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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1,017 194
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
676 227
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
683 234
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
503 235
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
444 223
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

6
390 192
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

7
438 229
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

8
431 227
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
335 165
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Sinestro Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

10
315 152
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
447 243
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
317 155
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

13
296 146
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Two-Face Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

14
349 188
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

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

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309 162
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

16
264 135
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

17
258 132
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

18
268 142
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

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230 114
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
243 124
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

21
229 115
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics

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214 105
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

23
235 121
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

24
220 112
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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222 116
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

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252 140
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

27
166 75
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 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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192 99
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

The Best Spider-Man Villains

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221 124
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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186 106
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

31
193 116
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

32
180 108
Ares is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

33
152 84
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Jason Todd Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

34
140 84
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
152 101
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

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140 91
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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134 91
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

38
142 99
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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141 99
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

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140 105
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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116 85
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

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119 92
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

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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123 100
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

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134 117
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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94 78
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

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100 87
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

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110 99
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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105 95
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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78 66
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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83 72
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked