We have heard the phrase every hero needs a villain but there are some heroes that have a higher caliber of villains than others. So, who in both the DC and Marvel universes have the best villains? We’ve collected a list of the top ten rogues’ galleries in comics today and our list concludes with Spider-Man at number 1.
Coming in at number one is the rogues gallery of everyone’s favourite wall-crawler, the Amazing Spider-Man. While his list of big bads may not have home runs like some of the others we’ve covered in our top 10 list, it is bursting with countless doubles, triples and a home run or two.
From the top tier baddies such as Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, and Kingpin to secondary threats such as Carnage, Rhino, the Vulture, Lizard, Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter Spider-Man’s rogues gallery is an endless roll call of iconic villains.
What makes Spidey’s villains so good though are how often they’ve been co-opted by other heroes as their arch enemies or have moved onto their own titles or movies. The Kingpin and the Punisher have shifted from Spidey’s villain list to become two of Daredevil’s go to nemeses. Norman Osbourne isn’t just a Spider-Man villain anymore and has become more of a global threat even going up against the Avengers in recent storylines.
Venom has his own title and even beat the Joker to the silver screen for his own solo movie. Even with the ones already mentioned there’s still Molten Man, Hammerhead, Mysterio, Hydro Man, Morlun, Hobgoblin, Electro, Sandman, Shocker, Scorpion and the Jackal. Ultimately, it’s the quantity and quality of standout villains that pushes Spider-Man’s rogues gallery to the top of our list.