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Your Top Marvel Villains part 22

Written by BubbaKanoosh on Tuesday, January 13 2009 and posted in Features

1marvelvillainslogo.jpgWell, the final three before the Top 100. And well, I think two of them at least should've been in the Top 100 and the other one, well, not? Again, that’s just my professional opinion. I do wish more people voted for the in the #101 slot, and I am glad he got a first place nod.


103. Chameleon (32 points) chameleon.jpg

Born into an aristocracy that had come to an end, Dmitri Smerdyakov was the half-brother of the Russian Sergei Kravinov (a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter). Kraven became one of the world's greatest hunters to fulfill his sense of lost nobility, and Smerdyakov served as a manservant for his brother. Eventually, Smyerdyakov would become the internationally notorious Soviet subversive known only as the Chameleon.

The Chameleon originally used his skills at espionage and disguise to obtain secret plans and government documents, until at one point he was defeated by Spider-Man, early in that hero's career. He has plagued Spider-Man ever since.

Chameleon relies on his hi-tech equipment to provide him with image-changing abilities. His computer belt is able to record a person's overall appearance, store hundreds of such records, and trigger alterations in the Chameleon's body, pigmentation, and specially treated clothing to mimic these records. In his early career, the Chameleon's face-changing powers were caused by a special mask, which could be formed into a life-like copy of a chosen person's face. When sprayed with a special gas, the mask dissolved and reverted to another shape or to his normal white mask. His specially designed clothing could similarly change when sprayed with the gas.


102. Sublime (33 points)

Sublime has been around longsublime.jpger than any other sentient life form native to Earth, and most non-sentient life as well. The sentient bacteria that makes up Sublime gained sentience three billion years ago, not long after the formation of the planet but long before any complex life forms developed. Sublime functioned with one mind, it was the first genome, fully evolved and as a result of its bacterial nature it was virtually indestructible. Simple life forms gave way to more complicated life forms, and finally humanity arose to become the dominant species of the planet. This did not bother Sublime, as humans were easily controllable. Sublime could live inside humans, and could be transmitted between humans--controlling their behavior and silently, invisibly dominant and species however it saw fit.

The inception and rise of homo superior, or Mutant kind was the first true challenge to Sublime's dominance. Mutants were stronger than humans. The larger evolutionary leaps between parents and offspring in mutants allowed stronger mutants to be born each generation, mutants that were capable of wielding power on a cosmic scale and mutants that were impervious to Sublime's infection. Sublime saw this shift as a threat to its very survival, and for the first time feared for itself.

In what it perceives as a fight against extinction, Sublime has put itself in direct opposition to mutant survival and success. It wishes to prevent continued mutantcy and engineer the destruction of the mutant species permanently.


101. Sin Eater (33 points - 1 first place slot)

"A Ski mask, a shotgun, and delusional Angel of Justice thoughts are three ingredients for a great comicsineater.jpg villain"

Stan Carter had been a SHIELD agent before entering the ranks of the NY Police department. While he was with SHIELD, Stan had been a part of one of their experimental programs that used drugs to increase strength and durability. The drugs took their toll on Stan, and began to drive him insane. SHIELD soon pulled the plug on the program and Stan soon left SHIELD after the drugs had supposedly left his system.

He eventually made the rank of Sergeant in the NYPD. It was there that he met Captain Jean DeWolff. The two had an affair that no one else was aware of. Following their affair, Stan's partner was killed in the line of duty, which led to Stan's depression and drinking. Because of his drinking, the drugs' effects on Stan's mentality began to show up again. The effects combined with his deeply religious beliefs caused him to think it was his duty to destroy the sins of what he considered a corrupt society. These thoughts prompted him to become the Sin-Eater.

As the Sin-Eater, his first victim was Captain Jean DeWolff (in "The Death of Jean DeWolff" story arc of the Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man comics series). As a detective, he was assigned to find the killer, and worked closely with Spider-Man. His next two victims were Judge Horace Rosenthal, a friend of Matthew Murdock, and a priest. During his escape after killing Judge Rosenthal, he fought against Spider-Man and killed a bystander during the battle. When Spider-Man and Daredevil discovered that the Sin-Eater’s next victim was going to be J. Jonah Jameson, they rushed to save him and sent the killer to prison. As he was being sent to Riker's a mob including DeWolff's father tried to kill him. Daredevil and Spider-Man stopped the mob and DeWolff's father from murdering Carter. During this time, Daredevil revealed that he knew Spider-Man's identity (he was able to recognize his heartbeat), and revealed his identity to Spider-Man.

After he was arrested, he was put in psychological and medical care. Spider-Man, who had lost control over his own strength, had caused serious damage crippling Carter. S.H.I.E.L.D purged all the drugs during this time but he still had visions of his Sin-Eater persona. After Carter was released, he had trouble readjusting to society and was perpetually haunted by his alternate persona the Sin-Eater. Finally, he took an empty shotgun and threatened to kill a child right in front of the police. After he released the hostage, he was shot and killed. His final words were "I've won. Sin-Eater d-dead. Now I can live....". Carter had become so messed up that he believed that he and the Sin-Eater were two different people

Sin-Eater is, in a way, indirectly responsible for creating Venom. Hoping for a big story, Daily Globe reporter and photographer Eddie Brock interviewed a man who claimed to know information about the Sin-Eater's identity. However, it turned out that the man was a compulsive liar, and Spider-Man had caught the real killer. This resulted in Brock being fired and becoming hateful of Spider-Man for ruining him.



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