books. Slade Wilson is one of the most skilled at what he does, capable in multiple forms of combat and just about any firearm. He's been seen as a main villain for the Teen Titans on the original animated show as well as 2018's "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies." He also showed up in a brief cameo during the post-credits scene for "Justice League," hinting at an Injustice League. What is the name of this DC villain?
What is the name of this Batman villain?
A villain's vast intellect can lead to all manner of interesting creations. Sometimes it's mech suits or robotic enemies to fight the heroes. In the case of this villain, it's a highly potent toxin that can cause anyone's greatest fears to come out. This villain became obsessed with the effects of phobias after being tormented in his youth. In his adult life, he became a psychologist to study these effects before turning to villainy. He's had run-ins with Batman many times since his debut in 1941. He was played by Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy. What is his name?
Who is the villain of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?
Some of the most sinister villains are those that don't appear to be one at first. Marvel changed the origins of Peter Quill slightly when they made this character to be his father in "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2." This villain is a living planet who projects a humanoid form in order to travel great distances. That's how he met Peter's mother, as well as many others. His plan was to plant saplings of his consciousness in order to take over many other planets in different galaxies. He was played by Kurt Russell, but what is the name of this villain?
What is the name of this alien bounty hunter?
Bounty hunters often make for good villains in the world of comics, but this alien is more dangerous than many others. He comes from the planet Czarnia, a Utopian paradise. Or at least it was, until he took the lives of every other citizen just for fun. As one of DC's most memorable characters, he enjoys bringing pain to others and is powerful enough to do it to almost anyone. His first appearance was in 1983. Though he hasn't been shown in live-action yet, he will appear in the second season of SyFy's "Krypton." What is the name of this villain?
Who is the villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp?
There are many comic book villains who love committing crimes, but there are just as many others who only turned to villainy because they felt they had to. The villain from 2018's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is such a villain. She was present during an experiment with her father when she was very young that backfired and gave her the ability to phase through solid objects, though it causes her tremendous pain. She only becomes a villain in order to find a way to cure herself. In the comics, this character is normally an Iron Man villain. What is her name?
Who is this villain from Iron Man 3?
The villain twist of "Iron Man 3" may have upset some fans who wished to see the true Mandarin in live-action, but it was a smart play by the film's real villain. He created a fake villain for the world to focus on while he was allowed to continue with his plans. This scientist developed a serum called Extremis that rewrites the user's genetic code to heal from most wounds, including amputations. But it also lets the user emit extreme amounts of heat from their body, causing damage to anything they touch. What is the name of the villain from "Iron Man 3?"
Who is the villain in Watchmen?
Though it may not have taken place in the universe of Batman and Superman, "Watchmen" is still under the DC umbrella. It focuses on a world where society has become disenchanted with superheroes during a never-ending Cold War. In order to bring peace to the world, this character decided to take the lives of most citizens living in New York City. He was once a hero and while he doesn't have any powers, he is known as the smartest man alive. He was played by Matthew Goode in the film adaptation. What is the name of the villain in "Watchmen?"
What is the name of this demon?
There are many heroes who have to deal with villainous parents, but Raven of the Teen Titans has it extremely difficult. Her mother is a normal human, but her father is a demon. This is how she is able to have powers, but it also means she felt a pull towards villainy at an extremely early age. Though she has mastered her powers and uses them as a force for good, her father still shows up to try to sway her and take out her team. He's been seen in several animated shows and movies. What is the name of Raven's demon father?