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Counting down the Best Villains of 2013 Pt. 5

Marvel.com reveals our top 25 list of the nastiest bad guys from the past year!

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In 2013, the heroes of the Marvel Universe found themselves as ever measured by the threats they faced. Whether evil came from deep space or the urban streets, villains had a big year.

To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 villains of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

Read part one, part two, part three and part four and check out the list so far…

25. CASSANDRA NOVA
24. NUKE
23. CORVUS GLAIVE

22. CAROLINE LE FEY
21. DIMITRIOS

20. SABRETOOTH
19. DOCTOR DOOM

17. MAGNITRON
KANG

15. APEX
451

14. SHOCKER
12. MYSTIQUE

THE RED SKULL
11. GALACTUS

10. MOTHER
8. ULTRON

MALEKITH
7. BULLSEYE

6. ARNIM ZOLA
5. IKARI

4. THANOS
First Appearance:
IRON MAN (1968) #55
Where He Appeared in 2013:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, INFINITY, NEW AVENGERS, THANOS RISING
Why He’s #4:
“The vile and opportunistic despot at the center of Infinity, Thanos asserted himself as a far greater threat than ever before. In a bid to find and murder an illegitimate son hidden on Earth, he launched a large-scale assault on the planet in the absence of many Avengers. His cruel lieutenants preyed upon existing hostilities between nations like Atlantis and Wakanda, even ferreted themselves away in the mind of Doctor Strange. Thanos himself decimated the Inhuman capital of Atillan, sparking the worldwide Terrigenesis process which now consumes global, even intergalactic, concerns. The Mad Titan may have failed in his murderous campaign, now isolated in a limbo dimension, but those efforts continue to blight the universe.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comic Spotlight:
THANOS RISING #1 

      3. BOOMERANG
      First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #81
      Where He Appeared in 2013:
      SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
      Why He’s #3:
      “You don't have to be a good villain to be a great villain. Sure, perennial D-List baddie Boomerang's plans never went according to plan. Yes, he always remained just a half step ahead of the other four members of his Sinister Six—and no, the math doesn’t add up there. And okay, he's definitely bitten off more than he can chew by getting in the way of big underworld heavies like Chameleon, the Owl and Tombstone. But who cares? This former major league pitcher turned Spider-Man-punching-bag has big schemes in mind for 2014, and he's not about to let his own incompetence get in the way of his over confidence!” – Brett White
      Digital Comic Spotlight:
      SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1 

          2. ARCADE
          First Appearance:
          MARVEL TEAM-UP #65
          Where He Appeared in 2013:
          AVENGERS ARENA
          Why He’s #2:
          “Despite decades of trapping super heroes in elaborate deathtraps, Arcade evoked little more than a chuckle and sigh of recognition when 2013 started. Then, after conjuring up a Shaun White makeover and some Sam Rockwell swagger, Arcade made a name for himself by kidnapping 16 super-powered teenagers and pitting them against each other in his new Murderworld. Few super villains stoop to killing kids, and even fewer still stoop to forcing teens to kill teens, but Arcade did just that as he moonwalked past pretty much every other villain in the Marvel Universe to become reigning champ of the most reviled. Even after his plans crumbled and the survivors made their way off the violent island, Arcade still got the last laugh by uploading the frenzy to the Internet, striking the killing blow against the reputations of those that escaped.” – Brett White
          Digital Comic Spotlight:
          AVENGERS ARENA #7 

              1. GORR
              First Appearance: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1
              Where He Appeared in 2013:
              THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
              Why He’s #1:
              “Wronged by the unfeeling gods he hoped might protect his family, Gorr embarked on a genocidal rampage through the cosmos, rendering heavenly kingdoms into unholy abattoirs. He plucked hope from countless children, felling the very gods to which they prayed. An aggressively agnostic killer of entire alien pantheons, the God Butcher led Thor on a chase through time. He tortured the youthful Thunder God in an earthly warren before his spree caught the Odinson’s attention in the modern day. Fleeing to the ends of time, Gorr and his Black Berserkers laid waste to Asgard. He enslaved its hosts to build his bomb, crucifying the strongest on hillsides. He robbed Volstagg of his voluminous-ness, if not his will. He came very close to killing three Thors at his final stand.

              “The Marvel Universe knows true evil beyond its common thugs and cackling scientists, but Gorr’s pain made him more than memorable. The grand ambition and sheer scope of his revenge plot ensured his mythic status, but the depth of his torment, the starkness of his hurt, elevated him to a place of very human tragedy.” – Paul Montgomery
              Digital Comic Spotlight:
              THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6 

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              13 comments
              dhesi
              dhesi

              Its good to see Loki as the good guys and I hope he will play an important role in the Mutant world or even the Inhumans. Avengers can keep Thor


              Jaguor
              Jaguor

              How is mother up there?! She is pretty much a side effect of a teenager's tantrum and accomplisheS zilch From her effoRts Against young avengers. She Doesn't even make any impact whatsoever on the maRvel universe!

              Iconsdp
              Iconsdp

              Thanos is the only thing I mean only thing Marvel has going for it. I mean you have made everyone an Avenger destroyed what used to be the X-men where it is just a joke Spider man is aweful and Thor has sucked since the end of the Fear itseld storyline. Thanos should not be mentioned in the same sentence with Arcade & Boomerang no way he is not #1

              Infinitepower
              Infinitepower

              I truly cannot wait to read Infinity! Regarding the article, the author does not even mention why Boomerang is on the list!

              anobject
              anobject

              Awful way to end this list. Who did this?

              dreballz
              dreballz

              Boomerang, Arcade lol don't know who made this list but Thanos is before these as well as Ultron, Galactus, Sabretooth, Dr. Doom.

              Daikaiju710
              Daikaiju710

              My list, in no order:

              Red Skull
              Green Goblin

              Bullseye

              Sabretooth

              Thanos

              Doc Ock

              Cul

              Dormanmu

              Ultron

              Cassandra Nova

              rasx
              rasx

              How can Boomerang be badder than Thanos?

              Jaguor
              Jaguor

              Hey! Come oN. MarVel isn't that bad!

              Iconsdp
              Iconsdp

              it was not bad in the 70's and 80's but it has been aweful since bendis

              dhesi
              dhesi

              We can discuss this in the forum but there isn't one...