First appearance: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (1993)
Created by: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan, and Dough Moench
Most villainous act: Breaking Batman’s back.

No matter what the character does, Bane will always be most famous for breaking Batman’s back. There's no bigger way to announce your arrival onto the comic book scene than to put one of the industry’s icons into a wheelchair. Bane is a man of mystery; a brilliant mercenary with no backstory or name. He’s more of a force of nature than a flesh and blood man, and whenever he shows up, pain is sure to follow.

After breaking the Bat in Knightfall, Bane’s stock sunk in the DC Universe for over a decade until he became the co-star of the supervillain team-up title, Secret Six. It was here that Bane shed his one-dimensional stereotype and rightfully reclaimed his place as one of Batman’s better villains. This comeback story was topped off by an appearance in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, where he transcended the world of comic books and became a part of the pop culture zeitgeist, thanks to Tom Hardy's weird Sean Connery impression.