So my question for you all, the best of the best of fans, is who are the villains and who are the rivals? For whichever hero strikes your fancy, but let’s try to stick with DC considering the forum.
To distinguish the two, I’ll describe what I consider each here. In my opinion, a villain is the bad guy that needs to be opposed or lots of people are going to be hurt, they intend harm, theft or destruction for personal benefit or are simply berserkers.
Whereas, a rival is someone who’s intent may be opposed to the heroes, but is also someone who balances their viewpoint and arguably prevents that hero from potentially becoming a zealot if said viewpoint was left unchecked in a vacuum