A supervillain is an evil character pulled from the pages of comic books and often appearing on film or television, that has extraordinary powers, but uses them to do bad things. They are often the nemesis of a superhero. Having a superhero and supervillain is great in stories, because they often have powers that match each other in strength. They also often have a rivalry that makes them want to defeat each other. Famous superhero and supervillain rivalries include Spider-Man vs Doctor Octopus, Thor vs Loki, and Batman vs The Joker.

What is the difference between a villain and a supervillain?

A supervillain is a fantasy fiction criminal that have supernatural powers or equipment and create challenges for the superhero. A villain in comparison doesn’t have supernatural powers but is just evil and wicked. A supervillain is the antagonist to the superhero, and the villain is the antagonist to the hero. Supervillains are often seen in comic books and superhero movies, and villains can be seen anywhere else.

What are the qualities of a supervillain?

The qualities of a supervillain include being a threat not just to their enemies, but to ordinary people as well because of their superpowers. Supervillains are cunning, have plans within their plans, are not afraid, have the power to handle the superhero, and are unpredictable. Supervillains like superheroes have super powers, special knowledge, gadgets, and weaknesses.

Who was the first supervillain?

The first supervillain was Ultra-Humanite who first appeared in Action Comics on June of 1939 and was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He is an enemy of Superman. Ultra-Humanite is considered to be a genius even though he is crippled. He has the ability to transfer his brain from one body to another without any problems.

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Bane (Tom Hardy)
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Bane is a fictional villain in The Dark Night Rises and the extended DC Comics universe. Born in prison, Bane trained from infancy to become strong enough to escape the darkness once and for all. Raised without kindness, he shows no mercy to his enemies or his victims.

He has borderline superhuman strength, a brutal nature, and is skilled in a variety of fighting styles, though he can generally rely only on his strength to win a fight. He is best identified by the claw-like mask he wears over his nose and mouth, soothing the pain from his injuries and obscuring his voice.

Bane, portrayed by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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Bane is a fictional villain in The Dark Night Rises and the extended DC Comics universe. Born in prison, Bane trained from infancy to become strong enough to escape the darkness once and for all. Raised without kindness, he shows no mercy to his enemies or his victims.

Bane, portrayed by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Joker (Jack Nicholson)
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The Joker is played by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman. The story follows the crimes of mob enforcer Jack Napier, who creates a murderous alter ego known as The Joker. The Joker’s appearance resembles a dandyish clown figure who wears a purple suit and hat, has a chalk white face and a wide, painted on smile. His recognisable appearance is to mask Jack’s altered appearance, scarred from chemicals and botched plastic surgery. The Joker becomes the nemesis of superhero Batman after a string of brutal mass murders and an attempt to seize control of the city.

The Joker, as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Batman (1989), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

The Joker is played by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman. The story follows the crimes of Jack Napier, who creates the alter ego known as The Joker. The Joker’s appearance resembles a dandyish clown figure who wears a purple suit and hat, has a chalk white face and a wide, painted on smile.

The Joker, as portrayed by Jack Nicholson in Batman (1989), is 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m) tall.

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Jack Nicholson
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Batman (1989)

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Mysterio
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Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck, is a master illusionist and supervillain that often faces off with Spider-Man in Marvel Comics. With origins as an actor and skilled special effects and robotics technician, Mysterio uses misdirection, holograms, and effects to disorient his enemies. Mysterio initially appeared as a villain to Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in June, 1964 and arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.

Mysterio has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in both the MCU and the comics.

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Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck, is a master illusionist and supervillain in Marvel Comics. With origins as an actor and skilled special effects and robotics technician, Mysterio uses misdirection, holograms, and effects to disorient his enemies.

Mysterio has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in both the MCU and the comics.

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Name: Quentin Beck
Height: 5’11” | 1.80 m (MCU); 5’11” | 1.80 m (Comics)
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964)
Powers: Illusion expert; master hypnotist; roboticist; hand to hand combat

Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal

First Appearance
1964

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Joker (Heath Ledger)
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Heath Ledger plays The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight. The Joker is considered a criminal mastermind with psychopathic tendencies. He is hired by the mob to kill the superhero Batman, so they can carry out their criminal work undisturbed. The Joker is a sadistic, brutal and murderous character, who seems to enjoy inflicting pain on others. He enjoys chaos. He is known for his clownlike makeup, which hide deep scars around his mouth- later revealed to be the result of a brutal attack when he was young.

The Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Heath Ledger plays The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight. The Joker is considered a criminal mastermind with psychopathic tendencies. He enjoys chaos. He is known for his clownlike makeup, which hide deep scars around his mouth—the result of a brutal youth.

The Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008), is 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

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Ozymandias
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Ozymandias, also known as Adrian Alexander Veidt, is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. A superfan of Ramesses II, the Egyptian pharaoh, Adrian aspired to save the world, through his vigilante antics and humanitarian efforts, as well as in fabricating a tragedy to unite the world against a common enemy and deescalate the cold war.

Lacking any technical superpowers, he stays ahead of his enemies with his quick wit and gymnastic abilities. In sharp contrast to Rorschach, he works hard to incapacitate his opponents with as little violence as possible.

Ozymandias, portrayed by Matthew Goode in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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Ozymandias, also known as Adrian Alexander Veidt, is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. A superfan of Ramesses II, the Egyptian pharaoh, Adrian aspired to save the world, through his vigilante antics and humanitarian efforts, as well as in fabricating a tragedy.

Ozymandias, portrayed by Matthew Goode in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m).

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Watchmen (2009)

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