DC: 8 Villains With Hidden Superpowers Everyone Forgot About
Sam Hutchinson
killer croc and ra's al ghul
killer croc and ra's al ghul
Superheroes are only as interesting as their villains. If there aren’t any compelling villains for a hero, more often than not, their stories fail to leave much of an impression on the public. Like Sherlock Holmes, every hero needs a Moriarty to push them to their limits.
Some supervillains are great because their powers (or sometimes lack thereof) clash perfectly with their nemesis. However, while some villains may be remembered for one particular power, due to the vast history of some of these characters, they also might have fascinating hidden or forgotten powers.

8 Doomsday Can Adapt To Almost Anything

Superman Doomsday Wars
Superman Doomsday Wars
Doomsday is one of the most iconic modern villains. Created by Dan Jurgens, Doomsday was the star of the Death of Superman arc, with the powerful villain famously beating the Man of Steel to death.
While his strength is enough to match Superman, one of his less famous abilities is adaptation, allowing Doomsday to adapt to his surroundings in order to survive. This also means that if one thing manages to defeat Doomsday in battle, it won’t work again.

7 Ares Can Control The Dead

Wonder Woman has one of the most intimidating rogues galleries in comics, with several mythical beings and Ancient Greek Gods frequently clashing swords with the Princess of the Amazons on various occasions. One of her more common enemies among the Greek Pantheon is Ares, the God of War.
While Ares has a range of powers expected of him, such as strength, one of his lesser-known powers is necromancy. This grants him the ability to resurrect and control the dead to meet his own malicious ends.

6 Joker Knows That He's A Comic Book Character

The Joker is one of the most iconic villains of all time, with the Clown Prince of Crime starring in several movies, TV shows, and video games since his debut in the first half of the 20th Century. The Joker is the perfect foil to Batman, an agent of chaos who will stop at nothing to see his own twisted schemes come to life.
While the Joker doesn’t have superpowers per se, he does have an interesting ability to break the fourth wall. Some have chalked this up to him being "hypersane" and knowing that he is a comic book character.

5 Darkseid Has Powerful Psychic Abilities

Darkseid is one of, if not the most, terrifying and powerful villains in the DC Universe. As a New God and Ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid not only has superpowers and strength at his disposal but also the control of his own army of Parademons.
While Darkseid’s strength and omega beams are well known, the character also has a range of psychic powers including telekinesis and telepathy. Darkseid is capable of shifting planets, mentally controlling the inhabitants of a planet, and instantly taking the information within someone’s mind.

4 Metallo Can Incorporate Any Metal Or Machinery To Improve Himself

Despite not appearing in any major live-action productions, Metallo remains one of the most threatening Superman villains. While Metallo’s powers and design change slightly depending upon the continuity, one aspect remains the same: he is a cunning cyborg powered by Superman’s weakness, kryptonite.
While his strength and use of kryptonite are well known, one of his older powers is technomorphism, the ability to shift into and incorporate any kind of machinery to improve himself.

3 Poison Ivy Ages Incredibly Well

poison ivy with batman
poison ivy with batman
Originally starting out as an eco-terrorist, Poison Ivy has slowly morphed into an anti-hero in the DC Universe. While still villainous in nature, her tragic history and ends make her a more sympathetic and morally grey character.
While Ivy’s control over plants and immunity to poisons are well known, she also has a subtle and highly envious power of decelerated aging. While this doesn’t necessarily make her more powerful, it is certainly a fantastic power to have.

2 Killer Croc Has A Superhuman Healing Factor

Killer Croc DC Batman
Killer Croc DC Batman
Killer Croc is one of the most well-known Batman villains. Otherwise known as Waylon Jones, Killer Croc is a tragic character who turned to a life of crime and wrestling as a result of the skin deformity he was born with, coupled with familial abuse.
While Croc’s superhuman strength and fighting skills are well known across the DC Universe, the character also has a superhuman healing factor that makes him an even tougher prospect to bring down.

1 Ra’s Al Ghul Is A Master Alchemist

Ra’s Al Ghul is one of the most fearsome villains in the DC Universe. Primarily a Batman villain, Ra’s Al Ghul, otherwise known as the Demon’s Head, is the leader of the terrorist group called the League of Assassins, the father of Talia al Ghul, and the grandfather of Damian Wayne.
While Ra’s Al Ghul has no superpowers per se, he does have unnatural longevity as a result of his Lazarus Pits. One of his lesser-known abilities is his mastery of alchemy, making him an expert at potion-making.