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
4,981 1,138
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,999 1,586
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,604 1,598
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,365 1,581
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,874 1,139
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,411 1,351
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
2,255 1,107
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

8
1,940 1,485
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

9
2,342 1,033
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,608 1,287
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
2,024 886
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,895 1,211
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,954 944
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
2,047 933
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,656 1,036
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,429 985
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,870 1,274
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

18
1,591 769
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,513 829
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,292 917
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,453 881
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,298 1,113
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,356 864
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

24
1,272 771
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,291 835
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

26
1,377 682
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,176 598
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,237 708
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,217 724
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,292 732
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
994 815
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
938 821
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
987 792
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
921 630
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
941 602
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
686 722
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
853 518
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
738 680
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
832 675
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
846 604
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
675 640
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
658 651
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
640 564
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
693 428
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
621 628
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
668 696
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
532 689
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
776 592
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
498 375
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
511 628
Kang the Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains