Even though comics are littered with thousands of supervillains, only a handful have stood the test of time. A truly great adversary can't just have a cool design or a catchy name - they need to leave an impact.
A good villain is capable of breaking their nemesis, not just physically but psychologically. The best villains aren't necessarily the most powerful but the most threatening. The Joker and Lex Luthor have no superpowers whatsoever and aren't particularly strong and yet, they are absolutely terrifying.
Because the heroes of the world are expected to face global or cosmic threats every fortnight or so, it's a bit degrading when they battle bottom-of-the-barrel criminals. Now, we all know comic books are filled to the brim with silly supervillains. But the guys on this list aren't just silly - they're not even intimidating.
A gangster modelled after an eraser. A banjo-wielded assassin. An egg-obsessed mastermind. Because of their absurd names, non-sensical gimmicks, preposterous costumes, or hilarious weaknesses, it's impossible to take any of these baddies seriously.
This bunch may be considered supervillains but they cannot be classed as super-threatening.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about TV Shows Vol. 1-3
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