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The Best Comic Book Villains 

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List Rules Vote up the most formidable villains that were originally featured in comic books (not just 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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Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
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Thanos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity
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Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Magneto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added
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Bane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Loki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Carnage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright
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Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Ultron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Galactus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Doctor Octopus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602
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Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
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Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains