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.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Run by some execs and politicians of this type.
Cult of Knull
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 4 #8
A cult dedicated to the worship of the dark god Knull and his symbiotes, dating back to sixth-century Scandinavia.
- Apocalypse Cult: They are a cult dedicated to reviving the dark god Knull and facilitating the destruction of the cosmos.
- Corrupt Church: Under the alias of the "Church of the New Darkness", the Cult of Knull established a temple and masqueraded as a legitimate religion.
- I am a Humanitarian: The Old Norse and North American branches were cannibals who ate the victims they sacrificed to Knull.
- Religion of Evil: They worship the ancient god of darkness Knull and seek to facilitate his revival so that he can destroy the universe.
- The Symbiote: Old Norse stone carvings reveal that at least some of their members bonded to offshoots of the Grendel symbiote following its defeat by Thor.
The Enclave is a small band of scientists who have dedicated themselves to using technology to create a benevolent world dictatorship under their rule.
- Bald of Evil: Morlak, who has a Beard of Evil to boot.
- Best Served Cold: Hamilton dies knowing that while the Enclave will kill him, Carlos Zota will eventually be killed by himself thanks to time travel. He likes this.
- Composite Character: Marvel Comics #1000 reveals that Morlak, Hamilton and Zota were the Three Xs, a trio of characters from the early days of Timely, as well as the gentlemen Professor Horton first unveiled the Human Torch to. Hamilton, meanwhile, is also Blind Justice, a vigilante Hawkeye tussled with during his LA days.
- Dwindling Party: Between various screw-ups and disasters, by 2019 only Zota is alive. And even then, he eventually manages to do himself in, thanks to time travel.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Zota just never learns to stop tinkering with stuff. The whole of the 2021 Defenders is the un-team chasing him across time as he keeps screwing with various cosmic nasties. It eventually gets him killed... by himself.
- Eye Scream: Hamilton was blinded as a result of Him's awakening.
- Fan of the Past: Zota was a fan of the Wild West.
- Hero Killer: They might've killed the Dark Avenger. They might also have killed Blind Justice, who was once one of their own.
- Long-Lived: They've been taking "longevity treatments", which is how three of them can still be around despite having been around in the 1930s.
- The Man Behind the Man: They might have had a hand in the creation of Adam-II, and his subsequent insanity.
- Motive Decay: Starting off with making a better world, after they got their hands on the Eternity Mask this devolved into taking over the world. Jerome Hamilton was the only one to notice or care.
- Multi National Team: The Enclave was founded by four scientists, each of whom had a different area of expertise. They were Maris Morlak, a Lithuanian nuclear physicist, Jerome Hamilton, an American medical biologist, Carlo Zota, a Spanish electronics technician, and Wladyslav Shinski, a Polish geneticist.
- No One Could Survive That!:
- Blind Justice's one and only encounter with Hawkeye ended with him plunging into a river. Once Hawkeye's back was turned, his hand popped out.
- At the end of Defenders, Zota is supposedly killed fighting the primordial cosmic evil Anti-All. However, the fact he'd just taken the Eternity Mask off his future self already showed he did, somehow, survive it.
- Obliviously Evil: They just want to take over the world. What's so evil about that?
- Rapid Aging: A favored method of killing for them, which helps hiding attempts to trace them.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: They started off bothering the Fantastic Four, but they've also tussled with Adam Warlock, and Golden Age hero the Thunderer.
- Something We Forgot: When Him made his destructive exit from the Beehive, Hamilton was presumed dead. Actually, he'd just been blinded and buried by debris, along with the Eternity Mask.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Happens to them an awful lot. First with Him, then Her. Proving they've learned nothing, the last time Zota was seen, he was tinkering with Korvak, a cosmically-powered being who can kill the Avengers with a wave of his hands. Surprise, he turned against Zota about the minute he woke up.
- Visionary Villain: Take over the world for the greater good. Also, inbetween, they've mucked around with trying to create the perfect human.
- We Used to Be Friends:
- With the Thunderer. However, he blamed them for Adam-II and the death of William Naslund, so he turned against them. They ended up killing him.
- Jerome Hamilton was left for dead and turned on the others by becoming Blind Justice.
First Appearance: Savage Tales #1 (May, 1971) note ; Captain America #386 (June, 1991) note
In the alternate future of Earth-712, the Femizons are a group of Amazonian women led by Thundra. A second version would be formed on Earth-616 by Superia, a superpowered misandrist and the supposed ancestor of Thundra. Gathering a group of all-female supervillains, she would try and take over the world.
- Amazon Brigade: Superia's group of Femizons was this.
Alter Egos: Viper, Knockout, Bloodlust, Mindblast, Snake Whip, Sapphire Styx
- Amazon Brigade: They're an all-female mercenary group.
Alter Egos: Battleaxe, Letha, Poundcakes, Auntie Freeze, Cowgirl, Gladiatrix, Screaming Mimi (Melissa Gold), Screaming Mimi (Lanie), Sushi, Titania
First Appearance: Marvel Two-In-One #54 (August, 1979)
The Grapplers were a group of mostly female wrestlers, led by Auntie Freeze. The original group worked for Roxxon, and the second were a division of the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation.
- Amazon Brigade: They're all gals.
- C-List Fodder: Titania was killed by the Scourge of the Underworld.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: One issue of Captain America had a passing glimpse of Poundcakes trying to flatten another supervillain for hitting on her.
- One Steve Limit: Their Titania isn't that other Titania, the one who regularly fights with She-Hulk.
- Spikes of Villainy: Poundcakes's outfit has spikes around her collarbone.
After the events of Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn disbanded S.H.I.E.L.D. and from the ashes, he founded H.A.M.M.E.R., a group built to cover Osborn's dirty schemes.
- Evil Counterpart: Serve as this for S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Dark Reign.
- Fun with Acronyms: According to Norman Osborn, he didn't apply an acronym to the name H.A.M.M.E.R. He assigned his assistant Victoria Hand the task of defining what H.A.M.M.E.R. actually stood for, although it has never been revealed what the real name of the organization is.
Alter Egos: Arthur Negan, Angar the Screamer, Jerry Morgan, Doctor Bong, Chondu, Ruby Thursday
First Appearance: The Defenders #21
Most likely one of the strangest groups in the Marvel Universe. Consisting of deranged scientists, they bent on revenge against the world for outcasting them. Each of them has a strange feature with their heads.
AKA: Orwell Taylor, Edwin Cord, Bomblast (Kenneth Parmenter), Firearm, Ramshot (Samuel Caulkin), Sentry (Curtis Elkins), Wysper (Jennifer Stewart), Screech (Maxwell Taylor)
Debut: Venom: Lethal Protector #2
- Orwell Taylor: I had a son—Hugh. Fresh out of the army, he became a guard at the federal prison called the Vault. He was the first man you killed when you escaped from that institution.Venom: We... we didn't want to hurt anyone...!Orwell Taylor: And that makes it all right?! You murdered my son! That's why I put together the Jury! These warriors—including the ex-Guardsman who holds you helpless—we're Hugh's friends in the military. But now they're sole purpose, like my own—is killing you!
During one of his escapes from the Vault, Venom murdered a guard named Hugh Taylor, having deemed the man "acceptable collateral." Hugh's grief-stricken father, General Orwell Taylor, proceeded to use his connections and resources to equip Hugh's brother and several of his comrades with enhanced Guardsman armor so that they could make Venom pay.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Trial Run backup story from Sinner Takes All.
- Amoral Attorney: Maxwell Taylor became the group's defence attorney.
- Anti-Hero Team: They're a squad of over-glorified prison guards aiming to kill Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote.
- Atrocious Alias: Nobody takes "Screech" seriously.
- Crusading Widower: Wysper applied for the Jury after her prison guard husband was murdered by the second Tarantula during a riot at the Vault that was instigated by Venom.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite all of their set-up, they only appeared thrice in Eddie's series, and two of those appearances were just in backup stories that did not involve Venom at all.
- Hanging Judge: The role of the short-lived member "Gavel".
- Kangaroo Court: After apprehending their target they try, sentence, and execute them without any real intention of finding them innocent.
- Knight Templar: They aimed to "judge" Venom, Tarantula II, Spider-Man,note and Abe Jenkins using lethal force, and while they've reformatted to be more representative of an American court of law they still use lethal force.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Sentry was the leader, so he got to have unique armor while the rest dressed nigh-identically.
- Man of Kryptonite: Their suits were designed with symbiote weaknesses in mind, which is reflected by most of their codenames (Bombblast, Wysper, Screech, Firearm).
- Motive Decay: General Taylor eventually put the whole "gotta avenge my dead son" thing on the backburner and started caring only about the money that he could make whoring the team out as Hired Guns.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Firearm's real name is unknown.
- Poorly Disguised Pilot: Their backup story in Sinner Takes All was obviously setting up a Jury series that never materialized.
- Powered Armor: They all wear modified Guardsman armor, which itself was based on blueprints for Tony Stark's Iron Man armour.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They were demoted to this status while working for the Life Foundation in The Arachnis Project.
- Revenge: Their goal is to avenge the comrades who were killed during one of Eddie Brock's escapes.
- The Smurfette Principle: Jennifer Stewart is the only female member.
- Villain Has a Point: During his first run-in with the gang, Venom begrudgingly admits that General Taylor has every right to hate and want him dead, so he spends most of their fight doing evasive maneuvers and defending himself, rather than actually fighting them. He at some point got over this, though, going out of his way to try and kill them in The Arachnis Project.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Screech (Max Taylor) was The Unfavorite whose life revolved almost entirely around appeasing General Taylor.
Legion of the Unliving
The Legion of the Unliving has had many incarnations over the years. The Legion members have often been dead heroes and villains and have primarily fought the Avengers. The current team are all vampires.
- Spider-Man: Oh, man! Five enemies with the power of Venom and Carnage? Maybe I should've stayed in New York...
The Life Foundation believed that the conclusion of the Cold War would bring about a nuclear holocaust that would result in the mutually assured destruction of modern civilization. To that end, they constructed a large fall-out shelter and provide a place for their wealthy clients to live comfortably. In order to protect their future Utopian society, they created five symbiotes (Scream, Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot) forcibly spawned from the Venom symbiote.
- Abandoned Warehouse: Their hideout in Separation Anxiety.
- Back from the Dead: The symbiotes were seemingly aged to dust and the hosts killed in an explosion, but they returned through unknown means.
- Fusion Dance: After their hosts were killed by Scream, the Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot symbiotes merged into Hybrid.
- Hired Guns: The hosts were mercenaries before being bonded to their symbiotes.
- Jagged Mouth: The exceptions being Lasher, who had No Mouth, and Riot, who had normal teeth instead that looked like an extension of his face.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: They're symbiotes, so this is a given.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Four of the five, though two of those had Jagged Mouths.
- Expy: They're commonly used as a stand-in for The Mafia, which also exists in the Marvel Universe.
- The Mafia: The Maggia is an international crime syndicate aping off the real-life Mafia, with two of its most famous members being Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi — a cyborg Italian don, and Hammerhead — who styles himself off Al Capone and the Mafioso of the Prohibition Era.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: While they have opposed several street-level heroes like Spider-Man, they have also faced the Avengers and Defenders as well.
A monstrous race of mindless slaves from the Dread Dimensions.
- AKA: Burner (Byron Calley), Shocker (Randall Darby), Lifter (Ned Lathrop), Peeper (Peter Quinn), Slither (Aaron Solomon)Debut: Captain America Annual #4
Former members of Magneto's second incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Shocker, Burner, Lifter, Peeper and Slither reunited as the Mutant Force.
- De-Power: With the exception of Slither, they all lost their powers during M-Day, but somehow regained them a few years afterwards.
- One Steve Limit: Shocker shares codename with the better known Spider-Man foe Herman Schultz.
- Snake People: Slither looks like a humanoid snake.
- Unwitting Pawn: They were agents of the Red Skull, though most of them didn't actually know that.
The Power Elite was a secret trust of influence brokers formed after Hydra's takeover of the United States in response to the political climate of the country. Acting under the belief that America had become weak and plagued by parasites, the Power Elite intended to strengthen the country to mark a new beginning.
A ragtag bunch of criminals and supervillains with one thing in common: a grudge against Mac Gargan for "amputating" one or more of their limbs. Gathered together by the Redeemer, they swore to bring the Sinister Spider-Man to justice.
- Absurd Phobia: Dementoid develops one towards buttocks and anuses after Gargan turns his rear end into a set of jaws and nearly eats him in reverse.
- An Arm and a Leg: With the exception of Doctor Everything, they all had a limb or two eaten by Venom.
- Affectionate Nickname: In his diary-style summary of the previous issue in Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #3, Mac has heart-shaped cutouts with photos of the Redeemers on them and little captions, referring to Redeemer as "Nerd", Hippo as "Lunch", Eleven as "Dessert", Wolfram as "Midnight Snack", Dementoid as "Gassy", and Doctor Everything as "Naked. It's weird."
- Back from the Dead: Despite being eaten by Venom, Hippo later reappears to fight Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
- Breakout Villain: Hippo is apparently popular with someone, as he somehow recovered from being devoured by Mac, and went on to become a minor recurring villain for the real Spider-Man.
- Captain Ersatz: Doctor Everything is a blatant parody of Doctor Manhattan.
- Catchphrase: Hippo's is "Pachyderm Power!" ... which doesn't make any sense given that he's not an elephant.
- Censor Box: Doctor Everything's junk is obscured by a small black censor bar.
- Eaten Alive: Hippo and Eleven are eaten by Venom during their first showdown.
- Evil Old Folks: General Wolfram is a World War II veteran.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Doctor Everything remarks he has no need for clothes to Eleven when she complains about his nudity.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Hippo is an anthropomorphic hippo created by the High Evolutionary, and wears a pair of Hulk-sized green pants.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Their cybernetic limbs were rentals, and their plan was to threaten Venom with legal action and kill him if he refused their list of demands, which were fairly reasonable if absurdly naive. To say they failed miserably was an understatement.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Eleven's power. Unfortunately for her, Mac was able to Fight Off the Kryptonite.
- Nemean Skinning: Wolfram wears the skin of a wolf... with glowing red eyes.
- No-Sell: Venom is immune to Dementoid's insanity-inducing touch, and when Doctor Everything covers his mouth with a metal plate he tries to use his ass to eat people.
- Reality Warper: Doctor Everything can warp reality, although his use of this power is limited to comedic effect, such as conjuring a metal plate over Venom's mouth. He's even arrested.
- Save the Villain: The Redeemer's professed goal is to save "Spider-Man"... by killing him.
- Sinister Schnoz: Doctor Shep Gunderson's nose was enormous.
- Skull for a Head: The Redeemer's mask is intended to invoke this.
- Smurfette Principle: Eleven is the only girl on the team.
- Those Wacky Nazis: General Wolfram was a Nazi scientist during World War II.
- Time for Plan B: In the aftermath of their failed attempt to redeem or kill Mac, Dementoid and Wolfram visit the now quadriplegic Redeemer, who has them enact the backup plan - sending pictures of "Spider-Man's" innumerable crimes to J. Jonah Jameson.
- Unreliable Narrator: Wolfram claims to have been a wolf humanized by the Nazis, though the Redeemer points out that there are a lot of holes in that story. A much more competent and science-oriented General Wolfram later appeared in a Wolverine story set during WW2, and it's entirely possible this one based his persona off of the original or even that they are the same person since the original was subjected to Weapon X.
- Uplifted Animal: Hippo is one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, or Beastials.
- Villain Team-Up: They're a self-help group for supervillains who lost limbs to Mac Gargan.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Eleven is introduced and killed within two issues, and none of the other members - except Hippo - have reappeared.
Alter Egos: Brutacus, Gazelle, Hydron, Reptilla, Thornn, Vakume, Vertigo
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #186 (September, 1977)
A team of magical supervillains, children of Nicholas Scratch. Recently Salem's Seven have reformed and now protect the town of New Salem.
- Afro Asskicker: Vertigo
- Back from the Dead: They have been killed and revived a couple of times.
- Blow You Away: Vakume
- Fish People: Hydron.
- HeelFace Turn: Eventually reformed and now protect their hometown.
- Making a Splash: Hydron has a water cannon on his left arm.
- Meaningful Name: Several of the team members. Reptilla is a reptile, Vakume (vacuum) has air manipulation powers, Thornn is covered in thorns, Gazelle has enhanced speed and agility, and Hydron is a fish person that can fire blasts of water.
- Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Brutacus is the son of a witch and a mutant.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Brutacus can transform into a lion-like form while Gazelle can transform into a fast deer-like form.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Reptilla is a snake-like humanoid and (usually) a villain.
- Rule of Seven: They are a group of seven magicians.
- Sibling Team: While they aren't seen together all the time, they do work together and are half-siblings through their father, Nicholas Scratch.
- Snake People: Reptilla.
- Spikes of Villainy: Thornn.
- Super Speed: Gazelle.
Alter Egos: Vulture, Rhino, Cobra, Tarantula, Scorpion, Stegron (Kraven's), Crime-Master, Death Adder II, Jack O'Lantern, Megatak, Human Fly, Toxin (Crime-Master's)
- Animal-Motif Team: Vulture's team is made up of only animal-themed villains.
This subversive organization has been headed by a number of different leaders, always known as "Number One", with each iteration's goals following the desires of its current leader. The Secret Empire was founded by a scientist who felt like an anonymous nobody. The organization began as a criminal enterprise, a subsidiary of HYDRA, which provided it with financial support. The Secret Empire served to distract the attention of authorities such as S.H.I.E.L.D. from HYDRA's activities, although the original Number One sought to break away from HYDRA.
Alter Egos: Lady Beetle, Scorpia, Lady Octopus, Electro II, White Rabbit (Current), Boomerang, Rhino, Constrictor, Electro, Dr. Octopus, Beetle, Tombstone, Shocker, Hydro-Man, Speed Demon, Hardshell (Original)
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #280 (September, 1986) (Original), Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 #25 (September, 2019) (Current)
Sons of the Serpent
First Appearance: The Avengers #32 (1966)A white supremacist group with occult roots that have used various means to achieve their ends, including media manipulation, blackmail, and bio-warfare all with the unifying theme of racism.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They are white supremacists.
Spider-Man Revenge Squad
Alter Egos: Grizzly, Gibbon, Spot and Kangaroo
Group of bottom-list villains against Spider-Man.
Alter Egos: Technospike, Wirehead, Steel Collar, Bitmap, Killobyte, Infomorph
First Appearance: Daredevil #326 (March, 1994)
System Crash was a group of informational terrorist or cyber criminals affiliated with HYDRA and led by Baron Von Strucker. The group consisted of Infomorph, Bitmap, Steel Collar, Kill-O-Byte, Wirehead and Technospike.
- The Cracker: They are a group of techno-based criminals working for Hydra.
- Legacy Character: The first Killobyte was killed and replaced by his brother.
- Terrorists Without a Cause: They're terrorists with an affiliation with HYDRA, and as such they fight for whatever HYDRA needs at the moment.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: They appeared in about a dozen issues before being promptly forgotten.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They haven't reappeared since 1994 besides being included in a Marvel's Character Encyclopedia.
First Appearance: Doctor Strange #183
Ancient, non-humanoid demons from another dimension.
The Watchdogs are dedicated to restoring and preserving traditional American culture and values, and fighting against indecency, immorality, and sexual perversion. The Watchdogs seek to impose their conservative moral views on the general public; they believe in strict enforcement of family values and are violently opposed to pornography, obscenity, sex education, abortion, homosexuality, and the teaching of evolutionary theory. Their terrorist activities, which include vandalism, arson, intimidation, assault, kidnapping, brainwashing, and murder, are targeted primarily at people who produce material that the Watchdogs consider pornographic, including nude art and sexually explicit music.