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Thaddeus Sivana
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Biographical Information
Alias Dr. Sivana
Bad Guy
Relatives Unnamed Father
Unnamed Mother
Sid Sivana (Brother)
Born 1960's
Affiliation Seven Deadly Sins
Physical Description
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair None
Eyes Hazel/Blue
Behind the Scenes
Portrayed By Mark Strong
Ethan Pugiotto (Young)
First Appearance Shazam!

"The weapons of man draw no blood from our kind. The only thing that extinguishes magic is magic."
—Thaddeus Sivana to Billy Batson

Dr. Thaddeus Sivana is a intelligent scientist, who at a young age was rejected to be Shazam's champion and spent the rest of his life trying to find access to magic.


Early Life[]

In 1974, young Thaddeus Sivana was going on a road trip to his grandfather's house in Upstate New York, with his father and his older brother, Sid. After getting teased by his brother and his father with his Magic 8 ball, the symbols appear in the ball and he's transported to Rock of Eternity, there he stumbles upon Mister Mind and is approached by The Wizard to be his champion. After falling into temptation to grab the Eye upon the Sins request he was rejected, due to him not being pure of heart and falling into the Sins temptations, this led to his obsession with magic spending his life searching for way's to gain the abilities he was denied as a child. When Thaddeus deems unworthy and got transported back to Earth, He makes a commotion that causes a car crash, which cripples his father, and his older brother blames him. Thaddeus sees the Sins sent him a message through the Magic 8 ball telling him to "Find Us”. 

Teaming up with the Seven Deadly Sins[]

After being rejected the power of The Wizard and due to him being talked down to by his own father and brother most of his life it caused Thaddeus to spend most of his time obsessed with finding the passage to enter Rock of Eternity to gain the powers. He funded Dr. Lynn Crosby's research and interviewed hundreds of people who were approached by The Wizard to become their champion but they all failed. After a recent interview and watching the video the woman recorded showing the symbol's appearance on her alarm clock seven times, Sivana finally cracked the code.

Writing the symbols on his old door from when he was a kid seven times he finally was able to get access to the Rock of Eternity. While telling Dr. Crosby about the symbols and how the stories all those people they founded were true, she still didn't believe them and went to touch the symbols on the door after doing so her body disintegrated. Thaddeus walked through the door entering the realm, upon arrival, the Wizard questioned who he was and how he got there.

Thaddeus recalls the time he was at the realm when he was a child, in doing so the wizard remembers who he is and demands he leave saying he can't have the power cause he is not worthy. This angers Thaddeus who retaliates by grabbing an orb that is used to keep the Seven Deadly Sins imprisoned in their statue-like state. Grabbing onto the orb the Sins manipulate him into freeing them which he does and they infiltrate his body by entering his left eye which turns it blue with magic.

Leaving the realm, Thaddeus unknowingly also freed Mister Mind along with the Sins and arrives at his father's company, Sivana Industries. Upon arriving at a board meeting, Thaddeus locks the doors to the room so no one can leave or enter after trying to show his father and brother the magic he now possesses he instead throws his brother out the window killing him. After showing his strength he grew from the Sins, Thaddeus unleashes the Sins on the other chairmen ruthlessly killing them all except for his father, to gloat to him showing him what "real power" is but one of the sins alerts Thaddeus that the wizard has chosen a new Champion to which Thaddeus demands to know where he is.

Hunting Down Billy Batson[]

Upon leaving the office to find the new champion Thaddeus unleashes one of the sins on his father killing him. Entering the elevator the program began talking about the family which angers him and he breaks the screen showcasing the program. Sometime later after trying to find the whereabouts of this new champion he finally finds him making a show in the streets for money and accidentally causes a bus to almost crash off the highway. Flying to this champion he demands the power the wizard gave him which he doesn't understand mistaking him for a fan.

Annoyed, Thaddeus demonstrates his strength to him by punching him into the air and crashing into a police car. Injured, Billy gets up from the car as Sivana reveals the only thing that can hurt magic is magic, Billy then punches Sivana in his genitals which angers him so he takes Billy and lifts him up to the air which frightens him. He apologizes for hitting him in his groin multiple times, this makes Sivana question who he is cause he sounds like a child which he reveals he is a child.

Searching for Shazam but being unable to find him, Sivana ran into Freddy Freeman, remembering the boy's connection with Shazam when he saw them interacting on live television. Sivana captured Freddy and demanded Shazam's whereabouts.

Skirmish in the Rock of Eternity[]

Thaddeus Sivana's endeavor to use Freddy to track down the latter's foster family succeeded, and he moved to take them hostage. However, he promised to them go if he gave him what he wanted. Shazam, who was their foster brother, arrived and willingly abided to his demands. Sivana proceeded to create a spell on one of the doors that transported them to the Rock of Eternity in which the two left the Vasquez household. The two arrived at the site where the Council of Wizards held counsel as Sivana picked up the Wizard's staff. He commanded Billy to hold the staff and say the wizard's name as the Seven Deadly Sins watched them. Billy passed on his observations that the Sins don't have his best interests at heart but Sivana ignored him. They were interrupted by Mary Bromfield, Darla Dudley, Pedro Peña, Eugene Choi, and Freddy, who used the still active portal to follow them and demanded that Sivana release their brother, striking the back of his head with Freddy's Batarang. Sivana then recalled the Sins into himself, healing his wound, causing Shazam to realize he is only powerful when the demons are within him. He attempted to advance on the interlopers only for Shazam to strike Sivana with a supercharged Batarang, incapacitating him. Managing to recover, Sivana pursued the foster siblings.

Battle in the Christmas Village[]

The siblings escaped to a carnival, but Sivana tracked them down by tracking a bolt of lightning unleashed into the sky by his enemy. Sivana baits Shazam into facing him again by threatening innocent people and is shocked when his punch is blocked and he is tossed down to the pavement, the boy having started to tap further into his power. Out of nowhere, Mary Bromfield fired at him with a carnival gun, only for him to catch the projectile. Not wanting to be outmatched, Sivana has the sins again take his siblings hostage and threatens immediate death to Darla if he attempts any further resistance. While distracted by the Sins returning to his body, Shazam knocks Sivana down and turned his siblings into superheroes by holding the staff and having them say "Shazam!". Shazam breaks the staff in front of a confused Sivana, who then tries to kill Darla when she mouths off to him, but misses.

Sivana then unleashes the Sins to fight the siblings while he again fights Shazam himself, enraged beyond endurance at having been permanently deprived of the Wizard's power. After chasing his archenemy through the sky, Sivana began threatening Shazam and claiming it would take more than a group of juveniles to save him, only for his opponent to taunt him for his monologue before lunging at him. They unleashed discharges of energy upon each other, but they were too evenly matched. Realizing this, Sivana repeated a move from earlier, seizing Shazam in a chokehold and rocketing them both into the air. However, this move would not work a second time: unintimidated, Shazam grabbed his face and the two struggled.


Landing on a rooftop, Sivana prepared to resume the fight, but Shazam outwitted him by goading the last sin; Envy into leaving the Eye of Sin, causing Sivana to lose his powers and fall off the roof. Being merciful, Shazam grabbed a powerless Sivana and dragged him back into the carnival to remove the Eye of Sin, trapping the sins within it and defeating the doctor.


Sivana was then sent to Rock Falls Penitentiary, where he spent his time scribbling symbols in fruitless attempts to reenter the Rock of Eternity. Mister Mind, a creature he had unwittingly freed near the beginning of his campaign, arrived in his cell and proposed an alliance with him, an idea which Sivana put into consideration.



Ever since that he was born, Thaddeus Sivana had been always known as a magnificent genius in physics, technology, science, and industry. However, as a child, he suffered from verbal and emotional abuse from his father and his brother, causing him to live a life of torment and isolation under the shadow of his family. The constant abuse from his family turned Sivana into a very cynical person who doesn't see good in others and lacks any empathy for anyone, which in turn made him vulnerable to the temptation of the Seven Sins. As an adult, Sivana hates the concept of families, as when he held Billy's foster siblings' hostage he described them and decoration with their pictures as disgusting. Sivana is a rather vindictive individual, as he went out of his way to get revenge on the Wizard for rejecting him and then his own family for abusing him as a child.

Ever since Sivana was rejected by the Wizard after which he caused a driving accident, he became obsessed with proving that magic is real and release the Seven Deadly Sins, whom he felt were the only ones that appreciated him. Sivana has little care for human life, as when Lynn Crosby disintegrated he casually shrugged it off. Upon obtaining the powers of the Deadly Sins, Sivana became malevolent and slightly psychotic, he enjoyed using his newfound powers to hurt others. He particularly enjoyed sadistically taunting his brother and father about magic being real before killing both of them in cold blood.

Upon learning that the Wizard had found a champion, after all, Sivana became infuriated and devoted to stealing Shazam's powers. Sivana displayed a strong hatred towards Billy Batson, who he mercilessly hunted demanding that Billy gave him the powers of Shazam, he was also willing to take Billy's foster siblings hostage and threaten their lives. Billy, however, noted that Thaddeus is envious of Billy, not just for being chosen by the Wizard but also for having a family that appreciated him while Sivana had previously been rejected and never saw any affection from his own family.

Sivana doesn't have much of a sense of humor and had little patience for Billy Batson's childish antics.

After Sivana lost his magic and was imprisoned, he fell into a full psychotic obsession with recovering magic, spending his time drawing symbols on the walls desperately trying to return to the Rock of Eternity.

Powers and abilities[]


Eye of Sin: All his powers are fueled by the Seven Deadly Sins residing within his right eye. If they are out of the Eye, he becomes powerless.

  • Demon summoning: Sivana can summon any or all of the Seven Deadly Sins, manifesting as up to seven individual demons, appearing and withdrawing back into the Eye of Sin as wisps of smoke. However, the demons themselves have minds of their own, and it is demonstrated at least with Envy that if their will is strong enough they can wrestle control from him and act on their own accord.
  • Superhuman strength: Sivana is strong enough to effortlessly catch a punch thrown by Billy Batson and punch with enough force to make him bleed, whereas bullets previously did not affect.
  • Superhuman durability: Sivana body was strong and dense enough to take multiple hits from Billy unfazed.
    • Regenerative healing factor: Sivana can heal from any would he receives, even if it occurred while he was depowered as seen when the sins re-enter his body and instantly heal a cut he received from Freddy. This ability also extends to giving him enhanced eyesight after he had worn eye-glasses for much of his life. After the Sins leave him, he needs to wear his glasses again.
  • Superhuman speed: Sivana is fast enough to easily catch a punch thrown by Billy Batson and fly fast enough to catch Shazam.
  • Superhuman agility: Sivana can move, think, and understand quickly and easily.
  • Superhuman stamina: Sivana can exert himself and remain active for a long time, as well as his ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.
  • Flight: Sivana can fly at fast speeds, allowing him to pursue Shazam and easily gain ground, later going toe-to-toe with him during their second battle.
  • Energy projection: Sivana can shoot destructive bolts of blue energy out of his hands, notably emitting far less light than Shazam's bolts.


  • Genius-level intellect: Sivana is exceptionally intelligent.
  • Expert intimidator: Sivana is shown to be very intimidating.
  • Expert combatant: Thaddeus Sivana easily countered a powerful overhand punch from the inexperienced Shazam and forced him into submission by grabbing his neck, due to his superior experience with magic, in their first fight.


  • Magic 8-Ball: Sivana carried a Magic 8-Ball as a child during the night when he was summoned by to the Rock of Eternity. Sivana kept the toy as an adult after allying with the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Sunglasses: Sivana doesn't need to wear glasses while the Deadly Sins are inside his body, so he took to wearing sunglasses to keep the Eye of Sin hidden while he's in public.
  • Magic staff: Sivana briefly used the magic staff.
  • Eye of Sin: Sivana used Eye of Sin to gain his powers.



  • This is Sivana's first cinematic live action appearance.

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