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Top 10 Real Life People Who Could Be Supervillains

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Q.V. Hough They've got Big Business by Day, and hang out in Secret Lairs by Night. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Real Life People Who Could Be Supervillains. For this list, we're taking a light-hearted look at individuals who figuratively fit the mold to transcend the typical human experience and might, in fact, be real-life supervillains. Special thanks to our users jackhammer for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Q.V. Hough

Top 10 Top 10 Real Life People Who May Be Supervillains

For these celebs, it's Big Business by Day, and Secret Lairs by Night. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Real Life People Who May Be Supervillains.

For this list, we’re taking a light-hearted look at individuals who figuratively fit the mold of what we know to be the classic comic book supervillain. And while our list isn’t meant to be taken seriously, we are excluding leaders that some people have been considered dictators, like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.

#10: Martin Shkreli

He’s known as “the most hated man in America” and not just because of his smug little face - which by the way, just oozes supervillain. His first evil plot: raise the price of the obscure but life-saving medication Daraprim by over 5000 percent. His second evil plot: purchase the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” for two million dollars, share it with no one, and then take on Ghostface Killah in a protracted Twitter feud. He claims that he's actually made Daraprim available for free to those who need it, but, still... just look at that malevolent smirk. His whole allegedly evil empire could come crumbling down in the near future, as he is currently out on bail awaiting trial for securities fraud, so keep your eyes peeled for one epic evil meltdown when it does…

#9: Kanye West

Here’s a musician that cares a great deal about one thing…himself. In fact, Kanye West cares so much about Kanye West that he’s actually raised the bar when it comes to the supervillain ego test. Egotistical doesn’t mean stupid, however, as Yeezy is something of a mad genius. Do you know anyone else who’s asked Mark Zuckerberg for an obscene amount of money over Twitter, sells slightly torn denim as his own brand, and buys out Madison Square Garden just as a pick me up? We can’t quite decide if he’s something of a cult leader with legions of loyal followers, or the supervillain that excels in endless monologues about how great he is.

#8: Donald Trump

In the world of politics, it seems that one must fully embrace the concept of public manipulation while maintaining sociopathic tendencies. In this case, the self-assured Donald Trump more than fits the criteria for a mega-supervillain, as that atrocious hairstyle most likely covers up the scars of some horrible experiment gone wrong. This guy has been in the public eye for decades, and in a time when Markie Zuckerberg was fiddling around with his social media thing at Harvard, Trump probably had an army of robots and death machines with his brand name painted all over them. So, today, he’s just being himself, an out-and-about supervillain that continues to terrorize America and maybe even the world as his ultimate plans come to fruition – a stab at the White House.

#7: Nicolas Cage

By now, we’re all too familiar with the devastating final sequence of the 2006 flick “The Wicker Man.” Considering the overly exaggerated acting of Nic Cage, one has to wonder if this was when he actually lost his mind and decided that if he wasn’t going to get a second Oscar, then he was going to rule the world instead. Since actors tend to be consumed by their roles, perhaps Nicolas Cage morphed into the modern island supervillain, one who spends his days stroking cats, planning elaborate schemes and killing his own henchmen when things don’t go his way. You know, a typical Tuesday in the Cage household.

#6: Oprah Winfrey

She’s a talk show host, media mogul and an actress of many accolades. You might be thinking that she is just an exceptionally talented woman who has made successful ventures in many a medium... or, the more likely truth is that she is the genius supervillain that has fooled everyone into adoring her! With so much charisma and presence and a plethora of celebrity contacts, there is the dangerous possibility that Oprah may one day reveal herself to the world as its new savvy overlord with an army of famous faces as her minions. She’d also have a pretty snazzy weapon of mass destruction with a catchy name as well. You know, perhaps something along the line of the “O-Zone”?!

#5: Mark Zuckerberg

With all due respect to the philanthropic ways of Facebook’s CEO, you really can’t blame us for wondering if he might need to balance everything out with some nighttime supervillainy. It’s not like Mark Zuckerberg would actively seek to harm others, but given that brain of his and the international scope of his entrepreneurial endeavors, he’s surely got some type of underground, customized War Room in which he cackles at all the stupidest Facebook posts while secretly poking confused users all over the globe. Mr. Zuckerberg, you fiend!

#4: Elon Musk

No, he’s not a cologne, but he is, in fact, an actual human being that not only co-founded PayPal and founded SpaceX, but also serves as the product architect of Tesla Motors. Hey, if you named your company after the late Nikola Tesla, who is certainly one of the world’s mad geniuses, then you’re familiar with skepticism. And with all this space business and hopes to colonize Mars, well, you know damn well that Elon Musk doesn’t have your typical man cave. In fact, it’s likely some type of intergalactic party house in which he floats about while simultaneously navigating a hologram blueprint for the next space endeavor. Yes, this man CAN do that, but it’s something you keep secret like a true supervillain.

#3: David Miscavige

He’s been with Scientology ever since he was 16, after intentionally dropping out of high school – with his dad’s permission! – to join L. Ron Hubbard’s fraternal religious order, the Sea Org. Then, shortly after Hubbard’s 1986 death, David Miscavige became the head of Scientology, taking on the rank of “Captain” and inheriting the late founder’s massive group of powerful and devoted followers. Though the Church of Scientology celebrates him, we can’t ignore Miscavige’s reported temper, as he’s been accused of harassment, physical assault, and illegal and immoral acts. He’s even got a supervillain-esque lair in the impressive and undoubtedly expensive Religious Technology Center headquarters, which, ya gotta admit, is kinda creepy-looking as well.

#2: Rupert Murdoch

Now here’s another business mogul, but one who’s of the more elderly ilk. In other words, he’s the antithesis of the vibrant and colorful supervillain, as Rupert Murdoch surely roams the streets in black and white. Australian-born with a fancy Oxford education, albeit in Worcester College, he once revolutionized the newspaper industry, which essentially makes him the big daddy of the written word, among other things. Murdoch is the intellectual supervillain, one who chooses his projects wisely and spends more of his time gazing at classic novels while puffing on expensive cigars. Cross this man, and you’ll end up in the obituaries. Theoretically.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Steve Buscemi
Bill Belichick
Michael Bay
Gwyneth Paltrow
Tom Cruise

#1: Peter Thiel

This billionaire German-American entrepreneur may have co-founded PayPal with another entry on our list, Elon Musk, and he became Facebook’s first outside investor. But the self-proclaimed libertarian also once declared that he “no longer believed that freedom and democracy are compatible.” Then, in 2016, it was revealed that Thiel gave out millions of dollars to back several lawsuits against Gawker Media, including Hulk Hogan’s sex tape scandal. Though Thiel claimed he did this to stop the press’ privacy violations, he could have possibly been driven by the desire for revenge as well, especially considering the blog discussed his homosexuality in 2007. After all, only a supervillain would call himself a libertarian that openly supports freedom of the press while privately seeking to silence it through the courts.

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