History VillainousBreakdown / ComicBooks

11th Jan '18 1:34:11 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'', when [[PresidentEvil President]] Lex Luthor's scheme to smash a Kryptonite asteroid into the Earth fails, Luthor (who was the U.S. President at the time) uses a variant combination of the "super-steroid" Venom (a chemical associated with the Batman villain Bane), liquid synthetic Kryptonite, and an Apokoliptian battlesuit to go on a violent rampage. This, unsurprisingly, gets him impeached.
** He gets a worse one in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''. After traveling across the planet and in space in an attempt to regain something like the Orange Lantern Power Ring, Luthor gains the powers of a creature from the Phantom Zone and proceeds to use it to torture Superman. Once he finds out that Superman is Clark Kent, though, he ''loses it''. It gets worse as he manages to make the universe perfect for a few minutes. He swiftly learns, however, that in order to cement this power, he must not use this power for violence... including against Superman, who is right in front of him. Supes, being Supes, begs him to let go of their old grudges in the name of unending peace. Lex's response? "'''YOU ''DARE'' TO LECTURE ME?'''" And thus was universal bliss ended. And tucked away in Arkham, ComicBook/TheJoker laughs away at what Luthor had done.
** A classic Silver Age "imaginary story" Has Luthor finally managing to kill Superman and mobsters throw him a celebration party as he gloats on how he did it. When a red and blue caped figure bursts in, a terrified Luthor worries Superman has come back to haunt him. It turns out to be Supergirl (whose existence was unknown to the world at the time) who arrests Luthor and takes him to the bottle city of Kandor. Luthor spends his televised murder trial smug that he'll find a way out of this. When he's found guilty, Luthor offers to restore Kandor to its regular size in exchange for his freedom, confident they'll agree. Instead, the judge declares "we Kandorians do not make deals with murderers!" Unable to accept losing like this, Luthor begs for mercy but it's too late as he's sent to spend eternity in the Phantom Zone.

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In ''Comicbook/SupermanBatman'', ''Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'', when [[PresidentEvil President]] Lex Luthor's ComicBook/LexLuthor's scheme to smash blame a Kryptonite asteroid smashing into the Earth on Superman fails, Luthor (who was the U.S. President at the time) uses a variant combination of the "super-steroid" Venom (a chemical associated with the Batman villain Bane), liquid synthetic Kryptonite, and an Apokoliptian battlesuit to go on a violent rampage. This, unsurprisingly, gets him impeached.
** He gets a worse one in ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing''. After traveling across the planet and in space in an attempt to regain something like the Orange Lantern Power Ring, Luthor gains the powers of a creature from the Phantom Zone and proceeds to use it to torture Superman. Once he finds out that Superman is Clark Kent, though, he ''loses it''. It gets worse as he manages to make the universe perfect for a few minutes. He swiftly learns, however, that in order to cement this power, he must not use this power for violence... including against Superman, who is right in front of him. Supes, being Supes, Superman begs him to let go of their old grudges in the name of unending peace.peace and even ''apologizes'' for ''whatever he did''. Lex's response? "'''YOU ''DARE'' TO LECTURE ME?'''" And thus was universal bliss ended. And tucked away in Arkham, ComicBook/TheJoker laughs away at what Luthor had done.
** A classic Silver Age "imaginary story" Has ''Superman'' (vol 1) #149 has Luthor finally managing to kill Superman and mobsters throw him a celebration party as he gloats on how he did it. When a red and blue caped figure bursts in, a terrified Luthor worries Superman has come back to haunt him. It turns out to be Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} (whose existence was unknown to the world at the time) who arrests Luthor and takes him to the bottle city of Kandor. Luthor spends his televised murder trial smug that he'll find a way out of this. When he's found guilty, Luthor offers to restore Kandor to its regular size in exchange for his freedom, confident they'll agree. Instead, the judge declares "we Kandorians do not make deals with murderers!" Unable to accept losing like this, Luthor begs for mercy but it's too late as he's sent to spend eternity in the Phantom Zone. Zone.
** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', [[EvilCounterpart Belinda Zee]] steals ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s communicator and turns it on. When Supergirl's mom fails to recognize her, Belinda breaks down into tears and starts to yell she's the "Number One."
10th Dec '17 3:13:09 PM PricklyPeahen
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** [[EvilTwin Scourge]] also qualifies. After being betrayed by The Supression Squad and ganged up on by everybody, he declares that he's going to spin dash both Mobius and [[MirrorUniverse Moebius]] in half, simply because he can.

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** [[EvilTwin Scourge]] also qualifies. After being betrayed by The Supression Squad and ganged up on by everybody, he retreats to his throne and [[SuperMode goes super]] from the Anarchy Beryls he's stashed there. Then as he blasted everyone off of him and hunts down Sonic, he declares that he's going to spin dash both Mobius and [[MirrorUniverse Moebius]] in half, simply because he can.
30th Nov '17 1:19:48 AM WillBGood
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** ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily, Joker spends the whole comic trying to prove to Batman his loved ones are [[TheyWereHoldingYouBack only holding him back]] and after saving his Bat family has a brutal fight with him in the underground, Batman sets the Joker off by revealing his family makes him stronger

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** ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily, ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'': Joker spends the whole comic trying to prove to Batman his loved ones are [[TheyWereHoldingYouBack only holding him back]] and after saving his Bat family has a brutal fight with him in the underground, Batman sets the Joker off by revealing his family makes him stronger



** And who could ever forget the [[http://bensbargains.com/thecheckout/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/The-Killing-Joke-2.jpg literally birth]] of the Joker in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''
30th Nov '17 1:19:00 AM WillBGood
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** A truly heart-wrenching LegendsOfTheDarkKnight story titled "Going Sane" recounted how an epic fight between the Joker and Batman ended in the Dark Knight's (apparent) death. ''Victory'' freaked out the Joker so badly that his then-current personality...dissolved. Melted away, leaving a sweet, gentle man who loved old-time radio comedy and who pondered "finally getting something done about this skin condition..." By the end of the story, one actually felt ''sorry'' for the Joker!

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** A truly heart-wrenching LegendsOfTheDarkKnight ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDarkKnight'' story titled "Going Sane" recounted how an epic fight between the Joker and Batman ended in the Dark Knight's (apparent) death. ''Victory'' freaked out the Joker so badly that his then-current personality...dissolved. Melted away, leaving a sweet, gentle man who loved old-time radio comedy and who pondered "finally getting something done about this skin condition..." By the end of the story, one actually felt ''sorry'' for the Joker!
30th Nov '17 1:16:30 AM WillBGood
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** Norman had a few smaller brakedowns when Loki gave him hallucinations, or when the [[{{ShapeShifting}} Skrulls]] turned into a bunch of Spider-men [[http://cdn2us.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeekus/files/styles/article_width/public/bolts14.jpg?itok=dTq_8KShto screw with him]]

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** Norman had a few smaller brakedowns breakdowns when Loki gave him hallucinations, or when the [[{{ShapeShifting}} Skrulls]] turned into a bunch of Spider-men [[http://cdn2us.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeekus/files/styles/article_width/public/bolts14.jpg?itok=dTq_8KShto jpg?itok=dTq_8KSh to screw with him]]
5th Oct '17 4:43:59 AM Doug86
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* Happened to Magog in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' when he was finally confronted by {{Superman}} in the ruins of Kansas. Immediately followed by a VillainousBSOD.

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* Happened to Magog in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' when he was finally confronted by {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} in the ruins of Kansas. Immediately followed by a VillainousBSOD.



* During ''[[Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]'', [[{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] was a relatively composed SmugSuper ''until'' he realized the Legion planned to bring [[Franchise/TheFlash Bart Allen]] back to life. Bart is the one person in the universe who Prime actually fears, so he completely flips his lid when Bart returns.

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* During ''[[Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]'', [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] was a relatively composed SmugSuper ''until'' he realized the Legion planned to bring [[Franchise/TheFlash Bart Allen]] back to life. Bart is the one person in the universe who Prime actually fears, so he completely flips his lid when Bart returns.
25th Aug '17 6:45:58 AM CosmicFerret
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* During ''[[Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]'', [[{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] was a relatively composed SmugSuper ''until'' he realized the Legion planned to bring [[TheFlash Bart Allen]] back to life. Bart is the one person in the universe who Prime actually fears, so he completely flips his lid when Bart returns.

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* During ''[[Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Legion of Three Worlds]]'', [[{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] was a relatively composed SmugSuper ''until'' he realized the Legion planned to bring [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Bart Allen]] back to life. Bart is the one person in the universe who Prime actually fears, so he completely flips his lid when Bart returns.



* The Riddler has a grand one when he decides to deal with [[TheFlash Impulse]]. After a bad encounter with TheFlash and Comicbook/{{Robin}}[[note]]Riddler had bailed from Gotham following the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''[[/note]], Edward heads for Manchester to deal with Impulse, thinking he can easily outwit the protege of the Scarlet Speedster and one of the Boy Wonder's closest allies. Instead, poor Eddie is left a blabbering mess with Bart utterly ignores every sign that the Riddler wants him (too busy playing video games), Bart's inability to recognize who he was (he mistakes him for ComicBook/TheQuestion, Mr. Freeze and Abra Kadabra), outwitting his traps without thinking (before he's done reading off his first clue, Bart comes back with the bombs by looking under every porch in town. And finds his other bombs while he was at it!) and ultimately saves his captives by retaping his last clue that he tore up. His comment after revealing the second set of bombs sells it, though:

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* The Riddler has a grand one when he decides to deal with [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]]. After a bad encounter with TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash and Comicbook/{{Robin}}[[note]]Riddler had bailed from Gotham following the events of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''[[/note]], Edward heads for Manchester to deal with Impulse, thinking he can easily outwit the protege of the Scarlet Speedster and one of the Boy Wonder's closest allies. Instead, poor Eddie is left a blabbering mess with Bart utterly ignores every sign that the Riddler wants him (too busy playing video games), Bart's inability to recognize who he was (he mistakes him for ComicBook/TheQuestion, Mr. Freeze and Abra Kadabra), outwitting his traps without thinking (before he's done reading off his first clue, Bart comes back with the bombs by looking under every porch in town. And finds his other bombs while he was at it!) and ultimately saves his captives by retaping his last clue that he tore up. His comment after revealing the second set of bombs sells it, though:
11th Aug '17 7:04:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ComicBook/TheJoker suffered a truly epic one in ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker''. Let's recap: He steals [[GreatGazoo Mxyzptlk's]] powers, turns the ''entire universe'' into his playground, begins the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of Time, Space, and Existence]], and he tears Superman's heart out and eats it. [[spoiler: As he lies dying, Superman dares Joker to kill Batman. Joker does so, but right after he does, Batman reappears, good as new. Confused, Joker tries it again and again, growing increasingly frantic as Batman repeatedly comes back, going as far as to [[BreakingTheFourthWall beg the writers and artists to let him finish Batman off]]. Superman [[BreakingSpeech taunts him]], revealing that [[PowerfulAndHelpless despite having all that power, Joker is still nothing but a clown, unable to do anything useful with his life and needing Batman to have any purpose at all]]. As Joker breaks down, Mxyzptlk uses the opening to take his powers back and fix everything.]]

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suffered a truly epic one in ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker''. Let's recap: He steals [[GreatGazoo Mxyzptlk's]] powers, turns the ''entire universe'' into his playground, begins the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of Time, Space, and Existence]], and he tears Superman's heart out and eats it. [[spoiler: As he lies dying, Superman dares Joker to kill Batman. Joker does so, but right after he does, Batman reappears, good as new. Confused, Joker tries it again and again, growing increasingly frantic as Batman repeatedly comes back, going as far as to [[BreakingTheFourthWall beg the writers and artists to let him finish Batman off]]. Superman [[BreakingSpeech taunts him]], revealing that [[PowerfulAndHelpless despite having all that power, Joker is still nothing but a clown, unable to do anything useful with his life and needing Batman to have any purpose at all]]. As Joker breaks down, Mxyzptlk uses the opening to take his powers back and fix everything. The last page shows Joker back in Arkham Asylum, [[MadnessMantra incoherently babbling]] "[[SdrawkcabName Rorepme Rekoj]]".]]
31st Jul '17 5:30:09 AM Daedalis
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* Dark Annisia begins ''ComicBook/RedSonja'': ''Queen of Plagues'' as a WellIntentionedExtremist combating a plague by slaughtering the infected. She escalates to besieging a healthy city after it finds a cure and executing those who violate her open-ended quarantine. After the plague's true cause and her part in it are revealed she snaps into full-on bloodthirsty madness.
15th May '17 12:36:09 PM CaptainTedium
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* The tenth and final issue of the ''ComicBook/{{Madballs}}'' comic book published by defunct Creator/MarvelComics subsidiary Star Comics had a rare example of the villain having his breakdown at the very start of the story. When the Madballs Bash Brain, Touchdown Terror, and Fist Face walk in on Dr. Frankenbeans before he has a chance to act out his latest scheme in defeating them, Frankenbeans responds by throwing a tantrum over how it isn't fair that the Madballs always win. The doctor's outburst causes him to fall ill, afterwards Snivelitch begs the Madballs to save Frankenbeans' life.
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