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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Joker (Heath Ledger)
Illustrations of the Joker, played by Heath Ledger, in multiple poses with dimensions for overall height

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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Mysterio
Elevation drawings of Mysterio standing and flying

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.

Pair of illustrations of Mysterio fighting in standing and flying positions
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.

Pair of illustrations of Mysterio fighting in standing and flying positions
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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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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
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Name: Thanos
Height: 8’3” | 2.52 m (MCU); 6’7” | 2.01 m (Comics)
First Appearance: The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February, 1973)
Powers: Superhuman physiology of Eternals granting strength, speed, durability, agility, longevity; genius tactician; plasma energy projection

First Appearance
1973

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Joker (Jack Nicholson)
Series of drawings of the Joker, played by Jack Nicholson, in various postures with labeled height measurement

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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Joker (Joaquin Phoenix)
Collection of drawings of the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, in assorted postures with measured height dimension

Arthur Fleck is a failed stand up comedian living in Gotham City in 1981. Framed by his co-worker, he was fired from his job. Arthur struggles with his mental health and is misunderstood by those around him. Losing access to medication and services, Arthur descends into insanity, angry at those who live with ease whilst so many people suffer. He takes on the identity of The Joker, and becomes a mass murderer, killing those who have wronged him. Arthur is known for his maniacal laughing, and love of dancing. He is portrayed by actor Joaquin Phoenix, who has received critical acclaim for his performance.

The Joker, as portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019), is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Arthur Fleck is a failed stand up comedian living in Gotham City in 1981. Arthur struggles with his mental health and is misunderstood by those around him. Losing access to medication and services, Arthur descends into insanity, angry at those who live with ease whilst so many people suffer.

The Joker, as portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019), is 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

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