Arch Enemy / Comic Books

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DC
  • Adam Strange has Kanjar Ro and Lady Styx.
  • All-Star Squadron has Baron Blitzkrieg.
    • Johnny Quick has Zyklon.
  • Ambush Bug has Argh! Yle! the living sock. Yes, his archenemy is a sock.
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld has Mordru and Dark Opal.
  • Animal Man had Lennox, the man who murdered his family. In the New 52 reboot, Animal Man had the Spider Queen.
  • Aquaman's Arch Enemy spot is shared between his brother, Ocean Master and Black Manta. Depending on continuity the reasons behind Arthur and Orm's rivalry differs. But it usually revolves around the two brothers fighting over who is more fit to lead Atlantis. With Black Manta, their relationship is just full of mutual hatred.
    • Tempest has Slizzath.
    • Mera has Siren.
  • The Atom:
    • Ray Palmer has Chronos.
    • Al Pratt had Cyclotron.
    • Ryan Choi has Dwarfstar.
  • Azrael: Jean-Paul Valley had two; Carleton Lehah and Nicholas Scratch. Averted for Michael Lane, who hasn't been active nearly long enough in order to get a real archenemy, though the Crusader came real close.
  • Aztek had the Lizard King, who murdered his girlfriend, and Mageddon, the evil god he is destined to defeat.
  • Batgirl (2011) says that Charise Carnes, a.k.a. Knightfall, is pretty much this for her in #29. After Gothtopia, they appear to be on relatively good terms, enough to ask for help on occasion if absolutely necessary, but Barbara later decided that there was no way to cooperate with Knightfall. The "Deadline" story arc with #32 to 34 is Barbara and Knightfall's major showdown. During her Pre-Crisis career, Barbara had Killer Moth. During her time as Oracle, Barbara had the Calculator and James Gordon Jr.
  • Batman has the Joker, Rā's al Ghūl, and Two-Face.
    • The Joker is Batman's Arch-Enemy. He's the One, he's the best. His insanity and chaotic nature are the complete opposite of Batman's rigidly, even obsessively ordered intelligence. Though these (intelligence and obsession) are also their similarities. Both were shaped by great tragedy and loss (at least in the Joker's most commonly accepted origin story). Many people have said that Batman is just as insane as The Joker, he just manifests it in a different and more positive way and keeps control over it. The Joker himself has pointed this out numerous times and in many adaptations.
    • Rā's al Ghūl has a great deal of respect for Batman, may be even more dangerous, and a far larger scale threat, than the Joker, and is the father of one of Bruce's main love interests. If not the Arch Enemy, Ra's is definitely the main Big Bad of Batman's enemies.
    • Two-Face: Batman sees him, with good cause, as his greatest failure, a point that Two-Face enjoys rubbing in. Every single one of the Robins has also had a reason to put them high on their hit lists. He beat Dick Grayson within an inch of his life on one of his first outings as Robin (handing him his first defeat in the process), orchestrated the murders of Jason Todd's parents, and in "A Lonely Place of Dying" nearly killed Tim Drake in one of his earliest solo missions as Robin, with Dick having to save him. While the individual Robins have their own enemies, Two-Face is easily the archenemy of the collective Robin identity.
    • Harvey Bullock has the Mad Hatter, who orchestrated the Gotham High School bombing that ended up being Bullock's one unsolved case that haunted him years.
    • Batman Inc. had Leviathan and their leader, Talia al Ghul.
  • Batwing has his brother Isaac, now known as the mercenary Massacre.
  • Batwoman has Alice, leader of the Religion of Crime.
  • The Birds of Prey have the Calculator and the Secret Six.
  • Black Canary has Lady Shiva, and White Canary. Her mother, the original Black Canary, had the Wizard.
  • Black Lightning had Tobias Whale, the gangster who ruined his neighbourhood, targeted his students, and convinced him to get into crime fighting in the first place. Whale for his part hated both Black Lightning and his civilian identity of Jefferson Pierce, and went out of his way to dispose of them both.
  • Black Orchid had Carl Thorne and Mr. Sterling. Later, the third Black Orchid had her predecessor, Flora Black, after she went rogue.
  • Blackhawk and his squadron had Killer Shark.
  • Blue Beetle has Carapax. Carapax is absolutely determined to destroy Beetle and everything he stands for, regardless of who is holding the identity; he started out fighting Ted, but battled Jaime as well simply because he was using the title Blue Beetle. Even death couldn't keep him from coming back to torment Beetle.
    • Jaime Reyes later developed another contender for archenemy title in the form of Black Beetle, an Evil Counterpart who also uses Reach tech and is motivated by his sister's death, which he blames on the Blue Beetle, thus making their conflict personal.
  • After becoming evil, being killed, and then brought back to life, Maxwell Lord has become the Arch Enemy to Booster Gold. Black Beetle is this in Booster Gold's own series.
  • Blue Devil has Bolt. He had the demon Nebiros, until he was killed in Day of Judgment.
  • Captain Atom had General Wade Eiling. Although Cap didn't know that Eiling was his arch-enemy. Captain Atom also had Major Force.
  • Catwoman had Black Mask (the original version) as her arch-enemy in her early-2000s series. In a Darker and Edgier twist, she ended up murdering him after he tried to fridge her friends and relatives once too often.
  • Checkmate has Kobra and Bishop.
  • Cosmic Entities:
    • The Prescence has Lucifer Morningstar, the First of the Fallen, and the Great Evil Beast.
    • Kismet had Imperiex and Dominus.
    • The Monitor and the Anti-Monitor.
    • Nix Uotan, a.k.a. the Judge of All Evil, had his father, Dax Nova, a.k.a. Mandrakk the Dark Monitor.
    • Rao and Cythonna.
  • The Creeper had Proteus, his Evil Former Friend.
  • Cyclone has T.O. Morrow, who kidnapped and experimented on Cyclone at a young age. Morrow infected Cyclone with nanobytes that left her with superpowers.
  • Darkseid is the biggest bad of the DC Universe and is the archfoe of the Justice League, New Genesis, and the DCU itself. On the personal level he's also the archenemy of his son, Orion, and of New Genesis' leader Highfather, and has pursued lengthy vendettas against Mister Miracle, Superman, and Wonder Woman, to name only a few. Essentially, the moment Darkseid shows up, all other considerations, and all other archenmities go out the window.
    • Orion also has Kalibak and Desaad. Kalibak is Darkseid's loyal son, and is resentful that Darkseid favors Orion over him. Desaad has concocted multiple schemes to kill Orion, and Orion eventually vows to kill Desaad after Desaad makes several attempts on Orion's life and masterminds an attack on New Genesis.
    • Mister Miracle and Big Barda have Granny Goodness.
  • Deadman has Sensei and the Hook.
  • Doctor Fate:
    • Doctor Fate I (Kent Nelson) had Wotan.
    • Doctor Fate II (Eric and Linda Strauss) had Anti-Fate and Typhon.
    • Doctor Fate III (Inza Nelson) had T'Giian.
    • Fate (Jared Stevens) had Talbot Cantrip and Pharaoh.
    • Doctor Fate IV (Hector Hall) had Mordru and the Curse.
    • Doctor Fate V (Kent V. Nelson) had Eclipso and Negal.
    • Doctor Fate VI (Khalid Ben-Hassin) has Wotan.
  • The Doom Patrol has the Brotherhood of Evil. Their respective leaders, the Chief and the Brain also have one another.
  • Etrigan has Morgan le Fey and Klarion the Witch Boy.
  • Firestorm has Killer Frost, Multiplex, and Deathstorm.
  • The Flash. This varies from era to era since there are multiple Flashes.
    • In the Golden Age comics, Jay Garrick (Flash I)had the Thinker, who appeared more often than any other villain. The two would eventually become friends in old age, but by that point, Edward Clariss AKA The Rival, Jay's own Reverse-Flash, had been introduced.
    • Barry Allen (Flash II) has had a few. In the Silver Age, it was Gorilla Grodd, who was the one exception in his roster of Harmless Villain antagonists. In the Bronze Age, it was Eobard Thawne AKA Professor Zoom/Reverse-Flash and his repeated attempts to outright steal his foe's life, and who eventually killed his wife. In the Modern Age, after Barry's return, Geoff Johns had promoted Captain Cold to leader of the rogues — in the Silver Age it was usually the original Mirror Master or an outside villain in this role — and brought the Rogues back into prominence. Cold specifically considers Barry to be his Flash nemesis (he's thought all four of them, and in the Modern Age mostly Wally). Later on, it was cemented that Thawne was Barry's archnemesis because he killed Barry's mother and is the most dangerous of Barry's foes.
    • Wally West (Flash III) in the Modern Age had Vandal Savage at first, and later the acclaimed Mark Waid run boosted Abra Kadabra to this role by making that villain much Darker and Edgier and a much more recurring threat in Wally's life. Later on, Geoff Johns also contributed Zoom/Reverse-Flash II as a contender for the role, an Evil Former Friend of Wally's who caused Wally's wife to miscarry and is also a villain he feels responsible for creating.
    • Bart Allen (Flash IV) had Thaddeus Thawne AKA Inertia, his evil clone who sought to have a family like Bart.
    • Max Mercury had Savitar. Both are old speedsters who interpret the Speed Force differently: Max trains those who can tap into it while Savitar runs an Evil Cult around its worship.
  • The Freedom Fighters have Silver Ghost.
  • General Glory has Schmidt.
  • Merlyn is considered Green Arrow's arch-enemy. Due to both being skilled archers on opposite sides of the law. Count Vertigo can also be seen as this.
    • The role of Roy Harper's arch-enemy can be given to Cheshire, which also falls into Dating Catwoman due to their former relationship and that she's the mother of his daughter. She's consistently proven that, whatever lingering feelings she might have for Roy or their child, she'll do anything to get them out of the picture if they prove a detriment to her freedom.
  • Sinestro is Hal Jordan's Arch Enemy; similarly, the Green Lantern Corps treat the Sinestro Corps as their most dangerous opposing organization.
    • When Major Force isn't ruining Captain Atom's life, he's probably ruining Guy Gardener's or Kyle Rayner's. Specifically, Force began the Stuffed into the Fridge trope by killing Kyle's girlfriend and... y'know.
    • John Stewart has Fatality, who blamed John for the destruction of her homeworld.
    • Golden Age Lantern Alan Scott has Solomon Grundy, who menaced his hometown more than any other villain, and whose wood-infused body was highly resistant to Scott's ring. The New 52's Earth 2 comic has brought this rivalry back in a big way.
    • The Guardians of the Universe have Krona.
    • The Entity has Nekron.
    • Ion has Parallax.
    • Jade has Fatality.
    • Kilowog has Arkillo.
    • Mogo has Ranx, who is prophesied to destroy Mogo one day. In the Sinestro Corps War, he tried and failed.
    • Saint Walker has Atrocitus and Larfleeze.
  • Harley Quinn has the vigilante Thorn in her original solo series. In the New 52, she has Zena Bendemova and the Red Tool.
  • Hawk and Dove had Kestrel in the Modern Age, and Condor and Swan in the New 52.
  • Hawkman and Hawkgirl have Gentleman Ghost, the Shadow Thief, Hath-Set, and Byth Rok.
  • The Huntress originally had Omerta the Silencer, Stephen Mandragora, and Santo Cassamento, who are all responsible for the murder of the Bertinellis, driving Helena Bertinelli to become the Huntress. However, Helena killed all three of them in vengeance. More recently, Huntress has grudges against the Penguin, who betrayed the Birds of Prey and severely injured two of her allies, and the Scarecrow, who used fear gas to make her fight Catwoman.
  • Infinity, Inc. had Mr. Bones initially, and Harlequin later.
  • Katana had Takeo Yamashiro, who murdered her husband and two children becaused she rejected his advances.
  • Jimmy Olsen gets his own arch-enemy in the Action Comics backup strip: a young Lexcorp executive called Sebastian Mallory. He aknowledges that "Superman's Pal vs Lex Luthor's protege" might seem a bit obvious, but they really do hate each other.
  • Jonah Hex has Quentin Turnbull.
  • The Justice League's arch-nemesis is the Legion of Doom/Injustice League/Injustice Gang whereas The Justice Society's arch-enemy is the Injustice Society of the World.
    • Doctor Light III/Kimyo Hoshi has Doctor Arthur Light.
    • Zauriel has Asmodel.
  • Justice League Dark has Felix Faust.
  • Justice League International and Justice League Europe had Queen Bee.
  • Johnny Sorrow is this for the entire Justice Society of America. Originally he only had a beef with Sandman, but after Sandy joined up with the Society, Johnny came to hate all of them with equal, massive fury. Now he's not only one of their most personal foes, but he's one of the few villains who's always gunning for the entire team at once.
    • Atom Smasher had Kobra and Extant. Kobra who orchestrated a plane crash that killed his mother. Extant murdered Atom Smasher's godfather, Al Pratt, and Atom Smasher later returned the favor by killing Extant in the aforementioned plane crash, which erased his mother's death in the process.
    • Damage has Baron Blitzkrieg.
    • Hourman I had Psycho-Pirate, Doctor Togg, Doctor Iker, and Doctor Darrk.
    • Hourman II had Eclipso, the Wizard, and Extant.
    • Hourman III had Amazo.
    • Stargirl's arch foe from is Shiv from Blue Valley. Shiv was a Foil to Courtney in that, while Courtney was the stepdaughter of an established superhero (Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E.) and initially became a hero to piss him off, Shiv is the biological daughter of an established supervillain (the Dragon King) and became a villain to make her father proud. However, Shiv fell into limbo for a few years after her last fight with Courtney. The next time they fought Courtney joked about how long it'd been since she saw Shiv.
    • The first Doctor Mid-Nite had the Golden-Age Doctor Light and the Shadower.
    • The second Doctor Mid-Nite had the Ultra-Humanite, Roulette, and Gog.
  • Krypto the Superdog has Mechanikat.
  • Lady Shiva was originally this for Richard Dragon, and later her daughter Cassandra Cain.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes has three: Mordru, the Fatal Five, and the Legion of Super-Villains. The Fatal Five probably win the title for showing up the most often, but the L.S.V. has Lightning Lad's personal arch enemy (and older brother) Lightning Lord, and Mordru is certainly the most powerful of the three. Pre-Crisis the title would have gone to the Time-Trapper.
    • Blok has Mordru.
    • Brainiac 5 has Computo.
    • Bouncing Boy has the Hunter.
    • Chameleon Boy has Chameleon Chief and Composite Man.
    • Cosmic Boy has Cosmic King.
    • Dream Girl has the Emerald Empress.
    • Element Lad has Roxxas.
    • Ferro Lad has the Sun-Eater.
    • Karate Kid and Princess Projectra have Nemesis Kid.
    • Mon-El has the Time Trapper and Glorith.
    • Phantom Girl has Glorith.
    • R.J Brande has Leland McCauley.
    • Rond Vidar has Universo.
    • Saturn Girl has Saturn Queen.
    • Sun Boy has Doctor Regulus and the Sun Emperor.
    • Thom Kallor has Kenz Nuhor.
    • Timber Wolf has Tyr.
    • Ultra Boy has Glorith and Pulsar Stargrave.
    • The White Witch has Mordru.
  • Lobo has Vril Dox II, the Omegas, and Goldstar.
  • Madame Xanadu has Morgana le Fey and the Enchantress.
  • The Martian Manhunter has had several contenders over the years including Commander Blanx and his expy (and J'onn's Evil Twin) Malefic. The best example, however, may well be Galactic Conqueror and walking engine of destruction, Despero. While Despero is usually a Justice League calibre threat, J'onn is always the one he attacks first, and he takes a perverse delight in forcing the Martian to telepathically relive the destruction of Mars. At one point, Despero went so far as to Mind Rape J'onn into believing he was on a Mars that hadn't been destroyed by Blanx and/or Malefic...only to then invade the dream and personally slaughter the psychic constructs of J'onn's family that he had created. J'onn hates Despero about as much as he hates anyone, and is usually the JLA member who ends up having to put the crazed being down at the end of his rampages.
  • The Metal Men have Chemo.
  • Metamorpho has Simon Stagg and Java.
  • The First Mr. Terrific had the Spirit King. The Second Mr. Terrific had Kobra. In the reboot, Mr. Terrific had Brainwave.
  • Nightwing had Blockbuster in his solo series, and Deathstroke everywhere else.
  • O.M.A.C.:
    • Buddy Blank had Mister Big, Doctor Skuba, and General Kafka.
    • Kevin Kho had Maxwell Lord.
  • Phantom Lady has Silver Ghost.
  • The Phantom Stranger has Tala and Tannarak.
  • Plastic Man has Doctor Dome.
  • The Question had Reverend Jeremiah Hatch, a corrupt preacher and the power behind the throne in Hub City.
  • While Green Lantern Rebirth and Blackest Night initially pegged Parallax as the Arch Enemy of The Spectre, it seems that the Spectre's true nemesis is actually Butcher the Rage Entity. The Spectre exists to punish murderers, and Butcher is apparently the homicidal spawn of the first murder — the embodiment of murderous rage. Spectre also has Eclipso, his predecessor as the personification of God's Wrath who turned evil, Azmodus, a demon who seduced the Spectre's first human host, and Zor, another spirit wandering the Earth, who chose to spread evil instead of fight it.
  • The Ray has Dr. Polaris.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws have Crux, Suzie Su, and the Untitled.
  • The Red Tornado had Amazo, T.O. Morrow, and Tornado Tyrant.
  • Rip Hunter has Per Degaton.
  • In the Robin comics of the 90's, King Snake (the father of Bane) and then Ulysses "The General" Armstrong filled this role for Tim Drake. As Red Robin, Drake had The General again for a while (this time masquerading as Anarky).
    • Damian Wayne has his mother, Talia al-Ghul.
  • The Iron Major to Sgt. Rock's.
  • The Sandman has Lucifer Morningstar and his sister, Desire of the Endless.
    • Death of the Endless has the Kindly Ones.
    • Lucifer also has his brother, Michael Demiurgos.
  • The Seven Soldiers of Victory have the Hand and Black Star in their original incarnation, in their modern incarnation, they have Neh-Buh-Loh, Gloriana Tenebrae, Mister Melmoth.
    • The Bulleteer has I, Spyder and Sally Sonic.
    • The Crimson Avenger had the Chairman of the Dark Cross, the Echo, the Adder, Methuselah, and Big Caesar.
    • The Vigilante had the Dummy.
    • The Star-Spangled Kid had the Needle.
    • Shining Knight had the Red Dragon.
  • Shadowpact had Doctor Gotham and the Sun King.
  • The Shade had Simon Culp for more than a century, until he was finally killed.
  • Shazam: Things get interesting here, and a little complicated. Billy/Captain Marvel has usually considered Black Adam or Dr. Sivana to be his worst enemy. Freddy/Captain Marvel Jr. considers Captain Nazi, who killed his grandfather, to be his worst enemy. Mary Marvel has Georgia Sivana. However, the archenemy of the Marvel family as a whole, and certainly the most dangerous of their foes, is telepathic Venusian worm, Mister Mind, who destroyed their hometown, brainwashed their friends, and murdered their cousin. Whenever Mind shows up, you can bet that the storyline will get darker, and Billy, Mary, and Freddy alike will take it very personally.
    • Shazam the Wizard has Blaze and Satanus, his Antagonistic Offspring who are responsible for corrupting Black Adam in the first place.
    • Osiris, the brother-in-law of Black Adam, has Sobek.
  • Starman had the Mist. Their respective children, who shared the same codenames, became archenemies too.
  • Steel has Skorpio, a former doctor who became a Psycho for Hire.
  • The Suicide Squad have Kobra, Major Zastrow, Rustam, and William Hell.
    • Rick Flag has Rustam, with their feud ending in a Mutual Kill.
  • Superman has Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and General Zod.
    • Lex Luthor is Superman's ultimate Arch Enemy and typically uses his brain against the Man of Steel's brawn, carefully avoiding any actions that could make Superman be justified in attacking him. To the point where only the muckraking Clark Kent, not Superman, can even put a scratch on Luthor. In Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor Jr. (son of a heroic alternate universe Luthor) eventually becomes convinced that one of the few things every universe has in common is that the resident Luthor and Superman (or Superman analogue) will always be archenemies.
    • After Luthor, Brainiac comes in a close second, being one of the oldest villains in the rogues gallery, and certainly one of the most evil. He can match Superman blow-for-blow, shows up constantly, is feared by all Krytponians regularly endangers the world or even the multiverse, holds a Kryptonian city hostage, and once killed Jonathan Kent. As one writer pointed out, he's the alien Superman isn't, an evil otherworldy invader instead of a messianic refugee.
    • General Zod is the Arch Enemy of Superman's father Jor-El, the one responsible for stopping his coup and imprisoning him in the Phantom Zone, with Superman inheriting the grudge. Following Superman's defeat of Zod in Last Son and the events of New Krypton, the rivalry turns very personal for the both of them, and along with Luthor and Brainiac, he's one of the few beings that Superman genuinely hates.
    • Kal-L, the Golden Age Superman, has Alexei Luthor, Lex's Eastern European Earth-2 counterpart.
    • Superboy has King Shark, Knockout, and Match from his solo series.
    • Post-Crisis Supergirl has Reactron. Over the course of both her solo series, and the New Krypton crossover, the two clashed repeatedly, leading to Reactron's murder of Supergirl's father, her mother Alura's Cold-Blooded Torture of Reactron upon his capture, and the eventual destruction of New Krypton when Reactron blew up himself, the planet, and Kara's mother. For both of them the conflict was always personal.
    • Chris Kent and Thara Ak-Var have Jax-Ur.
    • Alexander Luthor Sr. has Ultraman.
  • Superman Prime possibly sees the fourth Flash (Bart Allen), the second Ion (Sodam Yat) and Kon-El, the cloned Superboy as his archenemies. Prime's new enemies, the Legion of Super Heroes might think so, too, bringing back all three heroes (two Back from the Dead, in fact) to combat Prime.
  • Swamp Thing has Anton Arcane, his most persistent enemy, who at least deserves credit for simply not staying dead.
  • Tasmanian Devil has Queen Bee. Queen Bee brainwashed his allies, the Global Guardians into serving her, including his close friend Tuatura.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Deathstroke the Terminator is Robin/Nightwing's Arch Enemy. Of all the Titans, Slade hated Dick Grayson the most. Whenever Slade and Grayson were in the same fight, regardless of how many others were involved, they nearly always went after each other. This animosity was ramped up immensely when Slade orchestrated the destruction of Blüdhaven, Nightwing's "Gotham" so to speak, and, when he, even more recently, cybernetically hijacked Damian Wayne's body in an attempt to kill Grayson. Deathstroke also harbors a grudge against Grayson for "stealing his kids" from him. Deathstroke is also to the Teen Titans as a whole. Now the Titans have gone through tons of Big Bads, and let's face it, Slade isn't the biggest or baddest. But he is the most persistent and most personal enemy the team has ever faced.
    • Trigon to his daughter, Raven. He'd also finish in second place for the team as a whole, since besides Slade, there's nobody the Titans hate or fear more than Trigon, and nobody period who outdoes him in threat level.
    • Cyborg had Brother Blood. In the New 52 he has Grid.
    • Beast Boy has Terra, his Psycho Ex-Girlfriend turned traitor.
    • Starfire has her sister Blackfire, though they're on better terms now.
    • Miss Martian has Sun Girl. Sun Girl claims Miss Martian will bring doom to the future that she hails from, so she must kill her to prevent it from happening. But she also claims that she and Inertia have also made Miss Martian their slave to torment. It's implied that because of whatever Miss Martian did, White Martians in the future were now treated as slaves, and Deborah was more or less Miss Martian's owner.
    • Rose Wilson despises her father, Deathstroke, for orchestrating her adopted family's murder and for implanting kryptonite in her body, which would have eventually killed her if Nightwing hadn't warned her in time.
  • Vandal Savage is primarily this to the Immortal Man and later to the Resurrection Man. He'd also finish very highly on the JLA and JSA's hit lists, and has, over the course of his immortal life, pursued vendettas against Green Lantern, Flash, Damage, the Ray, and Rip Hunter, to name only a few.
  • Vixen had Aku Kwesi, the murderer of her mother.
  • The Warlord has the evil sorcerer Deimos.
  • The first Waverider has Monarch in Armageddon 2001, and the second Waverider has Extant in Zero Hour!.
  • Wildcat has the second Tigress, Paula Brooks.
  • Wonder Woman's is generally Cheetah or Circe, depending on who's writing. Ares gets in on the act too. He was, after all, her original Golden Age arch enemy, and is the biggest bad in her rogues gallery. As of Flashpoint Hera may be stepping into the role.
    • Cheetah is the most memorable arch-nemesis to Wonder Woman for many reasons: throughout her incarnations, she's either jealous of Wonder Woman or powered by her own greed. In short, Cheetah is the tomboy to Wonder Woman's girly girl. Cheetah thinks like a man and is the opposite of what Wonder Woman stands for: the ideology of femininity.
    • Diana's sister, Donna Troy, gained one in Dark Angel by accident. Dark Angel wanted to get revenge for her defeat by Hippolyta by abducting her daughter and making her live through a thousand lifetimes ending in tragedy. But Donna, who was identical to Diana, was grabbed by mistake. Even after the mix-up was cleared, Dark Angel forgot her beef with Hippolyta and is now focused on making Donna's life as miserable as she can, which is not helped by knowing Dark Angel is the Donna of a dead alternate Earth.
    • Hippolyta also has Circe, who brainwashed her on multiple occasions. Hippolyta also had Hercules, who once betrayed her trust and raped and enslaved her and her fellow Amazons. Dark Angel also qualifies, since Hippolyta battled her on many occasions.
    • Artemis had the White Magician, Dalkriig-Hath, and Mister Smyth.
  • Young Justice has Harm.
  • Zatanna has Brother Night. Her father, Zatara, had the first Tigress.

Marvel
  • Adam Warlock has Thanos, the Magus, and the In-Betweener.
  • Agent 13 has Dr. Faustus.
  • Alpha Flight has the Master of the World and Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon.
    • Aurora has the Director and Headlok.
    • Guardian has the Master of the World and Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon.
    • Marrina has the Master of the World.
    • Sasquatch has Wild Child and Wendigo.
    • Shaman has Ranark.
    • Snowbird has Pestilence.
    • Vindicator has Scramble.
  • Angela has Hela, who imprisoned the soul of her lover, Sera.
  • Ant-Man's is Ultron, the rogue robot he created. Though the villain he's most likely to face by himself is probably Whirlwind. Since Ultron's programming is based on Ant-Man's own thought patterns, this also means that Ant-Man is his own worst enemy. Used to be Egghead...but he died.
    • Despite this, Ultron is primarily the archenemy of the Avengers as a whole, rather than just Ant-Man personally. Ant-Man does take it personally for the aforementioned reasons, though, so it's definitely an interesting play on the trope because of that. Storylines where the Avengers take on Ultron tend to be some of the most personal and traumatic experiences as well.
  • Anya Corazón has Amun.
  • As with the Brotherhood being the collective Arch Enemy of the X-Men, The Avengers have the Masters of Evil.
    • Jocasta has Ultron because he created her to be his mate, only for her to rebel against him and join the Avengers.
    • Kang the Conqueror would take the number two spot on the Avengers hit list, right below Ultron.
    • The Avengers Academy has Jeremy Briggs. Briggs is everything they fear becoming wrapped up in a package of being everything they also want.
    • The Avengers Arena survivors had Arcade.
    • The West Coast Avengers have Master Pandemonium.
    • The Young Avengers have Mother.
      • Hulkling has Super-Skrull and Chrell.
      • Wiccan feels a sense of personal responsibility to stopping Mother, because he accidentally summonined Mother into his dimension.
  • Beta Ray Bill at first had Surtur, who destroyed his people, but in later comics it's Galactus. And unlike the other countless billions that have sworn to destroy the Devourer of Worlds, Bill is a genuine threat to him.
  • Betty Ross shares Hulk's archenemy list, with her hatred of Abomination and the Leader being near as personal as his own.
  • The Black Knight has Mordred and Exodus.
  • The Black Panther has Klaw, who murdered his father, and M'Baku the Man-Ape, his Evil Counterpart and rival for power within Wakanda.
  • Black Widow has Yelena Belova and Iron Maiden, Russian spies who are jealous of being trapped in Black Widow's shadow.
  • Blade has Count Dracula and Deacon Frost.
  • Blue Marvel had the Anti-Man, his Evil Former Friend. The feud lasted decades before Anti-Man was finally killed.
  • Captain America has the Red Skull (one of the oldest villains) and the Barons Zemo (both the father and son). In Ultimate Marvel, he has Herr Kleiser.
  • Baron Wolfgang von Strucker has served this to Nick Fury. Makes sense seeing as he's the leader of HYDRA.
  • Captain Britain has the Fury, and its creator, Mad Jim Jaspers.
    • Meggan had Mad Jim Jaspers has well, because he seperated her from her father permanently by placing them in concentration camps. Meggan also had Sat-Yr-9, who screwed with her relationship with Brian and tried to have her killed.
  • Captain Mar-Vell had Thanos. Although Thanos did double duty as Adam Warlock's arch enemy, too. And he screwed with the Silver Surfer pretty seriously, too. After arcs like Infinity Gauntlet and other stories on that scale a case could be made that Thanos is the Arch Enemy of the Marvel Universe.
  • Captain Universe has Chaos, King of the Whirldemons.
  • Cloak & Dagger have Shriek and D'Spayre.
  • Cosmic Entities:
    • The One-Above-All has Lucifer.
    • The Living Tribunal had Ereshkigal and Protégé. Ereshkigal was a Devinat Went Mad From The Revelation when she learned about the existence of the Living Tribunal, and devoted her existance to freeing the Multiverse from the Living Tribunal's governance. She eventually accumulated enough power to challenge the Living Tribunal, who agreed to a contest of champions between them once he realized that a battle between the two could destroy the Multiverse. Meanwhile, Protégé managed to copy the powers of the Living Tribunal, nearly usurping its place in Marvel's cosmology before the Living Tribunal defeats and absorbs Protégé to prevent him from endangering all realities again.
    • Death has Walker.
    • Eternity has Death and Abraxas.
    • Infinity has Oblivion.
    • Lord Chaos and Master Order have the In-Betweener, their nominal servant who keeps defying them.
    • The Stranger has the Overmind.
    • The Watchers have the Celestials.
  • Daimon Hellstrom has his father, Marduk Kurios.
  • Daredevil has three modern day contenders.
    • Bullseye. A Psycho for Hire who typically acts as The Dragon to Kingpin, Bullseye's killed two of Matt Murdock's girlfriends, tried to kill his wife, Milla, and has generally dedicated himself to making Matt's life as hellish as possible; he's also inspired the likes of Lady Bullseye. In return, Matt wants Bullseye dead, and is willing to violate Thou Shalt Not Kill for him in a way he will for nobody else.
    • The Kingpin (who would also be an impressive fourth place on Spidey's Arch Enemy list, as well as a contender for The Punisher's). As the ultimate gang boss, everything that Daredevil fights against can be traced back to him, and he's orchestrated several collapses of Matt's life, during "Born Again", "Devil In Cell Block D" and various other arcs, hurting him worse than anyone else ever has. As practically the deuteragonist of the series, Kingpin will always be a part of Matt Murdock's life for better or worse, a fact that his late wife Vanessa, comments on in-series.
    • The ninja clan known as The Hand collectively fill the third slot on Matt's hit parade. They're among his most persistent enemies, many of his major foes (Elektra, Lady Bullseye, Kingpin) have either worked for them or tried to gain control of them at one point or another, they're the ultimate adversaries of his mentor, Stick, and worst of all, they want Matt to be their new leader. It's hard to get more personal than that.
    • Originally, as written by Stan Lee, it was the Owl. These days, he's reduced to second-string status; while still dangerous he just doesn't carry the emotional weight that Bullseye, Kingpin, and The Hand do.
  • Darkhawk
    • Mob boss Phillip Bazin, later replaced by Dargin Bokk, creator of the Darkhawk armor.
    • And now replaced by Talon and possibly the whole Fraternity of Rapors, real creators of his armor.
  • Deadpool has T-Ray, Ajax, Dr. Killbrew, and Black Swan.
    • As of his 2015 series, Madcap also fills this role. He's even crazier than Wade, has a much better healing factor than Wade, and has a deep personal hatred of Wade after an incident with Thor ended with him merged with Wade's mind (he was the white text box). The experience harmed Madcap in a way he never felt before and left him obsessed with completely destroying Deadpool's life and loved ones.
  • The Defenders have Dormammu, Nebulon, Gorilla-Man, and the Dragon of the Moon.
    • Moondragon has the Dragon of the Moon.
    • Nighthawk had Nebulon and the Squadron Sinister.
    • Valkyrie has the Enchantress, who once trapped her essence inside a soul crystal, kept her there for centuries, and used Valkyrie's superior physical abilities for herself, or to enhance her pawns.
  • Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy had Seven-Scars and the Prime Computer.
  • Doctor Strange used to have Baron Mordo. The Dread Dormammu later usurped this role and has firmly cemented himself as Strange's most personal enemy.
    • The Ancient One had Kaluu. The two had been enemies for centuries.
    • Clea has her mother, Umar.
    • Oshtur and the Vishanti have Chthon. They made it their mission to never let him win.
    • Wong has Urthona and the Shadowqueen.
  • Elektra has Kirigi.
  • The Exiles have Proteus and Hyperion.
    • Morph had Proteus for possessing his body for an extended period of time.
  • The Falcon shares the Red Skull with Captain America. After all, the Red Skull gave Falcon his powers in a bid to defeat Captain America, only for Falcon to defect to Cap's side help him thwart the Red Skull multiple times. The Red Skull also created the Falcon's "Snap" persona and fake criminal backstory in order to mess with his head and discredit him.
  • The wrathful vengeance of Doctor Doom will never be sated! Never — until the earth runs red with the blood of that accursed REED RICHARDS!!.
    • The rest of the Fantastic Four as well, to a lesser extent. After he crushed Doom's hands, the Thing also jumped pretty high on his list. Doom also has a villainous crush on the Invisible Woman, but also fears her as the team's most powerful member. As for the Human Torch, Doom once imprisoned him in the sun after gaining god-like powers.
    • Galactus is a close second. Not only were Fantastic Four were the first mortals to defeat and intimidate Galactus, but they also freed Galactus's Herald, the Silver Surfer, from his control.
    • Franklin Richards and Onslaught. Onslaught kidnapped Franklin, absorbed his powers, and murdered his family. When Onslaught was brought back to like, his first move was to attempt to murder Franklin by possessing the Human Torch.
    • Valeria Richards has a grudge against Annihilus for killing her uncle.
    • Uatu the Watcher has Galactus, Aron, and Abraxas.
  • Flash Thompson has Jack O'Lantern and the Crime Master.
  • The Fabulous Frog-Man is a Super Zero wearing the Power Armor of his father (Daredevil villain Leap Frog) which he cannot control so he just bounces around aimlessly and sometimes gets lucky. The White Rabbit is a ditzy Harmless Villainess that read too much Alice in Wonderland when she was a little girl and now dresses like a Playboy Bunny and pretends to be a Super Villainess despite having no powers or skills. They became each other’s arch-enemies because they are so pathetic nobody else would take them seriously.
  • Gamora has Thanos, the Magus, and Nebula.
  • Drax the Destroyer has Thanos.
  • The Johnny Blaze/Zarathos incarnation of Ghost Rider's Arch Enemy is Mephisto.
    • The Danny Ketch/Noble Kale incarnation of Ghost Rider's Arch Enemy is Blackheart.
  • Gladiator has Vulcan and Xenith.
  • Hawkeye has Crossfire and Trickshot.
  • Matt Fraction's Hawkeye ongoing is seemingly setting up Madame Masque as Kate Bishop's arch-enemy. While it's for largely petty reasons (Kate tied her up and stole her identity for an issue), Masque has devoted an absurd amount fo time to wrecking Kate's life ever since.
  • Amadeus Cho has Pythagoras Dupree.
  • Heroes for Hire have the Master of the World in their first volume.
    • Misty Knight has Celia Ricadonna.
  • The Incredible Hulk has The Leader, The Abomination and Gen. Thunderbolt Ross. One could even make a case about Hulk being Banner's.
    • Doc Samson has Patchwork.
  • The original Human Torch, Jim Hammond, has the Mad Thinker. In the Golden Age, he had Adolf Hitler.
  • The Inhumans and their king, Black Bolt, have his insane brother, Maximus Boltagon the Mad, as their Arch-Enemy. Currently (July 2012), the two have buried the hatchet, with Maximus loyally, if eccentrically, serving Black Bolt. Afterwards, Vulcan and Lineage became the new arch-foes of the Inhumans.
  • Iron Fist has Steel Serpent, who coveted the Iron Fist power, and Master Khan, a sorcerer who has battled Iron Fist multiple times.
  • Iron Man's traditional Arch Enemy was The Mandarin, but he's faded a bit over time as the Yellow Peril aspect of the character is no longer kosher. Matt Fraction brought him back in big way during his run on Invincible Iron Man, however, nicely cementing The Mandarin's status as the worst that Iron Man's rogues gallery has to offer.
    • Seeing as thirteen different people have taken up the mantle, the Crimson Dynamo certainly is one of his most recurring and dangerous enemies, and has the best shot, after The Mandarin, of claiming this title. As a Communist holdout, the Dynamo also makes a useful counterpoint to Stark's capitalist ideology.
    • During the eighties and nineties, and up until his apparent death in the early 2000s, evil industrialist Justin Hammer served as the archenemy of Tony Stark. He was the mover and shaker behind "Demon in a Bottle", "Armour Wars I", and several other major arcs, and made repeated attempts to take down Stark Industries and their founder, all in order to increase his own profits. Hammer was one of the few villains Stark always took seriously, their hatred was definitely mutual, and in the end, his legacy lives on to this day in the form of his equally mad daughter and granddaughter.
  • Jessica Jones has Purple Man, a mind controller that kidnapped her years ago.
  • Ka-Zar has his brother, the Plunderer.
  • Luke Cage has Chemistro, who wants revenge on Cage for imprisoning his older brother, the original Chemistro.
  • Man-Thing has Thog and F.A. Schist.
  • Mockingbird has the Phantom Rider.
  • In his early years, Moon Knight had Raoul Bushman, Marc Spector's commander in his mercenary days. However he later developed a more fitting and lasting archnemesis in the form of Black Spectre, his Evil Counterpart who's motivated entirely by a desire to be like Moon Knight. Even when the first Black Spectre died, a new one sprung up with a similar motivation to torment Moon Knight barely a year or two later in-universe.
  • Miles Morales inherited the Green Goblin from his predecessor, Peter Parker. Miles also had had Conrad Marcus, the incarnation of Venom that killed his mother.
  • Morbius has Vic Slaughter and Simon Stroud.
  • For obvious reasons, Ms. Marvel can also be considered Mystique's Arch Enemy, in fact Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 #48-50 even refers to Mystique as Ms. Marvel's Arch Enemy. However, Moonstone seems to have replaced Mystique in recent times.
  • Monica Rambeau has Moonstone and Blackout.
  • The New Avengers had The Hood and the Dark Avengers.
  • The New Warriors have Terrax and Sphinx. The have the High Evolutionary in their fifth volume.
    • Firestar has Emma Frost and Empath.
    • Speedball has Nitro. Speedball considers his inability to stop Nitro from killing his teammates and six hundred civilians to be His Greatest Failure.
  • Rick Jones and Thanatos, his alternate universe Evil Counterpart.
  • The Sphinx and Nova.
    • Though it was short lived due to him dying before anything more could come from it, Nova had a very personal hatred of Annihilus after the Annihilation Wave wiped out every single member of the Nova Corp besides him on the first day of the Annihilation event. Shortly after, Annihilus killed his friend and ally Quasar in front of him. Nova made it abundantly clear from the event to his death that his hatred of Annihilus was very personal. At one point he even went into an violent uncontrolled rage when he found a small surviving segment of the Annihilation Wave attacking a planet weeks after the war ended. He ended up killing all of them in blind rage.
    • Nova also had Ego the Living Planet, who once turned to Nova Corps against Rider and had him stripped of his powers. When Rider regained his powers, he had Ego lobotomized.
    • Sam Alexander and Warbringer. Warbringer is a Chitauri warlord who tried to destroy the Earth because Sam helped his gladiator slaves escaped him. After being severely injured in a battle with him, Warbringer said he had only survived to kill Sam.
  • The Prowler has Nightcreeper.
  • Puma has the Beyonder.
  • The Punisher has Jigsaw. In The Punisher's case, "Arch Enemy" just means "enemy who's still alive". In the MAX imprint one could make a case for Barracuda for similar reasons.
  • Quasar has Maelstrom.
  • Rom Spaceknight and the Dire Wraiths.
  • Ben Reilly's, aka the Scarlet Spider, was Kaine...now the current Scarlet Spider.
  • The Sentry's Arch Enemy is The Void, which is his own alternate personality. Complicated.
  • Shang-Chi had his father, Fu Manchu, although his name was changed to Zheng Zu after Marvel lost the rights to the character.
  • Shanna the She-Devil has Mandrill, who murdered her father.
  • She-Hulk had Titania.
  • Silver Surfer:
    • Galactus, depending on the day of the week.
    • Thanos screwed with the Silver Surfer pretty seriously, too.
    • Also Mephisto, who hates Norrin for just being so danged good.
  • Silk has Black Cat. Silk has foiled Black Cat's schemes to unmask Spider-Man and infiltrated her organization as a mole for S.H.I.E.L.D., and Black Cat has defeated Silk on multiple occasions and hindered Silk's efforts to find her parents.
  • Sleepwalker and Cobweb.
  • Spider-Man has various Arch Enemies. Part of the reason this situation arises is that the Green Goblin died in the 70s and spent a good 20-odd years dead before he came back to torment his foe, which is probably the record for dead A-list villains to beat; it also means that Ock and Venom are arguably more famous, even though the Goblin is easily the most dangerous of the three. The other reason is that the Goblin, as Norman Osborn, suffered frequent bouts of amnesia in the run up to his death so he didn't even remember that he was Spidey's arch-enemy, which helped Doc Ock who was the next most formidable villain. Venom appeared in the 80s and made his chops by being in some ways a more personal (and visually stunning) enemy than either of the other two (that and overexposure). So essentially, Spidey has three arch-enemies because they kept replacing each other. However, since his return the Goblin has cemented himself as Spidey's one true Arch-foe.
    • The Green Goblin. Unlike most superhero arch-villains, he actually is the most dangerous foe of his enemy, possessing far greater resources and deep personal information (he was the first to discover Spider-Man's secret identity) that the others mostly all lack (though one could argue that, apart from Osborn killing Gwen Stacy, Venom was originally more personal with his invasions of Peter Parker's life). There's also the whole "best friend's father" thing.
    • Doctor Octopus: What Peter could end up becoming if he abused his intelligence and powers. (Peter was even a former student of his in the animated series). Also the first villain to really defeat Spider-Man, completely shattering his confidence for a while, and is certainly the longest lasting and most recurring. With the epic manouver Doc Ock has pulled he's arguably put himself on top of the list.
    • Venom: Evil Counterpart. Not only is he effectively an even stronger version of Spidey himself, but Peter's Spider-Sense doesn't work on him, which means Eddie / Venom could be right behind him without Peter knowing. Being bonded with the symbiote also gave Venom knowledge of Peter's secret identity, which Venom immediately used to scare Peter by harassing Mary Jane and Aunt May. Venom's initial grudge against him was kind of weak, but every adaptation makes it a lot more personal.
      • In addition to Spidey, Venom has Carnage, his son, as an arch-enemy, regularly setting aside his grudge with Spider-Man to take Carnage out.
    • J. Jonah Jameson likes to consider himself this, and is constantly trying to turn the public against Spider-Man, but Spidey considers him little more than an annoyance. J. Jonah Jameson's real nemesis was the Scorpion. Jonah paid private eye MacDonald Gargan to undergo an experiment that would make him strong enough to subdue and defeat the hero. The scientist conducting the experiment warned both of them that he "didn't know how it will affect your brain" but they went ahead with it anyway; true to the scientist's fears, Gargan was driven insane, becoming more of a threat than Spider-Man could ever become. Jonah has never even tried to blame this on Spider-Man (at least in any convincing way); after the Hobgoblin tried to blackmail Jonah about Gargan, the publisher has taken full responsibility for the villain, and to this day, pays for Gargan's psychiatric treatment out of his own pocket and orchestrates compensations funds to aid victims of the villain's crimes. And to make it worse for Jonah, Gargan hates him even more than he hates Spider-Man for what happened to him.
  • Spider-Woman and Madame Hydra/Viper, due to Jessica being raised by Hydra and possibly becoming the next Madame Hydra. She also had Morgan le Fey and Gypsy Moth.
    • Julia Carpenter and Manipulator; he murdered Julia's ex-husband, Larry, and was the Big Bad of her four-issue miniseries from the early 1990s.
    • Mattie Franklin had Flesh and Bones, though mostly through virtue of being the only recurring baddies in Mattie's predominantly Monster of the Week-based run.
  • The Squadron Supreme has Master Menace, the Scarlet Centurion, the Overmind, and the Institute of Evil.
    • Hyperion has Master Menace and 616-Hyperion.
    • Nighthawk had Remnant, Mink, Pinball, and the Huckster.
    • Power Princess had Master Menace, 616-Hyperion, and Lamprey. During her time with the Exiles, she had Proteus.
    • Doctor Spectrum had Quagmire, Shape, and Nuke.
    • Whizzer had Rustler and Bollix.
    • Amphibian had Lamprey.
    • Lady Lark had Doctor Decibel.
    • Golden Archer had Ape-X.
  • Squirrel Girl has Ratatoskr, and Leather Boy.
  • Star-Lord has Thanos, who betrayed him and forced him to sacrifice himself to stop Thanos from destroying the universe. Although Star-Lord survived, his comrade, Nova, did not.
  • Namor has Attuma. Attuma is constantly trying to usurp the throne of Atlantis from Namor.
  • Taskmaster is this to Ant-Man (specifically Scott Lang)... sort of. They've fought on many occasions and developed an incredibly strong hatred of each other, so Ant Man has come to consider him his archenemy. However Taskmaster doesn't share this view and is actually rather annoyed at Ant Man's insistence that they have any sort of dramatic rivalry; to him, their fights were just annoyances brought about by coincidence or money.
    • Eric O'Grady has Mitch Carson.
  • Thor has Loki, serving as Cain and Abel in a way.
    • Thor also has Loki's son, Jormungand. Thor and Jormungand tried to kill each other several times before Ragnarok in part to defy fate. Thor ended up killing the serpent several times, but it always returned for Ragnarok.
    • Loki's arch enemy on the other hand is Loki. And not always metaphorically either.
    • Odin has Surtur, who killed Odin's brothers and is one of the greatest threats to Asgard in general. Odin is constantly trying to prevent Surtur from causing Ragnarok.
    • Lady Sif has the Enchantress, who is jealous of Thor's affections for Sif.
    • Jane Foster, the female Thor, has Malekith, Laufey, and the Minotaur.
    • The Warriors Three have Fenris Wolf.
    • Balder has Karnilla.
  • Thunderstrike had Bloodaxe, a vigilante empowered by a cursed Asgardian weapon. His/Her identity is a major plot point in the series.
  • Tigra has Kraven and the Hood.
  • U.S. Agent had Scourge, Left-Winger, and Right-Winger.
  • U.S. Archer and Highwayman, his brother who has sided with demons.
  • The Vision has his creator, Ultron.
    • The Cancerverse Vision had Lord Mar-Vell.
  • White Tiger:
    • Hector Ayala had Gideon Mace.
    • The second White Tiger, a mutated Tigress, had the Man-Beast.
    • Kasper Cole had Nigel "Triage" Blacque.
    • Angela Del Toro had Piet Voorhees, the second Cobra.
    • Ava Ayala also had Gideon Mace.
  • Wonder Man has his brother Grim Reaper.
  • War Machine has the Advisor.
  • The Wasp has Whirlwind, her Stalker with a Crush.
  • Werewolf by Night had Doctor Glitternight.
  • X-Men
    • Magneto is Professor X's Arch Enemy, extending to the X-Men. They are often actually friendly enemies.
    • Professor X also has his stepbrother The Juggernaut, and his Evil Twin and Enemy Without Cassandra Nova.
    • Angel has Cameron Hodge. Hodge, on the other hand, was his former friend before he became an anti-mutant supremacist out of jealousy of Angel's powers. At one point, Hodge even had Angel's wings removed.
    • Anole and Belasco, whose demons severed Anole's original right arm.
    • Armor and Danger, who convinced Armor's friend, Wing, to commit suicide. Armor also had Ord, who put Wing in the suicidal depression to begin with by taking his powers.
    • Banshee and his cousin, Black Tom Cassidy.
    • Beast and Dark Beast, his alternate universe counterpart who kidnapped Beast and killed his loved ones to cover it up.
    • Bishop has Trevor Fitzroy, a criminal he is pursuing across time.
    • Blindfold has Luca Aldine.
    • Cable has Apocalypse, Stryfe, and Genesis.
    • Cannonball had Donald Pierce and Jetstream.
    • Colossus has his older brother, Mikhail Rasputin.
    • Cyclops and his family have Mister Sinister, who is obsessed with gaining control of the Summers bloodline, and has repeatedly used cloning and various other gambits to get said control. Scott takes this very personally.
    • Cypher had Magus. Due to his connection with Warlock, Cypher has had multiple encounter with Magus, and Cypher once even turning Magus into an infant.
    • Dazzler has the Enchantress and Mortis.
    • Doctor Nemesis has Bastion and Graydon Creed.
    • Dust has William Stryker. Stryker was determined to destroy Dust because he learned from Nimrod that she was destined to defeat Stryker's Purifiers.
    • Domino and Copycat, who impersonated her to spy on Cable on behalf of Genesis, who kidnapped Domino.
    • Elixir has Wither. Both were in a love triangle with Wallflower before she died, and have the opposite powers to one another. Elixer heals, Whither... whithers things.
    • Emma Frost has her psychotic sister, Adrienne Frost. She also has longstanding enmities with her former Hellfire Club colleagues, including Sebastien Shaw and Selene.
    • Fantomex has Sublime, Ultimaton, and Huntsman.
    • Forge had the Adversary, for whom he was trained by shamans to defeat.
    • Hepzibah has Vulcan and D'Ken.
    • Havok used to have the Living Monolith, who fed off Havok's power. More importantly, Havok has his younger brother Vulcan.
    • Hellion and Nimrod. Nimrod manipulates William Stryker into attacking Xavier Institute, which results in the deaths of many of his friends. Nimrod later fights Hellion and his allies personally, sending Hellion into a panic by inflicting wounds on his girlfriend, X-23, which would have been fatal if Eixir hadn't healed her in time. To add insult to injury, Hellion endded up losing his hands to a Nimrod in a later incident.
    • Hope Summers and Bastion. Bastion resurrected the X-Men's most dangerous human villains and sent them on a campaign to kill Hope, the Mutant Messiah. Bastion was eventually destroyed by Hope herself.
    • Husk had Emplate and Proteus in succession. Emplate once controlled one of Husk's teammates, Synch, into attacking her, which left Husk severely injured. Proteus once possessed Husk, which caused Husk's physical and mental condition to deteriorate rapidly.
    • Jean Grey has Mastermind and Madelyne Pryor. Mastermind once brainwashed Jean Grey (actually a duplicate, although the real Jean later absorbed memories of the incident) into becoming his pawn, and she left him catatonic after she found out the truth. Madelyne learned that she was a clone of Jean Grey and was abandoned by her husband, Scott Summers (who fell in love with her because of her obvious similarity to Jean, though neither knew she was a clone at the time, assuming it to just be mere coincidence that they looked exactly alike), when he reunited with Jean, after Jean returned from the dead. As a result, a vengeful Madelyne went insane and became consumed by hatred for Jean for ruining her marriage.
    • Jubilee and Hunter Brawn, the man who killed her parents.
    • Karma had the Shadow King and Empath.
    • Kitty Pryde and Ogun, who tried to brainwash her into killing Wolverine, and continues to haunt her a a ghost even after his death.
    • Lilandra had her sibling, Deathbird and D'Ken, both of whom are out to usurp her throne.
    • Mariko Yashida had her father, Lord Shingen.
    • Rogue's arch-nemesis is Mystique. Due to Rogue feeling like she's being used.
    • Iceman has Pyro, mutants with opposing ice vs. fire powers.
    • Lockheed has Ord, a Breakworlder who was disfigured in a battle with Lockheed.
    • Longshot has Mojo and Spiral.
    • Madison Jeffries has Scramble.
    • Magik and Belasco. Belasco turned Magik into what she is, and she has never stopped blaming him for this, and usurped him as ruler of Limbo. Eventually, Belasco's daughter took over this role for Magik.
    • Magma and Selene. Selene usurped control of Nova Roma from Magma's father, forced Magma into hiding for years, psychically tortured her on multiple occasions, and was revealed to be Magma's ancestor. Magma fears and hates Selene more than any other person.
    • Mercury has Predator X.
    • Mimic has the Super-Adaptoid.
    • Moira MacTaggert and her Antagonistic Offspring, Proteus.
    • Moonstar had the Demon Bear.
    • Nightcrawler and his parents, Mystique and Azazel.
    • Northstar has Gorgon. Gorgon is responsible for Northstar's death and the hands of a brainwashed Wolverine, and his own subsequent resurrection as an agent of HYDRA. Northstar also has Pestilence and Deadly Ernest.
    • The Phoenix Force has the Goblin Force and Le Bete Noir.
    • Pixie has her sisters, Lady Mastermind and Martinique Jason.
    • Polaris has Malice, who possessed her body.
    • Psylocke has the Shadow King and Matsu'o Tsurayaba. The Shadow King temporarily destroyed her psychic form, nearly killing her, temporarily forced Psylocke to sacrifice her telepathic powers to keep him imprisoned, and once tried to make her his queen. Psylocke is determined to kill Matsu'o for swapping her body with Matsuo's lover and brainwashing her. However, Tsurayaba is a Death Seeker trying to provoke Psylocke is to killing him so he can escape his annual torture at the hands of Wolverine, who wants Tsurayaba to suffer for killing his lover, Mariko Yashida.
    • Rachel Summers has the Beyonder, Ahab. Rachel made multiple attempts to kill the Beyonder because he was a threat to the multiverse, but the Beyonder made things personal when he gave Rachel a portion of his power, and proceeded to threaten the lives or her friends just to test her. Eventually, Rachel delved into He Who Fights Monsters territory and nearly destroyed the universe to free it from the Beyonder's influence. Ahab, on the other hand, was the man who turned her into a Hound, and after she escaped he fixated on getting her back.
    • Rockslide had William Stryker for murdering his schoolmates, including his friend Tag. He later had Donald Pierce for murdering his friend Wolf Cub, which impacts Rockslide greatly.
    • Sage had Elias Bogan, who mutilated her face as revenge for causing Bogan to lose his fortune in a card game.
    • Shatterstar has Mojo and Spiral.
    • Siryn has Feral, a former teammate turned villain who once slashed her throat, temporarily leaving her mute and powerless.
    • The Stepford Cuckoos and Quentin Quire.
    • Storm has the Shadow King. He employed her as a thief when she was a child, but was never able to completely bend her to his will. Her strength of character makes her his favorite target.
    • Strong Guy had Damian Tryp. Tryp once brainwashed Strong Guy into becoming a mole in X-Factor and murdering a man he was assigned to protect.
    • Sunspot had Reignfire.
    • Warlock and Magus, his Archnemesis Dad.
    • Wolfsbane had Feral, Catseye, and Reverend Craig.
    • X-23 and Kimura: Both were victims of physical and emotional abuse and lost the person who could have helped them recover, but while X chose to heal, Kimura uses it as an excuse to hurt others. Kimura is also physically invulnerable, so Laura is unable to defeat her in a direct fight.
    • X-Man and Apocalypse by design. Thereafter, a case could be made for either Sugar Man or Holocaust.
    • Generation X (specifically M, although he targeted the rest of the team as well) had Emplate.
    • The New Mutants had Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, Selene, and Donald Pierce.
    • The New X-Men had William Stryker and Sean Garrison.
    • X-Factor had Apocalpyse and Cameron Hodge in its first incarnation, Mr. Sinister and the Nasty Boys for the X-Factor Government Team, and Damian Tryp For X-Factor Investigations.
    • X-Force had Stryfe and the Mutant Liberation Front.
  • Wolverine
    • Sabretooth, as he represents Wolverine without any inhibitions, giving into his feral nature.
    • Later, Logan's son Daken.
    • A brave attempt was made to kill off Sabretooth and make new villain Romulus Wolverine's new arch-enemy, but it failed spectacularly.
    • Lady Deathstrike has also had a long career as Wolverine's secondary nemesis. Lady Deathstrike despises Wolverine both for "stealing" her father's adamantium, and for defeating her on multiple occasions. Lady Deathstrike even went so far as to upgrade her body wth adamantium so she would become a match for Wolverine. The vendetta is personal on Wolverine's side too, because she crippled Wolverine's friend, Yukio.

Others
  • Agent327: Hendrik I Jzerbroot's most dangerous opponent is Boris Kloris.
  • Astérix: Julius Caesar would be this, even though there's a mutual respect between the Gauls and Caesar. Caesar is often seen as a Voice Of Reason and above the pettiness of many of the prefects.
  • Comic Astro City: Samaritan has Infidel, who have both traveled through time to change history and thwart each others' schemes. They give up the feud once they realize that neither of them will ever be able to destroy the other, even if the Universe itself is destroyed.
  • Atomic Robo has the Nazi Baron Heinrich von Helsingard. Dr. Dinosaur may also qualify for Robo in modern times.
    • Thomas Edison for Nikola Tesla and, by extension, Robo.'
  • The Authority and Stormwatch have Henry Bendix and Kaizen Gamorra.
  • In their fictional universe the characters from the two British Comics The Beano and The Dandy are arch enemies with frequent jokes but at the other's expense and infrequent raids between the comics. This arch enemy rivalry has died down quite alot since The Dandy's revamp. Also characters from within the two comics have their own arch enemies as well. Dennis the Menace (UK) has Walter the Softy, The Bash Street Kids had the Blob Street Kids, the Three Bears had Hank and Grizzly Gus (another more evil looking bear who hasnt been in the strip for years) and Desperate Dan had Dangerous Dan Mc Groo.
    • This arch-enemy comic rivalry was taken Up to Eleven in the Fleetway comic Whizzer and Chips which was one comic which was made up of two comics and these two comics and their characters were archenemies with even more frequent 'raids' in the two comics than with the Beano and Dandy.
  • Blake and Mortimer: Blake and Mortimer often face off against Olrik.
  • Comic Book/Bone: Fone Bone and the Hooded one. Thorn Harvester and the Lord of the Locusts.
  • Buck Danny: Lady X.
  • Cerebus the Aardvark has Astoria, Cirin, and Lord Julius.
  • The Crow has Top Dollar, the man who arranged the murder of Eric Draven and his girlfriend.
  • De Kiekeboes: Balthazar is the most recurring antagonist in the series, though generally considered to be a Harmless Villain. Far more dangerous are Timothea Triangl- a Bond Villain who underwent a sex change- and Dédé La Canaille, a criminal who wants to murder Kiekeboe for putting him into jail.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Scrooge McDuck often combats the Beagle Boys. His business rivals Flintheart Glomgold and John Rockerduck sometimes function as his own personal arch enemy(ies) too. However his most dangerous opponent is Magica Despell, who threatens to steal his lucky dime and melt it in the Vesuvius volcano.
    • Similarly Donald Duck considers both Gladstone Gander and Neighbour Jones his personal arch enemies, though these are of the sitcom variety.
  • Mickey Mouse as seen in more recent Disney Mouse and Duck Comics has his own kind of dynamic with his two arch enemies Pete and the Phantom Blot. Mickey is typically more or less an Amateur Sleuth, naturally opposed to both of them as professional criminals. Pete is generally shown as a more crude but very experienced and enterprising criminal, whereas the Blot is a shadowy criminal mastermind. Pete is not completely evil and has been shown with a kind of affection towards Mickey as an opponent and is more prone to end up in an Enemy Mine situation with him, whereas the Blot is closer to being simply sociopathic. The two can even get contrasted in the same story, with Pete more human and the Blot more effortlessly smooth and evil. It's still Depending on the Writer.
  • Doc Savage has John Sunlight.
  • Ex Machina: Mitchell Hundred and Jack Pherson.
  • Both the Hunter Rose and Christine Spar incarnations of Grendel have Argent the Wolf, who dedicated his life to ending their killing sprees.
  • Gen¹³ has Ivana Baiul, the leader of DV 8.
  • Groo the Wanderer had General Taranto, although Groo is dimwitted enough that he often forgets about Taranto's vendetta or past attempts to kill him.
  • Nothing can compare to what John Constantine the Hellblazer has. Having Satan, also known as the First of the Fallen, as an arch-enemy is simply the worst. Constantine also has Nergal.
  • Grigori Rasputin and the Ogdru Jahad to Hellboy.
  • Invincible has Omni-Man, Angstrom Levy, Grand Regent Thragg, and Conquest.
  • Raven Red, an Evil Counterpart of Jet, is the only villain to appear more than once in Jet Dream.
  • Jommeke: Jommeke and his friends are often confronted by Anatool, the servant nobody can trust. However, he is somewhat of a Harmless Villain, seeing that Jommeke and his friends can easily thwart his evil schemes. De Koningin van Onderland ("The Queen of Onderland") on the other hand doesn't appear that much in Jommeke's stories, but when she does she is generally considered to be his most frightening and dangerous opponent.
  • Judge Dredd:
    • Judge Joseph Dredd has two Arch-Enemies in ex-Judge Rico Dredd, his Evil Twin, and Judge Death, his undead Evil Counterpart. Only the latter is also a recurring enemy, however. PJ Maybe the Serial Killer thinks he is Dredd's Arch-Enemy, but Dredd himself considers him just another perp.
    • Judge Anderson has Orlok the Assassin.
  • Darkhell is this to the Legendaries, and this on soooo many levels: he was the one who made part of them what they are now, was the first threat they faced, fought them for several years, is the most recurring antagonist in the series and was the most dangerous of their enemies until Anathos shew up. Now that he finally died for real, it seems like his self-proclaimed heir Abyss is taking the mantle.
    • Darkhell had his own arch-enemy, Skroa (though more of a Rival than an actual one) before the Legendaries formed, but ended up defeating him.
  • Lucky Luke: Lucky Luke often faces off against the Daltons.
  • The Micronauts and Baron Karza.
  • Miracleman has Kid Miracleman and Dr. Emil Gargunza.
  • Nero: In the early stories this role went to Matsuoka, a Fu Manchu like antagonist. Later Ricardo the Napolitan maffiosi became Nero's most frequent target.
  • Paulus de Boskabouter: Paulus the wood gnome has one recuring arch nemesis and that is Eucalypta the Wicked Witch.
  • One volume of Powers deconstructs the usual comic treatment of archenemies. It shows what were essentially the world's first superhero and supervillain. The two are immortal and have existed since humanity was still diverging from the ape, and have had a grudge just as long. When they meet for the last time in the present day, the hero, (who has a case of The Fog of Ages) demands to know why he and the villain have been fighting so long. The villain, whose memory is not impaired like the hero's, admits that he can no longer even remember what originally sparked their feud.
  • The Phantom: The Phantom is traditionally opposed by the current leader of the Singh Brotherhood; the 21st Phantom first battles Dogai Singh, and later, his daughter Sandal Singh. Other notable enemies include the mercenary Gold Hand and the evil President Lubanga.
  • Planetary and the Four, especially their respective leaders, Elijah Snow and Randall Dowling.
  • Jesse Custer in Preacher has Herr Starr, the Saint of Killers, and God. Yes, the God.
  • Quick and Flupke: Quick and Flupke are often confronted by Agent 15. Seeing that the two boys are brats your mileage may vary whether Agent 15 is actually the hero of the series or not.
  • Red Sonja and Kulan Gath.
  • Ric Hochet: "Le Bourreau" ("The Executioner") is this to Ric Hochet. No other adversaries come close to being recurring and a match to Ric's wits and skills.
  • Savage Dragon had the Overlord.
  • Scalped: Dashiell Bad Horse has Lincoln Red Crow.
  • Scott Pilgrim has Gideon Gordon Graves.
  • The Shadow has Shiwan Khan.
  • Sin City villains usually don't live past their initial story but Manute has menaced Dwight McCarthy enough times to count. Manute is dead now but he shows up anyway due to the nonlinear timeline.
    • The Yellow Bastard did go up against Hartigan a few times before kicking the bucket. We only ended up seeing two confrontations in the same story, though.
    • Kevin incurred Marv's wrath by killing Goldie, a prostitute who showed him kindness.
  • The Smurfs: Gargamel who, in the comics at least, wants to turn the Smurfs into gold. In the animated series he simply wants to eat them.
  • In Sonic the Comic Sonic has two Arch-Enemies Doctor Robotnik and Super Sonic, Knuckles Arch-Enemy is Doctor Zachary, Vermin the Cybernik is the Arch Enemy of Shortfuse the Cybernik and Tails' Arch-Enemy is Trogg.
  • Spawn has the Violator.
  • The Octopus is the Arch Enemy of The Spirit.
  • Static and Icon have Holocaust.
  • Strontium Dog: Johnny Alpha has his father, Nelson Bunker Kreelman, a racist politician who abused and ultimately locked his own son up for his mutation, and leads a Nazi-like anti-mutant movement.
  • Suske en Wiske: Krimson is the main recurring villain.
  • The Shredder to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage Publishing) and their mentor Master Splinter. Shredder goes down pretty early in the original comics. However the first issue clearly shows the backstory Splinter and Shredder have, that Splinter and the Turtles owe their origins to Shredder, and that Splinter trained the Turtles for the sole purpose of killing Shredder to avenge Hamato Yoshi. Regardless of how long Shredder was around for, he's still their archnemesis.
    • The Arch Enemy dynamic is played interestingly in the story. After Shredder was killed, the Turtles never really had another central enemy. A few issues show that the Turtles aren't really sure what to do with themselves with Shredder gone. In fact, in the City At War arc that capped off the original series, Leonardo argues that killing Shredder was more Splinter's goal than theirs.
  • Tex Willer and Mefisto.
  • The Tick and Chairface Chippendale.
  • Tintin: Tintin's arch nemesis is Rastapopoulos.
  • In Tomahawk, the British Spy and Master of Disguise Lord Shilling was the arch-enemy of Tomahawk.
  • Tom Poes: Bul Super and Hiep Hieper. Even though Joachim Sickbock and Hocus P. Pas are far more dangerous.
  • Transmetropolitan: Spider Jerusalem has President Gary Callahan, aka the Smiler.
  • Urbanus: Urbanus often fights off against Jef Patat, a sleazy trickster.
  • Usagi Yojimbo has Jei, Lord Hikiji, and Lord Hebi.
  • VForVendetta: V has Eric Finch and Adam Susan.
  • Vampirella has Dracula, the Blood Red Queen of Hearts, Lilith, Mistress Nyx, and Von Kreist.
  • The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes had the Governor, Shane, and Negan.
    • Michonne also had the Governor.
  • Warlord of Mars: Joshua Clark to John Carter, with their rivalry going back to the Secession War where they fought in opposite sides.
  • The Watchmen has Ozymandias, a former member that wants to save the entire world by destroying some of it. Originally, their archenemy was Moloch the Mystic.
  • The WildCATS have Helspont, leader of the Cabal and one of the most powerful Daemonites in existence.
  • Y: The Last Man: Yorick Brown and Alter Tse'elon.
  • Zagor has Hellingen.

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