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
113000
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bane
175.000
2012.00
113000
3D
Bane
5’7” | 1.70 m
Batman Returns (1992)
Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)
170.000
1992.00
110000
3D
Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)
6’2” | 1.88 m
Infinity: Free Comic Book Day (May 2013)
Corvus Glaive
1.880
2013.00
13000
3D
Corvus Glaive
5’9” | 1.75 m
New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Ebony Maw
1.750
2013.00
27000
3D
Ebony Maw
Ghost
1600
5’6” | 1.68 m
Iron Man #219 (June 1987)
Ghost
1.680
1987.00
1600
3D
Ghost
5’6” | 1.68 m
Suicide Squad (2016)
Harley Quinn
168.000
2016.00
549000
3D
Harley Quinn
Hela
32000
5’9” | 1.75 m
Journey into Mystery #102 (March 1964)
Hela
1.750
1964.00
32000
3D
Hela
2’7” | .79 m
Adventure into Fear #19 (Dec. 1973)
Howard the Duck
0.790
1973.00
90000
3D
Howard the Duck
6’1” | 1.85 m
The Dark Knight (2008)
Joker (Heath Ledger)
185.000
2008.00
37000
3D
Joker (Heath Ledger)
5’10” | 1.78 m
Batman (1989)
Joker (Jack Nicholson)
178.000
1989.00
51000
3D
Joker (Jack Nicholson)
5’8” | 1.73 m
Joker (2019)
Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)
173.000
2019.00
21000
3D
Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)
6’0" | 1.83 m
Jungle Action #6 (September 1973)
Killmonger
1.830
1973.00
44000
3D
Killmonger
Loki
141000
6’2” | 1.88 m
Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962)
Loki
188.000
1962.00
141000
3D
Loki
Mysterio
111000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964)
Mysterio
180.000
1964.00
111000
3D
Mysterio
Nebula
144000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Avengers #257 (July 1985)
Nebula
180.000
1985.00
144000
3D
Nebula
6’2” | 1.88 m
Watchmen (2009)
Ozymandias
188.000
2009.00
122000
3D
Ozymandias
5’5” | 1.64 m
New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Proxima Midnight
1.640
2013.00
25000
3D
Proxima Midnight
6’2” | 1.88 m
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
Red Skull
1.880
1941.00
43000
3D
Red Skull
6’5” | 1.96 m
Fantastic Four #65 (August 1967)
Ronan the Accuser
1.960
1967.00
22000
3D
Ronan the Accuser
Thanos
1100000
8’3” | 2.52 m
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February, 1973)
Thanos
252.000
1973.00
1100000
3D
Thanos
4’10” | 1.47 m
Batman Returns (1992)
The Penguin
147.000
1992.00
17000
3D
The Penguin
Ultron
48000
7’7” | 2.31 m
The Avengers #54 (July 1968)
Ultron
2.310
1968.00
48000
3D
Ultron
Vulture
117000
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963)
Vulture
1.750
1963.00
117000
3D
Vulture
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
Scaled height comparison illustration of Harley Quinn in relation to other DC Comics characters

Harley Quinn, also known as Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, is a fictional antihero in Birds of Prey and the extended DC Comics universe. A brilliant psychologist, she turned to the dark side after falling in love with the Joker. When they broke up, her anger turned her somewhat good, and she joined the Suicide Squad, as well as helping the Birds of Prey.

She lacks any traditional superpowers, but can demonstrate increased immunity to chemicals. An extremely talented roller skater, she uses her wheels in both hand-to-hand combat and car or motorcycle chases. She also has a pet hyena and a love of breakfast sandwiches.

Harley Quinn, portrayed by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016), has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Set of illustrations of Harley Quinn in various poses measured with overall height
Harley Quinn, also known as Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, is a fictional antihero in Birds of Prey and the extended DC Comics universe. A brilliant psychologist, she turned to the dark side after falling in love with the Joker. When they broke up, her anger turned her somewhat good.

Harley Quinn, portrayed by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016), has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Set of illustrations of Harley Quinn in various poses measured with overall height
Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)
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5’6” | 1.68 m
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Margot Robbie
First Appearance
Suicide Squad (2016)

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Harley Quinn front, side, fighting, sitting (reading)

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Vulture
Series of scaled illustrations of Vulture compared to various related Marvel characters

Vulture also known as Adrian Toomes is a fictional villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the extended Marvel franchise. Once a small business owner, he becomes a weapons dealer instead after the Battle of New York leaves Chitauri technology discarded across the city, ripe for the taking. His daughter is dating Peter Parker, which makes his rivalry with Spider-Man slightly awkward. His suit, built from Chitauri technology, provides body armor and protection, allows him to fly, grip and puncture objects with his talons, and keeps him supplied with oxygen at high altitudes.

Vulture is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Vulture is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Vulture with labeled height
Vulture also known as Adrian Toomes is a fictional villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the extended Marvel franchise. His suit, built from Chitauri technology, provides body armor and protection, allows him to fly, grip and puncture objects with his talons, and keeps him supplied with oxygen.

Vulture is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Vulture is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Vulture with labeled height
Vulture
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5’9” | 1.75 m
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5’11” | 1.80 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Michael Keaton

Powers
Electromagnetic body-harness suit; flight; genius engineer
Real Name
Adrian Toomes
First Appearance
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963)

Drawings include:
Vulture front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Thanos
Drawings of Thanos standing with the Infinity Gauntlet with measurements for height

Thanos, also known as the Mad Titan, is a powerful galactic supervillain that appears in Marvel Comics. A son of the Eternals with Deviant genes, Thanos possesses some of strongest natural superhuman powers and abilities in the galaxy which he pairs with his genius as a tactician and immortal being. Thanos was first introduced by Marvel in The Invincible Iron Man #55 in February, 1973.

Thanos has a height of 8’3” (2.52 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’7” (2.01 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thanos in battle action with the Infinity Gauntlet
Thanos, also known as the Mad Titan, is one of the most powerful galactic supervillains that appears in Marvel Comics. A son of the Eternals with Deviant genes, Thanos possesses some of strongest natural superhuman powers and abilities in the galaxy

Thanos has a height of 8’3” (2.52 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’7” (2.01 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thanos in battle action with the Infinity Gauntlet
Thanos
Height:
8’3” | 2.52 m
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6’7” | 2.01 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Josh Brolin

Powers
Superhuman physiology of Eternals granting strength, speed, durability, agility, longevity; genius tactician; plasma energy projection
Real Name
First Appearance
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February, 1973)

Drawings include:
Thanos standing (passive), standing (gauntlet), standing (fighting), crouch (fighting)

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Red Skull
Set of drawings comparing the height of Red Skull to other MCU characters

Red Skull, also known as Johann Schmidt, is a fictional super solider and head of Hydra in Captain America: The First Avenger and the extended Marvel franchise. After experimenting with the Super-Soldier formula on himself, he gains powers but also deformities and is left an outcast. Away from the Nazi regime and feeling betrayed, he establishes HYDRA as its own force also aiming for world domination. He is eventually destroyed by his own tesseract, stolen from the Asgardians, in a fight with Captain America.

Red Skull is portrayed by Hugo Weaving in the MCU with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m). The comic book height of Red Skull is 6’5” (1.96 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Red Skull in assorted poses
Red Skull, also known as Johann Schmidt, is a fictional super solider and head of Hydra in Captain America: The First Avenger and the extended Marvel franchise. After experimenting with the Super-Soldier formula on himself, he gains powers but also deformities and is left an outcast.

Red Skull is portrayed by Hugo Weaving in the MCU with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m). The comic book height of Red Skull is 6’5” (1.96 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Red Skull in assorted poses
Red Skull
Height:
6’2” | 1.88 m
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6’5” | 1.96 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Hugo Weaving

Powers
Scientist with genius intellect; expert commander and tactician; telepathy; astral projection
Real Name
Johann Schmidt
First Appearance
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

Drawings include:
Red Skull front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Loki
Set of drawings comparing the height of Loki to other MCU characters

Loki is a fictional prince of Asgard and god of mischief in Thor, The Avengers, and the extended Marvel franchise. Loki is based on the god of the same name in Norse mythology and like in Norse mythology, he is Thor’s adopted brother. His resentment towards his father, Odin, for hiding his origin is what turns him dark. He trained in sorcery, giving him powers such as astral projection, shape-shifting, telekinesis, teleportation, hypnosis, telepathy, dimensional rifts and shooting blasts of energy. In addition, Loki is trained in the art of combat, and is skilled with hand-to-hand fighting. His weapons of choice are throwing knives.

Loki is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the MCU with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m). The comic book height of Loki is 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Loki in assorted poses
Loki is a fictional prince of Asgard and god of mischief in Thor, The Avengers, and the extended Marvel franchise. Loki is based on the god of the same name in Norse mythology and like in Norse mythology, he is Thor’s adopted brother. His weapons of choice are throwing knives.

Loki is portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the MCU with a height of 6’2” (1.88 m). The comic book height of Loki is 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Loki in assorted poses
Loki
Height:
6’2” | 1.88 m
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6’4” | 1.93 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Tom Hiddleston

Powers
Illusionist; master of deceit and manipulation; superhuman strength, longevity, speed, durability
Real Name
Loki Laufeyson
First Appearance
Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962)

Drawings include:
Loki front elevation (assorted), side, walking, pointing

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