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A supervillain is a variant of the villainous stock character archetype commonly found in American comic books and sometimes possesses superhuman abilities. A supervillain is the antithesis of a superhero.
Supervillains are often used as foils and could present a daunting challenge to the superhero. In instances where the supervillain does not have superhuman, mystical, or alien powers, the supervillain may possess a genius intellect or a skill set that allows them to draft complex schemes or commit crimes in a way normal humans cannot. Other traits may include a megalomaniac streak and possession of considerable resources to help further their aims. Many supervillains share some typical characteristics of real world dictators, gangsters, and terrorists, with aspirations of world domination or universal leadership.
The Joker, Lex Luthor, Loki, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Darkseid, Venom, Ra's al Ghul, Galactus, Apocalypse, and the Green Goblin are some well-known comic book supervillains in popular culture and have been adapted to film and television. Some notable examples of female supervillains are Catwoman, Mystique, Harley Quinn, Talia al Ghul, and the Dark Phoenix.
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