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First Appearance: Wonder Woman #237 (1977)
Creators: Gerry Conway and Jose Delbo
Abilities: Mastery of martial arts. The ability to transform into any animal real or imaginary.
Backstory: Thomas was born in America to immigrants who spent their lives suffering cruel mistreatment due to their ethnicity, eventually resulting in their deaths.
Washing his hands of America, Thomas returned to Japan, and trained to become a master of martial arts. The mastery of which also allowed him to shapeshift into any animal by perfectly mimicing its motions to the point that he would turn into that animal.
When he heard of the internment of Japanese Americans and discovered that his sister was pretending to be Chinese to avoid being locked away as well, Thomas took on the name of Kung and approached the Japanese government, revealing his abilities.
Becoming an assassin representing Japan, Kung would do what he could to destroy the country he was born from which destroyed his family.
That is quite an origin story.
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #314 (1983)
Creators: Dan Mishkin and Don Heck
Abilities: godlike strength and power. Immortality. The ability to freely shapeshift as he pleases. Possesses the smoky mirror which can alter reality to Tezcatlipocas whim. Can read the thoughts and wills of mortalkind. The ability to control time, twisting it and creating a temporal loop. Command of a multitude of followers from willing mortal followers to Nagual sorcerers. Command over war, jaguars, Hurricanes, the night. Ability to freely travel within and without the multiverse.
Backstory: The Mad God. The Mocker. The Jaguar Lord. The Master of the Smoky Mirror. The The Shadow God. The bringer of Chaos. The Black Tezcatlipoca.
Tezcatlipoca was an Aztec god of great and incredible power who generally focused his attentions on the Earthly realm to the Central America region. Becoming involved when the sorceress Circe courted him in hopes of obtaining power and security from the god of madness.
Later, when the military dictator of the country of Tropidor sought to secure his power, he would make sactifices and offerings to Tezcatlipoca, offering him fealty and worship in exchange for securing Tropidor from those who sought to dethrone him.
A god who revels in bringing about chaos and madness. To Tezcatlipoca, it was all done for the sake of his own amusement. Which in no way diminished the threat he possessed. For Tezcatlipoca could use his smoky mirror to reshape reality to his wishes. Twisting the concept of truth with whatever he wished it to be.
In the Rebirth continuity, Tezcatlipoca sought to imprison the other gods, plotting to conquer the Earth with an army for seemingly no reason than the sake of doing. In this iteration, Tezcatlipoca would reveal himself to be a ‘god of hypertime’ for whom all the different iterations and multiverses are happening simultaneously from his perspective as he interacts with all of them freely.
First Appearance: DC Special Series # 9 Wonder Woman Spectacular (1977)
Creators: Jack Harris, Jose Delbo, and Steve Ditko
Abilities: Flight. The ability to fire explosive blasts from his hands. Invulnerability.
Backstory: Thomas C. Cole was a world war 2 fighter pilot until being shot down. Miraculously surviving, he would awaken unharmed. Having heard a voice which he did not recognize, promising him incredible power when he should need it.
Discharged from the military, Thomas Cole would enter into politics and quickly became a highly positioned congressman who was tasked with overseeing top secret military operations.
Declaring a deep distrust of Wonder Woman in his public persona, he would use his authority to hamper any efforts from Wonder Woman and her allies in stopping the war.
Meanwhile he would reveal that after miraculously surviving the plane crash, that he somehow became blessed with incredible powers. Donning the identity of ‘the Bombardier’ he would declare himself to be the champion of America and fight for the glory of great war.
In reality however, Bombardier became a champion of the war god Mars. Gifted with the war gods medallion which hung around his neck, Thomas Cole and the medallion became a living curse which bound the fates of nazi Germany and America together. Thus for every victory that America claimed, Germany would claim an equal win in turn. For every incredible weapon and hero that America possessed, Germany would have one of equal strength.
All of this was to ensure that the war would keep going with both sides progressively escalating and growing equally in strength, ensuring that neither side would win, and the most glorious war would be ever lasting.
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #234 (1977)
Creators: Gerry Conway and Don Heck
Abilities: Axe haver. Possesses ‘vibro boots’ which can cause anything he strikes to vibrate until it disintegrates. Jetpack haver. Possesses a super serum which can turn anyone into a mindless hulk-like berserker. Wields Poseidons trident. Possesses Neptunes trumpet of translation.
Backstory: His identity wreathed in mystery. Armageddon was a nazi agent driven by both a disgusting belief in eugenics, and an undying hatred for Russia. Acquiring a number of weapons and concotions, he would be sent to America in order to collapse its government so that Germany could conquer the world.
Between scientific inventions which were decades beyond anything possible in the 1950s, and magical artifacts capable of incredible feats, Armageddon was a force to be reckoned with who was fervently dedicated to his twisted beliefs.
Name: Armageddon 3
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #753 (2020)
Creators: Steve Orlando and Max Raynor
Abilities: Super strength and invulnerability. Rocket axe haver.
Backstory: Grandaughter of the original Armageddon. This bearer of the Armageddon mantle was an unwilling subject in the experiments of her father and grandfather. Subjected to inhumane experiments with her DNA being altered and spliced with that of an ogres to give her incredible strength to rival that of Wonder Womans.
Never bearing a name aside from the title of Armageddon which had been bestowed upon her and created for the sole purpose of slaying Wonder Woman, the modern day bearer of the mantle of Armageddon went through torturous experimentation all for the sake of her father and grandfathers ambitions.
Sharing neither her forefathers ideological beliefs, nor their ambitions of somehow aiding nazism towards world domination, Armageddon the 3rd would flee to the Yukon territories of Canada where she would live in solitude in the wilds. For her twisted visage made it impossible for any to look upon her without screaming in terror. Ensuring it otherwise impossible to live a life of peace.
Despite this, Armageddon would be found by Paula Von Gunther who convinced her that the true source of her woes stemmed from Wonder Woman. Arguing that if she slew Wonder Woman, the being she was created to murder, then she would have her revenge and the purpose which she had been raised to would be gone.
Thus Armageddon the 3rd would join Paulas four horsewomen consisting of herself, Paula Von Gunther, Devastation, and Genocide in trying to end the life of Wonder Woman.
Name: Red Panzer
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #228 (1976)
Creators: Martin Pasko and Jose Delbo
Abilities: Machine gun fingers. Mechanical genius. The capabilities and ability to make a time machine which allows him to peer into the future, and send him temporarily to another point in time. Laser fingers. Possesses a jet aircraft. Suit of armor which grants invulnerability, and super strength. Magnesis based flight. Fire 75mm canon shells from his wrist. Commands remote guided missiles.
Backstory: Based out of a secret underground laboratory in Alexandria, Virginia within sight of the Washington monument, Red Panzer was a nazi scientist who had been sent to the Americas in order to destabilize the United States using advanced espionage tools of his own devising for use by the spies of nazi germany.
Helmut Streicher discovered that in the future the nazis are doomed to lose the war and desperate to change it, he swore to the fifty foot tall portrait of hitler in his secret base which he venerates, that he would use his science to change the future.
Thus he would don the identity of Red Panzer and keeping the future to himself, he would seek to alter events, ensuring that Germany would conquer the world.
A villain so respected amongst the nazi community that there would be at least three others to take up his mantle over time.
Name: Purple Priestess
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #25 (1947)
Creators: Joye Hummel and H.G Peter
Abilities: Commands a number of gangsters and cultists which do her bidding. Possesses tea which can render one unconscious.
Backstory: Leader of the Yellow Mask gang and spy for the nazis during World War 2. The Purple Priestess whose name was on reality Sinestra, was an opportunist who was driven to do anything regardless of the consequences so long as she could get ahead. Regardless of how many were crushed underfoot to make it happen.
Using auburn teas to render her victims unconscious and a black room which uses electrical current to paralyze those bound within it, Sinestra would have her Yellow Mask gang kidnap her victims families and beat them a bloody red until she could get the top secret information to sell to her superiors.
After World War 2 ended, the Purple Priestess would create a religion heavily inspired by the Crimson Cult, convincing people to grant her their fortunes for the promise of miracles.
Fleeing to the windmill laden country of Zarikan when the consequences of her own actions begun to catch up to her, the Purple Priestess would discover the local religion to Vultura, goddess of underground waterways which were the key to the nations existence. Subtly getting rid of the leaders of the cleregy through means most nefarious, Vultura would claim herself to be the voice of Vultura and use that religious authority to kidnap princess Alura, daughter of the nations king Yuka and proclaimed her to now be in service to the goddess.
The Purple Priestess would then demand regular tribute of gold and wealth, threatening the wrath of the goddess Vultura, bringing about an end to the nations water supply should they fail, dooming the people of the nation.
Name: Baron Blitzkrieg
First Appearance: Worlds Finest #246 (1977)
Creators: Gerry Conway and Don Heck
Abilities: Super strength. Super speed. Invulnerability. Laser vision.
Backstory: Prussian noble who who was a close friend and croney to hitler. Baron Blitzkrieg was a vocal supporter of the inane eugenics philosophy that was the nazi staple.
Gifted command of a nazi death camp so he could gleefully torture and murder people for his own amusement, the Baron lorded over his victims until one of them mannaged to strike back, permanently scarring the Barons face so greatly that no amount of surgery could alter his appearance.
He would undergo radical experiments during this which would allow him to convert mental energy into physical power, granting him incredible strength and speed.
With his power and abilities, Baron Blitzkrieg sought to further the reach of the nazi regime and sought to conquer the world.
Name: Sumo the Samurai
First Appearance: Superman vs Wonder Woman (1978)
Creators: Gerry Conway and Jose Lopez
Abilities: Ability to draw forth answers from a targets mind with his piercing gaze. Indestructible sword haver. Super strength. Super speed. Super senses. Mastery of martial arts. Skilled in Archery. Ability to cause sudden radiation degradation in anything he touches. Radiation resistance
Backstory: Spending decades training in a school for samurai under the ‘Enlightened one’. Sumo would graduate and be granted a potion of power which enhanced his already considerable skills.
Swearing fealty to his emperor to do anything commanded, Sumo would undertake any mission and face any foe for the name of his nation. Motivated and driven entirely by his sense of honor and duty.
Events later on would cause Sumo to become radioactive, requiring him to wear a suit of solid led least he kill everything around him. His touch bringing death to anything he came in contact with.
First Appearance: New Super-man #11 (2017)
Creators: Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan
Abilities: Super strength and invulnerability. Can assume the form of a kaiju sized monster. Mastery of sorcery.
Backstory: Ancient sorcerer monk from hundreds of years ago, Fahai had been a turtle which finding enlightenment, had transcended to assume a human form.
Having transcended his turtley form to become human in order to pursue the White Snake, Fahai sought to make the White Snake his no matter how many he had to slay to make that happen. Stopped by the Green Snake who would become known as Peng Deilan, the Wonder-Woman, Fahai’s spell to petrify the the snakes would backfire, petrifying himself as he fell from a cliff into the ocean.
Frozen and aware for hundreds of years, Fahai would spend alot of time thinking, until concluding that none of the events which had occured would have ended in tragedy had the natural order not been disrupted. Thus he swore to enforce the natural order of things. Slaying any who strayed beyond the realm from which they were born.
In the present day, Fahais petrified self would be discovered and then reanimated by the China White gang using the Doomsday virus, filling him with incredible power which he could channel towards his qi, granting him incredible strength.
Thus seeing superheroes as mortals trying to leave the realm from which they were born, Fahai sought to slay any who would disrupt the natural order of the world.
First Appearance: Artemis Requiem (1996)
Creators: William Messner Loebs and Ed Benes
Abilities: Super strength, commands an unending legion of demonic forces. Has the ability to bestow sorcerous powers and abilities upon others. Can raise the dead and command them to do his bidding. Can create a portal from hell to the Earthly plane. Has the power to turn any living being into a mindless hellhound, forced to do his bidding. Can project fire and cast powerful magic without effort.
Backstory: One of the thirteen princes of hell who rules over the dark abyss. Dalkriig-Hath was a powerful demon with a horde of lesser demons and cursed souls at his beck and call.
Once the husband of the unwilling Artemis until she was able to escape the clutches of death, Dalkriig-Hath was a demon whose sights were set on attempting to conquer the Earth and make it his kingdom.
To accomplish this, he would send demons out into the world to spread discord and then in the guise of an angel, offer incredible powers to those who would seek to slay those demons. Unaware that their use of his power was weakening the barriers between worlds. Sowing the seeds for him to eventually open a permanent portal between the two realms from which he could advance his armies.
With his ability to turn those living into his minions. Turn the dead into mindless thralls to do his bidding. And commanding an endless army of demonic monsters whose powers were many and numerous, Dalkriig-Hath had everything he needed for his evil crusade against the living.
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #241 (1977)
Creators: Gerry Conway and Joe Staton
Abilities: Abnormally strong arms and legs, allowing him to put great strain on them without harm. Ballet training. Can leap thirty feet into the air. Ability to bounce off of walls and people, platforming him high into the air, or slow his decent to nothing.
Backstory: Born to a wealthy and well off family of means who were a pillar of society which organized charities to help the unfortunate, The Bouncer had a natural mutation which made his arms and legs super strong and resilient, allowing him to perform incredible physical feats and put incredible strain on them without the slightest issue.
His mother deciding to put him into ballet school on the basis that it would suit him well with his physical abilities, and many wealthy donors would give money to a good cause if a dance recital was involved, would scold the youth whenever he came home with dirty and muddy clothing from kids throwing mud at him and calling him names for doing ballet.
This would lead to the Bouncer spending the next thirty years of his life plotting and training until he was ready to become a supervillain whose entire schtick was built around robbing charities, declaring it as vengeance against his mother for putting him in ballet school all those years ago~
Name: Lu Shan
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #187 (1970)
Creators: Dennis O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky
Abilities: Well learned in espionage. Skilled with firearms. Commands the resources of Doctor Cybers vast empire.
Backstory: Daughter of super spy and sorcerer I-Ching, Lu Shan was but a young girl when the Chinese government disocvering I-Chings career of espionage against them, conspired to have his family killed.
Her mother dying before her eyes, Lu Shan would be rescued by Doctor Cyber who slaying those who killed Lu Shans mother, would adopt the child and for twenty years, would raise the youth, training her in the ways of spycraft and criminal masterminding.
Lu Shan would become Doctor Cybers most loyal follower, her second in command who believed in Doctor Cybers dream of conquering the world to make it a better place.
But she would also hold a terrible grudge against her father, unaware of who he was or where he had gone. Having spent decades of her life blaming the death of her mother on him and desiring nothing less than to see him pay for the death of her mother.
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #80 (1955)
Creators: Robert Kanigher and H.G Peter
Abilities: Can run a printing press. Knows and can print in braile. Ability to craft unbreakable explosive masks.
Backstory: A former small time bank robber who was captured by Wonder Woman and spent ten years in prison. Machino declared that he would be the one to kill Wonder Woman and spent years plotting to do just that.
When he got out of prison, Machino was able to use skills he learned in prison to found a printing press. Making books and metal plates, with his familiarity in braille ensuring his success.
This however was but a cover for his true villainous goal, for Machino had devised the creation of special explosive masks which were made of a vague seemingly indestructible metal which would after a set period of time, explode. With the technique to remove them being known only to him and impossible otherwise.
Motivated by revenge and seeking only to bring about Wonder Womans demise, wealth meant nothing to Machino.
Name: Ares Buchanan
First Appearance: Wonder Woman #77 (1993)
Creators: Lee Modder and William Messner Loebs
Abilities: Super strength, endurance, and stamina. The knowledge and weapon mastery of Ares.
Backstory: Born Aristotle Buchanan, a loser in life who defined himself as someone who regularly got beaten down by life and just going along with it whenever someone told him what to do.
Becoming a pawn broker and forced into a life as a fence for the local criminal element who demanded a cut of his profits in exchange, Buchanan would be forced to be a police informant who would also demand a cut of his profits, threatening to out him as one of their informants otherwise.
At his lowest moment, Buchanan would be visited by Ares, god of war who had a proposal for the small time crook. Become a champion, an avatar of Ares and never again would he know loss and failure. He would have power and never again would anyone ever look down upon him.
Accepting immediently, Aristotle accepted and was filled with the essence of the war god and became Ares Buchanan. Blessed with the mind of the god of war which granted him a mastery of all aspects of war. His personality changed by the merging as he was now both Aristotle and Ares, he would be driven by the desire to consume the world in war.
Quickly gaining a backdoor into Star Labs and working to mass produce the devastating weapons they manufactured, Ares put the city prosecutor and Boston police force in his back pocket, and made the White Magician one of his agents of war.
Soon raking in a pretty profit as he was selling guns capable of leveling buildings for the same price one would spend on a used car to as many people as he could. All in a desire to further escalate violence war until first Boston and then the world was consumed by it.
First Appearance: Wonder Woman: the tv series S03:EP:06 (1978)
Portrayed by: Lorene Yarnell
Abilities: The proportionate speed and strength of an ant. The ability to control ants. Mastery of chemistry.
Backstory: Doctor Irene Janus was a quiet mousey individual who hated confrontation, was uncomfortable with socialization, and would be entirely ignored were it not for the fact that she was one of the worlds foremost minds in the fields of chemistry.
Dedicating herself to trying to better the world and helping others, Irene put her focus into the field of pesticides. Wishing to create a pesticide which would safely exterminate insects which fed on the crops, without any harmful effects on anything else.
However instead, her creation of EF-11 was a deadly chemical cocktail which was not only deadly to everything save for plant life which came into contact with it, but it was such an intense poison that a gallon of it was enough to render 5,000 gallons of water into a deadly poison for all other life. A poison which would not dilute in water and could not be rendered inert from anything save for an intense pressure of 200,000 PSI.
Her partner in all things Doctor Douglas Radcliff saw this as a huge financial opportunity and ignoring Irenes protests, contacted Gideon D Hardcourt, selling him the formula.
Irene horrified, would then contact Gideon Hardcourt, thinking he did not understand the dangerous nature of the chemicals, only to discover that he knew, but simply did not care. Seeing this as an incredible money making opportunity and was safe in the knowledge that any wrongful death lawsuits could be batted away with a stick of wealth and clout.
Refusing to let a creation of hers cause millions of deaths, Irene Janus would attempt to go public with the issues within EF-11, only for Gideon Hardcourt to use a handful of well placed bribes to spread misinformation, discrediting Irene Janus and removing her academic accreditation. Giving her a false criminal record and a reputation for falsehoods. Her creation of EF-11 given to Douglas Radcliff who went along with the cover.
In desperation, Irene Janus would create a chemical formula which would ‘grant her incredible powers but warp her appearance to make her unrecognizable and horrifying compared to her timid meek self’ with the intention of saving the world no matter the cost.
Taking on the name of Formicida, she would develop a radically different personality as a result of her transformation. One that was more bold and threatening. A confident and boastful personality.
Along with this change in personalities, Formicida gained the proportionate strength of an ant, and the ability to command ants by clenching her jaw and clicking her tongue in ‘ant language’
Using her newfound powers, Formicida would set out to destroy buildings and hunt down any hint of the evil formula of her own destroy any trace of her creation which otherwise would doom the world! Regardless of the vast swath of hired hitmen Gideon Hardcourt had hired to put her down.
She’s a villain? She sounds like a hero trying to stop a deadly toxin. Maybe I’m misunderstanding?
Sounds like she’s more of an antihero than a villain.
No, no, you have it pretty spot on for a certain level of anti to ones antihero.
She made the list because the show framed her (literally) in a more antagonist light. The CEO responsible had buried her connection to the formula and established a criminal record and tarnished her reputation.
So to the general public, she was a terrorist driving people out of manufacturing buildings with an army of ants, and then leveling the buildings in their entirety. This put her in opposition of Wonder Woman who was unaware of the situation in proper.