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
5,000 1,144
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
3,013 1,595
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,614 1,609
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,378 1,588
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,885 1,147
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,420 1,359
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
2,264 1,115
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

8
1,949 1,491
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

9
2,353 1,039
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,616 1,295
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
2,036 890
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,904 1,217
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,960 952
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
2,059 936
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,664 1,041
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,435 991
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,881 1,279
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

18
1,601 771
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,521 835
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,301 921
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,461 885
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,305 1,120
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,298 839
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

24
1,363 872
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,275 779
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,383 688
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,184 602
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,245 712
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,223 729
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,301 735
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
999 820
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
942 826
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
993 797
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
929 632
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
692 723
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
948 604
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
858 522
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
741 686
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
838 678
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
850 608
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
662 656
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
677 646
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
644 569
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
699 431
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
624 632
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
673 698
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
505 377
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
535 694
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
637 429
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
780 597
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains