Created By: Euan2000 on September 18, 2012 Last Edited By: Euan2000 on January 2, 2013

Super Made Man

A Mob Boss that stands as a major threat to super heroes rather than being a disposable foe.

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In the Sorting Algorithm of Evil mob bosses are usually the domain of cop shows and for super heroes a Starter Villain before true Super Villains start showing up.

Then you have these people.

Maybe they have super powers themselves, maybe they have super powered goons under their command or maybe they're such a Magnificent Bastard that the heroes can do nothing to stop or even touch them. For whatever reason they are a major threat.

For those unaware "made man" is a term for someone who's fully accepted as a member of the mafia. (As opposed to a common mook.)


  • Kingpin is the most well known example of this trope. Nemesis to both Spider-Man and Dare Devil Kingpin is the king of the Marvel Universe's criminal underworld and has given grief to beings several time more powerful than himself.
  • While the shear amount of corruption and organised crime in Gotham City is part of why Bruce Wayne became Batman most of the mob families fall aside as Batman takes down their rings and more dangerous villains like The Joker or Poison Ivy take their place. One exception is Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin who with nothing more than connections, goons and some fancy umbrellas stands as one of Batman's major villains. The Joker himself may count depending on the adaptation. Black Mask is a modern variation.
  • In Superman continuity Intergang is a mafia-like element in Metropolis which is a constant thorn in Superman's side. In the comics and the animated series it turns out they're supplied by Darkseid, but in Lois and Clark where there is no Darkseid it's played more straightly.
  • In Kick-Ass the Big Bad is the head of the local mob: John Genovese in the comic, Frank D'Amico in the film. His son, Red Mist goes on to be the World's first Supervillain.
  • In the Dresden Files stories, Chicago mob boss Gentleman Johnny Marcone is actually badass enough to gain standing as a freeholding lord recognized by the Unseelie Accords.
  • In Freedom Force, one of the most annoying foes is Pinstripe, the mob boss that has the ability to control his own density, as you don't have the characters to handle him when he shows up, and his attacks are surprisingly powerful. While not immensely powerful, he is responsible for the origins of three different characters, the appearance of another, gets two separate arcs to his name, and comes directly after the threat of World War III with the Soviets.
  • In an example more obvious in retrospect Giovanni and Team Rocket from Pokémon, especially in the [1] where they're still active. Later foes included Eco Terrorists, a madman bent on destroying and rebuilding the universe and Team Plasma who planned to use the legendary dragon to make people give up their Pokemon. Notably Team Rocket never summoned a legendary Pokemon to do their bidding.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • September 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Kick-Ass the Big Bad is the head of the local mob: John Genovese in the comic, Frank D'Amico in the film.
  • September 18, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In the Dresden Files stories, Chicago mob boss Johnny Falcone is actually badass enough to gain standing as a freeholding lord recognized by the Unseelie Accords.
  • September 18, 2012
    Khantalas
    In Freedom Force, one of the most annoying foes is Pinstripe, the mob boss that has the ability to control his own density, as you don't have the characters to handle him when he shows up, and his attacks are surprisingly powerful. While not immensely powerful, he is responsible for the origins of three different characters, the appearance of another, gets two separate arcs to his name, and comes directly after the threat of World War III with the Soviets.
  • September 19, 2012
    nitrokitty
    The Dresden Files example is Johnny Marcone, not Falcone. I've changed it for you.
  • September 20, 2012
    AP
  • September 21, 2012
    chicagomel
    Does Giovanni from Pokemon count? OK, the heroes aren't super, but their mons are...that's why I'm not sure.
  • October 18, 2012
    AP
    bumping
  • October 19, 2012
    DracMonster
    The God Mode Father!

    Or maybe Super Made Man? Made Superman is more elegant but that might sound like supes joining the mob or maybe Super Hero Origin.

  • October 31, 2012
    Damr1990
  • October 31, 2012
    TonyG
    ^There may be some overlap, but it doesn't seem essential to the proposed trope.
  • October 31, 2012
    CarrieVS
    Maybe I'm just being thick, or it's referring to something I haven't come across, but I don't get the title. Can someone explain?
  • October 31, 2012
    StarSword
    @chicagomel: I think Giovanni counts in the games (the games' Team Rocket seemingly being based on yakuza), not necessarily the anime.
  • October 31, 2012
    JonnyB
    Rupert Thorne is one of few mob bosses that can stand against Batman.
  • November 1, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^^ In the U.S., the term "made man" is used for someone who has been fully initiated into the Mafia.
  • November 1, 2012
    CarrieVS
    Ah, right. Maybe it would be good to say something about it in the description, for the sake of non-Americans?
  • November 1, 2012
    Speedball
    Ack beaten. Disregard.
  • November 1, 2012
    foxley
    Black Mask is another Batman example.
  • November 2, 2012
    Sligh_Br
    Jigsaw, also from Marvel, the archnemesis to The Punisher.
  • November 25, 2012
    Prfnoff
    The title still seems a bit ambiguous, suggesting "super(being who was) made (a normal) man."
  • November 25, 2012
    aurora369
    Godmode Godfather is more transparent.
  • November 25, 2012
    Speedball
    Self-promotion ahoy! The latest Big Bad of The Dragon Doctors is Cary, a mob boss who is rumored to have once killed a whole room of people using pocket change.
  • December 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Superman continuity Intergang is a mafia-like element in Metropolis which is a constant thorn in Superman's side. In the comics it turns out they're supplied by Darkseid, but in Lois And Clark where there is no Darkseid it's played more straightly.
  • December 24, 2012
    DANinNY
    Arrow: While John Barrowman's Merlyn character might not qualify, there are plenty of mob bosses on 'Arrow,' such as Mr. Frank Bertinelli. And some like China White who will be around for some time to come.
  • December 24, 2012
    Desertopa
    I'm seconding the suggestion of Godmode Godfather pending anyone else coming up with another, clearer alternative.
  • January 1, 2013
    chicagomel
    I agree the Pokemon anime is debatable up to Best Wishes anyway. He got in the middle of things there big time, giving Ash a Curbstomp Battle, taking him and his friends prisoner and nearly destroying the world after getting possessed by the reflecting glass.
  • January 2, 2013
    RazorSmile
    Videogame Example: I believe Geese Howard of SNK fame counts. He's a superpowered martial artist and a crime boss, I believe?

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