I always love participating in the MP contests, and not for the perspective of winning awesome prizes. I mean, that's a great perk, but win or lose, these contests always inspire some awesome article ideas. Some of the last couple of contests were sort of out of my wheelhouse, but it was still fun to read all of the entries written by my fellow MP Creators.
When I saw the most recent contest, I was ecstatic. If you have read any of my other articles, you can probably tell that I'm a fan of villains. They are always so dynamic and fun to watch on-screen. I have always wondered what the ideal super-villain team-up would be, and this newest contest gives me the opportunity to find-out.
The basics of the contest are that Creators have to re-make the Suicide Squad, which is a rag-tag group of villains in the DC universe. The objective is to choose four villains from any universe to band together and challenge the forces of good.
As much as I'd like to choose the four most overpowered villains I can think of like Thanos and Darth Vader, that's not really the spirit of the Suicide Squad. The majority of the squad consists of mercenaries and criminals, not super-powered gargantuan with god-like abilities.
Not to mention, any good team has a diverse set of personalities and specialties. You can't have all meat-heads, because there will be no brain to the organization. You can't have all braniacs, because they will be outmatched in physical combat.
After much deliberation, I have finalized my list into the four best non-powered individuals that could pose a real threat to any hero out there, super or non-super.
The Criminal Mastermind - Jim Moriarty (Sherlock)
How is this not everybody's first choice? Moriarty has been the long-time nemesis of Sherlock Holmes in many installations of the stories, but my personal favorite is in the BBC hit Sherlock.
From the very first time you see him on-screen, you can tell that Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott, is insane. His mannerisms, his mindset, even the way he speaks screams insanity, but in a spectacularly brilliant kind of way. He understands that men are mortal, and he strives to prove himself above them by constantly fooling them again and again. Unfortunately for him, many of his plans end up with people dying.
The Joker is often idolized for both his insanity and his criminal genius. Moriarty is the exact same, although a bit more refined. Instead of vibrant colors and clown make-up, Moriarty dresses himself in a simple suit and uses the world to do his bidding. Every single thing he does is intricately thought out and foolproof. Even if Sherlock ends up foiling Moriarty's plans, Jim still ends up on top in some way that nobody expects.
Jim has both the money and the influences to finance the Squad, and he has the smarts to plan out all of their hits. No superhero would be able to stop them because nobody would be able to predict what Jim would do next. A surprise assassination, a random explosion, or even a simple booby trap could really make a name for the group and give them the reputation they deserve.
The Marksman - Boba Fett (Star Wars)
Despite his minimal screen time, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett was instantly idolized by a massive fan base after he appeared in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. At first glance, he might seem kind of wimpy due to the unfortunate turn of events on Jabba's sail barge, but hey, that was a fluke.
Boba is the cloned son of the Mandalorian Jango Fett. If you know anything about Mandalorians, you know that they have a reputation for being lethal. They went to war with the Jedi for crying out loud. They live their entire lives training to become the most deadly warriors and Boba lives up to those standards.
Boba is heavily armored like Deadshot, and he has quite the arsenal. His Mandalorian armor can protect him against bullets, and his jetpack can allow him to combat heroes with flight capabilities. He also has a modified blaster rifle, missiles, a flamethrower, and many more weapons to make him a formidable soldier.
He can follow orders as a mercenary, or he can take charge and follow his own initiative. Either way, he is a talented marksman which a natural talent for killing. Whenever the Suicide Squad has a target that needs taken care of, you can be sure that Boba Fett will be able to get the job done, no questions asked.
The Indestructible Brute - Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
While he may not be as solidly built as Bane or Killer Croc, Tyler Durden is insanely strong. He spends the bulk of his time in a basement brutally battering dozens of other fighters for hours, receiving all kinds of broken bones and bloody wounds. With every beating that Tyler takes, it not only makes him a better fighter, but it makes him a lot tougher.
He may not be a raging hulk of steroids like some of the other heavy-hitters, but he can more than hold his own in a fight. Instead of martial arts, Tyler fights to survive. His scrappy style is brutal and extremely powerful, and is sure to pose a threat to any other melee fighter.
He has also proven that he's able to take quite the beating, like when the property owner beat his face bloody in the fight club basement, and all Durden did was laugh and laugh.
Durden also has experience in leading, as he was able to organize Project Mayhem and all of the chaotic and nefarious deeds that they committed. He ultimately implanted the organization in every aspect of society, which could prove very handy for the Suicide Squad.
The Seductress - Melisandre (Game of Thrones)
You don't have to have battle reputation, a blaster, or even psychotic intelligence to be known as a formidable villain. Melisandre is a master of manipulation. When Stannis Baratheon, a renowned leader with extensive battle training, was approached by this woman, she gained control of him in a matter of moments. She made him change his religion and his entire way of life with ease, all in the name of the lord of light.
Now when I said no powers, Melisandre is the one on this list that stretches that the most. She doesn't have extreme strength. She can't shoot lasers out of her eyes, and she can't read minds, at least not in the conventional sense.
What she does have is faith, determination, and a vision for a brighter future. She knows what she wants, and she always manages to twist everyone around her to get several steps forward to her ultimate goal. She is smart, capable, and she knows how to use people to do her bidding.
She shares the same, well, unsavory reputation that Harley Quinn sometimes gets, but she goes about it in a much better manner. She is known to use her feminine wiles to further her goal, but that's not the only bullet in her chamber so to speak. She is capable of rallying armies behind her, and she could use these manipulation tactics to really add to the Suicide Squad.