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Rogues Gallery
With this many enemies, who needs friends?Clockwise from top center 

"I never realized how lucky I was dat so many people wanted to kill me!"

The Rogues Gallery is the cast of colorful and numerous Recurring Characters that show up to torment the heroes week after week.

Having only a single antagonist can work, but as a series goes on it can become boring. On the other hand, audiences can never get attached to villains if they never come back again. The Rogues Gallery is a middle ground.

For certain special episodes, members of the Rogues Gallery may team up against the heroes, forming a Legion of Doom. Just as often they'll fight each other. If the hero helps one enemy or group of enemies against another in such a setup, it's Enemy Mine.

Sometimes, a one-shot stylish villain will be so popular with the audience that they join the ranks.

Super Hero series, borrowing from the comic books, almost always have a Rogues Gallery. Of course, villains can and do appear outside their traditional rogues galleries, fighting heroes they don't usually face. Some even become part of more than one Rogues Gallery, with the Marvel villain The Kingpin being a major enemy of both Daredevil and Spider-Man. When this occurs to such an extent that the villain becomes more identified with the new hero, they become a Rogues-Gallery Transplant.

However large and varied the Rogues Gallery, it will usually contain at least one villain who is considered to be the hero's Arch-Enemy. There is also a good chance that it will contain an Evil Counterpart (who may or may not be the same person as the Arch-Enemy).

In order to allow the heroes to sometimes win against the rogues but still leave the villains available for re-use, the prison that they're put in will often be incredibly easy to escape from, or they'll feign having reformed so that they get allowed out, or they'll genuinely seek to reform and get allowed out, then revert to their old obsessions. Overall, members of the gallery tend to be protected by Joker Immunity.

It is also common for a hero's Rogues Gallery to have some kind of unifying theme that either reflects or contrasts with the personality, powers and/or origin of the hero himself. For example, most of Spider-Man's enemies gained their powers through scientific mishaps, and many use animal motifs in their names and costumes. Conversely, Batman's array of brightly-colored lunatics falls squarely into the "contrasts with" category, with a smattering of reflection given Batman's own borderline personality - but it's also composed mostly of Badass Normals like Bats himself. If all or most of the villains in the Rogues Gallery are linked in this way, then you have a Thematic Rogues Gallery.

While this trope is most prevalent in Super Hero stories, it's by no means restricted to them, as some of the examples below show. As long as the franchise has a group of recognizable, distinct antagonists who continually return to cause trouble for the hero, they count as a Rogues Gallery.

Compare Big Bad Ensemble, which is similar but refers to a number of major villains being active, and distinct, threats at a given time, and revolves around the threat they pose rather than the hero whose enemy they are. Contrast Monster of the Week, which is a parade of one-shot villains.

Individual members of a Rogues Gallery have a strong tendency towards The Gimmick, for subtly obvious reasons.

The name of the trope comes from the row of "Wanted" posters displayed in police stations.

Can overlap with Enemies Equals Greatness. Compare Enemies List.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • Batman is a standout example, both in terms of memorable villains and in terms of sheer size. Many individual members of the Bat-Family all have their own rogues galleries, too. Combine them all and you arguably have the biggest rogues gallery in comics history, with new members being added all the time:
    • The most famous examples include Scarecrownote , Two-Facenote , Poison Ivynote , Penguinnote , The Riddlernote , Catwomannote , Mr. Freezenote , and The Jokernote . Lesser known, but still highly important villains, include Hushnote , Harley Quinnnote , Clayfacenote , Killer Crocnote , Ra's Al-Ghulnote , Deadshotnote , Banenote , Mad Hatternote , Black Masknote , and many more.
    • Batman's former sidekick Nightwing has his own gallery, including villains that have plagued him from his days with Batman and the Titans: Blockbuster, Torque, the Tarantula, Nite-Wing, Double Dare, Hellhound, Amygdala, the Pierce Brothers... In a subversion, one of them is Shrike, an assassin Nightwing befriended while undercover receiving assassin's training. He thinks that he's Nightwing's worst foe; in reality, Nightwing doesn't even consider him a threat, on one occasion ignoring him and walking away while Shrike chased after him, trying (and failing) to hit him.
    • In Batman Beyond, Bruce Wayne's successor Terry developed his own set, including Blight, Shriek, Inque, Spellbinder, Curare, the Stalker, the Terrific Trio, Terminal, Mad Stan, Willy Watt, Big Time, Preston Powers, the Royal Flush Gang, and the Jokerz. There was even some overlap; Mr. Freeze appeared in one episode, Ra's al Ghul lived to face both Batman after bodyjacking his own daughter and The Joker himself came Back from the Dead to get his own feature presentation.
    • Lampshaded in Batman Beyond; when Terry and Bruce first encounter Shriek, the following exchange takes place:
    Terry: You know this guy?
    Bruce: Sorry, not one of mine.
  • Superman includes earthly villains like Lex Luthor, Metallo, Bizarro, Ultraman, Parasite, Prankster, Toyman, Silver Banshee, Cyborg-Superman, and Intergang, as well as alien foes like Brainiac, Zod, Darkseid, Mongul, Doomsday, and Mister Mxyzptlk.
    • The producers of Superman: The Animated Series felt this gallery was really limited; they resorted to using Jack Kirby's Fourth World DC characters, such as Darkseid and his gang, to fill the ranks. They also created a couple of their own villains, most notably Canon Immigrant Livewire.
      • To be fair, Darkseid and other elements of the Fourth World were introduced in Jack Kirby's Jimmy Olsen comics, so they were, by extension, always a part of the Superman Mythos. And, in any case, their storylines were awesome.
  • Spider-Man's includes the Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture, Carnage, the Lizard, the Rhino, Black Cat, the Scorpion, the Shocker, etc. After Batman, it's considered probably the most well-known Rogues Gallery in all of comicdom.
    • The villains are also good examples of villains crossing over to fight new heroes besides their traditional sparring partners. Electro, for example, has become an enemy to Daredevil as well as Spider-Man, while Spidey himself has thrown down with the enemies of everyone from Iron Man to the Hulk to Captain Marvel.
    • Starting with Brand New Day, many new villains have been introduced in order to keep stories from falling into routine. Among them are Mr. Negative, Menace, Screwball, Paper Doll, Fracture, Override, and Blindside. Of the bunch, Mr. Negative is probably the only one certain to remain a prominent facet of Spidey's rogues gallery for years to come.
    • Spider-Girl, his daughter, has a nice rogues gallery as well. Crazy Eight, Killerwatt, the Dragon King, Funny Face, Soldiers of the Serpent, Quickwire, the Hobgoblin, Earthshaker, Mr. Abnormal, Aftershock, Apox, Angel Face, Fury the Goblin Queen, Mr. Nobody, Carolyn Trainer, Killer Frost, Reverb, Black Tarantula, etc., etc., etc.
    • Due to villain attrition such as the death of Kraven and the reforming of Sandman as a hero, the Sinister Six has seen a lot of villains take part of the sextet as Doc Ock sought to fill up the empty slots any way he could just to preserve the group name.
  • The Flash, in his comic-book incarnation, has an impressively large Rogues Gallery, the most recognizable of which include Captain Cold, the Trickster, Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, Weather Wizard, the Shade, Gorilla Grodd, Heat Wave, the Reverse-Flashes etc. They were also marked being a really unambitious bunch, considering they all have some incredibly powerful tech and the best use most can think of is simple robberies of local targets. It's implied that many are at least as unstable as Batman's. Most actually called themselves "The Rogues" and are unusually social for supervillains. Gorilla Grodd, the original Reverse Flash, and Zoom are not members of and actually hate the Rogues (the feeling is mutual—the fact that said two villains are probably the most heinous of the Flash's foes is implied to play a large part in the mutual dislike). The Rogues, in turn, have shunned other members of the Flash's Rogues Gallery, such as Abra Kadabra and the Rainbow Raider/s, though they will tolerate them when something big comes up (like Captain Boomerang's funeral) or when their goals coincide.
  • The Shazam Captain Marvel. Includes Dr. Sivana (and all four of his children), Mr. Mind, Black Adam, Mr. Atom, Ibac the Invincible, Sabbac, Oggar, King Kull, the crocodile-gangsters of Planet Punkus, etc. Most (save Black Adam) haven't appeared much lately, but they tend to congregate as the Monster Society of Evil.
    • The Monster Society has the distinction of being the first recurring villain team in comics. So it was Captain Marvel's gallery who first came up with the idea of teaming up to destroy the hero (a tactic which proved about as successful as it usually does.)
  • The X-Men have Magneto, Mystique, Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Reverend (or Colonel) Stryker, the Shadow King, Black Tom Cassidy, Selene, Sabretooth, The Juggernaut, etc. X-Men being a book about a team, they've got even more groups as enemies: the Brotherhood of Mutants, the Hellfire Club, the Savage Land mutates, the original Hellions, the Acolytes, the Marauders, the Four Horsemen, the Sentinels, and on and on. Team names tend to get reused, and individual members get around a lot, nearly as much as with the X-Men themselves.
    • Making things even more complicated, a few X-Men have their own Rogues galleries! Wolverine has everyone ever involved with the Weapon Plus project (Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, etc.), Jean Grey (thanks to being the incarnation of the Phoenix) is on the entire Shi'ar Empire's shit list, and Xavier himself has personal issues with Magneto, the Shadow King, Cassandra Nova, and Cain "Juggernaut" Marko. Cyclops and his brother Havok are of special interest to Mr. Sinister (who has up to THREE teams of Psycho for Hire assassins!), Beast has to deal with his Age of Apocalypse Evil Counterpart Dark Beast, Banshee and Black Tom are cousins, and Colossus has a Cain and Abel dynamic with his brother Mikhael Rasputin. The X-Men have so many enemies it's a wonder how they keep track of them all. And while some of the above are currently dead, this is X-Men, so they'll probably be back.
  • Wonder Woman has the Cheetah, Giganta, Dr. Psycho, Dr. Cyber, Angle Man, Baroness Von Gunther, Silver Swan, Veronica Cale, the Queen of Fables and some gods gone bad (Ares, Hades, etc.) and other figures from Greek Mythology (Hercules, Medusa, Circe). If it stems from mythology, especially Classical Mythology, its likely Wonder Woman encountered it. However, many of the more recent rogues are often skipped over due to Wonder Woman's continual battle with Depending on the Writer.
  • Each Green Lantern to headline his own series has had a collection of recurring foes, though they rarely if ever have teamed up collectively.
    • Alan Scott: Vandal Savage (arguably his archnemesis), Solomon Grundy, the Sportsman, the Icicle, the Gambler, the Harlequin (who actually only became a villain in the first place to date, and, subsequently, marry Alan) and the Thorn (the mother of his two children).
    • Hal Jordan: Sinestro (definitely his archnemesis), the Manhunters, Kanjar Ro, Atrocitus, Hector Hammond, Star Sapphire (Hal's sometimes-girlfriend), Dr. Polaris, the Tattooed Man, Evil Star, Black Hand, Goldface (another Heel-Face Turn), Sonar, and the Shark.
    • Kyle Rayner: Major Force (on loan from Captain Atom and not really his archnemesis, but he's loomed large in Kyle's life anyway, thanks largely to what he did to his first girlfriend), Oblivion, Grayven, Effigy, Alex Nero, Fatality, Brainwave Jr., and Amon Sur. Kyle, in an issue of his comic, bemoans the fact that he has a lousy Rogues Gallery, compared to his friend Wally West (The Flash).
    • As of Green Lantern: Rebirth and the subsequent relaunch of the franchise, Hal and Kyle's galleries have more or less merged into a collective Rogues Gallery for the entire Green Lantern Corps, with the additions of Parallax, Mongul, Cyborg-Superman, Superboy-Prime, Krona, and the Sinestro Corps.
    • Furthermore, the GL Corps now have their own rival factions, including the Red Lanterns, Black Lanterns, Agent Orange, and the aforementioned Sinestro Corps. The Star Sapphire name is now applied to a corps as well, although they don't have any designs towards antagonizing the Green Lanterns.
  • In addition to their individual enemies, the Justice League of America had a handful of villains that regularly fought them as a team: Amazo, Despero, Starro the Conqueror, Kanjar Ro, Starbreaker, The Shaggy Man (later known as the General), The Queen Bee, and Prometheus, to name but a few.
    • Two of the most famous villain teams are the Injustice League and the Secret Society of Supervillains.
  • The Justice Society of America's Rogues Gallery is made up mostly of the surviving foes of their individual members from back in The Golden Age of Comic Books, as well as said foes' legacies and a few add-ons from more recent years. These include but are not limited to: Vandal Savage, the Wizard, and the Ultra-Humanite (more or less collectively the team's archfoes), plus Per Degaton, Wotan, Solomon Grundy, the Rival, the Tigress, Shiv, the Gentleman Ghost, Johnny Sorrow, Roulette, Icicle II, the Thinker, Killer Wasp, Rag Doll, and on-again-off-again Anti-Hero Black Adam.
  • Both the League and the Society occasionally fall foul of various terrorist groups (Kobra, the Illuminati) and shadowy government organizations (The D.E.O., The Agency, Checkmate).
  • Likewise, The Avengers fought both the enemies of their individual members (such as Loki and The Red Skull) and their own collective enemies, including Ultron, Kang the Conqueror, Graviton, Count Nefaria, and the various incarnations of The Masters of Evil.
  • Captain America's gallery consists mostly of threats to the American way of life: Nazis (The Red Skull, both Barons Zemo), terrorist organizations (HYDRA, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.), internal threats (The Secret Empire, led by President Nixon), and The French (Batroc ze Lee-pair). That said, he's also battled more conventional supervillains like Solarr, the Porcupine, the Animus, and the Serpent Society. The Captain has also repeatedly clashed with the likes of the Scorpion, Mister Hyde, and Marvel's version of the Scarecrow.
  • Since Iron Man began as a vehicle for Cold War stories, his gallery were nearly all communists - the Mandarin (not technically a communist but more of a Yellow Peril), the Crimson Dynamo, the Unicorn, and the Titanium Man. Eventually, when the Cold War threats died down, his enemies became tailored to be antagonists to a playboy industrialist millionaire: Iron Monger, Justin Hammer and Sunset Bain (two business rivals), Doctor Doom (a dictator and technocrat who has what may be an even more powerful suit of armor than his own), the Ghost (an industrial saboteur), Whiplash/Blacklash (one of Hammer's longtime employees), the Blizzard (an embittered ex-employee who was fired by Stark for stealing from the company, and created his own suit of armor in an attempt at revenge), Firebrand (a radical anarchist determined to destroy capitalism and lead a utopian revolution), the Spymaster (an industrial spy), Madame Masque (a masked criminal saboteur, as well as an on-again, off-again girlfriend), Firepower (an armored warrior sponsored by the U.S. government, who wanted to destroy Iron Man when they thought he had gone rogue), the Melter (a crooked industrialist who was run out of business and set out to sabotage Stark Enterprises), Sunturion (another armored warrior who worked for a rival company), and the Living Laser (a psychopath with deadly laser blasters strapped to his wrists, who started out lusting after one of Iron Man's teammates but soon developed a loathing for Iron Man himself).
  • The Teen Titans have had Deathstroke, Terra, Trigon, Brother Blood, Blackfire, Psimon, and occasionally the Brotherhood of Evil. More recent additions are Jericho and evil counterparts like the Terror Titans and the Titans of Tomorrow.
  • Sleepwalker had a strange collection of original villains, including costumed criminals (8-Ball, the Chain Gang, Spectra, Psyko), uncostumed villains (Lullaby and the Bookworm), crazed government agents (the Office of Insufficient Evidence, the Thought Police), and supernatural demons (Mr. Jyn and Cobweb). In his short career, Sleepy also found time to mess with the villains of the X-Men (Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), Spider-Man (the Hobgoblin), and Doctor Strange (Nightmare).
  • Averted in Watchmen: One of the reasons the first wave of masked crime-fighters didn't work out well was that there weren't nearly as many villains that wore costumes, and they just ended up convincing criminals to work in less conspicuous ways.
  • Naturally Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of Marvel Comics, has a rogues gallery, although it's extremely unusual. Strange's foes range from other human sorcerers (Baron Mordo) to demonic entities from other dimensions who want to take over the Earth (Nightmare, Dormammu, the Dweller-in-Darkness) to out-and-out Eldritch Abominations (Shuma-Gorath) to ancient super weapons left behind (Zom). To complicate matters, sometimes these entities use humans as agents or vessels to attack Strange when they can't go after him directly (e.g. Dormammu possessing The Hood).
  • Even though her series is only 38 issues long, Kate Spencer, the Manhunter, has quite an impressive rogues gallery. Sweeney Todd, Copperhead, the Monocle, Phobia, Dr. Phobia, Everyman, and Vesetech.
  • The C-List Heroes of Great Lakes Aveng -- uhm -- X-Me -- uhm Champi -- uh... Initiative have a rogues gallery consisting of Gene "Leather Boy" Lorrene, Dr. Tannenbaumm, Deathurge (the Squirrel) and Maelstrom. Yes, most of them are even D List Villains.
  • While for rather obvious reasons The Punisher has a small rogues gallery in the sense of recurring targets... Jigsaw is the most long-running character he's ever had to deal with, even when the original Jigsaw was killed in the regular Marvel Universe, as Stuart Clarke eventually "succeeded" him, although Nicky Cavella (2 arcs) and Kathie O'Brien's husband Rawlins (3), and finally the Generals briefly joined in the MAX universe under Garth Ennis' years as author.
    • Barracuda, the Made of Iron backstabbing mercenary introduced in the MAX universe also lasted for a few arcs and got his own miniseries. After surviving a ridiculous number of injuries throughout the series, Barracuda was finally Killed Off for Real after Frank tore off his nose with a pair of pliers, chopped off his arms, and blew his head off with an AK-47.
    • Terrorist-for-hire Saracen had a sixteen issue run in the 616 universe.
  • The Fantastic Four have a rather wide ranging gallery, from Galactus to Doctor Doom to The Red Ghost and his Super Apes. It says something, however, that their "Oh, right, it's Tuesday again. And right in the middle of Andy Griffith" foes are most of the universe's "Anyone know a really, really interventionist deity?" foes. (Obviously, this does not apply to the Super Apes.)
  • In the very early stories written by Stan Lee, even the Human Torch and Ant-Man had their own rogue's galleries before they became full-time team heroes. The Torch faced off against the Beetle, Plant-Man, the Trapster, and the Wizard, while Ant-Man battled the likes of Whirlwind, Egghead, and the Porcupine. The Wizard went on to become a significant threat to the Fantastic Four, while the rest of them languished as minor villains... they weren't Stan's best creations.
  • Most of the Incredible Hulk's enemies are other super-strong bruisers who can actually go a few rounds with the Big Green Machine without immediately getting turned into roadkill, like the Abomination, Mister Hyde, Madman, the Glob, and the Wendigo. Not everyone fits the bill however, such as the Leader, a Mad Scientist and Evil Genius who has as much brains as the Hulk does brawn; the U-Foes, a collective Evil Counterpart to the Fantastic Four with a similar origin and powers, although they never actually met the Four; Zzzax, a sentient electrical field; Mercy, a fragile-looking and wayward Dark Magical Girl; the Gamma Corps, a collection of other gamma-mutated humans who serve the Leader; and Rock and Redeemer, one of whom is a sentient shapeshifting boulder and the other who wears a suit of deadly power armor. The Hulk has even battled a couple of Eldritch Abominations, like the Crawling Unknown (a giant, cancerlike growth that mutated out of control), and Sh'mballah, an Expy of Cthulhu who tried to conquer the Earth, messed with the Hulk and didn't live to regret it. The Hulk is also a popular choice for villains who fight someone besides their traditional enemies, as he's tangled with the likes of the Sandman and the Rhino and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the Juggernaut. The Hulk is also one of the few Marvel characters who has other heroes in his rogues gallery, regularly slugging it out with The Mighty Thor, Wolverine, and The Thing.
  • Daredevil, despite usually keeping to one area of New York City, has managed to rack up quite a Rogues Gallery, amongst them the Kingpin, assassin for hire Bullseye, on and off again girlfriend / Greek Goddess of Death Elektra, evil ninja cult the Hand, and then there's Bullet, Stilt-Man, Turk, Typhoid Mary, Tombstone, Mister Hyde, Mister Fear, the Death-Stalker, the Gladiator, the Eel, and Electro and Mysterio, who DD shares with Spider-Man. Even Anti-Hero The Punisher clashes with Daredevil often enough that the two show up in each other's series at least once on each run!
  • The Mighty Thor's rogues gallery is a strange mishmash of mythological villains and costumed criminals. Some of his enemies are derived from Norse Mythology, like his brother Loki, and the fire giant Surtur, and those who hail from the worlds of myth but were created by Stan Lee like Ulik the rock troll, Amora the Enchantress, and Skurge the Executioner, but even in the early Stan Lee-scripted stories he fought mortal villains like the Wrecking Crew, the Absorbing Man, Mister Hyde, the Cobra, Radioactive Man, Zarrko, and the Grey Gargoyle.
  • The original Spider-Woman developed a considerable rogues gallery of her own during her original 50-issue series in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including the Brothers Grimm, the Needle, the Flying Tiger, Nekra, Dr. Karl Malus, the Hangman, Gypsy Moth, the Human Fly (on loan from Spider-Man), Morgan Le Fey, Daddy Long Legs, Turner D. Century, and the Waxman.
  • Different incarnations of the Ghost Rider had their own rogues galleries, including both demonic villains like Deathwatch, Blackout, Hag & Troll and Lilith, and more conventional costumed villains like the Orb, the Water Wizard, and Marvel's own version of the Scarecrow.
  • A non-superhero example would be with Scrooge McDuck, most notably in the comics by Carl Barks and Don Rosa. Along with the Beagle Boys, who are constantly trying to rob Scrooge blind, he has to contend with Magica De Spelle, an evil sorceress who constantly tries to steal Scrooge's Number One Dime because she thinks it has magic powers; the snooty John D. Rockerduck, who simply inherited his money instead of working for it like Scrooge did; and Flintheart Glomgold, who has all of Scrooge's drive and determination but none of his ethics or morals, Blackheart Beagle The Beagle Boys' grandfather, founder and occasional leader who is constantly trying to rob Scrooge blind and with the aid of his family The Beagle Boys. Later day additions include the country of Brutopia and Arpine Lusene (who's out to steal Scrooge's money simply to show that he can, or, at the very least, make it disappear so he can claim he did.)
    • The Beagle Boys, Flintheart, and Magica all became regulars on DuckTales.
    • Interestingly, while both come from the original canon, Rockerduck and Flintheart rarely if ever are featured in the same canon in modern comics. In America Flintheart is prevalent while in Europe Rockerduck is more famous, and as a result hardly any American fan is aware of Rockerduck and the same applies to European fans for Flintheart, which resulted in their personalities to have evolved over time to be the same. Thus, you can call Rockerduck's "Europe's Flintheart" and Flintheart "America's Rockerduck".
  • Superman analogue Supreme has Darius Dax, the Televillain, Korgo the Space Tyrant, Shadow Supreme, Emerpus, Optilux, and Szasz the Sprite Supreme, among others.
  • Aquaman has Black Manta and Ocean Master sharing archvillain status, with Carapax, the Fisherman, the Scavenger, the Human Flying Fish, King Shark, the Eel, Marine Marauder, the Deep Six, the Thirst, Kordax, and Charybdis rounding out the ranks.
  • Deconstructed in Bates and Weisman's version of Captain Atom, in which Cap had a fictitious rogues' gallery that the military designed for him as part of his publicly-revealed false origin. Since that origin was his original, Silver Age Charlton origin, his fake rogues' gallery, most notably Dr. Spectro, were drawn from his actual Charlton stories. On top of which, some of these fake villains later became real ones. Plus which, they, along with many of his other actual rogues, including, again, Dr. Spectro, as well as Major Force, The Ghost (at one time), and Wade Eiling, worked for the same secret military project he himself worked for. He also had "regular" rogues like Plastique and the Queen Bee.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes has loads and loads of recurring enemies, including at least three teams of villains:
    • The Fatal Five: Tharok, Manos, Validus, Emerald Empress, and the Persuader (plus, on one occasion, Mordecai standing in for Validus).
    • The Legion of Super-Villains: Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, Cosmic King, Chameleon Chief, Esper Lass, Hunter, Magno Lad, Micro Lad, Nemesis Kid, Ol-Vir, Radiation Roy, Ron-Karr, Spider Girl, Sun Emperor, Tyr, and Zymyr.
    • The Justice League of Earth: Earth-Man, Storm Boy, Golden Boy, Tusker, Eyeful Ethel, and Radiation Roy and Spider Girl from the LSV.
    • And numerous unaffiliated villains: Mordru, the Time Trapper, Computo, Universo, the Dark Circle, Leland McCauley, Imperiex, Evillo, Grimbor the Chainsman, and so on and so forth.
  • Tintin isn't a superhero, but he did have a series of recurring antagonists: Roberto Rastapopulous (Cigars of the Pharaoh, The Blue Lotus, The Red Sea Sharks, Flight 714), Colonel Sponsz (Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, The Calculus Affair), Allan (The Crab with the Golden Claws, Flight 714), Dr. Mueller (The Black Island, Land of Black Gold), and General Tapioca (The Broken Ear, Tintin and the Picaros).
    • Also to a minor extent Dawson (The Blue Lotus, The Red Sea Sharks) and Emir Bab El-Ehr (Land of Black Gold, The Red Sea Sharks).
  • The Savage Dragon has hundreds of rogues between the Vicious Circle, various Overlords, Darklord, Thor, Solar Man, The Fiend, his Evil Doppelganger, etc.
  • Judge Dredd has a rather small gallery, since (much like Punisher) most of his enemies end up dead, and many of those that he sends to prison don't pop up again. Recurring villains include Judge Death, PJ Maybe, and the recently retired Mean Machine Angel. One could perhaps also add Orlok, though he tends to tangle more with Anderson.
  • Scott Pilgrim has Ramona's league of evil exes as part of Scott's rogues gallery. They are Matthew Patel, Lucas Lee, Todd Ingram, Roxy Richter, Kyle and Ken Katayanagi, Gideon Graves. Envy Adams also serves as part of the rogues gallery throughout books 3 and 6 but in the end she makes a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog, in his self-titled series, has acquired a large Rogues Gallery over the comic's long run. Aside from his Arch-Enemy Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, Sonic and his friends have also had to deal with Eggman's nephew Snively, Ixis Naugus, Mammoth Mogul, the Destructix, Scourge and the Suppression Squad, Warlord Kodos (now deceased), A.D.A.M. and E.V.E.note  (also deceased), the Iron Queen and King, the Battle Bird Armada, and traitors like Fiona Fox, Drago Wolf, and Geoffrey St. John. And that's not even counting all of Robotnik's numerous robots with more character than mere Mooks.
  • DC's Firestorm has a Rogues Gallery that could be charitably described as... deficient. Not only are the vast majority laughably underpowered compared to the hero (who has to carry around an Idiot Ball the size of a house for them to be any threat to him whatsoever), but they seem to made up mostly of perverts or offensive stereotypes. This article covers several of the worst offenders.
    • But at least there were both Killer Frosts, Typhoon, Brimstone, and Tokamak. None of whom were slouches in the power department.
  • Before they lost their powers en masse, the Order of Despots was this to the Pantheon in All Fall Down.
  • Even Howard the Duck had an off-kilter Rogues' Gallery, headlined by recurring nemeses Doctor Bong and the Kidney Lady, and including the likes of Pro-Rata, the Cosmic Accountant; Doctor Angst, Master of Mundane Mysticism; Betsy the Hellcow; and Le Beaver.

    Fanfic 

    Films — Animated 
  • Disney villains in general serve as this for the entire franchise, even if the movies are mostly self-contained. You'll see them grouped together as bad guys almost as often as you'll see the princesses grouped together.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Not a standard Superhero gig, but the Harry Potter books have a Rogues Gallery of Death Eaters, including (though most definitely not limited to) Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Voldemort himself. There are essentially two groups of Death Eaters, the colorful rogues gallery and the Mooks. There isn't really an official distinction between these two groups in-universe, however.
  • Richard Sharpe has Obadiah Hakeswill, Pierre Ducos, William Dodd, Sir Henry Simmerson, General Calvet and many others.
  • Though each book has its own villains, The Dresden Files does have a number of recurring villains and factions who make trouble for the eponymous wizard, including the Denarians, Cowl, Queen Mab, the Black Court, the Red Court, the White Court, and the Black Council.
  • The Wheel of Time has the thirteen Forsaken, powerful mages with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder practicing general villainy and trying to kill the heroes.
  • Jess Nevins notes that Dr. Jack Quartz assembled many of Nick Carter's former foes as part of a coordinated effort against Nick Carter.

    • Dime Novel hero Nick Carter had quite an assortment of enemies: Dr Jack Quartz, his Arch-Enemy;Dazaar the Arch Fiend, mistress of disguise and master knife thrower;Scylla the Sea Robber, a female pirate with an all female crew; Baroness Latour; Zanoni the Woman Wizard;Praxatel of the Iron Arm, one of the first cyborgs;the gambler Dan Derrington; Burton Quintard, Nick's first recurring foe;Gaston Dupont, a student of Professor Quartz's ;the six Dalney Brothers, each one stronger than even Nick himself, etc.

  • Sexton Blake also had recurring foes.
  • Percy Jackson of Percy Jackson and the Olympians ends up having a rogue's gallery of various Greek (and now Roman) characters, including the Furies, the Minotaur, Medusa, Cerberus, Hyperion, Kronos, Gaea, Polybotes, Ares, Luke Castellan, The Nemean Lion, The Gorgons and Anteus, among others. Similarly, the Egyptian heroes of The Kane Chronicles, which take place in the same universe, have a rogues gallery of their own, including Aphophis, Setne, Sobek, and Vladimir Menshikov . Though, due to how there are far less named monsters in Egyptian Mythology, and being a shorter book series, its naturally going to be less than Percy's.

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  • Parodied in Calvin and Hobbes with Calvin's alter-ego Stupendous Man when Calvin imagines many of the people he knows as his supervillainous enemies. Susie becomes "Annoying Girl", Miss Wormwood becomes the "Crab Teacher," Rosalyn becomes "Baby-Sitter Girl," and Calvin's Mom becomes Stupendous Man's Arch-Enemy, "Mom-Lady."
  • A comic strip in the Philippines, entitled 'Pugad Baboy' (translated: Pig's Nest), about a town of fat Filipinos features several long-story adventure arcs with its protagonist talking dog, Polgas (translated: "Flea"). Polgas has amassed a bit of a Rogues Gallery with recurring villains such as Atong Damuho, Col. Manyakis, and Sendong Langib. Read The Other Wiki for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_villains_in_Pugad_Baboy
  • Dick Tracy could be considered a Trope Maker, as he had his own Rogues Gallery (Big Boy, Pruneface, Flattop, Mumbles, etc.) decades before many of the others, though Dick tended to off his foes after one or two appearances.
  • Slylock Fox has a list of villains who he always has to outfit in every strip. His Rogues Gallery consists of Count Weirdly, Wanda Witch, Slick Smitty, Reeky Rat, Shady Shrew, Cassandra Cat, Harry Ape, Koppy Kat, and Buford Bull.

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  • Spider-Man's Rogues are prominently featured all over Gottlieb's The Amazing Spider-Man pinball. Green Goblin, the Vulture, Dr. Octopus, and the Black Widow are on the backglass, while the playfield has the Lizard, the Kingpin, Kraven the Hunter, and the Scorpion.

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  • The Mortal Kombat Wiki has their own little Gallery, compromised of two Trolls:Mollusc/Maniac Cop and Barry, a troll who has ban evaded and gone under numerous alternate usernames. Mollusc was particularly annoying and constantly swore revenge, before the user Byakuya600 infinitely range blocked him, so nobody, even logged in users, who were on his IP Address could use the MK Wiki. And I Must Scream, indeed.


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