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Suicide Squad: Main Comic Book Villains, Ranked Lamest To Coolest

The Suicide Squad will face off against the giant alien creature Starro in the upcoming movie written and directed by James Gunn. Starro isn't traditionally one of the villains of the Suicide Squad, but they've run up against some very cool DC Comics villains in their day. And there have been some very lame ones, too.

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Laughable villains aren't unusual for the Suicide Squad. In general, the team has been made up of lower-tier villains in the comics. That's the case in the movies as well, especially the upcoming one, which features the Polka-Dot Man, one of the most laughable - Batman villains of all time.

10 Lamest: Kobra

The Suicide Squad had some run-ins in the 1980s with the Kobra Cult, a religious cult that sought an apocalypse to wipe out all of humanity. While the idea was interesting, the look of the team made them sort of imitations of the Serpent Society, a group of Captain America villains who may factor into the storyline of Captain America 4.

That's a shame since they were designed by the legendary Jack Kirby. Ravan, a member of the Suicide Squad in the late 80s, called on the team to help in his fight against the cult.

9 Lamest: The Onslaught

Another religious organization that the team fought against in the 1980s was The Onslaught. They're not to be confused with Onslaught, the X-Men villain behind the 90s Marvel event Heroes Reborn.

This terrorist group appeared in the first issue of the 80s Suicide Squad run and tried to assassinate the President of the United States. The Onslaught just wasn't very interesting on a visual or character level, and nothing much came of them after their early appearances.

8 Lamest: Imperiex

Imperiex was introduced in the year 2000 as a villain for Superman, and like a lot of Superman villains, he didn't really catch on. He destroys universes and then creates new ones, and sets his sights on Earth. He should have been a major cosmic threat, but never really was.

The Suicide Squad gets involved when President Lex Luthor calls on everyone, hero and villain alike, to join the fight against the cosmic being. They don't get very far in the fight, though, due to the volatile nature of their own team.

7 Lamest: Doomsday

Doomsday is a significant character in DC Comics history - he's at the heart of the classic if controversial Death Of Superman event - but overall he's kind of on the line between lame and cool. He's recruited to join the team to take down Imperiex, but Doomsday being Doomsday, he kills virtually the entire Suicide Squad the moment he's let out of prison.

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Among the victims are Chemo, Mongul, Plasmus, and Shrapnel. Doomsday was suggested as a member by another prominent supervillain in DC Comics - Lex Luthor. At the time, he was serving as President of the United States.

6 Lamest: Basilisk

Basilisk is a terrorist organization like The Onslaught, and like that group, it's just not very interesting. They feared metahumans would take over the world, so they started hunting down metahumans, leading Amanda Waller to send the Suicide Squad after them.

A metahuman hate group has narrative potential, but the group isn't presented very seriously. They draw their own power from a mystical snake, giving them all snake-like qualities.

5 Coolest: The Female Furies

The Female Furies are a group of warriors from Apokalips, led by Granny Goodness (seen in a cameo in Zack Snyder's Justice League). It also includes Big Barda, who was involved in one of the strangest Superman romances ever.

The team crossed paths with the Suicide Squad in 1987, and eventually went to Apokalips to battle it out with the Furies in one of the coolest moments from the early run of the comics. Lashina, a member of the Furies, spent some time as a member of the Suicide Squad.

4 Coolest: Black Manta

Black Manta is traditionally a villain of Aquaman, but this underwater antagonist has crossed paths with the Suicide Squad. He was actually a member of the team for a while, during the New Suicide Squad run.

Black Manta served as a kind of leader for the team but eventually turned on them to join the League of Assassins. With his complicated nature and unique powers, Black Manta is one of the coolest Suicide Squad villains around.

3 Coolest: Reverse Flash

Another major villain of a prominent DC Comics superhero the team has faced is the Reverse Flash. The Reverse Flash is one of the most powerful versions of the Scarlet Speedster, and he made an appearance in the New Suicide Squad run of the comic book in recent years.

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That version of the character was Daniel West, the brother of Iris West, who tries to the Negative Speed Force to go back in time to stop the murder of his father.

2 Coolest: Brimstone

Brimstone is an artificial construct of Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips. The basic idea was for the plasma monster to turn the Earth against its superheroes. The mission doesn't go well as Brimstone doesn't get a chance to go up against the heaviest of heavies but gets taken down by the Suicide Squad.

Though he's somewhat easily defeated early on, Brimstone keeps coming back and in different forms and guises through different versions of DC Comics continuity.

1 Coolest: Deathstroke

Deathstroke is one of the most interesting villains in DC Comics and in Deathstroke #11-16, "Suicide Run," the assassin takes on the Suicide Squad. In the story, he's trying to get revenge on Harley Quinn for a previous defeat.

As cool as he is as a villain, Deathstroke has also been a member of the Suicide Squad. He was part of the New Suicide Squad team alongside Harley from 2014-2016, This team also briefly included Black Manta before he betrayed the team to the League of Assassins.

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