10 Marvel & DC Supervillains Who Actually Managed To KILL Their Superhero Rivals

10 Marvel & DC Supervillains Who Actually Managed To <font color=red>KILL</font> Their Superhero Rivals

Death is by no means permanent in the Marvel and DC Universes, but these supervillains did what some deemed impossible when they killed their greatest foes. Cover your eyes, folks, we're getting bloody...

Most supervillains are every bit as iconic as the superheroes they battle, but only a small handful can say they've achieved the ultimate victory over their greatest rivals. 

Death has become meaningless in comics for the most part, but it still surprises and shocks in equal measure when a bad guy gets the best of a hero. Granted, you don't see it very often, and it's even less common for one of them to kill a character as iconic as Spider-Man, Captain America, or Superman.

It does happen on occasion, though, and the list of Marvel and DC supervillains who managed to put a permanent (or temporary) end to their foes makes for intriguing, bloody reading!

Brace yourselves, because some of your favorites went out in a brutal, violent way...
 

10. Doctor Doom

3293829431213334313433

The panel above might show Reed Richards killing his best friend, but this was entirely Doctor Doom's fault. Using his mastery over magic to inhabit the body of Ben Grimm, "The Thing" threatened to go on rampage, and held the Human Torch by the throat.

Doom's message was a simple one: kill Ben or watch as he murders Johnny and countless others.

Mister Fantastic had no other choice than to gun down his oldest ally, and this was a definitive death for the iconic hero who hails from Yancy Street. In fact, he was only resurrected after the team travelled to Heaven, met God, and brought Ben back to Earth. 

Doom has killed many people, but this was one of his most heinous acts. 
 

9. Bastion

32938294312133343134331

"No More Mutants."

That's what the Scarlet Witch said when she wiped out most of Earth's mutant population in House of M. The emergence of Hope Summers marked the dawn of a new era for those with an X-Gene, but many anti-mutant villains decided they needed to put an end to that before it could get started.

The Sentinel Bastion was among them, and just as he was about to strike Hope down, Nightcrawler teleported between them and took the killing blow himself. 

Coincidentally, the only way he could be brought back from the dead was also to be pulled from Heaven. 
 

8. Red Skull

32938294312133343134331q

In one possible future for the Marvel Universe, Earth's villains pooled their resources, teamed up, and decimated the world's heroes with relative ease. 

With Washington D.C. burning, the Red Skull approached a mortally wounded Captain America (Bucky Barnes, not Steve Rogers) and proceeded to gouge his eyes out, killing Cap in the process. It was a violent end for the patriotic hero, and one that the Red Skull took great delight in.

Years later, the deranged baddie - now President and donning Cap's costume - got his comeuppance at the hands of Old Man Logan, who used his old friend's shield to behead the Red Skull and end him.
 

7. Daken

32938294312133343134331q1

During Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, Daken, Logan's son, became the new Wolverine. 

Sent to deal with The Punisher, Daken didn't hold back, and overpowered Frank Castle with ease. Behind the weaponry, Frank is just a man, and whereas the likes of Captain America and Spider-Man have held back while fighting him, Daken had no qualms about slicing him down. 

In one of Marvel's bloodiest non-MAX branded comics, "Wolverine" sliced his limbs off, and ultimately beheaded The Punisher, leaving him little more than a pile of body parts.

Frank was resurrected as Franken-Castle, but later returned in his human form.
 

6. HYDRA

32938294312133343134331q13

Rick Jones was there the day Bruce Banner was transformed into the Incredible Hulk, and later served as the new Bucky alongside Captain America.

A close bond was formed, and during the Marvel Universe's early days, Rick regularly worked with Cap, the Avengers, and even the original Captain Marvel. After the frequent sidekick resurfaced in Secret Empire, the HYDRA-brainwashed Captain America ("HYDRA-Cap") ordered Rick's execution after learning that he'd leaked the organization's secrets. 

Placed in front of a firing squad, his death was a definitive one. 

In many respects, Captain America was just as culpable for this death, and even now, many fans haven't come to terms with how Steve Rogers was portrayed during this period.
 

5. Sinestro

32938294312133343134331q131

In the desolate Injustice timeline, Sinestro made short work of two of the greatest Green Lanterns. 

With the Green Lantern Corps on Batman's side and the Sinestro Corps aligned with Superman, Sinestro offered John Stewart the chance to join him. While the conflicted hero weighed up his options, the villain wasted no time in literally stabbing him in the back. 

Kyle Rayner fared even worse. 

Unaware of the conflict playing out on his home planet, he was ambushed by the Sinestro Corps in space, had his ring taken, and was then drawn and quartered by the villains. 
 

4. Green Goblin

32938294312133343134331q1314

In the regular Marvel Universe, Norman Osborn has never succeeded in killing Peter Parker.

He's certainly made Spider-Man's life a living hell, killing his girlfriend, making him think he's a clone, and generally tormenting the wall-crawler and those he's closest to. In the Ultimate Universe, however, the Green Goblin took advantage when a weakened Peter - who had been shot in a separate altercation saving Captain America - battled the Six.

Spidey beat the Goblin and his fellow villains, but the toll it took on him was too much, and he died in Mary Jane's arms. It was a shocking, tragic end, but one that led to the debut of Miles Morales.

He later returned, but the end of the Ultimate Universe now means he's gone for good.
 

3. Doomsday

32938294312133343134331q13142

One of the most famous deaths in the DC Universe's history came when the seemingly unstoppable Doomsday clashed with Superman in a fight that was among the most brutal ever seen.

In the middle of Metropolis, the Man of Steel did everything he could to counter his strongest foe. Managing to deliver a killing blow to Doomsday at the same time he took one, Superman stood victorious before dying in the arms of Lois Lane. The hero was gone, but not for too long.

DC Comics then embarked on a convoluted story which saw a number of different Supermen arrive, claiming to be the real deal. Kal-El was eventually revealed to be among them, but his death - while short-lived - sent shockwaves through the DC Universe.
 

2. Bullseye

32938294312133343134331q131422

Easily one of the most iconic moments in comic book history, the death of Elektra at the hands of Bullseye was a surprisingly violent, shocking end to the assassin's life. 

The man who never misses took great delight in taking down his rival (becoming Wilson Fisk's top killer), and in her dying moments, Elektra managed to crawl to Matt Murdock's doorstep and take her last breath in his arms. 

Cementing Bullseye as Daredevil's greatest foe alongside The Kingpin, this death is still referenced today.

Elektra soon made her return, and resurrections became something of a staple for her. That made this no less surprising, though, and it remains one of the all-time great comic book deaths.
 

1. Doctor Octopus

32938294312133343134331q1314224

Doctor Octopus has always been one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies, but he cemented himself as perhaps the best of them all when he successfully managed to kill Peter Parker.

Much to the chagrin of fans, the dying Otto Octavius found a way to switch his mind with Peter's. The wall-crawler died in Doc Ock's failing body, while the villain became the new, Superior Spider-Man.

This proved to be a highly divisive run, but the true Spidey did eventually return when Ock realized Peter was a better man than him, and the only one capable of beating the Green Goblin.

It was a damp squib of an ending, but that initial death of Spider-Man still came as a legit shocker (even though it wasn't the first time he'd died in battle).
 

DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
Marvel Comics Announces Return Of HEROES REBORN, Asking Whatever Happened To Earth's Mightiest Heroes?

Marvel Comics Announces Return Of HEROES REBORN, Asking "Whatever Happened To Earth's Mightiest Heroes?"

Marvel Comics has seemingly confirmed that we'll revisit the world of Heroes Reborn this year, as they've shared a teaser asking, "Whatever Happened To Earth's Mightiest Heroes?" Check it out here...
SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER'S SHADOW Series Will Explore The Idea Of, What If Spider-Man Became Venom?

SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER'S SHADOW Series Will Explore The Idea Of, "What If Spider-Man Became Venom?"

Spider-Man's relationship with the Venom symbiote still fascinates fans, but Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow promises to finally explore what might have happened had Peter Parker eventually become Venom...
VENOM: Donny Cates And Ryan Stegman's Run To End With #200; Big Status Quo Shift Expected To Follow

VENOM: Donny Cates And Ryan Stegman's Run To End With #200; Big Status Quo Shift Expected To Follow

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have confirmed that their Venom run is nearing its end, and issue #200 - the last they'll work on - looks set to leave a lasting impact on both Venom and the Marvel Universe...
Latest Headlines
WANDAVISION Showrunner Comments On The Accuracy Of Fan Theories Surrounding The Disney+ Series

WANDAVISION Showrunner Comments On The Accuracy Of Fan Theories Surrounding The Disney+ Series

WandaVision showrunner Jac Schaeffer has weighed in on the countless fan theories doing the rounds about the Disney+ series, revealing that while many are accurate, perhaps just as many are wrong...
POKEMON: Awesome Cosplay Brings Fan-Favorite Gym Leader Misty To Life In Live-Action

POKEMON: Awesome Cosplay Brings Fan-Favorite Gym Leader Misty To Life In Live-Action

Detective Pikachu proved to be unexpectedly awesome, and while we wait for news on future Pokémon movies, this cosplayer has perfectly brought Cerulean Gym Leader Misty to life in a live-action setting...
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER - Sif Actress Jaimie Alexander Has Arrived In Australia Ready To Start Shooting

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER - Sif Actress Jaimie Alexander Has Arrived In Australia Ready To Start Shooting

There have been some pretty reliable rumblings that Jaimie Alexander is returning as Sif in Taika Waititi's Thor: Love and Thunder, but the actress has now confirmed that she's ready to start shooting...
Amazon Releases First INVINCIBLE Clip And Reveals March Premiere Details

Amazon Releases First INVINCIBLE Clip And Reveals March Premiere Details

Following the success of The Boys, does Amazon's streaming platform have another comic book hit on its hands with its animated series based on Robert Kirkman's Invincible?
BRIGHT HILL ROAD Exclusive: Director Robert Cuffley Details The Constraints And Challenges Of Indie Filmmaking

BRIGHT HILL ROAD Exclusive: Director Robert Cuffley Details The Constraints And Challenges Of Indie Filmmaking

The horror/thriller film Bright Hill Road released on Digital and DVD this month and director Robert Cuffley spoke exclusively with us about the film, discussing the constraints of independent filmmaking.
HAWKEYE: Marvel Studios Was Developing A Solo Movie For The Archer Before It Became A Disney+ Series

HAWKEYE: Marvel Studios Was Developing A Solo Movie For The Archer Before It Became A Disney+ Series

The Hawkeye TV series will put the spotlight on Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop, but the original plan was to give the archer his own movie. Find out more details here...