Comic books have been around for a long time, and have been an integral part of popular culture for nearly a century. Over this time we have been introduced to hundreds of super heroes and thousands of villains. While there are many that have been forgotten (and rightly so), there are at least 10 terrible villains that writers and artists have made great. What this means depends on your definition of “terrible” and “great”, but this list covers them all!
It took a very long time for DC’s Deadshot to become as cool as he is today. Well before Will Smith portrayed him in Suicide Squad, Deadshot was a villain in an “Old West” style Batman comic story in the 1950s. Furthermore, it took several decades for the villain to live up to his name. For the longest time, despite his whole schtick of “never missing a shot”, Deadshot had a surprising amount of trouble making sure his bullets ended up where he intended.
Deadshot finally began living up to his potential (and name) in the 1980s when the character finally became part of the Suicide Squad. That comic series and its many story arcs finally made him a master assassin and added nuance to his character – a cold-blooded killer who doesn’t care if he survives the mission, as long as the mission is completed.
Deadpool started off as a villain in the X-Men universe. Well, “villain” is putting it both mildly and strongly at the same time. Deadpool’s whole MO is being a ruthless assassin that (nevertheless) sometimes does his killing on the “good” side. Wherever the bounty is – that’s where Deadpool goes. Only when Deadpool started having a stand-alone comic did the character really get fleshed out. At this point both the good and the bad within him was explored.
For someone whose main goal was defeating Superman and becoming the most powerful man on earth, Lex Luthor did have a story arc in which he was the good guy! In the New 52 series of DC comics, Lex Luthor, Black Adam, and Captain Cold actually worked together to form a new Justice League.
Of course, when three evil characters take over what is supposed to be the biggest source of good in the world things get complicated. And this was the case for Luthor’s Justice League as well. The villainous Justice League did not last long in the New 52 series, but their run sure was a memorable one.
Although the character started off as a super villain in the X-Men universe. As the son of Magneto, it’s no surprise that Quicksilver had quite a bit of evil inside him as well. However, after a few issues of X-Men, Quicksilver was eventually recruited by Tony Stark to join The Avengers. Then, every once in a while, he would also show up in Professor Xavier’s mutant superhero X-Men squad!