Top 12 Villains in the DCU

Top 12 Villains.

I realize my list is Batman villain heavy, but I simply think Batman’s has not just the best villains in DC but the best in all of comicdom.

Yes, I’ve committed sacrilege by omitting the Joker. I don’t do this to be controversial. My own opinion there’s been a tendency to “lean” on The Joker too much, something really bad going to happen in Gotham or to Batman, it’s always The Joker who’s the culprit. Though it was nice to see The Riddler be the main villain in Year Zero, even though I wasn’t a fan of that interpretation.

I do not dismiss The Joker is a phenomenal character, and one I find terrifying, but I’m an old fashioned hopeful person that believes the heroes need to win in the comics, as that’s the thing that gives us hope, and I find the creators have let The Joker pervert this notion. And that’s what puts me off him.

Again, the only thing I’m am going on here is personal preference. So please keep outrage civil.

  1. Riddler
  2. Two-Face
  3. Scarecrow
  4. Poison Ivy
  5. Mr. Freeze
  6. Professor Zoom
  7. Mirror Master
  8. Anarky
  9. Sinestro
  10. Darkseid
  11. Mad Hatter
  12. Black Manta

Honourable mentions:

Harley Quinn, Joker, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Tallyman, Queen of Fables, Desaad, Captain Cold, Onomatopoeia, Alex Ross’s version of Cheetah.


Another fun list to compile @DCGF12! I agree that Batman has the ultimate gallery of classic villains. It’s hard to pick just a dozen so here’s a list of my favorites.

  1. The Joker
  2. The Riddler
  3. Penguin
  4. Catwoman
  5. Poison Ivy
  6. Clayface
  7. Killer Croc
  8. Bane
  9. Scarecrow
  10. Two-Face
  11. Talon (and the Court of Owls)
  12. Ra’s Al Ghul
  13. Scarface and The Ventriloquist
  14. The Batman Who Laughs and crew
  15. Cheshire and The Ravens
  16. Doctor Hugo Strange
  17. The Merrymaker
    tie-in for an upcoming new character - Punchline!
  18. The Designer
    excited to see what comes of this villain
  19. Chaaku
    not a repeat “villain” per se but I love his sassy spirit

1.Vandel Savage
4.Red Hood
7.Black Manta
12.klarion the witch boy

  1. Joker
  2. Lex Luthor
  3. Two Face
  4. Riddler
  5. Darkseid
  6. Reverse Flash
  7. Catwoman
  8. Harley Quinn
  9. Ra’s Al Ghul
  10. Court Of Owls
  11. Sinestro
  12. Scarecrow

Top 10: Supervillains

  1. The Joker
  2. Lex Luthor (Alexander Joseph)
  3. Venom (Eddie Brock)
  4. Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
  5. Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
  6. Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom)
  7. Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr)
  8. Brainiac (Vril Dox)
  9. Doomsday
  10. Bane
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In no particular order:
Lex Luthor
Eobard Thrawne/Reverse Flash
Vandal Savage
Solomon Grundy
Doctor Light (favorite as in “horrible want to see him killed as often and as humiliatingly as possible”)


Not in terms of power level, just my 12 favorite villains. Limiting myself to strictly Batman villains.

  1. The Court of Owls
  2. Ra’s Al Ghul
  3. Scarecrow
  4. Deathstroke
  5. Mr. Freeze
  6. Arkham Knight (NOT Astrid Arkham)
  7. Hugo Strange
  8. Clayface
  9. Two-Face
  10. Riddler
  11. Joker (Just because of the great stories we’ve gotten because of his villainy.)
  12. Black Mask (Purely because of UTRH)

Some because they are complex, compelling characters, some because of their dynamics with their respective hero(es), some because they are actually kind of likable and hilarious in their own villainesque manner, and some because they are just plain BA:

  1. Ra’s al Ghul
  2. The Joker
  3. The Riddler
  4. Deathstroke
  5. Cheshire
  6. Lex Luthor
  7. Ultra-Humanite
  8. Scarecrow
  9. Vandal Savage
  10. Bane
  11. Lady Shiva
  12. Kite Man
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In no particular order, my favorites are:

  1. Joker
  2. Lex Luthor
  3. Sinestro
  4. Dr. Sivana
  5. Scarecrow
  6. Mr. Zsasz
  7. General Zod
  8. Darkseid
  9. Hugo Strange
  10. Ra’s al Ghul
  11. Degaton
  12. Bane