Super Made Man
A Mob Boss that stands as a major threat to super heroes rather than being a disposable foe.
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 The Mafia, as opposed to a common mook.
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- Marvel Comics
- Kingpin is the most well known example of this trope. Nemesis to both Spider-Man and Daredevil, Kingpin is the king of the Marvel Universe's criminal underworld and has given grief to beings several time more powerful than himself.
- There is also Tombstone,Hammerhead, Silvermane, and Count Neferia. Most of those villains have fought the likes of Daredevil and Spider-Man but Neferia was powerful enough to take on The Avengers.
- 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, a.k.a. 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, 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, Chicago mob boss Gentleman Johnny Marcone is actually badass enough to gain standing as a freeholding lord recognized by the Unseelie Accords. While a completely ordinary human himself, he is fully aware of the supernatural community and regularly deals with major players like Queen Mab and Donnar Vadderung.
- In an example more obvious in retrospect, Giovanni and Team Rocket from Pokémon, especially in the anime where they're still active. Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Gold and Silver, and their remakes have them operate a lot like a Yakuza, among other things using the Viridian City Pokemon Gym as a front. 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.
- 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.
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