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
3,914 905
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Joker Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,396 1,229
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,040 1,266
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
1,882 1,275
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Lex Luthor Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,179 859
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Thanos Infinity

6
1,864 1,123
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
1,554 1,250
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Green Goblin Marvel 1602

8
1,795 879
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added Deathstroke

9
1,850 847
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,585 979
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

11
1,263 1,056
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added Two Face

12
1,546 778
Bane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,595 721
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,661 765
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

15
1,580 1,042
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Harley Quinn Countdown to Final Crisis

16
1,359 853
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,145 823
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,316 610
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,227 670
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,195 736
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,031 776
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

22
1,073 946
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,092 681
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Mystique X-Men: Legacy

24
1,117 545
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,094 729
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,017 648
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,025 583
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
989 602
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

Marvel Comics Villainesses That Make You Want To Be Bad

29
1,071 619
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
949 492
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
817 695
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
810 689
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
819 653
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
752 528
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
594 589
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

Easter Eggs From Every Marvel Movie

36
782 500
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
611 568
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
703 509
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
678 434
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
681 594
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
541 542
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
521 465
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added Taskmaster

The Spookiest Villains in Comics

43
523 524
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

44
559 603
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
649 512
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
528 544
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
541 340
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
507 337
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
383 292
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
449 596
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains