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
1,550 275
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
1,044 389
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

3
989 363
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

4
811 386
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
699 343
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
684 334
Bane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

7
691 340
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

8
653 317
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

9
597 283
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

10
533 244
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

11
531 244
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

12
530 246
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

13
491 234
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
506 247
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
426 198
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

16
397 182
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

17
429 205
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

18
551 290
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

19
371 171
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

20
432 214
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

21
383 181
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

22
350 161
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

23
379 182
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
403 201
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

25
289 132
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
299 151
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

27
308 160
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

28
313 167
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

29
291 150
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

30
315 171
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

31
305 164
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

32
251 138
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
227 122
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

34
259 154
Ares is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

35
223 127
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

36
221 130
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
235 146
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

38
212 130
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

39
208 133
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

40
213 140
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

41
185 124
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

42
190 132
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
198 145
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
171 121
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
175 131
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
131 88
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
158 122
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe

48
131 94
Metallo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

49
151 116
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

50
125 89
Man-Bat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added DC Universe