Who doesn't like a good supervillain story? This weekend, kiddies across the continent will delight in Despicable Me, the heartwarming tale of a normal guy who just wants to steal the moon. Webcomic superbaddies of all stripes -- mad scientists, Nazi uberfrauen, mobsters, and caped catastrophizers -- have their own nefarious plots. But which supervillains have what it takes to achieve their villainous goals?
Helen Narbon (Narbonic)Nefarious goal: To take over the world with mad science. One-upping her alcoholic, narcissistic mother also wouldn't hurt.
What stands in her way: The usual -- rival mad scientists, a trigger-happy lab assistant, genetically-enhanced gerbils overrunning her lair, a forensic linguist, and the occasional lab burning down. And then there's her mother.
Veronica (Plan B)
Nefarious goal: To amass the latest in superpowered technology and get revenge on her misogynistic superhero ex-husband.
What stands in her way: Several superheroes, including the aforementioned husband. Fortunately, none of them are terribly competent.
Nefarious goal: To facilitate the advancement of crime and chaos through the world's most evil entity: the corporation.
What stands in their way: Stands in their way? I'm pretty sure Evil Inc. is running the show.
Herville Schtein (String Theory)
Nefarious goal: It's not clear yet, but his dignity has got to be high on the list.
What stands in his way: Crippling phobias and neuroses, rotten luck, a crappy childhood, and a general fear of women. Those creepy bionic eyes don't help much, either.
Hitlerella (The Non-Adventures of Wonderella)
Nefarious goal: To destroy Wonderella and clear the path for Nazi world domination. That the Nazi party was defeated decades earlier doesn't strike her as the least bit problematic.
What stands in her way: Believe it or not, Wonderella and Wonderita. Go figure.
King Radical (The Adventures of Dr. McNinja)
Nefarious goal: To invest in and improve the city of Cumberland, Maryland. Hey, just because his methods are criminal doesn't mean his motives are.
What stands in his way: Aside from the occasional McNinja-related interference, very little. King Radical may be a villain, but he's a villain who is beloved by his community.
Telescope Gun Cop (Axe Cop)
Nefarious goal: To get revenge on Axe Cop and Dinosaur Cop for not letting him join their team.
What stands in his way: His story is written by a five-year-old kid. Five-year-olds never let the bad guys win.
The Third Man (Superfogeys)
Nefarious goal: To round up the world's greatest (and oldest) superheroes and supervillains in the retirement home Valhalla for shadowy purposes.
What stands in his way: At least one aging superheroine thinks something's rotten in the state of Valhalla.
Webcomic MODOK (Chillin' Like Villains)
Nefarious goal: To defeat a hero -- any hero.
What stands in his way: General ineptitude.
Nefarious goal: To create alternate realities that she and her troops can invade and conquer. After all, world domination is its own reward.
What stands in her way: Those meddling kids from the Science Fiction Club.
Gregor Mendel (Goats)
Nefarious goal: To conquer New Jersey, then the world, with his army of genetically engineered pea plants.
What stands in his way: He's much better at biology than strategy.
Nefarious goal: To get revenge on Hawk for destroying her tricycle.
What stands in her way: She's, like, five. Plus, her henchman is a stuffed bear.
Scratch Fury (PVP)
Nefarious goal: The destruction of Santa, world domination. The usual.
What stands in his way: You ever seen a cat? They can't go thirty seconds without being distracted by something shiny. And they're raging catnip addicts.