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
1,247 232
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
810 288
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
841 304
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
646 287
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
550 266
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
545 265
Bane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

7
481 230
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

8
555 278
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

9
425 196
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

10
542 273
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

11
426 200
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

12
414 193
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
389 179
Harvey Dent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman

14
395 197
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
330 156
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

16
433 235
Harley Quinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

17
334 167
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

18
337 173
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

19
319 161
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

20
290 141
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

21
300 149
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

22
294 145
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

23
296 152
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
271 135
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
257 131
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

26
238 117
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

27
216 102
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

28
237 121
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

29
264 144
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

30
260 145
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

31
241 135
Penguin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, The Batman vs. Dracula, Batman Returns

32
196 105
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

33
216 126
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

34
180 101
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
174 107
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

36
175 111
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
172 111
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

38
187 126
Talia al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Dark Knight Rises, DC Universe

39
171 121
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

40
151 102
Hush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

41
153 112
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

42
158 118
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

43
162 128
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
131 102
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
141 114
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
104 76
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
132 108
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe

48
120 95
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

49
113 90
Mongul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

50
93 70
Man-Bat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added DC Universe