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Here are the best DC villains ranked best to worst by comic book fans. These popular bad guys in DC Comics are the best of the worst supervillains and they're all listed here. The top DC villains on this list of baddies may not have been around too long as we've added new DC villains for you to vote on.

For over 80 years, DC Comics has been publishing some of the best comic book villains of all time, including the Joker, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Darkseid, and Brainiac. From Batman enemies to Superman's toughest foes, this ranking of the greatest DC villains features violent psychopaths, mad scientists, and omnipotent beings. 

Who is the best DC comic book villain? Who is the best DC superhero nemesis? Who are the top DC supervillains? Vote on this list of the greatest DC villains and find out! If you think one of these super villains isn't worth a match-up with the Justice League, vote them down. If your favorite DC bad guy isn't on the list, add them so they can compete for the title of the greatest DC villain.

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34 8
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Joker Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!

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32 10
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deathstroke Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

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23 10
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Sinestro Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

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23 10
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Lex Luthor Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Batman vs. Superman

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26 14
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

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22 11
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harvey Dent Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

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21 11
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Scarecrow Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

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23 13
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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14 5
Doctor Destiny is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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19 10
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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20 11
Bane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bane Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

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22 13
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ra's al Ghul Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

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23 14
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

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16 8
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Gorilla Grodd Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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18 10
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

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19 11
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

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19 11
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

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20 12
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

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12 5
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

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13 6
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

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14 7
Ares is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares The Colossus of Rhodes, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Young Hercules

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15 8
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Manta Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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16 9
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

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19 12
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

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20 13
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

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10 4
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

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10 4
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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12 6
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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12 6
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Solomon Grundy Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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12 6
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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14 8
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

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16 10
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

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16 10
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

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11 6
Ocean Master is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
12 7
Mongul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mongul Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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8 3
Circe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Circe The Odyssey

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9 4
Hush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

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12 7
Maxwell Lord is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maxwell Lord DC Universe

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12 7
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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9 4
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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10 5
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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10 5
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

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15 10
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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8 3
Merlyn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Merlyn Arrow, DC Universe

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13 8
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

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12 8
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Penguin The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

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9 5
Metallo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Metallo Justice League: Doom, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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9 5
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

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8 4
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

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8 4
Amazo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amazo Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe