Supervillain

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For other uses, see Supervillain (disambiguation).
Supervillains from the 1966 film Batman, a film adaptation of the comic books based on Batman and the 1960s television show of the same name. From left to right: Burgess Meredith as Penguin, Frank Gorshin as Riddler, Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, and Cesar Romero as Joker.

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.[1]

Notable supervillains[edit]

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  1. ^ "Eury & Misiroglu On The Supervillain Book". Comicon.Com. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 

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