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21st May '16 8:31:29 PM comicwriter
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** [[FallenHero Black Adam]] is Captain Marvel's most direct opposite: they have the exact same powers[[note]]well, more or less; when Adam says SHAZAM the acronym is derived from the names of ''Egyptian'' gods, since he lived ''before'' the Greek gods and legendary figures that make up Captain Marvel's SHAZAM, but the net effect is essentially the same[[/note]], since Adam was the Wizard's original Champion. Eventually, he became something of an AntiVillain and got a super-powered wife and brother-in-law who were analogues to Mary and Freddy; they even knew a mutant crocodile who served as a counterpart to [[PantheraAwesome Tawny]]. Then CerebusSyndrome made them all evil to various degrees, fulfilling this trope.

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** [[FallenHero Black Adam]] Comicbook/BlackAdam is Captain Marvel's most direct opposite: they have the exact same powers[[note]]well, more or less; when Adam says SHAZAM the acronym is derived from the names of ''Egyptian'' gods, since he lived ''before'' the Greek gods and legendary figures that make up Captain Marvel's SHAZAM, but the net effect is essentially the same[[/note]], since Adam was the Wizard's original Champion. Eventually, he became something of an AntiVillain and got a super-powered wife and brother-in-law who were analogues to Mary and Freddy; they even knew a mutant crocodile who served as a counterpart to [[PantheraAwesome Tawny]]. Then CerebusSyndrome made them all evil to various degrees, fulfilling this trope.
19th May '16 9:18:18 AM Doug86
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* ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' has had ''several'' villains meant to be his thematic opposite, from the Fly (who gained his powers in an accident much like Peter's own, but never stopped "looking out for number one" and blamed everyone else for his shortcomings) to the Scorpion (ditto; Bonus points for being an arachnid, too. And then the original Scorpion became Venom for a while). Dr. Octopus shares many personality traits with Spider-Man and is even based on another 8-legged creature. Less obviously, there's the Spider-Wasp.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' has had ''several'' villains meant to be his thematic opposite, from the Fly (who gained his powers in an accident much like Peter's own, but never stopped "looking out for number one" and blamed everyone else for his shortcomings) to the Scorpion (ditto; Bonus points for being an arachnid, too. And then the original Scorpion became Venom for a while). Dr. Octopus shares many personality traits with Spider-Man and is even based on another 8-legged creature. Less obviously, there's the Spider-Wasp.
6th May '16 7:13:46 AM aye_amber
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** Many writers have played [[DoctorOctopus Otto Octavius]] up as this to Peter, as he's a bespectacled science nerd who was bullied in his youth, and grows up to take on a costumed alter ego based on an animal with eight legs. But the comparisons only got ''really'' overt during Dan Slott's tenure on ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'', where Otto [[GrandTheftMe takes over Peter's body]] and usurps his role as Spider-Man, becoming a tyrannical figure who spies on the people of New York and enforces his will with a private army of armed minions and giant mechs. The whole run is essentially a WhatIf story showing us what it might look like if the mantle of Spider-Man was assumed by someone with all of Peter's willpower and scientific skills, but none of his idealism or sense of responsibility.

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** Many writers have played [[DoctorOctopus [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Otto Octavius]] up as this to Peter, as he's a bespectacled science nerd who was bullied in his youth, and grows up to take on a costumed alter ego based on an animal with eight legs. But the comparisons only got ''really'' overt during Dan Slott's tenure on ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'', where Otto [[GrandTheftMe takes over Peter's body]] and usurps his role as Spider-Man, becoming a tyrannical figure who spies on the people of New York and enforces his will with a private army of armed minions and giant mechs. The whole run is essentially a WhatIf story showing us what it might look like if the mantle of Spider-Man was assumed by someone with all of Peter's willpower and scientific skills, but none of his idealism or sense of responsibility.
16th Apr '16 6:04:59 AM MagBas
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** Lex Luthor - being his ArchEnemy, this can be expected - but they rather perfectly contrast each other: one is an immigrant of the stars, who embraces the purest of human virtues (empathy, idealism, hope, etc.), and uses the abilities his body and mind grant him to help people; the other is a natural citizen of Earth, and stands as the pillar of humanity's ''worst'' aspects (greed, pettiness, vanity, etc.), and uses his mind (and supplements his natural, physical strength with power armor) to continue his selfish crusade against the being that "stole his thunder".
15th Apr '16 6:06:57 PM 88y53
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** Lex Luthor - being his ArchEnemy, this can be expected - but they rather perfectly contrast each other: one is an immigrant of the stars, who embraces the purest of human virtues (empathy, idealism, hope, etc.), and uses the abilities his body and mind grant him to help people; the other is a natural citizen of Earth, and stands as the pillar of humanity's ''worst'' aspects (greed, pettiness, vanity, etc.), and uses his mind (and supplements his natural, physical strength with power armor) to continue his selfish crusade against the being that "stole his thunder".



** Brainiac is usually depicted as an alien automaton (if not cyborg), that utilizes his mechanical form and inhuman intelligence to win. In contrast, Superman is given strength from his Kryptonian cells that harvest and metabolize solar energy, using his biological abilities and quick-thinking to passively end battles.
** Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's Kryptonian lineage. However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman home planet was destroyed, contrasting Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whenever the whim takes him.

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** Brainiac is usually depicted as an alien automaton (if not cyborg), that utilizes his mechanical form and inhuman intelligence to win.crush those who oppose him/it. In contrast, Superman is given strength from his Kryptonian cells that harvest and metabolize solar energy, using his biological abilities and quick-thinking to passively end battles.
** Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's Kryptonian lineage.own status as an "alien" that doesn't "naturally belong". However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman Superman's home planet was destroyed, contrasting with Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whenever the whim takes him.
14th Apr '16 10:14:07 AM 88y53
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** Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's Kryptonian lineage. However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman home planet was destroyed, contrasting Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whiners the whim takes him.

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** Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's Kryptonian lineage. However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman home planet was destroyed, contrasting Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whiners whenever the whim takes him.
14th Apr '16 10:13:14 AM 88y53
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}Franchise/{{Superman}}: Similarly to Batman, Superman's rogues gallery is built on this tropes, with some added NarmCharm.


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** Brainiac is usually depicted as an alien automaton (if not cyborg), that utilizes his mechanical form and inhuman intelligence to win. In contrast, Superman is given strength from his Kryptonian cells that harvest and metabolize solar energy, using his biological abilities and quick-thinking to passively end battles.
** Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's Kryptonian lineage. However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman home planet was destroyed, contrasting Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whiners the whim takes him.
22nd Mar '16 12:01:40 PM WanderingBrowser
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* The entire ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' has an EvilCounterpart in the MirrorUniverse Crime Syndicate of America. Ultraman opposes {{Superman}}. Superwoman is sometimes an evil Amazon, sometimes her world's Lois Lane, and recently, [[{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], but always stands in opposition to WonderWoman. The magic-fuelled Power Ring is EvilCounterpart to Comicbook/GreenLantern. Psychotic [[SuperSpeed speedster]] Johnny Quick is the opposite of TheFlash. And Owlman, who began as a SmugSnake EvilGenius [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] with MoreThanMindControl powers, and is now usually portrayed as a homicidal maniac with PowerArmour is the EvilCounterpart to however Franchise/{{Batman}} is being portrayed this week.

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* The entire ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' has an EvilCounterpart in the MirrorUniverse Crime Syndicate of America. Ultraman opposes {{Superman}}. Superwoman is sometimes an evil Amazon, sometimes her world's Lois Lane, and recently, [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], but always stands in opposition to WonderWoman. The magic-fuelled Power Ring is EvilCounterpart to Comicbook/GreenLantern. Psychotic [[SuperSpeed speedster]] Johnny Quick is the opposite of TheFlash. And Owlman, who began as a SmugSnake EvilGenius [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] with MoreThanMindControl powers, and is now usually portrayed as a homicidal maniac with PowerArmour is the EvilCounterpart to however Franchise/{{Batman}} is being portrayed this week.


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** Minor villain Nuke is actually a fairly good EvilCounterpart to Cap as well. They're both American Super Soldiers with drug-based enhancements, and their creation is connected, as Nuke was created by a successor project to the one that made Captain America... but, whereas Cap considers morality more important than nationality, Nuke is a case of the "my country wants it, so that makes it right" version of MyCountryRightOrWrong, butchering anyone he perceives or is told is "anti-American". Also, whereas Steve Rogers volunteered to be transformed, Nuke was systematically brainwashed and tortured into compliance. There's also the contrast between the perceived morality of the wars they were created for (UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for Cap, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar for Nuke).
*** Really played up with by UltimateMarvel Nuke, who is literally "Captain America of the Vietnam War" but who turned against America after perceiving how corrupt and evil the country had become during that time period, in contrast to Cap, who acknowledges that America has done wrong, but thinks it can be saved from itself.
16th Mar '16 3:16:18 PM comicwriter
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* Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} has Trick Shot. The original was his mentor, while the second one was Clint's brother Barney. They're both like Hawkeye, but without the morals or sense of decency.


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** There's also Blood Spider, who was trained by {{Taskmaster}} to kill Spidey. For bonus points, his two teammates, Death-Shield and Jagged Bow, were Evil Counterparts for Captain America and Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}.
30th Jan '16 9:56:14 AM MJC
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** Kaine and Spidercide were two evil clones of Spider-Man during the clone saga. Spidercide was killed off, while Kain eventually became more of an AntiHeroCounterpart.

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** Kaine and Spidercide were two evil clones of Spider-Man during the clone saga. Spidercide was killed off, while Kain eventually became more of an AntiHeroCounterpart.AntiHero counterpart.
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