Greetings from the Odinson,
Sometimes the villain is even more interesting than the hero. And sometimes, the only thing more interesting than watching the heroes fight villains is watching villains fight villains. This is something the Odinson has looked at before – Rogues of the Marvel Universe vs. Rogues of the DC Universe, Mega Man’s Villains vs. Sonic the Hedgehog’s Villains, and the Great Villain War of 2012.
This week, the Odinson has a particularly delightful battle of the Big Bads that I’m just chomping at the bit to dive into.
Whether you are on a mission to explore strange new worlds or bouncing up and down the time stream, there are some very dangerous and diabolical adversaries to face and overcome. So what happens when these evil doers turn their ire toward each other?
The Great Villain War of 2021: Star Trek vs. Doctor Who
The Klingons are a warrior race born and bred with mannerisms and rituals that can make them appear barbaric to other spacefaring races. They are heavily armed with an arsenal of exotic melee weapons as well as highly advanced space age ordnances. They have cloaking tech which often gives them the upper hand in outer space maritime warfare. Physically they are twice as strong and durable as the average terran and ten times as mean and aggressive. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
The Daleks are walking, talking WMDs. Due to the speed with which they can replicate, their numbers are nearly incalculable. They cannot be reasoned with. They cannot be bargained with. Annihilation of all things not Dalek is their only goal. Encased in a nigh indestructible chassis and armed with an array of highly destructive weapons, the Daleks are easily one of the most feared enemies in the entire galaxy. Exterminate! Exterminate!
Winner: The Daleks.
For Klingons, warfare and battle may be a way of life, but they have a society with a social hierarchy. On the other hand, Daleks have one singular goal, and they have annihilated countless civilizations as technically advanced and savage as Klingons to achieve it.
The Borg is a race of cyborgs with advanced technology that can at times defy logic. They operate under a hive mind and have abandoned all free will. They scour the universe and assimilate all other lifeforms, stripping away all humanity and reconstructing them into cybernetic drones dedicated only to the Borg’s singular pursuit of perfection. Resistance is futile.
Devoid of emotion, remorse, or conscience, the Cybermen are a cyborg race of soldiers that spread across the cosmos, assimilating anything that crosses their paths. And any organism that is incompatible with their assimilation process is simply eradicated. They are extremely strong and deadly, and next to the Daleks, probably the most feared alien race in the galaxy. Delete! Delete!
Winner: The Borg.
These two powerful forces are extremely similar and almost evenly matched. However, the Borg’s Cube vessels have proven capable of destroying entire armadas and possess firepower, replication, and warp speed capabilities that are off the charts.
Descended from the same ancestors as Vulcans, Romulans are a vast interstellar empire. In fact, their expanse, firepower, and influence can be said to be almost as great as that of the United Federation of Planets. They are highly militaristic, xenophobic, and possess an unapologetic superiority complex. They often enslave those they conquer. And they excel at espionage, sabotage, and infiltration. Misdirection is the key to survival.
The Silence are as enigmatic as they are frightening. Nobody knows how long they have walked among us. Perhaps they have always been here. Their secret to survival is that lesser beings lack the ability to recall their existence. The Silence can only be detected when someone is actually looking at them. The moment that person looks away, they completely forget the existence of the Silence. They are only left with a hole in their memory and a sense of foreboding and dread. The Silence has used this advantage to infiltrate every single aspect of society and manipulate the course of human history. You should kill us all on sight.
Winner: The Silence.
This was a tough one to call. Certainly in a conventional war, the Romulans would annihilate the Silence. However, the Romulans may be good at subterfuge and infiltration, the Silence are masters of it. Plus, it is hard to combat an enemy that is forgotten the moment you look away.
The Talosians are at the apex of organic evolution. They have evolved beyond mundane forms of communication like speech or physical contact. Their advanced minds endow them with influence, telepathy, matter manipulation, and psychokinesis. They use their super mind-over-matter abilities to enslave other races in order to perform physical tasks, maintenance, and other daily chores the Talosians have deemed beneath them. Even when it is pleasant and benevolent, you prefer death.
The Weeping Angels are terrifying. At first glance they appear to be nothing more than angelic statues with serene smiles and an inviting presence. However, the moment you blink, they attack. As long as your eyes are open, they are inanimate. But with each involuntary blink, they rapidly approach in a strobe-like assault that can leave their prey frozen with fear. The Angels are proficient at laying traps and can be quite malicious and spiteful toward their targets. They must feed on the energy of others. To fall to an Angel can sometimes be a sentence to a fate worse than death. Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead.
Winner: The Talosians.
This was yet another showdown hard to call. Both villains are so strange and unique with abilities hard to fathom and comprehend. Have Talosians evolved past the need to blink? I guess, in the end, I lean toward the seemingly more advanced and evolved over the monstrous and primal.
Q is from a race of nigh omnipotent immortals whose powers are seemingly only limited by their desires and wishes. Space/time and reality are but play things to Q. Bored with being All-powerful, Q entertains himself by manipulating and harassing lower beings, namely the crew of the USS Enterprise. In many ways, Q is a lot like the Man of Steel’s erstwhile troublemaker, Mister Mxyzptlk. I’m going to miss you. You had such potential.
The Dark Lord. The Creator. The Great Healer. Davros has been called many things and he has been one of the Doctor’s most perplexing and tenacious adversaries in history. Amongst his many sins, Davros is the madman that created the deadly Daleks. He possesses an unparalleled intellect and is a master of mad super science. This is the man that once conceived of and created a reality bomb! Planets and stars will become dust, and the dust will become atoms, and the atoms will become nothing!
Picard has outwitted the over-powered Q far too many times to list here. Can Davros do no less? Q possesses the power to manipulate reality. Davros possesses the will and the want to destroy it.
Kahn is a genetically engineered super human. With super human intelligence, strength, and charisma, Khan is the peak of human evolution. He is a natural leader, able to persuade and manipulate others with uncanny ease. He has rallied armies to his cause, and he is the single most dangerous adversary the cunning Captain Kirk has ever faced. I’ve done far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you, and wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her, marooned for all eternity at the center of a dead planet.
The Master is the most dangerous adversary the Doctor has ever faced. He is a renegade Time Lord. He is the Yin to the Doctor’s Yang. A master manipulator and schemer, the Master is seemingly always two steps ahead of everybody. He is devilishly charming, an emotionless killer, and possesses the ability to mentally dominate the minds of lesser men and women. And, like the Doctor, the Master can regenerate, making him ostensibly immortal. Sherlock Holmes has Professor Moriarty. Superman has Lex Luthor. Special Agent Dale Cooper has Windom Earle. And, the Doctor has the Master. I have too few worthy opponents. When they are gone, I miss them.
Winner: The Master.
My heart says Khan, but after really giving this decision much consideration, at the end of the day, I have to award the W to the Master. He is just a whole nother level of super villain.
Final Score: 2/4
Winner: Doctor Who Villains.
Though the final score may not reflect it, this was a highly contested bout and very hard for the Odinson to decide outcomes.
There are many, many more devious bad guys that could have been considered for this showdown, but I believe the Odinson has selected the cream of crop, the most recognizable names of evil doers from these franchises, names even the most passive fan should know. In the end, it seems like the Doctor’s rogues edged out Star Trek’s in this battle of the despicable.
Be sure to look out for future installments of Villain Wars.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell
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