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
4,090 943
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Joker Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,508 1,283
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,138 1,338
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,307 910
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Thanos Infinity

5
1,979 1,327
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Lex Luthor Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

6
1,975 1,158
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
1,885 916
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added Deathstroke

8
1,614 1,298
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Green Goblin Marvel 1602

9
1,937 872
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,648 1,015
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

11
1,319 1,099
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added Two Face

12
1,662 744
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,618 812
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,724 789
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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15
1,401 887
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,628 1,085
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Harley Quinn Countdown to Final Crisis

17
1,184 848
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,353 636
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,281 694
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,248 762
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,063 801
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

22
1,100 975
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,120 702
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Mystique X-Men: Legacy

24
1,164 559
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,058 663
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,130 750
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,056 599
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,012 618
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Greatest Marvel Villains & Enemies Ever

29
985 503
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,098 637
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
845 712
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
831 702
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
845 669
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
783 541
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
607 603
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Best Movies Based on Marvel Comics

36
804 508
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
630 582
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
705 447
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
725 523
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
707 603
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
556 557
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
549 554
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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43
539 477
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added Taskmaster

44
568 351
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
536 544
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
571 617
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
522 351
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
402 299
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
463 607
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
664 523
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains