Morbius, The Living Vampire
- Debut: The Amazing Spider-Man #101 (October 1971)
- Created By: Roy Thomas & Gil Kane
While it is clear that Morbius, the Living Vampire, has taken on more of an anti-hero role, he started out as a villain for many years. We would rank him higher in spite of this, but Morbius is also a major rival for Blade too. They are just as connected as Morbius is to Spider-Man. How did this Living Vampire come to be? Dr. Michael Morbius has a rare blood disease, which results in his unflattering appearance. He always wanted to find a way to cure his disease, but to do this, he needed a proper education. He does just that and earns a degree in Hematology. Morbius even goes on to win the Nobel Prize for science in the field of human and animal biology. The issue for Morbius is that his disease is killing him, but he eventually realizes how to cure his condition.
He’ll require vampire bat DNA and electroshock therapy. Yet instead of working, he developed pseudo-vampirism, which mimics classic Vampire tropes. To survive, Morbius must drink blood and avoid light. His bones then become hollow, allowing him to fly. This comes along with superhuman strength, speed, and accelerated healing. Now his appearance is hideous, he develops fangs, and his skin becomes whiter than chalk. Plus, if he bites another living being, he can give them the same vampirism he has. Of course, this might allow him to become one of the big Spider-Man villains for a while. But Morbius is not a bad person, so once he gets his vampirism under control, he becomes an anti-hero.