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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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945 176
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
628 206
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
636 213
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
453 216
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
364 171
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

6
407 202
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

7
410 207
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

8
396 201
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
305 151
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
416 228
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
290 143
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

12
281 138
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
263 133
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
283 148
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

15
240 118
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

16
312 171
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
236 118
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

18
211 100
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
217 105
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

20
210 103
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

21
242 127
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

The Best Members of the Justice League and JLA

22
217 114
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
201 103
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Gorilla Grodd Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
203 106
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

25
192 98
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

26
234 131
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

27
209 115
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

28
144 64
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 Spider-Man Villains

29
177 94
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

30
175 98
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
168 101
Ares is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

32
138 77
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
176 111
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
127 77
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
129 82
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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36
126 83
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

37
135 92
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

38
137 95
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

39
131 92
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

40
129 99
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

41
107 80
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

42
107 87
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

43
114 95
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

44
121 109
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

45
87 74
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

46
91 83
Cyborg Superman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cyborg Superman

47
101 95
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

48
78 68
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

49
76 66
Metallo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Metallo Justice League: Doom, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

50
73 63
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked