Characters: Captain America

Character sheet for the comic book version of Captain America.

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Heroes and Allies

     Steve Rogers/Captain America 

Steve Rogers

Rejected by the army during World War II but still intent on serving his country, Steve Rogers volunteered for a Super Soldier project that would give him increased physical capabilities greater than those of all but the mightiest human athletes. It worked, and once given a uniform and shield, he became a patriotic symbol in his fight against the Axis powers before disappearing mysteriously. Flash forward many decades, and a new generation of superheroes found him frozen in suspended animation. Once thawed he became a member, and later leader, of the Avengers.
  • All American Face
  • All-Loving Hero: At one point Magneto tried to erase his mind of all prejudice towards Mutants. Problem for Magneto: Captain America has no prejudice towards anybody.
  • America Saves the Day: All. The. Friggin'. Time. It's hard to imagine a character in Marvel(in COMICS) who's saved the Earth as many times as Cap has. The only one that comes close in DC is Superman, and Cap does it without superpowers beyond his human perfection physique, his developed tactical mind and his complete unwillingness to give up.
  • Badass: Better believe it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cap is one of the friendliest, most easygoing guys you'll ever meet. Granted, once you piss him off...
  • Big Good: For the Marvelverse.
  • Boy Next Door: Sweet, sincere, honest and well mannered.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Despite being supposed to represent the American flag, blue is by far the most prominent color in his costume, invoking this trope.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "A": Which stands for America (and not for France).
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Sometimes...
  • The Cape: He is probably Marvel's best capeless Cape. Cap makes it clear on numerous occasions that he doesn't stand for America as a nation specifically, but for "the Dream", to the point where he's willing to fight and die for his beliefs against his own government.
  • Captain Patriotic: Though he's a man of the American Dream, rather than the American government.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Captain America has spent a lot of time analyzing the data files the Avengers have compiled on all the major supervillains. No matter who he faces, chances are Cap already has a good idea of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Dating Catwoman: Diamondback, who reformed in part because of his influence.
  • Determinator: If anything Cap has can be likened to an actual super power, it's his absolute refusal to give up. Even friggin' Thanos has seen this firsthand.
  • The Fettered: Cap is completely loyal to the cause of good, his morals and his ideals. This is a great thing for everyone, cause he is indisputably the moral center of the Marvel Universe. Any hero who wants to do the right thing just needs to follow Cap's example.
    If you can't tell the Captain what you're damn well up to, then don't damn well get up to it at all!
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, most of the superpeople in that universe are the result of people trying to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum that made Cap.
    • In the regular Marvel verse, Weapon X is really Roman Numerals and is actually Weapon 10, and the Super Solider Serum that made Cap was actually Weapon 1.
  • Genius Bruiser: Part of what makes Cap so formidable: he backs up his physique and fighting ability with a sharp tactical mind and leadership skills. There's a reason he's been the Avengers' leader since the day he joined.
  • Gentle Giant
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold/Innocent Blue Eyes: Part of his All American Face look, and he fits both tropes to a T: he is just that good-hearted.
  • The Hero: Of the whole Marvel Universe.
    • Ideal Hero: Let's face it, Cap is the embodiment of Good in the Marvel U.
  • Holier Than Thou: Captain America's Black and White Morality can come across as this to other characters and readers in a morally grey situations. The "Incursions" storyline has the entire multiverse at risk and the only way to save two colliding universes is to destroy the Earth of one and if not done everyone in both universes dies. Despite all other possible options explored and failed Captain America insist this is not acceptable and waste resources pursuing the characters who were more willing to pursue this option to buy Earth time instead of trying to find a better solution.
  • Human Popsicle: Fortunately, Rogers' enhancements from Project Rebirth are a great rationale to make that still seem believable.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills — Cap can do anything with his shield besides make it stand up and bark.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: There is a reason why Steve's the moral center of the Marvel Universe.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect MeCap's shield is unbreakable and invincible. It also serves for both offense and defense, since Cap can throw it to attack his enemies from long range or beat them with it in close combat. Its unique alloy even makes it able to damage enemies that might otherwise be immune to physical harm-the iron in it is harmful to demons, the vibranium causes pain to energy-based creatures, etc.
  • Made of Indestructium: His shield is made of vibranium, proto-adamantium and an unknown third component. Not even regular adamantium can cut it.
    • After its destruction upon hitting the God of Fear, Iron Man has repaired it using mystical Asgardian metal Uru, making it even more durable.
  • Nice Guy
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup — Abraham Erskine, the scientist who enhanced him, was killed by a Nazi spy just as he completed the process. The secret of creating super-soldiers died with him.
  • Old Hero, New Pals: After being defrosted and having new adventures apart of the Avengers, this trope was reinforced by the fact that he had already lost his supporting cast in the meantime.
  • Precision Guided Shield — Needs no explanation.
  • The Paragon
  • Primary-Color Champion: Well, his costume is based on the American flag.
  • Sixth Ranger: Cap famously joined The Avengers in the fourth issue of the team's eponymous comic.
  • The Spymaster — Served as one in the Nick Fury mold after coming back from his death following Civil War, as "head of National Security". He operated without the shield and his iconic costume, and under his real name, as Bucky was already serving as Cap. It didn't stick.
  • The Stateless: In the aftermath of the Secret Empire (a conspiracy to take control of the United States led by a thinly-veiled version of then-president Richard Nixon), lost faith in his country and abandoned his identity as Captain America, adopting the persona "Nomad".
  • The Stoic
  • Super Reflexes: Not only can Cap always position his shield to block attacks, but even when he is chemically mindcontrolled, nothing can prevent him from reflexively moving his shield arm to block attacks with his shield.
  • Super Soldier
  • Throwing Your Shield Always WorksAnd how!!
  • Unstuck in Time — Was forced to go through this by the Red Skull in Reborn, following his apparent death after Civil War, to prepare his body for an eventual Grand Theft Me. It didn't work.
  • Weapon of Choice — His "mighty shield"

    James Buchanan Barnes 

James Buchanan Barnes

Formerly Steve Rogers' Kid Sidekick during World War II, when he was known as 'Bucky'. He was apparently killed shortly before Steve was frozen in suspended animation, but was recently revealed to have been captured, near death, by the Soviets. Equipped with a cybernetic arm and Brainwashed into becoming the assassin known as the Winter Soldier, he played the role of a villain until Steve brought him back to his senses and had him reform. With the apparent death of Steve, Bucky took the mantle of Captain America with the blessing of Tony Stark.

    Nick Fury 

Nick Fury

The Howling Commando. The SHIELD Ramrod. A 90-year-old soldier/CIA agent/spymaster/fugitive. Considered to be one of the good guys by pretty much every hero on the planet, partly because the idea of not being on his side is kind of terrifying.

    Sharon Carter 

Sharon Carter

The sister/niece of Steve's World War II love interest Peggy Carter, who works alongside Steve as an agent of SHIELD. The two have an on-again, off-again love affair, which is currently off due to her catching a bad case of dead... except, nope, it was a fake out, she was alive the whole time, she just aged ten years in another dimension and spent her time raising Steve's son. Consider it on again.

  • Action Girl
  • Action Mom: Nearly became one, but had to abort her child to avoid it being targeted by Red Skull's plan to resurrect himself.
  • Badass Normal
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During "The Death of Captain America". She turns out to be the one who killed him.
  • Career Versus Man: This used to be something coming between her and Steve, because she was keen on keeping her job.
    • Averted in the modern day, as she's not only happy to fight side by side with him, she also proposed to him, with no plan for either to retire.
  • Darker and Edgier: Was a bit of this when she initially came back from the dead.
  • Identical Sister / Niece
  • Killed Off for Real: Was considered dead in the comics from 1978 to 1995, but came back. Writer Ed Brubaker once commented that he was glad Mark Waid had resurrected Sharon during his run, or else Brubaker would have had to do it himself. Waid stated in interviews at the time of his run he was a bit surprised she hadn't been brought back long before. Her "death" was something Cap only observed on a recording in the original story, which in comics is all but a blazing signal that something fishy is up.
    • And as of Rick Remender's run, she's dead again, having sacrificed her life to save Cap. Time will tell if she comes back.
      • It did and she did.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Steve, at times.

    The Falcon 

The Falcon (Sam "Snap" Wilson)

Sam Wilson was a social worker before he was a super hero. After witnessing unspeakable acts of gang violence, he took up the codename 'The Falcon' and fights to keep the streets safe.

    Nomad 

Nomad (Jack Monroe)

Originally selected to be the Bucky to the Captain America of the 1950s, Monroe and his partner spent decades in suspended animation after the incomplete Super-Soldier Serum formula they used caused them to become unstable. After being cured, he adopted Rogers' former short-lived identity of Nomad.

    Demolition Man 

Demolition Man (Dennis Dunphy)

A former unlimited-class pro wrestler who befriended the Thing, Dunphy first teamed up with Rogers to investigate the Power Broker, the man who gave him his augmented strength.

    U.S. Agent 

U.S. Agent (John Walker)

As the Super-Patriot, John Walker called out Captain America for his ideals being behind the times. After the Commission on Superhuman Activities forced Rogers to step down, they selected Walker as the new Captain America. After Rogers was restored to the role, Walker was kept on by the government as U.S. Agent.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left arm and leg during "Siege".
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: For Steve Rogers
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Refused to believe Hercules and his pantheon are gods, to their faces. Somehow he came out of that one alive...
  • Costume Copycat: His iconic black U.S. Agent costume is actually the design Rogers used as "The Captain" while Walker was Captain America. Though one of his more recent costumes as the Agent more directly mimicked the classic Cap outfit.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: He began as a Darker and Edgier Captain America Expy, wearing Rogers' old "Captain" costume, but some time later Tony Stark made him a battle armor that shot energy shields.
  • Jerkass: He became less of this in Force Works. Later writers ignored this, and keep writing him as a jerkass.
  • Faking the Dead: Because his identity had been made public, the government set him up to be "killed" after publicly turning the position of Captain America back to Rogers, and "resurrected" him as U.S. Agent.
  • Legacy Character: To Captain America, before his Divergent Character Evolution.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he found out that Left-Winger and Right-Winger committed suicide as the result of the massive burns he'd inflicted on them.
  • Nineties Antihero
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Once infiltrated a hate-group called the Watchdogs, who were violently against gays, blacks, single mothers, foreigners and the like, and to his horror realises he had some of the same opinions as them.
  • Sanity Slippage: After his parents were shot to death in front of him. He eventually recovered.
  • Secret Identity: After being "killed", as U.S. Agent the government gave him the new identity of "Jack Daniels". Yes, they went there.
  • Smug Super: As Super-Patriot. And in general.
  • Super Soldier
  • Super Strength
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He does not have anything approaching Steve Rogers' fighting ability, but he is so much stronger and tougher that most of their early encounters left Rogers barely holding his own.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Got him into trouble as Captain America, first when he beat Professor Power to a bloody pulp, and then later when the Watchdogs killed his parents, he went full berzerker on them. Of course, this went along with "John Smith"'s plan to tarnish the image of Captain America.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Left-Winger and Right-Winger, former members of the Bold Urban Commandos (along with Battlestar) who worked with Walker as the Super-Patriot. The Commission didn't bring them on, only wanting one partner for Captain America, so they upstaged them at their public debut, revealing Walker's Secret Identity. When this got Walker's parents killed, he beat them mercilessly and abandoned them in a burning refinery.

    Battlestar 

Battlestar / Lemar Hoskins

John Walker's friend and partner, and a former member of the Bold Urban Commandos. Went by the title of Bucky originally.
  • Book Dumb: Starts out this way, but he takes night classes while not fighting crime and soon earns his GED.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: As Battlestar he received a replica of Cap's original triangular shield and was trained in its use by Taskmaster himself.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few people able to be in the same room as John Walker for more than five minutes without wanting to hit him.
  • Put on a Bus: In the late nineties, he stopped appearing with any regularity. He still shows up now and then, hanging around in the background.
  • Super Strength
  • Unfortunate Name: When he first partnered with Walker!Cap, he wore the name and costume of Rogers!Cap's old sidekick (then presumed dead) as a tribute to him. In real life, Marvel got a lot of angry mail from readers pointing out that the name "Bucky" had unfortunate implications note , and that since Hoskins and Walker were long-time friends and had undergone the Power Broker's augmentation treatment together, he should be presented as a partner rather than a mere "sidekick". Writer Mark Gruenwald (who was born in mostly-white Oshkosh, Wisconsin and genuinely unaware of the naming issue) quickly agreed, and lampshaded the changes by having an African-American guard at the Vault outline the readers' arguments to Hoskins and convince him to request a new name and costume from the government.

    Diamondback 

Diamondback

AKA: Rachel Leighton

A former member of the Serpent Society, Diamondback is a villainess-turned-hero, a SHIELD operative, and the former girlfriend of Captain America.
  • Action Girl: A pretty capable fighter.
  • Badass Normal: No actual powers, but a capable athlete with access to SHIELD's state of the art arsenal.
  • Dating Catwoman: How her relationship with Captain America started out.
  • Domino Mask
  • Heel-Face Turn: A lengthy one that took years. It's not until the end of Civil War and Siege that she's able to fully complete her turn around.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: There were other factors involved, but in the end Rachel's relationship with Captain America is the catalyst for her turnaround.
  • Hired Guns
  • Improbable Weapon User: Diamonds.
  • Love Redeems
  • Love Triangle: In Ed Brubaker's run she was still crushing on Captain America, who was seeing Sharon Carter at the time. Being a professional, she kept it to herself.
  • Meaningful Name: As a member of the Serpent Society she (weirdly) threw poisoned diamonds at her victims.
  • Odd Friendship: With her SHIELD partner, Dum-Dum Dugan.
  • Only in It for the Money: Was only out for the cash when she signed on with the Serpent Society.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Favoured them when a member of the Serpent Society.
  • Spy Catsuit
  • Villainous Crush: Had a thing for Captain America long before she switched sides.
  • Working with the Ex: As an agent of SHIELD she regularly has to work with Captain America, even when they aren't together.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink, dyed such to match her original costume. Her natural hair color is brown, which she sticks with as an agent of SHIELD.

    Free Spirit 

Free Spirit / Catchy Webster

A young college student brainwashed and altered into being a super-soldier by Suspiria

    Jack Flag 

Jack Flag / Jack Harrison

A young man from Arizona inspired by Captain America to become a vigilante himself, eventually managing to get superpowers and training from his idol. Later on, wound up getting imprisoned for violation of the Superhuman Registration Act. And crippled, as well. He then wound up with a really weird bunch of cosmic heroes. And for the record, he hates "cosmic stuff".

  • Ascended Extra: Appeared far more often in the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy than he ever did in Captain America.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Of Captain America
  • Badass Normal: What he started out as.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After accidentally ingesting some of Mr. Hyde's formula, he became super-humanly strong, fast and durable.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Was on the receiving end of one from Mr. Hyde, though he survived thanks to gaining superpowers.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared from the title in the mid-90s, reappeared in Thunderbolts only to get beaten up, crippled, beaten up again and thrown in prison.

    Ian Rogers 

Ian Rogers / Nomad

AKA: Leopold Zola

Steve's and Sharon's adopted son. Created by Arnim Zola, Steve rescued him as a baby and raised him in Dimension Z as his own.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Clashes with Sam because of this.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after Steve's grandfather.
  • Determinator: The major life lesson Steve imparted on him.
  • Happily Adopted: Dimensional separations aside.
  • No One Could Survive That: Because Zola created him from a kind of bio-gel, he can reconstitute his body from it. When Sharon shot him as a child, he fell into a vat of the stuff and survived. As an adult, he keeps a supply of the gel in his suit— which allowed him to survive having his throat slashed by Baron Zemo.

Villains

    Red Skull 

    Crossbones 

Crossbones

AKA: Brock Rumlow

Brock Rumlow was a petty thug and hit man, the lowest trash imaginable. Then he was recruited by the Red Skull, and became even worse. A frequent enemy of Captain America, he was the man that shot Steve Rogers at the end of Civil War. A huge fan of the Red Skull, Crossbones is near as bad as his boss, and is utterly devoted to whatever Neo-Nazi cause the Skull and his daughter are embracing this week.
  • Ascended Fanboy: A particularly ghoulish version of this trope, Crossbones was in fact a huge fan of the Red Skull before his idol offered him a job.
  • Axe Crazy: Crossbones is a threat to everyone around him, and takes joy in hurting others.
  • Badass Normal: A good enough fighter to keep up with Captain America, despite his lack of superhuman powers.
    • Averted for a bit while he was a member of The Thunderbolts, gaining some sort of energy beam power from inhaling corrupted Terrigen Mists. It appears to have been only temporary, however.
  • Bald of Evil: Sometimes.
  • Cool Mask
  • The Dragon: To the Red Skull. The Skull is the brains, while Crossbones acts as the physical threat.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Wants a fascist dystopia ruled by Sin and The Red Skull.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Clearly cares about Sin, going to great lengths to keep her safe. There's also his obsessive loyalty to the Skull to take into consideration.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Possibly. It's hard to tell, due to the fact that it's written, not spoken, but Crossbones seems to have some issues with the way the Red Skull raised Sin.
  • Evil Counterpart: Thematically, one could argue that Crossbones is similar to Bucky or Nomad in that they're both devoted sidekicks to the Skull and Captain America, respectively.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: He helps the heroes defeat Sin upon learning she is planning to use the the Serpent's hammers to destroy the world instead of only terrorizing it.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Just another angry street kid who ended up enrolling in Taskmaster's school for supervillains. He got a job with the fake Red Skull, who sent him to attack Arnim Zola and the real Red Skull. He impressed the latter, and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.
  • Guns Akimbo: Regularly.
  • Heel-Face Turn: A forced one as a member of the Thunderbolts. He went back to being evil as soon as possible.
  • Hero Killer: For the Badass Normal set. If Crossbones shows up it's time for you to start running. Taken to an unusually literal level when he fired the shot that killed Captain America.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Towards The Red Skull. He initially worked for Albert Malik, the Communist Red Skull, only to defect to the original when he found out he was following a fake.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Sin's tiny girl.
  • Knife Nut: Prefers knives at close range.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As big and as fast as you can get without superhuman powers.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Expresses the sentiment that Humans Are Bastards and deserve to be oppressed on account of that.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted for once. Crossbones is every bit as strong as his huge physique and heavily muscled frame would indicate.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at his costume.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Horrifically inverted when the Red Skull is feeling depressed and Crossbones tries to cheer him up by reminding him of all his evil accomplishments.
  • Post Rape Taunt: Poor Diamondback.
  • Professional Killer: Became a hitman after graduating from Taskmaster's academy.
  • Sadist: Like Sin and The Red Skull himself, Crossbones derives far too much pleasure from killing and hurting others.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears a skull mask and bone patterns on his costume.
  • Skull for a Head: His mask mimics the effect.
  • The Social Darwinist: Shares his boss' belief that the strong have a right to prey on the weak.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Got his start as a street gang leader.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: A Neo-Nazi skinhead before he met up with The Red Skull.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type III with The Red Skull. The Skull might not see Crossbones as anything other than useful muscle, but Crossbones worships the ground The Skull walks on, and has a full blown Freak Out when he dies.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Red Skull.
  • Unholy Matrimony: They aren't married, but Crossbones and Sin have a thing for each other.

    Madame Hydra / Viper 

Madame Hydra / Viper

AKA: Ophelia Sarkkissian

One of the leading figures in the terrorist organization HYDRA and a notorious international terrorist, Madame Hydra, alias Viper, is an Ax-Crazy psychopath and a nihilistic lunatic who frequently engages in attempted mass murder schemes that have no obvious benefit. She is associated with the Serpent Squad.

    Sin 

Sin / Red Skull IV

AKA: Synthia Schmidt

The daughter of the Red Skull and a washerwoman who died in childbirth, Synthia Schmidt was raised by one of his loyal henchmen (Mother Night, The Skull's occasional lover) after he was persuaded not to kill her for being a girl. She is just as demented as her dad, typically running the Serpent Squad on his behalf, and has been romantically involved with Crossbones. As of Ed Brubaker's run she has been disfigured, and taken over her father's role as The Red Skull.

    Serpent Squad 

Serpent Squad

A group of Snake-themed mercenaries led and founded by the first Viper, until he was murdered and replaced by Madame Hydra, who took over the group. Since then the leadership has changed hands from time to time, but she is still associated with the team. The most notable sometime member is Sin.

    Machinesmith 

Machinesmith (Samuel "Starr" Saxon)

  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He became Tony Stark's assistant for a while, but returned to his villainous ways shortly after The Crossing.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: At one point, Machinesmith wanted to end his cybernetic existence, but found that he'd installed safeguards against it, so devised an elaborate Suicide by Cop plan to have Captain America do it instead. It didn't stick.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: As Mister Fear, he was an enemy of Daredevil, but after turning into Machinesmith, he became mostly a Captain America foe.

    Flag-Smasher I 

Flag-Smasher I

AKA: Karl Morgenthau
Flag-Smasher explains his politics

The son of a Swiss diplomat who was murdered by xenophobic Latverians. He becomes an anarchist who hates the idea of nations, believing that they cause hatred and violence. He has since died and been succeeded by a second Flag-Smasher, who has clashed with Spider-Man and Nomad among others.
  • Badass Normal: A capable athlete, and master of shotokan karate-do. Though when compared to some of Cap's other enemies, he seems a bit lacking in this department.
  • The Cowl: Comes with cowl and cape.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Stopped one of his own plans when he discovered it was being funded by the Red Skull.
  • Man in White
  • Meaningful Name
  • Omniglot: Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Esperanto. The French, German, and Italian might be justified by growing up in Switzerland.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Inverted. Flag-Smasher hates patriotism, and wants to bring about an end to the era of nations.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Categorically refused Cap's offer of redemption, determined to stay the course until the end.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Thinks that a world without nations or divisions will be a perfect place to live, and will do anything to make that dream a reality.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to abolish nations and bring peace to the world, but he would kill anyone for the cause.
  • Western Terrorists: Operates as the leader of terrorist group ULTIMATUM, striking out at symbols of nationalism.

    Baron Heinrich Zemo 

Baron Heinrich Zemo

Cap's archenemy from the Silver Age, created in a retcon. Heinrich Zemo was a Nazi scientist who created an adhesive that was nearly impossible to dissolve. In a tussle with Captain America, his purple hood was glued to his face by his invention and he swore vengeance, eventually being the cause of Bucky's "death." Zemo survived the war and became active when he learned that Cap was back, coming into conflict with the Avengers and even forming the first Masters of Evil. Heinrich was eventually killed in battle, with his son Helmut succeeding him as Baron Zemo.
  • Archenemy: Was Captain America's during the first twenty issues of Avengers, and his actions continue to inform those of Captain America, Bucky, and his son, Helmut, to this day. His team, the Masters of Evil, were, and continue to be, the archenemies of the Avengers.
  • Badass Bookworm: For a guy who spent most of his life in a laboratory, Zemo's a pretty capable fighter.
  • Badass Normal: Zemo possessed no superhuman abilities, yet he could not only match Captain America in a fistfight, but led a group that included The Black Knight, The Enchantress, The Executioner, The Melter, and The Radioactive Man.
  • The Big Bad: Of the original Masters of Evil and any storyline involving them.
  • Cool Mask: His purple mask is quite cool. Good thing too, seeing as it is glued to his face.
  • Emperor Scientist: Downplayed. Heinrich was the emperor all right, but of a tiny kingdom deep in the South American jungles.
  • Evil Genius: To the point where even the Enchantress and the Executioner have to respect his intelligence.
  • Evil Overlord: Of a stretch of South American jungle
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Hitler might have been disdainful of experiments to increase human potential, but Zemo was not, as evidenced by his creation of Wonder Man.
  • Fur and Loathing: Became part of his costume after his exile to the jungle.
  • High-Class Glass: Zemo: Born Better reveals that he used to sport one before the mask got glued to his face.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Buried in a rockslide that was caused by his own gun misfiring.
  • In the Blood: Arrogance and a penchant towards treating others as the lowest forms of life are definitely in the Zemo blood. Heinrich's interest in human experimentation actually began with his father, who conducted similar experiments during WWI.
  • Killed Off for Real: Died in a rockslide during a battle with Captain America.
  • Mad Scientist: Was one of Hitler's top scientists, and had no issues with experimenting on political prisoners.
  • Nazi Nobleman: The twelfth Baron Zemo, and a high-ranking member of the Nazi hierarchy, second only to The Red Skull. He combines his belief in his own innate superiority with Nazi Master Race theory.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Signifies his status as king of a jungle tribe in this case.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the Red Skull before it was decided to bring the Skull into the present day.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: His death rays, Adhesive X, and other discoveries were far beyond what the real Nazi Germany was capable of.
  • Revenge: Motivated by a need to avenge himself on Captain America, who he blames for gluing his mask to his face.
  • The Rival: He and The Red Skull were rivals for Hitler's favour, control over other Nazi superhumans, and the title of Captain America's archenemy.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears purple in contrast to Cap's blue and red.
  • Those Wacky Nazis

    Baron Helmut Zemo 

Baron Helmut Zemo

The son of Heinrich Zemo, Helmut got his start trying to avenge his father's death at the hands of Captain America. He's since gone on to be a fairly major player in the Marvelverse, founding the second Masters of Evil, and the Thunderbolts, and walking the line between Well-Intentioned Extremist and out and out villain.
  • Anti-Villain: Sometimes verges on this, though it's a case of Depending on the Writer.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's a baron after all, and believes his aristocratic heritage entitles him to rule.
  • Avenging the Villain: Helmut's original motive was to kill Captain America because he killed his father.
  • Badass Normal: Has no powers, but regularly fights the likes of Captain America and the Avengers. He usually has a contingency that will allow him to deal with his opponent's plans anyway; it's only when these contingencies fail (as happened during his battle with Moonstone at the end of the initial run on Thunderbolts) that he's in trouble.
  • The Big Bad: Of his fare share of arcs, particularly those involving the Masters of Evil.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Initially.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: During his trip back in time, he ran into his father while the latter was gleefully doing mad science for the Nazis. Helmut had long since discarded any Nazi prejudices he had once had, and was fuming watching his father put down other races, the handicapped, etc. Finally he had enough and started beating the hell out of him while giving a "Reason You Suck" Speech. Quite the sign of Character Development for the guy who started out worshiping and avenging his father's memory.
  • Character Alignment: Explicitly described as "chaotic neutral at best" during Ed Brubaker's run.
  • The Chessmaster: Zemo has a plan for everything, and lays them out months in advance.
  • Cool Mask: Wears a tighter fitting version of his father's mask.
  • The Cynic: Has a generally negative view of humanity.
  • Daddy Issues
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Arranged the death of one of his ancestors during a time-travel jaunt, after he found out the man was a rapist and a mass-murderer who did it all For the Evulz. He later clashed with another ancestor when he thought he was harassing a girl (the two were actually in love, and he quickly apologised).
  • Evil Genius
  • Freudian Excuse: Raised by his father to believe in his inherent superiority.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Hideously disfigured beneath his mask.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Cannot make up his mind which side he is supposed to be on. He even once took a bullet for Cap despite being his sworn enemy.
  • In the Blood: The arrogance and the drive for control certainly are.
  • The Leader: Of the Masters of Evil and the Thunderbolts.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Zemo's very good at getting other people to do what he wants, playing on their emotions and desires.
  • Master Swordsman: Zemo's dueled the likes of Captain America and survived several decades worth of warfare on a time travel jaunt.
  • Nazi Nobleman: Started out as one, though he's moved away from fascism in recent years. Nowadays his goals align more with Dirty Communists.
  • Noble Demon
  • Purple Is Powerful: Signifies his aristocratic leanings.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Purple, to oppose Cap's blue and red.
  • Take Over the World: He insists it's to save it. Some people (like Songbird) aren't convinced.
  • There Are No Therapists: This guy is seriously messed up and would probably have turned out differently if he got professional help.
  • Unlucky Thirteen: He's the thirteenth Baron Zemo.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At this point Helmut's goal is to take over the world to make it a better place. That doesn't mean that he's not an Axe Crazy terrorist who's willing to perform some truly heinous actions for the sake of the "greater good."
  • Western Terrorists
  • Worthy Opponent: Sometimes sees Captain America this way, and definitely sees Sharon Carter this way.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He's good at incorporating the gambits of others into his plans, as evidenced by his deft manipulation of Moonstone when they were both members of the Thunderbolts.

    Arnim Zola 

Arnim Zola

A Nazi biochemist, Arnim Zola survived the war by transplanting his consciousness into a robotic shell. He is a regular associate of The Red Skull.

    Doctor Faustus 

Doctor Faustus

AKA: Johann Fennhoff

An Austrian psychiatrist and hypnotist, Johann Fennhoff is a Neo-Nazi and regular associate of Arnim Zola and The Red Skull, battling Captain America independently, and on their behalf. A poor combatant, he relies on his Compelling Voice to make others do his fighting for him.

    Batroc the Leaper 

Batroc the Leaper

AKA: Georges Batroc

A French costumed mercenary and master of savate, Batroc is a recurring low-level threat, typically found in the employ of greater villains.

    Baron Von Strucker 

Baron Von Strucker

AKA: Wolfgang von Strucker

The leader (and founder) of the Nebulous Evil Organization HYDRA, and a long-enduring foe of Captain America and Nick Fury since WWII.

    Superia 

Superia

Dr. Deidre Wentworth is a superpowered misandrist that originally opposed Captain America with the Femizons, and later went on to join Norman Osborn's second iteration of the Dark Avengers as Ms. Marvel. She is currently the Minister of Education for the Advanced Idea Mechanics.

  • Amazon Brigade: Superia's group of Femizons was this.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Superia's Dark Ms. Marvel costume was this.
  • Flight
  • Genius Bruiser: Superia's super strength and the fact that she's a polymath makes her this.
  • Hand Blast: Superia is capable of firing sickly green blasts of energy from her fists.
  • Hello, Nurse!!
  • Lady Land: Superia intended to create one of these, but was foiled by Captain America and Diamondback.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Marvel officially lists her under in the "Homosexual Characters" category.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She's often referred to as Dr. Wentworth, though its not clear what her doctorate is in.
  • Most Common Superpower: Superia is quite busty, and wears a black dress to show it off.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Superia is 6'6'' tall. Needless to say, she's a whole lotta woman.
  • Straw Feminist: Averted after her reappearance in New Avengers
  • Super Strength: Enough to fight Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) to a draw and to knock a large jet out of the sky.
  • Super Toughness: Was thought to have been killed by a gunshot from the Red Skull, but managed to take hits from Skaar, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), and Luke Cage.

    Taskmaster 

Taskmaster

AKA: Tony Masters

Has his own page.

    Porcupine 

Porcupine

AKA: Alex Gentry, later Roger Gocking

Alexander Gentry was an engineer who designed weapons for the U.S. government. Inspired by the porcupine and the sharp quills it used as protection, Gentry designed a suit of battle armor covered in sharp quills, many of which housed different kinds of weapons. He considered giving the suit to the government, but then he thought that they would pay him next to nothing for it and decided to use it himself as a costumed supervillain. Calling himself the Porcupine, Gentry started out fighting Ant-Man and proceeded to get his ass kicked again and again and again and again and again and again by heroes ranging from Ant-Man to Iron Man to Captain America. Reduced to a laughingstock in the supervillain community, Gentry tried to sell his battlesuit, but because of his bad reputation no one was interested. Captain America eventually offered to buy the suit if Gentry helped him with a sting operation to capture some members of the Serpent Society. Gentry reluctantly agreed, and was killed in the crossfire. Despite Cap's reassurances, Gentry died convinced that he was a loser, and Cap honored his memory by putting the Porcupine armor on display in the Avengers Mansion.

He was replaced by a man called Roger Gocking who proceeded to be just as pathetic as him.

  • Antagonist in Mourning: Inverted. Captain America was torn up after Gentry was killed, and he honored his old foe's memory by displaying the Porcupine armor and labelling it as belonging to an Honored Foe of the Avengers.
  • Butt Monkey: Brutally lampshaded to the point that Gentry couldn't even sell his armor. The most anyone would offer him for it was a measly twenty dollars. Ouch.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Besides being sharp on their own, many of the quills on the Porcupine armor housed a wide variety of weapons ranging from incendiary missiles to glue guns to lasers to hypnotic lights.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Gentry died helping Cap take on the entire Serpent Society at once.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Irony: With the sheer number of weapons Gentry eventually managed to equip the Porcupine armor with, it could probably have been a formidable weapon if the right person was using it. Unfortunately, Gentry was not that person.
  • Powered Armor
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started out fighting Hank Pym and the Wasp, moved on to fighting Iron Man, and finally settled down on Captain America's list of regular dance partners.

    The Corporation 

A mysterious and powerful criminal organization centered in America that employs many supervillains. Though not as well-known as groups like HYDRA or AIM, it's proven to be a dangerous and recurring force that Captain America and company have faced many times. Known for disguising their supervillainy like your average big business.

     Mother Night 

Mother Night

AKA: Susan Scarbo

Originally a hypnotist, Susan Scarbo quickly became involved with the Red Skull, both professionally and romantically. Unfortunately, this often meant she was on the receiving end of Red Skull's abuse.

  • Dark Mistress: Many stories with her revolve around her being Red Skull's abused lover.
  • Extreme Doormat: Red Skull once gave her a severe beating after she failed a mission for him and Mother Night begged him to kill her. Red Skull decided it would be more fun to keep her alive, so he could continue to humilate and abuse her.
  • Mad Love: Is completely in love with the Red Skull, despite his horrible abusive attitude towards her.
  • Master of Illusion: Her abilities as a hypnotist allow her to project illusions to confuse her enemies with.
  • Mind Control: Her main ability as a hypnotist.
  • Parental Substitute: After convincing the Red Skull not to kill his own infant daughter, Red Skull tasked Mother Night with raising her as a suitable heir. Its safe to say Mother Night had more of a hand in raising Sin then Red Skull ever did.

    Serpent Society 

Serpent Society

A team of snake-themed villains founded by the first Sidewinder, Seth Voelker, that regularly battle Captain America and his allies. The roster is constantly shifting. Unlike the Serpent Squad, the Society is usually motivated by financial gain.

  • Enemy Civil War: Viper's faction versus Sidewinder's loyalists when she took over the Society so she could turn the population of Washington, D.C. into Snake People.
  • Enemy Mine: The Captain and his allies helped Sidewinder's side in the above conflict.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Death Adder.
  • Legacy Character: Long after Seth Voelker retired, Gregory Bryan became the new Sidewinder, was given the teleportation powers of the original, and ended up joining the Society.
  • Only in It for the Money: The usual motivation for most of the Society's members. Even the Viper's confederates in her coup (except Slither) ended up staying on after she was ousted when they realized she was only in it For the Evulz.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad
  • Spiritual Successor: to the Serpent Squad, since Sidewinder had been a member, and there has been a lot of roster overlap over the years.
  • Weird Trade Union: Sidewinder (Seth Voelker) started the Serpent Society to provide a stable working environment for his fellow snake-themed villains, with access to better technology and better jobs, and while he led them, Sidewinder's teleportation ability provided a "Get out of Jail Free" Card.

    Bravo 

Bravo

An early super-soldier operative who spent decades trapped in another dimension known as Nowhere. After being freed he eventually became a villain, vengeful over being removed from his home.