Total Nerd The Best Comic Book Villains  

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List Rules Villains that were originally featured in comic books (not movies).

Who are the best comic book villains of all time? This list of top supervillains in comics includes some of the most notorious evil-doers in comic book history. Some of them are among the best Marvel villains like Doctor Doom, Magneto and Galactus. Others are classic DC Comics villains like The Joker and Bane. Are they the best (or worst, depending on how you view supervillains)? Vote them up!

Feel free to add any great comic book villains who are missing from the list, and you can also re-rank this list your way, in any order you like. Any and all great comic book villains have one thing in common: They are the absolute arch rivals of some of the greatest and best superheroes in comics' history.

Every great protagonist needs a worthy antagonist to balance things out, after all. Several of the top supervillains listed here began their evil careers in comic books, but they quickly took their evil deeds to the big screen, starring in some of the best superhero movies ever made.

Who do you think are the top comic book villains? Vote now!
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1
4,763 1,098
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,881 1,514
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,492 1,539
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,748 1,078
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

5
2,260 1,529
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

6
2,292 1,302
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
2,157 1,059
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

8
2,238 991
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

9
1,862 1,437
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

10
1,529 1,238
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
1,944 844
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,836 1,158
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,865 909
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,968 897
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,596 993
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,370 941
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,808 1,229
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

18
1,533 734
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,454 795
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,239 885
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,390 857
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,244 1,085
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,248 805
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

24
1,328 651
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,224 741
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,288 839
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,118 581
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,188 684
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,165 701
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,236 716
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
953 792
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
918 788
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
943 771
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
884 609
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
905 577
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
665 696
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
718 652
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
811 502
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
817 585
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
793 662
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
639 620
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
625 630
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
620 542
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
660 410
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
638 672
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
587 611
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
751 571
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
512 665
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
599 405
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
468 354
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains