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Then I've murdered an innocent child. I'll get over it.
~ Doctor Sivana.

Doctor Sivana is a villain in DC Comics. He appeared as as the archenemy of Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, and his most frequent foe before becoming a larger part of the extended DC universe - an evil knowledgeable/mad scientist archetype Doctor Sivana is a original inventor and master manipulator and strategist. He serves as one of the main antagonists of the SHAZAM! franchise (aside from Mister Mind). He served as the main villain of the golden age of Captain Marvel comics. He was also the first villain to untie the rogues gallery into a villain team up. He served as the main villain of the 2003 series Batman and the Outsiders. He is also the major villain in Shazam! The New Beginning and The Power of Shazam!. In 2009, Anti-Monitor was ranked as IGN's 82nd greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

In his lengthy career as a supervillain Doctor Sivana has been a part of the Injustice League, The Society, Fearsome Five, Monster Society Of Evil, Sivana Family and Science Squad - known for his many crazed ideas and experiments Doctor Sivana's main goal is to do away with Captain Marvel and those that follow him.

Sivana later appears in the show Batman the Brave and the Bold in the episode "Power of Shazam" where after he and his kids fail to defeat Captain Marvel he finds a way to bring Black Adam to Earth to fight Marvel. Black Adam later leads the Sivana's to the wizard Shazam where Sivana tricks him into getting the powers of Captain Marvel. He takes down Batman however Billy Batson tricks him into saying Shazam which turns him normal and the wizard takes his powers back. He later appears in the episode "The Malicious Mister Mind" as the leader of the Monster Society of Evil and has them steal parts for a death ray that he is constructing and to fight the Marvel family. However the society appears to not like him and later they choose Mr. Mind as the leader over him. As the episode progresses Sivana appears to grow jealous of Mr. Mind between him improving the death ray and him being able to defeat the Marvels. He later betrays mind and tries to kill Mind with the death ray but he reveals it to be a growth ray which turns mind into a giant monster who attacks the city however Sivana is happy since he proves that Mr. Mind is really a bad leader.

He also appeared as a villain in the show The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! Dr. Sivana also appears in the Mad Sketch Shazam and Cat. In the sketch, Dr. Sivana steals electricity from a telephone wire to charge up his battery. Billy Batson tried to stop him as Shazam, but was fooled to change back by Sam and Cat, allowing Dr. Sivana to get away. Shazam tried to stop him again on top of a satelite, but was fooled to change back into Billy Batson again by Dr. Sivana. Just then, Sam and Cat appeared on a motorcycle and ram Dr. Sivana with it. However, Dr. Sivana revealed his plan was for good as he explained he was trying to destroy the satelite to stop Dan Schneider from making any other bad shows. Billy, Sam and Cat agreed to help as they were seen attacking the satelite with whips made of chains. Dan Schneider saw this and decided to save himself by making a tv show called "Definately Alive with Dice."

A mad scientist who appeared in a 1940's Fleischer Studios' Superman cartoon somewhat resembles Sivana, likely since both were based on classic mad scientist tropes of that era.

Powers and Abilities

Although Sivana possesses no super-powers of his own, he has genius level intelligence which allows him to give him a technological advantage in battle, by creating various weapons and gadgets. He is also very business savvy and has a cunning mind.  He can see magic with his left eye. Doctor Sivana once discovered a mathematical formula which, when recited, allowed him to walk through walls and solid objects, making himself almost impossible to imprison or even catch.

In Other Media

Superman The Magnetic Telescope

In the Superman cartoon The Magnetic Telescope, the astronomer who built the titular device and as a result threatened the city strongly resembled Dr. Sivana.

Legends of the Superheroes

Doctor Sivana appears as a villain in Legends of the Superheroes.

Shazam The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam

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Doctor Sivana appeared as a regular villain in the 1981 Shazam! part of The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Dr. Sivana appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Power of Shazam!", He, along with his children Thaddeus Sivana Jr. (teamed up with Black Adam to steal Shazam's power from Captain Marvel. Sivana later betrays Adam and steals the power of the champion from him. Batman defeats him by tricking Sivana into saying "Shazam" to lose his powers allowing Captain Marvel to defeat him with a simple flick. Dr. Sivana returns in "The Malicious Mr. Mind!". He is seen as a member of the Monster Society of Evil and he leads the team until Mister Mind takes over. Doctor Sivana is referenced in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, when Batman and Hawkman are talking about Brainwave and how similar the two villains look.

Movie History

Justice League: Gods and Monsters

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An alternate universe version of Doctor Sivana appears in Justice League: Gods and Monsters. He is a member of Project Fair Play which also consisted of John Henry Irons, T.O. Morrow, Michael Holt, Victor Fries, Pat Dugan, Emil Hamilton, Karen Beecher, Ray Palmer, Silas Stone, Kimiyo Hoshi, Stephen Shin, and Will Magnus. After Victor Fries, Ray Palmer, and Silas Stone were killed, Thaddeus Sivana met with his fellow scientists at Karen Beecher's house. When the Metal Men attacked, Sivana was picked up by the Batdroid and was killed offscreen.

Shazam!

Main article: Thaddeus Sivana (DC Extended Universe)

Sivana appeared as the main antagonist in the 2019 film Shazam!, and was portrayed by Mark Strong, who also portrayed Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass.

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