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Your Top DCU Villains part 29

Written by BubbaKanoosh on Friday, November 28 2008 and posted in Features


34. The Shade 70 Points - 4 first place slots)

The true origin of Richard Swift is unknown before he appeared wandering the streets of London in early 1800's.

Taken in by the Ludlow family he recovered his health, but not his memory. Swift discovered his ability to control darkness, when the patriarch of the Ludlow family attempted to murder him, and he instinctively lashed out in defense. The surviving members of the Ludlow family would pursue him for generations to come.

Desiring excitement and a purpose Swift began a tradition of challenging the world's superheroes starting with the first Flash. Although his actions would not reveal this fact, Swift is not truly evil, and as been known to show a true sense of justice proving that there are many grays to the man called the Shade.


33. Mr. Freeze (72 points)

A brilliant scientist in the field of cryogenic research, Dr. Victor Fries placed his wife Nora in suspended animation until a cure for her deadly disease could be found.

Eventually his research was de-funded by the bureaucrats at his employer, Gothcorp. His experiments interrupted, a fight ensued, accompanied by an explosion immersing Fries in his cryogenic freezing solution, rendered him unable to survive outside of a sub-zero environment.

Vowing revenge on those who had wronged him. He created a cybernetic cryogenic uniform and a laser-powered cold gun beginning his quest as Mr. Freeze.


32. Talia (74 Points)

talia.jpgTalia Al Ghul is the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul. His father met her mother at Woodstock Festival, her mother was of Chinese and Arab descendant. After Talia was born, her mother overdosed on drugs and died. However, this part was quickly retconned. Her mother now was named Melisande and was murdered by one of Ra’s former servants. After the death of Talia’s mother, Ra’s took her traveling with him and taught her hand-to-hand combat. He also taught her how to use most the weapons in the world. When she grew older, she began to help him manage other parts of his organization.

Talia meets Batman when he rescues her from Dr. Darkk who claimed to be the leader of the League of Assassins. Later it was revealed that Darkk was just one of Ra’s soldiers who failed a mission and attempted to take over the organization. Darkk would have Batman’s life in his hands, but is killed when Talia shoots him. In the classic story arc entitled “Daughter of the Demon,” Ra’s al Ghul finds his way into the Batcave and reveals that he already knows his secret identity. Ra’s then proceeds to ask help from Batman stating that both Talia and Robin had been kidnapped. Later it revealed that Talia had fallen in love with Batman, and this was all an elaborate plan by Ra’s to test Batman if he was a suitable heir. Batman declined Ra’s offer but returns Talia's feelings. In the years since Talia and Batman have a stormy, on-again, off-again romance but she is repeatedly torn between loyalty to her father and her love of Batman. However, she has proven an important 'ally' in her way; most prominently, she encourages Batman to return to Gotham City when it is declared a "No Man's Land" following an earthquake, as he has lost his fighting spirit and didn't believe he could save Gotham.

Ra's al Ghul persuades Batman to join forces in their search for Qayin, a terrorist and rogue assassin. During this time Batman marries Talia and she becomes pregnant. After Batman's near death protecting her, Talia concludes that she can never keep Batman, as he will be continuously forced to defend her. She fakes a miscarriage, and the marriage is dissolved.

In reality, Talia gives birth to the child. Fast forward to OYL Damien is introduced and fandom goes nuts.


31. Mr. Mind (75 points - 1 first place slot)

mrmind.jpgOn a distant world dwelt a race of weak-eyed subterranean worms. One of them was born a mutant with a mighty brain, far superior to his fellows, yet was unable to make use of his mental powers because of his small size and lack of hands. This was the future Mr. Mind.

An exiled alien came to that plane to set up a scientific laboratory. Mr. Mind discovered he could transfer his own mentality temporarily into this being, and he used the lab to create his glasses, voice amplifier and other equipment.

Among these was a trans-dimensional radio with which he could pick up broadcasts from more than one Earth. He decided to visit Earth-2, hoping first to meet those whose broadcasts had amused him - then to enlist the powers of the Justice Society into his service as the first in a society of conquest.

But the JSA was away from Earth, so Mr. Mind instead sought out some of their enemies, including Oom, Mister Who, Ramulus, Nyola and the Dummy, for a first try at a society of evil. When this was thwarted, he made his next attempt on Earth-S, setting up his headquarters on a nearby asteroid. He then broadcast to the greatest villains on Earth as well as the leaders of the axis powers, enlisting them all in his Monster Society of Evil.

For some time, Mr. Mind battled Captain Marvel, who at first only knew him as a radio voice. Then, when Cap destroyed his headquarters, Mind escaped to Earth to work with the Axis, though he later traveled to the planetoid Punkus, where he ruled the crocodile men who alone could breathe the poisonous atmosphere of that world - Mr. Mind needing a breathing helmet there.

At last, deserted by his minions, Mr. Mind was captured by Captain Marvel and put on trial for multiple murders. (Although he had not carried these out himself, he had ordered them).

Found guilty, he was sent to the electric chair, but what Captain Marvel and everyone else did not realize was that Mr. Mind's race was immune to electricity. However, the shock from the chair placed Mr. Mind into a temporary state of suspended animation, and he awoke just as a taxidermist was about to stuff him for a museum.

With his mental powers, Mind ensured the man used another worm instead. The World's Wickedest Worm then spun a cocoon and spent years in hibernation before returning to again battle Captain Marvel and the whole Marvel Family.



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