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
5,007 1,145
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
3,016 1,597
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,619 1,611
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,383 1,590
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,888 1,148
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,424 1,360
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
2,265 1,117
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

8
1,954 1,491
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

9
2,354 1,041
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,617 1,297
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
2,039 890
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,906 1,218
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,962 953
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
2,061 936
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,666 1,042
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,437 992
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

17
1,883 1,280
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

18
1,601 772
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,304 921
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,523 836
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,464 885
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,306 1,121
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,299 840
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

24
1,365 873
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,276 780
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,385 688
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,185 603
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,247 712
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,225 729
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,303 736
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
1,001 820
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
942 827
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
994 798
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
931 632
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
694 723
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
949 604
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
858 523
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
741 687
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
840 678
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
850 609
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
680 646
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
664 657
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
646 569
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
701 431
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
626 632
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
674 699
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
508 377
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
535 696
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
638 429
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
515 634
Kang the Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains