Top 10 Smartest Supervillains in Comic Book History


High Evolutionary was born Herbert Edgar Wyndham, in England; he went on to attend Oxford (ever heard of it?) in the 1930’s, where he became fascinated by the work of another supervillain, Nathanial Essex AKA Mister Sinister (10 on this very list). At Oxford, Wyndham started to experiment with mutation and genetic manipulation. Wyndham eventually left Oxford, moved to Wundagore Mountain, and began experimenting radically.

Through his work, Wyndham was able to evolve his own intellect, eventually far outreaching any of his human peers. His experimenting on his own DNA also gifted him omnipotence in some fields; see his ability to evolve and devolve life-forms, create matter, and manipulate energy.

In Fantastic Four #175, Wyndham – now High Evolutionary – successfully battled the cosmic entity Galactus for an extended time, before suffering eventual defeat. Still, even those brief moments of victory tell you all you need to know – when it comes to smarts, no supervillain in the world of comics can claim superiority over High Evolutionary.