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DC Comics has several iconic heroes and villains, many of whom are engaged in fierce feuds. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are known for facing Lex Luthor, The Joker, and Cheetah, while other members of the Justice League have their own rivals. Conversely, certain bad guys in the DC Universe lack a major corresponding foe.

These characters are largely recurring enemies of the DC Universe and don’t have a singular enemy. Others once had central opponents but have since gone on to fight other heroes. While this has kept some of them from becoming mainstream characters, it has made the DC Universe a larger, more “lived-in” fictional world.

10 Felix Faust Is a Magical Free Agent

Felix Faust

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Justice League of America #10

Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky

N/A

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Though he debuted fighting the Justice League of America, Felix Faust doesn’t simply set his sights on the team. Living for centuries due to a titular Faustian deal with three demons, he wields vast magical powers and is DC’s sorcerer supreme. This has seen him vex numerous mystical heroes, including the stage magician Zatanna, Doctor Mist and Justice League Dark.

The fact that Felix Faust has fought everyone in the DC Universe speaks to his power level, especially since heavy-hitter heroes like Superman are vulnerable to magic. Constantine might be the closest thing he has to an arch-rival, but this has only manifested in recent comics and wasn’t the case in the Vertigo Comics Hellblazer series. Nevertheless, Felix Faust is a formidable foe, with his mastery of magic putting even members of Justice League Dark and Shadowpact to shame.

9 Solomon Grundy Has Faced Several DC Heroes

Solomon Grundy

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

All-American Comics #1

Alfred Bester, Paul Reinman

Cyrus Gold

Solomon Grundy’s history dates back to the Golden Age of Comics when the zombified villain was inspired by a nursery rhyme. In his classic appearances, he was the arch-foe of Alan Scott/Green Lantern, and this was the case again in the New 52 Earth-2 comics. However, this aspect of the character has been largely overlooked since the Silver Age.

That era of comics saw an Earth-One take on Grundy constantly fighting the Justice League. He’s also appeared in Batman stories such as Batman: The Long Halloween, which makes sense given that he was always supposed to operate in Gotham City. Other versions are so powerful that they fight Superman, with Grundy and the zombie-esque clone, Bizarro, sharing a friendship-like bond.

8 Neron Is DC’s Devilish Demon Lord

Neron

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Underworld Unleashed #1

Mark Waid, Howard Porter

N/A

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The DC Universe has its own take on various mythological and religious figures, with Neron being its version of the Devil. Neron’s specialty is calculating and cunning. He is always looking for souls, tricking people into devious deals with gruesome catches. His biggest claim to fame was the Underworld Unleashed event, wherein he took the souls of various DC villains in exchange for granting them incredible powers.

Vindictive and petty, Neron hates to be outmatched, even though the lowly Trickster (an enemy of The Flash with no powers) notably pulled one over on him. Due to being the DC Universe devil, he doesn’t have a chief hero he fights. Zauriel, a member of the angelic heavenly host, was a recurring enemy, but he’s far down on the list of beings Neron regularly worries about.

7 Brother Eye Has Become a Villainous Apparatus

Brother Eye

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

OMAC #1

Jack Kirby

N/A

The classic version of Brother Eye was the computerized satellite that empowered the human Buddy Blank to become OMAC, the One-Man Army Corps. OMAC was a hero in a dystopian future that was eventually made worse by the so-called “Great Disaster.” However, this depiction of Brother Eye isn’t what the current take is like.

The modern Brother Eye is an AI satellite Batman uses to monitor the world. Unfortunately, it goes rogue and turns several normal humans into O.M.A.C. cyborgs. While Brother Eye could be seen as a “Batman” villain, he also targets the broader Justice League and metahumans. Conversely, since the original version was a good guy, it’s hard to classify the character as truly having a heroic rival.

6 H.I.V.E. Is an Enemy of All

Felix Faust

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

The New Teen Titans #2

Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

N/A

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The organization known as H.I.V.E. started out as a major antagonist against the Teen Titans. This remained the case after Deathstroke the Terminator crossed both groups, but soon, H.I.V.E. became a generic villain group to face any hero. This included fighting Superman and becoming allied with Hector Hammond, an enemy of the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern. H.I.V.E. fought Red Hood and was responsible for Caitlin Snow becoming the villainous Killer Frost.

In adaptations, H.I.V.E. has mostly been associated with the Titans, but not always. For instance, the Arrowverse version was a group that fought Green Arrow, while Justice League Action had the group fight the JLA. This makes it a cover-all team of generic villains, with the closest equivalent being Marvel Comics’ HYDRA organization.

5 Mordru Is the Master of Magic

Mordru the Merciless

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Adventure Comics #369

Jim Shooter, Curt Swan

Mordru

One of the most powerful magic users in the DC Universe is Mordru, one of the Lords of Chaos. His skills are classified as “ultimate-level,” with few rivaling his mastery of the mystic arts. For this reason, he’s fought many different groups and heroes in just as many time periods.

Mordru’s enemies have included Princess Amethyst of Gemworld, Doctor Fate, the Justice Society and Justice League Dark. Even the future wasn’t safe from his evil, with the Legion of Super-Heroes being another target. Mordru’s magical spells seem too vast for one team to deal with, let alone one hero.

4 Doctor Destiny Is Tied to Vertigo’s Best Comic

Doctor Destiny

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Justice League of America #5

Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky

John Dee

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Doctor Destiny is a somewhat obscure DC villain, though he’s still incredibly terrifying. His ghastly visage belies his incredible intelligence, and he’s also prone to using dream manipulation to attack enemies such as the Justice League. Strangely enough, he also appeared in a dark, gritty “DC” series from the Vertigo imprint that became legendary and revered.

It was revealed that Doctor Destiny’s dream-altering “Materioptikon” was powered by the Dreamstone that belonged to Morpheus. This tied into events where the villain faced the Justice League of America, becoming far more powerful than he might have otherwise been. Due to this nature, he can be considered a Sandman character, as it was here that elements of his personal mythos were cemented.

3 The Anti-Monitor Is the Ultimate DC Villain

Anti-Monitor

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Crisis on Infinite Earths #2

Marv Wolfman, George Pérez, Jerry Ordway

N/A

The Anti-Monitor was the central foe of the storyline Crisis on Infinite Earths, and there, he threatened all of reality. This meant he was truly a DC Universe villain, as that is what it took to defeat him. Faced with a foe that could defeat all life throughout the multiverse, it took the combined power of teams such as the Justice League, the Justice Society, the Freedom Fighters and even villains such as Darkseid to combat the Anti-Monitor’s presence.

Arguably, the Monitors are the Anti-Monitor’s parallel “hero,” but they aren’t truly the ones that defeat him. Conversely, even if the Justice League is the main threat to his tyranny, they typically can’t take him down alone. The Anti-Monitor is simply a foe beyond a single hero or team, no matter how powerful they may be.

2 Vandal Savage Outlives DC’s Greatest Heroes

Vandal Savage

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Green Lantern #10

Alfred Bester, Martin Nodell

Vandar Adg, Curtis Knox

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Some describe Vandal Savage as “an evolved caveman,” though this is an oversimplification. Evolved to superintelligence in ancient times, Savage also wields superhuman strength and a healing factor that makes him immortal. This means that he has several enemies from throughout history, with the legendary strategist having supposedly played a part in numerous historical events and tragedies.

He usually fought the Justice League, though there was also a Golden Age Vandal Savage, who fought the Justice Society. Likewise, even villains with similar immortality have dealt with Vandal Savage, as he and Ra’s al Ghul are not exactly allies. Cunning yet self-centered and amoral, Vandal Savage is always ready to face any enemy, with a chief rivalry almost beneath him.

1 Amanda Waller Is Now DC’s Darkest Villain

Amanda Waller

First Appearance

Creator(s)

Alter Ego

Legends #1

John Ostrander, John Byrne, Len Wein

N/A

As originally characterized, Amanda Waller was a fairly gruff yet still heroic figure. She bent the rules and was far from a Pollyanna, doing what needed to be done through her Suicide Squad. More recently, however, she’s become an outright villain who will carelessly sacrifice the Squad and anyone else who gets in her way.

It’s no wonder she’s seen as a government foil for Lex Luthor, as the two have the same type of villainous pragmatism. There’s little in the way of heroism in today’s Amanda Waller, who sees Task Force X and her fellow government liaisons as mere roadblocks to get what she wants. When it comes to getting her way in the name of the so-called greater good, anyone and everyone is on Waller’s hitlist, hero and villain alike.

“}]] There are numerous rivalries between heroes and villains in the DC Universe, but some of these comic book bad guys have no particular heroic parallel.  Read More