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Which heroes and villains are the most popular pairings according to comic book and film fans?

Superheroes are idolised no matter what day of the year it is. But did you know that they also get their own day of commemoration? Indeed, April 28th marks Superhero Day. 

Created by Marvel Comics in 1995, geeks come together (well, go online during Covid) to celebrate Superhero Day in all its geekiness; mainly in the name of celebrating their heroes.

Over the years, we have seen many superheroes and villains grace our screens and comic books, fighting their way in the name of good and evil. But which superhero and villain duo is our favourite?

This is the question OnBuy.com sought to answer, and after surveying 1,509 people they can now reveal which duo was crowned the fans’ favourite.

Batman and The Joker have been crowned the world’s favourite superhero and villain duo, beating others in the ratings with a significant 34.8% of respondents choosing them as the favourite. With both Batman and The Joker having their own solo film franchises, the popularity of both clearly shines through.

The brother pairing Thor and Loki come in second place as fans’ second favourite superhero and villain combo, securing 24.19% of the votes. Despite being close in their younger years, Loki grew jealous of his brother and began to resent him, forming the duo that we clearly love today.

The third favourite duo is Captain America and Red Skull with a respectable 9.89% of voters choosing them as their favourite.  The pairing first fought each other during World War II in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and have been arch enemies ever since.

Following closely behind in joint fourth place is Spiderman and Green Goblin and Wolverine and Sabretooth (9.16%). Whilst Spiderman and Green Goblin have been around since 1962, Wolverine and Sabretooth began their feud when they were both participants of the Cold War supersoldier program Weapon X.

In fifth is our oldest superhero and villain combo. Superman and Lex Luthor might have been around for the longest, but only secured 6.96% of votes as fans’ favourite pairing, just narrowly beating Professor X and Magneto (5.96%) who finish up in last place.

Superman and Lex Luthor are the least popular for men!

When breaking the results down by gender, the analysts found that there is also some controversy between men and women about fave superhero/villain duos. 

Superman and Lex Luthor were bottom of the list for male respondents (6.76%) whereas Wolverine and Sabretooth climbed through the rankings to come third for the men (10.14%). 

For women, Thor and Loki only narrowly miss out on first place (28.8%) but Batman and The Joker take top spot overall.

Interesting findings, to say the least.

Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati

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