Prepare your geeky sides, because it's time for yet another Top 10 Countdown! Just like before, YOU voted for the results, and you did not disappoint! The list with the Top 10 Comic Book Rivalries is pretty solid; it will satisfy even your deepest desires!
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2) Characters from the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe
3) Hero vs his Archenemy
4) Polls closed on September 30
10. Aquaman vs Black Manta
Aquaman is the King of Atlantis. Black Manta is one of the most fearsome pirates in the seven seas. It was their destiny to form one of the most epic rivalries in comic book history!
Although we don’t know much about Manta’s past, it was revealed that Aquaman accidentally killed Manta's dad in retaliation for attacking his own father. As a result, Manta grew to hate him; he adopted the Black Manta persona and he tried to destroy Atlantis and plunder the remains. He even went as far as to sell his own soul to the demon Neron in order to become more powerful and eliminate the famous hero once and for all. His most devious act? Manta murdered Aquaman’s son in cold blood in the Silver Age of Comics, causing him unbearable pain!
9. Justice League vs Darkseid
He is the ultimate evil, and the Justice League is the ultimate good! Darkseid is the ruler of Apokolips, an alien planet inhabited by greedy conquerors, manipulative torturers, and skilled assassins. The Justice League is undoubtedly the greatest superhero team in the DC Universe, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and many others among their ranks. While Darkseid wants to enslave the human race, the Justice League swore a sacred oath to protect men against the various threats from outer space. The two of them clashed during Darkseid’s first invasion of Earth, with the heroes getting the upper hand. Although the forces of Apokolips retreated, Darkseid soon returned, trying to destroy the League and avenge his defeat, becoming the worst nightmare of Superman, Batman, and every other hero in the world of DC comics!
8. Thor vs Loki
Despite the fact that Thor is arrogant and hot-headed, he has a heart of gold. Loki might seem more gentle and polite, but he is completely evil! Having grown up in Asgard, the two brothers wanted to succeed their father Odin and become kings. When Thor was chosen as the more capable one, Loki went mad, swearing to destroy his brother and claim the throne for himself! Despite the fact that Loki attacked both Asgard and Earth countless times (leading to the creation of the Avengers), Thor never stopped caring about him, hoping to help him realize the error of his ways.
7. The X-Men vs Magneto
Are mutants superior to humans? Should they rule the world? What should they do with the common people? These questions gave birth to one of the most epic comic book rivalries, the one between Magneto and the X-Men. The X-Men try to peacefully coexist with mankind while Magneto and his Brotherhood try to destroy the race of Homo sapiens. Unlike Thanos and Darkseid, Magneto wasn’t born evil; he turned into a monster after years of abuse! Despite his most valiant efforts, the heroic mutants always managed to foil his plans, protecting a world which despises them.
6. Superman vs Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor was a god before the arriving of Superman! In fact, he was considered to be the savior of Metropolis. However, things changed when Kal-El wore his superhero costume and started saving innocent lives. Lex couldn't stand the fact that Metropolis loved Supes more. He couldn’t believe that an alien could really care for humanity. He couldn’t stand the fact that someone dressed in tights could outsmart him. Luthor’s hatred towards the Man of Steel gave birth to a rivalry of epic proportions! The evil genius used every means possible to destroy Superman, from creating Kryptonite weapons to allying himself with some nefarious alien conquerors like Brainiac and Darkseid. He even managed to become the President of the USA!! Although he’s only a human, he has achieved many things! Many evil things…
5. The Avengers vs Ultron
Flesh and emotions versus cold steel! Ultron is Hank Pym’s most dangerous creation, a robot which thinks that machines are superior to humans and wants to conquer the universe. His greatest foes are the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Over the years, Ultron has been getting self-upgrading. He has attacked the Avengers countless times. He has destroyed their mansion. He created Vision, in order to spy on and kill the Avengers and he has killed thousands. However, the robotic menace is always defeated by the iconic heroes. Ultron is a perfect villain and a very complicated character. Recently, he was destroyed thanks to the combined efforts of Pym, Sue Storm, and Wolverine. His rivalry with the Avengers will be featured in the upcoming Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron!
4. Captain America vs Red Skull
This is a rivalry that has lasted more than half a century, beginning during World War II! Captain America is a symbol of hope and a living legend. Red Skull is the secret weapon of the Nazis, a merciless assassin, a remorseless killer! They have been fighting for many years, and although Red Skull has been killed many times, he always returns from the dead, ready for yet another round with the star-spangled man with a plan! Over the years, Red Skull has gained the trust of many acolytes like Baron Zemo, Armin Zola, and Crossbones, using all of them to destroy the legendary hero. Recently, he transferred his mind into a clone of Cap, in order for them to be equal when it comes to strength.
3. Spider-Man vs Green Goblin/ Spider-Man vs Venom
It’s a draw, ladies, and gentlemen! Let's begin with Spidey vs the Goblin. Norman Osborn a.k.a. the Green Goblin is a terrible man and one of the greatest supervillains of all times! He is responsible for all of the misery in Peter Parker's life. He killed Gwen Stacy, Peter’s first love and he even buried Peter's aunt alive. Unbelievably, he even murdered his unborn daughter. He is a complete psycho! Venom is the opposite of Spider-Man. His role in comics has varied from supervillain to antihero to superhero. The original and greatest one, Eddie Brock, wanted to destroy Spider-Man after the latter humiliated him! He truly is one of the most dangerous baddies Spidey has ever faced, with SHIELD considering him one of the most serious threats against the whole planet Earth!
2. The Avengers vs Thanos
Thanos represents pure evil! He is an alien from the planet Titan who fell in love with the physical embodiment of Death! In order to prove his loyalty, he is constantly trying to destroy all existing life. He is considered the most fearsome villain the Avengers have ever faced. His obsession with death, his incredible power, and his intelligence make him a great antagonist. He is the ultimate threat in the MU, the mightiest threat to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
1. Batman vs The Joker
This is what happens when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object!
Was there any doubt? Both Batman and the Joker are brilliant characters: they are polar opposites. The Joker is the most dangerous rival of all times since he has hurt his opponent more times than anyone in the list! He has killed Jason Todd, Batman’s most trusted ally. He shot Batgirl and left her paralyzed. He tortured Batman's son, Damian. And yet Batman refuses to kill him! The Joker represents chaos, while Batman represents order and justice. Their epic rivalry truly deserves the first place!
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