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The Greatest Villains In DC Comics, Ranked

Updated November 3, 2020 164.2k votes 9.2k voters 115.7k 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
    5,780
    1,002

    Joker

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series
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  • 2
    Darkseid
    3,544
    1,402

    Darkseid

    DC Universe
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  • 3
    Deathstroke
    3,723
    1,478

    Deathstroke

    Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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  • 4
    Lex Luthor
    3,191
    1,267

    Lex Luthor

    Smallville, Superman: Brainiac Attacks
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  • 5
    Bane
    2,602
    1,200

    Bane

    Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 6
    Harley Quinn
    2,046
    938

    Harley Quinn

    Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey
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  • 7
    Poison Ivy
    2,059
    949

    Poison Ivy

    Batman & Robin
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  • 8
    Two-Face
    2,037
    948

    Two-Face

    Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 9
    Catwoman
    1,868
    866

    Catwoman

    Maggie, Catwoman
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  • 10
    Scarecrow
    2,158
    1,017

    Scarecrow

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight
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  • 11
    Riddler
    2,313
    1,099

    Riddler

    Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood
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  • 12
    Professor Zoom
    2,281
    1,084

    Professor Zoom

    DC Universe
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  • 13
    Brainiac
    2,046
    968

    Brainiac

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe
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  • 14
    Doomsday
    2,220
    1,065

    Doomsday

    DC Universe
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  • 15
    Ra's al Ghul
    2,402
    1,158

    Ra's al Ghul

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
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  • 16
    Black Manta
    1,560
    737

    Black Manta

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold
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  • 17
    Black Adam
    2,012
    967

    Black Adam

    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe
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  • 18
    Mr. Freeze
    1,687
    802

    Mr. Freeze

    Batman & Robin
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  • 19
    Sinestro
    1,904
    918

    Sinestro

    Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
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  • 20
    Deadshot
    1,634
    784

    Deadshot

    Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe
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  • 21
    Red Hood
    1,378
    659

    Red Hood

    Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe
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  • 22
    Penguin
    1,465
    706

    Penguin

    The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula
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  • 23
    Zoom
    1,429
    687

    Zoom

    DC Universe
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    Killer Croc
    1,207
    590

    Killer Croc

    The Batman, DC Universe
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  • 25
    General Zod
    1,334
    684

    General Zod

    Smallville, Man of Steel
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