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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
1,695 296
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
1,077 397
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
1,125 421
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
897 412
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
759 367
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
754 366
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

7
651 306
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

8
743 364
Bane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

9
582 267
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
583 268
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
699 341
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

12
586 275
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
614 308
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

14
554 269
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
478 222
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

16
532 259
Two-Face is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

17
415 182
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

18
480 231
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

19
458 221
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

20
426 200
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

21
446 217
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

22
416 198
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

23
381 177
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
405 198
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
325 144
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