After many many months and a full week of teasing from Blizzard Entertainment, the harbinger of chaos, Doomfist the Successor, has finally been announced and released in the latest update of Overwatch. Now, he might be full of evil and all-around badassness… he might even be Terry Crews. But here are seven villains who showed us how to punch like a badass way before him!
Advantages: Laser Vision // Ion Blaster // Weapon Gauntlets // Electricity Generation // Flight // Super Reflexes
Zurg is Buzz Lightyear’s arch-nemesis, and the biggest threat to Star Command and the Galactic Alliance. His main goal is to conquer them and rule over the galaxy. However, Team Lightyear continually thwarts his plans. Zurg has a “Z” emblem on the front of his cape. The emblem is a secret button which can, when pressed, activate Zurg’s rocket boots, allowing him to fly. Evil Emperor Zurg is not your usual despicably evil supervillain. Despite being the most evil, nefarious villain of the galaxy for years on end and a constant thorn in the side of Star Command, Zurg has been known to take himself less than seriously, and he actually seems to have a well-developed (if demented) sense of humor. He has a strange fear of being touched, mentioning something about “personal space.”
Advantages: M.A.D. Leader // Awesome Cat // Jazz Voice // Evil Mastermind // Strategic Genius // Escape Artist
Claw always sends his group of agents after Gadget to eliminate him, only for his plan to backfire when his men get arrested. This soon drives him to hiring new agents in each episode. Claw is evil, menacing, dark, sinister, sadistic, and a threat to all of Metro City. He is a criminal mastermind and will stop at nothing to destroy Lt. Gadget and take over the world. Most of his plots involve terrorism and global attacks. “I’ll get you next time, Gadget! NEXT TIME!!!”
Advantages: Superhuman Strength, Durability, Endurance, and Intelligence // Energy Manipulation // Telepathy // Telekinesis // Teleportation // Longevity
Born on Saturn’s moon, Titan, Thanos is the child of Eternals Mentor and Sui-San. He carries the Deviants gene, and as such, shares the physical appearance of the Eternals’ cousin race. At birth, his mother attempted to kill him. During his school years, Thanos was a pacifist and would only play with his brother Eros (Starfox) and pets. By adolescence, Thanos had become fascinated with nihilism and death, worshipping and eventually falling in love with the physical embodiment of death, Mistress Death. As an adult, Thanos augments his physical strength and powers mystically and artificially. He also attempts to create a new life for himself by starting a family. He is visited again by Mistress Death, for whom he murders his family.
Advantages: Triforce of Power // Magic // Master Strategist
Ganondorf is commonly portrayed as the incarnation of pure evil, greed, and power. He is ruthless, cold, and calculating. He is also shown to have an ego, believing that only he is worthy to rule the kingdom and showing an arrogant sense of entitlement. One of Ganondorf’s most defining traits is his unquenchable lust for power. It was also shown that Ganon does not possess a balanced amount of power, wisdom, and courage, as is evidenced when the Triforce split in three pieces when he tried to wield it. Ganondorf is also a skilled strategist, as he is implied to have manipulated Link and Zelda into opening the Door of Time for him, and he also deliberately allows Link to purify the temples he has captured, knowing that this will draw Zelda out into the open.
Advantages: Genius-level Intellect // Master Strategist, Tactician, Manipulator and Deceiver // Peak Physical Condition // Mastery of Martial Arts, Ninjutsu and Hand-to-Hand Combat // Highly Skilled in Stealth // Immense Strength, Speed, Durability, and Reflexes // Limited Invulnerability // Claws and Blades on Armor can cut through almost anything
Although there are many versions of Shredder, his first depiction from Image is by far one of the best. Angry at the death of his older brother, Saki joined the Foot Clan and trained to be a ninja. He quickly became one of their deadliest warriors, rose up the ranks, and was chosen to lead the Foot’s American branch. Operating in New York under the name of The Shredder, Saki used the opportunity to avenge his brother by killing Yoshi and Shen. Under Saki’s leadership, the Foot participated in variety of criminal activities, including drug smuggling, arms running, and assassination.
Thirteen years later, Saki was challenged by the Ninja Turtles, who were the result of an accident exposing four ordinary turtles to radioactive waste. They were trained by Yoshi’s pet rat Splinter, who had also been mutated by the same substance, to avenge his former master. After a lengthy rooftop battle where Saki seemed to be winning, Leonardo managed to plunge his sword through Saki’s torso.
Defeated, he was offered the opportunity to commit seppuku (ritual suicide), but Shredder refused and detonated a thermite grenade in an attempt to take them with him to his death. However, in the last second, Donatello used his bo to knock Shredder off the building to his death.
The Shredder returned on Christmas Eve, seemingly resurrected with an army of Foot Ninjas severely beating Leonardo and burning down the apartment of the turtles’ ally, April O’Neil, forcing them to go into hiding outside the city. A year later, in the story “Return To New York,” the Turtles returned to settle the score with their enemies.
Leonardo faced off against the Shredder alone, during which Saki revealed he was brought back to life by a technique using worms that fed on his body and recreated his cells to reform it. In the battle, Leonardo decapitates Saki, finally killing him, and the four turtles burn his body at the Hudson River.
Advantages: Super Strength // Super Speed // Enhanced Durability // Wall Climbing // High Acrobatic Skills and Reflexes // Burrowing // Limited Geokinesis // Gliding // Grinding // Martial Arts Skills
A loner by nature, Knuckles is independent, headstrong and serious, yet gullible and short-tempered to a fault. He is entirely devoted to his duty, spending most of his time on Angel Island, protecting the Master Emerald, and rarely cares for anything that is of no importance. When his friends and others are in need of his help, however, Knuckles can always be relied upon, being willing to leave his post and prove himself a faithful and good-hearted hero. He is also one of Sonic’s oldest friends and rivals.
Advantages: Super Speed // Kryptonian Sense // Invulnerability // Evolving/Metamorphosis // Regeneration // Reactive Adaptation // Infinite Resurrection // Immortality // Power Absorption
Doomsday is a rampaging, seemingly mindless, murdering monster who killed Superman. He is the result of Kryptoniangenetic engineering gone awry. In “The Death of Superman” comic storyline, in which he first appeared, Doomsday mysteriously bashed his way out of a metallic holding cell miles underground, dug his way up, and began senselessly killing and destroying everything he saw. His motives were initially unknown, but his nature was obvious; He was incredibly powerful, merciless, and seemingly unstoppable. He easily defeated the Justice League before confronting Superman.
Doomsday is the only one in main comics continuity to ever kill Superman; and he did so simply by beating the Man of Steel to death. Doomsday was killed in the battle as well, but later healed himself and returned to life, stronger than before. Superman has encountered him on numerous occasions since.