There are some characters within the DC universe that are bad to the core, with questionable motives and some of the darkest personalities, but despite this we can’t help but love them. With the upcoming release of Lucifer: The Complete First Season on October 17, we’re taking a look at the most sinister of the bunch, starting with The Devil himself:
The effortlessly charming Lucifer was bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, and has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels where he is indulging in a few of his favourite things — wine, women and song. When a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered before his eyes, he feels something awaken deep within him – for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him — as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there’s hope yet. Maybe everyone’s got a chance for redemption. Even the Devil.
Most recently seen in the DC comic series, Gotham, Oswald Cobblepot entered the criminal underworld through Fish Mooney and her gang, where he received the nickname “Penguin”. While he hasn’t got the charm and looks of some of the other characters, there is something likable about The Penguin. Perhaps we just feel sorry for him due to his unfortunate appearance, or maybe it’s his eccentric nature and unusual weapon of choice (an umbrella). Let’s not forget, he is also one of the most cunning of criminal geniuses.
‘Daddy’s Little Monster’ and anti-hero Harley Quinn has become somewhat of a cultural icon, particularly since her live-action cinematic debut in the 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad where she was portrayed by Margot Robbie. While she doesn’t have any natural superpowers, her lighthearted and slightly insane demeanour has captured our hearts. Her story began as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum where she began treating The Joker. After becoming obsessed with him, she frequently helps him escape from the asylum.
Another Suicide Squad character, Deadshot was traditionally portrayed as a super villain, but has since become more of an antihero. The complex character has superior skills as a marksman and expert assassin which make him lethal, yet in Suicide Squad we see a glimpse of his humanity as he agrees to join the group for the sake of his daughter. Aside from his willingness to put himself in deadly situations, Deadshot’s defining characteristic is keeping to a contract no matter the cost. With no other motives, like vengeance or sentimentality, he can’t always be labelled as a villain. In fact, the money he earns from his assassin duties he sends to his daughter.
Lex Luthor is the notorious villain we all love to hate, best known for his conflicts with Superman. While most villains act on greed or for the sheer enjoyment of doing evil, Luthor almost always tries to better the world in his own eccentric and deluded way. In his warped mind, his acts of evil are justified in the fact he is trying to better humanity. In the DC world, he is a well-known public figure who is effortlessly charismatic and dangerously intelligent.