Total Nerd The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked  

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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
1,685 293
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
1,071 393
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
1,118 420
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

4
890 408
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
751 363
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

6
752 364
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

7
648 302
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

8
738 362
Bane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

9
580 265
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

10
578 264
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

11
696 339
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

12
580 274
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
551 267
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

14
610 306
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

15
475 220
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

16
412 180
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

17
527 258
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

18
476 231
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

19
455 220
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

20
422 199
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

21
415 195
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

22
443 216
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

23
381 174
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
403 196
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
318 144
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe