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.

The Top Ten

1 Joker Joker The Joker is a fictional super villain 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, 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

This is the Joker. The greatest comic book villain (maybe even villain overall) of all time. How could it be anyone else?

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

In knightfall he destroyed not just Batman he also destroyed killer croc one of the most powerful and most resilient villains in the batman universe. He is only beat by The Joker, and The Riddler in intelligence. And he isn't just some brute without followers he is a crime boss in batman so he isn't alone like clay face and killer croc. He also doesn't have to rely on his followers to do the fighting for him like the Joker, Riddler, and The Penguin.

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

Banes the best

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3 Riddler Riddler The 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

Riddler should definitely be in top 3 (no, number 4 is not good enough hehe). He's a cool villain that takes it slowly and doesn't rush in like a fool. Riddling is an original idea which Riddler handles very well, and I just think he's a well made likable character.

If you would take all the stereotypes of a mad villain and blend them with a handful good ideas, you would get Joker (my opinion). Riddler just isn't as blank and even though he is quite a cheesy character, that's what makes him so fun.

The T.V.-series Gotham also gave the Riddler a better image, so you should really check out that show.

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.

He is cool and cunning in war of jokes and riddles

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4 Scarecrow Scarecrow The 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!

Scarecrow needs a staring role in a batman film, sure he was in the recent films but he never played the main villain. He is an original villain and Scarecrows are way more scary than a clown, a burnt man and a man who wears green licra with question marks all over

He is the best but where the hell is black manta

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5 Two-Face Two-Face Two-Face/Harvey Dent is a fictional villain from DC Comics. Harvey Dent was one of Gotham's most trusted citizens until he had acid poured on his face making him go insane and become a criminal by the name Two-Face. In film, he has been portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in Batman, Tommy Lee Jones in Batman more.

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.

Yeah I know he's my favorite villain number 1 and I am a Two Face Fan the best villain who is still a Gotham City citizen would be a true trusted and special person that was an accident who threw acid on his left face The greatest and iconic villain who was a true hero hands down he's the best villain ever better than Spiderman's villains. - Lordvader3500

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. "

Well written. The Long Halloween proves that. - girlcool

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6 Ra's Al Ghul Ra's Al Ghul Ra'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!

In my opinion, he should be second.

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7 Penguin Penguin

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.

Greatest Batman villain in my opinion

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8 Catwoman Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. more.

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

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.

Catwoman deserves top 5 not 9th! She is a professional thief and is easily in need of love here! Yeah, she may be a sort of anti-hero but she is better known as one of he greatest Batman villains of all TIME!

She has a lot of redeeming features. - blackflower

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9 Mr. Freeze Mr. Freeze Mr. 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 was well written and sympathetic in The Animated Series. Arnold's performance in the 1997 was fun. - girlcool

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10 Harley Quinn Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as a sidekick of the Joker.

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

Devious yet entertaining - blackflower

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The Contenders

11 Deathstroke Deathstroke Deathstroke is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2.

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.

He's a teen titans villian!

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

Poison Ivy definitely deserves top 10. Apart from being sexy to most people,she is probably the most powerful batman villain, being one of so little batman villains actually possessing powers. She can make any man, including superman, love her and do what ever she wants them to. Also, if she kisses any man she will kill them. So all those people who want to have sex with her it is probably only a good idea if you want to die in love or if you are immune to poison. She controls plants but usually just wants to save all plants, the way she does this is by killing humans because we kill plants. Now do you really want to have sex with a woman who can do that?

How is she not in the top 10? She's 1 of the most dangerous, powerful yet sympathetic Batman villains. Way better than Catwoman in my opinion. - girlcool

She is the most powerful thing in dc comics and can just simply kill someone with a kiss plus men don't stand a chance with those looks

I prefer Joker, but Poison Ivy deserves to be higher. How is Ra's Al Ghul ranked higher. I mean seriously.

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

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"

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

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

He should be higher

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14 Red Hood Red Hood The Red Hood is an alias used by multiple fictional characters and a criminal organization appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

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.

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

He's not an enemy nor an anti-hero of Batman. He even becomes part of the batfamily, after overcoming his revenge and bloodlust caused by the Lazarus pit. He was a villain for like 5 issues, but has one of the greatest story arcs in existence and my second favorite DC character after batman himself

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15 Clayface Clayface Clayface 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.

Clay face is cooler than everyone else and he could probably defeat doomsday.

"Imagine being a giant pile of mud for your whole entire life? "

Yeah, but keep in mind he can shapeshift. l0l

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16 Hush Hush

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.

Love this guy, he’s so evil

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17 Hugo Strange Hugo Strange Hugo 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 should at least be in the top 15, maybe the top 10. - girlcool

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

Should be #2

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18 Mad Hatter Mad Hatter

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

The Mad Hatter is one of the few people who knows batman's secret identity. That has to count for something.

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

So good. I wish he was higher. - girlcool

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19 Black 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.

He's one of Batman's best villains. He should be the main villain of the nest Batman film. - girlcool

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20 Deadshot Deadshot Deadshot 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 are all the assassins last name Wilson Slade Wilson Floyd Wilson Wade Wilson

Yep he is #6 in my list. And when I say he, I mean deadshot!

Deadshot has always been my faivourote because he is awesome and to me manages to stand out with a amasingg abillaty

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21 Man-Bat

Man-bat is like the opposite of batman and a great villain. He should be higher on the list. I can't wait for a movie.

They could have made him better in arkham knight

He should be higher. I'm surprised why we haven't seen him yet.

Get it batman manbat. I like manbat

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22 Baby Doll

Baby Doll is a villain from Batman: The Animated Series! - Weasltown

I'm glad she's high up on the list for a minor villain. I hope that she comes back. - girlcool

Lol I don't even know who this guy is

How the hell is baby doll above me zsasz?!

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23 Ventriloquist Ventriloquist The Ventriloquist is the name of several fictional characters who are enemies of Batman in the DC Comics Universe.

What it's scarface not the best that goes to my man joker but definitely in the top

24 Great White Shark
25 Phantasm

For those of you who have seen Batman:Mask of the Phantasm, you know why I think this villain should be mentioned. Phantasm is just so cool.

26 Owlman

The opposet of Batman? Hell yea. Even though Wrath doesn't get as much recognition as he should, I think Owlman is better

27 Firefly

He takes number seven because if he has good equipment and enough henchmen he can blow up Gotham, a simple reason.

He's awesome neither the fire stick fire gun and awesome costume

Very underrated and can be a great character when handled right.

Cool. He has potential. - girlcool

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28 Talia Al Ghul Talia Al Ghul Talia al Ghul is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.

She is a villain in dark knight rises

She should be in the top 20. - girlcool

She isn't even a Villain, she is a good guy!

She is a villain she is the son of Ras Al Ghul

29 Electricutioner

This guy is a boss!

This guy is a great villain for batman! He is like Electro from the spider man series, but on steroids! Too bad he got ripped off in Batman Arkham Orgins!

30 Kite Man

The BEST VILLAIN EVER! It's not like he's the lamest. - DCfnaf

Kite man is clearly the best

Kite Man! Hell yeah!

He's dorky, but funny. - girlcool

31 Court of Owls

Secretly running the City of Gotham for centuries from the shadows, the Court are a fantastic addition to the Rogue's Gallery in the New 52. Plus, the crazy assassins that are Talons make them even greater.
An urban legend that even Batman couldn't uncover until they came for him - now that's a villain.

Nearly killed batman on their first encounter. Best new villains in the new 52 so far

Probably Batman's creepiest adversary so far.

32 Carmine Falcone

I don't understand how he can not be on the list at all. People like him are the reason Batman was created, before all the spotlight-grabbing villains. He was the most powerful man in Gotham, and was pure, human evil.

33 Professor Pyg Professor Pyg

He's a well insane repeatable villain I think he should be more up there

This guy's cool. Weird, but cool.

A crazed, psychotic villain, that's what I like to hear.

A very deranged guy with an obsession with aesthetic surgery. Looks like a lot of T.V. personalities, but he is a Batman villain...

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34 Rag Doll

Ragdoll was funny. It fascinates me that he can bend his body any way he wants an not break anything.

A flash villian u dumbass

35 Darkseid Darkseid Darkseid is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Kirby, the character made a cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 before making his full first appearance in Forever People #1. He is the father of Orion, Kalibak, more.

He's not a Batman villain. - girlcool

Dude, darkseid is awesome?! He isn't dumb he is one of the best villains in superman history!

36 Condiment King

The fact that this guy exists is a joke, batman doesn't deserve this piece of trash as a villain. Hooray

The fact that this guy made it into the main game Lego Batman 3 over Darkseid is just plain insulting. - DCfnaf

Darkseid is a DLC character.

Laughs maniacally

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37 The Bookworm
38 Penny Plunderer

Why the heck is penny the plunder doing here number one worst batman villain ever

I really hope putting him here was sarcasm... - MyRockets345

Who the heck is the penny plunderer - natesthegate

LOL. - girlcool

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39 Arkham Knight

Better version of batman with guns

The most mysterious of all I rate him second

Arkham knight is Jason Todd aka red hood

This is what batman should wear

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40 Enchantress Enchantress Enchantress, also known as June Moone, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics . The character was created by writer Bob Haney and artist Howard Purcell, and first appeared in Strange Adventures #187 (April 1966) . The character has periodically been depicted more.

She Has Such Big Boobs LOL!

The pictures showing the wrong Enchatress, the one from Marvel. I believe whoever put this here meant the one from Suicide Squad? - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

41 Thomas Wayne

Immortal descendant of Bruce Wayne and leader of the black glove.

42 Black Spider

I saw him in Young Justice and thought he was Spiderman

He is part of suicide squad in the new movie" batman assault on arkham"!

You guys r stupid! Black Spider should at least be in the top 15

43 Kabuki Twins
44 Bizarro Batman

It's batzarro, the worlds worst detective

45 White Rabbit

DC has 1 and also marvel

46 Maxie Zeus
47 D.A.V.E.

He only appeared in the animated series "The Batman", but as cool and great he was there, he deserves a honorable mention.
Just imagine the batmanized version of a combination between Terminator, Hal9000 and GlaDOS. There it is. The greatest criminal mastermind.
-"Good evening, is The Batman home? "- talking to Alfred in Wayne's mansion.

48 Spellbinder
49 Bonk
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