First appearance: X-Factor #6 (1986)
Created by: Louise and Walter Simonson
Most villainous act: Taking over the planet and molding it in his image.

Apocalypse is one of the only comic book villains to make good on his threats to take over the world. In 1995’s Age of Apocalypse, we got an alternate universe where Apocalypse has won his war against mutants and humanity, and the remaining survivors are left to rot in a dystopian future filled with chaos and bloodshed.

Apocalypse doesn’t posture, nor does he let his ego get in the way; this is a mutant of immeasurable power who takes Herbert Spencer’s “survival of the fittest” mentality to heart by eliminating anyone he believes is too weak to live in his world. Apocalypse has roamed Earth since the time of the Pharaohs, and over the years he has evolved into a near-perfect mutant/machine hybrid capable of imposing his will on the world.