Top Ten Batman Villains

Batman has supplied us with some of the best comic book villains of all time, pick which one of them is your favorite.

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1JokerThe Joker is a fictional supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

The part played by Heath Ledger was great, sure, but I'd like to point out the voice that made the Joker: Mark Hamill. This man changed his voice drastically for the clown's appearances in Batman: The Animated Series. His voice has made him a comic book legend; I STILL read Batman comics in his demented "Joker Voice". If you haven't heard it, I suggest you play Batman: Arkham Asylum in order to feel the full effect. The Joker is a merciless, psychopathic maniac (who, according to the New 52, had his face cut off, before stealing it from the GCPD and hooking it back on) who will do anything for a laugh- and, more recently, who will do anything to get to the Bat. The Joker is the perfect Batman villain.

Joker has no real superpower, but can anyone to their knees using only some venom, a knife and that creepy smile of his... His insanity combined with his intelligence is a lethal dose!

What would The Batman be without Joker, without Joker crime has no punchline, and the same goes for good ol batsie, having Batman without Joker is like having Sherlock without Moriarty the series would be NOTHING without these two without Batman we wouldn't have the glorious campiness of the 1960's series with Adam West and Caesar Romero, or the brilliantly dark and over the top 80's Batman with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, the phenomenal 90's animated series with the unforgettable voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark "Voice of the Joker" Hamill, to the 2000's with the stunning, terrifying, fantastical performance of Heath Ledger or as I like to call him the one true Joker, he made us laugh with his antics throughout gotham, and he made us nearly crap ourselves when he uttered those immortal words that will most likely be with us to the grave "Why So Serious". Ledger after starring in so many romantic comedies pre dark knight, gave the performance of his gorram ...more

Guy's a jerk, always laughing and worst of all he kills people for fun.

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2BaneBane is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

The only one to have broken the batman

Bane is the most awesome (Black mask close second) and in my opinion the best match for Batman because despite Joker being his polar opposite-Bane broke him. BANE BROKE BATMAN. Also he was trained in fighting by the league of assassins (1995) and is a genius-enough said

Bane was pretty much the only one that has gotten batman into serious trouble, he broke his back and made him absent for a while

Bane is incredibly strong and a genius, a combination that is sadly often overlooked by Hollywood.

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3Two-Face

Best villain from the DC universe for his psychological torment and the great schizophrenic struggle endured by his own duality and the conundrum of his existence. By far the deepest and best designed villain as well due to the scarred visage playing a dynamic role in his elegant and handsome side being a clever camouflage to his grisly and deadly side. Also, a powerhouse of a character due to the epitome of the madman within, a white knight who turned to a wicked persona worse than those he locked up, and the pure definition of justice with the toss of a coin... Fair, and without a shred of emotion. Best hands down.

I love Two-Face and he is the best villain for Batman because he is somewhat reminiscent to the way Bruce Wayne lost his parents. Harvey Dent used to be a friend and ally to Batman but since that one uneventful day Batman's friend was lost forever only to haunt Batman as one of his greatest foes. No other villain has this much emotional impact on Batman.

Aaron Eckhart stole the spotlight in the dark knight (in my opinion). Even as far as being the last villain against batman in the movie (not the joker). The greatest villain is someone who use to be a hero who has a tragic fate.
"you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. "

There is no good and evil there is only conditions and the judgment is death true justice is chance of 50 50

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4RiddlerThe Riddler is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

How is he not #1?! He is hilarious and has superior intelligence. He still manages to remain not that violent, which I like. He also has a cool presence throughout the book/game - I.E. , question marks written all over the walls on every house in the Arkham City game. He was ruined in Batman Forever; I wish Nolan stuck to using Leo di Caprio as the Riddler in TDKR. Riddler is the most clever and entertaining and he is the best. I hope he gets more recognition and surpasses Joker, Bane, and Scarecrow in the next 10-20 years. He deserves it! - amazumder

The riddler is a far more interesting and cooler character than Two-face he has the best costume better story arcs, more interesting personality, Two-face flips a coin and shoots at batman and doesn't even hit him. Riddler just tries to best batman. Joker tries and sometimes succeeds in besting batman and he's just the best villain that there is.

The Riddler is the best villain with his puzzles, traps, riddles and other gadgets. I think he should be in batman 4. He would really bring out the true detective style in batman.

Riddler because he is best at challenging Batman before fighting him himself lol

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5ScarecrowThe Scarecrow is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

no one poses a bigger threat to gotham.. he can have the entire city under his control just by being their worst nightmare

To find out more about him, take a look at Arkham Asylum's version of Scarecrow. Really hope he is in Arkham Origins!

His first appearance in World's Finest Comics #3 in 1941 included Jonathan Crane's backstory and how psychologically disturbed and ingenious he truly is. Crane continually shows throughout the comics that he has complete control over everyone, using his victims' worst fears against them. Humans natural fight-or-flight response is programmed in the amygdala and is something that no one can escape. Crippling fear would destroy the likes of Gotham city one person at a time.

Cillian murphys performance was superb

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6Ra's Al GhulRa's al Ghul is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Ra's al Ghul is my personal fave rather than the Joker because in Batman Begins, my favorite video from the Dark Knight Trilogy, he teaches Bruce Wayne how to defend himself but later reveals the League of Shadows' plan to destroy Gotham, which it regards as a decadent and corrupt city polluted with crime. At the same time, he tries to clean up the world like Bruce, but via means of sparing the lives of many people. He nearly loses his life near the middle of the video and is saved by Bruce. However he later betrays him when he discloses his involvement with the Scarecrow and Carmine Falcone to use a blue flower hallucinogen in order to vaporize Gotham's water supply. In the climax, Ra's has the best head-on-head battle with Bruce out of the three main villains from the Trilogy, and his death is the most gruesome when he is killed in a train crash that later bombs itself with the device used to vaporize the water supply.

Joker's my favorite, but Ra's al Ghul NEEDS to be higher on the list! Ra's wants to actually protect the world and make it better, which is a goal that Batman shares with him. However, "The Demon's Head's" methods involving wiping out much of humanity. Batman realizes he can accomplish a lot by joining Ra's' but he turns away that opportunity for the greater good. Plus, he's the equal of Batman in physical combat.

Got to know him from the Arkham City video game.. One of the most powerful and strongest persona in the batman universe!

Well, assassins, not warriors

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7Mr. FreezeMr. Freeze, real name Victor Fries, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

You beg? In my nightmares I see my Nora behind the glass, begging to me with frozen eyes. How I've longed to see that look frozen on you.

I read Mr. Freezes comics and I watched Batman and Robin with Mr. Freeze in it. I like the way Mr. Freeze looks and talks. I also liked the cartoon sub zero with Mr. Freeze.

Pretty cool, but if we are talking about the one in batman and robin then a naked man jumping into a pool of ice and talking in a cool voice would be better than him!

He's a cool villain, but he has never been in a good movie. - MojoSpaederman

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8CatwomanCatwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. She has the capability of giving you an instant erection in that suit!

Catwoman is my favorite villain. Technically, in the New 52 series she becomes good, but I still think she is an excellent villain. She is the only one who comes close to Batman's heart.

She have many in common with the Joker. She loves Gotham. She loves to play with Batman. But she is not obsessed with him. She is the most independent villain of Batman's foes. The only time when she is not independent is when she must do good things because in her inner side she is a good perosn
And she is also the biggest Love interest for Batman (maybe that's arguable). So there are plenty of options to let her shine. But sadly it doesn't happen very often in the last time I think.

What happened to Catwoman fans? I remember the time where she was the most popular and influential batman villain. I still think she's the best. Joker is ok but Catwoman is much cooler and not so annoying - Magnolia

Catwoman should be #2

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9Penguin

Clearly the greatest of all Batman villains. He's got class, killer umbrellas, hot girlfriends (impressive when you look like that) and complete control over the Gotham City underworld. He's not insane, psychotic or anything - he's just a criminal, plain & simple. For
That, he deserves the number one spot. Burgess Meredith was great,
Nolan North in the Arkham games is absolutely brilliant (DeVito in
Batman Returns isn't great, but still) and all the T.V. series are
Really good as well. The Penguin, a clear winner.

Never can forget Burgess Meredith's penguin, still the best portrayal and the best villain of the 1960's Batman. Also like the new Penguin in the Arkham games, with the British accent and as the ultimate crime boss.

Cool villain, Danny DeVito is the best Penguin, Burgess Meredith is terrible as the Penguin, & for such a good actor Burgess is, Penguin should be at 2nd place.

Should definitely be in the top three

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10Harley QuinnHarley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Shes the best ever! Should have bought her in a long time ago. Love her cheeky personality and the way she plays dumb. She an awesome fighter and shes just so so funny should be # 1 - Cartermd

She hot, Shes creepy, Shes Cool, shes loving, Shes Harley Quinn! Woo-Hoo! She should be number 1!

People think that Harley is a stupid villain and should not have existed BUT don't underestimate her. She came closer to killing Batman than Joker on her FIRST try! She is crazy and wild. She will kill you if you mess with her but she is also very kind. She is funny, wild, kind, crazy and will kill you. She is a complete mix of craziness and seriously how can one not love her? She should be #1

She's a great villain, why do so many people hate her?

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The Contenders

11Deathstroke

Not really known for being a major batman villain but is stronger, faster and as intelligent as batman himself. Slade is the biggest physical threat to batman on this list without a doubt so should be higher in the list. And he's a BADASS

Yes, Deathstroke may not be a primary batman villain, but their is no way he is number 11. Yes, he may not be able to beat the bat like the joker can, but he's gotta be at least number 2. Deathstroke is the only one that has the same body build as him and can pretty much match him in anything.

I know he's not exactly a Batman villain, but he has faced Bats before and kicked his ass a few times as well! Anyone who can kick the ass of the mighty Batman at least deserves an honorable mention.

Deathstroke is amazing. His assassination skills are top notch and he even has a fighting style sort of like Batman's.

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12Killer CrocKiller Croc is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

The monster croc. Should be in top ten in my opinion. Great story, been around for ages, just needs a film.

A sad childhood and powerful abilities, I think Killer Croc is still as good as the other villains in the Batman universe. He's also as strong as Bane and funny in the show.
"I threw A rock at him"

Killer croc is a personal favorite of mine and it would be awesome to see him in a future movie, especially if he ha his arkham asylum look

Why is catwoman in the list? Put croc in

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13Poison IvyPoison Ivy is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

She was a doctor in arkham and in an accident, became poison ivy. She can control plants and mind control humans if she kisses them.

Sexy and she is the only one along with clayface to have powers and for all of you idiots who voted for ra al ghul he is not in the same league as her

She loves nature and is using sex against boys, I like that

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14Red Hood

If he does not make it to top ten, I will cry. 16?! People voted for the joker which I get but what about his creation, the misunderstood Jason Todd Back from the grave to ask batman if he loves him?

After getting killed by Joker, Jason Todd came back from the dead and become the Red Hood, looking for revenge. He's now also an enemy of Batman.

He's NOT an enemy of Batman lol. Have you not read Red Hood & Arsenal? - ShuhBanggg

Everyone knows of Batman and his sidekick, Robin. But what happens when Robin Is murdered by the Joker, brought back to life and swears revenge? You get the villain / anti-hero Red Hood.

Why the Penguin is in the Top 10 and not Red Hood is beyond me. - ShuhBanggg

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15Black Mask

Black Mask tortured Catwoman's brother in law to death with construction tools and forced pieces of him down the throat of Catwoman's sister. Even the Joker has never done something so incredibly sadistic.

Black mask at one time was better than joker had crippled Gotham and nearly killed Batman and robin he's earned a top ten spot if you ask me.

He is one of Batman's first DEADLY villain, he also is a rich man that owns a business.

The best bat man bad guy

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16ClayfaceClayface is an alias used by several fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Being cunning, shape-shifting, terrifying monster who has both wits and brutal strength, Clayface deserves to be among Batman's classic villains. Besides, he was based on the Phantom of the Opera, like the Joker was based on Gwynplaine and Two-Face on Jekyll/Hyde.

Clayface is BY FAR the most tragic character in Batman. Imagine being a giant pile of mud for your whole entire life? That would be far worse than Mr. Freeze because of the fact that Victor could still get someone to love him. Clayface, on the other hand, cannot.

Clayface should be way higher on the list.

17Hush

Definitely needs to be higher on the list. A psychotic and tormented version of Bruce Wayne, tormented to hate his drunken abusive father and obsessed controlling mother who literally spent his entire life comparing him to her ideal image of Bruce. One of the reasons that I like Hush as a great Batman villain is the fact he is a master of psychology, attacking Batman and Bruce Wayne with his greatest failures and weaknesses (the Jason Tod trick and his supposed death at the hands of the joker being key examples) and his relentless drive to destroy Batman/Bruce's identity. His use of Psychological attacks to destroy Batman rather than pits of acid and bullets, and his precise knowledge of just how to use Bruce's psychology to hurt him is only eclipsed by the Joker. The icing on the cake is the twisted way in which he both hates Bruce and at the same time wants to be like him, at his core Hush is driven by this envy for the life Bruce Wayne had which makes him one of Batman's most ...more

This man is driven by revenge to takedown Bruce Wayne/Batman and will do any possible way to make his life miserable. A good marksman and high intelligence and could be Batman's equal, his darker version like Venom is to Spider-Man

Just a perfect character, could give The Joker a run for his money.

I want him to be in a batman movie! Now!

18DeadshotDeadshot is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Batman . He has traditionally been portrayed as a supervillain, but has more recently taken the role of an antihero .

Love Deadshot! He is highly under-appreciated. I mean who else is that AMAZING with any gun? I like how he is dressed in Arkham City (Video Game). Deadshot (Floyd Wilson is his real name by the way) is just plain cool!

Why all assassins last name Wilson

Why are all the assassins last name Wilson Slade Wilson Floyd Wilson Wade Wilson

I want joker too kill batman

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19Hugo StrangeHugo Strange is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

He should be in the top ten. Being the ultimate enemy who took on Batman's identity once.

He is one of the only villains to find batmans true identity #8 on my list

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20Mad Hatter

I agree with everyone here. Jervis was great. Did anyone know people are putting him and scarecrow together as a couple?

One of the most original villains to ever be created! Hella can't wait to see him appear in Gotham!

This man is amazing, how is he so low? - MyRockets345

Why is he 44. He is so cool

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