One Reddit user posed that very question, and the responses were suitably absurd – and hilarious.
Their post, asking: “If Jeff Bezos [became] an actual supervillain then who would be the superhero to stop him?” racked up more than 20,600 upvotes and 6,400 comments on the platform in just three days.
MacKenzie Scott and Bezos divorced in 20192018 Invision
2. “An opposite clone called Beff Jezos”
Because who doesn’t love an evil twin? Or in this case perhaps, a good twin.
3. “An Amazon employee”
One commentator suggested this as a “truly poetic option”. They explained: “The thing that built him his wealth is the one that ended him.”
4. “Austin Powers”
As many pointed out, the likenesses between the Blue Origin boss and the fictitious character’s enemy Dr Evil are striking. On a superficial level, yes, both are bald, but more significantly Evil flew a rocket shaped like a penis. Anyone who saw Bezos’s New Shepard spacecraft will understand why this is relevant.
No, this isn’t Dr Evil’sAP
5. “Bernie Sanders with a chair and mittens”
The self-described democratic socialist has been vocal in his criticism of the multi-billionaire, even visiting Amazon workers as they pushed to form a union. We’re sure the 79-year-old wouldn’t mind taking Bezos down a peg or two, and we’d love to see him do it in those now-iconic mittens.
The shot that became the world’s favourite memeAFP via Getty Images
6. “Tom from Myspace”
Tom Anderson co-funded the once wildly successful social networking site in 2003. He sold the site in 2006 for $580 million (around £421 million) and now seems to spend a lot of time exploring the world and sharing his beautiful snaps on Instagram. He also happens to be an investor in the rival company to Bezos’s Blue Origin: Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The Reddit debate came as Bezos hits headlines once more for pushing NASA to award him a key space contract.
On Monday, the businessman offered to cover up to $2billion (£1.4 billion) in the space agency’s costs if it were to reconsider letting his company build a Moon landing vehicle for astronauts.
NASA awarded the $2.9billion (£2.1billion) contract to rival Elon Musk back in April, rejecting the bid from Bue Origin.
The contract means Musk’s SpaceX has been tasked with creating a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024.
Nasa had originally planned to offer contracts to two companies but, in the end, could only choose one because of a funding shortfall.
The space agency had received only $850million (around £617million) of the $3.3billion (£2.4billion) it requested from the US Congress to build the Moon lander.
But in a letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Bezos said Blue Origin would plug NASA’s budget gaps to “get the programme back on track”.
In exchange, Blue Origin would accept a firm, fixed-priced contract, and cover any cost overruns, Bezos said.
In his pitch, Bezos pointed out: "NASA veered from its original dual-source acquisition strategy due to perceived near-term budgetary issues, and this offer removes that obstacle.
"Without competition, NASA’s short-term and long-term lunar ambitions will be delayed, will ultimately cost more, and won’t serve the national interest," he added.
A spokesperson for the agency said they were aware of Bezos’ letter but declined to comment further.
Before choosing SpaceX, NASA had asked for proposals for a spacecraft that would carry astronauts to the lunar surface under its Artemis program to return humans to the moon for the first time since 1972. Blue Origin’s lunar lander is called "Blue Moon”.