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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
1,909 331
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
1,260 470
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

3
1,202 449
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

4
1,014 453
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
672 297
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

6
666 295
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

7
843 404
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

8
836 400
Bane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

9
722 332
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

10
837 402
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

11
784 371
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

12
672 312
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
714 347
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
647 306
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
618 290
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

16
550 251
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

17
473 209
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

18
493 222
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

19
551 261
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

20
527 250
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

21
510 246
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

22
377 165
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

23
459 223
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
427 204
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
464 230
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II