Do you know the thing that makes for a really good hero? A good bad guy. The guys that people love to hate. The ones that you tune in just to see get beat. These are the ones that truly make the good guys the good ones. Despite what most people will say, they’ve likely wanted to be bad at one time or another. Everyone has a bad side and wants to release it ever once in a while. While this might not be acceptable in today’s society, it certainly is in the comic book world. The life of the villain is cool, but throughout time there have been some that really stand out. Below you’ll learn about these characters and what they brought to the comic book world during their tenure.

 

Apocalypse

With a name like Apocalypse, you just expect this guy to be bad. And, that’s exactly what he was. Not only was he bad, but he was good at being bad. Not only this but with a name like this, you simply know that he is not going to fall into the cute and cuddly category. And, that he certainly did not. Not only was he was on the guys good at being bad, but he was big, mean, and ugly. This is why he was oftentimes referred to as the first mutant. While this wasn’t the case, he was born in ancient Egypt at the time of the Great Pyramids where he tribe believed him to be some kind of freak because he had strange markings on his face.

As he aged, his powers manifested and he used them to take over most of the world. That was until he ran into the heroes known as the Celestials. The really neat thing about Apocalypse was that there wasn’t any set event that made him bad. He was just born this way, and he was good at it. This much was proven when he used the Celestial’s own technology against them to increase his power tenfold.

 

Bane

Anyone that plays poker online knows that Bane is a sure win for Batman’s biggest rival. Despite this, he might just look like a big, muscle-bound guy in a ridiculous mask, but under the surface, he is so much more. Not only is he so much more to Batman, but he is so much more to the entire comic book world. It goes without saying that he left his mark. And, he did this by utterly destroyed and defeating the caped crusader, something that no one before him was able to do.

It was just his size and strength that allowed him to defeated the caped hero either. He was smart about it. He followed, studied, and analyzed his prey until he knew his weakness and exactly when to strike. He set up a series of events that cause Batman to run himself thin until he was exhausted beyond no belief and then he attacked with all the strength and fierceness that he had. He completely destroyed Batman with this approach. Broke his spine along with his pride and will. Strong, smart, cunning, and ruthless, you can’t really ask for more in a counterpart.

 

General Zod

Any fan of Zod knows that there have been several iterations of this iconic villain over the years, but most of the details and facts remained the same. Unlike Superman’s father, he was a complete warrior, not a scientist. In fact, he was a warrior in every sense of the word. Zod is one of those characters that felt like he was done an injustice and used his hatred to become such a good bad guy. He was exiled from his home planet of Krypton because he wanted the people to pursue a military course of action in order to survive. Of course, this was something that Superman’s father Jor-El didn’t believe in.

Jor-El won out the argument and Zod was eventually exiled to the phantom zone, where he spent years and years plotting and planning his revenge. Despite his hatred for being exiled, it was the very thing that saved him from being destroyed along with the rest of Krypton. When he finally is freed, he eventually learns that Kal was the lone survivor and living on Earth. This is why he sought to rule Earth and bring Superman to his knees. He just was never able to do it, but he did coin the phrase – Kneel before Zod.

 

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Do you know the thing that makes for a really good hero? A good bad guy. The guys that people love to hate. The ones that you tune in just to see get beat. These are the ones that truly make the good guys the good ones. Despite what...