10 Times Supervillains Quit

Tired of scheming, plotting, killing, and kidnapping? Take a hot five. You deserve it.

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The way things are going these days, we could all do with a bit of a break. The world is a crazy place, and it's only getting crazier. Sometimes it feels inescapable: with the rise of the internet and social media, it can feel like there's never any excuse to stop working, socialising, or keeping up with current events. Like someone looking for the worst Bond movies in a DVD store, it's hard to find even a quantum of solace these days.

Spare a thought then, for the supervillains of the comic book world. With the planet in as much turmoil as it already is, what are they expected to do? It's not like they can contribute any more madness. It's extremely hard to be your chaotic self when the global community is already dealing with an over-saturation of excess chaos. You can't help but feel sorry for these guys and gals: if we, the people, don't need any help feeling miserable, we've basically taken each villain's entire raison d'ĂȘtre away from them.

All I'm saying is, if we were megalomaniacal madmen with dreams of world domination, we'd be feeling pretty darn worthless right now. In fact, we'd probably just give up, and quit the whole 'bad guy' shtick altogether.

And that's exactly what these ten supervillains did.


Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).