10 Times Comics Made Terrible Villains Great

These guys went from nobody to nightmare.

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Creating supervillains can be a tricky business. Most superheroes have been fighting crime for decades and things can get stale if they’re just beating up the same few bad guys again and again. The pressure is always on for writers to come up with new and exciting adversaries to overcome, ones that match up to the hero’s classic rogues’ gallery.

Unfortunately, they don’t always hit the mark; for every Joker or Doctor Doom, there are invariably dozens of Killer Moths and Stilt-Men. Losers destined to be forgotten, unceremoniously slaughtered or doomed to the back of crowd shots for the rest of time.

However, some villains get lucky. Sometimes another writer will come along and see a spark of potential buried amongst the rubbish costumes and ridiculous super powers and give them a second chance. They’ll brush off the cobwebs and reinvent the character, taking a living punching bag and turning them into a true force to be reckoned with.

Here are ten of the worst villains who great writers rescued from the rubbish bin.


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