A while back I did a list of my 10 favorite Nazi super villains, so I was thinking recently that maybe I should do a list of the best communist villains. And as I was thinking about it, it dawned on me, there really aren't all that many. Even some of the ones I thought of barely qualified. For example, being a child of the 90's, Omega Red came to mind. But Omega Red never struck me as a communist true believer, he was just a super soldier made by the Soviet government. He could have had ties to any other government that was an enemy of America for all it really mattered. Hell, one of the closest things to a villain who was a true communist believer was that neighbor from that one episode of American Dad.
But why are there so few communist super villains? Well, I think it's because on one level, communism is sort of opposed to the mere idea of being "super". I don't want to get too bogged down in all the various forms this basic philosophy as taken, the differences between communism and socialism for example, but what is communism really but an attempt to make us all equal? Not merely equal in the sense of we all have equal rights, but in the sense of us actually being equal. I remember in Red Son, that alternate universe story Mark Millar wrote where Superman's rocket landed in Soviet Russia and he became the communist Superman, even some of the leaders of the Soviet government in that story admitted that Superman's obvious superiority poked at the very communist ideal he fought for. Communism by it's nature just sort of promotes mediocrity. But the Nazi's were all about building a better world and indeed a "better" humanity. The Nazis wanted to be superior, communists want to be equal. Seems pretty obvious which one makes the more impressive villain.
As I was trying to find some villains to make a list out of, there was really only one that was truly threatening, truly imposing, and yet still the absolute embodiment of the communist ideal, the Borg from Star Trek.