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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1,129 216
Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Joker Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, Fight Batman Fight!

2
740 257
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
760 270
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deathstroke Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

4
578 262
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Lex Luthor Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Batman vs. Superman

5
487 248
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

6
373 174
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

7
493 252
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

8
430 213
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

9
487 251
Bane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bane Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

10
380 182
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Sinestro Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

11
497 262
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ra's al Ghul Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

12
365 176
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Scarecrow Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

13
340 163
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harvey Dent Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

14
354 178
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

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302 151
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

16
391 215
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

17
298 149
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

18
287 145
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

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263 129
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Manta Batman: The Brave and the Bold

20
268 133
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

21
286 149
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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257 128
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

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268 137
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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243 121
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Gorilla Grodd Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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234 119
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

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189 89
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Red Hood Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

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238 128
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

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210 107
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

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239 132
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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208 112
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Solomon Grundy Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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211 124
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Penguin The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

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169 94
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Jason Todd Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

33
194 118
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

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156 93
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
156 99
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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169 113
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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152 99
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

38
154 105
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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152 108
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

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129 96
Hush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

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149 118
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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138 109
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

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129 105
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Mask The Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

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113 94
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

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105 85
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

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143 130
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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122 107
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

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116 101
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

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90 77
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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86 73
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked