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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
1,424 253
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
912 331
Darkseid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

3
952 359
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
743 359
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
644 310
Professor Zoom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

6
629 307
Bane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, The Dark Knight Rises

7
491 224
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

8
603 294
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

9
544 258
Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman: Brainiac Attacks, DC Universe

10
639 318
Ra's al Ghul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Under the Red Hood

11
480 222
Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight

12
484 225
Sinestro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

13
452 208
Two-Face 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
463 217
Riddler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman

15
384 179
Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

16
503 263
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
393 195
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

18
348 164
Black Manta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

19
373 182
Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman & Robin

20
383 189
Deadshot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Batman: Gotham Knight, DC Universe

21
334 157
Zoom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

22
347 170
General Zod is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Smallville, Man of Steel, Superman II

23
319 152
Gorilla Grodd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

24
344 170
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

25
258 116
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

26
272 137
Solomon Grundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

27
286 149
Atrocitus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, DC Universe

28
292 155
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

29
268 137
Killer Croc is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

30
291 158
Vandal Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom

31
276 149
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
227 120
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
237 142
Ares is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Wrath of the Titans

34
203 116
Clayface is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

35
200 121
Killer Frost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

36
201 122
Cheetah is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Justice League: Doom, DC Universe

37
197 119
Trigon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Teen Titans Go!

38
213 139
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
189 124
Hugo Strange is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, DC Universe

40
174 112
Hush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Hush

41
193 131
Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

42
175 121
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
The Batman, Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

43
183 139
Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

44
153 111
Court of Owls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Court of Owls

45
161 123
Anti-Monitor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

46
120 82
Parasite is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked

47
115 78
Man-Bat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added DC Universe

48
139 106
Larfleeze is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
DC Universe

49
129 96
Mongul is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

50
146 115
Parallax is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Villains in DC Comics, Ranked
Green Lantern, DC Universe