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  • If somebody says anything even remotely homophobic in the Midnighter's comic book series, they're evil. Period.
    • Sole exception is Kev, who in the end admits to himself he repeats homophobic slurs, because he got his idea how tough guys should act from TV and movies.
    • The G7 version of The Authority gives us The Colonel. Who fits this trope to a T.He's a repugnant misogynistic asshole and damn proud of it. And then there's Last Call who may be the most vile depiction of a homophobic character to ever be featured in a mainstream comic book.
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  • In Batman: Heart of Hush, Hush seems to have a misogynistic and classist streak, calling Zatanna a "filthy gypsy" and Selina a "common gutterslut". This could possibly be explained by his issues with his mother, a smothering, snobby woman.
  • The Boys: Most of the superpowered people in the Boys universe are either racist, misogynistic or homophobic just to drive home how screwed up they are.
    • The Homelander, a twisted Captain Ersatz for Superman is a ginormous racist, as well as a misogynist and a rapist. In two separate issues he shouts a racial epithet just before (or just after) killing a minority villain.
    • The Captain Marvel/Thor knock-off, Stormfront, who is an actual Nazi and is mentioned to sponsor numerous white supremacist causes and militias worldwide. (That Stormfront is also the name of a real life Neo-Nazi and white supremacist group should be a clue that the character isn't a big fan of diversity.)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Swell are highly misogynistic, what with Slayers being their main enemies.
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    • Genevieve does not consider anyone who is not nobility to be worth her time, and considers anyone from the "colonies" to be worth even less.
    • Dracula refers to Japanese vampires as "filthy yellow swine" and calls Renée "Xander's moor". However, he is portrayed as simply politically incorrect, without malice behind it, his attitudes being mainly a result of extraordinary age.
  • A lot of Captain America villains are like this. Besides the Red Skull, there's Arnim Zola, Crossbones, Baron Heinrich Zemo, and Hydra in general. (Hell, on the cover of the hero's first appearance, he was shown punching Hitler himself in the face, even though that never happened.) This is because Captain America's career as a costumed hero began during World War II. There exists more than one cover featuring Cap punching out Hitler or (a racist caricature of) General Tojo. The man was used to sell War Bonds, after all.
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  • Paul Cornell's Captain Britain and MI13 series depicted Marvel's version of Dracula as a virulent anti-Muslim bigot, which Doctor Doom upbraids him for. May be justified if you identify Dracula with the historical Vlad III Dracula, who fought many wars against the Ottoman Empire.
  • Captain Nazi. Really and truly, his name says it all, doesn't it? Although he's apparently some kind of personification of Nazism, so it's integral to his character rather than a gratuitous trait.
  • In Circles, Carter Allen holds a meeting with the entire neighborhood and doesn't invite Paulie and the others because he wants to discuss what to do about them. He doesn't want to live near "fags" in his neighborhood.
  • In Champions (2016), the team ends up dealing with a small town sheriff who was heavily bigoted and, unknown to most people, was actually inspiring various hate crimes by causing them. Gwenpool drops in and attempts to reveal that there's no way someone could be this bigoted without super villain assistance because this is a comic book, but Kamala Khan attempts to get through the girl's skull that people can be bigoted without super villain influence.
  • In Crimson, the Knights Templar practice Fantastic Racism and Van Helsing Hate Crimes, not only persecuting supernatural monsters whether they are evil or not as well as getting innocents killed in their crusade. However, their leader Barnebau D'Orense verges into this territory by throwing misogynistic remarks towards a female main character, promising that he will make a "breeding slut" out of her to his lesser knights, and that is if she is lucky. He is also vaguely implied to be racist too, since he expresses surprise that their champion Saint George was reincarnated as a black man.
  • Writers who don't like presenting Doctor Doom as a Noble Demon will sometimes make him more unsympathetic by having him voice racist and sexist sentiments. This is at odd with Doom's more frequent characterization as having meritocratic views (believing not that all people are equal, but that the elite can come from any background), and specifically loathing ethnic bigotry on account of his Roma ancestry. Fans tend to conclude that bigoted Dooms were actually malfunctioning Doombots.
  • The Flash:
    • Captain Boomerang made a number of racist remarks during his time on Suicide Squad. Shortly after his death in Identity Crisis, it was implied he also made a number of homophobic remarks to the openly-gay Pied Piper.
    • The Trickster was also homophobic to Pied Piper in Countdown to Final Crisis. What makes this baffling to many fans was he wasn't like that before and in fact was the one who implied that Captain Boomerang made similar remarks, wondering why the hell Pied Piper was mourning him.
    • Dr. Alchemy's appearance in Gotham Central presented him as a homophobe, a racist, and a sexist.
  • Frank Miller's RoboCop sees the Rehabs emulate stereotypes of Native Americans while torturing an officer in the climax.
  • The most defining characteristic of Hugo Von Schwatzenburg, a German officer and the only named villain in the World War I serial "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill", has got to be his misogyny. Within moments of seeing a battered and frightened American heroine Golden Eyes lost in the woods, he formulates a plan to capture and seduce her, believing that she'll forget he's keeping her as a prisoner of war and instantly fall in love with him- because she'll "worship his 'SUPER'-mannishness" [sic]. The most concentrated dose of this characterization arrives in Von Schwatzenburg's POV installment and immediately following the revelation that Golden Eyes has stolen his communiques and ferried them off to the American side, whereupon he descends into a frothing rage and describes Americans as "the hated who 'honored their women and did not understand that they were servants and slaves and dolls!'"
  • During Kurt Busiek's JLA story "Syndicate Rules" (dealing with the aftermath of JLA/Avengers), the Crime Syndicate's Johnny Quick twice displays racism. The first time, before the CSA's siege on Qward and Krona destroying the antimatter universe, Johnny Quick boasted about defeating a Chinese rebellion and was in the middle of calling the people "yellow" when Owlman started beating the crap out of him (as he'd been funding the rebellion to ultimately relieve the CSA's boredom). The second time, after the universe is restored with some changes, Quick called Power Ring, who was Race Lifted into a John Stewart counterpart by what happened, "Black Power Ring", much to Power Ring's chagrin.
  • Variant in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Big Bad of the first book is depicted as a homophobe just to bump up his villain credentials (despite the fact that this would have hardly made him unusual in the Victorian era). Likewise, in the third volume, the more misogynistic qualities of James Bond and the more reactionary qualities of Bulldog Drummond are played up.
  • Whether he's presented as a violent Anti-Hero parody or a snarky bad guy, Lobo is presented as misogynist and a pervert in the same way guys like Archie Bunker are, because it's funny and he's not the type of guy fans are supposed to emulate. He's made lewd comments to most of DC's power players and in one story, ripped Starfire's top off as "payment for services".
  • Another Marvel villain named the Mandrill (who has fought Shanna the She-Devil, the Thing, Daredevil, and many other heroes) has the mutant power to control women using pheromones. He doesn't even try to deny that he's a misogynist, and has often used his female brainwashed henchmen as Sex Slaves.
  • In Miracleman, Johnny Bates, after gruesomely murdering or mutilating half the population of London, still takes a second to Kick the Dog by calling the African-American pyrokinetic hero Huey Moon a "nigger".
  • Norman Osborn is one. He is sexist, violent xenophobe, admires Hitler and the Red Skull. White supremacists believe he is a true hero of white Americans.
  • The Punisher MAX:
    • Just in case you missed the memo that the clique of generals in "Valley Forge, Valley Forge" arc were evil (we're talking about a group who maintained their own secret jihadists to throw a plane at Moscow and try to weaponize a flesheating virus), one of them learns the initial attack on Frank was unsuccesful, flips out and insults the man in charge of the attack (who is totally-not-Morgan Freeman).
    • The Heavy, The MAX version of Punisher's archnemesis, Jigsaw, was very racist and misogynistic, referring to Mexican women as "spic bitches," "coozes," and "whores" nearly every time he opens his mouth.
    • The Punisher: Born has Coltrane, the resident drug dealer of Firebase Valley Forge, who is both racist and homophobic, his first line in the series calling Angel, the black friend of Stevie Goodwin, a "jungle bunny". His final scene has him taunting Stevie about Angel, who had just gotten his head blown off by the NVA, as he's trying to kill him for messing up his drug business in order to get Angel out of it, and explicitly uses the N-word. Coltrane promptly gets brained by Castle with a sharpened shovel for his trouble.
  • Robin: Edmund Dorrance/King Snake, who was the closest thing Tim had to an archenemy before Edmund's son Bane tracked Edmund down and killed him, was a racist, sexist, fascist druglord who fantasized about the "good old days" of colonialism and chattel slavery.
  • Red Skull:
    • When first introduced, Red Skull, arch-enemy of Captain America, was indeed a Nazi agent, but was written more as an "enemy of America" than a "Nazi" per se. Over time, however, he has been given more and more racist and eugenic dialogue, making him the rare Marvel villain who became less sympathetic over time. This trend peaked in the late 1980s, when he was portrayed as a lunatic anarcho-capitalist who was explicitly too evil for the Nazis, and then reversed somewhat; now, he is (for the most part) "merely" a Nazi again.
    • One script during Mark Waid's run of Captain America was written from the Red Skull's POV and contained a number of racial slurs. The racially-charged comments (among other things) were heavily edited out of the published issue, with the final issue being so radically different that Waid asked his name be taken off the credits. The issue's original script built up to a scene where the Skull, in a roundabout way, equates Cap to Hitler himself. Link here.
    • This massively backfired on the Skull during the Crisis Crossover Acts Of Vengeance. Loki was trying to organize a big supervillain teamup to take down the superheroes once and for all. This sounds good on paper, but he proceeded to invite Skull to the group, who is despised by most other villains. This put the Red Skull (who is, again, a Nazi) in the same room as Magneto (a Jewish Holocaust survivor), Doctor Doom (of Romani descent and deeply hates bigotry), the Mandarin (Chinese), Kingpin (a lover of capitalism who also hates bigotry), and the Wizard (who doesn't have any real ideology, but didn't want anything to do with Skull). Needless to say, the day wasn't even over before the whole plan collapsed in on itself due to in-fighting. The whole thing ended with Magneto burying Skull alive.
    • Averted by the even more evil Ultimate Red Skull, who seems to have lost all his racial supremacist connotations, given that's he's worked for dictators and terrorists of every possible colour and creed. He believes in true equality: He wants to kill EVERYONE.
  • Longtime Avengers foe Eric Williams, more infamously known as The Grim Reaper, once reformed his "Lethal Legion" criminal organization in a revenge effort against The Vision and his brother Simon, Wonder Man. Counted among them was the Wakandan M'Baku, also known as The Man-Ape. In an early issue of "West Coast Avengers", the Reaper violently lashed out at M'Baku, calling him a "black savage", and telling him to "get his stinking gorilla costume out of here!", punctuating his invective with a blast from his energy scythe. What sparked this raging outburst? Man-Ape coming to DELIVER A STATUS REPORT. Ironically, Williams' lover Nekra, an albino, but nevertheless African American by birth woman, was right by his side and witnessed the entire incident. The Reaper handwaved the seeming hypocrisy by stating that Nekra's pure white skin made her Caucasian in his eyes, and that seemed to satisfy her. But the Reaper got his in the end when both Man-Ape and The Black Talon, another Legion member who was of Creole descent, abandoned Williams and his revenge quest during the climactic battle with the Avengers.
  • Otto von Todt in Requiem Vampire Knight was a Nazi before he became a vampire and on top of being a bloodthirsty sadist, he still very much retains his anti-Semitic sentiments, specially towards Rebecca, one of his Jewish victims killed in a concentration camp whom he refers to as "Jewess" in a derogatory manner. He also keeps the heads of his victims on his wall as trophies and says that is the only part of a Jew that will be welcome in his house.
  • Robin Series: King Snake tried to slaughter the populace of Hong Kong rather than let it be returned to China, believing that everything great about the city came by way of Britain.
  • Runaways:
    • Marvel's The Swarm is, as the Runaways put it, "A super-Nazi...made of bees" (My God). He takes the time to ask Victor which of the "mongrel races" he belongs to during their fight — Vic's mom was Mexican, his dad Ultron. You'd think someone made out of bees would be open minded.
    • Played with in an arc of Runaways where the kids are sent back in time to 1907. While the villains naturally make racial slurs towards Nico for being of Japanese descent, even more sympathetic characters like Tristan, Lillie, and Klara express racist views.
  • In The Secret Service, James Arnold gives horribly offensive nicknames for his disabled henchmen. For example his Dragon with leg prosthesis is nicknamed Gazelle.
  • On a lighter note, Spider-Woman once fought a guy named Turner D. Century, whose goal was to return society to the cultural values it had in The Gay '90s, which was made quite clear that it also included repressing women and minorities, making him both a bigot and a chauvinist. Despite his rather unethical outlook, as a villain, he's regarded as a joke, even in story where he mostly complained about Spider-Woman's outfit not being fit for the 1890s, but did get a Not-So-Harmless Villain moment when he burnt a building in Chinatown for not being like the 1890s. Among the fandom he is considered one of the biggest joke in Marvel's history and has a following because of it.
  • Superman:
    • Following John Byrne's reboot The Man of Steel, the post-Crisis version of Lex Luthor liked to belittle women or blackmail them into sleeping with him, and mocked Maggie Sawyer's sexual orientation. Additionally, many of the more recent depictions of Luthor have his hatred of Superman expand to extraterrestrials in general, into full-blown Terran supremacism.
    • Manchester Black made racist remarks towards people of African and Korean descent. His breakdown, kept for Superman vs. the Elite, also has him call Superman a homophobic slur after Superman reveals that his Beware the Superman moment was merely an act and how he truly beat the Elite without resorting to their own methods.
    • In the mid-nineties, Vinnie Edge was portrayed as not only the head of Intergang, under cover of running Galaxy Broadcasting, but also as a total creep around women, especially successful women, excusing himself that he was an old man and by his values he was being friendly. Cat Grant ended a Galaxy news broadcast with the announcement that sexual harassment charges were being placed against him, based on statements from herself and many other women, just as the police arrived at the studio.
  • Thor: Vikings pitted the God of Thunder against Harald Jakaelsson, an undead Viking raider and a prolific rapist and sexist. The first thing he does when setting foot on New York is try to rape a young woman, is baffled upon seeing a female officer taking up arms against him and calls Sigrid a "whore at arms". Do note that he belongs to a very different time period and his sexism is far from the worst thing about him.
  • In The Tomb of Dracula, Dracula was more than a bit of a sexist. He frequently compares men that he views as wimpy or spineless to women. Frank Drake was often the target of such insults. He also referred to Blade as a "savage" upon their first meeting. On some occasions, he would address Blade as "Black" instead of by his name. In Dracula's own defense, he had a healthy respect for Blade and in a later series compared him to a Moor General that he once fought. Moor being another of those outdated terms to refer to non-Caucasians that appear racist to modern readers.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has Chief Justice Tyrest and Star Saber, who both believe Transformers that were constructed cold are "predisposed to sin" and thus all evil. While Star Saber is just a straight-up bigot, Tyrest at least has the excuse of having been driven insane prior to the events of the comic. Their Evil Plan is to use a device called the Universal Killswitch to kill every single cold-constructed Transformer in the galaxy (which is about half of the population). It almost succeeds but thankfully the crew stops it.
    • Most of the Decepticons, naturally, aren't exactly thrilled with organic life. Even Fulcrum, who up until that point had been positively portrayed (for a Decepticon) states in a lecture that he sees nothing wrong with exterminating "backwards" organic life-forms. He even sees it as an improvement.
  • Close to all of the villains in Wanted are this. The Future is definitely the worst though, as he is an unapologetic Nazi and misogynist.
  • The Wizard became a mild chauvinist after the several failed attempts to find a permanent fourth member for the Frightful Four. He reasoned that because the fourth member was frequently female, that must be the problem. (Of course, he was only making excuses. Medusa was the original fourth member, but only because she had amnesia, and the Wizard foolishly tried to recruit her twice more, but she was no longer a villain and she only did so both times to double-cross them. Thundra was a mole too, who was the fourth member right after Medusa. And just for the record, the Frightful Four has gone through a lot of fourth members that ended in disasters. In short, male or female, the Wizard's judgment in who he worked with was incredibly poor, he just wanted to blame someone other than himself.)
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Dating back to The Golden Age of Comic Books, Wonder Woman villain Doctor Psycho was considered insanely misogynistic even when he was introduced, and unlike other venerable foes of Wonder Woman, his motivation hasn't really changed. He became a villain because he hates women, and though he doesn't shy away from harming men, either, he makes it a point of interest to Mind Rape, torture, terrorize, enslave or eat any woman who catches his attention.
    • Ares was a similar Straw Misogynist who thought women should be slaves and regularly beaten as part of their daily routine.
    • In Wonder Woman Vol. 2 the ruling class of the Sangtee Empire—which was based on the many Ares related misogynistic aliens Di fought at the tail end of the Golden Age of Comics—has turned all women within it's boundaries into slaves (unless they're kreel nobility and identify as male) and is disgusted by females, instead procreating via cloning and uterine replicators.
    • In the 90s there was a one-time Wonder Woman villain who called himself the Chauvinist. First thing he is seen doing is leading an army of abusive husbands against a place sheltering their wives, while yelling misogynistic things like he's preaching a gospel. These days the guy is remembered only because he was over the top to the point of hilarity.
  • In Wacky Raceland, a Darker and Edgier Comic-Book Adaptation of Wacky Races, the Red Max (renamed "The Red Baron") is depicted as a Nazi and also makes a homophobic remark toward Rufus Ruffcut as well as some transphobic statements toward Sergeant Blast (who is a transgender woman in this continuity).
  • X-Men:
    • A one-shot killer-schoolkid character in Grant Morrison's run, in explaining why he killed a mutant and harvested his organs, included the aside "Yes, he was gay, but that's incidental to my cause."
    • If one counts Fantastic Racism, recurring villainous groups the Friends of Humanity and the U-Men are based on this; the FoH are the most well-known anti-mutant racist crusaders/human supremacists, whilst the U-men have similar ideologies for explaining their calling of vivisecting mutants to graft organs to themselves to acquire superpowers.
    • Really, most X-Men villains tend to be this in some way or another. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with the anti-bigotry Aesop that forms the backbone of the premise. Hell, even Magneto, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, is depicted as being somewhat bigoted towards non-mutants; this is essentially meant to show that, for all of Magneto's moralizing and bluster, he's ultimately a tremendous hypocrite who's Not So Different from the very people he opposes.
      • Mr Sinister is both racist and sexist, though this is justified in part, as he was born in the early 19th century. (It is also somewhat variable, as Depending on the Writer.) In Kieron Gillen's run, where this is certainly true, he refers to Emma as Scott's broodmare, good only to "house your seed," and Storm as his "Colonial pet".


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