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* ''The Light Brigade'', by Peter Tomasi: Zephon is the last of the Grigori; an order of angels who once watched humanity and fathered half-human children known as Nephilim. Desiring his revenge for his lost brethren and children, Zephon infiltrates the Nazi ranks with his Nephilim soldiers and uses the Nazis as proxies so he may recover the sword of god and place himself close to the Holy Flame to kindle the blade to allow him to defeat God himself. Laying siege to a monastery guarded by the soldiers known as the Light Brigade, Zephon strategically wears them down and fights his way through, even using a captured ally plane in a kamikaze run to give himself access. With his unshakable conviction and desire to see his Nephilim given their deserved wings, Zephon will stop at nothing at his revenge upon heaven.

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* ''The Light Brigade'', ''ComicBook/TheLightBrigade'', by Peter Tomasi: Zephon is the last of the Grigori; an order of angels who once watched humanity and fathered half-human children known as Nephilim. Desiring his revenge for his lost brethren and children, Zephon infiltrates the Nazi ranks with his Nephilim soldiers and uses the Nazis as proxies so he may recover the sword of god and place himself close to the Holy Flame to kindle the blade to allow him to defeat God himself. Laying siege to a monastery guarded by the soldiers known as the Light Brigade, Zephon strategically wears them down and fights his way through, even using a captured ally plane in a kamikaze run to give himself access. With his unshakable conviction and desire to see his Nephilim given their deserved wings, Zephon will stop at nothing at his revenge upon heaven.



* ''Jughead: The Hunger'', by Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh: [[AdaptationalIntelligence Far craftier than his mainstream counterpart]], Jughead’s affable cousin, Bingo Wilkins, works for the sake of FP Jones to get his family to embrace their werewolf sides. Upon finding out that Jughead awakened his lycanthropy, Bingo [[FakingTheDead fakes his own death]] to get the Coopers off his tail, allowing him to keep an eye on his cousin. Sabotaging Jughead when he tries to live a peaceful life at the circus, Bingo attempts to sway Jughead to his side, triggering Jughead’s werewolf transformation when Jughead rejects his offer to teach his cousin how to hunt. After saving Jughead’s life when they’re ambushed by Archie and the Coopers, Bingo later attempts to bring Jellybean to FP. To buy time for this, he triggers Jughead’s werewolf state and has him attack Archie and Betty, allowing Bingo to reach Jellybean [[TheBadGuyWins and successfully convince her to come with him]]. Slipping himself and his family out of one grim scenario after another, Bingo almost always has a trick up his sleeve.
* ''KGB'' by Valérie Mangin: Ava Kirova is a Polish scientist who secretly seeks revenge on her superior, the German Von Ausch, for his role in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. To do that, she regretfully implants explosive mind-controlling devices into supernatural children -- whom she treats as her own family -- to frame Von Ausch. Blackmailing Dimitri and telling him the truth, they successfully manage to cast suspicion on the former Nazi. Discovering Von Ausch's real nature as the demon Beelzebub, Ava manages to stop his plan to kill the Soviet leadership and forces him to escape to Hell. Leading the Soviet invasion of Hell, Ava proves to be a capable leader before revealing her real nature as Lucifer and using a nuke to heavily injure Beelzebub. Trying to reach Heaven, Lucifer confronts Beelzebub again before discovering that her goal is completely impossible and losing Dimitri. Falling again with Beelzebub, Lucifer embraces her nature and allies with Beelzebub to cause chaos in the world. In the end, Ava Kirova is a brilliant scientist that manages to manipulate the ruthless leaders of the URSS and Lucifer shows that despite the cruelty of Beelzebub, she is the actual ruler of Hell.

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* ''Jughead: The Hunger'', ''CombicBook/JugheadTheHunger'', by Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh: [[AdaptationalIntelligence Far craftier than his mainstream counterpart]], Jughead’s affable cousin, Bingo Wilkins, works for the sake of FP Jones to get his family to embrace their werewolf sides. Upon finding out that Jughead awakened his lycanthropy, Bingo [[FakingTheDead fakes his own death]] to get the Coopers off his tail, allowing him to keep an eye on his cousin. Sabotaging Jughead when he tries to live a peaceful life at the circus, Bingo attempts to sway Jughead to his side, triggering Jughead’s werewolf transformation when Jughead rejects his offer to teach his cousin how to hunt. After saving Jughead’s life when they’re ambushed by Archie and the Coopers, Bingo later attempts to bring Jellybean to FP. To buy time for this, he triggers Jughead’s werewolf state and has him attack Archie and Betty, allowing Bingo to reach Jellybean [[TheBadGuyWins and successfully convince her to come with him]]. Slipping himself and his family out of one grim scenario after another, Bingo almost always has a trick up his sleeve.
* ''KGB'' ''ComicBook/{{KGB}}'' by Valérie Mangin: Ava Kirova is a Polish scientist who secretly seeks revenge on her superior, the German Von Ausch, for his role in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust. To do that, she regretfully implants explosive mind-controlling devices into supernatural children -- whom she treats as her own family -- to frame Von Ausch. Blackmailing Dimitri and telling him the truth, they successfully manage to cast suspicion on the former Nazi. Discovering Von Ausch's real nature as the demon Beelzebub, Ava manages to stop his plan to kill the Soviet leadership and forces him to escape to Hell. Leading the Soviet invasion of Hell, Ava proves to be a capable leader before revealing her real nature as Lucifer and using a nuke to heavily injure Beelzebub. Trying to reach Heaven, Lucifer confronts Beelzebub again before discovering that her goal is completely impossible and losing Dimitri. Falling again with Beelzebub, Lucifer embraces her nature and allies with Beelzebub to cause chaos in the world. In the end, Ava Kirova is a brilliant scientist that manages to manipulate the ruthless leaders of the URSS and Lucifer shows that despite the cruelty of Beelzebub, she is the actual ruler of Hell.



* ''Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon'', by Sylvain Cordurié: James Moriarty himself is the brilliant Napoleon of Crime and the only mind sharp enough to match the wits of Sherlock Holmes. Once the ruthless enforcer for the Moriarty crime family, Moriarity murdered his abusive father Henry and proceeded to reinvent himself as a criminal mastermind, engaging in one daring plot after the next that seemingly ended with his plummet off Reichenbach Falls. Resurrecting himself through the Necromomicon, Moriarty's subsequent bid for power lands him in the realm of the Elder Gods, whereupon Moriarty remains unflappably defiant to what would otherwise be a case of AndIMustScream, until the point he tricks the Elder Gods themselves into allowing him passage back to Earth. From there, Moriarty tracks down the copies of the Necronomicon to destroy them, infiltrating a cult by skinning and wearing the hide of one of the cultists. When the cult summons an abomination to destroy him, Moriarty watches coolly as the abomination turns away from him in intimidation and slaughters the cult instead. Determined, unfettered, and even retaining a few odd soft moments such as his fondness of children that set him apart from the more despicable villains of the series, Moriarty remains as ever the most cunning criminal Holmes has ever fought.
* ''Shi Xiu'', by Nicholas Meylander: Shi Xiu, or Cheng I Sao, is an intelligent prostitute kidnapped by pirates. Ingratiating herself to their leader, she becomes one of the leaders of the pirate fleets through sheer force of will and intelligence, completely running rings around the government forces and westerners alike. Once her husband dies, Shi Xiu takes over the pirates by making her husband's adopted son Baozai her lover, ruling through him, and even forcing the government to eventually give into her demands and granting her full amnesty and fabulous wealth in retirement. Easily the most successful pirate who ever lived, Shi Xiu ends her days a wealthy owner of a gambling house with the knowledge that she rose to decide her fate for herself.

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* ''Sherlock Holmes and the Necronomicon'', ''ComicBook/SherlockHolmesAndTheNecronomicon'', by Sylvain Cordurié: James Moriarty himself is the brilliant Napoleon of Crime and the only mind sharp enough to match the wits of Sherlock Holmes. Once the ruthless enforcer for the Moriarty crime family, Moriarity murdered his abusive father Henry and proceeded to reinvent himself as a criminal mastermind, engaging in one daring plot after the next that seemingly ended with his plummet off Reichenbach Falls. Resurrecting himself through the Necromomicon, Moriarty's subsequent bid for power lands him in the realm of the Elder Gods, whereupon Moriarty remains unflappably defiant to what would otherwise be a case of AndIMustScream, until the point he tricks the Elder Gods themselves into allowing him passage back to Earth. From there, Moriarty tracks down the copies of the Necronomicon to destroy them, infiltrating a cult by skinning and wearing the hide of one of the cultists. When the cult summons an abomination to destroy him, Moriarty watches coolly as the abomination turns away from him in intimidation and slaughters the cult instead. Determined, unfettered, and even retaining a few odd soft moments such as his fondness of children that set him apart from the more despicable villains of the series, Moriarty remains as ever the most cunning criminal Holmes has ever fought.
* ''Shi Xiu'', ''ComicBook/ShiXiu'', by Nicholas Meylander: Shi Xiu, or Cheng I Sao, is an intelligent prostitute kidnapped by pirates. Ingratiating herself to their leader, she becomes one of the leaders of the pirate fleets through sheer force of will and intelligence, completely running rings around the government forces and westerners alike. Once her husband dies, Shi Xiu takes over the pirates by making her husband's adopted son Baozai her lover, ruling through him, and even forcing the government to eventually give into her demands and granting her full amnesty and fabulous wealth in retirement. Easily the most successful pirate who ever lived, Shi Xiu ends her days a wealthy owner of a gambling house with the knowledge that she rose to decide her fate for herself.



* ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Legends: Soul's Winter'', by Michael Zulli: Oroku Saki AKA Shredder, as presented in this darker take on TMNT franchise, is a powerful Japanese Samurai lord, who has a long history with the Turtles and Splinter. Being their sworn enemy, Shredder at one point has a mental fight with Splinter, solely to draw him out to the open, so that Shredder could surround them with his Foot Clan warriors. Managing to quickly overwhelm them, Shredder decided to let them go, enjoying feeling of victory and desiring to feel it again in the future. Sensing that Splinter summoned a great God of the animals, Animus, to cure one of the wounded turtles, Shredder immediately tracks down their location and after easily apprehending an attacking Mutant Turtle, healed the wounded Turtle and when asked why, he answered "Everything beautiful... Bleeds".
* ''Translucid'', by Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez: Harold Mills becomes the supervillain known as "the Horse" to give the rising superhero the Navigator someone to better himself fighting. Proclaiming himself the Navigator's ArchEnemy, the Horse pulls off a variety of brilliant crimes--often exposing those he kills to have been {{Asshole Victim}}s to further his manipulation of the Navigator--and, upon deeming the Navigator superior, turns himself in, believing his job to be done in bettering he hero. However, when the Navigator shows a crippling dependency on the Horse, the supervillain arranges his release and, deciding the Navigator isn't the hero he thought he was, murders him and takes up his identity to be the best hero the world has ever seen, giving the Navigator a peaceful death and helping him conquer his inner demons as a final gift to his nemesis, who the Horse also considered a true friend.

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* ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Legends: Soul's Winter'', ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesLegendsSoulsWinter'', by Michael Zulli: Oroku Saki AKA Shredder, as presented in this darker take on TMNT franchise, is a powerful Japanese Samurai lord, who has a long history with the Turtles and Splinter. Being their sworn enemy, Shredder at one point has a mental fight with Splinter, solely to draw him out to the open, so that Shredder could surround them with his Foot Clan warriors. Managing to quickly overwhelm them, Shredder decided to let them go, enjoying feeling of victory and desiring to feel it again in the future. Sensing that Splinter summoned a great God of the animals, Animus, to cure one of the wounded turtles, Shredder immediately tracks down their location and after easily apprehending an attacking Mutant Turtle, healed the wounded Turtle and when asked why, he answered "Everything beautiful... Bleeds".
* ''Translucid'', ''ComicBook/{{Translucid}}'', by Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez: Harold Mills becomes the supervillain known as "the Horse" to give the rising superhero the Navigator someone to better himself fighting. Proclaiming himself the Navigator's ArchEnemy, the Horse pulls off a variety of brilliant crimes--often exposing those he kills to have been {{Asshole Victim}}s to further his manipulation of the Navigator--and, upon deeming the Navigator superior, turns himself in, believing his job to be done in bettering he hero. However, when the Navigator shows a crippling dependency on the Horse, the supervillain arranges his release and, deciding the Navigator isn't the hero he thought he was, murders him and takes up his identity to be the best hero the world has ever seen, giving the Navigator a peaceful death and helping him conquer his inner demons as a final gift to his nemesis, who the Horse also considered a true friend.


* ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'': [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]] is the endlessly proud, brilliant and dangerous Devil. Seeking his freedom from creation, Lucifer deals with endless threats to his new Creation and his safety, constantly outplaying and destroying them. Even in places where he is powerless, such as the Japanese underworld Yomi, Lucifer sees through every trap against him and defeats his supposed hosts. When struck down by another trap, Lucifer returns to life by manipulating his niece Elaine Belloc into sacrificing her life for him and promptly outsmarts and destroys the angel Amenadiel who seeks to destroy him when he is still recovering before returning Elaine to life to repay his debt. Pursuing his freedom from all Creation, Lucifer constantly demonstrates why he is the king of manipulation, second only to God himself.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'': [[{{Satan}} [[VillainProtagonist Lucifer Morningstar]] is the endlessly proud, brilliant and dangerous Devil.[[{{Satan}} Devil]]. Seeking his freedom from creation, Lucifer deals with endless threats to his new Creation and his safety, constantly outplaying and destroying them. Even in places where he is powerless, such as the Japanese underworld Yomi, Lucifer sees through every trap against him and defeats his supposed hosts. When struck down by another trap, Lucifer returns to life by manipulating his niece Elaine Belloc into sacrificing her life for him and promptly outsmarts and destroys the angel Amenadiel who seeks to destroy him when he is still recovering before returning Elaine to life to repay his debt. Pursuing his freedom from all Creation, Lucifer constantly demonstrates why he is the king of manipulation, second only to God himself.


* ''ComicBooks/RoadToPerdition'', by Max Allen Collins: Michael O'Sullivan is a war hero turned hitman for John Looney, known as the "Angel of Death", who is betrayed by the paranoid, bloodthirsty Connor Looney and his family killed except for his son Michael Jr. Targeting mob banks and stealing their money to weaken the Capones, Michael teals the Looney ledger to give it to Elliot Ness and his Untouchables to remove Looney from power and weaken the Capone outfit to the point they give him Connor. Repeatedly a step ahead of pursuers until the end, Michael wages an effective war against the most powerful mob in the country with only his son, skills and cunning.

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* ''ComicBooks/RoadToPerdition'', ''ComicBook/{{Road to Perdition}}'', by Max Allen Collins: Michael O'Sullivan is a war hero turned hitman for John Looney, known as the "Angel of Death", who is betrayed by the paranoid, bloodthirsty Connor Looney and his family killed except for his son Michael Jr. Targeting mob banks and stealing their money to weaken the Capones, Michael teals the Looney ledger to give it to Elliot Ness and his Untouchables to remove Looney from power and weaken the Capone outfit to the point they give him Connor. Repeatedly a step ahead of pursuers until the end, Michael wages an effective war against the most powerful mob in the country with only his son, skills and cunning.

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* ''ComicBooks/RoadToPerdition'', by Max Allen Collins: Michael O'Sullivan is a war hero turned hitman for John Looney, known as the "Angel of Death", who is betrayed by the paranoid, bloodthirsty Connor Looney and his family killed except for his son Michael Jr. Targeting mob banks and stealing their money to weaken the Capones, Michael teals the Looney ledger to give it to Elliot Ness and his Untouchables to remove Looney from power and weaken the Capone outfit to the point they give him Connor. Repeatedly a step ahead of pursuers until the end, Michael wages an effective war against the most powerful mob in the country with only his son, skills and cunning.


* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': Sinestro is Hal Jordan's personal nemesis, and both a [[FallenHero former Green Lantern]] and planetary dictator. Convinced that the Green Lanterns have failed in their mission of bringing order and security to the universe, Sinestro formed his own Sinestro Corps, and led them into a war against the Green Lanterns, who were only able to defeat Sinestro by resorting to lethal force--the very result the renegade Lantern had been aiming for. Since then Sinestro has changed allegiances multiple times, always with the intention of bringing his vision of stability to the DCU, whether it wants it or not.

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* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': Thaal Sinestro is Hal Jordan's personal nemesis, and both a [[FallenHero former Green Lantern]] and planetary dictator. Convinced that the Green Lanterns have failed in their mission of bringing order and security to the universe, Sinestro formed his own Sinestro Corps, and led them into a war against the Green Lanterns, who were only able to defeat Sinestro by resorting to lethal force--the very result the renegade Lantern had been aiming for. Since then Sinestro has changed allegiances multiple times, always with the intention of bringing his vision of stability to the DCU, whether it wants it or not.


* ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}: Guardian Devil'', by Creator/KevinSmith: Quentin Beck, aka ComicBook/{{Mysterio}}, is presented as a genius, theatrical puppet master seeking to cement himself in history as a "legitimate" supervillain after a career of being nothing more than a B-lister. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, Mysterio makes it his mission to drive the hero Daredevil to insanity, playing on the man's religious faith by using a combination of manipulation, disguises, and hallucinogenic drugs to make him believe a baby under his care is TheAntichrist and needs to be killed. Convincing Daredevil's lover Karen Page she has AIDS, framing his best friend Foggy Nelson for murder, and hiring [[ComicBook/BullseyeMarvelComics Bullseye]] to kidnap the baby and kill anyone in his path (leading to Page's death in Daredevil's arms), Mysterio locks the child in a chamber that will soon suffocate her if Daredevil doesn't go along with the villain's devised "final act" of his grand plan. In the end, upon realizing he hasn't broken Daredevil, Mysterio gives him the baby back and proceeds to blow his own brains out in a final act of defiance towards both the hero and his own cancer, refusing to be taken down by anyone but his own hand. Despite his otherwise goofy or ineffectual outings, Mysterio here is a brilliant strategist, excellent manipulator, and holds all the charm that a LargeHam skilled in film and theater would possess.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Scalped}}'': Joseph Crane is the former tribal chief of the Potawatomi in Michigan. Forced out of his position by Bobby Greenwood for coming out of the closet, Crane's plans for a gay pride parade enrages the homophobic Greenwood, who calls in the feared enforcer Shunka to intimidate Crane. Manipulating Shunka by playing to Shunka's own feelings as a [[ArmouredClosetGay closeted gay man]] after sex, Crane is responsible for the death of his assistant to fake his own murder, leaving town while knowing Shunka will kill Greenwood and his allies in retribution. Once Shunka realizes he has been played, it is too late: Crane returns to retake control, dismissing Shunka with absolutely nothing to connect him to any of the murders, his position utterly secure.


* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'': ComicBook/LexLuthor is a brilliant scientist at S.T.A.R labs seeking to defeat [[Characters/SupermanTheCharacter Superman]], the 'alien', to prove himself and humanity superior to all others. Having the satellite Sputnik plummet to Metropolis to trick Superman into saving the city, Luthor harvests his genetic material to create a clone he then unleashes for his plans, later assisting the Russian [[Characters/BatmanTheCharacter Batman]] against Superman from the shadows. Later becoming President and saving America from ruin, Luthor continues to plot against Superman, Luthor eventually breaks the would-be benevolent dictator with the phrase "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?" Which triggers superman to give his life to stop ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and Luthor's victory, allowing Luthor to craft a 'Global United States' with an unparalleled era of peace and prosperity.

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* ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'': ComicBook/LexLuthor is a brilliant scientist at S.T.A.R labs seeking to defeat [[Characters/SupermanTheCharacter Superman]], Superman, the 'alien', "alien", to prove himself and humanity superior to all others. Having the [[ColonyDrop satellite Sputnik plummet to Metropolis Metropolis]] to trick Superman into saving the city, Luthor harvests his genetic material to create a clone he then unleashes for his plans, later assisting the Russian [[Characters/BatmanTheCharacter Batman]] ComicBook/{{Batman}} against Superman from the shadows. Later becoming President and saving America from ruin, Luthor continues ruin and continuing to plot against Superman, Luthor eventually breaks the would-be benevolent dictator with the phrase "Why don't you just put the whole WORLD in a BOTTLE, Superman?" Which This triggers superman to give Superman into [[HeroicSacrifice giving his life life]] to stop ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and Luthor's victory, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, allowing Luthor to craft a 'Global "Global United States' States" with an unparalleled era of peace and prosperity.


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** [[VillainProtagonist William "Billy" Butcher]] leads the titular squad, driven to hatred against superheroes after one raped his wife, later causing her death. Ruthlessly efficient in his operations, Butcher will take any means necessary to achieve his objectives and constantly shows his brilliance in taking down the legions of superheroes of the Vought-American, using a detonator to kill 150 before they can launch an attack and holds the Vought's most powerful group, the Seven, at a standstill with photos for blackmail. Personally defeating most of the high-ranked group Payback with pure tactical acumen, Butcher also devises a plan to respond to the Homelander's uprising by recommending specialized warheads to the American military, killing scores of superheroes with targeting devices. After avenging his wife, Butcher puts forth a plan to eradicate all superheroes via bioweapon, coming to near victory before throwing it away to instead save his protege, happy to be defeated by someone he loves.
** The Vought-American's de facto head, James Stillwell, is a stoic, unfettered executive who will take any means necessary to ensure his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, calmly facing the deranged superhero and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.

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** [[VillainProtagonist William "Billy" Butcher]] leads the titular squad, [[StartOfDarkness driven to hatred against superheroes after one raped his wife, wife]], later causing her death. Ruthlessly efficient in his operations, Butcher will take any means necessary to achieve his objectives and constantly shows his brilliance in taking down the legions of superheroes of the Vought-American, using a detonator to kill 150 before they can launch an attack and holds the Vought's most powerful group, the Seven, at a standstill with photos for blackmail.{{blackmail}}. Personally defeating most of the high-ranked group Payback with pure tactical acumen, Butcher also devises a plan to respond to the Homelander's uprising by recommending specialized warheads to the American military, killing scores of superheroes with targeting devices. After avenging his wife, Butcher puts forth a plan to eradicate all superheroes via bioweapon, coming to [[NearVillainVictory near victory victory]] before throwing it away foregoing his chance to instead save his protege, dying happy to be defeated by instead save someone he loves.
** The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive James Stillwell]], the Vought-American's de facto head, James Stillwell, is a stoic, unfettered calm, [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] executive who will take any means necessary to ensure single-mindedly ensures his corporation stays profitable and in good public standing. Hindering the Boys at nearly every turn, Stillwell proves himself their most brilliant adversary, at one point setting up a fake hospital to nearly wipe them out when springing a surprise attack. Ever a man of contingencies, Stillwell also swiftly catches on to the Homelander's plans for insurrection, [[NervesOfSteel calmly facing the deranged superhero superhero]] and after the Homelander's coup is stopped, pins the blame on another Vought officer to avoid punishment while allowing Vought to rebrand and continue operating.


* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} himself is a [[DarkAndTroubledPast Holocaust survivor]] who is hellbent on seeing that no such evil ever befalls the mutants. Becoming a terrorist, Magneto manipulates his followers, allies and enemies alike, constantly waging war to [[WellIntentionedExtremist better the lot of mutantkind]], even against his best friend Charles Xavier. At one point Magneto even blackmails the world with nuclear weapons to set up a home for Mutants, and even foiled ComicBook/{{Doctor Doom}}'s attempts at domination at another point. Deciding to protect the world and mutants in his own way, Magneto has returned countless times to commit acts he admits are unscrupulous, but necessary, constantly keeping himself from slipping too far into true evil while protecting his people from all threats.

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* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} himself is a [[DarkAndTroubledPast Holocaust survivor]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Holocaust]] survivor who is hellbent on seeing that no such evil ever befalls the mutants. Becoming a terrorist, Magneto manipulates his followers, allies and enemies alike, constantly waging war to [[WellIntentionedExtremist better the lot of mutantkind]], even against his best friend [[ComicBook/ProfessorX Charles Xavier.Xavier]]. At one point Magneto even blackmails the world with nuclear weapons to set up a home for Mutants, and even foiled ComicBook/{{Doctor Doom}}'s attempts at domination at another point. Deciding to protect the world and mutants in his own way, Magneto has returned countless times to commit acts he admits are unscrupulous, but necessary, constantly keeping himself from slipping too far into true evil while protecting his people from all threats.



* ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, the Mad Titan and devotee of death, is driven to gain the love of Mistress Death herself. Constantly forming intricate new plans to seize ultimate power, Thanos shows a curious sense of honor, especially to the dying Captain Mar-Vell as he helps guide him to the afterlife. Seizing the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos erases half the life in the universe before later [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong assisting in undoing his mistakes]]. Surfacing to manipulate the heroes for the occasional greater good, Thanos later dies in the ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'' event, but not before leaving a failsafe to help stop the villain Annihilus. Later called back to life in ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', Thanos arranges the destruction of the monstrous Cancerverse by his clever scheming and later returns again to even defeat his complacent, submissive future self, proclaiming that no matter what happens, only Thanos will ever define his own destiny.

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* ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, the Mad Titan and [[DeathSeeker devotee of death, death]], is driven to gain the love of Mistress Death herself. Constantly forming intricate new plans to seize ultimate power, Thanos shows a curious sense of honor, especially to the dying Captain Mar-Vell as he helps guide him to the afterlife. Seizing the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos erases half the life in the universe before later [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong assisting in undoing his mistakes]]. Surfacing to manipulate the heroes for the occasional greater good, Thanos later dies in the ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'' event, but not before leaving a failsafe to help stop the villain Annihilus. Later called back to life in ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', Thanos arranges the destruction of the monstrous Cancerverse by his clever scheming and later returns again to even defeat his complacent, submissive future self, proclaiming that no matter what happens, only Thanos will ever define his own destiny.


* ComicBook/{{Loki}} himself, Thor's [[CainAndAbel wicked younger brother]], is the [[TheTrickster God of Mischief]] and frequently forms schemes to embarrass or damage Thor and Asgard itself, which he has repeatedly taken over in some gambit or another. It is later revealed Loki even used time travel to arrange his own adoption at the hands of Odin, murdering his own abusive biological father Laufey, in a clever gambit to get revenge against Asgard in the future. Even when killed, Loki arranges to bring back his younger self and takes him over to return, simultaneously one of Thor's deadliest enemies and beloved brother, rarely lost for his charming smile and a backup plan, who defends Asgard and its people as much as he threatens it.

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* ComicBook/{{Loki}} himself, Thor's [[Characters/TheMightyThorTheCharacter Thor's]] [[CainAndAbel wicked younger brother]], is the [[TheTrickster God of Mischief]] and frequently forms schemes to embarrass or damage Thor and Asgard itself, which he has repeatedly taken over in some gambit or another. It is later revealed Loki even used time travel to arrange his own adoption at the hands of Odin, murdering his own abusive biological father Laufey, in a clever gambit to get revenge against Asgard in the future. Even when killed, Loki arranges to bring back his younger self and takes him over to return, simultaneously one of Thor's deadliest enemies and beloved brother, rarely lost for his charming smile and a backup plan, who defends Asgard and its people as much as he threatens it.


* ''Shi Xiu'' (2011): Shi Xiu, or Cheng I Sao, is an intelligent prostitute kidnapped by pirates. Ingratiating herself to their leader, she becomes one of the leaders of the pirate fleets through sheer force of will and intelligence, completely running rings around the government forces and westerners alike. Once her husband dies, Shi Xiu takes over the pirates by making her husband's adopted son Baozai her lover, ruling through him, and even forcing the government to eventually give into her demands and granting her full amnesty and fabulous wealth in retirement. Easily the most successful pirate who ever lived, Shi Xiu ends her days a wealthy owner of a gambling house with the knowledge that she rose to decide her fate for herself.

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* ''Shi Xiu'' (2011): Xiu'', by Nicholas Meylander: Shi Xiu, or Cheng I Sao, is an intelligent prostitute kidnapped by pirates. Ingratiating herself to their leader, she becomes one of the leaders of the pirate fleets through sheer force of will and intelligence, completely running rings around the government forces and westerners alike. Once her husband dies, Shi Xiu takes over the pirates by making her husband's adopted son Baozai her lover, ruling through him, and even forcing the government to eventually give into her demands and granting her full amnesty and fabulous wealth in retirement. Easily the most successful pirate who ever lived, Shi Xiu ends her days a wealthy owner of a gambling house with the knowledge that she rose to decide her fate for herself.

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* ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'': In this retelling of ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', Bruce Wayne, ComicBook/{{Batman}}, now referred to as The "Broken", failed to regain the cowl after attempting to retrieve it from [[KnightTemplar Jean-Paul Valley]]. Subjected to a brutal torture, Bruce is left [[AndIMustScream a head and torso hooked up to a life support system]], but refuses to crack, criticizing Jean's detective skills and reliance on venom. After being saved by Tourne, Bane's son, and Lady Shiva, Bruce is given a new body made out of Nano-bats, which he uses to help the two battle Valley, who is now calling himself Saint Batman. Revealed to have grown more ruthless since his imprisonment, Bruce kills Valley's CoDragons. Cardinal is tricked into decapitating Torchbearer, and then he tears up Cardinal with his Nano-bats before tossing him down the hole he came from, killing him. After Valley is defeated, Bruce suddenly kills Tourne and Shiva, and reveals to Valley that, while he's come to agree with his rhetoric, he hates how Valley relied on others. Stringing up Valley's corpse, Bruce reveals himself to Gotham, and is met with cheers of the people.

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