Good and evil are two sides of the same coin, although many argue that things shouldn’t be so cut and dry. For some, good and evil are black and white on the spectrum of morality, and there are many shades of gray between them. There are quite a few DC villains who believe that what they are doing is the right thing to do.

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They’re just trying to live their lives, and it’s only because superheroes constantly oppose them that they even fight those heroes in the first place. These DC villains are just trying to survive, but the Justice League and other heroes keep getting in their way.

10 General Zod

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After the destruction of the planet Krypton, General Zod feels truly alone in the galaxy. There seems to be no one left like him, and the only other Kryptonian left alive is Kal-El, also known as Clark Kent or Superman. All Zod really wanted is to feel less alone, which is what Clark also wants in the end.

However, General Zod is completely derailed and leaves Clark with no choice but to eliminate him to save human lives. It was a difficult choice for both of them; the decision is maybe even plus difficult for clark why he understands where Zod comes from.

9 Lex luthor

Lex Luthor definitely enjoys being insane. He’s a villain who just loves to stir the pot, and his wild motivations for doing things seem out of the question to most viewers. However, for Lex Luthor, tormenting the Justice League, and Superman specifically, is his bread and butter.

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He loves nothing more than being a supervillain and a bad boy, standing up to Superman, getting into fights with his super powerful enemy. When Lex Luthor is living his life, he’s being a villain – that’s exactly what his life is.

8 jester

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Like Lex Luthor, the Joker lives and breathes villainy. His hobbies include the best way to aggravate Batman and torment him until he comes to attack the Joker once more. In fact, the Joker is the one who killed Robin in the DCEU, so it is obvious that this torture goes beyond the simple superhero / supervillain dynamic. Joker’s life is all about being a supervillain, so it’s no wonder he’s always trying to live his life. He wants to do these horrible things; in fact, he sees it as his responsibility, his reason for living.

7 Harley quinn

Unlike her infamous partner, the Joker, Harley Quinn has a bit more of a moral compass. Harley Quinn’s relationship with the Joker explodes, giving her much more freedom than she had before to do whatever she wants.

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Although normally classified as a villain, Harley Quinn is more of an antihero than anything else. He has done evil things, but eventually redeems himself and tries to be a better person, which he shows in movies like Suicide Squad. At the end of the day, it’s obvious that Harley is really just trying to live her life.

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Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke in Justice League 2017

As an assassin and mercenary, Deathstroke kills for money. Like his Marvel counterpart in the Fox universe, Wade Wilson (Deadpool), DC’s Slade Wilson is already in the DCEU. On top of that, Lex Luthor is looking to hire Deathstroke and / or partner with him, as they were seen together in League of Justice.

He has recruited Deathstroke for quite a dangerous job, and it seems they want to take down members of the Justice League. Since Deathstroke’s job is literally to be a mercenary for hire, this is what he does every day. Be a supervillain is part of your daily life; it’s his career. When he’s not Slade Wilson, he’s Deathstroke and he kills people – that’s what he does.

5 Ares

Wonder Woman learns that it is a weapon capable of killing gods in Wonder Woman. He wants to take on the god of war, Ares, whom he believes is the reason humans fight each other. Being that Ares is literally the God of War, his only responsibility is to provoke war.

Wonder Woman, of course, seeks to oppose him, but he is only doing what he does best. For Ares, this is not bad. That’s what it literally exists for. He is not bothered by the fact that he causes war, because it is his only duty to provoke it.

4 Poison Doctor

While Doctor Poison’s real name may be Dr. Isabel Maru, his villain nickname is much more suited to his abilities. She does what General Erich Ludendorff and Ares want her to do, creating the mustard gas that Germany used to kill and destroy so many during WWI in Wonder Woman.

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As Steve Trevor learned when he spoke with Doctor Poison, she was an incredibly powerful and intelligent scientist who was influenced by Ares to create deadlier and deadlier gases to use as weapons. This was the only thing he believed he could do, as he saw this job as his calling, both within and outside of Ares’s influence.

3 Ocean master

When Orm Marius was still young, his father, King Orvax Marius, learned that his mother, Queen Atlanna of Atlantis, had a son before they married. Orm had an older half brother: Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman. Atlanna was banished and Orm always blamed her older brother for her punishment.

In time, Orm came to hate the surface world for poisoning the sea, as well as his brother for – he believed – taking his mother away from him. It seemed inevitable that Orm would become the villain Ocean Master; his entire life he was preparing to become the villain he was destined to be.

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David Kane and his father, Jesse Kane, were pirates and mercenaries; For some time, David was optimistic that he could take on Aquaman. However, when the two came face to face, Aquaman ended up being responsible for Jesse Kane’s death.

Although David pleaded with Arthur to save his father, Arthur told David that they were murderers and that they should not expect mercy from him. Of course, Arthur openly killing David Kane’s father started a strong resentment that could only grow with time. David Kane can’t help but become Black Manta; his life is consumed by the need for revenge after such a traumatic event.

1 leopard

Cheetah walks through the animal taxidermy exhibit

Before becoming a Cheetah, Dr. Barbara Minerva really just wanted to come out of her shell. He saw in Diana Prince someone he wanted to be; beautiful, safe and desired. The two get along incredibly well and Barbara realizes that she wants to make some changes in her life.

She is not happy with the way she lives now and wants to change some things. Living his life is becoming the cheetah; this is his next logical step and he’s really only trying to live his life for the first time, or so he thinks, when he becomes the cheetah.

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