Marvel Comics: 10 Villains With A Strict Honor Code – Screen Rant

Marvel is home to some of the most iconic villains in comic book history, but these foes have operated within a strict code that honors their rivals.
Marvel Comics has created some iconic villains and with the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gearing up for 2023, there's still a healthy range of antagonists that have yet to have been adapted. Not all of them are erratic beings of pure destruction. Some operate under a genuine code of honor.
Whatever that code is influenced by, whether it's a level of professionalism or a specific ideology, Earth's mightiest heroes have been saved countless times over by the mercy of these villains. However, just because they might follow some kind of rule book, that doesn't mean they are any less dangerous.
Dracula might not be a Marvel creation, but the character has made a major impact in the comics. Although he has always honored his kills, often treating them with great respect before their demise, in recent years he has had to take his code of honor to a new level.
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With the Vampire ruling over a nation of other bloodsuckers, to keep the peace with Earth's heroes he has had to make tough decisions. That includes allowing Blade to watch over him as a sheriff of sorts, with the villain maintaining order to so that he can hold on to his throne.
Doctor Doom is a powerful figure, who follows a code that both provides dignity to his opponents and occasionally allows him to work alongside them. He might be selfish in his desires, but he also has Latveria to look out for; his decisions are thus partially based on the nation's prosperity.
Although he might be one of the most lethal foes in the Marvel Universe, he is also one of the few that could be reasoned with. Doom doesn't want to destroy the world and will occasionally sacrifice his position to save it. But the power-hungry sorcerer and man of science will continue to cross some surprising lines regardless of a code.
Magneto has an interesting relationship with the rest of Mutantkind. Nowadays, he is an important member of Krakoa and Arakko, determined to continue to help these Mutant lands prosper in the face of adversity. During his villainous Brotherhood days, there was still an ideology for Magneto to follow.
Comic book fans know that despite the crimes he committed, Magneto was fighting for a supposed better tomorrow for Mutants. He thus had a code of honor that attempted to protect his brethren, with the antagonist able to put differences aside to team with the X-Men on numerous occasions.
Taskmaster is consistently professional and will carry out a paid job to the best of his ability. But he draws lines on certain assignments and follows some kind of moral compass, even if it isn't a conventional one. He even worked for the heroic Initiative as a trainer and looked out for the students.
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If the task isn't paying then he won't bother to continue. He isn't a villain that wants to take over the world, he's just trying to earn a living. He can also be reasoned with and bought out, which has come in handy for many heroes who need Taskmaster out of their way.
Emma Frost is another Mutant who protects her interests. As the leader of the Hellfire Club White Queen has attempted to shift her people in a direction that suits her and has also been an incredibly successful business owner. Regardless of the scheme, Frost sets many boundaries.
She protects Mutants unless they are getting in her way and isn't cruel in many of her choices. There was even an example recently of the character refusing to carry out a mission on an innocent, with the consequences coming back to bite her. Comic fans know that there is some good within Frost who now sits on the Krakoan council.
Kraven the Hunter's code is well-documented. This is a character who respects the thrill of the hunt and always wants a challenge. He doesn't often prey on the weak and famously took over for Spider-Man when he realized the good that the hero could have continued to do, had he not killed him.
Kraven is ambitious and obsessive, constantly attempting to one-up his feats and take on another powerful rival. But he can be relied upon and is predictable in his actions. Ultimately, despite his ideology, Kraven is a man of his word and isn't the kind of villain that looks to cause planetary chaos for the sake of it.
Doctor Octopus is another villain that upon defeating Spider-Man, realized he had to take the opportunity to do some good. His code is a complicated one, with the scientist having backed up Peter Parker and pushed him so hard that it seemed as if he was down and out.
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While Doc Ock might be obsessed with scientific innovation and forcing himself beyond his limits, he isn't a monster either. Plus, where Aunt May is involved, Otto will do what it takes to protect her. There is a code of honor there that has led to some uneasy alliances.
Titania might be the nemesis of She-Hulk but she's also somewhat of a frenemy. The two characters have come to blows many times, and it's rare to see Titania facing anyone else. Usually, she is searching for competition and has a level of jealousy for She-Hulk.
They've teamed up before, and it's unusual to see Titania committing crimes that are aimed at hurting innocent bystanders. Her code is one of a rival, looking to get the best out of Jennifer but never quite looking to dispatch of her long-term. In some ways, Titania has verged on being heroic in recent years, her code ensuring respect for those she faces. Her strict code protects competition.
Bengal was originally depicted as a villain, coming to the United States to get revenge for his village that was destroyed during the Vietnam War. He fought many of Marvel's familiar heroes, even though he operated via a code that sought to get justice for what had happened to him.
He isn't cruel, but he is difficult to reason with. As time passed he was taken into the secretive shadow operation within the Initiative, following orders no matter what they were. However, his code got the better of him when he sided with the Avengers during the Siege, demonstrating that he had clear lines he would never cross. His strict code ensures justice.
Lady Death has to follow the rules of the universe. Although she occasionally tries to fill her kingdom with more dead than she is entitled to, for the most part, she sticks within her lane and fulfills her duty of watching over the deceased. It's only the Mad Titan Thanos that has swayed her movements.
Lady Death has even sought help from the heroes of Earth, demonstrating she isn't above working alongside the so-called enemy. While Death might seem like the ultimate villain, she has also allowed people to leave her realm if it benefits the greater good. After all, if the universe was to be destroyed, she'd have nothing to rule over. Her strict code protects the balance of reality.
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Politics graduate, freelance writer and all around film geek. If George isn’t lecturing someone on the history of the MCU, he’s probably ranting about the political consequences of Boris Johnson’s latest hairstyle.


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