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The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

Updated October 7, 2020 157.1k votes 8.9k voters 111.1k views180 items

List RulesVote up the most formidable antagonists and enemies in the DC Universe.

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, the Riddler, Deathstroke, Bane, 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
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    5,532
    970

    Joker

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series
  • 2
    Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    3,421
    1,339

    Darkseid

    DC Universe
  • 3
    Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    3,582
    1,416

    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  • 4
    Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    3,073
    1,217

    Lex Luthor

    Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks
  • 5
    Bane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,490
    1,153

    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 6
    Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,912
    879

    Harley Quinn

    Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey
  • 7
    Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,935
    892

    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
  • 8
    Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,937
    906

    Harvey Dent

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 9
    Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,965
    924

    Brainiac

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe
  • 10
    Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,061
    974

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
  • 11
    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,761
    826

    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
  • 12
    Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,186
    1,048

    Professor Zoom

    DC Universe
  • 13
    Riddler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,212
    1,067

    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • 14
    Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,834
    880

    Sinestro

    Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • 15
    Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,939
    935

    Black Adam

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe
  • 16
    Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,312
    1,128

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 17
    Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,127
    1,037

    Doomsday

    DC Universe
  • 18
    Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,617
    775

    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
  • 19
    Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,485
    710

    Black Manta

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • 20
    Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,557
    764

    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
  • 21
    Penguin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,393
    679

    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
  • 22
    Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,362
    666

    Zoom

    DC Universe
  • 23
    Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,300
    636

    Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
  • 24
    Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,147
    569

    Killer Croc

    The Batman, DC Universe
  • 25
    General Zod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,290
    657

    General Zod

    Smallville, Man of Steel
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