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
1,572 276
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
1,000 366
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
1,053 393
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
822 386
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
690 336
Bane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

6
703 346
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

7
657 318
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

8
697 343
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

9
601 285
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

10
536 245
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

11
538 247
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
536 248
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
493 237
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
510 250
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
434 205
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

16
428 201
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

17
558 291
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

18
398 184
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

19
435 216
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

20
372 173
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

21
385 183
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

22
353 163
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

23
380 184
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
406 203
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

25
290 133
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
300 152
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
310 161
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
314 167
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

29
291 151
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

30
316 171
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

31
306 164
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

32
252 138
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
227 123
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

34
260 154
Ares is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

35
224 128
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

36
223 131
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
236 147
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
213 130
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

39
208 134
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

40
214 141
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

41
185 125
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

42
190 134
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
199 146
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
171 122
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
176 131
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
132 88
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
158 123
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe

48
131 95
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
151 117
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

50
132 97
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked