Although the principle has been moulded in recent times, when you open a comic book (or watch a comic book film), it’s usually a given that – at the end of the day – the villain will lose, and the hero will win. All that matters is the scale of the victory.
It’s fair to say that there’ve been plenty of comic book villains out there who’ve had to deal with their fair share of humiliating defeats over the years. Whether it be through the simple act of underestimating their opponent, or falling victim to a particularly dastardly writer, evildoers on both sides of the Marvel-DC divide have fallen victim to defeats so great that they’ll be in no rush to remember.
It’s not just the unpowered who’ve managed to get humiliated either – some of DC and Marvel’s most powerful tyrants have been taken down by the most unlikely of sources, some super-powered, others not.
10. Every Time The Riddler Loses (Take Your Pick)
Although the Riddler is one of Batman’s most formidable and most renowned antagonists, he’s also a bit of a sore loser. Always impeded by a compulsive need to leave behind riddles that’ll lead Batman to him once they’re solved, Eddie is his own worst enemy.
As such, it’s pretty difficult to pin down just one moment where he was left red-faced, let-alone embarrassed. If we were to pick a recent example, however, it would be from the finale to Tom King and Mikel Janín’s The War of Jokes and Riddles, where the punchline – delivered by Riddler – falls flat.
Having orchestrated the meteoric rise of Kite Man from C-lister to A-lister in an attempt to get the last laugh, so to speak, over his purple clad adversary, Nygma found himself at a loss when the joke didn’t get the desired effect. With Riddler having also murdered Kite Man’s son in an attempt to orchestrate the character’s rise, even the Clown Prince himself failed to see what was so funny.