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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3,123 698
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Joker Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
1,953 926
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
1,612 984
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
1,569 960
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
1,463 658
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

6
1,571 686
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Thanos Infinity

7
1,464 898
Loki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

8
1,274 1,008
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Green Goblin Marvel 1602

9
1,475 712
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added Deathstroke

10
1,350 773
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

11
1,054 854
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added Two Face

12
1,289 614
Bane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,342 839
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Harley Quinn Countdown to Final Crisis

14
1,314 638
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15 Amazing Roles Almost Played by Nicolas Cage

15
1,227 615
Venom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
954 685
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,109 722
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,012 546
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,072 506
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,014 599
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
941 786
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

22
870 652
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
935 605
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

24
938 572
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Mystique X-Men: Legacy

25
907 454
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
936 511
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
872 492
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
857 541
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Greatest Marvel Villains & Enemies Ever

29
852 492
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
785 428
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
701 592
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
717 578
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
703 543
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
632 445
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
664 430
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Best Characters from Batman Comics

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517 496
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
600 434
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
581 522
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
573 364
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
519 480
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
566 434
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
479 462
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

Comic Books Written By Women That Prove The Medium Isn't Just For Teenage Boys

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447 393
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added Taskmaster

44
481 529
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
451 454
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
428 274
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
441 478
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
479 480
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
444 283
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
408 396
Kraven the Hunter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains