Villain Retrospects

The Villain Retrospectives are a series of posts that dissect each main villain from the cartoons I used to watch as a kid, as well as bad guys and their shows that I might have missed.  I share the memories I've kept from seeing them in my childhood, giving you as close to an impression as I can from my original viewing. I analyze each of their abilities and escapades and rate them on two scales:


1. Coolness - This takes into account the bad guy's look and voice, behavior and abilities. A bad guy could be stupid looking but have a great voice, or be a bumbling moron and have a great power. It's how the four aspects come together to create bad guy that determines how cool it can be.


2. Effectiveness - While all the bad guys are relegated to losing at the end of each episode, this doesn't ding them for never winning. This takes into consideration how evil their plans were, and how ridiculous their schemes turned out. These scores are usually super-low for a reason.


Here's a list of all the Villain Retrospectives:
  • Megatron, the robotic leader of the Decepticons from Transformers.
  • Cobra Commander, the terrorist head of Cobra from GI Joe.
  • Mumm-ra, conduit of the Spirits of Evil from Thundercats.
  • Miles Mayhem, iron-fisted general of V.E.N.O.M. from M.A.S.K.
  • Tex Hex, Bravestarr's nemesis and the Carrion Gang's leader.
  • Skeletor, the skull-faced magician from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
  • Dr. Claw, Inspector Gadget's never seen criminal mastermind.
  • Cy-Kill, the cybernetic Renegade leader from Go-Bots.
  • Hordak, She-Ra's shape-changing hothead.
  • Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan and enemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Genghis Rex, alien Tyrannosaurus from Dinosaucers.
  • Saw Boss, telepathic plant hunting down Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
  • Nemesis, the generically-named leader of the Terrakors from Robotix.
  • Doc Terror, the robotics expert/terrorist from Centurions.
  • Big Boss, the uninspired criminal mastermind from C.O.P.S.
  • Metlar, the Tyrant of the Earth's Core from Inhumanoids.
  • The Misfits, the near-murderous rock group from Jem and the Holograms.
  • Unicron, devourer of worlds from Transformers: The Movie.
  • Baron Greenback, the terrible toad from Danger Mouse.
  • Golobulus, lord of Cobra-La from GI Joe: The Movie.
After going through all the cartoons I watched as a kid, I searched for those I missed and came up with an additional seventeen villains.  Since this is the first time I'm watching most of these cartoons, I'm limiting myself to a few episodes of each and giving my first impressions, though they're still falling under the Villain Retrospects series.
  • Mon*Star, the space squid-riding enemy of the Silverhawks.
  • Venger, the powerful sorcerer from Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Hun-Dred, the robotic head of the Cult of Dred from Robo Force.
  • Umbra, the sentient computer/head of SHADOW from The Mighty Orbots.
  • Lady Diabolyn, the scheming step-sister to the queen in Wildfire.
  • General Spidrax, the telebonded tyrant from the Dark Domain in Sectaurs.
  • Tormack, the warlord of the land of Bandisar in Galtar and the Golden Lance.
  • The Queen of the Crown, the tyrannical ruler from The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.
  • T-Ray, the fish-headed dictator of the Mantannas from The Tigersharks.
  • Overlord, seeker of the second half of the PowerStar from Blackstar.
  • Overlord, creator of the Spiral Zone and leader of the Black Widows.
  • Emperor Dark, power-mad scientist and leader of the Shadow Force in Starcom.
  • Scorch, commander of the time-traveling Skull Squadron in Ring Raiders.
  • Dr. Scarab, immortality-seeking mad scientist from Bionic Six.
  • General Plague, leader of the unimaginatively-named Raiders from Sky Commanders.
  • Darkstorm, master of decay from Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.
  • Krulos, the Tyrannosaurus Rex brainwasher from Dino-Riders.