Alter Ego: Centauria, Centaurio, Centauron, Dovina, Elephantine, Fury, Leoninus, Minotaurus, Neptunus, Pantherus, Siren, Viperus, Woodgod
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #31
A group of animal-men created by Woodgod who came across the Hulk and some of his friends after a fellow Changeling is wounded by General Thunderbolt Ross.
- A Lizard Named "Liz": Their names were very descriptive of their appearances.
- A Load of Bull: Minotaurus is a minotaur.
- The Bus Came Back: After being dead since the nineties, Elephantine reappears in Hell and decides to help Johnny Blaze become the new ruler of Hell.
- Cruel Elephant: Elephantine the humanoid elephant.
- Kill 'Em All: Only Woodgod remains alive, all others have been killed.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: Centauria, Centaurio and Centaurion.
Church of the New Darkness
First Appearance: Venom Vol. 4 #8A cult dedicated to the worship of the dark god Knull and his symbiotes, dating back to sixth-century Scandinavia.
- 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.
Children of the Vault
First Appearance: X-Men Vol 2 #188
A race of post-humans, created by a group of ambitious scientists using time dilation to speed up human evolution. Originally intending to wait out mankind's extinction, they were woken early by M-Day, and decided to speed up the process a little.
- Bald Women: Cadena appears to be bald.
- The Bus Came Back: After being absent for some time, one of their number reappears in Jonathan Hickman's X-Men, having been experimented on by Orchis.
- Composite Character: Hickman's X-Men run merges them with his own creations, the Children of Tomorrow, from the Ultimate Universe.
- Gratuitous Spanish: They have a tendency to pepper their speech with Spanish. And their names.
- Gravity Master: Perro has the ability to mess with gravity.
- Lack of Empathy: One of the first things they're seen doing is obliterating a large city block just to clear out any evidence Sabretooth was there, long after he'd fled the scene.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Serafina uses her powers to live out a domestic fantasy with Cannonball. It doesn't work because Sam starts noticing things aren't right.
- Making a Splash: Sangre's body is made of water.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Their powers apparently derive from their clothing, and energy stored within it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Serafina tried using a Brainwashed and Crazy Northstar and Aurora as catspaws to eliminate the X-Men. In doing so, she helped undo Northstar's Hand-induced brainwashing, gave the twins a power boost, and allowed the X-Men a chance to cure Aurora's long-standing mental health issues (also, sending Northstar to recruit his sister also caused a case of Interrupted Suicide).
- Opening a Can of Clones: Hickman's X-Men hints that the various children are clones grown as the need arises, with each one serving a specific function.
- Playing with Fire: Fuego's power. Unlike most pyromantic characters, he has to draw energy from other sources to fuel it, rather than just generating it himself.
- Stripperiffic: Rana only wears red leather straps to cover her bits.
- Those Were Only Their Scouts: In their first appearance, Sangre points out to Rogue that the handful she and her team fight are obviously not going to be their entire race. The others were hiding in the jungles of Ecuador, in case their first plan failed.
- Transhuman: Thanks to several subjective generations of evolution and genetic drift, they're no longer homo sapiens sapiens.
- Transhuman Treachery: Their original plan was to just sit at home and wait for mankind to die off on its own, but when they woke up early, they decided mankind would have to go so they could take over the Earth.
- Year Inside, Hour Outside: How they were created. The scientists who began the project put them in a tanker they'd acquired, and used time dilation to speed the whole thing up. The Children were in there for three decades, and might've stayed there even longer had M-Day not occurred.
Church of Humanity
A paramilitary organization of a religious bent (supposedly Catholic Christianity) who have the goal of wiping out Mutants. Despite the name, they have no relation to the Friends of Humanity.
- Artistic License Religion: Holy crap (sorry). A big part of their plan in Chuck Austen's run was trying to break the spirit of Catholics the world over by faking the Rapture.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Utterly over-complicated and poorly written though their plan is, they have managed to kill several Mutants (over two hundred, according to House of X), including Generation X member Skin, and they nearly got Jubilee too.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Supposedly. In theory. Assuming the writer has only heard of how Catholicism from someone who was going through a tunnel. While drunk.
- Complexity Addiction: Their plan with Nightcrawler is... yeah... they rig his installation as a priest, with the end goal of eventually getting him made Pope, so that when he is sworn in, they can reveal he's a Mutant by sabotaging his image inducer, thus inducing suicidal despair and anti-mutant hate everywhere (bwa-ha-ha-ha?)
- The Fundamentalist: Similar to Reverend Stryker and his Purifiers.
- Gratuitous Ninja: During X-Factor vol 3., they send a bunch of ninja over to attack X-Factor Investigations, as you do.
- Shout-Out: Their initial outing has a few references to the then-contemporary X Men 2, with one of their main weapons being an illusion-casting mutant labelled "143".
- Villain Decay: When written by Chuck Austen, they were a credible physical threat to the X-Men. The ones in X-Factor manage to get horribly killed by Pip the Troll. Pip the Troll.
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.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: They were introduced antagonizing Shang-Chi, but Cap has become their usual enemy over time.
- Villain Team-Up: They're known for forming these, which isn't surprising given how many supervillains they hire.
- 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. Assuming Korvak's left anything of him.
- Eye Scream: Hamilton was blinded as a result of Him's awakening.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, Golden Age hero the Thunderer, and the Fantastic Four.
- 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.
Alter Egos: Viper, Knockout, Bloodlust, Mindblast, Snake Whip, Sapphire Styx
- Amazon Brigade: They're an all-female mercenary group.
- 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.
Alter Ego: Sandra Verdugo, Jink Slater, Agent Pratt, Agent S-2, Agent S-3 (Betty Ross), Nadia Blonsky, Agent Baxter, Agent S-5 (Kelly), Olson
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #36 (March 2002)
A Conspiracy aimed towards the Hulk.
Alter Egos: General "Thunderbolt" Ross, General John Ryker, Colonel Glenn Talbot, Agent Clay Quartermain, Captain Thomas Bowman, Colonel Jack Armbruster, Dr. Edwin Maxwell, Agent Lindsay
Notable Aliases: Hulkbuster Unit
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #148
The Hulkbusters are a combination of US Army and Air force personnel headed by General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, intent on capturing and destroying the Hulk.
Alter Egos: Empress Daydra, Amphibion, Torgo, Dark-Crawler
Known Aliases: Horror-Hunters
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #269
The Hulk-Hunters are a team of fierce warriors consisting of Torgo, Amphibion and the Dark-Crawler.
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
In GeneralThe 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
In GeneralThe Sinister Six is the name of various teams assembled with the purpose of defeating Spider-Man or pursuing criminal endeavors. Formed and recurrently led by Doctor Octopus, subsequent iterations of the Sinister Six have also been led by Hobgoblin, Sandman, Green Goblin and currently Boomerang.
- Villain Team-Up: They are a group of villains that teamed up together to defeat Spider-Man.
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.
First Appearance: Doctor Strange #183
Ancient, non-humanoid demons from another dimension.
United States Hulk Operations
Notable Aliases: Shadow Base
First Appearance: Immortal Hulk Vol. 1, #6
The United States Hulk Operations, also known as Shadow Base, is a clandestine U.S. Military organization tasked with hunting down the Hulk and his allies.
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 which the Watchdogs consider pornographic, including nude art and sexually explicit music.