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I use the wrestling term. Jobber
All supervillains exist to lose to the heroes but there's some guys who exist to lose without any sort of dignity whatsoever and never seem to have any real threat to them no matter how powerful they're supposed to be.
These are the guys who get mocked by the heroes, beaten in the Batman Cold Open, and are done with so the real plot by Doctor Doom or Magneto can begin. The people who exist to provide a fight scene to show off the heroes and who never seem to win even for the hero to rally back. Even if they should due to power set or past ability to stand up to much more powerful heroes.
I was thinking of this when I was re-reading the original Runaways run and watched the Wrecking Crew (Thor villains) lose to the Runaways.
That was just....wow.
edited 11th Apr '18 11:58:51 AM by CharlesPhipps
Would Killer Croc be one? I generally see him being treated as a joke a whole lot.
Basically, anyone who should win more than they do but get taken down.
Spiderman has a lot of villains like this.
Rhino, Shocker, Trapster, and so on.
He also has a couple that recognized their status as Jobbers and tried to change it. Jason Macendal was Jack-O-Lantern and realizing he was already a crappy D-list Green Goblin rip-off, stole the Hobgoblin identity for years.
And Mac Gargan became Venom simply because he was sick of being treated as a joke as the Scorpion.
Electro is kind of a middle example of this because he loses a lot but was still a recognizably famous Spdierman villain.
If video game portrayals are allowed I'd say Mysterio and the Leader
It honestly feels like half of Spider-Man's rogues gallery are jobbers
edited 11th Apr '18 9:52:09 AM by GraymanofBelka
It's especially weird when they're jobbers who really shouldn't be jobbers. Electro's powers should make him a huge threat, for instance.
Yeah a lot of Spider-Man villains suffer Badass Decay after their intial appearance, which ended up making them enhancement talent for many super heroes. Shocker is indeed the worst example as in his debut he was intially a legitimate threat who can fuck up Spider-Man. Look at him now. He is the Barry Horwitz of Marvel villains.
Might as well list some guys who are definite jobbers.
DC (oh god, there’s going to be alot)
Y’know, the better question here is what heroes from both universes are jobbers?
the Titans and green Lanterns tend to suffer major casualties
Batman also has a lot of jobbers: condiment king, carpenter, killer moth, catman, killer croc , cluemaster , firefly , ventriloquist, KG Beast, Copperhead, Kite Man, maybe Man Bat, (after the introduction of the Man Bat Commandos in Batman and Son he's kind of a degraded boss), and Carmine Falcons come to mind
edited 11th Apr '18 11:49:18 AM by GraymanofBelka
I love the Hulk Hogan and Bobby Heenan references.
I think DC does a better job of rehabilitating its jobbers than Marvel.
edited 11th Apr '18 12:18:59 PM by CharlesPhipps
Thanks for mentioning the ones I forgot like fucking Stilitsman, a lot of Silver Age Daredevil villains could qualify as jobbers (sans Purple Man and The Owl).
Anyway, yeah the Royal Flush Gang I agree with. I would say Kalibak is debatable but than again in all of his appearances he just gets his ass kick by whatever hero he faced; hell he was the Galactic Powers cartoon equivalent of Bebop & Rocksteady.
And Riddler . . . well I would argue that its Badass Decay rather than actually being a jobber. Especially with the recent story arc War of Jokes & Riddles where he actually played a serious antagonist role along with the Joker. Though in a lot of other mediums he seems to fluctuate between serious threat and cannon fodder.
The problem with the Riddler is two-fold - he's not a serious physical threat (unless he's pumped up on Venom like he was once or is undergoing Adaptional Badass a la the Telltale games). So he has to be a mental threat. But as a mental threat he's so self-undermining and compared to the other Batman villains who've deduced his identity like Bane and Ra's Al Ghul he's not even as smart as them (let alone as physically intimidating) while having a lot more personality drawbacks.
So Riddler's basically redundant unless you actually want to have a riddle based story. No wonder they made him go legit as a detective once, it seems the only way to get interesting stuff out of him.
Probably villains from way back when concepts were ridiculous like Kite Man.
I love how in the New 52, they just randomly had Kite Man show up and steal shit in like 3 panels then fly away.
Often saying, "Kite man, hell yeah."
Isn't that a thing in Tom King's Batman?
edited 11th Apr '18 5:14:38 PM by ParaChomp
I saw it happen in a couple of other stories too.
A tad off-topic, I just rewatched Spectacular Spider-Man recently and I find it made what many of us would consider Jobbers actually threatening. Goes to show you how a limited roster isn't always a bad thing as opposed to having an endless array of characters.
The SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDERMAN is a book "about" jobbing Spiderman villains and is awesome for it.
I might need to check that out...
I love the central premise they claim they're the Sinister Six and yet none of them are people who the actual Sinister Six (themselves jobbers) would give the time of day. Also, their habit of dealing with Spiderman is running away.
Spiderman's veritable avalanche of D-list tryhards and pathetic, animal themed bozos reached memetic status more than a decade ago. 
And yes, that was an officially printed card with Spiderman head in hand in the illustration, the flavor text being "Oh, c'mon, guys-you're grown men!"
edited 11th Apr '18 5:56:18 PM by ViperMagnum357
"Don't forget Big wheel you can't have a Spiderman story without Big Wheel"
edited 11th Apr '18 6:36:41 PM by GraymanofBelka
What like Shocker? Remember my comment about how his intial debut he was threatening? Same thing applies! I mean look at Electro in the show. At the start he comes off as a powerful foe to deal with with his electricity power, but by season two he is pretty much an overglorified Bebop/Rocksteady villain with his incompetency in the show while working for Doctor Octopus. Same can be said for Rhino; though his Bebop,Sandman, manage to shed away his incompetant weekly baddie status by the fifth episode of season two.
As for Shocker in the show, well he didn’t show much sign of decay to become a jobber in the show.
edited 11th Apr '18 7:14:34 PM by BigK1337
How true, a lot of villains become jobbers after their first outing. Speaking of Shocker, Ultimate Shocker was a jobber from day one. Always trumped by Spidey except his final appearance.
Does the Living Tribunal count? I mean he's supposedly the most powerful being in existence next to the One Above All, yet he gets his ass handed to him by the Beyonders.
And last but not least
edited 12th Apr '18 4:00:51 AM by windleopard
Well, as for the persons who have a so called jobber aura (aka making people WAY above their paygrade consitently forget about their powers), Batman and Captain America come to mind.
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