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Your Top DCU Villains part 35

Written by BubbaKanoosh on Tuesday, December 02 2008 and posted in Features

14. Catwoman (170 points - 4 first place slots)

catwoman.jpgOrphaned as a girl by a suicidal mother and an alcoholic father, Selina Kyle spent time in a state home for girls before escaping an abusive headmistress to live on the streets of Gotham City.

Vowing never to go hungry or want again, Kyle used her natural acrobatic skills and keen wits to become the most accomplished thief Gotham has ever known, a cat that walks through walls and the hands of both Gotham City Police Department and its Dark Knight, as the Catwoman.

She has been taught stealth, athletics, hotwiring, lock picking, thieving, acrobatics and the martial arts. She was trained by the Armless Master in martial arts and by Wildcat in boxing and street fighting. She excels at low- and high-tech heists and is the best cat burglar in Gotham. Catwoman has a good affinity for cats. They often help automatically if she needs it and instantly know that she is a friend. Additionally, Selina was an effective seductress, a talent she employed to remove herself from treacherous situations.

Catwoman has had many different looks over the years. In her first appearance, wore no costume or disguise at all, and it was not until her next appearance that she donned a mask, which was a theatrically face-covering cat-mask that had the appearance of a real cat, rather than a more stylized face mask seen in her later incarnations. Later, she wore a dress with a hood that came with ears, and still later, a bodysuit with attached boots and either a domino or glasses-mask. In the 1960s, Catwoman's bodysuit was green in color. In the 1990s, she usually wore a skintight purple bodysuit. Her current costume has a more high tech look, with domino-shaped infrared goggles on her cowl. Many of her costumes have been shown to incorporate retractable metal claws on the fingertips of her gloves and toes of her boots. They can shred a bulletproof vest and be used to climb with.

Like all Batman villains Catwoman has many themed weapons and gadgets. In her early years cat-themed car called the "cat-illac". Catwoman's favored weapon is a 12 foot long whip carried on her person either in her boot or in a small backpack, she has a cat-o-nine-tails, elastic ties for binding hands and feet, and a roll of duct tape used to gag her targets


13. Ra's Al Ghul (176 points - 4 first place slots)

rasalghul.jpgRa’s Al Ghul was born 700 years ago in a tribe of nomads in one of the Arabian deserts. When Ra’s was young, he became fascinated with science, but due to his nomad tribe, he was unable to study science. Ra’s decides to leave his tribe and move to the city where he can study science. He becomes a physician and then quickly marries the love of his life, Sora.

Later Ra’s discovers the secret lair of the Lazarus Pit. When a sadistic prince was dying (Ra’s did not know he was sadistic) he tried to save him by putting him in the Lazarus Pit. When he emerged from the Lazarus Pit, it caused him to go completely insane and the prince would proceed to strangle Sora and killing her in the process. Later the King would convict Ra’s for doing something to his son and sentences him to a slow and torturing death in a cage with his wife’s corpse. Ra’s was eventually set free by a son of an old woman; he tries to save the dying woman but was unsuccessful.

Ra’s was devastated with what had happened to him and his wife. He decides to take the son of the old woman and they went to the tribe that Ra’s was born from. At the tribe, Ra’s asked his uncle, who was the leader of the tribe, to help him and guaranteed the fall of the King. His uncle would agree and they began plotting against the King. Ra’s was extremely knowledgeable with germ theory of disease. His knowledge on it was far more advanced then anyone of that time. With that knowledge, Ra’s would contaminate some fabrics and sent it to the prince. The price became sick and the King would seek Ra’s for a cure, Ra’s denied him and killed both the King and Prince. He sends the tribe into the Kingdom and they proceed to kill everyone inside it. Right afterwards, Ra’s would declare himself the “Demon Head.” Ra’s also has a daughter named Talia. He met a woman that was mixed Chinese and Arab at Woodstock, after that Talia was born.

Ra’s began to travel the world. Ra’s, his uncle, and that boy were all using the Lazarus Pits to continue living. While in London, Ra’s catches the boy writing about the Lazarus Pits and about his whole life in their language. Ra’s engages in a fight with him to stop him from writing any more and kills him in the end. Ra’s became weak after the battle and had to get to the Lazarus Pits to help revive him. When he returns to London, he discovers that his uncle had stolen all his historical records. Ra’s continues his journey and eventually becomes a master martial artist, and also became a great fencer. He also gains a mass amount of wealth through time and starts creating organizations to rid the world of crime, his first was called The Demon. The League of Assassins is a branch organization of The Demon.

Ra’s is an eco-terrorist and his purpose with the League of Assassins is to eliminate all evil in the world. He concludes that the only way to do so is to destroy all of humanity and start all over. This gives him run-ins with the superhero community, especially Batman. Ra’s has had many plans over the years that tried to destroy the world. One includes his organization unleashing a virus called Elbola into Gotham City. He had also allied with Bane and also thought of Bane as a possible heir, however Talia disliked Bane’s brutish criminal personality. Ra’s has also beaten the entire JLA before when he discovered Batman’s notes on how to take down every single hero. He is defeated but was able to get Batman kicked out of the JLA.


12. Deadshot (185 points)

deadshot.jpgDeadshot is DC’s greatest Marksman, boasting that he never misses. In his childhood, His mother and father had a deep hate for each other. His mother went so far as to hire Floyd and his brother to kill their father. This lifestyle has made Deadshot both homicidal and suicidal. He first appeared in Gotham City as a new crime fighter, but it was revealed that this was only an elaborate hoax to replace Batman. When this scheme failed, he attempted to head the Gotham underworld, but was exposed and arrested by Batman and Commissioner Gordon.

After he got out of jail, Deadshot became a hired assassin, and has been a great help in the passed two Suicide Squads. When he was on hiatus from the squad, his son was raped and killed by a pedophile. Floyd took revenge on the man. Later, his suit was stolen by an airport employee, who began to steal and kill with it. Deadshot killed him, but killing his own image affected him. He didn’t even fix the hole in the costume for a long time. During the Suicide Squad’s last mission, Deadshot was asked by Count Vertigo if he would kill him. Deadshot agreed, and both of them went to a secret location to await Vertigo’s decision. He declined, and Deadshot did not question the decision.

Later, when he was under Neron’s influence, he tried to kill kindergarteners with an explosion, but was stopped by the Justice League. Deadshot was offered North America if he joined the Secret Six, and was threatened that if he didn’t join the team, he would have his daughter’s neighborhood blown up by Mockingbird (Lex Luthor). A stalemate was reached at the end of the series, and Deadshot’s status remained unchanged. He was found in bed with Knockout, but she revealed that she was only using him.

In Countdown to Final Crisis, Deadshot as a member of the Suicide Squad is assigned to capture The Trickster and Pied Piper, during the mission Deadshot disobeys orders and shoots the Trickster in the head killing him. Deadshot joined the Suicide Squad to try to round up super villains for removal from the planet. It gets tricky though because the super villains are aware of Project Salvation (Salvation Run). In Salvation Run #2, Deadshot was tricked and double crossed then sent to the prison planet along with the last batch of criminals which included Catwoman, Lex Luthor and Bane.


11. Gorilla Grodd (212 points - 2 first place slots)

While on an exploration mission, Solovar the leader of Gorilla City was captured by humans. Pretending to be nothing more than a normal ape he avoided disclosing the location of the hidden city to creatures he considered savage. Brought to the United States, Solovar was sold to a Central City circus.

The revolutionary dissident Grodd traveled to Central City, but not to rescue the captured leader of Gorilla City, instead he desired Solovar's knowledge of mind control to amass an army of apes. Although learning the secret, he was thwarted by Central City's hero the Flash, and Grodd was sent back to Gorilla City to be imprisoned.

Escaping, the revolutionary has returned many times to plague the world of man as the villainous super-ape Gorilla Grodd.



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