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
4,617 1,065
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,800 1,453
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,404 1,499
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,201 1,474
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,651 1,035
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,218 1,274
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
1,799 1,407
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

8
2,094 1,025
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

9
2,178 954
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,480 1,200
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
1,799 1,120
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,876 822
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,813 883
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,912 872
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,552 967
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,778 1,191
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

17
1,329 921
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,504 709
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,421 769
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,200 867
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,354 839
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,214 1,056
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,298 627
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

24
1,222 781
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

25
1,190 719
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,249 817
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,163 660
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,126 680
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,092 559
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,203 692
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
926 771
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
898 768
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
921 744
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
868 590
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
653 676
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
884 561
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
707 634
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
787 488
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
806 568
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
780 644
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
609 616
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
619 613
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
604 530
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
645 399
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
581 598
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
629 660
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
738 562
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
458 341
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
501 654
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
587 396
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains