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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1,030 196
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
684 230
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Darkseid DC Universe

3
690 236
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
510 238
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
450 224
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Doomsday DC Universe

6
392 195
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Brainiac Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

7
444 230
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Professor Zoom DC Universe

8
437 227
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
340 166
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
324 156
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

11
320 154
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Scarecrow Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

12
454 244
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
303 147
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Harvey Dent Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

14
356 190
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 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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311 163
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Riddler Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

16
268 135
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Deadshot Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

17
260 132
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Mr. Freeze Batman & Robin

18
232 114
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

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269 142
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

20
232 115
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Zoom DC Universe

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240 121
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

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244 124
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

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216 106
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Atrocitus Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

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222 112
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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256 140
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Poison Ivy Batman & Robin

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224 117
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Vandal Savage Justice League: Doom

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167 75
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 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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193 99
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Croc The Batman, DC Universe

All of Batman's Deadliest Villains & Enemies, Listed

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221 124
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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189 106
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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195 116
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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183 108
Ares is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Ares Wrath of the Titans

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153 84
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Jason Todd Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

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141 84
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
154 101
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Talia al Ghul The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

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142 91
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Cheetah Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

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143 99
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Killer Frost Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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136 93
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Trigon Teen Titans Go!

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142 99
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Bizarro DC Universe

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141 106
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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117 85
Hush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

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120 93
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

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125 100
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hugo Strange The Batman, DC Universe

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135 118
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

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94 78
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Larfleeze DC Universe

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112 99
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Anti-Monitor DC Universe

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101 87
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

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107 95
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Parallax Green Lantern, DC Universe

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79 66
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

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