Donald Trump has been named many things this election cycle. But super villain? Here are five super villains that Donald Trump takes after and why. After you’re done reading, you might be left scratching your head and wondering if we need a superhero to rise from the ashes to defeat him. [Update, 7/5/16: If you dream it, it will happen. Marvel’s first issue of ‘Spider-Gwen Annual’ features a new villain called M.O.D.A.A.K. (aka Mental Organism Designed As America’s King) who bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump, reports Esquire.]
Darkseid is the evil ruler of the planet Apokolips, and whose primary purpose is to conquer the entire universe and eliminate free will. In order to see this plan through, Darkseid has attempted to discover the formula behind the Anti-Life Equation which allows its owner to control the thoughts and emotions of every being in the universe. A harbinger of war and destruction, let’s hope Darkseid’s penchant for conflict doesn’t resemble what a Trump presidency would be like.
Two-Face, once known as district attorney Harvey Dent, was transformed into the coin-flipping villain we know today following an acid attack that drove him insane. Deciding between good and evil acts based on the flip of the coin, it’s not hard to see some parallels to Trump. Not only have Trump’s stances on everything from abortion to healthcare changed dramatically over the years — as the Washington Post points out he was once a “liberal’s liberal” — but he also recently changed his stance on abortion five times in three days. It’s enough to make you think he’s sitting somewhere using a coin flip to decide on his stances for the day.
Trump resembles many iterations of the Joker, but perhaps the most apt comparison is Heath Ledger’s depiction of the villain in 2008’s The Dark Knight. In that film, the clown prince of crime espouses his stance that if you “Upset the established order… everything becomes chaos.” He adds, “I’m an agent of chaos.” And in fact some conspiracy theory-seeking onlookers have wondered if somehow Trump’s entire run for presidency is some kind of evil, or not so evil, scheme to set the status quo of American politics ablaze. It’s not so crazy — the Republican Party is in complete disarray and the Democratic Party isn’t so far behind. But even if this were all true, can you really trust anarchy in the search for change?
2. Red Skull
Johann Schmidt oversaw the HYDRA-Abteilung special weapons division under Nazi Germany when a self-administered test of the super soldier serum transformed him into Red Skull. While Red Skull later abandoned the racial ideals of Nazism, he remained a fascist with a goal of ruling a world where the superior man has yet to be created. The subject of fascism has been a lightning rod of debate when it comes to Trump. With a slogan like, “Make America Great Again,” stances that continually focus on stringent immigration reform, and skillful utilization of the media, it’s not difficult to see parallels. But don’t take it from me — Robert Paxton, an expert on the history of fascism, recently sat down with Slate to answer the question “Is Donald Trump a Fascist?” and the answer might surprise you.
1. Lex Luthor
In the DC Comics world, Lex Luthor is one of, if not the most intelligent person on earth. But let’s throw that part of Luthor’s character out the window and focus on the other parts when it comes to Trump comparisons — namely his thirst for power, billionaire status, and self-aggrandizing acts. Luthor’s reason for hating Superman is the perfect frame of reference to understand what makes Luthor tick. He doesn’t hate Superman because he fears his power or that he might be evil or become evil. He hates Superman because he counters Luthor’s human achievements and ability to be a hero for Metropolis. Put that all together and you have a fabulously rich, power-hungry, and selfish political figure with evil intentions. Sound familiar?
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