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Your Top DCU Villains part 33

Written by BubbaKanoosh on Monday, December 01 2008 and posted in Features
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grundy.jpg20. Solomon Grundy (133 points)

During the later part of the 19th Century, Cyrus Gold was killed and left to rot in Slaughter Swamp. His remains were never found and over the process of half a century the organic muck collected around his corpse and mysteriously one day took on its own life.

With limited memory of his previous existence the swamp monster found his way to a hobo camp after robbing a pair of escaped criminals of their clothes. When asked his name he replied that he did not have one, but that he had been born on a Monday. One of the hobos remarked he was like the nursery rhyme character and named the monster Solomon Grundy.

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
That was the end of
Solomon Grundy.

Being zombie and lacking a soul, Solomon Grundy turns into a huge, extremely unintelligent villain who often works for others because he can't think of his own plans. Well not really, he does return with some intelligence, sometimes kind but still a villain, but usually he is just big and ridiculously stupid.

He can't be killed because he is already dead. Most recently, Solomon Grundy "died" in war on the prison planet while trying to escape with the rest of the criminals in the last issue of Salvation Run. In an interview with Johns, he claimed that Solomon Grundy will have a major role in the Blackest Night event.

 

19. Scarecrow (137 points)

scarecrow.jpgAs a child Jonathan Crane reveled in frightening small animals. This obsession with fear followed him into adulthood, and he became a professor of psychology at Gotham University, reputed as an authority on the psychology of fear. A tall spindly man that invested more in books than his personal appearance, Crane was disliked and derided by his pears, who called him "Scarecrow."

Overhearing his colleagues mocking him he decided that if he could use his knowledge of fear for profit, then he would be able to dress better and gain their respect and friendship.

Hiring out his skills to the highest bidder, Crain profited, but was fired from his professorship for erratic and unethical behavior. Eventually he was captured by Batman and Robin, although he has managed to always return and strike fear as the Scarecrow.

Obsessed with the power of fear, he uses it as his main weapon. Everything from the way he dresses to his choice of hideout is designed to play on the fear factor. To enhance the experience of fear he has produced several varieties of his fear gas which is a toxic compound that causes people to go insane with horror and sometimes even die. Their worst nightmares manifest themselves as if they were reality.

 

18. Riddler (140 points)

Since childhood, Eddie Nashton used puzzles to outwit his opponents, habitually cheating to ensure he would win. Beginning the life of crime as a simple conman using puzzles to cheat people of their money, Nashton yearned to earn big money. Adopting a unique approach to crime he provided clues to his capers in the form of puzzles and riddles. Taunting the police and the vigilante known as the Batman, he assumed the identity of the Riddler.

riddler.jpgRiddler played a tremendously vital part in the "Hush" crisis. Riddler, aware that he was dying of cancer, cleverly and secretly found one of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus Pits and used it unbeknownst to its owner, curing himself of the fatal affliction. Doctor Tommy Elliot aka Hush, happened upon Riddler as the latter was suffering through brain cancer (Edward was, at the time, using the name Arthur Wynne, a tribute to the inventor of the crossword puzzle). Upon approaching Riddler about the villain's miraculous recovery from cancer, Riddler offered the location of a Lazarus Pit to heal Tommy's wealthy and dying mother for a price, naturally. However, Tommy had other things in mind one of which was securing his dying mother's fortune before he wrought his revenge on Bruce Wayne. Guided by Riddler's complex plan, he and Hush manipulated a variety of Batman's rogues to destroy Batman, piece by piece. Riddler played Joker, Clayface, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Ra's al Ghul, Lady Shiva, and Talia al Ghul like pawns, a brilliant set of moves that would eventually earn him brutal penance from an unhappy lot of Arkham frequents. Additionally, the clarity of mind that Riddler regained after his recovery resulted in him solving the greatest riddle of his lifetime: that Bruce Wayne is Batman.

He used this information to hurt Batman with emotional agony; namely, using the memory of the deceased Jason Todd, Batman's first dead Robin. Upon Riddler's insistence, Clayface impersonated Todd to make this horrifying memory a reality again. Eventually Batman caught up to Riddler's plot and parried wits with the rogue who knew his identity, ensuring Riddler's silence after all, what worth is a riddle whose answer everyone knows?

Later, Hush reappeared and beat Riddler senseless. Riddler sought refuge with the Joker, which did not work out, and then Poison Ivy, who expressed her discontent about his earlier manipulation in a very harmful, humiliating way. Spiraling into a depth of doubt and darker insanity, Edward lived among the homeless until an ex-NASA decoder discovered him, and helped him recover his wits and self. He had trouble with Green Arrow, Arsenal and the Outsiders. During Infinite Crisis Eddie is struck in the head by Shining Knight's mace which results him falling into a coma. Eddie came out of his coma one year later. Riddler overcame his riddles but not his ego problem. Riddler reclaimed his life in a new hue; now, amassing a fortune legally as a private detective, Edward is on the right side of the law, even if his is yearning for that insatiable thrill his intellect demands. Recently Eddie has been hired by Nightwing to investigate the museum robberies.

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