10. Frost Giants - Thor
The Frost Giants are a race of colossal beings who dwell in Jotunheim - one of the nine realms. They despise those from the realm of Asgard (Odin and Thor especially) and have been at war with them for thousands of years in an attempt to bring eternal cold and darkness. The Frost Giants have had several different looks in Marvel Comics over the last five decades, but for the movie Thor they resemble the character Laufey, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.
Onscreen, the rich blue "cold" skin color looks incredible and the war markings etched into their skin increase their badass appeal. It's a winning look all around.
9. Dr. Doom - Fantastic Four
Victor von Doom (a.k.a. Doctor Doom) is the highly intelligent, megalomaniacal, former friend/rival of Reed Richards and main villain to the Fantastic Four. His powers and origin were modified for the film - mixing, classic, modern, and new elements to create the character - but thank goodness they didn't change his costume.
From the trademark green-hooded cape/jacket to the iconic metal mask - everything from the comic is essentially there, including the belt buckle and golden grommets on his shoulders. Even his metal armor made it into the movies, though following in the Ultimate continuity of comics, this skin become metal as well. The character may have been weak, but his outfit was fantastic.
8. Violator - Spawn
In reality (comic book reality, that is) Violator is oldest of the Phlebiac Brothers, a group of demonic siblings with a human mother and a demon father. His demon form is about what you would expect for something born in Hell: long sharp teeth, claws, red eyes and a vicious, feral demeanor - nothing extraordinarily original.
However, it's the recreation of his human form - the Clown (played by John Leguizamo in a "fat suit") - that earns him a spot on our list. The film almost perfectly brings to life every aspect of the Clown's appearance, including his short stature and protruding pot belly.
7. Penguin - Batman Returns
The portly Oswald Cobblepot has been an umbrella-wielding thorn in Batman's side since the very start. He's highly intelligent and considers himself to be of upper-class ilk - he certainly dresses like it in his tuxedo, top hat and monocle.
Like most films tend to do, his rather disturbing childhood origin was changed, but fortunately his outfit was left completely in tact.
6. Loki - Thor & Avengers
Loki is not only Thor's adopted brother (having been taken in by Odin after he killed Loki's Frost Giant father, Laufey), he's also a powerful sorcerer and skilled fighter. The "god of mischief" is bent on all-consuming power and jealousy-filled vengeance against Thor for being Odin's favorite.
Trying to realistically bring bright, green spandex with yellow horns to life on the big screen wasn't an easy task, but the movie version of Loki manages to make the colors of the costume work, while still capturing the essence of the comic book inspiration.
5. Red Skull - Captain America: The First Avenger
Johann Schmidt, a. k. a. Red Skull, has always been obsessed with all-consuming power - and he'll do anything to possess it in his seemingly never-ending quest for world domination. Schmidt was trained by Hitler himself and given a red mask to instill fear in all his enemies; later, the mask would become his actual face, and thus the Red Skull was born.
Many people thought it wasn't possible to pull off the makeup effects necessary to bring the Red Skull to life, but somehow Christopher Townsend and his effects team managed to combine both practical effects with digital effects to gives audiences this impressive and , dare we say, scary visage.
4. Mystique - X-Men
Raven Darkholme has been good, bad, REALLY bad, and everything in between as the beautiful and deadly mutant shape-shifter, Mystique. Her ability to mimic anyone, down to their clothing, has made her one of the most dangerous adversaries the X-Men have faced.
Bryan Singer went outside the box with the makeup job he chose for Mystique. It's basically actress/model Rebecca Romijn nude, covered in body paint and make up appliances, with slight modifications done for Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of a younger Mystique in First Class.
3. Two-Face - The Dark Knight
At one point, the villain obsessed with duality, Two-Face, was actually Gotham's best district attorney, Harvey Dent. He has no real super powers to speak of, but the accident that scarred his face also made him psychotically obsessed with duality - which made him a dangerous foe for Batman.
While Joel Schumacher went in a decidedly goofy and more comic-influenced direction with his version of Two-Face in Batman Forever, director Christopher Nolan chose a darker, grittier route for The Dark Knight - and it worked.
2. The Joker - The Dark Knight
One can't mention Batman without also mentioning one of his deadliest (and most insane) foes - The Joker. No one really knows who Joker is - his real name has never been revealed - or where he truly came from. Most say he was the petty crook Red Hood until falling into a vast of chemicals that permanently scarred him - but no matter how he came to be The Joker, anyone who crosses him or tries to stop him usually ends up regretting it.
Tim Burton's goofy, clown-inspired interpretation is widely considered to be the cinematically "iconic" version of the Joker, but we chose Christopher Nolan's darker, more sinister recreation for this list instead, as we felt it remained more faithful to the version seen in during Joker's "Silver Age" - i.e., 1980s classics like The Dark Knight Returns, Death in the Family and The Killing Joke.
1. Doctor Octopus - Spider-Man 2
Doctor Otto Octavius was a brilliant nuclear physicist trying to change the world - until an experiment went horribly wrong, causing an explosion (there's that classic comic trope again) which fused four mechanical arms permanently to his body, while simultaneously giving him mental control over them. The incident also left him partially insane, and this once-genius scientist turned to a life of crime and became one of Spider-Man's greatest nemeses.
Doc Ock isn't number one on our list for his actual costume - after all, it's just a trench coat over some plain pants and a white t-shirt. Rather, we've ranked it this high because of the fantastic mechanical arms attached to him. Sam Raimi's decision to use practical effects to replicate the arms whenever possible paid off in spades, as that (along with a much better story and action) helped turn Spider-Man 2 into, what many consider, to be the best installment of the five-movie franchise.
With up to three new comic book-based films releasing each year for the foreseeable future, audiences will finally get a glimpse at a new and diverse group of super villains in live-action.
As movies like Batman vs. Superman, The Avengers 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man all introduce us to flesh-and-blood versions of Brainiac, Ultron, Thanos and Yellowjacket, there will surely be plenty of modifications to our list - so be sure to check back whenever a new superhero movie is released.
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