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
4,071 937
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Joker Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,495 1,276
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,125 1,333
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,294 905
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Thanos Infinity

5
1,969 1,324
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Lex Luthor Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

6
1,966 1,153
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
1,875 912
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added Deathstroke

8
1,604 1,294
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Green Goblin Marvel 1602

9
1,925 870
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

10
1,639 1,013
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

11
1,311 1,097
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added Two Face

12
1,656 742
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,610 811
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,716 786
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

15
1,396 884
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,622 1,082
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Harley Quinn Countdown to Final Crisis

17
1,179 847
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,348 634
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,274 694
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,242 759
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,060 799
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

The Greatest Marvel Avengers Characters of All Time

22
1,098 972
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,118 700
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Mystique X-Men: Legacy

24
1,160 558
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

25
1,054 662
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,126 748
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,052 598
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,012 615
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

Marvel Comics Villainesses That Make You Want To Be Bad

29
984 501
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,098 634
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
844 711
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
831 700
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
844 667
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
780 541
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
606 602
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32 Things You Didn't Know About Wolverine

36
803 507
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
630 580
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
704 446
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
724 522
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
705 602
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
556 555
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
538 475
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added Taskmaster

The Spookiest Villains in Comics

43
547 553
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

44
536 540
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
566 350
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
522 348
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
570 616
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
400 298
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
462 606
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
663 521
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains