6 Supervillains Who Won Despite a Weakness


Evil rarely triumphs in comicdom. For every minor victory, eventually the hero perseveres in the end. Sometimes, there were a range of villains with disadvantages that still managed to one up the good guys in the long run. Here are these villains and the battles they waged.


Again, Ozymandias is a hero to some and an anti-villain to others. His primary weakness was his own ego and engaged in a long winded speech while nonchalantly holding off  both Rorschach and Nite-Owl. However, at the prospect of stopping him, he chillingly replied: “I’m not a Republic Serial villain. Do you seriously think I’d explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome? I did it thirty-five minutes ago.”

Wilson Slade

Slade has two disadvantages: a blind eye and a lack of super powers. Yet, in spite of both, he managed to make a mockery of the Justice League’s abilities through raw strategy in Identity Crisis. Sure, he let his anger get the best of him in the end, but Dr. Light’s Nova attack returned him to the playing field.


There’s not much that can hurt this dark mirror of Superman save for depriving him from the sun. That weakness was meaningless in the Infinite Crisis when he killed both Connor Kent and Kal-L (Earth 2 Superman). Killing a Superman is no easy task, even at the hands of another.

Lex Luthor (Red Son)

It’s difficult to discern who was the hero and who was the villain in Mark Millar’s classic. Regardless, President Luthor was disadvantaged in the sense that he was up against an unstoppable god. It was only by tapping into the Soviet Superman’s fallible insecurities as a leader that Luthor managed to stop him from world conquest.

Crime Syndicate of Amerika

In Grant Morrison’s graphic novel, Earth 2, he pitted the Justice League against a team of doppelgangers from an alternate universe. Through a complex series of mishaps, the Crime Syndicate managed to enter our own universe to wreak havoc. The major disadvantage? By rule, evil could never triumph in the DC world, and they quickly realized that. It was only through the Justice League’s own “failure” in their universe that everything returned to normal and both sides “won.”

Mr. Glass

Of all villains, Samuel L. Jackson’s character in Unbreakable (2001) possesses the greatest disadvantage of all villains. Not only is he insane, but his bones are so brittle that that they’d break with little effort. Despite this, he managed to accomplish his greatest goal: the discovery of his counterpart and hero.