4. Thanos, the mad titan nearly killed the universe and all for love. Powerful, resourceful and poetic to a point he gathered the pieces of the Infinity Gauntlet before anyone could stop him. In the end beaten by just a mortal man, itâ€™s enough Iâ€™m sure to make Navarre tear up.
*sniff* .... um, maybe.
My own list begins with, no lie:5. Thanos:
He is amazingly calculating yet emotionally unbalanced at the same time. His obsessive need to win the favor of Death is the kind of behavior an abused child exhibits as an adult; trying to prove oneself worthy of the love of another in unrecognized hopes that they in fact learn to love themselves.
In a masterful stroke of brilliant evil he wiped half of the universe out of existence, summarily defeated the greatest heroes the universe had to offer, and stood against the physical manifestations of the esoteric universe. And he did it all with a smile. ... Wow.4. Dark Phoenix:
Some may claim she is not a villain but I disagree. Dark Phoenix is not just Jean Grey possessed by the Phoenix Force.
Dark Phoenix is what happens when a good person is elevated so far beyond the scope of normal humanity that she no longer has a reason to care about it. That hunger that Dark Phoenix showed is Jean Grey's hunger.
We all want to control our world, cut away what doesn't work, and shape the universe to our liking. Jean Grey could do that.
And, as they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Seeing how that power changed Jean and, subsequently, seeing how she struggles to live with the knowledge of what she has done, makes her a fascinating character study in morality and redemption.3. Magneto:
It seems no one's list is complete without Magneto. It shows what a great character he is.
I don't need to go into detail about why he is the way he is or the dichotomy of morality he shows through his perspective and actions. We get it.
We get him
. And that is a real tribute to, arguably, the best villain ever created.2. Deathstroke:
Magneto is the better villain because he is more complex. But, c'mon! Deathstroke is as cool as they get!
I have his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2
and most everything after. As was mentioned, read Identity Crisis
if you want to see how good this man is.
Before someone decided to rip off Deathstroke, mix in Wolverine, and call it Deadpool, Deathstroke had already claimed a spot in villain history. His personal background, family relations, and ongoing pursuits make this villain more fun to read than just about anyone.1. The Red Skull
Perhaps with me it is a given that this man would claim my #1 spot. He is everything Captain America is not yet.
He lacks any semblance of honor or nobility but he is far from a thug. His genius is matched by only a few of the world's greatest minds (such as Doctor Doom). His schemes are so far-reaching that Mr. Sinister would be proud.
He is the perfect villain for the noble, strategic, and straightforward Captain America. His legacy has proven itself over time.
A good hero is nothing without his arch-nemesis and the Red Skull shows us at every turn why Captain America is the hero he is. So he gets the spotlight as my favorite villain ever. (and is it just me or is his daughter, Sin, totally bangin' hot?)