The 2015-16 television season brought with it already beloved superheroes, as well as a slew of new comic-inspired shows. To celebrate another year of awesome, nerdy, super television, AP2HYC is hosting our second annual TV Awards! Be sure to cast your votes in each category, and check back to find out which shows and characters were victorious!
You can’t have a show about superheroes without having an equally interesting villain. Our favorite heroes have faced their fair share of nefarious foe, but the following five villains caused more damage and heartbreak than any others this season.
Negan (The Walking Dead)
Despite only being around for the back half of a single episode, Negan only needed a couple of seconds to establish himself as one of this season’s biggest bads. Perhaps Negan is such an ominous threat because, though unseen until the finale, much of the sixth season of The Walking Dead has had characters murmuring his name and detailing his ruthless nature. Very little is more ominous than a lengthy monologue about the how and why someone must be killed, but Negan’s almost joyful recital made the entire thing feel that much more sinister. The fact that his introduction also brought with it the death of a still-unknown fan-favorite character makes Negan an even bigger bad. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Hive (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
First glimpsed terrorizing Jemma Simmons during her 4,722 hours on Maveth, Hive then managed to possess the body of Grant Ward and make his way into Earth’s stratosphere to terrorize everyone there. And boy did he. With his Inhuman army, Hive managed to get S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Inhuman-extraordinaire Daisy under his sway… which naturally led to a slew of physical and emotional ramifications. Hive did a ton of damage, both to Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D., and didn’t care who perished along the way to his idea of the greater good. Many a death can be linked back to Hive (umm… remember when he melted and absorbed those Hydra sacrifices?!) but it was the internal damage he caused to our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. team that really made him such a dangerous villain. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Kilgrave (Jessica Jones)
Perhaps no villain in Marvel’s cinematic history has been quite as horrifying and shiver-inducing as Jessica Jones’ Kilgrave. He is the sickest kind of villain, using his powers to control others and forcing them to do the most horrific of things. While the larger story focused on the initial murder committed by Hope at Kilgrave’s request, the numerous other deaths that occurred throughout the season became increasingly vicious and personal. What makes Kilgrave such a frightening villain is the fact that he enjoys doing deplorable things and is too warped to truly understand the ramifications. His twisted relationship with Jessica makes him that much more terrifying a villain, as his actions were actually logical in his mind. Each episode Kilgrave became more and more despicable and, by the close of the season, it was a relief to see him bested by our titular hero. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Zoom (The Flash)
Zoom had all the best qualities for a memorable villain – or the worst dependent upon your viewpoint. Evil, sadistic and calculating, Zoom presented us with many unforgettable moments, no more so than when he landed the killing blow, murdering Barry’s father. What makes Zoom truly stand out from the crowd is his fractured psyche, whether imitating Jay Garrick or torturing Barry both mentally and physically, we got a villain relentless in his intentions. All that aside however, he had the most important villainous trait of them all: he made the hero a better man. A mystery wrapped in an enigma in a mystery and never boring. Take note Arrow and Supergirl! –Jake Barber
Damien Darhk (Arrow)
While Darhk may have had exactly the same plan as every other Big Bad on Arrow, you can’t deny he did it in style. At time, Darhk was truly terrifying and one of the first villains to appear truly unbeatable. And let’s not even start with the way he tore the Lances apart. That said, perhaps my favourite Darhk moments were the few scenes he shared with John Barrowman, where they seemed to be vying to see who could ham it up the most. –David Molofsky