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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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1,118 215
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
735 254
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
752 267
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
570 258
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
484 243
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

6
489 248
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

7
368 170
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

8
482 247
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
423 212
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

10
361 172
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
373 181
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
491 261
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
334 160
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
348 176
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

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387 211
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 15 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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297 149
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

17
292 146
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

18
283 143
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

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258 127
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

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266 133
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

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264 132
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
General Zod Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics

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255 126
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

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282 148
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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239 120
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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231 118
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

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186 87
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 26 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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233 127
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

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206 106
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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235 132
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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203 112
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

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207 123
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

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167 92
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
192 117
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

34
152 93
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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154 98
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

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167 112
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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150 98
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

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152 104
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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150 107
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

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147 116
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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125 95
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

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134 108
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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127 102
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 43 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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103 84
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

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121 105
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

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115 99
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

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140 129
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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108 94
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

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89 76
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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84 72
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked