The history of the DC Comics Multiverse is as long as it is vast, with the lore surrounding it spanning billions of years. Since its inception in 1961, there have been many villains who have traveled the multiverse in search of new knowledge, purpose, and power.
The DC villains who have traversed the Multiverse have used their travels to learn new things about the entirety of the DC Megaverse, to explore the hidden dimensions between universes, and the wonders of the Multiverse. Every DC villain who has accessed the multiverse has done so to further their nefarious goals, but only a handful of these villains were the first to journey into the multiverse.
10/10 Perpetua created the multiverse and also tried to destroy it
Dark Nights: Death Metal by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Perpetua is an omnipotent being and one of the hands of the omniverse charged by Source with creating the multiverse. When Perpetua created the Prime Multiverse, she also created three beings to watch over it while she hid from everyone.
Perpetua later returned to carry out her plan for her beloved creation. Perpetua used the Legion of Doom and the Batman Who Laughs in her plans to destroy realities throughout the multiverse and recreate them in her own image. In the end, she was foiled by Batman Who Laughs, who became The Darkest Knight and destroyed her.
9/10 The Anti-Monitor caused the first crisis
Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Mobius, one of Perpetua’s creations, was tasked with patrolling the borders of the multiverse while in the antimatter universe. However, after their mother was imprisoned in the Source Wall, Mobius became angry with his brothers that his antimatter universe had been supplanted, triggering the events crisis On infinite earths moving.
The Anti-Monitor set about destroying the multiverse and absorbing the positive matter and turning it into antimatter, which would then turn him into an unstoppable force. While he managed to destroy countless universes, the combined efforts of the heroes and villains of the last five universes, as well as his own brother, the Monitor, managed to derail the Anti-Monitor’s plans.
8/10 Barbatos ruled the dark multiverse
Dark Nights: Metal by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Barbatos was created by the World Forger, brother of the Anti-Monitor and another son of Perpetua. Originally, Barbatos was created to help the World Forger maintain order in the multiverse by destroying all worlds that should not be part of the Forger’s world orrery.
However, Barbatos would eventually deviate from his original purpose, assassinate the World Faker and take control of the realm he inhabited, renaming it the Dark Multiverse. It was in the Dark Multiverse that all the worst fears and corrupted dreams of the Prime Multiverse were allowed to flourish.
7/10 The Crime Champions caused the first team-up between the JLA and the JSA
Justice League of America Volume 1 #21-22 by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky
Shortly after the Flashes discovered the existence of the Infinite Earths, the Crime Champions of Earth-One and Earth-Two became the first team of villains to travel the multiverse. The Crime Champions have devised a plan to pull off a series of robberies and then hide from authorities on other Earths.
Their plan was foiled thanks to the combined efforts of the Justice League of America of Earth-One and the Justice Society of Earth-Two. This would be the first time the JLA and JSA would merge and would become a joint event for decades to come.
6/10 Johnny Thunder’s Thunderbolt almost changed history
Justice League of America Volume 1 #37-38 by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky
Wanting to meet his Earth-One counterpart, Johnny Thunder of Earth-Two used his magical spirit Thunderbolt to travel the multiverse. On Earth-One, Johnny met his counterpart who wasn’t just a petty criminal. After knocking out Earth-One’s Johnny, the villainous Johnny Thunder took control of the Thunderbolt and commanded the spirit to undo the events that shaped the Justice League.
The Thunderbolt was then forced to travel between Earth-One and Earth-Two and also back in time to try to change the events that brought the Justice League together. It was left to the Justice Society to defeat Earth-One’s Johnny Thunder and set the story straight.
5/10 Krona created the first multiverse
Green Lantern Volume 2 #40 by John Broome and Gil Kane
Krona was a member of the powerful alien race that later renamed themselves the Guardians of the Universe. In the pre-DC Universe Crisis continuity, Krona is said to have created the multiverse himself.
A scientist who often clashed with the other Guardians of the Universe, Krona created a machine that allowed him to travel back in time to see the creation of the Universe. However, his machine disrupted the process and shattered the universe into multiple universes, essentially creating the Multiverse.
4/10 The Crime Syndicate Of America attempted to conquer other universes
Justice League of America Vol. 1 Nos. 29-30 by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky
The Crime Syndicate of Earth-Three is the evil version of the Justice League. Where the Justice League works to protect the world, this team of metahumans quickly took over their own world and attempted to do the same with other worlds in the multiverse.
After learning of the Multiverse’s existence, the Crime Syndicate attacked the Justice Society of Earth-Two, ready to take over their planet for themselves. However, they were foiled when the Justice Society teamed up with Earth-One’s JLA.
3/10 Pariah watched countless worlds die
Crisis On Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez / Dark Crisis by Joshua Williamson and Daniel Sampere
A brilliant scientist in his home dimension, Pariah’s experiments allowed him to see the birth of the Multiverse, which alerted the Anti-Monitor to the existence of his Earth, making it the first universe the Anti-Monitor destroyed. Pariah was rescued by the Monitor and, due to his hubris, was doomed to see every other universe destroyed.
Pariah would return to torment the Justice League Dark Crisis. After drawing vast amounts of cosmic power from the Great Darkness, Pariah has sought to remake the multiverse so that everyone can have their own perfect world to fix the tragedy they have caused.
2/10 Extant War The Real Villain of The Zero Hour
Zero Hour: A Time Crisis by Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway
Extant was a 1994 villain hour zero Event that again threatened the multiverse. An all-powerful ruler from a dystopian future, Monarch traveled back in time to rise to power even earlier and rebuild the timestream in his likeness.
To do this, Monarch recruited Hal Jordan, who by this time had collapsed at his lowest point and become Parallax. While Parallax wanted to better rebuild the universe, Monarch wanted to bring about his own total domination of the multiverse, but he manipulated Jordan into helping him to further his plans.
1/10 Earth-3’s Alexander Luthor directed the Infinite Crisis
Crisis On Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez / Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Ivan Reis and Jerry Ordway
Earth-3’s sole survivor, Alexander Luthor, was the main catalyst behind the Infinite Crisis Event. When his home dimension was destroyed crisis on infinite earths, Luthor was sent to another dimension to protect him. On his journey, Alexander Luthor received the supernatural power to travel across the multiverse. He used this power to help the heroes defeat the Anti-Monitor.
However, Luthor would return Infinite Crisis. Unfazed by the events of New Earth and with a plan to remake the multiverse in his own image by kidnapping heroes from other realities. Luthor drained energy from his hostages to build his new multiverse, but was ultimately defeated by the heroes of Earth-0 with the help of Kal-L, Earth-Two’s Superman.
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