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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1,175 222
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
767 268
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
789 279
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
603 269
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
451 215
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

6
395 182
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

7
508 255
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

8
400 187
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Sinestro Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

9
513 260
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

10
506 256
Bane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bane Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

11
519 268
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
384 182
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
357 171
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
369 187
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
313 155
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

16
303 150
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

17
406 224
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harley Quinn Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

18
317 161
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

19
282 139
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
274 136
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Manta Batman: The Brave and the Bold

21
298 156
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

22
255 126
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Gorilla Grodd Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

23
278 143
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
267 135
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

25
245 124
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

26
202 93
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

27
248 134
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

28
219 112
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

29
248 137
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

30
218 117
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
223 127
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

32
180 99
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
203 122
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

34
166 101
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

35
160 97
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

36
162 99
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

37
178 116
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

38
160 106
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

39
159 112
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

40
137 98
Hush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

41
155 121
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

42
145 113
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

43
139 107
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

44
112 86
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

45
132 109
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

46
125 102
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

47
98 77
Black Hand is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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94 73
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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149 135
Amanda Waller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Amanda Waller Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Green Lantern

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117 99
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls