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The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

Updated November 3, 2020 163.7k votes 9.2k voters 115.3k views180 items

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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, 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? Who deserves a better DCEU version?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
    5,760
    998

    Joker

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series
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  • 2
    Deathstroke
    3,717
    1,468

    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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  • 3
    Darkseid
    3,531
    1,400

    Darkseid

    DC Universe
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  • 4
    Lex Luthor
    3,181
    1,263

    Lex Luthor

    Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks
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  • 5
    Bane
    2,596
    1,196

    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 6
    Harley Quinn
    2,029
    936

    Harley Quinn

    Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey
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  • 7
    Poison Ivy
    2,044
    948

    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
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  • 8
    Two-Face
    2,030
    943

    Two-Face

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 9
    Catwoman
    1,853
    865

    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
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  • 10
    Scarecrow
    2,151
    1,014

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
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  • 11
    Professor Zoom
    2,276
    1,081

    Professor Zoom

    DC Universe
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  • 12
    Riddler
    2,305
    1,097

    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
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  • 13
    Brainiac
    2,040
    965

    Brainiac

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe
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  • 14
    Ra's al Ghul
    2,398
    1,154

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 15
    Doomsday
    2,215
    1,062

    Doomsday

    DC Universe
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  • 16
    Black Manta
    1,558
    734

    Black Manta

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold
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  • 17
    Mr. Freeze
    1,683
    799

    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
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  • 18
    Black Adam
    2,007
    965

    Black Adam

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe
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  • 19
    Sinestro
    1,901
    916

    Sinestro

    Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
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  • 20
    Deadshot
    1,631
    782

    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
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  • 21
    Red Hood
    1,374
    656

    Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
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  • 22
    Zoom
    1,427
    685

    Zoom

    DC Universe
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  • 23
    Penguin
    1,463
    703

    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
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  • 24
    Killer Croc
    1,202
    590

    Killer Croc

    The Batman, DC Universe
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  • 25
    General Zod
    1,333
    682

    General Zod

    Smallville, Man of Steel
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