In the year 1938, the very first superhero was created by Action Comics. Look up in the air! It's a bird ... it's a plane ... his name was Superman. From the onset, he faced a number of characters who sought to bring humanity to its knees.
Superheroes cannot exist without their archenemy supervillains, and over the years we have seen our fair share of them. They come from all walks of life and some of them are even alien conquerors and artificially intelligent beings who either want to see the destruction of the world as we know it or want to become the supreme leader by defeating superheroes.
For many people, the villains are just as cool as the heroes, and, for some, they are even cooler. Many of them have superpowers and special abilities, secret identities and even secret lairs, the only difference from their superhero counterpart is the direction that their moral compass is pointing.
How well do you know some of the best supervillains to have ever graced the pages of comic books? Well, if you think that you are an expert on supervillains from all of the comic book universes, then this is the quiz you need to take!
Alexander Joseph “Lex” Luthor is a supervillain who first appeared in “Action Comics #23” in 1940 and is one of Superman’s oldest archenemies. He is a wealthy and powerful man who owns LexCorp, and he is intent on ridding the world of aliens like Superman.
Mystique first appeared in Marvel Comics’ “Ms. Marvel #16" in 1978, and later in many of the X-Men comics, as well as many of the films. She is a shapeshifting mutant who is often portrayed as a foe of the X-Men and partner of Magneto, but she has helped the superhero group on occasion.
Doctor Octopus, who is also known as Otto Octavius, is a highly intelligent scientist who went mad in Marvel Comics’ “The Amazing Spider-Man” series. In both film and the comics, he is obsessed with proving how smart he is, as well as destroying Spider-Man.
The Red Skull, also known as Johann Schmidt, is a supervillain who appeared in many Marvel comic books as the archenemy of Captain America. The Nazi agent was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and has been seen in many television series, blockbuster films and video games.
Hela is a fictional character based on the Norse goddess Hel. She first appeared in Marvel Comics’ "Journey into Mystery #102," where she frequently came into conflict with hero Thor. In 2017, the character was brought to life by Cate Blanchett in the movie "Thor: Ragnarok."
Two-Face, whose real name is Harvey Dent, is a character who was once a Gotham City district attorney. He was given the nickname after a mob boss threw acid on the left side of his face during a court trial. He later went insane and became one of Batman's main adversaries.
Ra’s al Ghul, which roughly translates to “head of the demon,” is a supervillain who first appeared in “Batman #232 Daughter of the Demon” in 1971. He has been a longtime enemy of Batman, as well as a few of the other heroes in the DC Universe.
Catwoman, whose real name is Selina Kyle, is one of the archenemies and sometimes love of the Batman. She is one of Gotham City’s burglars who is always seen wearing a skin-tight one-piece outfit. On rare occasions, she has been seen helping Batman.
Although he is considered to be a fairly new supervillain - he first appeared in “Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1” in 1993 - he is one of DC Comics' most notorious characters. He is the only villain who can say that he “broke the bat.”
Doctor Victor Von Doom is a supervillain who was first seen in Marvel Comics’ “The Fantastic Four #5,” back in 1962. Not only is he the archenemy of the superhero group, but he has also been in conflict with Iron Man, the Black Panther, Spider-Man and the Avengers.
The Joker is a villainous character who first appeared in DC Comics’ “Batman #1” in 1940. He was introduced as a psychopathic criminal mastermind who used his twisted sense of humor to get his way. In the movies, he has been played by the likes of Jared Leto, Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson.
The Shredder, whose other name is Oroku Saki, is a fictional character who appeared in both the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comics and a few of the movies. He served as a turtles’ antagonist, and he was also the leader of a criminal organization known as the Foot Clan.
First appearing in Marvel Comics’ “The X-Men #1,” Magneto is an extremely powerful mutant and an adversary to the X-Men. His power was the ability to generate and control magnetic fields, and he believed that mutants were superior to humans.
Zoom, who is also known by the name Hunter Zolomon, is a DC Comics character who was the second person to take on the role of Reverse-Flash. In the series, he was the archenemy of Wally West, the third speedster to take up the role as The Flash.
Apocalypse, also known by the name En Sabah Nur, is a supervillain who appeared in the Marvel comics, where he was one of the world’s first mutants and an opponent of both the X-Factor and the X-Men. He was the main antagonist in the 2016 film "X-Men: Apocalypse."
Loki is a fictional character who was created by Stan Lee and first appeared in “Venus #6” in 1949. In the comics, he is the adopted brother of Thor, who was also his rival. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has been played by actor Tom Hiddleston.
The Riddler, also known as Edward Nigma, is a supervillain and antihero. He first appeared in DC Comics' “Detective Comics #140” as a criminal mastermind who incorporates riddles into his schemes. His biggest enemy is Batman.
Ultron is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is one of the most well-known enemies of the Avengers. In the 2015 film “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” he was an artificial intelligence peacekeeping program created by Tony Stark to keep Earth safe, but later concluded that the greatest threat to peace is humanity.
General Zod is a DC Comic book supervillain who first appeared in “Adventure Comics #283.” He and Superman were both Kryptonians, and, as such, he exhibited many of the same powers and abilities as the superhero. He also appeared as the main antagonist in many of the Superman films.
Dormammu, also known as The Dread One, is a character who first appeared in Marvel Comics’ “Strange Tales #126” as one of Dr. Steven Strange’s enemies. The character, who was banished to the Dark Dimension, was one of the antagonists in the 2016 film “Doctor Strange.”
Erik Killmonger is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler, the character first appeared in Jungle Action vol. 2, #6 in 1973. Erik Killmonger is one of the enemies of the superhero known as the Black Panther. The character was portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in the 2018 film, "Black Panther."
The Penguin, whose real name is Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, is a supervillain who first appeared in the DC Comic book “Detective Comics #58” in 1941. He is one of Batman’s most enduring adversaries and is always seen wearing a top hat, tuxedo and monocle.
Venom is a Marvel Comics character who came about when an alien symbiote bonded with the human by the name of Eddie Brock. The character was originally introduced in “The Amazing Spider-Man #252” and was given his own self-titled feature film in 2018.
Harley Quinn is a DC Comic book character who first appeared in "Batman: The Animated Series" in 1992 and later appeared in the comic books. She is often seen alongside the Joker, whom she met while working as a psychiatrist to him at Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum.
Thanos is a Marvel comic book character who first appeared in “The Invincible Iron Man #55” and has often been called the most powerful villain in the Marvel Universe. He has fought against the Avengers and was portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Avengers films.
Brainiac is a supervillain who first appeared in DC Comics' “Action Comics #242,” where he was one of the archenemies of Superman, the second deadliest after Lex Luthor. The extraterrestrial cyborg was responsible for shrinking and stealing Kandor, the capital city of Krypton.
Doomsday is a DC Comics character which made his first full appearance in “Superman: The Man of Steel #18” in 1992. He is known as the only villain to have “killed” Superman in combat.
Green Goblin is the name of several supervillains which were published by Marvel Comics, the most successful of whom was Norman Osborn. After being exposed to an experimental formula, he was driven to insanity, and he was one of Spider-Man’s main archenemies.
Sandman, also known as William Baker, is a Marvel Comics character who, after an accident, was able to turn himself into sand. Initially, he was one of Spider-Man’s many enemies but later became somewhat of an ally to the hero.
Mr. Freeze, who is also known as Victor Fries, first appeared in DC Comics’ "Batman #121," where he was known as Mr. Zero. The former cryogenics expert was involved in an accident which lowered his body temperature to the point where he needs to wear a special suit in order to survive.
Deathstroke, whose real name is Slade Joseph Wilson, is a supervillain who appeared in DC Comics’ “The New Teen Titans #2.” He was the archenemy of the superhero group, specifically Dick Grayson. The assassin has also served as the adversary of the Green Arrow and Batman.
Juggernaut is a Marvel Comics character who made his debut in “X-Men #12” as the stepbrother of Professor X. He appeared in the 2006 film "X-Men: The Last Stand" as one of the members of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants.
Poison Ivy, whose real name is Pamela Lillian Isley, is a DC Comics supervillain who frequently appeared as one of Batman’s love interests in the Batman comics. She is a former Gotham botanist who gained the ability to extend plants from her limb as well as use plant toxins and mind-controlling pheromones.
Thaal Sinestro is a supervillain who belonged to the Green Lantern Corps but was discharged for abusing his powers. Now the founder of Sinestro Corps, he is the archenemy of Hal Jordan, also known as the Green Lantern.
Captain Cold, who is also known by the name Leonard Snart, is a DC Comics superhero and antihero who has had many run-ins with The Flash as both Barry Allen and Wally West. In the series, he was often seen using a cold gun to immobilize his victims.
Darkseid is a DC Comics character who made his full first appearance in “Forever People #1” in 1971. He became one of the main villains of Superman, and his main goal was to conquer the universe and eliminate free will.
Galactus is a Marvel Comics character who first appeared in “Fantastic Four #48” in 1966. Created by Stan Lee, the cosmic entity was known for consuming planets in order to sustain his life force. He was featured in the 2007 film "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."
The Kingpin, whose name is Wilson Grant Fisk, is a supervillain who first appeared in Marvel Comics' “The Amazing Spider-Man #50.” He is often portrayed as one of the powerful bosses in the universe and has been the adversary of Spider-Man.
Black Adam is a DC Comics supervillain who was created to be the archenemy of the superhero Shazam. In the comics, he is an ancient predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way into modern times in order to fight the hero.
Bizarro is a supervillain who first appeared in DC Comics' “Superboy #68” in 1958. Often portrayed as the antagonist to Superman, he is the hero’s opposite, and his powers are the reverse of the superhero. For example, while Superman has heat vision, Bizarro has freeze vision.