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

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2,549 1,308
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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2,175 1,361
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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

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

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

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

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1,637 1,317
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Green Goblin Marvel 1602

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

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1,343 1,113
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added Two Face

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1,672 1,027
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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

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

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

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

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

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Ultron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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

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

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

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

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

Marvel Comics Villainesses That Make You Want To Be Bad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32 Things You Didn't Know About Wolverine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spookiest Villains in Comics

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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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