Criminal Records of 22 Super Villains from Comics, Movies & Cartoons
If you’ve watched any of the movies or TV series based on comic books, you’ll know that the villains are archetypally bad characters. They kill, steal, threaten, and terrorize on monumental levels.
Looking at the crimes that supervillians have committed, independent of their nefarious personalities, we see how mighty these foes are and what each of our superheros was up against.
Curious about what the rap sheets would be for these supervillains? We’ve put together a series of criminal records reports for these ultimate comic book villains. In fact, these supervillians have some of the worst background check results that we’ve seen.
To clarify some of the criminal legal results, while some of these supervillains committed crimes in jurisdictions outside of the U.S. (on other planets, for example) we used the U.S. legal framework to identify what all of the supervillains would be charged with, assuming that they ever faced the rule of law that is.
Spoiler alert: While we don’t tell you the plots of the movies, we will break down the crimes that they committed including, who they murdered, what they stole, and more.
Curious about the results of background checks on the worst villains from Marvel and DC comics? Review their PeopleFinders profiles below.
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While Lex Luthor has been played by several different actors, we chose to look at Gene Hackman’s portrayal in the 1978 movie Superman.
Set in California, Luthor plans to commit terrorism by detonating U.S. military missiles on the San Andreas Fault and near NYC. This plot also means he would be charged for conspiracy to commit murder because of the plot’s intent to kill countless residents of California, New York, and New Jersey.
But it’s not only murder and mayhem that he’s after. The scheme also includes real estate fraud because he bought huge stretches of land in the desert with the speculation that it will become oceanfront property.
On top of all of this, he’s guilty of attempted murder and kidnapping because he lured Superman to his cave and exposed him to kryptonite.
In the 2000 movie X-Men, Magneto’s crimes took place in the state of New York.
If taken to court, he would be prosecuted for kidnapping for his orchestration of the abduction of Rogue and Senator Kelly. He’d also be charged for assault of a police officer for his actions during the encounter at the train station.
There would be an attempted murder charge for his plan to kill Rogue while she powered his machine, plus a murder charge because Senator Kelly dies as the result of Magneto’s forced mutation. Lastly, he’s guilty of terrorism because he plans to mutilate all world leaders during a meeting at Ellis Island.
After the 2001 release of the TV show Smallville, Lionel Luthor’s crimes would be the purview of the Kansas courts.
He would be charged with two counts of murder for killing his parents. There would be a manslaughter charge because he killed in order to collect the life insurance. Plus there would be a criminal conspiracy charge because he founded the secret society of Veritas.
Victor Von Doom
In the 2005 movie Fantastic Four, Castle Von Doom in Latveria is Victor’s primary location.
If brought to justice, Von Doom would be charged with extortion because he claims all of the business profits from the space station experiment. There’s the assault charge for when he knocks Grimm unconscious. There would also be the kidnapping charge for capturing Reed, and there’s an attempted murder charge for firing a heat-seeking missile at the Baxter Building.
Set in London, the 2006 movie V is for Vendetta has the supervillian Adam Sutler, who is the High Chancellor of the Norsefire Party.
If Sutler accumulated a criminal record for all of his nefarious actions, he would be charged with mass murder for killing 100,000 British residents with the St. Mary’s Virus. There would also be a genocide threat for using a fictional terrorist threat as a pretext for torture and executions.
Then there would be a fraud charge for his political propaganda campaign. And there’s also a charge for the murder of Dietrich, who mocked him on a talk show.
Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger
The foe in the 2008 movie Iron Man would also have a significant criminal record.
Set primarily in Los Angeles under the jurisdiction of California courts, there would be the charge of criminal conspiracy for aiding and abetting Ten Rings Terrorist group. There’s the racketeering charge for his attempt to take over Stark Industries by arming both sides of the war.
Because Obadiah killed Ten Rings to steal the Mark I armor, he would be charged with murder. And he would face charges for theft because he stole Stark’s arc reactor. On top of which, there would be an attempted murder charge because he left Stark to die.
The criminal records report of Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, would show the crimes committed under the jurisdiction of Gotham City.
In the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, the Joker’s crimes were bank robbery for the cash that he stole from a bank in Gotham City. There’s the kidnapping charges for when he holds Rachel and Dent captive and for the other hostages that he takes. There’s the contract killing charge for when he agrees to kill Batman in exchange for half the money. Plus he would be charged with prison escape for when he has Lau help him escape captivity.
The Joker would also be charged with felonies for blowing up the hospital and for rigging the ferries with explosives. And there would be many counts of murder for killing many criminals, public figures, and bystanders.
In the 2009 movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Victor Creed/Sabretooth is the supervillian.
If he was brought to court for his criminal activity, he would be charged with attempted sexual assault for his actions during the Vietnam War. There would be multiple counts of kidnapping because he captures many mutants. And there would be murder charges for killing the Senior Officer that tries to stop the assault and for killing John in order to extract his DNA.
In the 2011 movie Thor, Loki’s crimes would fall under the jurisdiction of Asgard.
He would be charged for treason for seizing the throne. There would be a conspiracy to commit murder charge for when he coerced Laufey to kill Odin and for sending the Destroyer to kill Thor. Plus, his crimes would include murder for killing Laufey.
Germany and the Alps were the setting for Red Skull’s crimes in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger.
He would be charged with terrorism for his role as commander of Hydra and for threatening to use WMDs on American cities. There would be a charge for theft because he steals the Tesseract, and a charge for conspiracy to commit murder because he hires an assassin to kill Erskine.
The supervillian Damien Darhk has committed crimes across the multiverse. In the TV show Arrow that first aired in 2012, Darhk committed larceny when he stole elixir from the Lazarus Pit. Additionally, he’ would face terrorism charges for his role as the leader of H.I.V.E. (Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination), and for his plans to detonate nuclear weapons.
The supervillain in the movie Iron Man 3 was The Mandarin. Played by Ben Kingsley, this 2013 movie was set in Miami.
For his actions during the movie, The Mandarin’s criminal record would include terrorism charges for orchestrating a series of bombings, for destroying Stark’s home with helicopter fire, and for his plan to attack Air Force One. He would also face treason charges for planning to overthrow the government by killing the President.
On top of that there would be kidnapping charges because The Mandarin abducted Stark, Potts, and President Ellis. Lastly, there would be the murder charge for killing Hansen.
In the 2013 movie Man of Steel, General Zod was the supervillain facing off against Superman.
In the movie, Zod committed treason for his attempt to overthrow the government of Krypton. He also committed terrorism for conspiring to transform Earth into a new Krypton and for his plans to annihilate humanity and replace with a genetically pure race.
Ronan was the supervillain in the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
If he was charged for his actions during the movie, his criminal records report would show larceny for stealing the orb that contains the Infinity Stone, and conspiracy to commit murder for his threats of killing Thanos.
But the biggest charge would be terrorism charges for both his plan to destroy the galaxy and for destroying the Nova Corps fleet.
The TV show Gotham was first released in 2014, and Fish Mooney was one of the supervillains causing mayhem in Gotham City.
Fish’s criminal records report would include charges for organized crime because she is a member of the Falcone crime family, and multiple counts of assault for the many times that she attacks and injures people.
She would face attempted murder charges for ordering the killing of Cobblepot, Bullock, and Gordon. And there would be criminal conspiracy charges for framing Pepper for murder and for attempting to overthrow Don Falcone in order to rule Gotham.
The TV show Daredevil was first aired in 2015, and Matt Murdock faced off against the villain Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin.
The series takes place in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of NYC where Fisk committed murder, killing many people, including his father. He would face drug trafficking charges for his heroin distribution scheme, and organized crime charges for his powerful control over businesses and mobsters.
On top of that, there would be charges for escaping arrest when he avoided prosecution by escaping from the FBI transport van.
In the 2015 movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, the location was in Sokovia where supervillain Ultron committed his crimes. If Ultron was brought to justice, the primary charge would be for terrorism because of his attempts to end humanity in order to save Earth.
In another TV comic book series set in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of NYC, Jessica Jones faced off against supervillain Kilgrave. When the show first aired in 2015, we saw Kilgrave use mind control to commit kidnapping, sexual assault, murder, and theft. Plus his obsession with Jessica Jones would result in a charge of stalking.
In the 2016 movie Dr. Strange, Dormammu is the super villain that lives within the Dark Dimension. If charged for his crimes, he would be convicted of terrorism because he seeks to conquer every dimension of the multiverse, including destroying Earth.
Ares/Sir Patrick Morgan
Wonder Woman was released in 2017 and set on the Amazon island of Themyscira. This movie’s supervillain was Sir Patrick Morgan, aka Ares. The criminal records report for this villain’s actions would show murder charges because he killed all the gods, and terrorism charges because he conspires to destroy mankind.
The supervillain in the 2017 movie Justice League was Steppenwolf. If convicted for his crimes in the movie, Steppenwolf’s criminal records in Gotham City would show environmental terrorism charges for his attempts to destroy Earth’s ecology, multiple counts of kidnapping for abducting S.T.A.R. Labs employees, and terrorism charges for his attack on Atlantis.
In the 2018 movie Black Panther, the supervillain was Klaue. Set in the Kingdom of Wakanda, Klaue’s crimes included organized crime for selling weapons on the black market and theft for stealing a Wakandan artifact.
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