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
1,440 258
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
921 336
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
962 364
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
753 364
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
649 320
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
552 262
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

7
633 313
Bane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

8
609 301
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

9
495 230
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

10
643 324
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

11
488 229
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
483 227
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

13
456 214
Two-Face 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
468 222
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
510 266
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

16
386 184
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

17
381 185
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

18
352 166
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

19
388 192
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

20
340 161
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

21
397 201
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

22
353 173
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

23
323 155
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
348 174
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
259 120
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
275 141
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
289 153
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

28
272 142
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

29
282 150
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

30
293 160
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

31
294 162
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

32
228 126
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
241 145
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

34
206 118
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
203 124
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

36
202 126
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
199 124
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

38
216 142
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

39
190 127
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

40
195 134
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

41
175 115
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

42
176 125
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
186 140
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
155 113
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
162 126
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
121 84
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
116 81
Man-Bat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added DC Universe

48
141 108
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

49
147 117
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe

50
130 99
Nekron is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe