Last weekend, the Collectiva Diva and I attended WonderCon, so in keeping with the comic book spirit, let’s talk about the most bad ass of all comic book villains: Magneto.

Source: Marvel.com
Source: Marvel.com

Known Aliases

  • (birth name) Max Eisenhardt
  • Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
  • Magnus
  • Erik the Red
  • Grey King
  • White King
  • White Pilgrim
  • The Creator

Mutant Abilities

Sir Ian McKellan as Magneto
Sir Ian McKellan as Magneto

In the Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Magneto is able to control magnetic forces in any form. However, not seen in the MCU is Magneto’s ability to manipulate any force that is in the electromagnetic spectrum. This includes light, x-rays, gamma rays, etc. The truly terrifying possibilities come to light when readers realize that Magneto, if he is uninjured, has apparently limitless power, and can construct massive metal structures in seconds.

This week for our Villains of Note series, we will take a bite out of my favorite serial killer, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

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Covers:

Doctor Lecter, The Chesapeake Ripper, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, The Copycat Killer.

Side Work:

Master chef, psychiatrist, and oh yeah, he eats his victims.

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Main Course:

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a cannibalistic serial killer who manipulates his friends and eats his victims. The practicing psychiatrist has an impressive list of patients–everyone from the Head of Behavioral Sciences, Jack Crawford, to Will Graham, the other crazy in the room–has sat down to dinner with Hannibal at one point. Little did they know, Dr. Lecter has served each of his friends fresh meat from his most recent kills. He might the Chesapeake Killer and the Copycat Killer (of his own work), but what Hannibal is looking for is someone to identify with. He thinks, by framing Will as the Chesapeake Ripper and then exonerating him, the two will become besties, but it just isn’t going to happen. Will is still a little upset at the fact the good doctor induced his seizures and framed him for murder. Besides, Hannibal is just too smart to get caught, and he really enjoys killing and cooking his victims. Now that he has taken Will’s place as FBI profiler, this meat eater has a chance to sink his teeth into a few tasty cases. He doesn’t seem to be worried about the consequences as of yet.

When it came time to choose this week’s villain to showcase, I knew I needed to talk about a Lannister, because Game of Thrones is back, baby! And what Lannister is more hated than Joffrey Baratheon?

Answer: none.

King Joffrey’s mother, Cersei Lannister, is also a feature of this week’s post. Why? Because I love to hate her.

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They’re Lannisters. If you don’t know them, you must not be from the Seven Kingdoms.

Hear Them Roar

The officially sigil of the Lannister is a lion on a field of crimson, with the words “Hear me roar!”

Unofficially, we know they always pay their debts and are known to ruin most weddings.

This week for our Villains of Note series, we will play a little game with one of my all time favorite villains, James Moriarty from a little BBC series entitled Sherlock. Moriarty, the arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes and England’s most prized consulting criminal.

You Know Him As:

 James Moriarty, The World’s Only Consulting Criminal, Molly’s boyfriend Jim, Richard Brooks, the Storyteller

Honey, You Should See Him In:

The Crown Jewels, impeccable suit, goofy smile

Name of the Game:

James Moriarty is the arch-nemesis to Sherlock Holmes and honey, he is not your average bad guy. Just as Sherlock began solving crimes at a young age, so Moriarty began committing them, starting with the murder of Carl Powers in 1989, a case which the underage Sherlock failed to get the police to investigate. Mori lets his crazy show a bit when we first meet him (turn who into shoes??) but decides to let Sherlock live to play another day, and thus the madman works his way up to Reichenbach and the top of St. Bart’s. Moriarty expertly weaves a web of deceit that instills doubt into those that once believed in Sherlock Holmes, and sets the detective up to either kill himself of watch his only 4 friends in the world (Molly, Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson and John) die. While Sherlock outsmarts Mori by faking his own death, Moriarty may still be a step ahead of us all. This villain seems to get the last word fairly often, but, when his image shows up on all the media outlets as a meme, it isn’t just Sherlock who doesn’t know what to think. Will Moriarty be back to terrorize his favorite target or have we all been duped once again?

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For many years I contemplated naming my first born “Winifred Willow.” True story. So when the Vampire-Who-Outbroods-the-Broodiest, Angel, received his own spin-off series I was, well, for lack of a better term, fangirling to the max.

In the second season, Angel enters the demon dimension Pylea and rescues one super-scientist named Winifred “Fred” Burkle, a character who was quickly welcomed into the hearts of the Whedon fandom. In the final season of Angel, Fred meets her demise when she accidentally inhales the parasitic presence of Illyria, transforming the beloved quirky scientist into an ancient pure-breed demon known as one of the ‘Old Ones.’

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You would presume to speak her name?

She is Illyria, the Old One. Foolish mortals have referred to her as “the Leather Queen”or “Blue Thunder” or even a “Smurf.”

Distinguishing Traits:

Illyria has superhuman strength and agility, as well as invulnerability and immortality. Being one of the most powerful (and feared) of the Old Ones, Illyria can also manipulate time and is capable of interdimensional travel. She’s also very, very capable with a blade.

I lived seven lives at once. I was the power in the ecstasy of death. I was god to a god.

When the world met her, it shuddered, it groaned. It knelt at her feet:

Illyria was a ruling Old One in the Primordium Age. Her citadel, Vahla ha’nesh was located in what is currently Los Angeles. Although she was eventually murdered by her many rivals, she had a firm following (a cult, if you will) into the present day. It was one of these followers who freed Illyria’s sarcophagus from The Deeper Well and delivered it to Fred’s lab.

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In my time, nightmares walked among us. Walked and danced, skewering victims in plain sight, laying their fears and worst desires out for everyone to see. This to make us laugh.

Once Illyria resurrected, she returned to her temple (which she’d hidden in another dimension) and attempted to raise her army and regain her throne. When she entered her temple, however, she discovered that her army had long since been destroyed. Trapped in a world she didn’t understand, she relied on Team Angel to orient her to a modern society, and was neutral throughout most of her time on the show. In the end, after being beaten and humiliated by the Senior Partners of Wolfram & Hart, she joined Angel in the final battle, particularly motivated by the death of Wesley.

The character of Illyria also appears in the expanded Buffyverse comics.

This week for our Villains of Note series, we stop to appreciate the dastardly dragon lady of the 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent. In the original fairy tale, whether you believe it to be Charles Perrault’s, “La Belle au bois dormant” (which the Disney version is based on), the Grimm brothers’ “Briar Rose”,  or the myriad of other folklore myths the tale resembles, Maleficent exists to terrify readers and warn of ill-gotten revenge. This forgotten fairy is brought to life in Disney’s classic and given new vitality in the 2014 upcoming production of Maleficent.

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Les Sobriquets:

The Mistress of All Evil, The Dark/13th/Aged Fairy

Les Caractéristiques:

Horns, purple and black cape, never forgets or forgives–especially when beautiful young girls are involved.

Sa Histoire:

In the Disney version, Maleficent is shunned by the King and Queen, parents of princess Aurora, at the occasion of the princess’ christening. Being the petty and vengeful fairy that she is, Maleficent curses the baby, proclaiming the child will prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday and die. Maleficent spends the next 16 years searching for the princess, who is sent to live with the good fairies in the forest, away from any magic or sorcery that might allow the child to fall under the dark fairy’s spell. Maleficent doesn’t give up easily, and even after she’s gotten the girl to fall into a deep sleep and all hope seems lost, the Mistress of Evil isn’t satisfied. She takes the princess’ betrothed, a handsome Prince Phillip, and locks him in her dungeon, which was her first mistake, because the good guy always escapes. He does, and she proceeds to use some seriously dark magic to turn into a fire breathing dragon, destroy the fields and the castle, until finally put out of her misery by the Prince’s sword right in her dragon belly.

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I feel like we don’t talk enough about Star Trek here at The Collective, so my pick for this week’s villain is not the over-used Khan, but rather a TNG villain: the Queen of the Borg.

I chose this particular villain because 1) she has always been the ‘Trek villain with the highest creep factor for me and 2) the Borg Collective are probably the most unlike every other Trek villain, because of their lack of humanity and collectivity. (Grammar sidethought: Is it the “Borg is” considering they share a mindset? hmmm)

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Property of Paramount Pictures

Her Designation

You imply disparity where none exists. She is the beginning, the end, the one who is many.

Distinguishing Traits:

The Borg share a collective consciousness, and the Queen “brings order to chaos.” She alone of the Borg shows personality, emotion, and the ability to use persuasion and psychology on those she chooses to assimilate.

History of Assimilation:

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The Queen was assimilated as a child, probably around the age of 7 or 8. Although the Queen was the “leader” of the Borg and exhibited qualities that the drones did not, she was not an individual. The hive mind of the Borg prevented her from truly embracing a unique personality; she has often been compared to the “queen” of a hive of insects.

When Captain Jean Luc Picard was captured by the Borg, the Queen assimilated him into the not-quite-drone, Locutus. She intended him to be a consort for her (of sorts), since the more human part of her could still feel loneliness. Later, when the android Data was captured by the Queen, she attempted to assimilate him in a similar fashion, but together Picard and Data killed the Queen by fracturing her cybernetic spinal cord, thereby destroying her connection to the Collective.

This week for our Villains of Note series, we will take a look at one of the most underrated and terrifying bad gals in all of the Whoniverse, Madame Kovarian.

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Alias:

The Eye Patch Lady.

Distinguishing Traits:

Eye drive, cohort of The Silence, psychopathic tendencies, good with gangers, can’t stand the flirting.

Indoctrination:

Madame Kavorian heads the rogue Kovarian Chapter (formerly of the Papal Mainframe), who go to great lengths to acquire River Song (aka Melody Pond) and train up a child in the ways of a psychopath. Kovarian kidnaps Amy as soon as she shows signs of pregnancy, switching real-Amy with ganger-Amy, and then does it again with baby Melody Pond. She also keeps River in an abandon, creepy orphanage and trains her to murder the Doctor and manipulate his friends. What she didn’t see coming was the fact that River might just fall in love with the Timelord. Kovarian, who is from the Doctor’s future (around the time Eleven is on Trenzalore), knows the end game and all about the crack in the Universe that plagued Eleven from his very first days in that face. She is from a time when the Doctor is protecting the crack in time (and subsequently, Gallifrey) in Christmas town, Eleven’s last days. She believes that, if the Doctor allows Gallifrey to return, the universe will be destroyed. Kovarian’s fundamental beliefs lead her to kidnap a Timelord/human hybrid child and helped change the value set of the Papal Mainframe toward keeping the answer to the first question (Doctor Who??) a mystery.

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Last week, the Collectiva Diva kicked off our Villains of Note blog series with a post about the King of Hell, Crowley.  This week I’m focusing on a villain who is not the series arch-villain, but rather a man whose most defining attributes are his racism and his Captain Hook-esque stump arm. Better known as Daryl Dixon’s a-hole big brother.

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How He’s Called:

Merle Dixon the One-Handed. Older brother of Daryl.

Distinguishing Traits:

Racist, homophobic, bigot with a knackering for violence and Zombie Fight Club. Extremely attached to and protective of his younger brother.

Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s tail all the time, Merle (a brief bio):

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property of AMC

The Dixons are products of an unhappy childhood, and it shows. Like his brother Daryl, Merle is extremely skilled at hunting and tracking. He is positively lethal with almost any weapon handed to him (pun intended). When we first meet Merle, he is abandoned on a rooftop by his zombie survivor companions because his aggressive racist attitude and chained to a pipe. For the better part of two seasons, we don’t know what happened to Merle (almost everyone except Daryl assumes he’s dead), and then, in season 3, we find him again in Woodbury as the Governor’s left-hand man (get it?).

In season 3, we find a Merle who’s bitter, cruel, and more than a little bit conflicted between his love for his brother and his loyalty to the Governor. At one point in the third season, Merle’s former apocalypse-mate, Glen, and Glen’s fiancee, Maggie, are taken prisoner by the Governor and Merle shows no mercy to his former companion.

Perhaps the most interesting development in Merle’s character is when he joins the prison group (headed up by Sheriff Rick) and is forced to interact with the same people he used to ridicule and torment. The result? A lot of awkward and a lot of Merle refusing to apologize for who he is. Like a Dixon (cuz Dixon = bad ass…get it?)