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The Best Sinister Six Storylines in Comics

Updated August 15, 2019 485 votes 40 voters20 items

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Spider-Man has always had one of the best rogues' galleries in all of comics, but he usually takes them on one or two at a time. His enemies figured out that wasn't working, which is why six of them teamed up to become the evil group known as the Sinister Six! These villains figured the best way to take out Spider-Man was to work together and while they never really managed to do that, they've come close on several occasions.

Over the years, the Sinister Six have appeared in a ton of stories, and because the team consists of a group of enemies who share a common foe, the roster has changed over the years. In fact, it's not always limited to six people, and in some alternate realities, there are far more willing participants who make up different versions of the Sinister Six.

Because there are so many amazing comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books, about these dastardly enemies, it can be hard to determine which is the best of the Sinister Six's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20.

Check out the stories listed below, and if you see your favorite, vote it up to see which is the best Sinister Six story ever told!

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  • Story Found In: Spider-Man #15, and 18-23

    Team Roster: Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Gob, and Doctor Octopus

    After Doctor Octopus proved to be manipulating the rest of the Sinister Six for his own means, they were more than a little upset with him. The team reformed to get revenge on him, and they even managed to trick Sandman back into the fold after his former allies blew up his home (blaming it on Ock).

    Of course, it didn't work out as they planned thanks to Doc Ock's upgraded Adamantium octopus arms. As the cops show up, they decide to work together once more to take them on, and it took Spider-Man, Nova, The Hulk, and the Fantastic Four to put them all back where they belonged: in jail!

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    • Story Found In: The Amazing Spider-Man #682-687, Spider-Man: Ends of Earth #1 & Avenging Spider-Man #8

      Team Roster: Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Chameleon, Rhino, and Mysterio

      A few years after their last outing, Doc Ock brought back some of his former teammates to reform the Sinister Six once more. This time, he swapped out a couple of guys to add Rhino and the Chameleon to the mix so that he could launch an ambitious world-dominating/ending plan.

      The idea was to speed up the Greenhouse Effect so the planet would fall into a heatwave. To make his plan work, he had to stage the members of the Sinister Six all over the world, and the heroes (Spider-Man and the Avengers) had to travel to the ends of the Earth to defeat them one by one.

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      • Story Found In: Spider-Man & the X-Men #3

        Team Roster: Scorpion, Kraven, Rhino, Venom, Grizzly, Shocker, Peotor, Vulture, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Ringer, Carnage, Vermin, Mysterio, Sandman, Lizard, Jackal, Electro, Tombstone, Beetle, Kingpin, Jack O' Lantern, Demogoblin, Hobgoblin, Puma, Hammerhead, and Morbius the Living Vampire

        Spider-Man and the X-Men students he's looking after scored the coveted 11:30 pm time-slot on the late-night talk show, but nothing good comes without its downside in the world of Spider-Man and the X-Men!

        It turns out, the executive producer of the program is none other than the Chameleon and Mojo, and you can bet they don't have some witty repartee for Spidey and his students! This issue debuts the Sinister Sixty-Six, which explains the massive team roster listed above. While the team wasn't made of actual villains, and instead used hard-light holograms, that doesn't make them any less deadly for our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and his merry band of Mutants!

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        • Story Found In: Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six #1-4

          Team Roster: Doctor Octopus, Arnim Zola, Baron Mordo, Hydra, and Norman Osborn

          Marvel launched Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six as a comic book series based off the hit animated television series. The images in the book are screen-captures taken from the episodes and are laid out in beautiful detail in these books.

          The story picks up after the events of "Spider-Verse" and "Contest of Champions" to throw a new Sinister Six at our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. It's Spider-Man and Miles Morales against some of the worst foes either have faced in this incredible story!

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