Arch Enemy / Comic Books

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  • Adam Strange has Kanjar Ro and Lady Styx.
  • All-Star Squadron had the Ultra-Humanite and 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.
  • Anarky has Ra's al Ghul.
  • 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 with 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 Vandal Savage, the Ultra-Humanite, and 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, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, the Riddler, Bane, Killer Croc, Hugo Strange, Owlman, Brother Eye and, in more metaphorical sense, his own humanity.
    • 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.
      • Commissioner James Gordon also considers the Joker to be his nemesis, given that the Joker crippled his daughter, murdered his second wife, and tried to drive him insane. Gordon's Antagonistic Offspring, James Gordon Jr., also qualifies.
    • 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.
      • Nope, of the setting, Ra's may be a Big Bad, depending on the story. Of enemies, it depends on whom he recruits to the cause. Usually, it is the Joker who is the Big Bad of Bats' central rogues gallery.
    • The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot is one of Batman's most enduring foes, having battled him since the Golden Age Of Comic Books, and has appeared almost as frequently as the Joker himself. The Penguin is also one of the few Batman villains who is actually sane, and has become one of the leading figures of organized crime in Gotham City. However, the Penguin's Villain with Good Publicity image is so good, that Batman is forced to tolerate him.
    • Two-Face was once a great friend of Batman's, and is a personification of his failure. He's also got an ugly relationship with all of the Robins.
      • Dick Grayson was once outwitted and beaten by Two-Face early in his career as Robin, traumatizing him for years. Two-Face continued to plague Grayson during his career as Nightwing.
      • Jason Todd lost his parents to Two-Face.
      • Tim Drake first took the mantle of Robin to thwart one of Two-Face's schemes.
      • Renee Montoya had her life ruined by Two-Face, who outed her as a lesbian and framed her for murder, which estranged her from her family.
    • Poison Ivy is one of the few Batman villains with actual superpowers, and thus one of Batman's most dangerous enemies. Her eco-terrorist activities have plagued Batman since the first year of his vigilante career. Batman is one of the few individuals who can resist Poison Ivy's pheromones, even though one of Batman's most powerful allies fell victim to them.
    • The Scarecrow shares Batman's tactics of using fear against his enemy. Scarecrow has used his fear gas against Batman during countless battles, which took a heavy toll on Batman's already deteriorating sanity. Scarecrow is particularly responsible for turning Batman's childhood friend, Thomas Elliot, into the villain Hush, and was even able to discover Batman's secret identity. Scarecrow has also served as Batman's opposite number in various versions of the Legion of Doom.
    • The Riddler has been matching wits against Batman for decades, and is still on of his most memorable foes. Although the Riddler has suffered Villain Decay over the years, he was able to reestablish himself as a serious threat during the Batman Hush crisis, where he was able to discover Batman's secret identity and manipulate a large portion of Batman's Rogues Gallery, including the Joker and Ra's al Ghul, into attacking Batman. The Riddler even had Clayface impersonate Jason Todd just to torment Batman.
    • Bane was the man who broke Batman's back, nearly ending his career as a superhero and leaving him crippled for months. Depending on the setting and writers, he can be quite a challenge for Batman and no less dangerous than the Joker himself. Also, Bane honestly believes he's the one to kill/beat/brake the Bat, not the clown.
    • Killer Croc is one of Batman's physically strongest enemies, and he has nearly killed Batman on multiple occasions.
    • Hugo Strange was likely intended to be the Moriarty to Batman's Holmes, until The Joker usurped him in popularity. His initial plots involved rather fantastic devices such as towering monster men and "fear dust". He also served as an inspiration for The Joker, who appeared two months after his debut. Hugo Strange did not appear for 37 years after his intended death in Detective Comics #46, but since then, his appearances have generally involved exploiting Batman's secret identity and ruining Bruce Wayne so that he alone can be Batman.
    • Owlman, the Anti-Villain of the setting is almost as dangerous as the Joker and as much skilled as Batman. Currently there are two versions:
      • Owlman/Thomas Wayne, Jr., Bruce older brother from the Earth-3, who is essentially an anti-villain Batman. He killed Bruce on his Earth.
      • Owlman/"Lincoln March", implied to be Prime Earth version of Thomas, Jr. Proves to be a great deal of trouble for Batman lately. Period.
    • Brother freakin' Eye, Bruce Wayne's and Mister Terrific/Michael Holt's robotic creation/program to act as metahuman database and deterrent. Has gone full SkyNet/Ultron not long after achieving sentience. Proved to be quite a Hero Killer and a very big problem for Batman personally.
    • Bruce's humanity as pointed out by Kevin Smith: "the only thing that can stop him". But, Batman beats this all the time, seeing as his Self-Control and Self-Discipline overpowers all his fears, possible addictions and (sometimes) pride issues.
    • Alfred Pennyworth had Doctor Simon Hurt, who once had Alfred beaten, kidnapped, and tortured. To rub salt in the wound, Hurt impersonated Alfred's deceased master, Thomas Wayne.
    • 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.
  • 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, Queen Bee, and Ghost.
  • 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.
  • Doom Patrol has the Brain and the Brotherhood of Evil.
    • The Chief has the Brain.
  • Elongated Man has Dr. Light, Jean Loring, Felix Faust, and Neron.
  • Etrigan has Morgan le Fey and Klarion the Witch Boy.
  • Firestorm has Killer Frost, Multiplex, and Deathstorm.
  • The Flash. Flash varies from era to era.
    • In the Golden Age comics, it was the Thinker, who appeared more often than any other villain. 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 Zoom/Reverse-Flash and his repeated attempts to outright steal his foe's life, who eventually killed his wife. Wally West 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. Finally, Geoff Johns 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 also contributed a new Zoom as a contender for the role, another villain who was far too dangerous to join the Rogues. And now that Barry's back, it seems to be the original Reverse-Flash again.
    • Another candidate for Wally's Arch Enemy under Waid is Mirror Master II; much was made of his role as a second-generation villain "reflecting" Wally; he discovered the Mirror Dimension at the same time as Wally began channeling the Speed Force, and he was a member of Luthor's "All Archenemies" Injustice Gang.
    • Jesse Quick has Zoom and Savitar.
    • Max Mercury had Savitar.
  • 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. Deadshot and Count Vertigo can also be seen as this. Also, Deathstroke had a grudge of Green Arrow for shooting him in the eye.
    • Connor Hawke had Lady Shiva, the Leader of the Monkey Fist Cult, and Constantine Drakon, who murdered one of his friends.
    • 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 (even though the Red Lanterns have the potential to go on homicidal rampages if left unchecked). The Anti-Monitor also qualifies for the Green Lantern Corps, since he is using Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps to furthur his own agenda, and is a threat to the Multiverse if left unchecked.
    • Guy Gardner has Atrocitus, Major Force, Ranx, Joe Gardner, and Dementor.
    • John Stewart has Fatality, who blamed John for the destruction of her homeworld. Also Grayven, who temporarily crippled John. The Predator also qualifies, since he brainwashed Carol Ferris into killing John's lover, Katma Tui.
    • Kyle Rayner has Major Force, Alexander Nero, and Effigy.
    • Alan Scott has Vandal Savage and Solomon Grundy.
    • 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 Vandal Savage and 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. The Time Trapper is another arch-enemy of the Legion.
    • 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.
    • Duplicate Girl has the Time Trapper, Glorith, and Computo.
    • Element Lad has Roxxas.
    • Ferro Lad has the Sun-Eater.
    • Karate Kid has Nemesis Kid.
    • Mon-El has the Time Trapper and Glorith.
    • Phantom Girl has Glorith.
    • Princess Projectra has the Emerald Empress and Nemesis Kid.
    • R.J Brande has Leland McCauley.
    • Rond Vidar has Universo.
    • Saturn Girl has Saturn Queen.
    • Shadow Lass has the Emerald Empress.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Power Girl had the Ultra-Humanite in her solo run. Ultra-Humanite tried to steal her body.
  • The Question had Reverend Jeremiah Hatch, a corrupt preacher and the power behind the throne in Hub City. The Second Question, Renee Montoya, has Vandal Savage. Montoya carries the Mark of Cain as a result of their encounter.
  • 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 Vandal Savage and Dr. Polaris.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws have the Joker, Crux, Suzie Su, and the Untitled.
  • The Red Tornado had Amazo, T.O. Morrow, and Tornado Tyrant.
  • Rip Hunter has Vandal Savage, Mister Mind, and 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) and then Ra's al Ghul.
    • Damian Wayne had Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Professor Pyg, and Dr. Hurt.
  • 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. Freddy has Thaddeus Sivana, Jr. to a lesser extent. 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 codename, 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, Darkseid, General Zod, Bizarro, Doomsday, Mister Mxyzptlk, and the Ultra-Humanite.
    • 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.
    • Darkseid is a huge Berserk Button for Superman. Darkseid is by far one of Superman's most powerful enemies, has savagely injured Superman on many occasions, and has even brainwashed Superman on one occasion. Of all the members of the Justice League, Superman is the one Darkseid hates the most, and the feeling is mutual. Darkseid is one of the few villains that Superman won't hold back against and is perfectly willing to kill, and in Final Crisis, Superman is the one who delivers the fatal blow that destroys Darkseid's essence.
    • 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.
    • Bizarro is created in most continuities with the goal of destroying Superman in mind. He has been a regular opponent of Superman for decades, and has served as Superman's opposite number in various incarnations of the Legion of Doom. He is Superman's equal in power, and although he is usually a well-intentioned buffoon, his man-child tendencies, gullibility to the suggestions of more intelligent villains, and general blundering have caused him to repeatedly endanger the lives of the people Superman has sworn to protect.
    • Doomsday outright killed Super man in his first appearance, The Death of Superman. Doomsday is one of the few beings in the universe that Superman fears, and Superman is almost always forced to go all out when they battle.
    • Mister Mxyzptlk regularly torments Superman with his reality warping powers in any conceivable way he can think of. He is far too powerful for Superman to even consider fighting, and the only way that Superman can even temporarily get rid of him is by fulfilling Mxyzptlk's self-imposed rule of tricking him into saying his name backwards. Unlike most Superman villains, Mxyzptlk can kill Superman on a whim, but luckily, Mxyzptlk believes that would suck the fun out of everything. Although Mxyzptlk usually isn't murderous, he has caused a lot of damage whenever he stepped up his game, such as in the story, Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow?, where he served as the final opponent of the Silver Age Superman.
    • The Ultra-Humanite was originally designed to be Superman's arch-enemy - brilliant mind in a crippled body contrasting to the incredible physical might of Superman - but many of his traits were absorbed by fellow Mad Scientist Lex Luthor, and Ultra-Humanite rapidly faded from Superman's Rogues Gallery and became a more general villain for DC.
    • Kal-L, the Golden Age Superman, has Alexei Luthor. After Alexei's death, he was replaced by Alexander Luthor Jr., although Kal-L did not realize this until late in Infinite Crisis.
    • 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. In the Silver Age Kara's Arch-Enemy was evil Kandorian scientist Lesla-Lar who specialised in stealing powers and/or bodies and tried to replace Kara with herself more than once (she was also smart enough to decide she should kill Lex Luthor after milking their villainous partnership for as much as possible). Post-Crisis it was Superwoman (Lucy Lane). In the New 52 it is evil billionaire Simon Tycho.
    • Lois Lane also has Lex Luthor. Lois Lane devoted much of her career looking for dirt on Luthor's illegal activities.
    • Perry White also has Lex Luthor. After all, he is the chief editor of the Daily Planet, the only media outlet in Metropolis that dares to criticize Luthor, and he is the employer of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Luthor has made multiple attempts to shut down Perry White, and once even succeeded for a temporary period of time, but luckily for Perry, the status quo is restored and Perry regains his old position. To make things even more personal between the two, Lex once impregnated Perry's wife.
    • 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.
    • Cyborg had Brother Blood, Gizmo, Girder, Mr. Orr, and Ron Evers. In the New 52 he has Grid.
    • Beast Boy has Gorilla Grodd, the murderer of his parents. Also 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.
  • 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 Pestilence and Ranark.
    • Snowbird has Pestilence.
    • Vindicator has the Master of the World, Jerome "Jerry" Jaxon, and 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.
    • Ultron is the most prominent Arch Enemy of the Avengers as a whole.
      • Jocasta has Ultron because he created her to be his mate, only for her to rebel against him and join the Avengers.
    • Kang is also arguably the Avengers' Arch Enemy.
    • 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.
      • Noh-Varr has Norman Osborn, the Supreme Intelligence, Doctor Midas, and the Cube Warden.
      • 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 has the Abomination, the Leader, M.O.D.O.K, and Nightmare.
  • The Black Knight has Mordred and Exodus.
  • The Black Panther and Klaw.
    • There's also M'Baku, the Man-Ape, who is an Evil Counterpart to T'Challa for the White Gorilla cult.
  • 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.
  • Bucky Barnes has Baron Helmut Zemo, Alexsander Lukin, the Man With No Face, and Zhang Chin.
  • Captain America has the Red Skull (one of the oldest villains) and the Barons Zemo (both the father and son). M.O.D.O.K. also deserves an honorable mention; not only is Captain America the first superhero to go against M.O.D.O.K. on a recurring basis, but M.O.D.O.K. also resents Captain America for his physical perfectiom. In Ultimate Marvel, he has Herr Kleiser.
    • Baron Wolfgang von Strucker has served this mainly to Nick Fury, but also a bit to Captain America. Makes sense seeing as he's the leader of HYDRA.
  • Captain Britain has Jamie Braddock, the Fury, the Slaymaster, and 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 Brain 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.
    • Mar-Vell also had Ronan the Accuser, the Supreme Intelligence, and Yon-Rogg.
  • 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 Thanos 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. One could also make an argument for Nightmare, lord of the dream dimension. Another strong contender is Shuma-Gorath, since Strange was forced to kill both himself and his mentor in order to stop it. Also Chthon, who is the antithesis of the Sorcerer Supreme and the job exists primarily to fight it, and not demons, evil sorcerers and cosmic beings in general. Also, its presence is enough to slowly kill Strange, who has to either use magical shields by default or fight Chthon by proxy in order to engage him.
    • 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.
    • Rama-Tut is a distant relative of Reed Richards who once enslaved the Fantastic Four when they traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt. However, the Fantastic Four escaped and overthrew his reign as pharaoh, and Rama-Tut has been a recurring foe of the team ever since.
    • The Mole Man is the first enemy the team ever faced, and they have thwarted his plans to wreak havoc on the surface world multiple times ever since. Over the years, Mole Man has blinded the entire team, inflicted life threatening cranial injuries on the Invisible Girl, disfigured the Human Torch, and nearly tricked the Thing into helping him destroy California.
    • Annihilus, the ruler of the Negative Zone, is once of the oldest and most dangerous enemies of the Fantastic Four. He is responsible for the abduction of Franklin Richards and the death of the Human Torch. The Human Torch in particular has spent the equivalent of several years fighting and dying at the hands of Annihilus, who had the means to bring him back. The Human Torch eventually leads a successful rebellion against Annihilus.
    • Super-Skrull has enhanced versions of the combined powers of all four members of the Fantastic Four. He was given his powers specifically so that he could defeat the Fantastic Four and avenge the Skrulls' previous defeat at the hands of the Fantastic Four.
    • Ronan initially set out to punish the Fantastic Four for destroying a Kree Sentry, but it became personal when the team defeated Ronan by turning his own weapon against him. Although Ronan's master forbade him from seeking vengeance, Ronan spent many years training for a rematch. The next time Ronan fought the team, he was able to turn the Invisible Woman into one of his slaves.
    • The Wizard started off as an enemy of the Human Torch. However, he became an enemy for the whole team after creating the Frightful Four. Now he is currently focused of surpassing Reed Richards, and he once tortured the Invisible Woman. Even the combined might of the team was only able to defeat Super-Skrull by jamming the signal giving him his powers and sealing him away. Super-Skrull has tried to avenge his defeat by the Four multiple times since, and has even impersonated the Storm Johnny and Sue's father.
    • 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.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy has Thanos, Ronan, the Magus, Korvac, the Matriarch, and the Universal Church of Truth.
    • 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.
  • Hercules has Ares, Hera, Pluto, Mikaboshi, and Typhon. Hercules arguably had the High Evolutionary as well, because even though the High Evolutionary is not an official Hercules villain, Hercules once temporarily sacrificed himself to stop the High Evolutionary during The Evolutionary War.
    • 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
    • The Leader.
    • And The Abomination. And Gen. Thunderbolt Ross who was revealed to be the Red Hulk, bringing this feud to new, even more bitter heights. After the Fall of The Hulks story arc, M.O.D.O.K. has also become a strong contender for the title.
    • 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, had 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.
    • The fist Iron Monger, Obadiah Stane, was also a strong contender for the title during Denny O'Neil's run. Although his career as a supervillain was cut short by his suicide, Obadiah Stane was able to ruin Tony emotional and financially during his brief tenure. Obadiah Stane orchestrated Tony's return to alcoholism, costing him his company and his identity as Iron Man, before buying him out.
    • M.O.D.O.K. has increasingly become a major antagonist for Iron Man, in his role as the leader of A.I.M.
    • Maria Hill has Norman Osborn, who once stripped her of her S.H.I.E.L.D. status and declared her a fugitive.
  • 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. Moon Knight also has Count Nefaria.
  • 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.
    • Mystique also killed Ms. Marvel's then-lover towards the end of her first series. As for herself, Mystique may also consider the Shadow King her arch-enemy, seeing that he was responsible for her life-partner Destiny's death.
  • 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.
  • Quicksilver hated his father Magneto more than Wanda did, was disgusted by his terrorist activities, distrusted him even when they were on the same side, and constantly tried to protect Scarlet Witch from Magneto's influence. It got so bad that Magneto killed him in House of M. Fabian Cortez really, really wanted to be this as well, at least after his attempt to become Pietro's Evil Mentor failed. Exodus is also a notable antagonist for Quicksilver. Quicksilver is rebellious towards Magneto, while Exodus devoted towards him.
  • Rom Spaceknight and the Dire Wraiths.
  • Ben Reilly's, aka the Scarlet Spider, was Kaine...now the current Scarlet Spider.
  • Scarlet Witch had Magneto, her abusive father, Mephisto, who assimilated her children, Toad, her Stalker with a Crush and former ally from her Brotherhood days, and Chthon, who gave Scarlet Witch her powers in the hopes she would become his vessel.
  • 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. She also had Red She-Hulk for a brief period of time.
  • 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.
    • The High Evolutionary has always been interested in the Surfer's Power Cosmic and eventually siphoned it from him.
  • 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. Spider-Man can't normally defeat Carnage on his own. The fact that Venom willingly comes to aid Spider-Man shows that he must hate Carnage more. Either that, or he just wants to be the one to deliver the killing blow.
    • 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 Doctor Doom, Galactus, 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 has battled the High Evolutionary multiple times. Thor once ruined one of the High Evolutionary's experiments, leading to the accidental creation of the murderous Man-Beast, and the High Evolutionary later experimented on Thor's genes to create the New Immortals.
    • Mister Hyde and Cobra both have their own grudges against Thor, and the two villains have repeatedly teamed up to battle Thor and kidnap Jane Foster early in their careers as supervillains.
    • 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.
    • 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 Enemy Without Cassandra Nova. The Shadow King considers Professor X to be his archenemy, owing to Chuck dealing him a pretty decisive defeat in their first encounter. The Blob also hates Professor X, because Professor X decided to erase his memory after Blob refused to join his team.
    • The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants serves as a collective Arch Enemy to the X-Men as a whole, though they have generally been replaced with more and more frightening mutant supremacists such as Mr. Sinister's Marauders, the Hellfire Club, or the various henchman of Apocalypse. The Dark Phoenix also served as this for the X-Men, being one of its most dangerous and powerful recurring foes, having defeated the entire team throughout The Dark Phoenix Saga before finally being defeated by Professor X. The High Evolutionary, a former pupil of Mr. Sinister, also qualifies, because he has battled the X-Men on numerous occasions and once even tried to exterminate mutants to pave the way for humanity's evolution.
    • Angel has Apocalypse and Cameron Hodge. Apocalypse once brainwashed Angel into becoming his henchman. 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. Beast also has Cassandra Nova, who once user her powers to turn him into a mindless, rampaging animal. Beast was also tormented by Stryfe's unleashing of the Legacy Virus, as Stryfe knew he would be. Beast devoted years of his life to curing the disease.
    • Bishop has Trevor Fitzroy, a criminal he is pursuing across time.
    • Blindfold has Luca Aldine.
    • Boom-Boom has Cameron Hodge.
    • Cable has Apocalypse, Stryfe, and Genesis.
    • Caliban has Sabretooth, Apocalypse, and Mister Sinister.
    • Cannonball had Donald Pierce and Jetstream.
    • Chamber and Emplate. Emplate once captured him with the help of his manipulated ex-girlfriend, Gayle, only for Emplate to betray Gayle and bury them both alive.
    • Colossus has the Juggernaut. Colossus is one of the few X-Men who was able to stand his ground against Juggernaut on multiple occasions. Colossus also has his older brother, Mikhail Rasputin. Also, the alien Ord, who trained for decades under the belief that Colossus is destined to destroy his home planet. Frenzy was also built up as this during Messiah Complex.
    • 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 Cameron Hodge and Magus. Cypher was murdered bu Hodge's henchman, and upon being resurrected, persuaded Warlock to kill Hodge. Due to his connection with Warlock, Cypher has also had multiple encounter with Magus, and Cypher once even turning Magus into an infant.
    • Darwin has Vulcan, Krakoa, Tier, Nogor, and Mister Maru.
    • 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 Sebastian Shaw, Selene, Earth-616 Blink, and Adrienne Frost. Emma worked for Shaw before her Heel–Face Turn. Selene is a reminder of the person Emma Frost used to be. Blink held Emma Frost responsible for supposedly leaving her to die. Adrienne is Emma's jealous sister.
    • Fantomex has Sublime, Ultimaton, and Huntsman.
    • Forge had the Adversary, for whom he was trained by shamans to defeat.
    • Gambit has Mister Sinister, who was his former employer. Also his ex-wife, Bella Donna.
  • 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. Hellion also has Kimura, who sent Hellion into a rage when she stabbed X-23. Hellion even threatens to kill Kimura, and even when he decides to stick to his Thou Shalt Not Kill principles, he still punches her over a 27.3 mile distance. He later has Lady Deathstrike, who once inflicted life-threatening injuries on Hellion.
    • 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. Jubilee has also thwarted Sabretooth on multiple occasions, causing him to hate her almost as much as he hates Wolverine. Jubilee has also encountered Omega Red on three occasions, the last of which nearly kills her.
    • 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. And what she did to Ms. Marvel led her to leave Mystique's Brotherhood.
    • 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 Nimrod, Predator X, and Kimura.
    • Mimic has the Super-Adaptoid.
    • Moira MacTaggert and her Antagonistic Offspring, Proteus.
    • Moonstar had Selene, Hela, the Demon Bear, and Tarot.
    • 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 Emplate, the leader of the Hellfire Cult, whose members gave Pixie a savage beating. She also has Belasco, Since she was forced to give up a part of her soul to defeat him. She later had her sisters, Lady Mastermind and Martinique Jason.
    • Polaris has Cassandra Nova, whose attack on Genosha left her traumatized, and 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, and Sublime. 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. Sublime is responsible for killing Jean Grey, Rachael's mother.
    • Rictor has Cameron Hodge, who captured Rictor and tortured him to the point he became a Death Seeker. Rachel also has the Beyonder.
    • 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. Storm also had Callisto and Marrow, before their Heel–Face Turn.
    • Strong Guy had Cyber and Damian Tryp. Cyber once poisoned Strong Guy, leaving him in a deep depression. Tryp once brainwashed Strong Guy into becoming a mole in X-Factor and murdering a man he was assigned to protect.
    • Sunfire has Lady Deathstrike. Lady Deathstrike cut off Sunfire's legs, and when Rogue absorbed Sunfire's powers, Sunfire's personality took control of Rogue's body and severely injured Deathstrike in a fit of rage.
    • Sunspot had Donald Pierce and Reignfire.
    • Surge had William Stryker and Nimrod.
    • Synch and Emplate. Emplate once turned Synch into one of his vampire-like minions.
    • Warlock and Magus, his Archnemesis Dad.
    • Warpath and Styfe, who is responsible for the massacre of Warpath's reservation at Camp Verde.
    • 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, with Dark Beast being a close runner up.
    • 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.
  • Cosmopolitan: Spider Jerusalem has President Gary Callahan.
  • 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 and Judge Death. The former is a trigger-happy fascist enforcer of a post-nuclear future, the latter a psychopathic undead monster from another dimension who wants to slaughter every living thing.
    • 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.
  • 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, Jason Wynn, Malebolgia, Mammon, God, and Satan.
  • 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 Obi-Wan 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.
  • 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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