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The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

Updated October 7, 2020 156.7k votes 8.8k voters 110.6k 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
    5,506
    966

    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
    3,405
    1,333

    Darkseid

    DC Universe
  • 3
    Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    3,064
    1,207

    Lex Luthor

    Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks
  • 4
    Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    3,559
    1,413

    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  • 5
    Bane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,473
    1,145

    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
    1,893
    873

    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
    1,919
    886

    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
  • 8
    Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,921
    901

    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
    1,956
    921

    Brainiac

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe
  • 10
    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,749
    819

    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
  • 11
    Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,050
    970

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
  • 12
    Riddler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,205
    1,057

    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • 13
    Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,172
    1,047

    Professor Zoom

    DC Universe
  • 14
    Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,828
    875

    Sinestro

    Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • 15
    Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,305
    1,124

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 16
    Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,930
    933

    Black Adam

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe
  • 17
    Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,609
    771

    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
  • 18
    Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    2,117
    1,033

    Doomsday

    DC Universe
  • 19
    Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,475
    706

    Black Manta

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • 20
    Penguin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,391
    670

    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
  • 21
    Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,544
    762

    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
  • 22
    Zoom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,352
    663

    Zoom

    DC Universe
  • 23
    Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,291
    632

    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
    1,139
    563

    Killer Croc

    The Batman, DC Universe
  • 25
    General Zod is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked
    1,287
    654

    General Zod

    Smallville, Man of Steel
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