10 Unexpected Inspirations Behind Famous Comic Book Villains

9. Bane

One of Batman’s strongest adversaries and most fearless foes, Bane had his first appearance in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, and has appeared in the spotlight countless times since. Bane makes use of a strength-enhancing drug that gives him super-human strength, and he’s even defeated Batman in combat a number of times.

Bane wasn’t just meant to be just any new Batman villain, but a villain that almost destroyed the Caped Crusader. In his first appearance Bane breaks Batman’s back, a story arc on which The Dark Knight is based. Bane is meant to be an evil version of pulp superhuman hero Doc Savage, and he’s also loosely based on the title character of Alexander Dumas’ classic The Count of Monte Cristo.

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