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Subj: Re: Companion to Grey Gargoyle's cool thread - Best villain created in the 80s?
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 at 08:52:20 pm EST (Viewed 547 times)
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Had to do this thread because one of my very favorite villains - Titania - was created in 1984 by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck during The Secret Wars.

Titania has been on my mind due to the fascinating Black Bolt comic currently on the shelves. She's become an important supporting character for the time being.

She's tough, she seems to have some sort of conscience and some sort of empathy, and she and the Absorbing Man were always portrayed as being genuinely, fiercely, wholeheartedly in love. She's a lower tier villain who apparently doesn't do too well in the money department, which is a quandary to me, as I would think any supervillain would either be (a) in jail or else (b) rich. If you get away with the crime, why wouldn't you be rich? She must get stiffed now and then by the masterminds who employ her. Either that or she has a gambling problem or just a spending problem in general.

Any way, she is easily in my top ten of favorite villains, regardless of tier. I will buy a comic simply because she's in it. She's awesome.

Who are your picks for "best" or "favorite" or "most charismatic" villains created in the 80s?

Just comics or movies too? Most of these movie villains eventually made it to comics, maybe all of them. Just some favorites of mine.

1980's Empire Strikes Back gave us Emperor Palpatine. He may not have done too much in Empire and Jedi except a lot of scowling at the end, but the much-maligned prequels, crappy as they were, really cemented him as the MVP of the Star Wars hexology. As Sidious he commands the Trade Federation, Droid factory and Sith to create a threat against the Republic. As Palpatine he uses that threat as an excuse to get elected to higher and higher ranks of power, curtails personal freedoms in the name of security, and names himself galactic Emperor. Sidious commands a droid army, Palpatine commands a clone army, they go to war and in the melee he assassinates the entire Jedi order, the only real threat against him. The trilogy closes with the villain winning and ruling the galaxy for the next 15 years! I don't normally praise anything from the prequels but he had a great arc. or should I say plan.

1980 - Pamela and Jason Voorhees

1981 - Hannibal Lecter (Red Dragon novel)

1982 - MCP (Tron)

1984 - The Terminator and SkyNet. Gremlins (and Stripe). Freddy Krueger. Emilio Lizardo/Lord John Whorfin (Buckaroo Banzai).

1986 - The Kurgan (Highlander), Chop Top (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)

1987 - Predator, Q (Star Trek TNG), Pinhead (Hellraiser)

1988 - Chucky (Child's Play)

1989 - Borg (Star Trek TNG)