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
4,825 1,112
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,914 1,537
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,529 1,552
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,287 1,545
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,785 1,096
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,329 1,316
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
1,876 1,450
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

8
2,183 1,071
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

9
2,264 999
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,551 1,249
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
1,970 850
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,848 1,173
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,891 918
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,390 952
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,992 907
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,614 1,007
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,823 1,243
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

18
1,549 745
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,254 896
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,410 862
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,470 802
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,261 1,096
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,238 751
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

24
1,304 846
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,344 662
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,135 587
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,260 819
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

28
1,179 712
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,200 692
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,253 720
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
962 801
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
925 800
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
955 778
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
896 615
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
915 587
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
671 704
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
822 507
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
723 660
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
826 592
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
804 667
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
635 638
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
647 630
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
651 678
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

44
757 578
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
626 547
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

46
669 417
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
596 614
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
516 670
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
477 360
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
606 413
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains