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All month-long we’ll be featuring top five lists about either the Avengers or the X-Men. Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
In this installment, we take a look at the top five Avengers villains affected by the “team effect.” The “team effect” is how characters always end up getting de-powered (although not literally being de-powered) when they join a team.
5. Grey Gargoyle
Garygoyle is a weird one because he DEBUTED as a solo villain, fighting Thor. Then he took on the entire Avengers team but since then, he’s strictly been a member of a team or a solo villain.
Another tricky one since Swordsman ultimately reformed and joined the Avengers. But first he took on the Avengers by himself but then joined the Lethal Legion and I don’t think anyone would ever consider him taking on the Avengers by himself again, ya know?
3. Grim Reaper
The Reaper took on the Avengers a number of times by himself but eventually he was relegated to just member of a team status.
2. Power Man
Can you believe that there was a time when Power Man (later Goliath) took on the entire Avengers? Granted, they were just four Avengers at the time and their power set wasn’t exactly stellar, but still, the idea that THIS guy was at one point a solo threat is pretty hilarious.
1. Living Laser
The Living Laser is perhaps the most notable example of this effect. When he showed up, he was totally capable of hanging with the entire Avengers team. Since then, he has become strictly a member of a team or a solo villain, even though his power set still makes him at least theoretically capable of taking them on as a team.
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