10 Most Powerful Supervillains You’ve Never Heard Of

Proving ending the world won't make you popular.

Mikaboshi Marvel
Marvel Comics

When it comes to powerful supervillains, most comic fans can reel off a list quicker than the Pokérap. And these lists tend to contain the same unfriendly faces; Galactus, Thanos, Darkseid, the Anti-Monitor, and maybe even Perpetua, if you're feeling fancy.

While it's cool that these big bads are so well known, there is a downside to their infamousness - namely, that there's a metric ton of less iconic villains that get pushed to the wayside in lieu of their renowned brethren. And this can feel completely bizarre, as there are characters that are equally as powerful as Thanos or Darkseid, and yet comparatively get mere morsels of time on the inked page.

With dramatic backstories, detailed lore, and an assortment of cool and badass powers, it's unclear why these characters are so often shunted out of the spotlight when they go such a long way to making the universe feel like it's populated by more than the same four villains. Indeed, in an era where some villains are criminally overused, it might be time for some of these characters to get allowed once more into their respective universes - even if it's only for a brief glimpse.

10. Kaiyo

Mikaboshi Marvel
DC Comics

Capable of time travel, possession, memory manipulation, and all sorts of magic, it'd be hard to not consider Kaiyo for the list of powerful and obscure supervillains. Indeed, as a God of Chaos who hunts Darkseid for sport, you'd imagine that the Apokalyptian was powerful enough that it'd be impossible to ignore her: an idea that is completely wrong, given that she's only appeared roughly ten times in DC's comics.

While she's been in just enough recent work that you might recognise her - especially if you've been reading through the first volume of the New 52 Batman/Superman series - it's an absolute dying shame that such an unusual and exciting villain was basically thrown to the wayside after the Rebirth reboot.

When you make a character that can hunt gods for sport, it's practically against the Geneva Convention to then try and pretend she doesn't exist almost immediately afterwards.


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