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Your Top DCU Villains part 34

Written by BubbaKanoosh on Monday, December 01 2008 and posted in Features
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17. Cyborg Superman (149 points - 4 first place slots)

cyborgsuperman.jpgA crewmember of the space shuttle Excalibur, Hank Henshaw was converted by a freak radiation accident into a being of pure energy. Horrified by what he had become, Henshaw beamed his consciousness into Superman's Kryptonian birthing matrix that brought the Man of Steel to Earth, and used it to leave the solar system.

While in space Henshaw's irrational hatred of Superman grew. Eventually his consciousness was able to mold the alloys and residue Kryptonian DNA into a mockery of a body commonly called the Cyborg Superman.

During the Death of Superman storyline, Hank came back as one of the four people who claimed they were the real Superman back from the dead. Having everyone fooled, he gained their trust only to betray them all and ruin the image and legend of Superman for everyone. With the help of Mongul, they destroyed Coast City, which was the main cause for Hal Jordon going crazy. When all is said and done is he defeated and that is the end of Hank Henshaw, or is it?

Hank later began to lead the Manhunters and spent a lot of time and effort battling the Green Lantern Corps, before joining forces with the Anti-Monitor and his Sinestro Corps. It is here we discover that Hank Henshaw's one wish is to die, as the Anti-Monitor promised to grant Hank's wish of death once their goal is reached.

Henshaw was positioned to watch over the construction of the new War World. As the Sinestro Corps approach Earth, their primary target, Sinestro orders Hank to deal with the Justice League and control the Anti-Monitor's landing zone personally. He attacks the Justice League, along with his army of Manhunters, they appear to be victorious before Superman arrives and battles his cyborg counterpart. Using the power of the yellow rings, Henshaw is able to push Superman back but is beaten senseless once Supergirl and Power Girl arrive to aid their cousin. Henshaw is thrown into Superman-Prime who is in the middle of a battle with the rest of Earth's heroes. After landing on top of Prime, Henshaw states "He almost did it."

Henshaw gets back into the action and continues to fight Green Lanterns and the heroes of Earth. He mocks the Green Lanterns for their lack of skills saying that since they are able to use lethal force they should use it. In the middle of the battle Henshaw lit Hawkman's wings on fire but the fire is quickly put out by John Stewart. Henshaw was caught in the explosion when War World exploded. He survived and was rescued by his Manhunters.

 

16. Superboy Prime (157 points)

suberboyprime.jpgSuperboy-Prime was raised on a parallel world dubbed Earth-Prime. He was thought to be a normal child. He was adopted by Jerry and Naomi Kent, who thought it would be amusing to name him Clark after the "comic book" character in their world. It turned out he really was Kal-El and was teleported to Earth before the Krypton of his universe was swallowed by its sun, Rao.

The Superboy of Earth-Prime left his reality to join other heroes to protect reality itself from the Anti-Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. His reward, along with Alexander Luthor, Jr. of Earth-Three, Golden Age Superman, and Lois Lane of Earth-Two, was a chance to escape to an apparently heavenly pocket dimension before reality fixed itself after the Crisis.

Never aging in the Paradise dimension with a view of the world he can never be a part of (post-Crisis Earth), Superboy-Prime came to despise his situation. He lost his childhood, and he can never grow up to be Superman, his idol of Earth-Two. His envy and anger boiled as he watched the world he had saved become darker. He believed its heroes were losing the fight for justice, and he was especially angered by Superboy, Connor Kent, for taking his name and what he believed should be his life.

Regretting his decision, he escaped with the help of Alexander Luthor, and the two set off the Infinite Crisis, an attempt to recreate the world in their image. Having been exposed to yellow sunlight and reveling in his strength, he is the cause of many of the atrocities during the Infinite Crisis:

He destroyed the Watchtower on the moon and left the Martian Manhunter for dead. He moved the planet Rann into Thanagar's orbit, causing the two planets and their allies to go to war.

He almost beat Connor to death in an attempt to regain his name, and killed a few Titans before being trapped in a separate dimension by the Flash family.

Upon his return he killed Conner Kent, as well as numerous Green Lanterns before being stopped by the Supermen of post-Crisis Earth and Earth-Two. Superman of Earth-Two gave his life in the effort though.

After being imprisoned by the Guardians, he is freed by the Sinestro Corps and becomes one of the Anti-Monitor heralds. When he finally coming to earth and battling a group of heroes, and they almost defeated him until the energies of the Yellow Sun gave him his full powers back. And that’s when Ion came into the picture. Prime ferociously battled Ion across the city. They originally seemed to be evenly matched until the fight brought them to a nuclear power plant. The power plant made of lead, weakened Ion and Prime was able to impale him with a lead rod. Ion managed to escape from the plant but Prime pursued mercilessly. The fight continued in a cemetery. Prime and Ion fought hard and long but Prime was too much for the young Corps member. Prime was able to beat Ion into submission. However, John Stewart and Guy Gardner arrived to save their comrade.

The battle in New York raged on as Prime battled the Green Lantern Corps and Earth's heroes. After hearing the Anti-Monitor declaring victory, Prime turned on the Guardian of Fear and ripped him apart for destroying his home world. Superman-Prime tossed the Anti-Monitor into space. After achieving his ultimate goal of revenge. Prime attacked the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps and slaughtered many of them. The Guardians of the Universe attacked and began blasting Prime with energy. The Kryptonian managed to grab on to one of the Guardians but was shocked to see the Guardian self-destruct in his face, apparently killing Superman-Prime. It was later revealed that Prime was trapped in the Multiverse looking much older and more powerful.

Then stupid countdown stuff happened and yeah. Now he is in the future leading the Legion of Super Villains.

 

15. Catman (165 points - 2 first place slots)

catman.jpgNo longer challenged by the sport of big-game hunting Thomas Blake retired to Gotham City. While at an elite social club, Blake was conversing with Bruce Wayne, when a fellow member jokingly suggested that the two should emulate Batman and become crime fighters.

Intrigued by the challenge, Blake instead used his expertise to challenge Batman and revive the thrill of the hunt. Donning a costume fashioned from the cloth that had swaddled a primitive cat fetish, Blake believed that he was endowed with nine lives.

Using his mastery over large cats and creating an arsenal of cat-inspired weapons, Blake set forth on his criminal career as Cat-Man. He grew tired of always failing and out of desperation he returned to Africa to regain his confidence and pride. Living in the jungle gave him and training with the cats helped him regain his confidence and fighting ability. He would have gladly spent his entire life living in the jungle amongst his feline brother but Lex Luthor ordered the decimation of his pride. This enraged Catman and forced him to hunt Luthor. Since then Catman has aligned himself with the Secret Six.

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