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
4,638 1,070
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

2
2,812 1,461
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

3
2,420 1,502
Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

4
2,211 1,484
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Superman: War of the Worlds, Superman: Birthright

5
2,664 1,039
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Infinity

6
2,231 1,274
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

7
2,098 1,029
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dark Orion added

8
2,183 960
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

9
1,805 1,412
Green Goblin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Marvel 1602

10
1,483 1,207
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Dimos Dicoudis added

11
1,802 1,126
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

12
1,882 825
Eddie Brock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

13
1,817 885
Bane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

14
1,917 876
Carnage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

15
1,557 970
Galactus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

16
1,779 1,198
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
Countdown to Final Crisis

17
1,334 923
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

18
1,508 712
Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

19
1,422 774
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

20
1,206 868
Dr. Otto Octavius is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

21
1,357 842
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

22
1,218 1,059
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

23
1,303 628
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

24
1,225 784
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
X-Men: Legacy

25
1,194 722
Juggernaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

26
1,252 820
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

27
1,096 560
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

28
1,164 663
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

29
1,129 682
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

30
1,206 695
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

31
927 773
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

32
899 770
Sabretooth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

33
923 746
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

34
869 591
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

35
654 679
Mister Sinister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

36
886 562
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

37
708 636
The Shredder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

38
787 491
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

39
807 570
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

40
782 646
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

41
611 618
BULLSEYE is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

42
622 613
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

43
607 530
Taskmaster is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains
AndrewPhillips added

44
646 401
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

45
581 599
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

46
629 661
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

47
461 342
Dormammu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

48
738 563
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

49
504 655
Mandarin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains

50
589 397
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Villains