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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774 149
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
530 160
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
523 175
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
365 177
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
330 161
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

6
293 139
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

7
337 176
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

8
321 169
Bane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bane Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

9
354 192
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
221 112
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Scarecrow Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

11
244 129
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Sinestro Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

12
227 119
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

13
235 128
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

14
250 140
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

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15
157 74
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

16
166 81
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

17
174 87
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

18
167 82
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Manta Batman: The Brave and the Bold

19
187 98
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

20
208 114
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harvey Dent Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

21
188 103
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

The Best Spider-Man Villains

22
176 94
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

23
172 94
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

24
164 88
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

25
165 89
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

26
190 110
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

27
195 115
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

28
105 46
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Red Hood Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

29
144 81
Ares is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

30
110 55
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Jason Todd Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

31
135 82
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

32
137 84
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Solomon Grundy Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

33
135 91
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Penguin The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

34
106 67
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

35
104 76
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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36
97 71
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
94 68
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

38
107 82
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

39
105 81
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

40
109 86
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

41
87 68
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

42
85 71
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 42 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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43
67 58
Nekron is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Nekron DC Universe

44
89 84
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

45
95 91
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

46
61 52
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
RyanZacher added Steppenwolf

47
74 68
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

48
84 80
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

49
84 80
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

50
73 69
Cyborg Superman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cyborg Superman