In a poll conducted last week on the DC Comics Facebook page, the publisher asked their fans to take a vote on their favorite Super Villains from the DC Universe. What seems as a fun bit of market research for the company turned out to be quite the debate on the page with fans engaging one another in the merits and draw backs of their favorite, or least favorite characters. There were nine categories to choose from, with several villains in each category. The categories were: World Conqueror, Evil Genius, Crime Boss, Mad Scientist, Alien Overlord, Femme Fatale, Monster, Mercenary and Wild Card.
The purpose of the exercise was to create a mock “team” of sorts, DC’s Ultimate Super Villain team. But who made the cut? Who was the baddest of the bad from the ranks of DC’s most foul and dangerous? The winners of the peoples choice votes are:
World Conqueror – Ra’s Al Ghul
Maybe it’s because of his importance to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight film trilogy, or maybe you all just have a thing for cool mustaches. The Demon’s Head…ahem, headley rose to the top in the tough category of World Conqueror, beating out the likes of Black Adam, Vandal Savage, Gorilla Grodd and Black Manta. Perhaps it’s because years of life lead to years of experience, but something tells us he could wind up leading this team…or at least believing he does.
Evil Genius – Lex Luthor
Standing alongside Ra’s al Ghul is Lex Luthor, the clear winner in the Evil Genius category. Considering his popularity, there’s little shock to seeing Lex come out on top, though we wouldn’t be surprised if he manipulated his way to the win. Along with his intelligence (which is formidable), Lex also brings his sizeable bank account to the team, ensuring that any of their evil schemes will have the funding to find success. At least as long as Lex sees the team as a worthwhile investment.
Crime Boss – Penguin
Oswald Cobblepot received some not-so-friendly competition from Black Mask in this category, but pulled ahead for the win. Perhaps the thought of using the Iceberg Lounge as the team HQ resulted in a last minute show of support. Whatever the reason, the Penguin has the skills and the resources to oversee the group’s crime operations, even if it means they’ll also have to clean up after the occasional flightless Antarctic bird.
Mad Scientist – Scarecrow
Shaking off the likes of Mister Freeze and the Reverse-Flash, Dr. Jonathan Crane scared up the most votes in this category. While lacking the physical strength or super-human abilities of some of his fellow teammates, Scarecrow’s brilliant mind and warped sense of morality will help bring any seemingly impossible scheme the group concocts into the realm of the possible…and keep anyone unfortunate to cross their path running in terror.
Alien Overlord – Darkseid
When it comes to super-villains, there are more than a few who can be called “out of this world.” And yet, Darkseid clearly claimed the win in this category, destroying competitors such as Sinestro and Atrocitus (those power rings can construct plenty of things…but votes aren’t one of them). Let there be no disagreement, destroy is the right word to use here, since destruction is often all that’s left in his wake. Darkseid has never been a team player, and it’s unlikely he ever will be. So one has to suspect that if he’d ever consent to joining a team of super-villains, it’s part of a much bigger plan…one that would end not just with him taking control of the team, but pretty much all of existence.
Femme Fatale – Catwoman
You really don’t want to touch Catwoman, unless you’re in the mood for one painful trip to the ER. While her ability to steal even the most tightly secured items is legendary, so is Selina Kyle’s relationship with a certain Dark Knight. Catwoman was the clear winner in this category (beating out a list of competitors that also included Talia al Ghul—Batman sure does like his Femme Fatales, doesn’t he?), but one has to wonder whether she’d work harder in support of the team or against it. As for her loyalty, it will almost certainly remain where it always has—to herself.
Monster – Doomsday
Perhaps it’s fear over what a Superman-killing super-villain would do if he lost. In what has to be seen as an upset in this election, Doomsday stole the win in this category. He beat out a monstrous number of competitors that included Solomon Grundy, Clayface, The Demon, Bizarro and Killer Croc. While it’s highly unlikely that Doomsday would contribute much to the team’s strategy, the villain’s strength and destructive power is well documented. It’s all-too-clear what Doomsday could become if he were to join this or any other supervillain team: their most dangerous weapon.
Mercenary – Deathstroke
Lethal, merciless and without equal, Deathstroke absolutely slayed the competition in the Mercenary category. This is fitting considering his occupation, reputation and money. They are what seems to drive Slade Wilson, and being a part of a team of supervillains would bring both in spades. A team like this needs its muscle, and it’s hard to argue that Deathstroke wouldn’t bring that and more. Plus, anyone who has read Team 7 knows that he can be a team player. For how long though, remains to be seen.
Wild Card – The Joker
Hands down (and face off) the Joker smashed his competitors in this category. That’s not hyperbole—this category wasn’t even close. With 79% of the vote, even his fan-favorite companion Harley Quinn couldn’t make much of a dent (and speaking of Dents, Two-Face didn’t fare much better). It’s hardly surprising. About the only thing you can predict when it comes to the Joker is his popularity. Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. But if anyone expects to be able to control the Clown Prince of Crime, the joke is definitely on them. Makes you wonder how long he’d last on a team like this.
While with most of these Villains come straight from Batman’s rogues gallery, I do believe the fans have made some very good, but very tough decisions. These guys are some of the baddest of the bad, and if perchance they ever get their act together, I think they would be virtually unstoppable!
But what do you think? Who would you place in your ideal Supervillain team? Let us know in the comments!