COUNT NEFARIA (Luchino Nefaria)
Stan Lee & Jack KirbyFirst Appearance:
The Avengers #13 (Feb. 1965)Role:
'60s Villain Turned Evil Superman, Mob BossGroup Affiliations:
The Maggia, The Lethal LegionPL 16 (298)
Deception 6 (+11)
Expertise (Criminal) 8 (+13)
Expertise (Business) 4 (+9)
Insight 2 (+6)
Intimidation 1 (+6)
Perception 2 (+6)
Persuasion 1 (+6)
Ranged Combat (Lasers) 2 (+12)Advantages:
Benefit (Wealth) 5, Close Attack, Fast Grab, Improved Critical 2 (Blast, Unarmed), Last Stand, Power Attack, Ranged Attack 6, Withstand DamagePowers:
"Enhanced Versions of Super-Villains' Powers"
Power-Lifting 4 (200,000 tons) 
Protection 5 (Extras: Impervious 13) 
"Ionic Being" Immunity 11 (Aging, Life Support) 
Regeneration 8 
Flight 12 (8,000 mph) 
Enhanced Advantages 2: Improved Initiative 2 
Blast 18 (Feats: Penetrating 8) (44) -- 
AE: "Laser Burst" Damage 16 (Feats: Penetrating 6) (Extras: Area- 60ft. Cone) (38)Offense:
AE: "Ionic Constructs" Create 18 (36)
Unarmed +12 (+20 Damage, DC 35)
Laser Blast +12 (+18 Ranged Damage, DC 33)
Laser Burst +16 Area (+16 Damage, DC 31)
Dodge +11 (DC 21), Parry +12 (DC 22), Toughness +21, Fortitude +16, Will +8Complications:
Involuntary Transformation (Ionic Being)- Nefaria is sometimes prone to losing cohesion and becoming energy- he needs to absorb some energy first. This has faded over time, but his daughter Madame Masque once shot him with something that could do it.Total:
Abilities: 134 / Skills: 26--13 / Advantages: 18 / Powers: 113 / Defenses: 20 (298)
-Count Nefaria's a bit funny because he seemed at first to be a forgettable '60s villain. He was the first guy revealed to be in "The Maggia" (aka The Mafia but Marvel didn't want to get blown up by the then-powerful Five Families), and was generally just a crimeboss, trying to frame The Avengers for doing bad things in the age-old "Imposter Heroes" type of story. He only made a handful of appearances, spending several years on the shelf before returning to fight the All-New X-Men, which was the mission where Thunderbird was killed. In a move I've always found bizarre, why did the X-Men NEVER GO FOR REVENGE? Seriously, this guy got the first-known X-fatality, and John Proudstar's OWN BROTHER was a major character in a few books. They barely even mention HOW Proudstar died or who he died fighting- they just go "oh, he died. That sucked." and blame themselves.
-Nefaria would eventually gain superhuman powers, and a SERIOUS supply of them at that. Nefaria became a full-blown Teamwrecker, taking on entire Avengers squads. His powers were Ionically-based (like Wonder Man & Atlas' powers), and resulted in the resurrections and dispersals common of such folks. Despite his advanced powers, he's typically only trotted out for mini-storylines and no major events- for all his toughness, writers just aren't that taken with him in general. Maybe it's because he's objectively pretty bland beyond "I want to get chicks" (villains have been made off of less, but it makes him rather one-note compared to other power-hungry despots), and his costume is entirely dull. And also his power-ups happened much more recently in stories people tend to forget about.
-Nefaria is incredibly powerful overall. He can dish out +20 Damage, and take even MORE than that (he's taken Wonder Man's punches and not even flinched, and laughed off THOR's attacks, up to and including catching Mjolnir with one hand! He can and has taken on the entirety of The Avengers and The Thunderbolts at once (something even The Silver Surfer could not do), making him one of the most powerful villains any hero team has ever faced. Given the way M&M fights can normally go (with teams greatly overpowering solo characters) this is tough to stat without making him PL 20 or something, but his high toughness and Regeneration should take care of it. At PL 16, he's equivalent in power to Graviton (his nearest competitor in terms of "Rarely-appearing super-villains with IMMENSE team-wrecking potential), The World-Serpent, Cassandra Nova and Thanos at his baseline, which sounds about right, despite his relative lack of use in the world of comics.