Some say evil is a state of being, others a state of mind.  Whether you define a bad guy through his nefarious acts or just an English accent (looking at you, George Lucas), one thing is clear: The dark side is strong, and a good villain can be just as compelling as the heroes they vex, but if the Secret Society of Super-Villains proved anything (not that I’m entirely sure they did, mind you) it’s that many evildoers can succeed where a single might have failed.  Grouping your bad guys can be dicey, though, as Loki proved during Marvel’s ‘Acts of Vengeance’ crossover.  Though he pulled in the biggest names in the Marvel Universe, he missed the fact that Doom resented The Red Skull, The Kingpin would cheerfully throw any of this criminal comrades-in-arms under the bus, and also that he had put the living symbol of Third Reich aggression in the same room with a concentration camp survivor.  (Even Daredevil saw that conflict coming.)  Anyone planning a team-up has to remember that there is no honor among thieves, which started my mental gears a’grindin’…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) likes to think of it as a nefarious version of ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer’, only with added Starscream, asking: What four villains of all the fictional worlds would you recruit for the perfect combination of eeeevil?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. April 18, 2013 at 11:44 am — Reply

    In no particular order:
    1) Joker
    2) Darth Vader
    3) The Borg
    4) The Great Intellegence

  2. April 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    Kahn Noonien Singh

    Lex Luthor

    Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

    Tomax and Zamot Paoli

    If you are going to take over the world, you got to go corporate.

  3. April 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    The Valeyard (the possible future evil regeneration of The Doctor), Agent Abrella (the alien black market arms dealer and destroyer of worlds from Dekaranger), Darth Krayt (Sith Lord with organic armor from the “Legacy” comics) and The Big Brain (from Futurama, that left Earth for no raisin).

  4. April 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    Emperor Tranza from Jetman (only defeated because Radiguet was an insecure jerk), Unicron, Sauron and Destro, who was the real brains behind Cobra and would have succeeded if not for that meddling Cobra Commander.

    • April 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm — Reply

      I almost went with Unicron, but I just couldn’t do it. For some reason, I always seem to classify him in my mind not so much as an evil character, but almost a cosmic force of nature (not unlike Galactus or a god in many comics/movies). Plus, you wouldn’t really need three other characters if you have Unicron, right?

      • April 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm — Reply

        I went back and forth on that but finally decided that because, according to the Transformers mythos, he’s essentially the god of Evil and the diametric opposite of Primus, then it’s OK. I made the Galactus parallel in my head but was able to see enough distinction.

        I think the other three are necessary, though, because when some guys drive through Unicron’s eye in an effort to blow him up, you’re going to need some guys/other incarnations of evil to deal with those chumps.

  5. SpiderLover
    April 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    Norman Osborn, Virgil (from DMC), Bowser, Shredder.
    The theme evil doers that have heroes that heckle them as well as villians that will do whatever it takes to win.

  6. April 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    Beast Wars Megatron,,Jabba the Hutt, Ra’s Al Ghul, and Baron Sengir.
    You have three long-term planners who work with others to further their goals, and the Hutt to work for profit…

  7. April 19, 2013 at 1:48 am — Reply

    Wow, the picture is perfect!
    And thou there are five villans on it – they might just be “The Big Five”.

  8. April 19, 2013 at 3:37 am — Reply

    The Joker, Hannibal Lecter, Count Dracula, Señor Chang

    • April 19, 2013 at 3:49 am — Reply

      Because I feel like none of these characters are going to be easily pushed around by each other. They have extremely strong personalities, and little attachment to the real world (which is a weakness easily exploitable in many villains). The only one with actual powers is Dracula, but if I was writing this mash-up, I’d underplay Dracula’s supernatural powers.

  9. gary
    April 19, 2013 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Palpatine, Sauron, The Borg, and Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz

  10. April 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII
    Madame Rouge, in her Teen Titans version
    Mister Sinister, the X-Men enemy
    Dr. Blight, the Captain Planet enemy

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