40. Steel Serpent (69 points)
Davos was the first son of Lei Kung the Thunderer, a fearsome Martial Artist and trainer of the Iron Fist legacy from the city of K'un-Lun. In order to live up to his father's legacy he trained hard and knew that one day he would become one of the most powerful Martial Artists to leave K'un-Lun with the power of Iron Fist. However, there was one obstacle he had to overcome. He had to defeat the other person in line for the Iron Fist name: Wendell Rand-K'ai, son of Yu-Ti, August Personage in Jade and ruler of K'un Lun. Davos proved unsuccessful in this attempt and was soundly beaten by Wendell. He refused to give up despite this beating but eventually Yu-Ti announced Wendell the winner which infuriated Davos and accussed him of being biased towards his own son. Lei Kung told his son to stay silent and sent him away. However, Davos’ pride and anger got the better of him and he went to challenge the dragon Shou-Lao in his cavern and gain the power of Iron Fist despite his loss. Shou-Lao scarred Davos over his left eye but Davos knew the secret to defeating the Dragon: To block the power of its heart with his body. However, the pain was too much and Davos soon succumbed to the Dragon's power. Lei Kung then found his son defeated in the snow and took him back to the city. Yu-ti then exiled Davos to Earth, stating that he could never return to K'un-Lun. Despite this, Wendell did not challenge Shao-Lao and also went to Earth. Tuan eventually died and Wendell's brother took his place and had a son named Daniel who would take the power of Iron Fist. It was here that Davos plotted to eventually kill Daniel and take the power of Iron Fist for himself.
Davos attempted many times over the years to kill Daniel by absorbing the power of Shou-Lao. He was eventually successful in his attempts and to take all the power of the Iron Fist but he could not control it and was killed when Daniel restored his own power. When Davos died he was absorbed into the Anomaly Gem where he met the spirits of dead Iron Fists and furthered his Martial Arts from their teachings. Whilst in the Gem he met with the Elder of the Universe known as the Contemplator who tricked Daniel into gathering all the pieces of the Anomaly Gem and thereby releasing Davos from his imprisonment. His plan was successful and when released Davos once again absorbed Iron Fist's power and finally crossed the threshold to K'un Lun again and declaring himself its new ruler. However, Daniel with the power of his friends managed to fight against Davos and once again restore his power. Davos was forced to leave K'un Lun once again.
Most recently, Davos has formed an alliance with a new enemy to kill Daniel Rand and Orson Wendell, the previous Iron Fist. He was successful in killing Orson, however, Daniel defeated him again and before he could deal him the killing blow, Lei Kung and The August Personage in Jade appeared telling him that they could only fight in the tournament ordained by K'un-Lun. Then both Davos and Iron Fist disappeared in a flash of light.
39. Carnage (71 points - 2 first place slots)
"Once upon a time, he had the potential to be Marvel's Joker, a horrifying force of nature as opposed to just a villain, but he's been so watered down over the years that he's a shell of his former self."
"If anyone best summed up the 90’s it was this fella. Supposedly he was to take Venom's spot in Spider-Man's Rogues when the former arch foe turned more anti-hero and protagonist, but like Marvel's logic in the 90’s if you where hot, you made a lot of appearances. Carnage did just that. I lost count how many time's he appeared, but Cletus Kasaday sometimes felt like he was a costar to the Spidey books rather than an actual Rogue. True in the end, even if his character amounted to nothing. It was the design Mark Bagley created that was so gripping about the character. And as much as it pains me, I’dA kill to see more Carnage."
Cletus Kasady had a troubled childhood, killing his grandmother by pushing her down a flight of stairs, and torturing his mother's dog who afterwards tries to kill him and is apparently beaten to death by his father, who receives no defense from Kasady during his trial. As an orphan, Kasady is sent to the St. Estes Home for Boys, where his antisocial behavior makes him the target of abuse from both the other orphans and the staff. Kasady vindicates himself by murdering the disciplinarian administrator and burning down the orphanage.
Kasady becomes a serial killer, he is captured and sent to Ryker's Island prison where he shares a cell with Eddie Brock, who had lost his alien symbiote. Brock's symbiote soon returns and bonds with him again, and unwittingly leaves behind the symbiote's offspring (the symbiotes reproduce asexually, once per generation. The children are then of no consequence to the parent. Thusly, the Venom symbiote felt no need to inform Brock of the existence of the new symbiote) which gets into a cut and bonds with Kasady's bloodstream, transforming him into Carnage. He escapes prison, and begins a series of murders, and at the scene of each crime, writes "Carnage Rules" on the walls with his own blood. He is found by Spider-Man, though the hero proves to be no match for Carnage's powers. In desperation, Spider-Man makes a truce with Venom to fight Carnage. Carnage is defeated with sonic weaponry, but the symbiote lives on because he is merged with Kasady's bloodstream.
Later, Venom decided to reabsorb the Carnage symbiote "for good." Without the symbiote, Kasady retained the Carnage persona by costuming himself in red paint and continuing his killing sprees (albeit as a powerless human). Soon after, Kasady found an exact replica of the symbiote in The Negative Zone. How this symbiote is an identical copy, or where it came from, has yet to be explained. However, the issues in which Kasady discovered the replica had references to the Spider-Man Unlimited TV series which had been airing at the time and which featured the Carnage symbiote as one of its villains.
Perhaps the most famous storyline in which Carnage appears is the 1993 Spider-Man event Maximum Carnage. Carnage, and a cadre of psychotic super-villains (consisting of Shriek, Demogoblin, Carrion and Doppelganger) overtook New York, but were driven back by Spider-Man, Venom, the Black Cat, Captain America, Nightwatch, Cloak And Dagger, Deathlok, Morbius and Firestar.
In the 1996 "Web of Carnage" storyline, the Carnage symbiote escapes from the Ravencroft Institute where Cletus Kasady is incarcerated, seeking a stronger host. It takes over Ben Reilly, who had recently replaced Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Reilly has little previous experience with symbiotes, and is unprepared for an enemy that is immune to his spider-sense. Together, they become Spider-Carnage, and the symbiote attempts to force him, both mentally and physically, to kill Peter Parker (then powerless), and other innocent people. Reilly escapes the symbiote's control, barely, with help from Dr. Ashley Kafka and John Jameson, the administrators of Ravencroft.
Carnage starred in the miniseries Venom vs. Carnage, in 2005. The Carnage symbiote spawned a "child" symbiote, which he tried to kill without success a bit.. The "child" later bonded with police officer Patrick Mulligan. Carnage felt nothing but hate for the young creature and attempted to kill it, while Venom defended it (oddly enough feeling protective of his "grandchild"). Venom named the new symbiote Toxin. Mulligan has since attempted to steer the symbiote towards heroism instead of murder.
Carnage was one of several super villains trying to escape from The Raft in New Avengers #1-2. However the Sentry flew Carnage outside the Earth's atmosphere and ripped him apart.
38. Lady Deathstrike (73 points)
Yuriko Oyama's father was Lord Dark Wind (Kenji Oyama), a Japanese crime lord and criminal scientist who created the process by which adamantium can be bonded to bone. Kenji was a former Japanese kamikaze pilot during World War II. During one of his suicide missions, he was to crash into one of the American battleships. However, he failed the mission and his face was scarred during the mission. He became so ashamed of himself for failing a mission for his country that he decided to scar the faces of Yuriko and her brothers. Her brothers would eventually die on the battlefield serving her father.
When that happened Yuriko decided to try and free her lover from her father’s service. She teamed up with Daredevil in order to free him and decided to take revenge on her father for scarring her when she was younger and causing the deaths of her two brothers. During the fight, Kenji had Daredevil’s life in his hands, but just as he was about to kill him, Yuriko killed her father. Her lover, Kiro, decided to commit Seppuku (an honorable suicide) to honor his dead master. Following his death, Yuriko embraced her father's ideals and sought to track down all those who had dishonored him. Her trail led to Wolverine, whose skeleton had been bonded with adamantium. Deathstrike sought to kill him to right the wrong of the theft of his scientific discovery and thus restore her family's honor, but she was defeated with the help of Vindicator and Alpha Flight. Yuriko then traveled to the Mojoverse and Spiral's "body shoppe" where she received extensive cybernetic enhancements including adamantium bones and talons.
Now Yuriko going by the name of Lady Deathstrike became a member of the Reavers and fought alongside them against the X-Men. Then one day the entire Reavers team was completely destroyed by the Sentinels and Yuriko decided to go solo. Yuriko continued her life as a mercenary and assassin for hire. When Wolverine’s adamantium was extracted by Magneto in the Fatal Attractions story arc, Yuriko engaged in a battle with Wolverine. She defeated him and almost killed him before she discovered that his bones were no longer laced with adamantium. She admits that there is no longer any honor in killing Wolverine because he does not possess the material that was stolen from her father. Yuriko would eventually team up with the X-Men sometimes when they are battling the same enemy. Yuriko also still goes by the honor code of a samurai even after all the trauma she has gone through.
After the X2: X-Men Unite movie was released, Lady Deathstrike reappeared in comics as an ally of William Stryker in the X-Treme X-Men story arc entitled “God Loves, Man Kills II.” During this story arc, Deathstrike displays new abilities she had never displayed before in which she was able to connect to the computer and internet with her cybernetics. Later Deathstrike would mutilate and almost kill Sunfire, in which he had Rogue absorb his powers to battle Lady Deathstrike. She disappeared after the fight was over. After the Civil War, Lady Deathstrike has appeared to have registered herself with the United States Government and joined one of the government teams, the New Thunderbolts. She is currently working along side Venom, Bullseye, Jack O'Lantern, Songbird, and Jester. They all participated on the final battle in Times Square, New York and after the war is over they were incarcerated back in The Negative Zone
She was recently seen in the Messiah CompleX storyline, leading the Reavers. She has allied herself with the Purifiers. She and the Reavers faced the New X-Men, where she wounded Hellion but was defeated by X-23 and Rockslide. Yuriko appeared again and is in pursuit of Cable and the mutant newborn, but faced off with the new X-Force and X-23 seemingly killing the cybernetic woman by cutting one of her cybernetic arms "faster than it can repair" and slicing through the her body "faster than she can heal."
X-23 then proceeds to tell her, "You were dead the moment you touched Julian Keller..."