Total Nerd The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked  

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Here are the best DC villains ranked best to worst by comic book fans. These popular bad guys in DC Comics are the best of the worst supervillains and they're all listed here. The top DC villains on this list of baddies may not have been around too long as we've added new DC villains for you to vote on.

For over 80 years, DC Comics has been publishing some of the best comic book villains of all time, including the Joker, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Darkseid, and Brainiac. From Batman enemies to Superman's toughest foes, this ranking of the greatest DC villains features violent psychopaths, mad scientists, and omnipotent beings. 

Who is the best DC comic book villain? Who is the best DC superhero nemesis? Who are the top DC supervillains? Vote on this list of the greatest DC villains and find out! If you think one of these super villains isn't worth a match-up with the Justice League, vote them down. If your favorite DC bad guy isn't on the list, add them so they can compete for the title of the greatest DC villain.

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1
1,405 253
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!

2
898 329
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
942 354
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

4
730 357
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Batman vs. Superman

5
640 303
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
633 315
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

7
618 306
Bane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

8
484 223
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

9
595 293
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

10
537 257
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

11
476 220
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

12
479 224
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

13
448 207
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

14
459 216
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
381 177
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

16
498 260
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

17
381 186
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

18
368 179
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

19
344 163
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

20
387 194
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

21
331 156
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

22
344 168
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

23
315 151
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
339 169
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
255 115
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

26
285 146
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

27
269 134
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

28
288 155
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

29
263 136
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

30
287 157
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

31
271 148
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

32
225 119
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

33
237 138
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

34
201 114
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
198 119
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

36
195 118
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

37
197 122
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

38
210 138
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

39
173 110
Hush is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

40
185 123
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

41
190 130
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

42
172 121
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

43
182 136
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
150 109
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
159 122
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
117 82
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
112 77
Man-Bat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added DC Universe

48
145 113
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe

49
127 94
Mongul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

50
136 104
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe