Archenemies takes the whole hero/villain concept to a new realm of conflict adding in feelings of pride, revenge, competition, and a thirst to beat ones opponent no matter the cost. The concept of an archenemy pits one hero against one villain, or sometimes whole teams of villains and heroes battle it out for supremacy.
What follows are some of the best archenemies that comic books have put forth, either individually or in teams. These groups battle back and forth endlessly, making the comic tales they weave that much richer.
1. Batman VS Joker
The rivalry between Batman
and Joker goes back over sixty years. The Joker is, without a doubt, one of the craziest and outlandish villains ever. The two seem to feed off of each other, with Batman always trying to be one step ahead of Joker, and the Joker always dreams up new ways of tricking Batman. For a true vision of the archenemy relationship, look no further than the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime.
2. Spider-Man VS Green Goblin
These two have a lot of bad blood between the two. The Green Goblin
has taken a personal interest in destroying everything young Peter Parker holds dear. The rivalry came to head, when the Green Goblin killed Peters girlfriend, Gwen Stacy. It was something that almost pushed Spider-Man
over the edge, but as the consummate hero, Spider-Man reigned in his thirst for vengeance and stopped the villain. Although he was thought dead, the Green Goblin is back and gunning for Spider-Man again.
3. Superman VS Lex Luthor
Brawn VS brains. This sums up the conflict between these two super forces. On one side is Superman
- arguably one of the top superheroes of our time, who fights against all injustice and is the embodiment of good. On the other is Lex Luthor - ruthlessly evil and cold, taking a business like viewpoint of super villainy. The two constantly battle with Luthor fighting for supremacy, and Superman just doing what a hero should.
4. Wolverine VS Sabertooth
For a long time, the world thought these two just had a lot of bad blood between them. Now we know their histories have been intertwined for decades and the battle is a feud that we know will be the end of one, or both of these mutants. Although smaller and not as strong, Wolverine
has never given up against Sabertooth, and it seems to be his drive and persistence may just be the thing that gives him the edge over his cold hearted foe.
5. The X-Men VS The Brotherhood of Evil MutantsThe X-Men
fights to defend a populace that hates them while The Brotherhood seeks to enslave humans as a inferior part of the human race. At the head of these two teams are archenemies themselves, Professor X
. Former friends and now heated rivals, they lead teams in the ultimate game of chess, always seeking to gain the edge against the other. These two sides of the coin in the mutant war have conflicted against each other time and again and the prize is a costly one the fate of the human race.
6. Fantastic Four VS Dr. DoomVictor Von Doom
is one of the most powerful men in history, and hes jealous of Reed Richards. Once college roommates, the rivalry came to a head when an explosion scarred his face, cementing his hatred for Richards. The rivalry goes so far even into the relationship between Reed and his wife Sue, which Doom covets as well. Doom has also gone the complete opposite of the scientific Richards by learning the mystic arts of magic as well. Armed with both science and magic, Doom seeks to vanquish the Fantastic Four
and rule the world as he does Latveria.
7. Spider-Man VS Venom
Spider-Man certainly has it rough. He has so many villains that have it out for him. What makes Venom such a special and hard villain to fight is that it is essentially the darker side of himself. The alien symbiont was part of Spider-Man
for a time until Peter Parker discovered the true nature of this alien being. The alien didnt stop, and has tried countless times to destroy the one that rejected him, adopting many of his powers and abilities. Venom
will not rest until Spider-Man is destroyed, lucky for us this has not happened yet.
8. The Green Lantern VS Sinestro
What do you do when your archenemy has a power that you can do nothing against? This was the question that plagued The Green Lantern as their powers did nothing against the color yellow, which is the color that Sinestros power ring emits. Sinestro was to be Hal Jordans
mentor as part of the Green Lantern Corps until his true evil nature was discovered. Only recently has the color yellow (symbolizing fear) been able to be defeated. Still, Sinestro seeks one goal, to destroy The Green Lantern
and the Corps members.
9. Captain America VS The Red Skull
America VS Germany. Democracy VS. Nazism. Freedom VS Oppression. These words sum up the battle between these two individuals that has occurred since World War 2. The Red Skull seeks to destroy everything Captain America
holds dear, and at the heart of this is America itself and all it stands for. Captain America has defeated his opponent many times, but this does not stop the Red Skull from returning, even from the very clutches of death. If Captain America fails, the United States of America my very well fall as well.
10. Teen Titans VS Deathstroke
What can one man do against an entire team of superheroes? Plague them at every step. The villain mercenary known as Deathstroke has been a thorn in the Teen Titans
side for decades. Deathstroke even went so far as almost taking down the formidable JLA, all by himself. This formidable foe has proved that he is a match for the Teen Titans and more, taking his lust for revenge and domination so far as to risk his childrens life for that goal.