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A supervillain or supervillainess is a variant of the villain character type, commonly found in comic books, action movies and science fiction in various mediums.

They are often used as foils to superheroes and other fictional heroes. Whereas superheroes often wield fantastic powers, the supervillain possesses commensurate powers and abilities so that he can present a daunting challenge to the hero. Even without actual magical or superhuman powers, the supervillain often possesses a genius intellect that allows him to draft complex schemes or create fantastic devices. Many supervillains share some typical characteristics of real world dictators, mobsters, and terrorists and often have aspirations of world domination or universal leadership.

Superheroes and supervillains often mirror each other in their powers, abilities, or origins. Often the only difference between the two is that the hero uses his extraordinary powers to help others, while the villain uses his powers for selfish purposes.

The two-word version of the term is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

DC Comics

This is a list of characters owned or published primarily by DC Comics. Note that most, but not all of these characters are depicted as existing within the fictional continuity of the "DC Universe;" some listed are part of the Wildstorm Universe, others of Alan Moore's America's Best Comics line, and others are characters from Warner Brothers animations and films, Elseworlds or from companies below with reference. In the eighties, DC published comics under the name of Who's Who in the DC Universe to catalogue the characters they had then. DC had also published a Showcase series, a DC Comics Presents series, a Secret Origins, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Legends of the DC Universe, The Brave and the Bold Showcase Presents series and a DC Cosmic Cards line to keep track with their characters. America's Best, Homage, Wildstorm, Helix Press, DC/Elseworlds, Impact, Tangent, DC/Milestone Press, Paradox Press, Piranha Press, and DC/Vertigo Press Comics are all trademark publications of the DC comics group.

List of DC Supervillians: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Marvel Comics

This is a list of major characters appearing in the Marvel Universe, which encompasses most fictional characters created for and owned by Marvel Comics. Licensed or creator-owned characters (G.I. Joe, Godzilla, Groo the Wanderer, RoboCop, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.) are not included. Also included are characters from the Marvel imprints Epic Comics, Marvel UK, Marvel Knights, Marvel 2099, Razorline, and Ultraverse are trademarks of Marvel Publications and are therefore included.

Marvel-Electronic Arts video game characters are also included with references. Characters from the Marvel Comics-DC Comics intercompany crossover series of one-shots, Amalgam Comics, are not included.

List of Marvel Supervillians: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z