History Main / BreakoutVillain

16th Jan '17 11:01:41 PM narm00
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* Comicbook/BlackAdam: [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] was such a [[FunPersonified happy, fun, feel-good-superhero series]] at first... then Black Adam came along. Originally intended as a one-shot baddy back in the 40's, Black Adam has [[TheBusCameBack come back in force]] several years before the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', to become the most powerful villain/antihero of not only Captain Marvel mythos, but also one of the most powerful villains in Franchise/TheDCU. In recent years, he's proven to be more popular than the hero he was created to oppose. It is all the more interesting in that Captain Marvel already ''had'' a designated "primary villain" in the form of Dr. Sivana, who debuted alongside him in ''Whiz Comics'' #2, bedeviling the Big Red Cheese with [[CardCarryingVillain a whole deck of Villain cards]] throughout UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.

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* Comicbook/BlackAdam: [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] was such a [[FunPersonified happy, fun, feel-good-superhero series]] at first... then Black Adam came along. Originally intended as a one-shot baddy back in the 40's, Black Adam has [[TheBusCameBack come back in force]] several years before the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', to become the most powerful villain/antihero of not only the Captain Marvel mythos, but also one of the most powerful villains in Franchise/TheDCU. In recent years, he's proven to be more popular than the hero he was created to oppose. It is all the more interesting in that Captain Marvel already ''had'' a designated "primary villain" in the form of Dr. Sivana, who debuted alongside him in ''Whiz Comics'' #2, bedeviling the Big Red Cheese with [[CardCarryingVillain a whole deck of Villain cards]] throughout UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks.



** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} that become one of the most iconic characters in popular culture (and arguably Batman's most iconic [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in turn). She's gotten a variety of action, animated, and video game portrayals, along with an array of merchandise and inspired costumes galore, has given birth to some tropes, and managed to get her own series, elevating her to [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]] status and sometimes part of the Bat-family. Considering she was introduced as an [[EvilIsSexy off the mill villain]] with barely any depth to her and who disappeared for over a decade at one point, she's definitely made her mark.
** Harley Quinn from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (see relative description under) become a CanonImmigrant in the comics thanks to this and she proceeded to become one of the main characters (if not the main character) of several comic series, such as the Harley & Ivy mini-series, her own ongoing and Gotham City Sirens. She even became the main villain in the Birds of Prey TV adaptation even though she's not prominent in the original comic. And more recently her role in the videogames of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries; she also became a member of ComicBook/SuicideSquad and get a second ongoing which became DC's highest-selling title with a female lead!..

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** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} that has become one of the most iconic characters in popular culture (and arguably Batman's most iconic [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in turn). She's gotten a variety of action, animated, and video game portrayals, along with an array of merchandise and inspired costumes galore, has given birth to some tropes, and managed to get her own series, elevating her to [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]] status and sometimes part of the Bat-family. Considering she was introduced as an [[EvilIsSexy off the mill villain]] with barely any depth to her and who disappeared for over a decade at one point, she's definitely made her mark.
** Harley Quinn from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (see relative description under) become a CanonImmigrant in the comics thanks to this this, and she proceeded to become one of the main characters (if not the main character) of several comic series, such as the Harley & Ivy mini-series, her own ongoing and Gotham City Sirens. She even became the main villain in the Birds of Prey TV adaptation even though she's not prominent in the original comic. And more recently her she got a big role in the videogames of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries; she also VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries, became a member of ComicBook/SuicideSquad the ComicBook/SuicideSquad, and get got a second ongoing which became DC's highest-selling title with a female lead!..lead!



** ComicBook/LexLuthor started out as a minor if powerful villain, with only two comic appearances in the first year he was created. Superman's original arch-nemesis was intended to be the now largely forgotten Ultrahumanite.

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** ComicBook/LexLuthor started out as a minor if powerful villain, with only two comic appearances in the first year he was created. Superman's original arch-nemesis was intended to be the now largely forgotten Ultrahumanite.Ultra-Humanite.



* Doctor Doom is this to the ComicBook/FantasticFour; appearing in their fifth issue, he took over their second annual, getting a DeathByOriginStory background for him and his parents, and has since then had his own book, own team-up series, and antagonized most of the Marvel [[TheVerse verse]] by power hoarding {{MacGuffin}}s and being TheChessmaster MagnificentBastard with PoweredArmor. Lampshaded in Doom's third appearance. Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby spend some time discussing how good of a villain Doom wound up unexpectedly being and lament killing him off so fast. Doom promptly storms in, very much alive, and berates them for doing the same.

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* Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom is this to the ComicBook/FantasticFour; appearing in their fifth issue, he took over their second annual, getting a DeathByOriginStory background for him and his parents, and has since then had his own book, own team-up series, and antagonized most of the Marvel [[TheVerse verse]] by power hoarding {{MacGuffin}}s and being TheChessmaster MagnificentBastard with PoweredArmor. Lampshaded in Doom's third appearance. Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby spend some time discussing how good of a villain Doom wound up unexpectedly being and lament killing him off so fast. Doom promptly storms in, very much alive, and berates them for doing the same.



** Comicbook/{{Venom}}. While he wasn't intended to be just another regular villain (he was made debut in a double-sized 300th issue), neither Marvel nor its creator foresaw him becoming the most popular Spider-Man villain and being promoted to one of the "big three" along with the Green Goblin and Doc Ock. Its creator even had plans to kill him off, but his popularity prevented this.

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** Comicbook/{{Venom}}. While he wasn't intended to be just another regular villain (he was made his debut in a double-sized 300th issue), neither Marvel nor its creator foresaw him becoming the most popular Spider-Man villain and being promoted to one of the "big three" along with the Green Goblin and Doc Ock. Its creator even had plans to kill him off, but his popularity prevented this.



** [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan Joe Straczynski's run]] has Morlun- he was an antagonist only in the first JMS story, but was the only one to be brought back, usually as a part of a big event, as [[KnightOfCerebus his mere presence shows things are getting serious]].

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** [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan Joe Straczynski's run]] has Morlun- Morlun - he was an antagonist only in the first JMS story, but was the only one to be brought back, usually as a part of a big event, as [[KnightOfCerebus his mere presence shows things are getting serious]].
6th Jan '17 1:57:52 PM StFan
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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Film}} Boba Fett]]. Boba Fett's presence in the movies was… minimal, at best. But oooooh, has he become a staple of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.[[note]]This was actually a bit of an accident. Though Fett's popularity with fans played a role, when the Expanded Universe got its start George Lucas specifically forbade going into the backstories of characters like Obi-Wan, Yoda, Vader and the Emperor beyond what was already in the movies. He had his own ideas for some of them and wanted Yoda to remain a mystery. But he didn't say anything about restrictions on Boba Fett stories, leaving him fair game for EU writers to do with as they pleased.[[/note]] Much contention has been made over his survival after being ingested by the Sarlacc ([[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] [[WordOfGod says]] he died; Creator/DarkHorseComics along with most fans say he survived), but his popularity cannot be debated. Boba Fett is, to most fans, as integral to the plot as any other characters- in some respects, much more important and likable to the series as a whole. Lucas' opinion later shifted to "[[AscendedFanon Sure Why Not]]," and he actually considered adding in a scene of him surviving in the 2006 [=DVD=] of ''Return of the Jedi''. Tellingly, Boba has a bigger role as a little boy in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' than he did as an adult in the original trilogy.

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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Film}} [[EnsembleDarkhorse/StarWars Boba Fett]]. Boba Fett's presence in the movies was… minimal, at best. But oooooh, has he become a staple of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.[[note]]This was actually a bit of an accident. Though Fett's popularity with fans played a role, when the Expanded Universe got its start George Lucas specifically forbade going into the backstories of characters like Obi-Wan, Yoda, Vader and the Emperor beyond what was already in the movies. He had his own ideas for some of them and wanted Yoda to remain a mystery. But he didn't say anything about restrictions on Boba Fett stories, leaving him fair game for EU writers to do with as they pleased.[[/note]] Much contention has been made over his survival after being ingested by the Sarlacc ([[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] [[WordOfGod says]] he died; Creator/DarkHorseComics along with most fans say he survived), but his popularity cannot be debated. Boba Fett is, to most fans, as integral to the plot as any other characters- in some respects, much more important and likable to the series as a whole. Lucas' opinion later shifted to "[[AscendedFanon Sure Why Not]]," and he actually considered adding in a scene of him surviving in the 2006 [=DVD=] of ''Return of the Jedi''. Tellingly, Boba has a bigger role as a little boy in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' than he did as an adult in the original trilogy.
16th Dec '16 3:57:44 PM LaptopGuy
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* [[VillainousHarlequin Harley Quinn]], everyone's favorite Hench Wench from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. She was originally invented as a one-shot female henchmen to leap out of Commissioner Gordon's cake (the censors allowed The Joker to do it instead), and an overwhelming fan response turned her into a recurring villain and a CanonImmigrant into the comics. She even went on to be one of the few villains to [[BatmanGambit Out-Batman Gambit]] Batman himself and come ''this close'' to actually killing him.

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* [[VillainousHarlequin Harley Quinn]], everyone's favorite Hench Wench from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. She was originally invented as a one-shot female henchmen to leap out of Commissioner Gordon's cake (the censors allowed The Joker to do it instead), and an overwhelming fan response turned her into a recurring villain and a CanonImmigrant into the comics. She even went on to be one of the few villains to [[BatmanGambit Out-Batman Gambit]] Batman himself and come ''this close'' to actually killing him. In 2016, she became the breakout star of ''Film/SuicideSquad'' -- Creator/MargotRobbie's performance as her was one of the few things universally praised about the otherwise divisive film, even managing to steal the show from the long-awaited cinematic return of ''The Joker himself''.
13th Dec '16 4:56:32 PM Doug86
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** Also the OldGods (a race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s), originally a tangential source of the mythos based on the CthulhuMythos, they were used to add some creepy side stories used in the expanded ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' storyline, and also used as DiscOneFinalBoss for the original version of the game (pre-expansion), the Old Gods consistantly appear as the ultimate source of all evil, to the point it has a become a RunningGag to blame things on them.

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** Also the OldGods (a race of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s), originally a tangential source of the mythos based on the CthulhuMythos, Franchise/CthulhuMythos, they were used to add some creepy side stories used in the expanded ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' storyline, and also used as DiscOneFinalBoss for the original version of the game (pre-expansion), the Old Gods consistantly appear as the ultimate source of all evil, to the point it has a become a RunningGag to blame things on them.
24th Nov '16 8:31:09 AM Animeking1108
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* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo:'' When the series first started, Lord Hikiji was billed as Usagi's ArchNemesis while Jei-san was supposed to just be a one-shot villain. However, Jei made more of an impression on readers. As time went by, Hikiji was DemotedToExtra while Jei took over as Usagi's ArchNemesis.
4th Nov '16 1:43:37 PM Prinzenick
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* The HeadlessHorseman from Washington Irving's short story ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow''. The Horseman only had a very brief scene in the already short story just near the end (as in, 1 in a half pages of a story that isn't even 30 pages long), and it's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane implied that it might not even be a real ghost.]] In spite of this, the sheer mystique and inherent scariness behind the character ended up making it a horror icon on par with ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' and ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', with numerous movie adaptations and modern day takes on the character coming out in the years since Washington Irving's story was published.
30th Oct '16 6:43:46 AM Anddrix
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** The Queen of Hearts only appeared in the last third of the first ''Alice'' book and wasn't really as much a villain as she was a temperamental yet comic battleaxe, whose executions were never really carried out. However, ''Alice'' spinoffs like ''VideoGane/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' and the 2010 Creator/TimBurton [[Film/AliceInWonderland film]] have made her the main villain, transforming her into an evil dictator who rules Wonderland with an iron fist and Alice's greatest nemesis. Oddly adaptations will also often combine the distinct, if thematically similar, Queen of Hearts and Red Queen characters into one when doing this.

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** The Queen of Hearts only appeared in the last third of the first ''Alice'' book and wasn't really as much a villain as she was a temperamental yet comic battleaxe, whose executions were never really carried out. However, ''Alice'' spinoffs like ''VideoGane/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' and the 2010 Creator/TimBurton [[Film/AliceInWonderland [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 film]] have made her the main villain, transforming her into an evil dictator who rules Wonderland with an iron fist and Alice's greatest nemesis. Oddly adaptations will also often combine the distinct, if thematically similar, Queen of Hearts and Red Queen characters into one when doing this.
27th Sep '16 7:08:07 AM rafi
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* Char Aznable from the first ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' series. So much that he's essentially become the face of the franchise.
7th Sep '16 4:01:03 AM rafi
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* In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, Flintheart Glomgold started out as TheRival to Scrooge for the title of Richest Duck in the World. Flintheart only appeared in three stories by his creator Creator/CarlBarks, but by his third appearance, he had ascended to Scrooge's EvilCounterpart and was one of the few villains to demonstrate [[ItsPersonal murderous intent]] against Scrooge and his nephews. The Second Richest Duck in the World was mostly forgotten for the next twenty years, until Don Rosa reintroduced him in "Son of the Sun". Comics, the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', and video games have since portrayed Flintheart as a step above Scrooge's usual villains to the point of being his ArchEnemy. Another breakout villain for Scrooge would be [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John D. Rockerduck]]. He was originally a one-shot character created by Carl Barks, but for some reason Italian duck artists made him a recurring character decades later.
* The [[Comicbook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] was originally a fairly average Franchise/SpiderMan villain, with possibly the only thing which made him stand out being the fact that his identity wasn't revealed and he kept escaping. Then he found out Spider-Man's identity…. [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied then he killed Gwen Stacy]]… He's also an unusual case in that he was dead for quite a long time by comic book standards, but after he was brought back he tends to have some hand in almost every major plot against Spider-Man.
** [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan Joe Straczynski's run]] has Morlun- he was an antagonist only in the first JMS story, but was the only one to be brought back, usually as a part of a big event, as [[KnightOfCerebus his mere presence shows things are getting serious]].

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* In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, Flintheart Glomgold started out as TheRival to Scrooge for the title of Richest Duck in the World. Flintheart only appeared in three stories by his creator Creator/CarlBarks, but by his third appearance, he had ascended to Scrooge's EvilCounterpart and was one of the few villains to demonstrate [[ItsPersonal murderous intent]] against Scrooge and his nephews. The Second Richest Duck in the World was mostly forgotten for the next twenty years, until Don Rosa reintroduced him in "Son of the Sun". Comics, the cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', and video games have since portrayed Flintheart as a step above Scrooge's usual villains to the point of being his ArchEnemy.
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Another breakout villain for Scrooge would be [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John D. Rockerduck]]. He was originally a one-shot character created by Carl Barks, but for some reason Italian duck artists made him a recurring character decades later.
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The [[Comicbook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] was originally a fairly average Franchise/SpiderMan villain, with possibly the only thing which made him stand out being the fact that his identity wasn't revealed and he kept escaping. Then he found out Spider-Man's identity…. [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied then he killed Gwen Stacy]]… He's also an unusual case in that he was dead for quite a long time by comic book standards, but after he was brought back he tends to have some hand in almost every major plot against Spider-Man.
** [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan Joe Straczynski's run]] has Morlun- he was an antagonist only in the first JMS story, but was the only one to be brought back, usually as a part of a big event, as [[KnightOfCerebus his mere presence shows things are getting serious]].
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** [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan Joe Straczynski's run]] has Morlun- he was an antagonist only in the first JMS story, but was the only one to be brought back, usually as a part of a big event, as [[KnightOfCerebus his mere presence shows things are getting serious]].
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** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} that become one of the most iconic characters in popular culture (and arguably Batman's most iconic [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in turn). She's gotten a variety of action, animated, and video game portrayals, along with an array of merchandise and inspired costumes galore, has given birth to some tropes, and managed to get her own series, elevating her to [[AntiHero Anti Heroine]] status and sometimes part of the Bat-family. Considering she was introduced as an [[EvilIsSexy off the mill villain]] with barely any depth to her and who disappeared for over a decade at one point, she's definitely made her mark.
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